A Guide to Geeky Gift Giving

Well the Coca Cola advert has been seen, John Lewis has reduced us to sobs and if we were to leave the house presumably we’d notice it’s gotten colder; it can only mean one thing! In just a manner of weeks you will be forced into awkward familial social situations that you’ve managed to avoid since last year. In just a short while Christmas will be upon us and with Christmas comes the envious task of receiving gifts and the equally unenviable task of buying them. Luckily for you, at least one of us here at wasduk is a thoughtful human being and thinks that a gift should be somewhat less offensive than a treasured possession ransomed back to the receiver a piece at a time. Of course there are the obvious larger purchases such as a next gen console or an Oculus Rift for someone you care at least a little bit for, but I’m going to assume that any large purchases you’ll have already sorted yourself, this guide will deal with additional presents that scream, ‘I totally care!’. So go shopping with wasduk’s guide to all gifts geek! If you have any suggestions for good websites please stick them below in the comments or tweet us @wasduk1 and share the Christmas Geekery!

The Simple: T-Shirts

When in doubt; t-shirts! One of the simplest options available for the shopper who knows they’re buying for a Geek but hasn’t got a clue what they might actually like. T-shirts allow you to buy a thoughtful gift while having only the vaguest knowledge of the subject matter, and of course there are T-shirts for everything!

SomethingGeeky
Sporting new Star Wars and Star Trek shirts for Christmas, somethinggeeky allows you to search by interest including gaming, TV/film, science, memes and fantasy. It also offers hoodies, sweatshirts and pajamas if you’re sold on the clothing idea with official merchandise, averaging around £17.99-£19.99 for t-shirts.

ThinkGeek
With over 300 shirts to choose from, thinkgeek offers a wide variety of shirts once again searchable by interest (inc. Game of Thrones, Firefly, LEGO and Minecraft) averaging between $14.99-$24.99 though at time of writing there is a sale on with many items up to 55% off. In clothing thinkgeek also offers a range of hoodies, pyjamas, dressing gowns, women’s wear in tailored tops, dresses and skirts and a geeky range of baby and kids clothes.

Cafe Press
Cafe Press has one of the more unique collections available, as many have been designed by the average fan deciding ‘you know what I think would look good on a t-shirt? THIS!’ and going ahead and sticking it up there. A little bit harder to search, because there are so many choices, though you can search by popular topics or design (inc. Star Trek, Retro, Geek, Hobbies). You can also limit your choices by price range and once again shop for men’s, women’s, kid’s, baby and even maternity wear.  Prices range from £14.99-£26 though there are currently many shirts on offer at £20.

The Simpler: Posters/Art

If you’re going to hunker down with comics/video games/PC etc then you’ll need something nice to hang on the walls, perhaps to remind you that there is an outside world, or just because it looks cool.

AllPosters
Offering a wide range of posters, as you might imagine. Searchable by a number of topics posters generally start at £5.99 though currently items are on sale.

Susan Kare Prints
Susan Kare has designed thousands of easily recognisable icons and since then has branched out into pixellated icon art. Starting at $99 all prints are limited edition and come numbered and signed by the artist.

Geek-Art
Showcasing the work of artists from around the world, the Geek-Art store is searchable by category (inc. Video games, movies, mangas, comics, cartoons) or artist. Prices start at 40.00 euros and vary depending on the artist.

The Obligatory: Stocking Fillers/Secret Santa

If you are looking for smaller items to fill a stocking, or if you do what wasduk’s girl gamer does and rely entirely on really impressive stockings and little else, things get a little bit tricky as stocking fillers usually get discarded twenty seconds after opening and ‘accidentally’ thrown away with the wrapping paper. On the other hand smaller gifts that show minimal yet thoughtful effort for under a tenner are the fulcrum upon which the Secret Santa system stands.

Etsy
This requires a little bit more thought because it depends on how much you know about what the person you’re buying for actually likes. However Etsy offers a wide variety of unique and unusual handmade items made by all manner of people. Searching for a specific keyword (e.g. Skyrim, Minecraft, World of Warcraft) can yield hundreds of results which can be further sorted by your specific criteria or price. It might require a bit of searching but it can yield some very interesting and personal results.

IWOOT
IWOOT, previously Iwantoneofthose, specialises in a wide range of novelty gifts and gadgets focusing on general geekery rather than specific interests. The site is easily negotiable offering gifts searchable by him/her/secret santa/stocking fillers or using their gift finder whereby you input the recipient and your price range. The site also offers a 3 for £10 or 3 for £20 on many gifts, and also offers experience days starting at just £9.99 for a more memorable gift.

The Random: Everything else!

And for all manner of random gifts check out these websites to put the finishing touches to your Christmas.

Not on the High Street
With an assortment of gifts starting at £5.95 you’ll be surprised at how many things you didn’t know existed that you suddenly need in your life.

Gadgets and Gears
Gadgets, gadgets and more gadgets. Not much else to say really.

Adafruit
Gadgets with a difference. Adafruit offers a wide variety of products that allow you to build gadgets and electronics from scratch.

Truffle Shuffle
Retro and geeky t-shirts, accessories and gift ideas.

This is why I’m broke
“Hand picked gift ideas for geeks from the geeky gift experts,” including but not limited to a Pokemon engagement ring. Seriously, what more do you need?

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