Finding the perfect geeky gifts for nerds is hard.
Nerds aren’t well known for their communication skills, so they won’t freely be throwing out hints as to what nerd gifts they’d like. Even if you do know what niche they’re into and you’re a nerd yourself, there’s still a lot of minute details in selecting a gift.
Take Sci-Fi for example. Star Wars or Star Trek? What color lightsaber? Left-handed, right-handed or dual wielded? Ok, ok, I might be a bit of a nerd myself.
So let me just say, rather than receiving a gift voucher or a t-shirt, the trick to getting gifts for geeks is variety. I don’t mean getting three colors of lightsabers, but more of covering a wider scope in the hopes of hitting the target.
With that in mind, here are 20 Geeky Gifts For The Nerd In Your Life. Hopefully, there’s something here he/she will love!
20 Geeky Nerdy Gift Ideas
Geeks may not like to be called geeks by non-geeks, but between fellow geeks, there’s a constant battle for geek supremacy. How do you tell who’s the ultimate geek, though?
With the perfect gift for geeks, the Geek Battle: The Game of Extreme Geekdom!
Geek Battle is a trivia game which tests the ultimate criteria for being a geek: knowledge (sorry rich geeks, it’s not just about how many toys you have). Whether you like rolling the dice in Dungeons and Dragons or comparing specs on electronic gizmos, Geek Battle has got you covered.
Trivia categories include sci-fi, fantasy, comics, video games, science, and technology, so there’s something for everyone. Some geeks are only keen on their own genre of geekdom, though, so the rules of this nerd gift include team play. That way you can form the ultimate geek team covering all areas of geekiness.
You don’t have to be a geek to like Lord of the Rings. Since it hit the big screens, absolutely everyone is familiar with its arrow-shooting elves and fleet-footed hobbits, and everybody claims to be a fan.
What separates the true Lord of the Rings geeks from those watching just to check out Legolas? Well, besides being able to speak in actual Elvish, a true Lord of The Rings geek would need to the story in print. And that’s where The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings: Deluxe Pocket Boxed Set comes in.
A great geek gift for the nerd who’s a real Lord of the Rings fan, the four-volume box set covers the complete story of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, including useful and interesting annotations. Also included are illustrations, both color and black and white, to help visualize the story.
Each book features a leatherette (like leather, but not) cover with the title stamped in, and all four books are contained in a leatherette bound box with gold foil stamping.
Very nicely presented and a great gift for Lord of the Rings geeks.
This geeky gift is more for gamers ‘of a certain age.’ The Concealable Entertainment Flask – Drunk Hunt is a fun parody of an NES cartridge.
Gamers above the of 30 will instantly recognize the distinctive NES cartridge shape, and ‘Drunk Hunt’ will bring back many fond memories of shooting ducks (and trying to shoot annoying laughing dogs).
The ‘NES Cartridge’ is actually a flask designed to hold up to 4.25 oz of liquid, while the game title strongly suggests that the flask is meant to hold booze. There’s no reason it can’t be used to carry any sort of liquid, though, as you’d have to be a pretty thick-skinned nerd to pull this nerd gift out in front of your drinking buddies.
Still, drinking and nostalgia do make for a splendid mix, and this awesome nerd gift is sure to lead to drunken ‘those were the days’ stories. Who knows, one of you may even try and dig out a dust-covered NES gaming system.
Don’t forget to blow the dust off the cartridges!
The Useless Box Kit is a classic gift for nerds who like to tinker with gadgets. It comes as a DIY kit, so it’s ideal for keeping your hands busy for one or two hours as you assemble it. Kids will also enjoy its simple design, so it makes a great gift for father/son nerds. You’ll need your own tools, though, such as a soldering gun, wire strippers, and a Philips-head screwdriver (every nerd who likes to assemble stuff has these right?).
Once completed, the Useless Box Kit is an attention-drawing box with a simple on/off switch on the top. Just plonk it on your desk, stick a ‘DANGER’ sticker on it, and watch your victims squirm as they try to resist asking you what it is or if they can hit the switch.
Actually, hitting the switch to on will produce a little finger that pops out to turn the switch back to off. Huzzah, the status quo has been returned!
The Force is Strong with this geeky gift!
Star Wars geeks and children will love the Darth Vader Waffle Maker. Quick and convenient, you’ll be able to whip up waffles in the shape of the head of everybody’s favorite Sith Lord. It even comes with a regulating thermostat and weighted lid to ensure perfect and even browning, so that you don’t end up with waffles that are the actual color of Darth Vader’s helmet.
Five temperature settings let you choose waffles ranging from tender and golden to brown and crispy, all with the turn of a dial. Convenient indicator lights will also let you know when to pour the batter and when your Darth Vader waffles are ready.
Get the maple syrup and butter ready. You’ll love this nerd gift so much you’ll want two waffles at breakfast. Don’t think you can finish two waffles?
I find your lack of faith disturbing!
This geeky gift is perfect for those who are sick of Pokémon Go but still want the benefit of bonding with their geeky Pokémon kids. Get this for someone who’s had enough of walking around grassy fields or dimly lit alleyways, and would rather join the Pokécraze from the comfort of a soft sofa with air-conditioning at home.
MONOPOLY: Pokémon Kanto Edition has all the trappings of your regular Monopoly set, only with Pokémon added in. Locations and elements on the playing board are all Pokemon themed. Player tokens come in the form of Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Eevee and Jigglypuff, while house and hotels are replaced with Poké Marts and Pokémon Centers.
Thanks to this cool nerd gift, now you can "Catch ‘Em All" without even having to venture outside.
Nothing screams ‘geek’ more than gadget clothing, which is what makes the Bosch PSJ120 12-Volt Max Heated Jacket a great gift for geeks. As the name suggests, the heated jacket comes with three quick warming heat zones that you can control to heat at three different levels. The heating panels run on a provided rechargeable battery, and will last you up to 6 hours.
The jacket is also water- and wind-resistant, providing you with maximum comfort while keeping you warm and dry. Your nerd friends will be itching to show off this nerd gift, secretly hoping that someone will ask them why their jacket has lights and a battery attached.
And with this jacket, it’s ‘cool’ to be ‘warm.’
Another great Retro gamer gift for geeks, the Duo Pinball for iPad is an add-on that connects to iPads, iPhones, and even iPods. Just download the free Pinball HD Collection from the App Store, connect your device to the Duo Pinball, and you’re all set for some classic retro pinball.
The Duo Pinball comes complete with old school bumper buttons and ball plunger for that unique experience which is pinball.
It’s a great nerd gift for family gatherings, as it’ll help to bridge the generation gap. Older family members will be able to show their skills to the younger generation, while the younger generation can teach their elders about the joy of technology that is the Apple Device. Just be careful that no one flips or nudges their Apple Device too hard.
Science and Nerds seem to go hand in hand, which makes this Laboratory Flask Cocktail Shaker Set another perfect nerd gift. Now your friends can host cocktail parties with scientific flair!
The mixing glass is conveniently designed, allowing for mixing and serving from the same glass. This makes it great for mixing drinks and shots in advance. Furthermore, it has a pour spout on the side which allows for clean and precise pouring. More importantly, though, it means you don’t have to wash a cocktail strainer repeatedly. Also, you can just reuse the ice in the beaker to mix another batch of drinks.
The cocktail set comes with four shot glasses in the form of beaker flasks.
The pieces are all 100% laboratory grade borosilicate glass and stainless steel, in case someone actually feels like conducting some real science experiments. Just be warned; science experiments mixed with alcohol is usually a pretty dangerous cocktail.
Which guy likes DC and Marvel? Every guy! Which makes these Hero Cufflinks another great geek gift for guys.
It’s so tough to find a good pair of cufflinks. Not only are cufflinks costly, but they’re usually pretty dull or boring. Not so with these Hero Cufflinks. Coming in a pack of 6, the Hero Cufflinks include Batman, Superman, Ironman, Captain America, Spiderman and Star Trek (sorry Star Wars fans).
Their design is simple and clean, yet unmistakably recognizable as comic book icons. They’ll make a great impression, as half the action movies in cinemas now are from comic books.
Even the jewelry box which stores the cufflinks makes for a good decorative piece, showcasing the cufflinks to the admiring eyes of fellow comic book geeks. Don’t get your father or better half another boring tie or pair of socks. Get him this great geeky gift instead. Avenger Cufflinks, Assemble!
Every geek likes books. It’s true, some of us only like buying books and displaying them but still, every geek likes books. So you figure a book would be a great geek gift for your friend, but your low geek level means you don’t quite know which book to get. Well how about The Geeks' Guide to World Domination: Be Afraid, Beautiful People.
The book is written by Garth Sundem, also the bestselling author of Geek Logik: 50 Foolproof Equations for Everyday Life. In the book, Garth is witty, fun, and intelligent. For example, Garth covers such delightful topics as Five Thought Experiments You Can Do Without Getting Out Of Bed, World Leaders Who Also Happen To Be Hot, and How To Ask Where The Bathroom Is In Twelve Different Languages. And even if you get it as a nerd gift and they don’t read it, at least it has a pretty cool title.
So guy geeks get to wear comic book heroes on their cufflinks, but what do the girl geeks get to wear? I’ve yet to see any Wonder Woman or Black Widow accessories, unless someone would like to sport a large golden tiara. Well, fret not, for female geeks wishing to flaunt their geekiness can have a piece of the periodic table hanging from their wrist. And which gal wouldn’t want a 6.6-inch-wide Periodic Table of Elements Cuff made of hypoallergenic aluminum material.
Whether you get this nerd gift for a someone who’s a teacher, a chemist, a scientist or someone just plain into science, they’ll love the scientific statement it makes. You might even say, it’s in their element.
Gaming geeks love a chance to bring a piece of their gaming worlds into real life. Even more so when it manages to come in the form of a weapon, so what better piece to bring to life than a Sentry Turret?
This great gift for geeks is an officially licensed Portal 2 collectible with sound effects pulled directly from the game. It’s a 7.5" tall motion detecting turret, which will open and alert when something comes within range.
Some examples of things it can say are:
Turret detects motion nearby: “Target acquired.”
Turret is moved or knocked over: “I don’t hate you.”
Turret is ignored for 30 seconds of inactivity: “Are you still there?”
You’ll still have to make your own ‘Pew pew pew’ noises, though.
14. USB Pet Rock
Older geeks may remember the ‘Pet Rock’ from the 70s. It was basically, well…a rock. Now, the 70s Pet Rock gets a much-needed update, bringing it to the future in the form of the USB Pet Rock; it’s the 70’s Pet Rock, now USB enabled.
The USB Pet Rock does everything twice as fast as its predecessor, the 70s Pet Rock. Which is to say, nothing much. More of a novelty joke item, the USB Pet Rock will have as many uses as you can imagine a rock would have. Use it as a paperweight, a conversation piece, or something to crack open chestnuts.
But it has a USB cable, right? Surely it’s a flash drive or something? Sorry, this nerdy gift is another one that’s just for decoration and conversation. Despite this, it’s a surprisingly popular geek gift. I guess many nerds don’t get outdoors and see rocks much.
When an article of clothing has a bright LED display on it, you know it’s going to make a great geek gift. Get people staring at your friend’s LED-lit bellies with the LED Chrome Scrolling Belt Buckle. The LED Belt Buckle features an 11.7cm x 3.6cm display, and four different display modes (3 directions and 1 flickering). The display color can also be changed from blue to red, white, or amber.
Up to 6 messages can be stored, each up to 255 characters long. Numbers, letters, and symbols can be used. So the only question is: What message would you send out if you had a bright LED display on your belt buckle? Go on and tell us. We won't judge you (much)!
Another favorite gift for geeks and nerds is, of course, LEGOs, and the LEGO Ideas 21305 Maze Building Kit is a particularly popular gift set.
People often underestimate the complexity of the Maze Building Kit, but it actually contains 769 pieces and will take a few hours to assemble correctly. Once finished, you’ll have a classical style maze complete with green ‘start’ tiles, red ‘finish’ tiles and divider elements. The maze is also stylized with medieval-style cottages, archways, a castle, divider, and trees.
Not just an everyday set of LEGO, you’ll also be able to play the classic maze and ball game once it’s finished.
Yes, it’s in non-digital form. Deal with it.
Every geek is only allowed a certain number of novelty mugs, and if you’re getting a geek gift for a Whovian, then the Doctor Who Figural Tardis Mug has got to be it.
Rectangle-shaped and designed as a Tardis, the mug is large, well-made, and sturdy. Rather than just being printed on, you can actually feel the indentations on the walls.
The color and design of the Tardis will satisfy the fussiest of Doctor Who fans.
A lot of nerds have a little bit of OCD ingrained into their systems. Okay, maybe A LOT of OCD. If you know such a nerd, a great nerd gift for you to get him or her would be the Obsessive Chef Bamboo Cutting Board.
Made of durable, easy to clean, long-wearing, and environmentally sustainable bamboo, this cutting board has a multitude of different grid sizes and angles on it. Whether it’s medium dice, small dice, brunoise, fine brunoise, batonnet, allumette, julienne, or fine julienne, there’s a corresponding guideline for all on the cutting board.
The lines are also burnished into the board as opposed to being merely printed on, allowing it to survive longer wear and tear.
Yup, if you know someone who likes to obsessively measure their food as they cut it, this is the geek gift for them. However...don’t complain when dinner comes in exact and precise geometric shapes but comes two hours late.
Pizza! The final frontier!
The Star Trek Enterprise Stainless Steel Pizza Cutter is an officially licensed Star Trek Collectible. Needless to say, Trekkies will love the USS Enterprise design of this geek gift.
The saucer (note: not sauce) cutter is made of laser-etched stainless steel, and it has a zinc-chromium alloy secondary hull and warp nacelles that are perfect for gripping.
Pretty enough to be just a display piece, but definitely up to the complex task of slicing pizzas.
What on earth are Necomimi Brainwave Cat Ears?
Well, using research-grade technology trusted by over 400 universities, scientists have been able to turn brain waves into electrical movements. But rather than making something like a ‘my girlfriend is this close to going ballistic’ meter, they made these: Mood Detecting Cat Ears!
Two light-touch sensors go on your forehead and ear, and depending on your mood, the ears will move correspondingly. Who said all nerd gifts are boring, right?
The ears come in white, but additional ears are available, and they're simple to use and easy to wear. Beyond that, though, this geek gift may just be the perfect way to detect a significant other’s mood.
Buying gifts is always a tough one. There’s just so much out there to choose from, and people have such diverse and individual interests. Luckily, geeks sort of stand out a little from the normal dull crowd, so you’ll be able to get the perfect geek gift by choosing a few from this list.