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Christmas For The Geek In Your Life

Updated on November 13, 2014
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Some gift ideas for this Christmas based on my own wish list

We all need a little love, even us geeks!

Whether it's geeky movies, geeky books or gadgets that even non-geeks like, geeks just love geeky gifts.

Here's some ideas for Christmas gifts for the geek in your life.

There's something for everyone:

A SatNav for the Techie guy or gal.

Some movies for the movie/Batman fan

...and some board games for the Board Game Geek!

My Christmas Wish List - What's on yours?

Here's a few things that are, or have been, on my Christmas list on Amazon for this year or previous years...

Some of them a little bit 'alternative', at least they are if you are a non-geek like me.

What's on yours?

XCom Enemy Unknown

Unusual for an XBox game: a turn based strategy game where you have to send your soldiers to defend the earth from an invasion of terrifying aliens.

Standard B-movie plot idea, but great reviews of this reboot of a 1990s game.

Also available for Playstation and PC.

If you're tired of the usual run and gun games, and want something to make you think, then I heartily recommend this one.

***UPDATE*** If you already like this game, then a newer updated version is also available called, "Enemy Within".

Garmin Satellite Navigation

Decicated Sat Nav for your car with a nice big screen, free map and traffic updates for the life of the product.

This model also includes voice control (+ bluetooth link with a compatible phone) and 3D junction view of major interchanges/slip roads.

I have one of these to help with the daily grind up the motorway to work.

You can see my full review link below.

Pandemic

A cooperative game where you work together to defeat 4 diseases from taking over the world.

This has become one of my favourite games of all time and it's a good family time.

Great to avoid those arguments over Risk.

Plays in 1 hour too.

Batman Trilogy

Awesome reboot of Batman for the big screen.

Creates a new modern twist to the stories with a realistic "could this really happen?" kind of feel to it.

If you've not seen these movies yet - where have you been?

Debate: Who Was the 'Best' Joker? - Heath Ledger or Jack Nicholson ...or Mark Hamill?

In anticipation of this movie madness, let me know who is the best Joker outside of the comic books.

I think Heath Ledger's portrayal of the Joker in "The Dark Knight" was absolutely awesome and in keeping with the modern reboot of the Caped Crusader:

He was intimidating, really scary and well, really scary.

However, sometimes I still prefer Jack Nicholson with a slightly more humorous take.

OK, only a little bit more humorous and yes, the Tim Burton versions are looking very long in the tooth and have dated badly, but....

Having said that, I am a great fan of the Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City games...

I think that my favourite Joker may actually be Mark Hamill for sheer wit, and laugh out loud lines.

Who was the best joker and why?

Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger

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    • Jackson Thom 3 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      Heath Ledger rocked it. So sad about what happened. I thought his sickness brought the Joker into the 21st century.

    • Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Heath Ledger. I like sad, sadistic Joker more than greedy prankster Joker.

    • Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @mechanicaleye: I think you have a very good point there!

      Thanks for sharing it.

    • Eda Škulj 4 years ago from Bosnia and Herzegvina

      I'd say Heath, but here's the thing. I also think that Nicholson was the perfect Joker for that time and age. Preferences change, and now Ledger is the perfect Joker. They are both fantastic, Heath just appeals to newer generations more.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Heath Ledger...I have to go for looks ;)

    • Sharon Berry 4 years ago from Michigan

      It's a toss up between these two but if I really had to pick one I guess I would have to go with Heath Ledger.

    • Vikki 4 years ago from US

      Ohhh, I have to go with Heath!

    Jack Nicholson

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      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I'm an old timer so Jack Nicholson and Ceasar Romero.

      • diksha12 4 years ago

        He is the best joker because his comedy is so natural

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Jack Nicholson for me and Cesar Romero I liked Heath but the other two take first place on my list.

      • dellgirl 4 years ago

        Jack Nicholson, he 's the best!

      Lord Of The Rings Games - The ultimate Lord of the Rings Geek-games?

      If you like Lord of the Rings, in books, video games and movies (I love 'em all), then here's some Lord of the Rings themed board games for your thoughts.

      First up, grand strategy in War of the Ring.

      War Of The Ring Board Game

      This is the best ever simulation of Lord of the Rings, in war game form.

      While not a "pure" wargame, it's not for the faint of heart (plenty of rules, with a learning curve to them), but gets the "flavour" of the theme just right.

      It neatly balances the military strength of Sauron, with the need to find that ring before the Fellowship gets to Mount Doom.

      It comes with a large number of plastic figures to represent the armies and characters of the books.

      In a word: Awesome.

      Number one on this list is the "Lord of the Rings Board Game" by Reiner Knizia.

      Can you beat the game by taking Frodo and the ring all the way to Mount Doom without getting corrupted on the way?

      This is a brilliant and unusual game for 2 - 5 players (I have a copy, and I think it is best with 3 or more players).

      Play this one together with friends, as it requires teamwork - and lots of it - to defeat the Dark Lord.

      It's unusual in that it is co-operative: you and your friends/family are trying to beat the game itself, rather than each other.

      Believe me when I say that this sounds a lot easier than it is, even on the "easy" level!

      Compared to other games, it's fairly complex to get the hang of, although my kids get on with it fine (they learnt it when they were 10 and 8).

      Middle Earth Quest

      I don't have this one myself, but I've heard good reports about it.

      In a questing kind of way.

      LOTR In Cards

      One of those simple, yet absorbing battle card games.

      For when you just want to kick back with some cards and kick some orc.

      Prequel Game

      With all the hype around the Hobbit at the moment, it's natural for us to want to join Bilbo on his quest.

      This is a new game of The Hobbit by renowned designer Reiner Knizia (same person who made the excellent Lord of the Rings board game above).

      With more beautiful artwork by John Howe, The Hobbit Boardgame has received very good reviews.

      Helpful Links

      Here's some links related to some of the items in this lens.

      My Blog

      ...and if you like my geeky article, you may also like my (slightly) geeky blog

      Do you have a Geek in your life, or are you a Geek yourself?

      If so, then please leave a comment.

      What do you think would be the perfect "Geeky" Christmas gift?

      Guestbook Comments - What do you think?

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          Tim Bader 2 years ago from Surrey, UK

          Lol! There's plenty of us out there. :)

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          Lorelei Cohen 2 years ago from Canada

          After seeing your gift list I am so thinking that my son in law is a major geek.

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          Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

          @PaigSr: You have an unusual point of view on the Joker!

          I have fond memories of what I see as the 'original' Batman series, and Adam West, but still view it as more 'pow' and 'bam' than anything else!

          Thanks for reading.

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          PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

          Cesar Romero is the best for the Joker. But he is probably not in these games. As far as the Lord of the Ring's games you may have to ask the daughter as this is here neck of the woods.

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          Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

          Glad to see LOTR games and lore kept alive. Good suggestions! I love all things Tolkien.

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          Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

          @mechanicaleye: Made me laugh! Thanks for leaving a comment.

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          Jo-Jackson 4 years ago

          I love the Lord of the Rings games.

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          Eda Škulj 4 years ago from Bosnia and Herzegvina

          I am one myself. And I want all of this for Christmas. All of it. Everything.

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          Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

          @ksrpraj: Glad you liked it!

          Which games are your favourite?

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          Sriram Raj 4 years ago from New Delhi

          Nice Lens. Well mixed up. I am also a game lover.

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          Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

          @anonymous: Thanks for your comment!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Great lens, hope you are enjoying Squidoo!

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          LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

          Welcome to Squidoo:)

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          pawpaw911 4 years ago

          Nice collections of stuff for Geeks.

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          Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

          @choosehappy: I think I agree with you. Where would we be without the geeky part of us?

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          Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

          @KandH: Great ideas!

          Thanks for commenting

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          shahedashaikh 4 years ago

          Cool lens,Welcome to Squidoo.

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          KandH 4 years ago

          Stationery and Jigsaw puzzles - my favorite geeky gifts to get :)

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Being a geek can be an OK thing. Very cool lens.

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          June Campbell 4 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

          I have geek tendencies. My wish list is more basic. I want an iPad and an ebook reader. LOL

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          Sharon Berry 4 years ago from Michigan

          I and several of my relatives are rather geeky, but that's a good thing.

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          Vikki 4 years ago from US

          I started to say I don't have any geeks in my life, but that could mean, I am the geeky one ;) I agree with Mia below; we all have a geek in us. It's cool.

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          MiaMusement 4 years ago

          We're all a little geeky... I think it's called "the human condition"... ;-)

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          Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

          @dellgirl: That's ok: I'm a geek too!

          I say Geeks unite!

          Thanks for leaving a comment.

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          dellgirl 4 years ago

          Yes, I Do have some Geeks in my life, some would consider me a Geek. Okay, okay...I'm a Geek!