It’s the holiday season again, and the annual race is on to find just the right gift for everyone on your list. If you have someone in your life who can be affectionately referred to as a geek, you might be dealing with a personality that can be fun, and a little nerve-wracking, to shop for.
Don’t confuse your geeky loved one with a nerd. There is a world of difference between these two types of people, and in their interests. If you see the person you are buying for as someone who likes to collect things or takes lighting their home to the next level, then the geek label is likely more accurate. Nerds tends to like ideas and are more interested in cerebral hobbies such as chess and Sudoku.
Once you’ve determined that you are indeed dealing with a geek, here are some ides sure to please.
Star Wars love pillowcases are printed with the Han Solo/Princess Leia exchange from the Empire Strikes Back of “I love you” and ” I know.” Since Solo is probably the only movie hero in history who has ever gotten away with saying something like that, it deserves to be immortalized on a pillowcase and given as a Christmas gift.
Meteorite and dinosaur bone rings are a unique gift for the geek on your list. Show how much you care with a titanium and 14K gold band accented with a Gibeon meteorite and agatized dinosaur leg bone inlay from the Morrison Foundation in Utah.
If you have an Avengers fan on your Christmas list, consider buying a Tony Stark light up LED Iron Man shirt. The battery-powered units behind the shirt can be removed when you want to wash it.
Hickies are a simple, practical choice for the geek on your Christmas list. They are colorful laces for athletic shoes that transform them into sleek and stylish slip-ons. No more tying laces or coping with frustration when they break. Once the Hickies are in place, they do not need to be adjusted.
For your geeky friends who are putting in long hours slaving away at the computer, you may want to look at buying a USB LED beverage cooler. This nifty little mini fridge is just big enough to accommodate a single can of soda and keep it nicely chilled.
Since the holiday season and enjoying alcohol seem to go hand in hand, why not give your geeky friend or relative a chemistry-themed cocktail set? This interesting twist on a classic bar set has two beakers, an Erlenmeyer flask, and a shaker. The shot glasses also look like miniature beakers to continue with the chemistry theme.
To continue with the science theme (and since cooking and baking do involve chemistry), a test tube spice rack is a practical gift that no geek can resist. It comes with 10 test tubes that are sealed with corks to keep spices fresh and a metal rack that can either be mounted onto a wall or placed on a kitchen counter. The recipient would simply mark the test tubes with a wax pencil to keep track of the contents and he or she is ready to start conducting any number of kitchen experiments.
Since just about everyone enjoys pizza, buy a pizza cutter shaped like the USS Enterprise of Star Trek fame. Let it boldly go there no cutter has gone before (at least not in the same box).
Simplicity also makes the best gifts. For example, you could give a personalized Christmas card to your geek friend and add some of his favorite geek icons on it. This will surely be a memorable and heartfelt greeting.