There are few times in life when it is easier to lose faith in your fellow man than while shopping for the holidays.
The pushing, the shoving, the profanity. The panic-stricken faces of last minute gift-gatherers running willy-nilly, searching store shelves for a perfect gift that they'll mostly never find – it's an ugly process that too few of us enjoy, or have the patience and time for. This goes double when you're shopping for a tech-savvy friend or loved one. Often, they already have all of the gadgets they want, and what they don't have but want likely costs more than most of us are able to afford at this time of year. What's more, many of the hottest tech gifts of the year are becoming increasingly difficult to find as supplies run low.
Fortunately, there's an ocean of gift cards out there to choose from that'll help you give tech enthusiasts a happy holiday. You could get away with simply getting them gift cards to spend on anything they please at stores like Best Buy, The Source or Future Shop, or even just a lump of cold hard cash, but where's the fun in that? With a little bit of thought (and the help of this guide,) you'll end up coming out of the Christmas rush looking like a champ.
Apple iTunes Card
Tablets are the go-to device for a growing number of people looking for a portable way to stay productive, in touch and goof off. If you know someone who wants one, be sure to check out my guides to the best tablets and best smartphones for this holiday season. And if the people you’re shopping for already have one? More likely than not, they need to buy software and media for it.
Available in $25, $50 and $100 denominations, an iTunes gift card will be a welcomed gift for anyone that owns an iOS device such as an iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina Display, iPhone 5s or even an iPod touch (because really, it’s really just a tiny tablet.) The balance of an iTunes gift card can be used to purchase anything sold via the iTunes Store including music, movies, television shows, magazines via the iOS Newsstand app, books through Apple’s iBook Store, and a staggering number of tablet and smartphone based applications and games. These iTunes gift cards can be found just about anywhere these days, but a sure bet is to check your local Apple Store.