Best Gift Shops For Tech Lovers In Cleveland

July 7, 2015 8:00 AM

Every family has one; the one parent, sibling, aunt or cousin that just loves technology. When their birthdays roll around it can be a real challenge to find something special. Gift cards feel impersonal and anything found in a big box store will likely seem hopelessly outdated to any real techie. Here are five stores in the Greater Cleveland area that sell the gadgets, collectables and DIY gifts that any tech geek will love.
PC Surveillance
4510 E 71st St. #8
Cleveland, OH 4410
(216) 325-1006
www.pcsurveillance.net

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If there’s one thing hardcore techies value above all else, it’s security. PC Surveillance is a company that deals specifically in that field. In addition to selling a range of high-end home security systems, internet controlled all-weather cams and DVR surveillance set ups, the store also has a range of super cool spyware. One can feel secure in the knowledge that no one else thought to bring a 10GB hidden camera disguised as a tower fan or spy cam/4GB USB drive that’s indistinguishable from an ordinary pen.

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Parma Hobby 
5275 Ridge Road
Cleveland, OH 44129
(216) 741-6440
www.parmahobby.com

Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

When selecting a gift for those technically inclined individuals whose tastes are a bit more old school, Parma Hobby is definitely worth a look. The shop has a variety of model trains, radio controlled vehicles and plastic models. Parma Hobby also has all the parts, paints and decals that a hobbyist could want. And for techies interested in getting into a new hobby, the store offers how-to classes.

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Gamers Haven 
6639 Pearl Road
Parma Heights, OH 44130
(440) 845-9978
www.screamingdragon.com

Hours:  Monday through Thursday, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sundays, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Before best-selling online role-playing games like Warcraft and Skyrim came onto the scene, table top role RPGs ruled the roost. A techie who’s spent years playing MMORPGS will likely get a big kick out of a Magic: The Gathering starter deck or the latest edition of Dungeons & Dragons. Gamers Haven not only sells all the RPG components a gamer could ever want, the shop also regularly hosts gaming tournaments. Online gaming is great, but there’s nothing like going on an IRL quest.

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Carol & John’s Comic Shop 
Kamms Plaza Shopping Center, 17462 Lorain Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44111
(216) 252-0606
www.cnjcomics.com

Hours: Monday through Friday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sundays, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

If someone owns a rooted Android phone, an Alienware laptop and 5TB hard drive, there’s a good chance they’re a fan of the movies put out by Marvel Studios. If their interest in cinematic superheroes extends into the comic book series that spawned them, a trip to Carol & John’s Comic Shop is in order. One can pick up single issues and trade paperbacks containing the four-color adventures of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the rest of the Avengers. And techies will totally get into the Augmented Reality content present in most Marvel comics.

Cleveland Cavilers Team Shop 
1 Center Court
Cleveland, OH 44115
(216) 420-2955
www.cavaliersteamshop.com

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tech-head or not, any Clevelander worth their salt felt a swell of civic pride when the Cavaliers went on an amazing run during the 2014-15 NBA season. As such, they’ll appreciate a crisp new LeBron James jersey, a Kyrie Irving bobblehead or an Anderson Varejao fathead. Alternatively, Northeast Ohio techies can show off their hometown pride in a more subtle fashion with some sweet Cavs mugs, tote bags or iPhone cases. If one particularly item doesn’t jump out at you, gift cards are available.

Mario McKellop is a freelance writer who has covered the pop culture beat since 2010.