Holiday Gifts for Women IT Executives

What do busy women IT executives want this holiday season? If you don't know where to begin, no worries. CIO.com surfed the web and asked dozens of executives for their recommendations and came up with these 11 gifts that offer both style and function.

 What to Give the Woman IT Executive This Holiday Season
What to Give the Woman IT Executive This Holiday Season

What does the IT executive in your life want? Maybe you can't give her an iron-clad BYOD policy or a can't-miss cloud service provider, but you can make her holidays brighter. But time is running out, so CIO.com surfed the web and asked dozens of executives for their recommendations and came up with these 11 gifts that offer both style and function.

The Virgin Mobile Overdrive Pro 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot
The Virgin Mobile Overdrive Pro 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot

Make sure the lady techie in your life is never without 4G access with the Overdrive Pro 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot from Virgin Mobile. With the dual-mode mobile hotspot you can connect a tablet, laptop and other wireless devices--up to five at a time--for as little as $5 a day. Comes with an A/C charger with USB port. Price: $79.99.

4GB Lipstick USB Drive
4GB Lipstick USB Drive

The perfect stocking stuffer, this 4GB Lipstick USB Drive adds some dash to the standard flash drive--and keeps files looking their best. Price: $19.99.

The Verilux HappyLight Liberty Series Natural Spectrum Energy Lamp
The Verilux HappyLight Liberty Series Natural Spectrum Energy Lamp

Know a woman IT executive who's feeling a bit tired this holiday season? The HappyLight Liberty Series Natural Spectrum Energy Lamp from Verilux is the cure for the winter blues. (OK, an all-expenses paid trip to the Caribbean is probably a better cure for the winter blues, but the HappyLight is a close second.) Indeed, research has shown that full-spectrum lighting can improve mood, energy, focus and productivity. The HappyLight Energy Lamp is especially beneficial for executives who spend a lot of time in front of a computer or mobile device as bright light causes the pupil to contract, so the eye doesn't have to work as hard to adjust or focus. Price: $99.95. Having the boss in a good mood? Priceless.

Stylish Leather Tec Touch Gloves
Stylish Leather Tec Touch Gloves

These Whistler Tec Touch leather gloves are a must-have for women IT executives this winter. Available in either black or red, the Tec Touch pods on the index finger and thumb allow you to operate your favorite touch screen device without removing your gloves. They include 100 percent Thinsulate insulation to keep hands warm. Price: $75.

Skooba Design Cable Stable Rollup Kit
Skooba Design Cable Stable Rollup Kit

Perfect for the IT executive on the go, the Cable Stable Rollup Kit from Skooba Design eliminates tangled cables and cords. Ultra compact, weighing only an ounce, the organizer features five elasticized slots for earbuds, USB cords and other small cables and accessories. It also includes two bungee loops that hold extra cords, cables or chargers too large to fit in the Rollup. Price $14.95.

iNecklace by Adafruit
iNecklace by Adafruit

The woman IT executive in your life will light up when she receives the iNecklace by Adafruit. That's because the iNecklace pendant, which is made of machined aluminum, contains an LED that gently pulses for up to 72 hours. It's also completely open source--with the source code, circuit board files, schematics and CAD files posted on GitHub. So she can hack away to her heart's content. The pendant comes strung on an 18-inch long sterling silver chain and is shipped in a black velveteen box. Price: $75.

Personalized Laptop Bags
Personalized Laptop Bags

These personalized laptop bags from Simply Bags come in a variety of styles and prints. Stylish yet durable, each laptop bag or briefcase can be personalized with her name or monogram or company logo. Prices range from $28.99 to $48.99.

AViiQ Portable Charging Station with Sync Cable
AViiQ Portable Charging Station with Sync Cable

The AViiQ Portable Charging Station is perfect for IT executives on the go. A mobile charging station and device/cable organizer, it includes a four-port USB hub and can quickly charge a cell phone or tablet. You can also sync a single device using the retractable USB cable. Folds up into an attractive, sturdy nylon case and includes an AC/DC adapter. Price: $59.

ScanFast Element Checkpoint Friendly Briefcase
ScanFast Element Checkpoint Friendly Briefcase

For the frequent flyer, consider the ScanFast Element Checkpoint Friendly Briefcase. The briefcase is TSA compliant and fits laptops up to 16 inches. Designed specifically for women, it has a padded shoulder strap, padded computer section, a separate section for files and a wireless security shield to keep her smart phone safe from spam, hackers and viruses. Price: $99.99.

The Single Brewer Travel Mug
The Single Brewer Travel Mug

This gift is sure to perk up any IT exec. With the Single Brewer Travel Mug she can brew her own coffee at the office or on the road. You just place the cone on top of the Travel Mug, insert a #2 filter into the cone, scoop in coffee and pour hot water through the cone. It comes with a start-up supply of #2 filters and a free bonus pack of 40 filters. Price: $14.99. Fresh-brewed coffee just the way she likes it? Priceless.

Bose QuietComfort 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones
Bose QuietComfort 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones

And finally, for when she just needs to tune out the world, the Bose QuietComfort 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones. Smaller and more lightweight than other noise-cancelling headphones (and more expensive), these headphones were designed to be comfortable as well as highly portable. The headphones include an inline microphone/remote for making and answering phone calls, as well as two audio cables and a charger. Battery lasts up to 25 hours per charge. Price: $349.