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Geek Gift Guide For The Holidays

Here's a look at 10 great presents any geek would be glad to get for the holidays.
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(Image: JD Hancock via Flickr)

(Image: JD Hancock via Flickr)

'Tis the season when the geeky get jolly. Or the jolly get geeky. In honor of the holiday season, I've put together a list of 10 great geeky presents to put on your list. Whether you are geek looking to add to your dragon's horde or you know a geek you think is hard to shop for, I've found something right for every geek taste.

You'll notice the list is fairly short on licensed products. There are a few reasons for that. First, the obvious geek gear is all about Star Wars this year. We compiled our own Star Wars gift guide, so I went light on the Star Wars picks (but there was one item I couldn't resist including). Second, anyone can go out and buy a replica of the One Ring or a remote control that looks like a Star Trek phaser. Last, I tried to find gifts that would appeal to any geek rather than trying to base the choices on being a fan of any one particular thing.

[See 10 Great Tech Gifts For Under $100.]

Take a look at the list. Then tell me which ones of my picks are going to go on your holiday shopping list, and what made it onto your personal wish list this year.

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nomii
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nomii,
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1/4/2016 | 9:40:51 PM
Re: Love the fish tank
my wife and I were just having a similar discussion. Her point was that people who get others gifts without asking what they actually want can end up being a waste. Even if that gift is different, it might give the receiver a momentary pick me up. But after that, good or bad, an unasked for gift is liable to end up in a box buried in the basement.


broadway true. but i think that you cannot judge what others like to perfection. what others need or not should not be a thought in your mind. if we go too much on others needs and likes, its better that we should give them money to buy gift for themselves. gifts are not needs, its basically to express love, afection and gratitude. what do you say?

Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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12/27/2015 | 3:00:30 AM
Re: Love the fish tank
Terry, 

Probably the world couldn't take more than a few days of ugly sweaters. Or, they would become a sort of fashion and at some point people would start believing they are cool and beautiful. That's what happens with fashion, isn't it? 

Happy New Year! :D 

-Susan
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Angelfuego,
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12/25/2015 | 8:46:56 AM
Re: Love the fish tank
Susan: It is a party around the holidays, in which everyone has to come wearing the ugliest Christmas sweater they have. It could be bought or made. Whoever has the ugliest sweater wins the title of having the ugliest Christmas sweater. You can give the winner a bottle of wine.  It is quite silly but fun.  :)
Angelfuego
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Angelfuego,
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12/25/2015 | 8:43:44 AM
Re: Love the fish tank
Yes nomii. Memorable gitfts serve that purpose. I think this article introduces us to "out of the box" ideas.
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TerryB,
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12/24/2015 | 8:33:30 PM
Re: Love the fish tank
@Susan, yes they are, thank God. :-) Halloween already has it's own dress up tradition which doesn't involve sweaters. And 4th of July might be a little too warm for them. :-)

Merry Xmas and Happy New Year over across the pond.
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mak63,
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12/23/2015 | 4:27:12 PM
AKO Dice
Kinda expensive $18 for a set of two. Hopefully, they didn't kill any elephants to make them.
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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12/23/2015 | 3:28:10 PM
Re: Love the fish tank
TerryB, 

What a good memory! :) Thanks for the explanation. :D This is the first time I've heard about ugly sweater parties. Is it only for Christmas and Christmas themed sweaters? 

-Susan
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Susan Fourtané,
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12/23/2015 | 3:13:12 PM
Re: Put it all on my list
kstaron, 

I find it super adorable that your little one wants a fish. :) 

-Susan 
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progman2000,
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12/23/2015 | 1:54:22 PM
Re: Love the fish tank
Not a fan of the fish tank idea. I've been a aquarium hobbyist for years and I fear this kind of thing just lends itself to someone leaving that fish in a dirty tank. And it's always a betta fish they put in those things :(

I like the Tesla vs. Edison idea though, that would get my vote.
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TerryB,
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12/23/2015 | 1:16:31 PM
Re: Love the fish tank
@Susan, I remember you said you live in Europe, interesting to know that not popular there. A few years ago, Ugly Sweater events got popular in US. Bars would have contests to see who could wear the ugliest Xmas themed sweater. Then private parties for Xmas started using that as theme, you were expected to wear one. Now mfgrs of sweaters produce these on purpose just for these events. But the best ones are always ones people doctor up themselves.
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