With Christmas fast approaching, there's always someone on your gift-giving list who's just a pain to shop for. It's the people who openly shun knickknacks, who hate clutter – you know, the kind of people who are highly organised. For those people, or perhaps the more disorganised people in your life who could use a little help, I have eight great gift ideas.
If I may speak on behalf of my organised, technologically savvy brethren, we tend to like items that serve multiple purposes. And speaking of which, we often prefer items that have a purpose, rather than tchotchkes. We love getting gifts that we will actually use, and that generally means the people shopping for us need to pay at least a little bit of attention to the gadgets and devices that are already in our lives. We like compact things that don't take up unnecessary space. We often appreciate simplicity, too.
So if you're a dishevelled friend, loved one, or co-worker of a highly organised person, here are some Xmas gift ideas. They range from £10 stocking stuffers to items that might cost you around £100.
However, this list is certainly not comprehensive, and I invite everyone to post their ideas for great gifts for organised techie people in the comments section.
Whoosh Screen Shine (£7)
Screen wiping cloths serve a variety of purposes, and I for one can never seem to have too many. Couple a lovely microfiber cloth with a bottle of Whoosh Screen Shine, and you've got one heck of a stocking stuffer for the organised person in your life.
This particular screen cleaner not only gets rid of fingerprints and smudges but also prevents them from appearing again for a couple of hours.
Screen protector (£5-£10)
Another wonderfully inexpensive, yet thoughtful, gift is a screen protector. You have to know the make and model of the recipient's smartphone or tablet to buy the right one, of course (and you have to pay attention to know that, which is why I think it's a thoughtful gift). Make it an even more thoughtful gift by offering to apply it, which takes a whole lot of patience to do right.
Belkin Rockstar (£10)
This is an ideal gift for an organised yet geeky mum or dad. The Belkin Rockstar is a hub that connects up to five sets of headphones so that the whole family can tap into the same device and listen to music or watch videos.
External power source (£40-£80)
Who doesn't like to have a backup power source? Travellers and people with long commutes are prime candidates to be gifted with an external power source for their electronic devices. You can definitely go high-end and drop a lot of money on a lovely piece of hardware, such as the Mophie Juice Pack (pictured above). However, there are cheaper options such as the ChargeAll Family Desktop Charger, which retails at £40.
Phone or tablet case (£10-£100)
Another great tech accessory to give as a gift is a phone or tablet case. Just as with screen protectors, you have to know the make and model of the recipient's device, as well as a thing or two about style and taste to get something good. Prices vary wildly, so you can spend as little or as much as you see fit. For an iPad owner, you might go the whole-hog and get a Bluetooth keyboard case – our favourite is the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover which costs £70.
e-gift card (Any amount)
If you're going to give a gift card to a highly organised person, please for the love of god make it an e-gift card – one that's delivered by email. Digitally organised people are often paperless and seldom want another physical thing to have and to hold. Amazon and iTunes may be the best known purveyors of e-gift cards.
Evernote Premium subscription ($45 or £27 for a year)
If the organised tech nerd in your life uses Evernote but doesn't have an Evernote Premium subscription, why not pony up the $45 (£27) for a year-long membership. You can give a subscription as a gift from this web page. Premium subscribers have a larger monthly upload allowance (a huge plus for anyone who stores images and audio memos in the note-syncing service), search functionality inside PDFs and attached documents, access to offline notebooks, and a few other perks.
Gear bag (£20-£100)
A great bag, whether it's for carrying a laptop, or one specially designed to hold all your camera equipment, is hard to find but always appreciated. I for one can never have too many bags. I'm a huge fan of practically everything made by Crumpler, which prides itself on making lightweight but durable bags.