A nice shirt, a pair of socks, or a bottle of cologne.
Sure, a present like that would be appreciated, but if you’re buying for a geek, then you’ll probably get a polite smile at best, if it’s even opened in front of you.
Want to get that bright-eyed, wow reaction?
Don’t worry, I may not know much, but I know geek (being a huge one myself).
Here are 5 great 2019 Christmas gifts for that geek in your life.
Apple Watch series 3
It’s not the latest, but the release of the Apple Watch series 5 has reduced the series 3 to a comfortable price. This one is especially good if you’re buying for an iPhone owner, as the two devices will connect for even greater functionality.
Tell the time, check your messages, answer a call, listen to music, or count your footsteps.
Say the magic words “Hey Siri,” and suddenly your wrist is infused with the power of Apple’s personal assistant waiting to answer your most burning questions, or to schedule your next appointment.
A must have for technocrats, because everyone needs another gadget that does less than the one already in your pocket.
Warrior of the Altaii
Master fantasy author of The Wheel of Time series Robert Jordan continues to release novels to this very day, even after being dead for 12 years.
How is this possible?
No, not through the magic of Christmas. Actually, he wrote Warrior of the Altaii some 40 years ago, way before his famos work got published.
The story follows leader of the Altaii warriors Wulfgar, as he tries to save his people from drought and starvation of the barren Plain. Wulfgar will face powerful foes, and learn from Elspeth, a visitor from another world.
Originally rejected by publishers, it has now resurfaced to add more hype to the Amazon Prime Video adaptation. Recommended only for fans of The Wheel of Time series who want to know more about its worldbuilding as the writing style is very 70’s.
Marvel Legends Series Endgame Power Gauntlet
Put the fate of all life in your geek’s hands with the Endgame Power Gauntlet and pray that half the universe isn’t wiped out in the aftermath.
Based on Iron Man’s Endgame design, this real size gauntlet has electronically articulated fingers, pulsing infinity stones, mechanical power sound effects, and enough intricate details to make even Thanos himself jealous.
Plus it has a fist-lock mechanism, which according to the vendor “allows the item to be displayed in an appropriately powerful clenched fist pose.” I can already feel the cosplay excitement.
Present this as a gift and fingers will be snapping all season long.
The Outer Worlds
I honestly don’t know how a gamer can keep up (unless you’re 12 years old).
With superb releases like Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Super Mario Maker 2, and Borderlands 3, walking into a game store would bombard you with so many 9-out-of-10’s that you’d swear it was a chimpanzees gymnastics tournament.
Well I’m here for you.
You’d definitely get away with picking The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, but that’s if your geek is a Nintendo Switch gamer.
Top choice is The Outer Worlds, definitely.
Released by the same team behind Fallout: New Vegas (that’s geek talk for “Hell Yeah!”) The Outer Worlds is a science fiction open world game that sees you awaken on a space ship at the edge of the galaxy. Explore Halcyon, a colony of two planets and several space stations, and unravel a mystery threatening to destroy the settlements.
Find your ship, build your crew, and play in your own style.
Air Hogs Zero Gravity Laser Racer
Remember that feeling when you were five and got your first scalextric set?
Well the Air Hogs Zero Gravity Laser Racer is just like that, except the track can be any smooth surface your imagination can think of.
Bring out your geek’s inner child as they build a track across the floor, up the walls, and even the roof and race away.
Want to get in on the fun? Buy two. Heck, buy four and make your own Gran Prix.
This thing’s probably not going to last beyond the end of the month, but what a month it will be.
So these are some great options for that geek in your life. Try one and let me know how it goes.