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… $12.10 at Amazon
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!)—$31.99 on Amazon!
Arnold Schwarzenegger Commando iPhone 13 Pro Case
Yes, you’re seeing that right—an epic from Schwarzenegger’s 1985 film Commando. If your loved one has the iPhone 13 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!
Mandalorian Lego Kit
Okay, this is a little on the pricier side, but if your loved one is a bit of a lego engineer, it may be worth it to buy them this amazing 1,023-piece kit. Anyone can role-play as heroic warrior The Mandalorian and play out action-packed Star Wars: The Mandalorian scenes with this detailed, LEGO brick model of The Razor Crest starship. Or they can just build it and display it!
Mega Dad Fill-In Coloring Comic Book
Who swoops in to save the day when all seems lost? Who stands up to the bad guys no matter the odds? He’s not just Dad, he’s MegaDad! This personalized comic book puts the child in control of coloring in the exciting adventures of their super-powered papa. With the child’s name prominently placed throughout the illustrations, the story pits Dad up against his most fierce rival yet. Once it’s complete, the kiddos have a colorful saga to present to Dad, complete with a personalized dedication to their superhero. If you or your kids aren’t exactly the creative type, you can get a customized comic book that’s already colored in.
Pac-Man 40th Anniversary CounterCade, 4-Games-in-1
This 4-in-1 compact retro gaming system is the console of yesteryear–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 gifts for geeks that are 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 the new year!
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!
Emblazoned Dragon or Dinosaur Mugs
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. If your geek is more of a Jurassic Park fan, check out these classy ceramic dinosaur mugs from Uncommon Goods.
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.
This is one of the favorite pastimes of geeks everywhere–the humble board game. Between complex characters, building fantasy worlds, and strategy, there’s no shortage of fun board games out there. Who knows, they may just invite you over to their next game night! Some of our favorites include “7 Wonders,” “Smallworld,” and “Dominion.”
Postcards from Films
One of the best ways for your favorite geek to show off their favorite films is with a postcard set. Even if they’re not avid letter-writers, they could easily make a cool collage with concept art from their favorite iconic films. With collections like “The Art of Vintage DC Comics,” “Disney Golden Age,” and “Women of the (Star Wars) Galaxy,” there are postcards with artwork for every geek.
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 gift ideas, you can never go wrong with a gift card! Check out some of our other gift guides for all the other people on your list!