The Best Christmas Gifts for a Geek 2011

Geeks are some of the hardest people to shop for, since we tend to have every goody we can afford, and it may not be readily obvious what we want or need. However, the great thing about shopping for a computer geek, or any kind of geek, is that you don't need to buy a big flashy gift to impress. In fact, a small quirky or useful present can mean more to a geek than any computer monitor. Here are a few fun gifts guaranteed to please the nerd in your life.

Geek tested and approved!

The Geek's Guide to World Domination

A book that captures all of the zany humor and wit Geeks love (there are 314.15 subjects!) while still conveying interesting and useful information, The Geek's Guide to World Domination is a handy book to have for the upcoming Geek Uprising. Will you be lumped in with 'the beautiful people?' Not if you have this for a reference! I personally loved this book and couldn't put it down.

The Resurrection Plant

One of my favorite 'pets' is Gertie, my Resurrection Plant. Gertie sits on a windowsill in a bowl of water. Being a plant, she doesn't do much. If I forget to water her, she shrivels up into a little ball, and as long as I remember to water her again in the next 50 years, she'll be fine! Also known as Jericho flowers, these plants blow around the desert like tumbleweeds until they find water, then dry up again and repeat the process for decades. They are sure to earn the admiration of every geek who has pondered the difficulty of attaining immortality.

Kindle Fire

If you want to get your geek something a little more expensive, the upcoming Kindle Fire would be a great place to start. It's not true for all geeks, of course, but most enjoy reading books of all types. How will we ever accumulate enough knowledge to push ourselves into a telekinetic state without reading, after all? The Kindle makes it easy for a geek on the go to access anything stored on this powerful device, while still being sleek and stylish.The Fire brings a color screen to the mix and internet access, although older versions of the Kindle are still beloved by many for their e-ink screens. The Kindle Fire's preorders recently exceeded those for the iPad - is this finally a tablet to compete with Apple?

Videogames

Not only geeks love games, but boy do most of us have a soft spot for them! No matter what console your particular gift-recipient plays, there's been some fantastic games released this year. High up on this particular geek's list is Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. With beautiful visuals in a fantasy setting, it looks to be one of the highlights of the year.

One game sure to bring up a bit of nostalgia is The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, a remake of the classic game for the Nintendo 3DS. Also look at Dead Space 2 for sci-fi fans.

Cleaning Supplies For Electronics

Technology is a geek's best friend, but snacks during a late-night programming drive can leave keyboards and other nooks and crannies filled with gunk. Screens get smudged by fingerprints and stray water droplets. All of these can slow down a geek, so make sure he or she is well-prepared to keep electronics squeaky clean!

Toys

We're in a golden age of geeky toys, with plenty of fun gadgets to play around with. Bring out the inner child of your geek with R/C vehicles like a working helicopter, or a USB missile launcher for covert, computer-based attacks. Science project kits can also be good fun- especially a robot you get to program yourself!

The key to shopping for a geek is to know what inspires them. There's a million things to be a geek over, so figure out what makes your tick and then try to find something fun or useful he or she doesn't have. Most of all, geeks love to share their passions and be recognized for them. If you take the time to make these considerations, I'm sure the recipient will be so touched that any gift will be a success!

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