A Geek Girl’s Guide to Holiday Shopping

by Meredith Placko

While millions of Americans fought tooth, nail, and pepper spray to get their hands on some mighty deals, this geek girl somehow managed to avoid the annual contact sport known as Black Friday. While sitting in my office, pouring over YouTube videos of people at their very best in Holiday cheer (and boxing), I took the time to reflect on what is most important this season: presents (/sarcasm). And how to acquire them for the people most important to me.

Now I don’t know about you, but my friends range in a wide and varied sort. Some are gadget geeks, others are Otaku, then there are those who simply freak out over sports. Whatever your flair is, there has got to be a gift for the die hard fan we all know and love.

LomoKino 35mm Movie Camera – $79.00 from Lomography.com

For the Hipster Geek, you can’t go wrong with the LomoKino 35mm movie camera. Even Hipstamatic doesn’t have an app for this yet!

Get ready to have your world turned upside down! The LomoKino, Lomography’s very own 35mm movie camera, is set to revolutionize the analogue landscape forever. Forget about the rules and direct your own stunning short films – with this handy camera, all you need is a 35mm roll and your creativity!

Air Swimmers Flying R/C Sea Life – $39.00 from The Neatoshop

Do you have a friend who always wanted to be a Marine Biologist? Now’s your chance to fulfill his dreams and get him his own flying fish (or shark!). Okay, it really has nothing to do with marine biology, but imagine how cool you’ll be if you give out one of these in the Secret Santa exchange. Way better than that singing fish. Also, a good gift for Dr. Who fans who may want to recreate the man-eating, flying fish scene from A Christmas Carol.

  • Hours of flying sea creature fun for the whole family
  • Durable, high-quality nylon material will stay inflated for weeks
  • Remote functions: Climb, descend, and tail fin control for turning

Click Watches – $149.00 from Watchismo

You know that old pal of yours who liked to build computers in his garage? He might have gone on to build one of the most successful electronic companies in history.  But if he’s anything like my dad, he may be a whiz with a punch card, but is horrible with showing up on time for lunch! Ooh and aah your tech savvy friends with these nifty time pieces from Watchismo.

If you look at the circuit boards of an 80’s arcade game, you’d find these Dip Switches.  This type of switch is designed to be used on a printed circuit board along with other electronic components and is commonly used to customize the behavior of an electronic device for specific situations. Each switch activates a different function of the watch as seen in the diagram below.  Functions ranging from bar graph metered time display, 12 hour and 24 hour digital time display, month, date, day of week and backlight.

Custom Body Pillow – $60 – $120 from Dakimakura Pillow

Do you have a friend who suffers from the “forever alone” syndrome? It’s hard getting out there, meeting new people and finding things in common to talk about. Don’t let your best bud go alone this holiday, you can get him (or her!) a custom body pillow printed with their favorite anime character, western movie star or comfort food.

Dakimakura is a hug pillow: over-sized pillows designed to be extremely huggable. These are security objects and usually never leave the grasp of sleeping Japanese children. So addictive is the comfort provided that many older men and women still use them.

Star Wars Themed Kitchen Goods – $9.99 – $29.99 from Williams-Sonoma

For the baking geek who also likes to walk on the Dark Side, Williams-Sonoma has an array of cookie cutters, stencils, even sandwich cutters that you can take a bite out of the Rebels (or the Empire, if you lean that way) every time you cook!

Marvel Comics Digital Subscription – $59.88 from Marvel.com

What do you get the discriminating comic fan who owns every #1 issue ever printed? Since they probably won’t be taking those books out any time soon, they can still enjoy what’s inside without getting grease on the pages with a digital subscription to Marvel Comics!

  • Access to over 10,000 New and Classic Titles
  • Exclusive New Issues Available Online First
  • Stories Featuring Spider-Man, Iron Man, X-Men, Hulk & More!