Ermahgerd! Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Geek
We are sure you’ve heard the overused saying “It’s the age of the geek, baby!” That phrase has been beaten to death in pop culture, but it’s only becoming more factually true with each passing day. Geeks are in high demand in the Internet field and the Web is bleeding over into every facet of modern business these days. You inevitably have a geeky relative or friend, so make sure you get them something they will really love this year. Of course, we have a few ideas to help you out.
Buy This for the Geek Who Loves Old-School Nintendo
First available on Etsy before heading over to Kickstarter, the Question Block Lamp is the perfect gift for the geek who can’t get enough of Super Mario, Nintendo or video games in general. After a successful funding campaign, these lamps are rolling off the mass production line at 350 per day and should be stateside by early December. It even plays the gold coin sound effect when turning it off and on! If for any reason this isn’t available prior to the holidays, Super Mario Wall decals are a good backup gift idea—perfect for a cubicle.
MSRP: $49 | Lowest Price on Ben’s: n/a
- Pros: It turns on by punching the bottom. Classic Mario will never go out of style. Insanely unique gift.
- Cons: You probably need to order it immediately in order to snag one before Christmas. No reviews on build quality yet.
Buy This for the Study-Weary Geek Who Needs Naps
Let’s be honest. It’s extremely difficult not to make fun of someone wearing this gift, but the usefulness and comfort of the Ostrich Pillow cannot be denied. Ideal for constant travelers or students who need a short break from studying, the Ostrich Pillow is like a personal, mobile version of the Google Nap Pod. Also perfect for extreme introverts, they can escape into a darkened world of soft, plush comfort and avoid all interaction with humanity.
MSRP: $99 | Lowest Price on Ben’s: n/a
- Pros: Shuts out the majority of sound and light. Perfect for sleeping on a plane. Includes hand holes for adjusting headphones or tucking hands away when napping on a desk.
- Cons: Not for the self-conscious. You will look like a hammerhead shark ready for the next SyFy original creature movie “Landsharknado!” Also, not for international spies. Enemies can sneak up on you easily.
Buy This for the Gadget Geek That Loves Everything Star Trek
Bringing Star Trek-like communication to the modern world, the Onyx, created by OnBeep, is a wearable device that allows a team of people to communicate in real-time with just a tap of a button. Operating over Wi-Fi or LTE when connected to a smartphone or tablet, it’s a darn cool way to keep track of family at large venues (like theme parks) as well as chat with remote coworkers in the office.
MSRP: $99 | Lowest Price on Ben’s: n/a
- Pros: Works with headphones or a microphone for private conversations. Companion smartphone app identifies the GPS location and availability of each user.
- Cons: Potentially expensive if outfitting an typical family of four.
Buy This for the Geek Who Lives in the Cloud
Network attached storage (NAS) has become increasingly popular over the past few years. The ability to create your own cloud server in order to access media and other content is definitely awesome. The WD My Cloud 4TB Personal Cloud Storage device does exactly that, ideal for any geek who has a huge collection of movies and music. Using the drive, they can store all their content in a single place and access it from anywhere in the world. It’s also more secure than uploading data to a third party service.
MSRP: $249 | Lowest Price on Ben’s: $196
- Pros: Streams to all DLNA/UPnP connected TVs, media players and gaming consoles. Can set up automatic file backups of personal computers. More hard drives can be linked to the device to expand storage.
- Cons: May take a bit of technical knowledge to get started. Data transfer could be slow if you are sending over a wireless home network (when compared to RAID configurations).
Buy This for the Geek Who Does a Great Chewie Impression
Just released last month, The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi book is a fantastic gift for any Star Wars fan who loves the original trilogy. It’s also great for someone who’s interested in making movies. The book is written by an executive editor at Lucasfilm, the same person who published The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in 2010. While the hardcover is probably the best bet as a gift (for the photos alone), there are also Kindle versions available if your geek also loves e-readers.
MSRP: $85 | Lowest Price on Ben’s: n/a
- Pros: Includes exclusive photos of production during the film. Great insights into how the film evolved over time.
- Cons: Digital versions of the book may disappoint.
Buy This for the Geek Who Loves Board Games
Achieving a stellar 5-star rating on Amazon, Risk Legacy takes the traditional Risk board game and adds in game-changing elements that progressively alter each successive round. Decisions that you make in Game 1 may come back to haunt you several games down the line. In addition, the tedious task of world domination has been sidelined in favor of a faster style of play. If you need a backup gift, don’t forget about the horribly evil and insanely popular Cards Against Humanity.
MSRP: $60 | Lowest Price on Ben’s: n/a
- Pros: Evolves into a different game the more that you play as new rules are unlocked. Much faster than traditional Risk.
- Cons: Requires a dedicated group of players to experience all the twists and turns.
Buy This for the Geek Who Draws Constantly
Definitely useful for breaking into the digital art field, the Wacom Intuos tablet allows artists to draw on a digital pad and see the those results on a computer screen. It’s a fantastic companion for someone who uses Photoshop heavily, specifically because drawing by hand is more natural than using a mouse. While there’s also a professional version of the pad, the starter versions are more reasonably priced between $100 to $200. However, you may be able to score one of the pro tablets under $200 with deals posted on Ben’s.
MSRP: $99 to $199 | Lowest Price on Ben’s: n/a
- Pros: Thin, light design ideal for holding in hand. Tablet is extremely responsive to the touch. Plug-and-Play installation on Windows 7 and Windows 8.
- Cons: Larger professional tablets can get expensive. Wireless accessory kit isn’t included ($40). Replacement pens are also expensive at $80.
Buy This for the Geek Who’s Got a Little Freak
This quite possibly may be the geekiest and freakiest product ever made, the Nicolas Cage Morphsuit. Ole Nicky Cage is something of an Internet sensation as his insane facial expressions during films perfectly mix with Internet Memes. It also seems like he never turns down a role; thus the collective mind of the Internet has photo-chopped his face into hundreds of movie posters and scenes from popular films. Collect all those photos, print them on fabric and we have the Nicolas Cage Morphsuit.
MSRP: $65 | Lowest Price on Ben’s: n/a
- Pros: Ideal for all midnight movie openings, since Nicolas Cage should really be in every movie.
- Cons: Stolen, The Croods, Drive Angry, Knowing, Next, Bangkok Dangerous, The Wicker Man, Windtalkers, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Season of the Witch, Seeking Justice, Snake Eyes, The Frozen Ground…Should we continue?