Finding the right present can often become a challenge, especially if you are getting one for someone working in tech, considering the many variations, trends, and personal preferences.

If you have a friend, family member, boyfriend, or girlfriend who codes, we’ve come up with a list of the most frequently used programming languages, along with some fun and little know stuff (to outsiders), in hopes that it would help you get a better idea for the “perfect” gift.

Before we start, remember that passion for computer science doesn’t necessarily imply complete dedication to digital gifts. Just like everyone else, there are plenty of non-tech and physical presents that can be equally suitable.




Even though it’s not the oldest in this list and despite its more basic syntax, most websites on the world wide web still use PHP as the backend language, which is a huge deal. Furthermore, some of the biggest online companies, such as Facebook, MailChimp, WordPress, Flickr, and Wikipedia are powered by PHP, so it’s definitely reliable and stable.

Some may say it’s too basic, but the overall opinion is that PHP is known for versatility, scalability, and user-friendliness. It even has a mascot, a big blue elephant, strategically named elePHPant.

Here are our gift suggestions for the PHP developer:




Python is usually associated with data science, machine learning, and AI, which are some of the hottest trends in the computer science world right now. The community emphasizes that it’s one of the easier to learn programming languages because its syntax is straightforward and natural, and the code is more human-readable.

Unlike others in this list, Python started as a time-pass hobby project during a Christmas holiday. So, it’s no surprise that it’s considered fun and versatile…oh, and it also has a dedicated poem that highlights its philosophies (The Zen of Python) 😊

Here are some presents we think would be suitable for a Python developer




As the guiding light of the programming world indicates (i.e., Stackoverflow), JavaScript is the most popular programming language out there. Initially introduced as a front-end language with the primary purpose to provide interactivity, it has since “grown-up” to be used for backend purposes, as well. In a sense, it was the backbone of the full-stack web development phenomenon.

On the other hand, another evolution has been in the numerous frameworks, so much so that there’s even a drinking game revolving around this idea – you can check it out here, so one could argue that Js is “everyone’s friend”.

In our opinion, gift ideas for Javascript developers should focus on versatility, entertainment, and a good sense of humor:




A wise man once said, “Java is to JavaScript what car is to carpet”, so don’t be fooled by the suggestions in the section above.  Java is known for being very strict about formal rules and structures and this makes it popular with large-scale (mostly) enterprise apps.

Java has a fondness for algorithms and a sort of obsession for details, offering an environment for robust, neat, 

and self-sufficient code. While some say it’s a conservative programming language, we prefer to think of it as intellectual – like good wine, it stands the test of time and even becomes better. 

These are some gift ideas that we believe will suit a Java developer:




Although it is the least used language in this list, Ruby is believed to somehow support and enable programmers in a special kind of way, with its smooth and elegant approach towards writing code. 

Ruby is as close to English as it gets in terms of syntax, is lightweight in terms of rules, and supports multiple programming paradigms, making it unique in the programming world.

If we were to sum it up in a few words that could also guide you in buying a present, those would be a unique approach, enhanced efficiency, and sleek pragmatism:


If you think that no gift mentioned until now works for you, we’ve also come up with a list of presents that we believe would be helpful to any developer:

  • Udemy course
  • Pluralsight Membership
  • Ergonomic Mouse Pad Wrist Support and Keyboard Wrist Rest
  • Keyboard Cleaner
  • Active Noise Cancelling Headphones
  • Smart Home Wi-Fi Outlets
  • Ergonomic Office Chair with Adjustable Headrests
  • Laptop Stickers


Happy gift hunting and we hope you’ll find the gifts that will make your loved one as happy as when their code works on the first try. Happy Holidays!