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Gift Ideas for Web Developers 2018

 

The holidays are right around the corner, and you are in need of an awesome gift for that developer in your life. Here are some great choices.

For the workspace

Mechanical Keyboard

Mechanical keyboard, developers love their mechanical keyboards and can be quite picky, so choose wisely :)

WASD keyboards $140 - $150
Customizable mechanical keyboard. Design the keycap colors, pick the switches you want, you name it. If you want a custom keyboard, this is a great option. 
X-Bows Keyboard $230 
Ergonmic mechanical keyboard with a colorful backlight. Perfect for reducing repetitive strain injury. 

World's Okayest Developer Mug

World's Okayest Developer Mug - $14 - $17

A funny and great gift for any developer. Coffee is the fuel for any developer, and this coffee mug is the perfect reminder that they are the world's okayest developer. 

Bamboo Plant

~$30 I got mine at Home Depot, nothing fancy, but looks nice :) 

Topo Anti-Fatigue Mats

Topo Anti-Fatigue Mats - $69 - $99 

I have this exact one and it's the best. It's nice to mix up the position of my feet, I can stretch my calves, overall it's great. 

 

While coding

Spotify Subscription

Spotify Subscription $10/month

We love to listen to music while we code. I am a big fan of the lofi hiphop station on Spotify, helps me stay focused while writing code. When I am not coding, I am using Spotify at the gym, usually via the download option that Spotify Premium gives you, as the gym can have spotty signal at times. 

AirPods  

AirPods $159

My wife just got these for me for my birthday, and I love them. Comfortable, no cables to mess with, and they sound great. Perfect for coding, working out, or just hanging out listening to a podcast. 

Felix Gray Computer Glasses 

Felix Gray $95

We, developers, are almost always looking at our laptops and or phones. Felix Gray's filter out blue light, which helps headaches, eye-strain, and sleep disruption. 

DVLPR Hoodie

Dvlpr hoodie $40 - $45

If there is one stereotype of a developer, its the hoodie. I love me a good hoodie. When I get really focused, I have the headphones in, and the hood up. This hoodie is super comfy, very soft inside and out. Very quickly became my everyday hoodie. 

An Ergonomic Mouse

Ergonomic mouse $20

I picked this mouse up for myself a couple months back, and it's been a life, err, wrist saver. I have had bouts of RSI in both wrists, and this helps a ton with reducing and protecting against flare ups. Also, it's really inexpensive which is a bonus. 

Dank Mono Font

Dank Mono Font £40

"Dank Mono is the coding font you want. Designed for aesthetes with code and Retina displays in mind. Delightful ligatures and an italic variant."

Rubber Duck

Rubber Duck $5 for Rubber Duck Debugging

Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Noise-Cancelling Headphones Price Varies

With all the "cool, hip", open office spaces work places are now having, it's getting harder and harder to stay focused on code. We like to get in the zone and knock out code without being interrupted by how Carol's weekend went. Not only will these block sound, they also show others that you shouldn't be bothered right now. Granted, Carol still might want to tell you her glorious weekend plans, but just leave these on and keep coding in peace. 

 

For Learning

Any course by Wes Bos

React for Beginners $89 - $139
Upgrade your JavaScript skills.
Learn React.js in just a couple of afternoons.
A premium step-by-step training course to get you building real-world React.js + Firebase apps and website components.
Advanced React  $89 - $139
With a focus on modern JavaScript and real-world application, this course is a start-to-finish way to learn Full Stack Advanced React, GraphQL, Node.js and friends.
Learn Node  $89 - $139
Node.js, Express, MongoDB and friends are some of the most in-demand web development skills. This course is the cumulation of everything I've learned building dozens of Node.js applications over the past five years.

With a focus on modern JavaScript and real-world application, Learn Node is an efficient way to add server-side JavaScript to your skill-set and start building the applications you have been dreaming about.

LevelUp Tutorials

LevelUp Tutorials $15 - $19/month

Focused & high quality video tutorials for web developers and designers
Join over 206,615 developers & designers learning with our catalogue of 1000+ free video tutorials for beginners, intermediate and expert web professionals. Level Up your skills with clear, high production, free video tutorials.

Treehouse Subscription

Treehouse Subscription 7 day free trial, then $25/month

"Learning a new skill doesn’t have to interrupt your busy schedule. Our on-demand videos and interactive code challenges are there for you when you need them."

Egghead

Egghead.io $40/month or $250/year

"Learn the best JavaScript tools and frameworks from industry pros.
Video tutorials for badass web developers."

Frontend Masters

Frontend Masters $39/month or $390/year

"Advance Your Skills with In-Depth, Modern Front-End Engineering Courses"

 

Weekends

Side projects & sweatpants

Side projects and sweatpants $26

Developers usually have some sort of side project they enjoy working on, and doing so while in sweatpants is pretty darn ideal. 

Arduino

Arduino Pricing varies

Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for anyone making interactive projects.

Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi Pricing varies

A small and affordable computer that you can use to learn programming.

Board games

A couple that I have enjoyed

Around the house

Bluetooth lights

Lifx Price varies
"Lighting reimagined"
Hue Price varies
"Philips Hue, smart home lighting made brilliant"

Thermostats

Nest Starting at $139
Eco Bee $199

Home Assistants

Google Home $129

Any time

Bug-free code 😉

While it's a nice thought, this one might be really hard to give someone. 🤓

Gift Card

A gift card to Amazon, local coffee shop, etc... - can't go wrong here, let them buy what they want

Video Games

Red Dead Redemption 2 - if they don't already have this, this makes a great gift, especially if you don't want to see them for a while 🤠

Code Block Tee

DVLPR's most popular tee, it's super comfy and unscientifically proven to make you a better developer.