Geeks have come a long way since our early stigma of being basement-dwelling devil worshipers who would rather roll dice than go on dates. (I might still have a tiny little chip on my shoulder…) But in the modern age, as the saying goes, geek is chic. The biggest blockbuster films are comic book movies, the upcoming Star Wars movie has already made more money in pre-sale tickets than the majority of films that have existed have made in their entire lifespans, and even video games are attracting A-list talent to provide voice and motion capture work on projects that will attract an audience in the tens of millions.
In short, being a geek is finally cool, and taking pride in your geekiness is even cooler. If you’re shopping for a geek in the family or friend circle this holiday season, I recommend some of these great gifts (most are courtesy of ThinkGeek). Of course, geeks come in all shapes and sizes, and we all have our particular fandoms, so you might want to talk to your giftee about the geek culture they’re into before making a purchase. After all, there’s nothing worse than buying a sonic screwdriver for someone who wanted a vibranium dagger…
For the Comic Readers
As much as it pains me to see local comic shops closing down, the unfortunate truth is that print comics really shot themselves in the foot. Without getting into the politics of business, comic publishers decided to squeeze every last dime out of their most loyal fanbase through various practices that were less than consumer friendly, and now folks just don’t like to buy single issues of print comics. But for those who live in the digital age and still want to “collect” their favorite comics each week, comiXology is currently the best on the market for reading digital comics. Their “Guided View” experience and DRM-free backups make for excellent reading conditions.
For the Whovians
Much like Star Trek, fans of Doctor Who can be generations apart. Yet no matter “who” your favorite Doctor is (I’ll be here all week), there are many constants throughout the series’ long-running history. One recognizable item in particular is of course, none other than the TARDIS. This time-traveling space ship, that’s bigger on the inside, is an acronym for Time And Relative Dimension in Space. While I couldn’t find a working TARDIS for this gift guide, I did find another way for fans to capture the magic of transporting in and out of space with these Heat Changing TARDIS Mugs. (Also on Amazon.) For just $10.99, the Time Lord in your life can control when and how the TARDIS travels.
For the Summer Children
It turns out that fans of Game of Thrones have no idea what to call themselves. There are a half-dozen potential nicknames floating around, but I landed on my favorite one, Summer Children. This name refers specifically to fans of the show who have never read the books. In any case, for the GoT fan with expensive taste and a penchant for slaying direwolves, this replica of Jon Snow’s Longclaw Sword makes a nice mantle trophy. It’s made with stainless steel and a leather hilt, and even comes with a wooden plaque that has the Night’s Watch Oath silkscreened over it. A true collector’s item with a truly collector’s price tag, the officially-licensed Longclaw Sword will run you $249.99.
For the Jedi Knights (or Sith Lords)
If you know someone who has already purchased at least 4 tickets to The Force Awakens and doesn’t plan on sharing them, there’s a good chance their fandom of choice is Star Wars. One of easiest ways to bring the Force with you everywhere you go is with these Star Wars Family Car Decals. (Also available on Amazon.) The set features 19 distinct characters, and a total of 50 decals in all, so there are enough decorations for both Rebels and Imperials. The list includes some of the most recognizable characters, including Darth Vader, the Stormtroopers, R2-D2 and Obi-Wan Kenobi. They typically go for about $14.99.
For the Trekkies
Star Trek fans can often be subdivided into smaller groups based on which generation they’re most fond of. While the debate between Kirk and Picard will likely rage on for all of eternity, most fans of Star Trek are unanimously fans of the Enterprise. Now, fans can wake up every morning to the sights and sounds of the most iconic ship this side of the Galactic Barrier; this Enterprise Projection Clock (Also on Amazon) features a backlit LCD display that can project onto walls or ceilings, a 5-minute snooze button, and officially-licensed sounds from The Original Series, including photon torpedoes, the red alert, and even Captain Kirk calling from the bridge. It’s priced at ~$39.99.
For the Walkers
Don’t you hate it when you’re at the beach and someone takes your spot on the sand after you’ve clearly claimed it with your towel? Well, worry no longer with this officially-licensed Walking Dead bath/beach towel. It clearly warns folks to stay away with its message of “Don’t Open, Dead Inside” which, in all honestly will legitimately make people think twice about finding out what you’re keeping underneath your beach towel. The towel is 100% cotton and machine washable, though I imagine you’ll want to practice hand-washing your clothes if you want to stay prepared for the ever-looming threat of a zombie apocalypse.
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