Top 10 Post-Holiday Tech Gifts For Yourself

Now that you’ve given gifts to your friends and relatives, it’s time to treat yourself. Whether you have gift certificates burning a hole in your pocket or you just didn’t get what you wanted for the holidays, now is a great time to get something nice for yourself.  You might even want to buy an accessory or upgrade that compliments something you just received. Here’s our top 10 post-holiday self-gifting ideas:

  • Notebooks and Netbooks: You really wanted a new computer, but your family and friends just didn’t come through. That’s ok, because you can buy yourself an even better system than they would have chosen for you. Check out our comprehensive list of holiday notebooks and pick one that’s perfect for you.
  • iPad Accesories: If you got a new iPad as a gift, outfit it with a case, a keyboard, or even an alarm clock dock. Here are our top 8 iPad accessories.
  • Solid State Drives: There is simply no better upgrade you can make to your notebook than replacing its mechanical hard drive with an SSD. Solid State Drives dramatically improve application and file open times, while generally making your system a lot more responsive. If your older notebook is showing its age, an SSD can breathe new life into it. If you just got a new PC today, the upgrade will ramp up the system’s performance to another level.  Check out our list of top 5 SSDs.

  • USB Hard Drives: Whether you need to back up or move files around, a portable USB hard drive is a must-have peripheral for every notebook user. But portable USB hard drives aren’t just boring storage devices, the best ones have a dash of style and USB 3.0 for lots of speed. We’ve picked 5 favorite portable hard drives, with prices starting well below $100.
  • Notebook Bags and Cases: If you just got a new notebook, you probably need something to carry it in. Here are a dozen strong choices.
  • PC Games: Everyone knows you love a good game, but nobody got you one. What gives? We have 10 top choices across different platforms you can use to amuse yourself.
  • iPod / iPhone Docks: That new iPod or iPhone you got can be used as a stereo or an alarm clock with the right accessory. Here are 5 great iPod docks.
  • Smart Phone Accessories: If you found a phone under the tree this year, you can make the most of it with attachments ranging from a battery extender to remote controlled helicopter. We’ve found 11 great smart phone accessories to help you get started.
  • Digital Cameras:You were really counting on the family to provide you with a new camera this year, but they didn’t come through and now you’re wondering what you’ll use to take photos of New Year’s Eve. Don’t despair. Here are 6 high-quality digital cameras you can get for yourself, with prices starting at just over $250.
  • Set Top Boxes: You have a really nice tv, but not enough content to watch on it. Fortunately, with an inexpensive set-top box, you can stream content from Netflix, iTunes, Hulu and other web content services directly to your home theater, without turning on a PC. Here are 7 set top boxes to choose from.
Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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  1. Radu Says:

    I would definitely buy a laptop or a digital camera for myself…if i had enough money of course :)

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