Secure a Smile: Top 45 Gift Ideas for Cybersecurity Professionals

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Looking for the perfect gift for your cybersecurity-loving friend or family member? We’ve got you covered with our top picks for gifts that cater to their professional interest. Whether your budget is a little tight, or you are willing to splurge, we have gift suggestions that are sure to please any cybersecurity enthusiast.

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Gifts Ranging from $25 to $50

  1. Ghost in the Wires” by Kevin Mitnick: This thrilling autobiography of a former hacker turned security consultant will fascinate any cybersecurity enthusiast.
  2. Lock Pick Set: A physical lock pick set provides a hands-on way to understand security vulnerabilities, a key concept in cybersecurity.
  3. Raspberry Pi: This mini computer can help them explore various cybersecurity projects on their own.
  4. “The Code Book” by Simon Singh: A fantastic book for understanding the history of cryptography, an essential part of cybersecurity.
  5. Cybersecurity Puzzles: Challenge their mind with puzzles designed around cybersecurity concepts.
  6. Security-themed Coffee Mug: A quirky, fun gift that lets them show off their love for cybersecurity even during coffee breaks.
  7. Cybersecurity T-shirt: Because who doesn’t like a cool, themed T-shirt?
  8. “Hacking: The Art of Exploitation” by Jon Erickson: This book offers an excellent introduction to the world of hacking from a security perspective.
  9. USB Killer: A shocking tool that helps them understand the potential damage of plugged in unknown USB drives.
  10. Privacy Webcam Cover Slide: A practical gift that helps to protect their privacy.
  11. RFID Blocking Wallet: A stylish wallet that also guards against potential digital theft.
  12. “Spam Nation” by Brian Krebs: A detailed dive into the world of cybercrime, offering plenty of lessons on cybersecurity.
  13. Cybersecurity-themed Poster: A great way to decorate their workspace with something they are passionate about.
  14. “The Art of Invisibility” by Kevin Mitnick: An essential guide to protecting yourself and your privacy in the digital age.
  15. Password Manager Subscription: A year-long subscription to a password manager like LastPass or 1Password, helping them to maintain their digital hygiene.

Gifts Ranging from $50 to $150

  1. “The Web Application Hacker’s Handbook”: This book is a great resource for understanding web security.
  2. Nano Ledger S: A hardware wallet for those who are into cryptocurrency, keeping their digital assets secure.
  3. Wi-Fi Pineapple: A tool for ethical hacking of Wi-Fi networks, perfect for hands-on learning.
  4. Subscription to a Premium VPN Service: A gift that will provide them with enhanced online privacy and security.
  5. Online Cybersecurity Course: Gift them an online course from platforms like Coursera or Udemy where they can learn more about cybersecurity.
  6. Yubico Security Key: A hardware device that provides an extra layer of security for online accounts.
  7. HackRF One Software Defined Radio (SDR): A tool for radio experimentation, which can be used for a variety of cybersecurity applications.
  8. “Black Hat Python”: A book that teaches Python programming with a focus on hacking and pentesting.
  9. A High-quality Privacy Screen for their Laptop: Helps to keep their work confidential, even in public places.
  10. A Year’s Subscription to a Cybersecurity Magazine: Keep them up-to-date with the latest in cybersecurity news and trends.
  11. Hak5 Field Kit: A set of tools for penetration testing, perfect for an enthusiast.
  12. Encrypted External Hard Drive: A device for secure storage of sensitive data.
  13. Defcon Conference Tickets: If they enjoy staying updated with the latest in cybersecurity, they would love the chance to attend this iconic event.
  14. Rubber Ducky USB: This keystroke injection tool is a neat device that can help them understand how attacks are conducted.
  15. “Metasploit: The Penetration Tester’s Guide”: This book provides comprehensive coverage of the Metasploit Framework, an essential tool in cybersecurity.

Gifts Above $150

  1. Cybersecurity Certification Exam Voucher: Help them take the next step in their career with a certification like CISSP, CEH, or CompTIA Security+.
  2. High-end Router with Built-in VPN: Ideal for someone who is serious about network security at home.
  3. Advanced Ethical Hacking Course: An in-depth online course like the ones offered by Offensive Security.
  4. “Blue Team Handbook: Incident Response Edition”: A comprehensive guide to setting up a robust cybersecurity defense.
  5. Cybersecurity Conference Passes: Treat them to a pass for a major cybersecurity conference such as Black Hat or RSA.
  6. Penetration Testing Lab Subscription: A subscription to a platform like Hack The Box or Offensive Security’s Proving Grounds for hands-on cybersecurity experience.
  7. Anti-forensics Faraday Bag: An interesting gift that can protect their devices from digital snooping.
  8. “Hacker’s Playbook 3”: A book that is considered a must-read for its insights into defensive strategies.
  9. Shodan Membership: Give them access to the “Hacker’s Search Engine” with a premium membership.
  10. Wireshark Training Course: An online course on the world’s foremost network protocol analyzer.
  11. High-end Mechanical Keyboard: Great for long coding sessions, with a satisfying feel to each keystroke.
  12. Noise Cancelling Headphones: Perfect for deep focus during work or study sessions.
  13. Premium Cybersecurity Software Suite Subscription: Help them safeguard their devices with top-tier antivirus and security software.
  14. Privacy-focused Smartphone: A phone that prioritizes security and privacy above all else, like the Librem 5.
  15. High-end Laptop designed for Cybersecurity: A premium laptop equipped with the latest technology to help them excel in their cybersecurity endeavors.

It’s The Thought That Counts, Not The Price Tag

Remember, when it comes to gifting, it’s not about how much money you spend. It’s about showing the recipient that you’ve put thought into their interests and passions. You don’t have to break the bank to find a gift that speaks to their love of cybersecurity. Even a small, thoughtful present can mean the world.

And don’t forget, if there’s a pricier item that you think would be perfect, consider teaming up with others to make it a group gift. Combining funds can turn a dream gift into a reality, and the joy of giving can be just as rewarding as receiving!

Reza Rafati

Reza Rafati, based in the Netherlands, is the founder of An industry professional providing insightful commentary on infosec, cybercrime, cyberwar, and threat intelligence, Reza dedicates his work to bolster digital defenses and promote cyber awareness.

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