Some people have said that, “laughter is the best medicine.” Well, today’s geek gift idea is the gift of laughter; the kind that appeals to geeks in particular. xkcd is described as a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math and language. This book, xkcd: volume 0, is the first book that combines selections of the first 600 comics, including various author and fan favorites.
The cost is US $18.00 and is printed by BreadPig. Another thing that makes this a really neat gift idea is that BreadPig’s portion of the profits will go to build a school in Laos through the charity Room to Read.
Why not start off the Geek Gift Ideas 2009 edition with a Despair, Inc. 2010 Custom Calendar. Every geek loves geek humor and Despair Inc. has been dishing out the sarcasm for years now. Not only does this calendar provide a hilarious demotivator for each month, but it also contains important dates in geek history. For example:
- January 9, 2007: Apple CEO Steve Jobs announces the iPhone. Motorola cringes.
- February 26, 1955: George Smith makes aviation history by becoming the first man to bail out of a jet at supersonic speeds
- March 18, 1947: Patent #2417786 was issued to Hurley Smith for the “Pocket Shield Or Protector”. The nerd is born.
- April 28, 1997: Duke Nukem Forever’ announced. 12 years later, it remains unreleased.
The calendar costs US $15.99 and will earn you 225 geek points.
Let this be a warning to you. You must use your ThinkGeek points or you will lose them! 🙁 I just happened to check mine this morning and I guess I don’t purchase often enough. Oh well.
The Lil Guppie Multi-Tool is a different sort of multi-tool that is both unique and useful. The adjustable wrench on the Lil Guppie Multi-tool opens to 10 mm so it can be used for light repairs and assembly jobs. The carabiner is great for attaching to a D-ring, belt loop or backpack. The high-carbon stainless steel blade has a razor sharp edge and can be opened or closed with one hand. The tail of the Guppie is a flat blade screwdriver that can handle smaller size screws in a pinch and the base of the jaw is a Phillips screwdriver. The curved fin is a built-in bottle opener. The Guppie also comes with a detachable stainless steel pocket clip that makes a great money clip.
- Designed and manufactured by Columbia River Knife & Tool
- Compact, easy to carry tool
- Steel blade, adjustable wrench, carabiner, flat screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver, pocket/money clip, bottle opener
- Bead blast finish
- Blade length: 1″ (2.54 cm)
- Handle length: 3″ (7.6 cm)
- Tool weight: 1.9 oz (54 g)
Remember that awesome geek movie, Office Space? Well, here is The Office Space Kit, which has some items to take you back to the hilarity of the movie itself.
- Red Stapler (mini, 2″ long)
- Initech Mug
- “Is this Good for the Company?” Sign (29″ x 9.75″)
- Starter “Flair” (1.5″ diameter)
- “PC Load Letter” Copy Machine Sticker
- Your Very Own “Jump To Conclusions” Mat (approx. 24″ x 39″)
- A Humorous 32-Page Book
- TPS Report Coversheets (5 included)
- Really Keen Packaging (10″ x 5″ x 4″)
Now that the high definition format war is over, why not grab a Sony Blu-Ray Disc Player?
- True 1080p Output
- Dolby TrueHD compatible
- Ethernet connection for BD-Live Compatibility and firmware updates
- USB Port Allows More Storage for Access to More Special Features, Like Bonus View
- Higher Bit Rates mean less video compression
- Emmy-Award Winning Xross Media Bar Interface
- Bravia Sync for Easy Connectivity
Here’s another great idea to get a geek (or really anyone) this Christmas. A portable GPS (global positioning system) unit that can be plugged into your car and mounted on the dash. These neat electronic devices can tell from satellite signals where in the world you are and can give you directions! Most allow you to type in a destination address and then the unit gives you turn by turn directions to get you where you need to go. Pretty cool.
There are plenty of options so I just linked a search page on Amazon for GPS & Navigation. Check them out.
Have you ever forgotten to turn your alarm clock on for Monday morning because you had a busy weekend? Wouldn’t it be nice to just have it always be on for Monday morning? Well, now you can with the Neverlate 7-Day Alarm Clock. This alarm clock allows you to set a different alarm for each of the seven days of the week.
- 7 Independent Daily Alarms
- Nap Timer (1-120 minutes)
- Easy-to-use Rotary Set Mechanism
- Customizable Snooze Duration (1-30 minutes)
- Backlit LCD Display
- FM/AM Tuner
- Radio Sleep Timer
- Battery Back Up (2 AAA batteries, not included)
- Dimensions: 5″ cube (to top of knob)
- Power Cord Length: approx. 5.5′
- Uses 120V standard US current
- Manufacturer Warranty: 90 days
Give your geek friends and/or family the gift of punctuality!
Remember that great, cult-classic move The Princess Bride? Well there was one (of many) great line in that film that almost anyone slightly familiar with the story will recognize. “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!” Here is the great quote put on a t-shirt as if it were a name badge sticker pasted onto your chest. Truly awesome!
Since I brought up gaming consoles… there are more options than just the Wii. This is a holiday bundle of the Xbox 360 Console that includes a 60 GB hard drive and two games (LEGO Indiana Jones and Kung Fu Panda).