16 Perfect Gifts for Geeks
You may have to talk them out of wearing T-shirts and sneakers to your sister’s wedding, but your laptop has never been healthier, your blog has never looked cooler, and you’re learning more about power tools every weekend. The nerd in your life deserves something special.
03 Dec, 2008
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A waterproof speaker system for your iPod that has a click-wheel membrane, so you can navigate without exposing your iPod to the elements.
Great for apres-ski hot tubbing in winter, and lazy days rafting in the summer.
LL Bean | Buy
We have one of these, and it’s so intuitive our toddler could use it. It has about three buttons, and a little USB arm that flips out so you can plug it right into your computer to download. No memory cards, no battery pack, no cables. Suddenly, I’m a big fan of the single-use gadget.
Amazon | Buy
A simple sleeve that keeps your iPhone or iPod scratch-free without limiting access too much.
Mi+Ai | Buy
They send you a kit, you spit into a tube and send it back. (How much do I love that graphic, by the way?)
They analyze the DNA in your saliva, then tell you about your genetic ancestry, and your susceptibility to genetically linked medical conditions.
23 and Me | Buy
This artist has a few cool accessories for iPhones and iPods.
This is a stand that lets you, or a fidgety toddler, watch video hands free. There’s a more compact version for travel, and he even has mahogany cases, if that’s your thing.
Dinsmore's Workshop | Buy
This company makes an informative photographic Periodic Table, but they also offer these custom banners that use elements to spell a message. Type in any message to see the results. The one pictured here says Mighty.
Photo Periodic Table | Buy
(Price varies by message.)
Yesterday your cat got into the drawer of charging cables, and it took you three hours to free her.
This lightweight charger quenches up to six gadgets, with your choice of adapters. It’s also compatible with 120/240 V outlets, so you can take it on the road.
And your cat can go find some twine.
Callpod | Buy
(Price includes base and six adapters.)
Does Lego know its audience, or what?
Lego Shop | Buy
He’s building a robot in the garage, and the welding sparks keep singeing his Threadless tees.
Cyclona Designs | Buy
You’re on your own with the gold bikini.
Bleu Arts | Buy
Your devices fit in the slots, and the base hides a power strip and all the gadget cords. Ahh.
Kangaroom Storage | Buy
When computer peripherals (like scanners and printers) are plugged in, they still suck power down even if they’re turned off. This Smart Strip senses when your computer is turned off and shuts down your peripherals too. Saves cash, saves the world, and so forth.
Smart Home | Buy
Douglas Gill Championship Gloves are technically sailing gloves, but the tip of the pointer finger and the thumbs are exposed, so voila! Navigate at will.
Mauri Pro Sailing | Buy
An original Atari 2600 game system that comes with twenty game cartridges. If the Wii is giving him tennis elbow, this will make him feel young again.
Atari.com | Buy