The Black Friday shopping bonanza is fast approaching, and with it comes the avalanche of discounts and deals for gadgets and gear. For the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, indicators are also suggesting that previously snarled supply chains have finally untangled to the degree where desired items are actually obtainable again.
At the same time, a mixed economic outlook and slowing consumer spending mean retailers are looking to move a larger supply of goods at discounted prices. With an estimated $1.2 trillion to $1.8 trillion in built-up savings yet to be exhausted, however, holiday shoppers find themselves in a sweet spot with extra cash to burn and sufficient supply.
With technology cycles still refreshing rapidly, you can bet that the newly updated model of your favorite notebook/smartphone/tablet is outfitted with a faster processer, slimmer profile, or higher-resolution camera, making them perfect gifts for geeks in 2022.
To name just one vendor, Apple has refreshed both its MacBook Air notebook and the iPhone and debuted new Apple Watch models and the AirPods Pro 2.
There's no better time than on Black Friday, the traditional kickoff to the holiday season, to start thinking about a gift for the geek closest to your heart — or at least in the near vicinity of it.
To help you out, we've compiled a list of the some of the top gifts for geeks out there in 2022, priced to fit a variety of budgets and ranging from high-tech workhorses to more fabulous flights of fancy.
The following is a list of 10 items that could be perfect gifts — or stocking stuffers. Almost all the items serve some practical purpose, though we reserve the right to dip into the occasional flight of fancy and frivolous fun.
Without further ado, we present our suggestions for the ultimate geek gift guide.