Websites for Geeky Gifts
Okay, sure…it’s getting easier to find geeky gifts in regular stores. After all, most of the most popular movies and most talked-about TV shows are geek friendly nowadays.
Still, a lot of geeks pride themselves on being out of the mainstream. You really want to find something for them that you didn’t just walk past on the 40% off table at JC Penney.
This guide is to suggest some places you can look for those out of the ordinary gifts with geek cred.
Surprisingly, one of the first places you might want to try (for convenience’s sake, if nothing else), is
- Amazon’s Geek Boutique
- Amazon’s Geek Boutique at AmazonSmile…support a non-profit of your choice by shopping*
Books, videos, apps, music (nerdcore as a category!), shirts, watches, mugs, comics, giant wall stickers…all curated for geekiness! They even have signed collectibles and rarities. Sure, a
- Rare, motorized, special effects Tribble used in the classic Star Trek original series episode “The Trouble With Tribbles”
- at AmazonSmile
will set you back about $10,000 (not including $200 shipping), but would anybody ever top that gift? They have a lot less expensive things, too.
Amazon also has items from some of the other sites we are going to list: they know that it makes sense to sell them through Amazon.
One other big thing about shopping at Amazon: wish lists. As geeks, we know: our choices can often be inscrutable to non-geeks…sometimes, even to other geeks. To the average person, it might seem like the same person who likes Dracula should like Twilight: they both have vampires in them, right? Let’s just say that to some geeks, versions are important. They might love a TV show and hate the movie version…or vice versa.
Users maintain Amazon Wish Lists themselves. They put the right versions on there, the ones they really want. They can send you a link, or you can search for Wish Lists (if they are public) here:
Getting beyond Amazon, there are a lot of choices. While the ones we list should be safe to use, they certainly may not have the same shipping and return policies as Amazon or other big e-tailers. Do take a look at those: if the site is on another continent, you may not get it as quickly as you like. Also, there may be Cyber Monday sales (especially free shipping), but they might have limitations.
If there is one site to rule them all for geek gifts, it’s
Not only is their geek cred solidly in place, they have hundreds of exclusives…and a clearance section. The one negative here is that an informed geek is likely to be visiting the site, so it’s a bit tougher to really surprise them (but, you know, it’s always hard to surprise a geek…unless it has to do with human behavior).
Many ThinkGeek items are available at Amazon.
Last Exit to Nowhere
We love a stealth geek t-shirt!
That’s a shirt with a geek tie-in which isn’t obvious to a mainstreamer. LEtN has some of the absolute best. They tend to take brands and organizations from geek movies and create realistic looking t-shirts from them. You can search by movie, so if you know somebody’s favorite movie is Big Trouble in Little China, but have no idea what its about, you can still get an insider joke t-shirt for them.
They may have “toy” in their domain name, but make no mistake: these are super high quality works of art. There are some things under $100, but you can pay a lot more than that. They have exclusives, and some sale items. They also have payment plans, and a points system. Unless the geek on your list is that Bill Gates/Tony Stark sort of billionaire geek, it won’t matter if they’ve heard of this place or not…they probably haven’t bought what they really wanted.
Wicked Cool Stuff
From a Han Solo bobblehead to a Captain Jack Sparrow paperweight, Wicked Cool Stuff has lots of very affordable geek gifts.
Not surprisingly, this British site has some of the best Doctor Who merchandise.
Super Hero Stuff
An incredible collection of superhero themed clothing may be the main reason to come here (Captain America socks…with wings!), but there are a lot of other good choices, from a Green Lantern dog collar to a Big Bang Theory ice cube tray.
A really huge collection of items, often at affordable prices. This is the superstore. Check out their “Just 1 Left” section. They also do bestsellers in lots of categories, making it a bit easier for you. If you already understand your geek’s passions, this place will have what you want. You can also call them for help.
Dude!!! I Want That
How do I put this? Um…Skymall…if you were flying in Wonder Woman’s invisible jet. These are things where you are going to say, “They make that?” Let me just say these three words (okay, one of them is hyphenated): “Gas-powered LED Wings”! Wait, I can’t stop there…”Handmade Guinea Pig Armor”…for $24,300!
These are clever and cartoony…people may have to look twice. I mean, if you chuckle at a t-shirt that says, “May the mass times acceleration be with you”, you can find great gifts here.
Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company
Shop like a superhero! Seriously, check this one out…where else can you buy omnipotence by the gallon?
Well, there are 10 (unless you are using binary…then there are 1010) sites for you (plus Amazon)! Go ahead…make a geek’s holiday!
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.
* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. Shop ’til you help! You can also tell your geek that part of the gift went to support a non-profit they’d appreciate…one of the ones listed here, perhaps: Weird & geeky groups you can support by shopping at AmazonSmile