02 December 2020 (updated)

Gifts for Geeks: The Ultimate Holiday Guide

You don't have to buy your favorite geek a boring gift card for the holidays this year! Check out some of our favorite gifts for geeks!

What Are the Best Gifts for Geeks This Holiday Season?

We rounded up the hottest must-have gift ideas for all the nerds in your life, from cool tech gifts to gaming and favorite franchises like Star Wars, Super Mario, SpongeBob, Star Trek, and more. These unique presents are sure to be a hit with whomever you're buying for - be it your Mom, Dad, sister, brother, coworker, Secret Santa, or best friend! Check out our list of cool ideas below - we think they're nerd-approved!

SpongeBob SpongeHeads- Gifts for TV Geeks

Are you ready, kids?! Dress up as your favorite SpongeBob SquarePants characters with this 20-inch soft, inflatable headwear. SpongeBob, Squidward, and Patrick... the gang's all here! These inflatables fit most kid and adult heads (trust us, we tested them). Now the only thing you have to decide is which character you’ll choose… $12.99 at Amazon and Target

BB-8 Cuff Links

For the man who likes to dress a little spiffy but also is proud to show off his love for his favorite franchise, these BB-8 cufflinks are the perfect gift. His suit game will be kicked up a bunch of notches, and it's a great conversation piece.

GeekiTikis- Gifts for Your Favorite Star Wars Geeks

Drink up in a galaxy far, far away!  Fans of both pop culture and tiki culture alike will love to collect, display and sip from these unique Geeki Tikis mugs featuring some of the most popular characters from the Star Wars universe, including R2-D2, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Yoda, Stormtrooper, Boba Fett, The Mandalorian, and of course The Child (a.k.a. Baby Yoda). Each Star Wars mug has a classic carved character design and holds approximately 17 oz of your favorite beverage. Plus, they are dishwasher safe (score!)—$ 19.99 each at Toynk. (P.S. If The Mandalorian is more your style, visit Entertainment Earth for a one-of-a-kind mug!) 

Ninja Dancing Figure

If you're into gaming, you know Ninja... but you've never seen him like this! Get ready to dance with your very own Ninja bobble figure. Perfect for your desk, car, or any flat surface. It's a must-have item in any cool gaming kit! No batteries required (so you don't need to worry about that battery life!). $9.99 at Amazon and Target.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Commando iPhone 11 Pro Case

Yes, you're seeing that right—an epic from Schwarzenegger’s 1985 film Commando. If your loved one has the iPhone 11 Pro, they need this case. It's epic and functional -- a win-win! You can find knock-offs all over the internet, but we like the quality of this $34.99 version from Etsy. No word yet on if it makes your photos better, but does it really matter?!

Funko POP! Figures

These little guys have taken the last few years by storm and have made finding gifts for geeks a lot easier. Whether it's Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, The Big Bang Theory, you can find just about any character in these adorable, big-eyed figurines. Their work desk will never be the same, and they're pretty reasonably priced, too!

Death Star Watch

Okay, this is a little on the pricier side, but if your loved one is always asking you to come to the dark side, it may be worth it to buy them this amazingly sleek Death Star Watch by Citizen. 

Pac-Man 40th Anniversary CounterCade, 4-Games-in-1

This 4-in-1 compact retro gaming system is perfect for home bars, offices, dorm rooms, or anywhere else you’d want to squeeze in some retro gaming. PAC-MAN™ is ready to make his way through those mazes and evade BLINKY, PINKY, INKY, and CLYDE. And when you’re in the mood to switch it up, you’ve got three other classics: PAC & PAL™, GALAGA™, and DIG DUG™ at your fingertips. If you're looking for something a little less pricey, check out this Pac-Man tie!

Tapplock Fingerprint Padlock - Gifts for Security Geeks

Tapplocks are super practical gifts, featuring reinforced stainless steel shackles and a double-layered lock design with anti-pry technologies. And, forget memorizing a long code or writing down your password on a card...the only thing required to unlock this padlock is your fingerprint! $99.99 available on the Tapp website.

Super Mario Brothers Heat-Changing Ceramic Coffee Mug

Inspired by the classic video game from the 1980s, this Super Mario Bros. mug is the perfect gift for any O.G. video game geek. When the mug is cold, it displays a plain Mario-level background, but when you pour hot coffee, hot cocoa, or any hot liquid in, extra details appear (including the man himself - Mario!). We like to call that #MarioMagic—$ 12.99 on Amazon.

Search for Spock Book

Fans of Where's Waldo? will love this play on a seek-and-find book...but this time, instead of looking for a dude in red and white stripes, you're looking for Spock! Full of Easter Eggs from the world of Star Trek, you'll enjoy hours of fun looking for Spock and other icons. It's under $15 on Amazon! And even when they're not aboard the Enterprise NCC-1701, having a Star Trek: TNG Uniform Command Captain Face Mask will keep them living long and prospering all the way through a pandemic. 

The Geeky Chef Cookbook: Real-Life Recipes for Your Favorite Fantasy Foods

If you know someone who has ever wanted to try the iconic "pumpkin pasties" or Romulan ale, this may be the perfect cookbook! It could even inspire a new hobby!

Photo Credit: Pagepottery

Dragon-Emblazoned Mug

What Lord of the Rings, Dungeons and Dragons, or Game of Thrones fan wouldn't want this? Dragons are one of the true symbols of geek-dom, and this gorgeous mug will be perfect when they settle in under a blanket and binge one of their favorite series.  

T-shirts and Socks

When in doubt, a T-shirt or a pair of socks is the perfect go-to affordable gift for geeks. Whether they're into math, science, comic books, video games, books, technology, musicals, or iconic movies/TV shows, there are SO many different options so they can show off their personal and unique style with what they wear.

What Are Your Favorite Gifts for Geeks?

What did we miss? Tell us your favorite gifts for geeks in the comments! And if you're still stumped about perfect geek gifts, you can never go wrong with a gift card!