Whether you’ve got a gadget fan with an upcoming birthday or you’re simply looking for some new places to stock up on your favorite technological needs, there are lots of local shops to consider. True, there are some great big box stores found all over the Denver area where you can certainly find a lot of these same products, but you rarely get the same level of service, knowledge and attention that you do when you visit a locally-owned, small business. Whether your gadgets of choice are computers, video games, televisions, stereos or cameras, here are five great places to find all the best gifts for the tech lover in your life.
Action Computers
2890 S. Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80222
(303) 759-1668

If computers are your gadget of choice, then you can’t go wrong with a visit to Action Computers. This local company has been servicing all the computer needs of Denver since 1994 and is the largest place in town for used and refurbished computers and computer equipment. Plus, you can even have them custom build your own high-end computer to your specifications. From laptops to desktops to monitors and even vintage computers, you’ll find everything you need for the computer of your dreams. At least until the next upgrade, but then you can head back to Action Computers to have them fix up your old computer or get you into the latest model. The staff here is incredibly knowledgeable too, so don’t be afraid to ask for some help or advice when you stop by.

Crescendo Audio
6760 W 38th Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
(303) 444-4428

A person’s audio set-up is just as important as the rest of her equipment, as any audiophile will tell you. If you’re in the market for some high-end equipment, Crescendo Audio has you covered. You can find all the best brands of speakers, televisions, Hi-Fi stereos, headphones, turntables and more. It’s like a one-stop shop for all your sound needs with up close and personal service. The staff here knows what they’re talking about and are all available to help you put together your perfect home stereo setup. Crescendo even offers home installation, so you can have the experts do all the work for you. When it comes to a local, specialty audio store, you can’t go wrong with Crescendo.

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Level 7 Games
2385 W. Alameda Ave.
Denver, CO 80223
(303) 744-0313

Anyone born in the late 1970s to early 1980s was raised during the burgeoning age of video games, and there’s no better place in town to get your retro game fix than at Level 7 Games. Sure, you can visit one of the big chain stores for the latest Xbox or Playstation game, but where do you go to track down vintage Atari, Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Nintendo 64 and original Playstation games? Level 7 has everything you could want. It’s like a gamer’s paradise, where you just may be able to find some of those games you grew up playing. It also helps that the store is run by gamers for gamers, so you’ll probably find yourself in a fascinating discussion with the staff debating the historic contributions of Sega versus Nintendo. If you have a gamer in your life, they’ll love the trip back in time via Level 7 Games.

Gold Sound
4285 S. Broadway St.
Englewood, CO 80110
(303) 789-5310

For more than 37 years, Gold Sound has been one of the best places in town to find high quality audio and video equipment. From home theater setups to speaker parts and kits to used LP albums and more, this is another wonderful place to find the perfect gift for the techie in your life. Shop for the best amplifiers, headphones, speakers, tubes, turntables and more, all with tons of friendly service from truly knowledgeable and friendly staff. Gold Sound’s reputation for excellence in audio equipment is nationally recognized, with sales reaching all 50 states, despite being a locally-owned shop. It has sold kits to NASA and the United States Air Force. If the stuff at Gold’s is good enough for them, it’s definitely the perfect place to visit to set up your own new home stereo system.

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Englewood Camera
5855 S. Broadway St.
Littleton, CO 80121
(303) 797-0700

Tech fans and gadget fans come with all sorts of different interests and hobbies. One of the most popular, of course, is photography. If you’re a long-time photographer or if you’re just looking to get into the field, upgrade your camera or pick up some new lenses or other fun camera gadgets, swing by Englewood Camera for all your photo needs. From cameras and lenses to studio lighting, lighting kits, bags and battery packs, Englewood Camera has it all. Plus, since this is another fantastic local shop, you’ll find very helpful and friendly employees just waiting to help you find the perfect fit for your next photography project. This local store offers a lot of bang for your buck.

Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.