The Best Gifts for the Geeks and Nerds in Your Life
Pop Culture| | By Jason Owen
Do you know someone who’s a self-proclaimed nerd? Of course you do. Everybody geeks out on something. With so many nerds and geeks in your life, it can be hard to find the perfect gift that they’ll love. But fear not, Jedi. We’ve compiled a list of the best geek gifts on the market. These are highly sought-after items that are sure to excite any collector or fan of anything and everything in geek culture. Take a look at these best geek gifts so you know exactly what to get that special nerd this year.
Lego’s Women of NASA Building Kit – Retail $24.99, Resellers – ???
It might be the hottest toy of the holiday season. Within 24 hours of going on sale the set had sold out at most official retailers. You’ll still be able to get your hands on a set through resellers, but until Lego releases another shipment, it’s tough to say how much you’ll end up paying.
R2-D2 App-Enabled Droid by Sphero – $179.99When we were growing up, we all wanted an R2-D2 that followed us around, beeping and booping the whole time. Well, Sphero has officially brought that dream to life with the new app-enabled “Artoo,” with a motion sensor that detects when you’re around and reacts.
Nintendo Switch – $299.99 and upIt’s been a while since Nintendo has released a new system, but the wait was worth it. The Nintendo Switch is a gaming console that you can “switch” up into a portable and take on the go! You can grab the regular console for $299, go for the Neon Blue and Red Joy-Con edition, or grab the bundle edition with Super Mario Odyssey.
Microsoft’s Xbox One X – $499.99The Xbox One gets an update with the X, providing 40 percent more power than any other console to give you a true immersive 4K gaming experience. The One X works with all Xbox One games and accessories, including Xbox Live.
Lenovo’s Star Wars: Jedi Challenges – AR Headset with Lightsaber Controller and Tracking Beacon – $199.99Want to train like a real Jedi? Get in the head of a Jedi master with this AR headset that pits your skills against some of the fiercest opponents in the galaxy. Along with lightsaber duels, you can hone your skills with concentration and military-strategy games. The headset connects to any iOS or Android smartphone.
Heat-Reactive Banned Books Mug – $15.95Show off your inner bibliophile whenever you’re enjoying a cup o’ joe with this heat-reactive banned books mug. When the cup warms up, it’ll reveal the names of the “banned books.”
Star Wars R2-D2 Coffee Press – $39.99 and upTo go along with your nifty Banned Books mug, why not pour your coffee from this R2-D2 Coffee Press? After some initial reports that the filter was made of plastic and thus was warping and cracking from the heat, an updated version with an all-metal filter has come out. The least expensive version we could find is on ThinkGeek for $39.99, but as they tend to sell out, other resellers have started jacking up the prices.
Pet BatCave Bed – $19.99What better way to show you love nerdy things and your best friend in the world (who has his/her own sidekick nickname) than this amazing Petcave Batcave bed. Honestly, it doesn’t get much cuter than this. Star Wars Death Star tree topper. The tree topper comes with lights, sounds, and a remote, and measures 6.3 x 6.3 x 6.3 inches.
Game of Thrones Stemless Wine Glasses and Whiskey Glass Set – $25 and up“That’s what I do. I drink and I know stuff.” And with these amazing glassware sets, you’ll prove your point about knowing the coolest Game of Thrones gifts. Go for Stemless Wine Glasses emblazoned with House sigils, or grab yourself a 4-piece set of premium sand-carved Whiskey Glasses. Whichever one you buy, you’ll prove you know something about Jon Snow.
Guardians of the Galaxy’s Baby Groot USB Car Charger ($39.99) or “Glow and Grow” Baby Groot ($15.52)The love for Baby Groot will never die, and what better way to show off your fandom than with a Baby Groot USB car charger that dances when plugged in? Don’t have a car and still need a Baby Groot in your life? Check out the “Grow and Glow” Groot that lets you grow your own Groot plant with real sprout and vine seeds.
Any Wonder Woman Clothing – prices varyWonder Woman is by far the best DC Comics movie that Warner Bros. has released, and after the massive box-office success of the film it’s no surprise to see retailers selling tons of gear. You can go with the Wonder Woman Boot Knee-High Socks ($12.99), a Flowy Cover-Up shirt ($19.99), a real leather jacket ($119), or a faux leather one ($179.95). Honestly, you can’t go wrong with any.
Best Graphic Novels – prices varyWith everything comics these days, it can be hard to know what’s worth reading and what isn’t. Of course, when you go to the comic shop you’ll quickly find a slew of superhero books, but there’s plenty of others out there that’ll likely be made into the next huge TV or movie hit one day. Here’s our list of the 10 best graphic novels to check out:
- Southern Bastards (Image Comics) – $24.87 (hardcover)
- Silver Surfer (Marvel Comics) – $12.23 (paperback)
- Paper Girls (Image Comics) – $22.48 (hardcover)
- March (Top Shelf/IDW) – $33.44 (trilogy slipcase set)
- The Mighty Thor (Marvel Comics) – $16.99
- Saga (Image Comics) – $33.33 (Book One hardcover)
- Black Hammer (Dark Horse) – $11.90 (paperback)
- Faith (Valiant) – $22.09 (deluxe hardcover)
- Archangel (IDW) – $16.99 (hardcover)
- Astro City (Vertigo/DC Comics) – $24.99 (pre-order hardcover available Dec. 19)
Editor’s Note: Spine Media has an affiliate partnership with Amazon, so we may get a share of the revenue when you purchase through our website.
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