10 Cool Gifts for the Big Geek In Your Life
It's that time of year again. The time of year when Geeks all over the world lament the fact that most of the people in their lives have no idea what sort of gift to buy them for the holidays.
See, Geeks like normal stuff (socks, underwear, shirts, baskets of fruit, boxes of chocolate, wine, beer, tools... Hell, some of us even like that nasty fruitcake brick). But there is also have a passion for stuff that people over the age of 13 don't usually pay attention to. A passion for gifts that are generally not practical, sometimes childish, and often just plain odd.
I'm going to address gifts of this nature. Sure, not all of them are off-the-wall, but all of them fit the criteria of a Geek Gift.
How do I know?
I'm a Geek myself, of course.
By the way - if your credit card is itchin' for you to buy one of the items below, simply click on the picture. My wallet is already begging for mercy thanks to my research for this article...
Geek Gift # 1: Star Trek (DVD or Blu-ray)
What can I say about J.J. Abram's continuation/reboot of this long running franchise? Well... first and foremost, it's a really fun ride. This movie starts strong and never lets up. Writers Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman concocted a way to satisfy most purists, while also cranking up a whole new angle - making it great for die-hard fans and newbies alike. Don't think to hard about the plot - there are holes the size of Arkansas in there. Just sit back and enjoy the ride. (Buy here)
Geek Gift # 2: Batman: Arkham Asylum (PC, PS3, XBox360)
Sporting a great story, impressive audio and video, and a crazy number of combat combinations and Bat-gadgets, it's hard not to be excited by the Dark Knight's latest gaming adventure. You play Batman (of course). Your mission: escort the Joker into Arkham Asylum, Gotham's answer to the nut house. But what happens when the Joker escapes, locking you inside the asylum with the insane inmates that you, Batman, are responsible for incarcerating?
Lots of ass-kicking, that's what. (Buy here)
Geek Gift # 3: Victory
Look at the crazy cover to this hardback novel by Greg Broadmore and tell me it doesn't scream "Geek Gift!" Subtitled: "Scientific Adventure Violence For Young Men & Literate Women," this pulp fiction introduction to life on Venus entertains while simultaneously satirizing the negative aspects of British Colonialism. Broadmore's artwork is first rate, and the stories are nothing short of fun. (Buy here)
Geek Gift # 4: BluAlert Bluetooth Bracelet
This Bluetooth v1.2 (compatible with 1.1, 1.2, and 2) bracelet has a 100 hour stand-by time (offset by a 3 hour charge time). The bracelet buzzes when you receive a call. And it apparently buzzes very loudly. This little whopper is available in black or in stainless steel; the black version just alerts for calls, while the stainless steel version also provides caller ID. (Buy here)
Geek Gift # 5: Sonic Fabric Necktie
Made of 50% recorded audio cassette tape and 50% thread, this is the tie for Geeks! The cassette tape actually contains audio of layered samples and can be heard if you run a tape head across it. Available in three colors (light gray, dark brown, and black), these ties carry a somewhat hefty price tag of $120 each!
Geek Gift # 6: Laser Guided Scissors
I can't cut in a straight line. Embarrassing to say, but true. When I cut gift wrap my edges are always jagged (and my actual wrapping job looks like it was done by a blind toddler who lost his fingers to a threshing machine). Perhaps these scissors would help. (Buy here)
Geek Gift # 7: Avatar Toys
These toys from James Cameron's $400 million movie are just plain cool. Not only are the action figures (and vehicles) fully articulated, but each toy contains a little gadget called an i-TAG. Interfacing this with a web cam opens up a virtual toy - a hologram of sorts that projects only on the monitor and interacts with commands from the i-TAG. Truly one of the coolest things I've seen this year.
For more information, including video of the virtual toys, check out Mattel's Avatar Toys Put Virtual Reality in the Palm of Your Hand. The whole collection can be found here at Amazon.
Geek Gift # 8: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Statue
Okay... I had to put something from my Christmas wish list in here. I can't be alone in my unabashed Geek-love of the Indiana Jones films. And while "Temple of Doom" is rightfully scrutinized for its action-over-plot design, I can't help but consider it one of the more entertaining films ever made.
When I saw this super detailed statue by Kotobukiya, I froze for a few seconds... then realized I had drooled on my desk. Made of PVC, it is actual a snap-fit kit that can be assembled in seconds... and would look great on top of my bookshelf... (Buy here)
Geek Gift # 9: Han Solo in Carbonite Desk
This detailed replica turned desk by Tom Spina Designs is quite jaw-dropping. Each time I finished my work for the day I would be tempted to key in the combination to thaw out the poor guy... I don't even want to guess at the price tag on this thing.
Geek Gift # 10: Perky Jerky
The phrase "Invigorating Beef Jerky" causes me to flinch a little. It just doesn't quite sound right. But...
I was one of those guys who drank gallons of coffee and Jolt Cola to get through exams, often at the expense of eating. Caffeinated beef jerky would have been a welcome addition to my diet during those times. With 150 milligrams of caffeine per bag and flavored with guarana, these little beef chips promise to keep you awake and taste yummy! (Buy here)