Traditional Christmas stocking stuffers like candy canes and gift cards have their place, but for the geek on your holiday shopping list, something more eclectic may be called for. Geek preferences are wide and varied, but these fun gift ideas are a good place to start.
A great gift for the geek who has just moved to a warmer climate, Instant Snow is pure magic. Or at least it seems like magic. Available in a tiny test tube or full eight-ounce jar, Instant Snow is a non-toxic white powder that expands up to 100 times its size when water is added. This lets your geek create a winter wonderland no matter where he is, brightening up his day and baffling the cleaning crew when they come to vacuum his cubicle.
Sporks are the perfect all-purpose eating utensil. For the geek on the go, a titanium spork makes the perfect gift. Made from 100%, yes, titanium, it’s practically impossible to destroy and therefore can be carried anywhere, anytime. Whether the recipient sucks down ramen on camping trips or likes to eat yogurt while driving between tech support calls, the titanium spork will do it all.
Electronics Cleaning Putty
Gamers, programmers, and other computer-centric geeks tend to have one thing in common: they eat at the computer. No matter how many times someone warns them not to, no matter how many mishaps they have with spilled energy drinks, meals somehow keep coming back to the desk. And eating at the computer means, at the very least, crumbs in the keyboard. Enter the ingenious electronics cleaning putty, which can be pressed onto and in between keys to lift out even the most stubborn stray tidbits. Your geek-and her computer-will thank you.
Whether practical or useless, it’s hard to resist a good USB gadget. In fact, there are so many out there that there are other gadgets to expand the number of USB ports available on your geek’s computer. This may become necessary if you gift them with too many fiber optic Christmas trees, robotic doomsday snowmen, glitter-filled lava lamps, or completely pointless USB-powered pet rocks. For a more luxurious geek gift, there’s the USB aromatherapy oil burner and the USB heated blanket.
The nice way to spread the flu this holiday season, plush microbes are adorable, fun to give, and just a little bit weird. Available in 40 different disease varieties, these bizarre little guys are magnified one million times their size and adorned with humorous accents according to the disease they represent. Chicken pox with a coxcomb? Swine flu with a pig nose? You bet. You can even give your favorite geek an embarrassing disease, if their sense of humor runs that way.
Finding any of these spilling out of his or her stocking this Christmas will no doubt make the geek in your life a happy geek. These bizarre and wonderful gift ideas can be found on ThinkGeek.com, along with many other weird items to delight geeks of all ages.