Top Ten Geeky Gifts for Christmas
Are you a geek? Do you know a geek? Perhaps you are a closet-geek ready to come out! Whatever your circumstance, Christmas is right around the corner, and your favorite geek or geek-to-be will need some pampering. If your geek has been very good all year, surely you should reward good behavior with a fabulous holiday surprise? Gifting this particular demographic can be a challenge, though, as geeks are known to have “hot buttons” a little off-center. Not to worry, my research has uncovered some of the most current and novel geeky gifts our third rock from the sun has to offer! Check out my choice for the Top Ten Geeky Gifts for Christmas 2008, and shop to your heart’s content! Yes, Einstein, there is a Santa Claus!
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Best Geek Gift #10: USB Watch
Remember when Flash Drives on a lanyard were all the rage. Oh, but that was so 2007. Now you can tote 4 GIGs of data...and be able to tell time at the same time! This wristwatch has a flash RAM built-in. A USB cable, stored out of sight in the wristband, can be extended from the band to access any computer or laptop. Plus it keeps accurate time and looks great! The DiskGO USB Watch retails for less than $60. Great for that Mad Hatter geek, who needs a lot of memory and is always late for that very important date!
Best Geek Gift #9: IP Address T-Shirt
Behind all the names of the URLs of Internet websites are a series of numbers called IP (Internet Protocol) addresses. IP constitutes the primary network layer for use on the Web. Geeks “in the know” know that “127.0.0.1” refers to the standard IP address used for loopback network connections. In layman’s terms this means that if you try to connect to 127.0.0.1, you are immediately looped back to your own machine; i.e. “home”. Topics like this are what geek find enticing, because they are generally not subjects embraced by the masses. Gift your favorite geek with a 127.0.0.1 Shirt something only his inner circle can relate to.
Best Geet Gift #8: The SEO White Hat
" Whitehats” are website designers that "play nice" and follow all of the search engine rules set down by GOOGLE and the other search engines to optimize web sites. “Blackhats” are website designers who use backdoors, cloaking, and other devious tricks to scam the system when optimizing sites. Using “Whitehat” tactics will help a website move up on the search engines rankings without the fear of Google applying a restriction or banning one’s site for unethical practices. What better gift for the SEO professional in your life who works within ethical guidelines, than his or her very own SEO White Hat!
Best Geek Gift #7: Wi-Fi Detector T-Shirt
How annoying is it to search for a Wi-Fi connection in a hotel lobby or airport, only to find out none exists. But now thanks to the ingenious company ThinkGeek, you don’t even have to boot up, as you can now display the current Wi-Fi signal strength when you wear your very own stylish animated Wi-Fi Detector Shirt . The glowing bars on the front of the shirt immediately start flashing as the surrounding Wi-Fi signal is detected. Finally the special geek in your life can get the attention he or she deserves as others bow to their reverential Wi-Fi god or goddess-ness! Women can be sure that while wearing their own Detector Shirt, geeky guys aren’t simply admiring their assets…they’re also just checking out the Wi-Fi signal strength!
Best Geek Gift #6: Binary Wedding Band
Perhaps, the minimalist “I do” is a better choice!
About to marry your favorite geek at Christmas? Well how do you seal the deal with a geeky twist?How about a binary wedding band ? The message however has to be short and sweet of course, given that you’re writing it in binary jewels. For instance a simple “I love you” is not only unoriginal, it’s too long:
Best Geek Gift #5: The Only Complete Swiss Army Knife
For the geeks in your life who are fixer-uppers, whose work rooms resemble mini-Home Depots, it’s often hard to find another gizmo to add to their super-sized toolbox. Well, if you have a few extra shekels to spare, to the tune of $1400, we’ve got just the gift for you! This Swiss Army knife is not only the largest of its type; it’s the holder of the Guinness World Record for "The Most Multifunctional Penknife," with 87 precision-engineered tools spanning 112 functions. Made by Wenger, crafters of genuine Swiss Army knives since 1893, this handy-dandy-all-purpose device has seven blades, three types of pliers, three golf tools, 25 flat- and Phillips-head screwdrivers and bits, saws, wrenches, and more. It also has a bicycle chain rivet setter, signal whistle, 12/20-gauge shotgun choke tube tool, combination fish scaler, hook disgorger, and line guide tool, cigar-cutting scissors, laser pointer, tire-tread gauge, toothpick, tweezers, and key ring. And the list goes on! So fork over the cash and make your Geek the number-one cut-up this holiday season!
Best Geek Gift #4: Survival Kit in a Sardine Can
Do you know any security geeks? The ones that are obsessed about being prepared in case of a national emergency? As we all know, sardines come packed in metal tins and even though they are an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids, they are kind of funky smelling. No offense to all those sardine fans out there, but these metal tins could be put to much better use. Here we have a genuine air-tight, waterproof, crushproof Survival Sardine Can packed full of 25 survival items. Go fish with the hook and line, find your way home with the compass, boil water in the can for your tea and sugar, use the first aid supplies to survive the wilderness The kit also includes non-aspirin pain reliever, adhesive bandage, alcohol prep pad, antibiotic ointment, book of matches, compass, chewing gum, sugar, salt, energy nugget, duct tape, fire starter cube, first aid instructions, fish hook & line, note paper, pencil, razor blade, safety pin, reflective signal surface, tea bag, waterproof bag, whistle, and wire clip. And they are all packed in there real tight, just like… well sardines!
Best Geek Gift #3: Kill-A-Watt Electrical Power Gauge
It's pretty well known that electrical power is at the core of a geek's existence. It charges up their computers, their entertainment centers, their tools, and all the other funky apparatus they interact with on a daily basis. But in today’s world of energy conservation, geeks need to be conscious of usage and efficiency, as well. The Kill-A-Watt will allow them to connect their appliances and assess how efficient they really are. A LCD display will show consumption by the Kilowatt-hour, just like utility companies. They can then figure out their electrical expenses by the hour, day, week, month, or even an entire year. After receiving such a gift, a geek will never again have to ask the question: “Watts up?”
Best Geek Gift #2: Walkie Talkie Digital Watch
The Walkie Talkie Digital Watch is the latest incarnation of the personal two-way communications for the geek in your life who is old enough to remember "Dick Tracy." It's a lightweight, compact two-way communication device that can be used to stay connected with family, friends or murder suspects at parks, shopping mails, sporting events, concerts and/or crime scenes. In today's cell phone-centric culture, I am sure your geek's walkie-talkie will be the envy of his or her social network. As Tracy was always quick to point out: "Take a note Big Boy, he's waived his right to a phone call!"
Best Geek Gift #1:Personal JetPacks
For all those “Jetson” fans on your shopping list , the ultimate geeky gift this year has to be a jet pack. Ever since Leonardo DaVinci (the Renaissance’s first geek) sketched his innovative flying machine, modern man has dreamed about the day we would be able to strap on some form of apparatus that could propel us into space (or at least around the block). According to Popular Mechanics, two companies are now making jet packs available to the public. Tecnologia Aeroespacial Mexicana is selling a $250,000 jet pack that runs on hydrogen peroxide and keeps its wearer aloft for a whopping 30 seconds. Jetpack International offers a cheaper version for just a paltry $155,000 that provides three more seconds of lift. Worth every cent of it!
And if you can’t afford these models this year, both companies are promising advanced models powered by either propane or actual jet fuel with lift times of 19 minutes, that will be available at a store near you, just in time for Christmas 2009! So start saving up… our geeky friends and family members deserve only the best!
Well, what do you think of my picks for best gifts for geeks in 2009? What did I miss? What did I get wrong? If you are a geek, let us know what you think other geeks would like as gifts.
Note: The writer and/or the site may have received free samples or some other type of remuneration or benefit for trying out, reviewing, recommending or writing about the items covered in this article.