2017 Holiday Guide: Awesome Gifts for Your Favorite Geek
Geeks are in high demand these days as 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 Gift for the Geek Who Loves Card Games
There has been an explosion of card games from web cartoonists as of late, the most popular of which is Exploding Kittens. Described as a card game about”Kittens and Explosions and Sometimes Goats,” this insane game is created by the mind that brings you The Oatmeal. And if kittens aren’t your thing, check out Bears vs. Babies (also by The Oatmeal) or Joking Hazard (Cyanide & Happiness).
- MSRP: $19.99 | Lowest Price on Ben’s: $15
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- Pros: Simple to play, lots of laughs to be had, expansion packs available.
- Cons: Lots of reviewers complain about the card quality, may not hold up if kids are handling the cards.
Buy This Gift for the Geek Who Loves Everything Star Wars
Following up on the successful BB-8 droid release, Sphero has gone back to the original trilogy to create everyone’s favorite droid, R2-D2. The high-tech toy can be operated with your smartphone (either iOS or Android). Operating over a Bluetooth connection, the R2-D2 has an operating range up to 100 feet and a battery life up to 60 minutes.
- MSRP: $179.99 | Lowest Price on Ben’s: $124
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- Pros: Simple to setup, manual control is excellent, app is highly polished.
- Cons: More expensive than BB-8 (which is often sub $100), can get dirty on floors.
Buy This Gift for the Geek Who Loves Minecraft
Doubling as a night light as well as a USB charger, this nifty wall decoration recreates the iconic Minecraft torch from the popular video game. It offers two USB charging ports, one 2.1A port for charging larger devices like tablets and laptops as well as one 1A port for charging smaller devices like smartphones and portable gamepads.
- MSRP: $29.99 | Lowest Price on Ben’s: n/a
- Pros: Includes on / off switch for flipping the light. Can charge two devices at once.
- Cons: Significantly more expensive than a normal wall charger.
Buy This Gift for the Geek Who Loves a Great Cup of Coffee
Experimenting to find the absolute perfect cup of coffee is a geeky obsession in of itself. You will recognize a coffee geek if they recoil at the thought of drinking the brew in the office coffee pot. Many of these folks grind their own specialty beans as well as use elaborate espresso machines to brew some hot java. The Chemex 6-Cup Glass Coffee Maker is the perfect gift for this geek, offering up a unique way to brew coffee.
- MSRP: $43.50 | Lowest Price on Ben’s: n/a
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- Pros: Filters remove bitterness from coffee, doesn’t require any electricity, stylish design, highly popular among coffee geeks.
- Cons: More time consuming to brew coffee, coffee gets cold quickly, somewhat difficult to clean.
Buy This Gift 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 rolled off the production line and are now readily available. 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, the Jumping Super Mario Question Block Lamp a good backup gift idea.
- MSRP: $59 | Lowest Price on Ben’s: n/a
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- Pros: It turns on by punching the bottom. Classic Mario will never go out of style. Insanely unique gift.
- Cons: Stand will cost an additional $20.
Buy This Gift for the Study-Weary Geek Who Needs a Nap
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 Lite cannot be denied. Ideal for constant travelers or students who need a short break from studying, the Ostrich Pillow Lite follows up on the popular Ostrich Pillow, which was like a personal, mobile version of the Google Nap Pod.
- MSRP: $45| Lowest Price on Ben’s: n/a
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- Pros: Shuts out the majority of sound and light. Perfect for sleeping on a plane. Can also be used as a neck warmer on cold days.
- Cons: Not for the self-conscious. Also, not for international spies. Enemies can sneak up on you easily.
Buy This Gift for the Gadget Geek Who 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: $49
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- 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 Gift for the Geek Who Loves Board Games
Achieving a stellar 4.5-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: $42
- 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 Gift for the Geek Who Loves to Draw
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, 8 and 10.
- Cons: Larger professional tablets can get expensive. Wireless accessory kit isn’t included ($40). Replacement pens are also expensive at $80.
Buy This Gift 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: $55 | Lowest Price on Ben’s: n/a
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- 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?
Buy This Gift for the Geek That’s a Mystery to You
Having trouble figuring out your lovable geek to being with? If that’s the case, then you simply can’t go wrong with a Loot Crate subscription. Offered in increments of 1 month, 3 months, 6 months options, you can give the gift that keeps on giving all year long. Loot Crate packs each monthly subscription box with awesome geek and gamer gear related to all aspects of pop culture.
- MSRP: $20 / month | Lowest Price on Ben’s: $10 / month
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- Pros: Definitely unique. Includes 6 to 9 themed collectibles per box. Offers up a broad range of products.
- Cons: More expensive than other subscription box competitors. ‘Level up’ option also expensive.