Ultimate Gift Guide for IT Geeks

by Modis on November 30, 2011

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You know IT geeks like technology, but you can’t necessarily afford to shell out $1,000 to get them a new computer for Christmas. So what do you get these geeky compadres? Here’s a breakdown of some awesomely nerdy gift ideas for the girl and guy geeks in your life. Instead of sifting through dozens of websites like Etsy, ThinkGeek, and more to find decent gifts, use this guide to see some of the best highlights the web has to offer.

GIFTS FOR GIRL GEEKS [<$15]

Floppy disc magnets ($2.50)

Why we love them: They’re adorable, retro, and colorful: everything good magnets should be! What better way to affix things to your fridge, and at $2.50 each, you don’t have an excuse not to.

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Where to buy it: Etsy
Geek level: 7/10
Practicality level: 2/10

Motherboard ornaments ($14.99)

Why we love them: Can there be a cuter way of using recycled motherboards? Display your geekiness proudly and in a Christmas-y way! The $15 gets you all three ornaments.


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Where to buy it: ThinkGeek
Geek level: 8/10
Practicality level: 1/10

GIFTS FOR GIRL GEEKS [$15-$40]

Caffeinated Soap ($24.99)

Why we love it: Gulping down gallons of coffee just to get through the day doesn’t have to be the norm anymore. Help her cut down on the cost of lattes and give her the gift of caffeinated soap.

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Where to buy it: Amazon
Geek level: 2/10
Practicality level: 9/10

HTML earrings ($20)

Why we love them: Anyone who appreciates clever, nerdy humor will absolutely love these HTML tag earrings. They are so cool that you may have to hold back from buying them for yourself!

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Where to buy it: Etsy
Geek level: 10/10
Practicality level: 2/10

Internet pillows ($20-$30)

Why we love them: Give your friend the chance to cherish her favorite tech platform with these well crafted pillows based on the logos of Google, Chrome, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and more.


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Where to buy it: Etsy
Geek level: 7/10
Practicality level: 4/10

GIFTS FOR GIRL GEEKS [>$100]

Kindle Fire  ($199)

Why we love it: Now you can afford to get her a tablet without having to take out a second mortgage! Kindle Fire features access to books, movies, music, games, web browsing through Amazon Silk, and free cloud storage.

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Where to buy it: Amazon
Geek level: 3/10
Practicality level: 10/10

 

GIFTS FOR GUY GEEKS [<$15]

Cyber Clean Home & Office putty ($8.05)

Why we love it: It’s essentially keyboard-cleaning putty that can also help him keep his gadgets clean. It’s also great for countless other household and office objects. Who doesn’t need this?

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Where to buy it: Amazon
Geek level: 2/10
Practicality level: 9/10

 

Ctrl Alt Delete Cup set ($11.99)

Why we love it: Toast to the magic that is the ctrl, alt, and delete keys when used together in harmony. These would be great for him to share a cup of coffee with some friends. This gift will ensure you are also invited to the hangout session.

 

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 Where to buy it: ThinkGeek
Geek level: 6/10
Practicality level: 5/10

GIFTS FOR GUY GEEKS [$15-$40]

USB wristband ($18.95)

Why we love it: Your friend or family member won’t have to risk losing his flash drive while scurrying around the office. Now he can carry it around as a band on his wrist — fashionable and useful!

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Where to buy it: Gifts.com
Geek level: 3/10
Practicality level: 8/10

Security Check T-Shirt  http://www.snorgtees.com/t-shirts/geek-nerd/captcha-fml ($19.95)

Why we love it: This shirt totally hits the mark because seriously, this happens to us regularly. What does that say? Qj68jfo? Qijbofo? Onib8fp? Forget it. We’re going on Facebook instead.

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Where to buy it: SnorgTees
Geek level: 7/10
Practicality level: 5/10

PC Diagnostic Dice ($19.99)

Why we love them: Don’t you wish you could hand out pouches of these dice to magically solve people’s problems? Each die has a different purpose: indentifying problem, source, and solution. Nice.

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Where to buy it: ThinkGeek
Geek level: 8/10
Practicality level: 3/10

GIFTS FOR GUY GEEKS [>$100]

Laser Keyboard ($169.99)

Why we love it: Anything involving lasers and virtual keyboards sounds pretty amazing to us, and you can bet that it will be super cool for him. Hook this gadget up to computers and phones to have a keyboard wherever you go!

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Where to buy it: Amazon
Geek level: 9/10
Practicality level: 10/10

CONCLUSION

It doesn’t matter if the IT geek is a guy or a girl, and it doesn’t matter what your price range is — there are loads of awesome gifts out there perfect for your friend. From magnets to e-readers, all it takes is a little thought and the effort to embrace your inner geek. You’re sure to find the perfect gift for that special geeky friend or family member, or maybe even for yourself.

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