If you’re reading this article, there’s a very good chance that you’ve already spent hours, if not days, racking your brain over what to get your geek this year. I’ve seen my wife doing this when she thinks I’m not looking. It isn’t pretty.
I know; it used to be so much easier to shop for your geek. Back in the day, a gift basket of assorted, high-sugar candy and Mountain Dew was acceptable, if not requested. The selection of video games was much smaller, and they certainly didn’t have to be pre-ordered. A new supply of short-sleeved dress shirts normally did the job. And, really, who could forget all that Dungeons&Dragons paraphernalia?
Oh, how times have changed. My mother always told me, “Great things come to those who wait.” She was right! Now, you’re a geek if you aren’t one. With that, comes a plethora of geeky, gift-giving options. Even though I can’t seem to tell my wife what I want for Christmas (which I am reminded of often), here are some sources for others who may be in her shoes. (Details about her newly-formed support group will come at a later time.)
- Amazon.com – Seems simple enough, right? Well, not quite. Amazon has everything. (I mean that almost literally.) Fortunately for you, our friends over there have put together a collection of gift guides entitled “Gift Central.” They were kind enough to narrow it down even further and create a geek list.
- ExtremeTech – They’ve put together a nice gift guide and have made it available on the web site.
- Wired Magazine – They, too, have a gift guide available online. The Ultimate Geek Gift Guide has an impressive, easy-to-follow list. Can’t find anything on the list you want? Give them a Wired subscription. They’ll love it; trust me.
- Yahoo Green – Who isn’t interested in being all geeky, while conserving natural resources? I know I am. Yahoo has set up a Gifts For The Gadget Geek that is totally green. To answer your question: No, it doesn’t get much cooler than that.
- Sunday Paper Circulars – Pick up the local Sunday newspaper. Chances are, the paper is completely stuffed with circulars from retailers who sell geeky stuff (and probably something for you, too). Grab the relevant flyers, pile them up, and place a note on them instructing your geek to pick out what he/she likes. I know; this just about quashes the element of surprise. But, sometimes, getting someone exactly what he wants is just as valuable as the money you spend on the gift.
I extend my warmest wishes to you and yours during this joyous holiday season! Additionally, make sure your geek doesn’t blow anything up.