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12 Gift Ideas for Nerdy Guys

Updated on February 24, 2014
Do you have a nerdy brother, boyfriend, husband or friend? Buy him these gifts!
Do you have a nerdy brother, boyfriend, husband or friend? Buy him these gifts! | Source

Buying presents for a nerdy guy can be really hard work.

Being a big geek myself, even I find coming up with gift ideas for my nerdy husband rather difficult.

When generating ideas for Christmas gifts, think about the person himself. Not all nerds are created equal. These men seem to be the "guys who have everything", but if you think hard you'll be able to dig up something he hasn't discovered yet or didn't even know he wanted.

Then, give it to a geek.
Then, give it to a geek.

12 -- Gift card for newegg.com

Newegg.com is a wonderful site filled with all sorts of doohickies and gadgets that will melt the heart (and possibly the brain) of your beloved techie. Don't worry about him feeling sad about getting a gift card instead of something you can wrap in a big box -- when he's sitting in front of the computer with an unexpected opportunity to not just look at things he's always wanted or needed but to actually get to buy them, you'll get to witness the power of a gift card.

Dude.
Dude.

11 -- High-def limited edition versions of his favorite movies

High-definition movies (if they come in those fancy limited edition boxes, even better) are perfect presents for your movie buff. Whether it's The Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, or the ThunderCats series, stealthily pick that brilliant brain and figure out movies and series that he may have forgotten. Little boys never really grow up, so don't let him convince you that he still doesn't like Batman: The Animated Series or other awesome cartoons from his childhood.

It lights up. How cool is that?
It lights up. How cool is that?

10 -- Nerdy tees and hoodies

ThinkGeek.com and Amazon.com are just two good sites to find nerdy apparel for your guy. Designs include video games, science, mathematics, TV shows, and even shirts that detect Wi-Fi. If your guy isn't a fan of advertising his intelligence, look for low-key apparel with simple designs such as logos and vintage-looking shirts. There are also baby clothes for all the geeky dads out there! Nothing would make Daddy more proud than his baby following in his footsteps with a witty bib or hoodie.

This thing can take flight. Who wouldn't want a FLYING TANK??
This thing can take flight. Who wouldn't want a FLYING TANK??

9 -- A flying lawnmower

No, I'm serious.

FlyingThingZ.com is a website that sells things like tanks, cars and lawnmowers that fly through the air. Not only does he get to control a flying vehicle and laugh his head off, but he also gets to assemble the parts himself, giving him customization options.

Watch as he terrorizes and perplexes the neighborhood by flying a doghouse with Snoopy on top of it into the sky.

Mmmm, science is delicious.
Mmmm, science is delicious.

8 -- The Science of Good Cooking book

The great thing about the book The Science of Good Cooking is that it appeals to those who like to cook and even to those who don't. Cooking can be a daunting task for those unfamiliar to the kitchen, but with science on his side, crafting steak will be delicious and educational. The cool thing about knowing the science of cooking is that he can carry those skills to other dishes he may create in the future!

The scenes you can recreate are endless.
The scenes you can recreate are endless.

7 -- Action Figures

Don't let him fool you--he still likes toys as much as he did when he was a little boy. Take note of his favorite movies, shows and cartoons. Find a rare, limited edition of his favorite movie character. If you don't have tons of money to spend on just one toy, buy a bunch of regular-priced ones and dedicate a part of a room to them. Recreate a famous scene from Star Wars--Darth Vader, lightsabers, Death Star and all.

How many of us can say that our guy built a card for our birthday?
How many of us can say that our guy built a card for our birthday?

6 -- Electronic kits from SparkFun.com

SparkFun.com is a site that sells kits to build specific gadgets and other random electronic components. Kits include components to create watches, multi-meters and robots, among many other things. It makes it extra special if you do the projects along with him. This is also a great opportunity for him to teach junior how to make an electronic greeting card or a Simon Says game. The kits are inexpensive, and the experience is priceless.

Even he'll think it's pretty.
Even he'll think it's pretty.

5 -- Leatherman

A Leatherman is a multi-purpose tool backed by a 25 year warranty. They're usually around $60 on Amazon.com and they're handy in just about every situation. Nerdy fellows are known for their love of dismantling things, reassembling things, and figuring out how things work. There's nothing like a trusty, reliable sidekick in a pretty leather sheath to put a smile on his face.

So peaceful.
So peaceful.
Architecture, beautiful colors, and a hobbit? Yes, please!
Architecture, beautiful colors, and a hobbit? Yes, please!

4 -- Artwork with either his favorite characters or scenery from his favorite movies

Who says that Darth Vader can't be classy?

Let's face it--a bunch of posters and pictures of cartoons or movies in your house, unless it's isolated to the "theater room", would make it look more like a 13-year-old boy's room. Compromise artsy and geeky to give your home a unique, shared look.

These are my two favorites, but there are a ton more out there created by very talented fans. I've seen Batman and Darth Vader in The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh. I've also come across many Star Trek pictures such as Worf drinking a glass of wine and realistic paintings of characters from the series.

Another option is to print out or order pictures of scenery from his favorite movies, frame them, and hang them around the house. The beautiful sunsets of The Lord of the Rings movies or the ambient space scenery of Star Trek make for wonderful decorations.

You can't NOT feel cool while wearing these.
You can't NOT feel cool while wearing these.

3 -- Gunnar glasses

These glasses protect a person who stares at screens all day, whether they're computer screens or TV screens. The blue-ish glare that strains a person's eyes is filtered through the warm color of these glasses. Safety can be cool!

A bit funny-looking at first but definitely WARM.
A bit funny-looking at first but definitely WARM.

2 -- Freehands men's gloves

For the texters and the the mouse-clickers! Have you ever felt a poor techie's hands after he's worked on a computer for hours? They feel like icicles. These gloves leave his fingertips open just enough so that he can function and not freeze to death!

Who knows what lurks in the gift box of mystery?
Who knows what lurks in the gift box of mystery?
Tux can be the bearer of a love note.
Tux can be the bearer of a love note.

1 -- Special mixed grab bag/gift box with hidden surprise

Gifts don't have to be about price. It's hard to think of just one thing to get your beloved dork, so give him a grab bag of inexpensive goodies. Hidden under all the inexpensive, loose gifts is where you'll place the surprise. Let your snuggle-nerd know how much he means to you by giving him something that's specific to him.

Stuff the bag with cables he may need, retro game pads, rubix cube drink coasters, a Space Invaders mug, USB thumb drives, headphones, and snacks that he likes. At the bottom, place a heartfelt gift to him to tell him how much you love him. Photoshop Gandalf into a special family photo. Buy him a tablet and put a special picture of you both as the wallpaper. Buy the Linux Penguin Tux plushie and put a love letter between his flippers.

Anything goes! The mind of a nerdy guy can be complex and full, but he's still got a squishy heart beneath it all.


Happy holidays!

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    Chace 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    @Mike Robbers -- Thanks! I appreciate it!

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    Chace 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    @TopTenChristmas -- I know what you mean...so you can get exactly what YOU want--no surprises! :)

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    Mike Robbers 3 years ago from London

    :) Very nice hub, Voted up!

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    TopTenChristmas 3 years ago from Christmas Village

    This is great. As a geek myself I can tell you I'd be golden and happy with the NewEgg gift card. Forget everything else :)

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    Chace 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    Thanks, vibesites! I'm glad you found this list helpful. :)

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    vibesites 3 years ago from United States

    Awesome! My boyfriend is a nerd himself, so thanks for providing me a fantastic guide to give him a gift for his birthday next month. Thanks! :)

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    Chace 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    I want the flying tank, too! When I was reading this, I was like...uhhh, am I making this list for myself?? xD

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    Steve Anselmo 3 years ago from Thunder Bay

    Being a nerdy guy, I definitely agree with you on all of these ideas. I personally think that thinkgeek.com is the best place to find gizmos and doodads, but I will check out some of that other stuff because it looks neat!

    I kinda want the flying tank...

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    Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Interesting ides of gifts for nerdy guys, and a helpful way of finding gifts.

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    Chace 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    Thanks for reading! Several times during my research I was so tempted to get stuff for myself.. :D

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    S McNasby 4 years ago

    Great choices! I am tempted to buy #8 for myself.... always happens with cool Christmas gift lists. : ) Thanks for these ideas!

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