I’m a geek (of the science and Star Trek varieties). My husband is a geek (of the engineering and model rocket flavor). We’ve spawned three miniature geeks (small, medium, and large).
Even though I now consider myself a WORD NERD, we still have a lot of geek gifts of Christmases-past in our house, including barometric pressure gages, enough rocketry explosives in the basement to alarm an ATF official, and a museum worthy collection of computers, computer parts, and electronics of unknown origin.
If you’re feeling generous towards your geek beloved, you could invest in a Zombie Proof House. If you’re being silly you could write a love letter entirely in Elvish. But if you seriously need a gift for the geek in your life, try one of these:
A Big Old Hunk of Gallium
From Robert Turner (along with a bunch of other cool stuff), this block of gallium will melt in your hand, not in your mouth:
Gallium is a silvery metal with atomic number 31. It’s used in semiconductors and LEDs, but the cool thing about it is its melting point, which is only about 85 degrees Fahrenheit. If you hold a solid gallium crystal in your hand, your body heat will cause it to slowly melt into a silvery metallic puddle. Pour it into a dish, and it freezes back into a solid. While you probably shouldn’t lick your fingers after playing with it, gallium isn’t toxic and won’t make you crazy like mercury does. And if you get tired of it, you can melt it onto glass and make yourself a mirror.
Han Solo Carbonite Ice Cube Tray
Oh, c’mon, you know you want this! From our friends at Think Geek: “Crystal clear, not scruffy looking.” 🙂 Also useful for CHOCOLATE! Enuf said.
Tesla Party Package
Includes mini-tesla plasma ball (USB powered) and a Tesla vs. Edison throw-down t-shirt. But the best is Electronic Gadgets for the Evil Genius by Bob Iannini (not recommended for anyone with a large stockpile of rocketry explosives in their basement).
Accio Big Bang Theory!
If your geek is of the Hogwarts loving flavor, you can’t miss with a wand that acts like a remote control (see page 9). If I could only get it to clean the kitchen, like Mrs. Weasley does.
R2, Could You Save That?
If your geek is of the Star Wars persuasion, an R2D2 USB drive is flat awesome. I wish I could get one with that little electrical arm attachment just to zap anyone who thinks about taking my flash drive (this happens more than you might think in my house. I’m looking at you Worm Burner).
Retro Gamer Alert
This desktop arcade game is iPad + Atari = Geeksplosion. AND it has a controller. Just in case you get tired of playing Angry Birds.
Geek Humor XKCD style
For serious brainiac, spit-out-your-tea humor, you can’t beat XKCD comics. BONUS: you’ll gain some profound insights into the geek brain, for better (and worse).
If none of these fit your geek gift recipient, try Think Geek – they even have a whole category for Geek Kids (personally I think all kids are born geeks; it’s just that the world beats it out of them).
Happy Weekend (and shopping)!
Holy Dark City, Batman!
For the gaming geeks out there, courtesy of Eliza of Girls PWN, I bring you the Dark Knight in Batman: Arkham City. I know nothing of gaming (seriously, Atari and Angry Birds are the limits of my gaming universe), but anything with The Batman is FTW. Thanks Eliza!