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Awesome Gifts for Nerds - From Geek Gadgets to Pop Culture Prizes

Updated on November 12, 2011

One of the few things I hate about birthdays, weddings, showers, and holidays is that it can be so difficult to find good gifts for people. We all know that difficult person who just buys everything he wants, or who returns everything people give her, no matter what.

Thank goodness geeks are easy to shop for! Though the nerdier members of our population may be a bit odd at times (at least with all those obscure references and predilection for fringe culture), there are plenty of gifts out there that are sure to be a hit.

The key is finding exactly what your geek/nerd buddies are geeky and nerdy about, then getting some gifts related to that thing. Easy peasy! Below I've assembled a collection of the top geeky gifts of the year for you to consider. If you're like me, you'll have to buy two of everything- one for the special nerd in your life.... and one for yourself!

Gifts for the Doctor Who Geek

I'm a major Doctor Who geek, so I have to start with some gift ideas for those who love one of my favorite television shows of all time.

An obvious choice is a sonic screwdriver. Before choosing one of these replicas for the Dr. Who fan in your life, make sure you subtly ask about which Doctor your buddy likes most, since there are different screwdrivers for different Doctors.

Other great Doctor Who gifts include:

  • Bow ties, suspenders, a cowboy hat, or even a fez (for 11th Doctor fans!)
  • TARDIS figurines, cookie jars, USB Hubs, and earrings (See Etsy for the earrings)
  • A poster of the Van Gogh TARDIS painting (FROM MY FAVORITE DR. WHO EPISODE OF ALL TIME)


Presents for Computer Nerds

Many people assume that computer nerds will only get excited about new electronics. To be perfectly honest, buying hardware and/or software for true computer geeks is a bit dangerous, since they're so well-versed in these things (and often so passionately particular about what is good and what is terrible) that your less-informed purchase decisions run a high risk of disappointing.

You can, however, have a much higher chance of pleasing and impressing computer enthusiasts by catering to their brand preferences. The nice thing about getting, say, an Apple logo necklace or a Linux shirt, is that you don't have to worry about getting something that is technologically inferior, somehow incompatible, or already-purchased!

What's more, non-techy-but-nonetheless-computer-related gifts are fun, which can be a nice diversion from the usually workhorse-like nature of the hardware and software that computer-fans usually invest in.


Gifts for the Star Wars Nerd

If you're not exactly sure what your geeky friend likes most, consider Star Wars to be a safe bet. It's such a widely-beloved classic that pretty much any self-respecting nerd is going to like Rebel or Empire-related goodies.

Lightsabers make for extra fun gifts- mostly because it doesn't take a serious Star Wars fan to enjoy the brilliance of futuristic glowy swords. Since lightsaber replicas (at least the decent ones) are pretty expensive, I recommend giving the gift of lightsaber chopsticks. I bought my own pair a year ago and still get a huge kick out of them!

Stormtroopers are also a common Star Wars favorite (WARNING: Do not give Empire gifts to those who identify with the rebel forces), so fun little Stormtrooper clocks and nutcrackers (for the winter holidays) also make great goodies.


Gifts for the Star Trek Geek

Yeah, yeah, just when you think you're free of the 'Star' gifts.... But Star Trek fans abound, and there are so many cool gifts you can give to Trekkies!!

I'm a big fan of kitchen goods and useful gifts, so I love the USS Enterprise-shaped bottle openers and pizza cutters out there. They look cool, and unlike many other replicas and figurines out there, they'll do something more than collect dust!!

If you've got some boozy buddies who love Star Trek, I recommend the hip flask. If you want to promote fun mock fights instead of drinking, go with the phaser. There are also, of course, Starfleet Command Division badge prop replicas, Star Trek colognes, and tons and tons of figurines... but... I strongly, strongly recommend gifts that do things! Nerds are all about functionality.

Gifts for D&D Nerds

It doesn't get nerdier than Dungeons and Dragons, so why not have a bit of fun with some D&D gifts!

If your D&D-loving friends or family still play, consider getting them some sweet new game accessories, like steampunk dice!

If you know a Dungeons and Dragons fangirl, I highly recommend D&D dice earrings. They're AWESOME, and even though I've never played or even really know much about the game, I totally want a pair.

Gifts for Internet Meme Fans

Before doing a bit of searching, I had thought that internet memes were too etherial for there to be gifts made of them, but I was wrong!

One of my favorite (and perhaps the strangest) meme gifts is the bar of Trollface meme soap. Talk about hilarious and creepy!! You can also get Me Gusta and Forever Alone soap and some other hilariously strange bars.

FYI, there are also Nyan Cat t-shirts, classic lolcat books, and many, many other blog-related publications, if your meme-loving buddies are into that whole... book thing.

Join in on the fun!

To be perfectly honest, the best gift you can give to a nerdy friend is something that money can't buy.

What I'm trying to say is that geeking out with your nerdy buddy is more valuable than any trinket (however cool) you might offer. So if you have to choose between spending money on a thing versus treating the two of you to (or joining in on) a geeky convention / movie / event, definitely go for the experience.

But if you're really itching to wrap something all purdy-like... well, these aren't terrible options.


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    • prettynutjob30 profile image


      6 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

      I love the Apple logo necklace great hub voted up.

    • Melissa McClain profile image

      Melissa McClain 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I've got to get that Enterprise pizza cutter. Of course that will inevitably lead to eating more pizza but I'm willing to make the sacrifice for the sake of nerdom.

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      6 years ago

      The Linux shirt is quite nice (and I know at least a couple of people who would sport it with pride and gratefulness) but the prize goes HANDS DOWN to the Stormtrooper nutcracker!!! Now that is something I would instantly buy for myself if it weren´t so damn expensive!! Still a great gift idea...

    • Simone Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      cowboomfanclub, your wife is AWESOME!

      Hehee, so we're of the same mind, Kimberly Turner! ThinkGeek is one of my favorites, too. THey're the ultimate nerd supply site, imho. Thanks for the comment!

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      Kimberly Quevedo 

      6 years ago from New Jersey

      I love this article! My favorite type of people to buy for are geeks because then I can really personalize their gift and make it special for them. One source I tend to go for this is This site has great items on it and I found it so useful for the geek within all of us! Thanks for the hub!

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      6 years ago

      For sure on the "experience" before gadget thing. My wife bought me tickets to ComicCon a couple of years ago, and I definitely remember that above all other "things" she ever bought me. :)

    • Simone Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Hahaa, but that's how it is so much of the time, melbel!! It's so frustrating @_@ And I am now officially changing my wishlist channel to "Can haz?" Brilliance!

      Oooh, he must be so much fun to shop for, randomcreative!!! It is fun to branch out every now and then... I like that there are a lot of fun, visiually interesting geek gifts to compliment requested-but-otherwise-boring gifts :D

      I daresay you have excellent taste, Movie Master!

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Simone, that pizza cutter looks the 'bit of kit' I quite fancy that myself!

      Great suggestions, thanks for sharing and voting up!

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      My husband is a pretty big nerd so I know how it goes with gift giving for nerds haha. Thanks for the great suggestions! It's fun to branch out from the electronics, DVDs, etc. and get something a little different.

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      Melanie Palen 

      6 years ago from Midwest USA

      Totally agree on your point on buying electronic gadgets for computer nerds. I am uber picky about my gadgets and have been disappointed in the past. (Although I never let anyone know.)

      "Oh, Microsoft Office... how nice... I'll totally install this on my Windows Virtual Machine that I have in Linux when I don't feel like using free software."


      "Wow! A Best Buy gift card! Cool! This will help make the cost of an in-store product ALMOST as cheap as it is online. Totally great for when I need something right away!"

      Okay, now I'm just getting cynical. :P

      The Nyan cat tshirt is awesome! I am totally putting that on my "Can haz?" list this year!


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