As a former and current ‘nerd child’, I consider myself an authority on what to buy people like me for Christmas. Although many of us don’t like to admit it, geek culture has penetrated mainstream culture. This has a lot to do with the popularity of the internet, which has always been closely linked with all things nerdy, and in turn blurs the line between geek and not geek.
This also adds a degree of difficulty in Christmas shopping for your geeky kid. Is it geeky enough? Is it too geeky? What is this Doctor Who thing? Wasn’t it on TV when I was a kid??? While I can’t answer all of your questions in this simple blog, I can give you some ideas on what to buy for your geeky kid, be they an actual child or an adult child.
They aren’t DOLLS, they’re ACTION FIGURES!
If you know that your gift recipient is really into a certain TV series, film, video game, or hobby – chances are there will be some kind of action figure or figurine for it. Most geeky kids love to add to their collection, and a collectable is a great way to do this – just make sure that they don’t already have it! (You may need to be sneaky here).
Soft + Cuddly:
The above also applies here, with geeky interests also resulting in a lot of related soft toys/plushies that can be a great addition to any nerdy collection, and besides, who doesn’t need a little more comfort in their lives? Case in point, my Dragon Quest Slime pillow:
NintenDO what everyone else don’t.
There’s something about the Nintendo aesthetic that will always appeal to the nerdy kid – from Italian plumbers to sentient mushrooms, pixelated trees and clouds, question mark boxes, and castles; Nintendo has always had a place in the modern geek’s heart. There is a wide range of Nintendo products available, from collectables and figurines, to a Nintendo 3DS handheld gaming device. Last year we recommended the Nintendo 2DS, which is still a solid choice for a present. However Nintendo do not rest and are coming out with a new console this year – somewhat confusingly named the “New Nintendo 3DS”. This model boasts a more powerful processor, which reduces loading times and paves the way for more advanced software that is exclusive to the “New 3DS”. It also features an extra joystick for more precision gaming (great for Monster Hunter). This would make an excellent, if a little pricey stocking stuffer for any Nintendo fan.
“5mm magnet spheres precision-milled from sintered Neodynium-Iron-Boron” – the name and description alone is pure geekery distilled. Basically Nanodots are small magnet dots that can be arranged into various shapes and objects – a bit like hyper-advanced Lego.
It’s dangerous to go alone, take this!
Lastly, here are some websites which could help you in your quest:
Christmas is just around the corner, so if you have a nerd at home, big or small, I hope this helps you find something to keep them happy and busy over the holiday season.
Do you have any recommendations for great gifts for geeky kids? Let us know in the comments below.
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