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The Geeky Gift Giving Guide

What does the tech geek on your holiday gift list want for Christmas? Tech Talker has a ton of ideas in the ultimate geeky gift guide.

By
Eric Escobar,
December 5, 2013
Episode #103

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Maybe you’re a bit of a nerd (like yours truly), or maybe you have a geek to buy a gift for on your holiday list, either way you probably have someone in your life who will appreciate an awesome gadget.

So if you’re wracking your brain to find the perfect tech gifts, this episode is for you.

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If You're the Techie...

Let’s say that you're a proud, card-carrying techie and your friends and family are always complaining that they don't know what to get you for the holidays. What are you to do? Well, you have two options:

1. Act thrilled when you unwrap yet another outdated router (yawn).

Or

2. Look for the items you want online, make a list with links, and email them or print them out to friends and family when they ask what you want for Christmas.

It may sound a little against the Christmas spirit, but in the long run everyone will be happier. I’ve also found that writing a description of what the item is helps the non-techies in your life understand it a lot more. It's a win-win for both the gifter and the giftee.

For example if I send a link to my Grandma asking for a 500watt laser diode, I could preface it by saying, “This will help me vaporize zombies in their tracks from 100 feet away.” And now that she knows exactly what she's buying me, she too will feel the warm fuzzy feeling when she watches me unwrap her gift. If nothing else, it prevents the question of “I know I bought this for you, but can you please explain to me what it is!?”

If You're Buying Gifts for a Techie...

If you’re the non-techie of the family, but want to blow away that special geek in your life, here are some gifts that they will love!

Let’s break down your geek into a few categories. This is by no means a complete breakdown of the types of geeks, but odds are you’ll be able to identify at least one of these: 

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