It canât be denied that a lot of tech or tech-related stuff stay on top of many birthday wish lists — maybe even yours. However, there will be times when youâll receive gifts that you donât really expect on your special day, like an outdated video game from three years ago or a pre-iPad tablet thatâs been sitting on shelves for its novelty alone (sadly, your aunt thought it was still en vogue so she got it for you).
More often than not, youâre left with no choice but to display that fake smile of appreciation across your face while repeatedly uttering the words âlameâ and âbummerâ inside your head. Even though tech picks arenât automatically lame per se, there are still some items that you want crossed off of your wish list because you have perhaps already purchased them with your own money. Letâs just say theyâre too personal to be purchased by someone else for you.
Gadget cases or covers
Gadget cases or covers are a dime a dozen, so they usually end up as stocking stuffers come Christmastime or simple gifts from acquaintances on your birthday. Theyâre so cheap, and youâll get them in so many different styles and colors that youâd rather purchase one for yourself than receive one as a gift. You donât want your technologically challenged uncle to get an iPhone 5 case for you if you only have the iPhone 4, right? And would you appreciate an Otterbox cover for your iPad when your room is filled with Hello Kitty stuff? I guess not.
Marketing co-operations are common in consumer electronics and gadgetry. By building up on popular brands that are tied up or bundled together, companies are able to tap the full potential of a product even further. However, not every person is a fan of such partnerships. For instance, it may not be smart to gift you with Sony Mobileâs James Bond smartphone if youâre a âgirlyâ girl so to speak. Or, it may not be wise to receive an uber-expensive pair of Justin Bieber Beats Solo headphones if you play bass for a heavy metal band. You donât want to get offended or worse, get the urge to disown a family member! Receiving cross-branded products is almost akin to treading unknown waters so your fairy godmother or godfather must be made aware of that.
Other gifts you wouldnât exactly want to receive may include:
1Â Â Â Â Â Any video game bought on random. An eight-year-old shouldnât receive an ultra-violent game with realistic graphics. A hardcore first-person shooting gamer shouldnât receive the Xbox 360 version of The Sims 3.
2Â Â Â Â Â Gadget cleaning kits. DVD head cleaners or cleaning discs, dSLR cleaning kits, keyboard cleaning kits, and the like are practical but they donât change the fact that getting one can be insulting at times. Itâs like directly telling someone to do some spring cleaning for his or her devices. Itâs like giving a friend with crooked teeth a pack of mint-waxed dental floss.
3Â Â Â Â Â Any cheapo tablet that isnât an iPad or a Galaxy Tab. Admit it, nobody wants a tablet device that isnât top-of-the-line or industry standard. This is especially so when youâre a businessperson who needs to whip up one before clients in order to deliver presentations or when you need to make calls using your tablet as a business phone (it may seem weird but many businessmen do this for posterity).
How about you? Which tech gifts would you rather not receive on your birthday?