We’ve all seen the geek gift guides put out by major publications. Somehow all geeks, regardless of their connection to technology, like star wars legos, rubix cubes, and light-up keychains. Seriously? Not here. Not us.
Many geeks appreciate well-designed, thoughtful products. We know this because it’s our bottom line. So here’s our gift guide for classy geeks.
Gifts from $1-20
$12 A single screencast for your developer friends or that up-and-coming youngster in your family who wants to get started with programming.
$10 Unfortunately, this is about stereotypical nerds. Fortunately, it’s awesomely hilarious.
$14 Writing is much more fun with a beautiful pencil. Available in black, grey, or yellow.
$10 Now that smartphones have abandoned the stylus, there's nothing like paper and pen for brainstorming. Whether your field is a coffee shop or a bus, Field Notes are convenient and stylish.
$11 Both a classic and a quick read, this entertaining book is for entrepreneurs, sociologists, and deep thinkers of all kinds.
$15 An elegant stand for any smartphone with a smooth, hard surface.
$10 Split your music between three people. Useful for those cramped international plane flights to the next tech conference.
$20 These bad boys will keep your whisky chilled without watering it down? Oh, buddy.
$20 Exquisite Cocktails and other Unsound Advice humorously suggests matching beverages for any social situation.
Gifts from $20-60
$55 Give five screencasts to anyone, redeemable at any time.
$26 For that friend who loves CoffeeScript, or even just coffee.
$26 This one's a bit niche, but that's what makes the best gifts, right? A t-shirt featuring Chris Wanstrath, co-founder of GitHub.
$26 Until Apple makes a power adapter for your car, this is the best way to stay energized on the road.
$35 We don't mind a keychain when it's this useful! Carry an extra charge for your portable Apple products.
$49 Keeping your desk orderly isn't quite as important as having a place for your phone, coffee, tea, and three USB devices.
$40 Make those serious business calls even more official. Also available in red, pink, green, and yellow.
$34 A brain teaser in 6 or 12 pieces.
$44 Not all scotch has to be serious. Recommended by our marketing department.
Gifts from $60-100
$99 This gift won't collect dust in the bottom drawer!
$79 Nothing goes together like machined aluminum and solid wood.
$98 With letters in solid black felt.
Gifts from $100-200
$199 This one will keep a friend or family member occupied (and maybe even employed) until next year!
$165 "Extremely supple leather" and "lined in red velvet" should be all you need to know.
$150 A natural contrast to all the stainless steel, titanium, and adamantium in your home.
Gifts from $200-800
$357 The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel may have turned out differently if Michaelangelo had access to thousands of Internet radio stations (plus a docking port).
$300 Soft and cushy on the ears, tiny for travel, beautiful looking, and noise isolating. Yes, yes, and yes.
$350 Move this guy anywhere. With 360° swivel, 15 high-power LED lights, and only 7.5 watts.
$800 Run it on automatic for a cup in the morning and graduate to manual for an evening sip. An integrated grinder means maximum flavor every time.