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December 13, 2011

Geek gift guide 2011

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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

The IT Crowd, Season 1
$10

Unfortunately, this is about stereotypical nerds. Fortunately, it’s awesomely hilarious.

Worther Shorty Mechanical Pencil
$14
Writing is much more fun with a beautiful pencil. Available in black, grey, or yellow.

The Wisdom of Crowds
$11

Both a classic and a quick read, this entertaining book is for entrepreneurs, sociologists, and deep thinkers of all kinds.

Branch Earphone Splitter
$10

Split your music between three people. Useful for those cramped international plane flights to the next tech conference.

Whisky Stones
$20

These bad boys will keep your whisky chilled without watering it down? Oh, buddy.

How to Booze
$20

Exquisite Cocktails and other Unsound Advice humorously suggests matching beverages for any social situation.

Gifts from

$20-60

PowerCup Mobile Inverter
$26

Until Apple makes a power adapter for your car, this is the best way to stay energized on the road.

Juice Pack Reserver
$35

We don’t mind a keychain when it’s this useful! Carry an extra charge for your portable Apple products.

UBoard Smart
$49

Keeping your desk orderly isn’t quite as important as having a place for your phone, coffee, tea, and three USB devices.

Braid Wood Puzzle
$34

A brain teaser in 6 or 12 pieces.

Pig’s Nose 5 Year Scotch
$44

Not all scotch has to be serious. Recommended by our marketing department.

Gifts from

$60-100

Wood iPad 2 Case
$79

Nothing goes together like machined aluminum and solid wood.

Four Scrabble Letter Pillows
$98

With letters in solid black felt.

Gifts from

$200-800

Bowers & Wilkins P5 Headphones
$300

Soft and cushy on the ears, tiny for travel, beautiful looking, and noise isolating. Yes, yes, and yes.

Link LED Task Lamp
$350

Move this guy anywhere. With 360° swivel, 15 high-power LED lights, and only 7.5 watts.

Espresso Machine with Integrated Grinder
$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.

About the Author

is VP of Open Source at Pluralsight. He previously founded PeepCode and is an all around entrepreneur, developer, designer, teacher and athlete. Follow him on Twitter at @topfunky.


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