Ah, the Christmas season. You’ve been waiting all year for this, haven’t you? A time to gather your loved ones around you in front of a crackling fire, drinking hot cocoa while curled up in your Snuggie playing Settlers of Catan.
What? You’ve never played Settlers of Catan? It’s one of the geek’s first board games of choice!
Geek is chic right now, and the term isn’t confined to the Steve Urkel types anymore. There are many different categories of geek: math geek, science fiction geek, gaming geek, techy geek, just to name a few.
Overwhelmed? Don’t be! If you need help navigating through Geekdom, here’s a breakdown of what the geek in your life wants for Christmas this year (they already have their two front teeth, so you’ll need to get a little more creative).
The Pop Culture/Science Fiction Geek. “Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur!” Sheldon can’t go to sleep when he’s sick without singing “Soft Kitty.” Not familiar with the song? Check out this video. Fans of the TV show “Big Bang Theory” will love the soft kitty plush and T-shirt combo at stylinonline.com. The combo pack for guys ranges from $45 to $48, and the women’s combo pack is $45. If you just want the soft kitty plush, it retails at $30.
If you have an old-school pop culture geek to please, head over to thinkgeek.com for a Star Trek Enterprise pizza cutter or bottle opener. At press time, the pizza cutter was on sale at $15 (originally $30) and the bottle opener is $20.
An avid Star Wars fan will want to sleep by the Christmas tree in true Luke Skywalker fashion when they unwrap the Tauntaun sleeping bag, $100 at thinkgeek.com. The website description pretty much says it all: “This high-quality sleeping bag looks just like a Tauntaun, complete with saddle, printed internal intestines, and a plush lightsaber zipper pull. … Use the plush lightsaber zipper pull on the Tauntaun sleeping bag to illustrate how Han Solo saved Luke Skywalker from certain death in the freezing climate of Hoth by slitting open the belly of a dead Tauntaun and placing Luke inside the stinking (but warm) carcass.”
The Coffee Geek. Some geeks mistake caffeine as a good substitute for sleep. Help your coffee geek maintain his or her sanity and wallet’s integrity by getting them a grow-your-own-coffee kit fromthinkgeek.com. The $10 kit is actually a miniature greenhouse, and comes with coffee bean seeds, planting mixture, and instructions.
If your geek is a fan of caffeine but doesn’t like the pesky coffee taste, some caffeinated chocolate milk straws will come in handy. Each straw holds enough chocolate powder to flavor 8 oz of milk, and is infused with 200mg of caffeine. Retails for $8 at thinkgeek.com.
The Gaming Geek. Board game geeks will get a kick out of Nintendo Monopoly or World of Harry Potter Clue, both at thinkgeek.com, selling for $40 and $28, respectively. And if they don’t already have their own (beware: the odds are high that they do), Settlers of Catan is always a winner. It’s going for $35 on thinkgeek.com, on sale from the original $40 price tag.
PC gamers who are into Minecraft will literally wear their obsession on their sleeve with the Minecraft creeper T-shirt, ranging from $20 to $23 on thinkgeek.com. Console gamers who happen to be into Halo won’t turn down an opportunity to learn more about their favorite game when you give them the Halo Encyclopedia ($38 on thinkgeek.com).
Handheld gamers shouldn’t be left out! Bring their obsession with “Angry Birds” to light with a jumboRed Bird plush, going for $50 at thinkgeek.com. They’ll never admit it, but it will probably replace the teddy bear they’ve been sleeping with since they were 2 years old. Your money will be well-spent. The black and yellow birds and pig jumbo plush toys are also available.
The Techy/Science Geek. If your geek can never have enough gadgets, thinkgeek.com has a whole Web page devoted to cool toys. Astronaut ice cream, gyroscopes, and a do-it-yourself music box kit, just to name a few, are featured here.
The T-shirt Geek. Thinkgeek.com has a buy two shirts, get one free deal as of press time, so it’s making it really easy to get some great apparel for your geek. Science and math geeks will love thexkcd collection: nine shirts with recreations of the popular Web comic. The interactive T-shirt collection has everything from an electronic rock guitar shirt (currently on sale at $10, originally $30) to an 8-bit dynamic life shirt, which has hearts that light up whenever you’re near your significant other who is also wearing the shirt ($18 to $25, not including transmitter pack). Go here to see the entire T-shirt stock atthinkgeek.com.
See? Shopping for your geek is easier than you thought! M3rRy ChRI$Tm@5!