10 nerdy Christmas gifts that speak to your inner-geek
If you're struggling to find a gift for that friend who loves their geek toys, or even if you just want to treat yourself with a fun, little pop-culture oddity, then you've come to the right place.
Here is our run-down of the best stocking-stuffers for your inner geek from Nintendo game cartridge inspired drinking flasks to a car charger inspired by Kitt from Knight Rider.
Flux Capacitor Wall Charger
This USB wall charger is modeled on the Back To The Future Flux Capacitor and has two outlets to charge up whatever device needs some power. Currently on-sale at $14.99 from ThinkGeek, it's the perfect gift for all your time-traveling needs. We're pretty sure it charges your device to 100 percent and won't cause it to travel back in time when it hits 88 percent.
Star Trek: TOS Bluetooth Communicator
Smartphone technology may have already superseded the old Star Trek communicator, but this piece of clever tech lets you relive those childhood fantasies of flipping open a communicator and chatting with friends. Connecting to your smartphone via Bluetooth this is a fully-functional replica modeled on the original Star Trek prop. It also features 20 authentic communicator sound effects and comes with a leather carry pouch. Currently $149.99 from ThinkGeek.
Knight Rider KITT USB Car Charger
I don't think anyone will argue with us when we say Knight Rider is the best thing David Hasselhoff has ever done. This USB car charger handily turns any car into a mini-version of KITT looking exactly like the voice-box from the television show and synced to respond to 11 different voice commands. Oh, it also has two USB adapters to charge your devices if you need some kind of pragmatic use. This wonderful piece of kit (pun most definitely intended) is currently on sale for $19.80 from Newegg.
Shark With Frickin' Laser Pointer
Everyone needs a laser pointer now and then – from that business presentation to annoying your cat, these things come in handy. We don't know what evil genius decided to attach a laser pointer to a shark but this Shark With A Frickin' Laser Pointer is probably the best Austin Powers spin-off toy around. What more can we say, it's a shark with a frickin' laser pointer! Amazingly it is doesn't cost 1 million dollars, but only $16.99 from Newegg.
Doctor Who Scarf
Everyone agrees that Tom Baker is the best incarnation of Dr Who, right? This is surely not the most controversial statement we'll make in this article. An exact replica of his infamous scarf is surely the perfect gift for that friend who keeps trying to argue that Matt Smith was a better Doctor. At an epic and authentic length of 12 feet, it certainly promises to keep you warm and get caught in absolutely everything. Currently on sale at $34.99 from ThinkGeek.
Star Wars Sphero BB-8 with Force Band
We had a lot of fun playing with Sphero's new controllable BB-8 toy a couple of months ago. The addition of the new force band lets you control the little droid by a simple flick of the wrist and some of the new little features are super fun. One of our resident nerds even watched The Force Awakens with the little droid next to him cheering along! We think it's worth shelling out the extra dollars for the force band. You can currently grab the entire package for $199.99 o Amazon.
Star Trek Sweater
The trend of pop-culture styled wool sweaters often cross the line into daggy territory very quickly, but this Star Trek-inspired piece is just on the right side for our tastes. Or is it? With a subtle starship design and modest colors, you be the judge, but as it's on sale right now for $38.99 at ThinkGeek, so you might have to make up your mind rather quickly.
Mr. Meeseeks' Box O' Fun
Is Rick and Morty the best sci-fi show on TV right now? We think so. If you haven't seen it then stop reading and track it down immediately (okay, maybe read to the end of this article first), but if you have seen it then we know this Mr Meeseeks game will be right up your alley. We haven't personally played it yet, but as true fans of Mr Meeseeks this dare-based dice game looks super fun. Just remember, all Mr Meeseeks wants to do is help you, please let him help you. Grab the game now from Amazon, on sale for $30.45.
Concealable Hip Flask (for geeks)
Sometimes a little concealable hip flask of your favorite drink is a vital resource to help you get through the holiday season. The genius minds at Ink Whiskey figured, why not make flasks that resemble old Nintendo game cartridges. When someone catches you raising this to your mouth there will probably be plenty of questions, and we don't really know the answers, but we are sure we'd love to get these as a gift. Now pass us the Bar-Hop Bros, we want to take a swig. Grab the set of five from Amazon now for $89.99.
Tetris LED Desk Lamp
Incorporate those Tetris skills into the real world with this stackable Tetris Lamp. Each piece lights up when placed on another and the kit comes with seven different colored and shaped pieces. Create a differently shaped bedside lamp every night, or if you are particularly obsessive, make sure it is all perfectly square ... all the time! The set is currently on sale from ThinkGeek for $39.99.