Top 10 Geek Gifts Under $100 – Christmas 2012 Guide

Geeks can be tough to buy for but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t receive a gift!  To make your shopping experience easier this year I’ve complied a list of the top 10 gifts for geeks.  Everything in the list sells for less than $100, and almost all of the items are available with free 2 day shipping through Amazon Prime.

Isotoner Smartouch Tech Stretch Gloves ($19)

Have you ever watched someone take off their gloves so they could use the touch screen on their phone?  These Smartouch gloves are designed to work with touch screens on phones and tablets preventing the need to remove gloves to use the device.  The index, thumb, and middle finger have a special conductive coating that allows them to work with touchscreens.

With these gloves techies can keep their hands warm and still use all of their favorite devices when it’s cold out.  They are available in different sizes / colors for both men and women.

Kingston Wi-Drive 32 GB USB 2.0 Pocket-sized Portable Storage ($49)

The is no such thing as too much storage when it comes to mobile devices.  The Wi-Drive is a portable, wireless storage system for mobile devices such as the iPhone,iPad, iPod touch, Android devices, or Kindle Fire.  This devices allows photos, videos, music, or other files to be shared wirelessly between multiple devices.

Tetris Constructible LED Desk Lamp Light ($55)

This Tetris LED lamp would make a great addition to any desk, cubicle, or table.  The 7 interlocking pieces can be arranged in different combinations allowing the look to be changed on demand.  Each piece lights up after being added to the stack.

The lamp measures 7″ x 4″ x 1″ (height and width vary depending on stacked pattern).  For power it connects to a standard 110v electrical outlet.

 

RHA MA-350 Noise Isolating Aluminium Earphones ($39)

Every geek could use a pair of high quality earphones to use with their smartphone , tablet, ipod, or other device with a 3.5mm jack.  These earphones from RHA are machined from solid aluminium which makes them look and feel great.

The cable is made from braided fabric to provide durability and prevent them from becoming tangled.   Other high end features include a 10mm driver for excellent sound, gold plated connector, and soft silicone tips for comfort.  These also come with a 3 year warranty so you’ll know your giftee will be able to enjoy these for a long time.

 

Blue Lounge Design Nest Organizing Stand for iPad/iPad 2 and Other Tablets ($14)

Most geeks have a tablet and/or smart phone but they probably don’t have a stand or place to store it.  The nest solves this problem by providing the ideal place to store an iPad, Kindle, Nexus, or other tablet.  The stand can store a tablet either vertically, or horizontally.

It’s small size makes it an unobtrusive addition to any bedside table.  The stand also provides a place to store keys, small usb devices, or other geek essentials.

Star Wars Jedi Bath Robe ($80)

What better way to start the day then wake up and throw on the old Jedi Bathrobe!  Your favorite Star Wars fan can wear this robe while counting down the days until episode 7.

This robe is robe is officially licensed and made from %100 cotton velour, features a belt, pockets, embroidered logo, and jedi hood.  With 47 inches of length from the shoulders down the robe should nearly reach for the floor for most wearers.

ReVIVE Solar ReStore XL Universal USB Charger for E-readers , MP3 Players , Smartphones , and Tablets ($59)

Anyone with portable electronics or mobile devices should have one of these solar chargers.  This charger contains an internal battery capable of being charged by either solar power, or a usb cable.  The Lithium polymer battery pack stores emergency power for weeks without degradation.  Great for long bike rides, hiking, camping, or mountaineering

LaCie CooKey 32 GB Key Like Flash Drive ($46)

Most thumb drives don’t fit well on a key chain, but the CooKey is here to change that!  This USB drive provides 32GB of storage in a thin, lightweight form factor that fits easily on a key chain.  The drive is water and scratch-resistant making it extra durable.

The drive includes software which can be used to encrypt the files stored on the drive.  It can also be used as a physical security measure for locking / unlocking a desktop or laptop computer!

 

JBL Creature III Self-Powered Multimedia Satellite and Subwoofer System ($89)

These speakers will add good kicking sound to any laptop or mobile device, and the sheer coolness of the design speaks for itself.  It’s incredible that such crisp treble and kickin’ bass is packed into a small speaker set.  The small size makes them easy to fit on a desk or any other space without much room available.

Molecular Gastronomy Kit ($58)

Perfect for the food or chemistry geeks out there!  This kit turns dinner into a science project consisting of gelification, emulsification, spherification and other cool techniques.  The kit includes 5 different food additives, a set of tools, and a recipe dvd.

 

More Gift Ideas

If you still haven’t found the perfect gift for your geek then take a look at my 2011 gift guide for more ideas.  ThinkGeek and NewEgg are always good places to find geek gifts too.

 

Sam Kear

Sam graduated from the University of Missouri - Kansas City with a bachelors degree in Information Technology. Currently he works as a network analyst for an algorithmic trading firm. Sam enjoys the challenge of troubleshooting complex problems and is constantly experimenting with new technologies.

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