Chances are, even if you aren’t a geek yourself, you have someone close to you that can recite Rutger Hauer’s final monologue from Blade Runner word for word, or has a vast collection of Batman underwear. The chances are even greater that, more often than not, you’ve struggled to find said loved one a suitable geek gift at Christmastime, threw your hands up in futility, and purchased them a DVD of the latest Hollywood bastardization of a beloved comic book property. Well, I’m here to help you to not be a thoughtless, unoriginal bastard this Holiday season by giving you five great, no-brainer Geek gift ideas to appease that Star Wars or X-Men nerd on your shopping list. (And to make it even easier on you, all items have an Amazon.com link and are $50 or less).
5.) Light-Up TRON Xbox 360 Controller ($49.99) Amazon Link
Sweet Christmas! This sexy little number is the perfect gift for the video game addict/tech head on your list. The official TRON controller will bathe their darkened game caves in a soothing neon blue glow, making them more and more oblivious to the tragic parallel to the movie their lives have become…
4.) The LOST Encyclopedia ($45) Amazon Link
Is that “LOSTie” in your life still hunched in the corner, clutching his knees and rocking back and forth sobbing over never getting to visit “The Island” again? Try to ease their suffering with this comprehensive, officially-sanctioned, 400-page monster of a book that answers burning questions like, “Why the fuck did that bird screech Hurley’s name?”, “What’s up with that four-toed statue?”, or “Where did Richard Alpert get all that eyeliner on the Island?
3.) Geek T-Shirts from 80’sTees.com (Around $20-$25) 80’sTees.com
Let’s face it, geeks love T-shirts, and 80’s Tees has the best selection of new and retro nerd apparel around. Need a vintage Autobot logo shirt? 80’s Tees has you covered. How about a Scott Pilgrim tee? Ditto. Superman? Yep. Cobra Kai dojo? Yep. Star Wars? Dozens of styles. If it’s idolized by the geek community, odds are its been immortalized in 100% cotton glory, and destined to collect Dorito and Mountain Dew stains during a heated World of Warcraft or D&D session.
2.) Star Trek Starship Enterprise Pizza Cutter ($24.99) from Think Geek.com
It’s the Starship Enterprise. It cuts pizza. If that hasn’t sold you, then I don’t know why you’re reading this blog.
1.) Star Wars: The Making of the Empire Strikes Back ($53.55) Amazon Link
Ok, I know it’s over fifty bucks, but this book is so good they made a two and a half minute trailer for it. Does The Great Gatsby have a fucking trailer? I rest my case.