It's been 200 years since artisan hand-loom weavers in England began smashing and burning the factory machinery that was rendering their jobs obsolete, but some things haven't changed: robots keep making more of the things people used to make, and Luddites--or at least a 21st century version of them--live on.
The modern Luddite tends to have a more personal, less violent disdain for technology than his predecessors, but that doesn't mean he owns, or wants to own, a smartphone. What this person needs instead is an addictive toy that doesn't run on batteries. He could probably also use a good old-fashioned shave and some high-end personal accessories. Check out our gallery for a full list of suggestions.
Consider giving the luddite in your life some stationary, pens, and a great big roll of forever stamps.
Nothing lets the luddite better show off how superior the non-tech world is than a thoughful letter sent via the government post (and the post office would love the revenue boost as well).
It is also likely the only gift you will get a thankyou note for, because luddites are just better people.
Definition of LUDDITE
One of a group of early 19th century English workmen destroying laborsaving machinery as a protest; broadly: one who is opposed to especially technological change.
I am oppose to violent protest, but sometimes hanging on to traditions and respecting the value of others can be a good thing.
Just because it's "NEW", do not always drink the cool-aid.