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47 Unique Geek Gift Ideas

Make your favorite geek’s day with cool and unusual gifts that celebrate their way of life.

Finding the best geek gifts for those you know is a real challenge. Geeks are a special breed, no matter what they’re into, and will let you know if they’re not happy with the gifts you offer.

Don’t disappoint a geek when you can check out our resourceful guide to all things they’re obsessed with. The geek gift ideas range from video games and computers to books and memorabilia. Your favorite geek will thank you for taking the time to get it right.

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Read on for extra-special geek gifts that have the unique power to impress a proud geek.

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Floppy Disk Coaster Set

  • Tons Of Memory

  • $$$$$
  • Set, Home, Cool, Practical

These retro floppy disk coasters are a fun way to honor your favorite computer geek. The set of six brightly-colored coasters is an exact replica of the floppy disks once used. They’ll keep your friend’s table looking great and keep the geeky conversation going strong.

Godzilla Dish Cloth

  • Safe From Harm

  • $$$$$
  • Cool, Home, Accessories

This Godzilla dishcloth is a top way to wish geeks you love well in their new home. Whether a housewarming or Christmas gift, the cotton towel featuring Godzilla belongs in their kitchen. The offbeat blessing reads, “May Godzilla destroy this home last.” Truer words were never spoken for a monster-movie fan.

Star Trek Bluetooth Communicator Badge

  • Trekkie Treats

  • $$$$$
  • Novelty, Unique, Cool, Accessories

Treat a Star Trek fan to their own communicator replica badge and bring them a special kind of joy. It works with Bluetooth technology to act as a phone, speaker, and voice command center. With this communicator in their hands, they’ll have the next best thing to being on the Starship Enterprise.

Lego Coffee Mug

  • DIY Coffee

  • $$$$$
  • DIY, Novelty, Unique

This Lego coffee mug is the ideal way for a geek to enjoy toys with their morning coffee. The Lego mug is safe to use while offering nerds everywhere a fun activity they can enjoy anytime. The mug comes with three packs of colored brick parts they can fashion into anything they can dream up. This mug is an example of a gift for nerds that will make each day a little more interesting.

Math Wall Clock

  • Geek Translation Needed

  • $$$$$
  • Home, Novelty, Unique, Cool

Math nerds can have a ball reading this wall clock made with them in mind. Each numeral on the clock is replaced by a different math equation. They’ll show off their skills anytime someone happens to ask the time. The unique design and math-ready approach makes this the best clock you could treat them with.

Computer Circuit Board Lamp

  • Call Tech Support

  • $$$$$
  • Tech, Home, Cool, Unique

This LED lamp presents a detailed replica of a computer circuit board. The right kind of computer geek will appreciate the design and love adjusting the colors to suit their mood. The different modes can display the lamp light in flash mode, strobe, fade, or smooth. Few other lamps can light up the darkness with the coolest motherboard around.

Book Nerd Socks

  • Book Worm

  • $$$$$
  • Accessories, Novelty, Set

The next time your book-crazy friend settles in with their favorite novel, you can give them these cute socks. The cotton socks are covered with colorful book designs, making these foot warmers stand out. The soles of the socks deliver a message to anyone not reading, with the words “So many books / So little time.”

History Cartoons Box Set

  • History The Old-Fashioned Way

  • $$$$$
  • Set, Cool, Unique

Learning about history without the help of modern tech can be even more rewarding for those you know. This bamboo gift box holds 50 hand-designed cartoons on cards. The cards present a creative view of American history. The stories are told in a unique fashion that can enlighten and entertain every time.

LED Lightsaber Chopsticks

  • An Enlightened Meal

  • $$$$$
  • Accessories, Novelty, Set, Cool

A sci-fi nerd’s next meal will never be the same with these unique LED lightsaber chopsticks. The Star Wars-inspired gift includes two sets of LED chopsticks, one red and one blue. You can both fight over the galaxy, or just enjoy a meal made much more interesting, thanks to you.

Levitating Globe

  • The Whole World At Hand

  • $$$$$
  • Unique, Tech, Home, Cool

This levitating globe is the ultimate in geek gadgetry meets home decor. The magnetic technology of the tabletop globe allows it to levitate above the LED-lit base. Whether the globe inspires deep thinking or just helps entertain guests, it has the power to be out of the world.

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Chemistry Travel Mug

  • All The Elements

  • $$$$$
  • Practical, Accessories, Unique

This travel mug is a beautiful ode to the periodic table for the right person. The 20-ounce mug can keep beverages hot or cold, even if the owner has to pull long hours down at the chemistry lab. It’s one of those cute geek gifts that get used every single day with glee.

Book Nook Diorama Kit

  • Get Crafty

  • $$$$$
  • DIY, Activity, Unique

This cute book nook is the ideal place for the craftiest of geeks to get their DIY game going strong. The easy-to-assemble wood nook looks like a shadow box and comes with LED lights to warm up the space. They can fill it with their favorite reads or anything they want to display with skill and care.

Create Your Own Reel Viewer

  • Memories Come Alive

  • $$$$$
  • Activity, Cool, Unique, Accessories

This fun retro-style reel viewer is one of the coolest nerd gift ideas and is unlike any other. The viewer can be created in a snap by using a collection of personal photos you know they’ll love. The reel viewer works as they once did and puts these memories right in front of their eyes. They can go down memory lane the lo-fi way and have an awesome keepsake to boot.

LED USB Clock Fan

  • Time And Temperature

  • $$$$$
  • Accessories, Practical, Unique

The next time a geek spends hours at their computer, they can use this LED USB clock fan you generously provided them with. The miniature neon clock adjusts directions when plugged into any USB port. They can tell time and stay cool while saving the universe or whatever it is they’re busy doing.

Hitchhiker’s Guide Poetry Magnets

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  • Got A Ride

  • $$$$$
  • Accessories, Novelty, Home

Poetry magnets are super popular and work just as well for geeks as they do for everyone. The handmade collection features words taken from the classic nerd-appreciated book, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The lucky recipient can arrange and rearrange the magnet to rewrite the great work themselves.

Handmade Science Sculpture

  • Leave Gravity Behind

  • $$$$$
  • Unique, Cool, Accessories, Home

This handmade gravity rod is unlike any other find in a gift guide for geeks. It’s an impressive structure that uses the power of magnets to make itself known. The tiny cube that they place in the center of the rod floats on and on. They can show friends this feat of science, or just enjoy having it around the house.

Chomping Shark Slippers

  • Chomping At The Bit

  • $$$$$
  • Accessories, Practical, Set

Why should Shark Week happen only once a year for the shark-loving nerd you know? These awesome faux-fur shark slippers can keep the deadly creatures close by. The comfortable slippers will “eat up” their feet, but actually keep them cozy and warm. The shark’s open mouth reveals massive teeth that they’ll be thankful are just made of fabric.

Robot Building Kit

  • Robot Maker

  • $$$$$
  • DIY, Set, Activity

Treat your favorite geek to the challenge of building their own robot with this DIY kit. The set can build a series of different robots and works just as well for kids as it does for adults. The intricate method is totally doable with helpful instructions, so these robots won’t end up taking over the world.

Mini Retro Tetris Arcade Game

  • Tiny Arcade

  • $$$$$
  • Tech, Novelty, Unique, Cool

This retro-ready Tetris arcade game has the most fun packed into a small item. The handheld game can transport your friend back in time to when video games were much more tactile than today. The Tetris game is a thoughtful geek gift for him he won’t forget anytime soon. He can bring it along whenever he wants to feel like a kid again.

Geek CookBook

  • Cook Up Something Special

  • $$$$$
  • Unique, Fun, Home

This cookbook for geeks is simply a way to whip up their favorite recipes. The informative, entertaining book can inspire them to learn more about the art of all things culinary. From cooking temperatures to how ingredients interact, the book’s topics bring science and cooking together at last.

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Nessie Ladle Spoon

  • Monster In The Kitchen

  • $$$$$
  • Accessories, Practical, Unique

Geek love extends from the computer room to the kitchen, where you can give them this Nessie ladle spoon. The stand-up ladle makes a practical addition to their kitchen tools. It manages to stay standing in the cooking liquid, so they can leave it while attending to other things. The handle looks like a giant Loch Ness monster (Nessie) who can help with dinner every night.

Gaming Desk

  • Day At The Office

  • $$$$$
  • Tech, Home, Practical

This gaming desk is perfect when you want to find something expensive and worthwhile for a geeky gamer. The ergonomic desk is a secure place for gaming gadgets, a computer, and accessories. It keeps cables organized and adjusts for ultimate comfort. The gaming desk is one of the top geek gift ideas for a boyfriend, girlfriend, or anyone whose gaming is their life.

Tesla Coil Loudspeaker

  • Harness Energy

  • $$$$$
  • Tech, Unique, Cool

The power coming from this Tesla coil loudspeaker is made to impress. The unique design not only delivers awesome sound but also features a miniature Tesla coil to play with. They can use other objects, or even their hands, to make the magic flow. The device is a sure way to impress the geekiest of their friends and family while enjoying tunes like never before.

Matrix LED Digital Watch

  • Climb Inside

  • $$$$$
  • Accessories, Tech, Cool

Super fans of the Matrix will love wearing this cool LED digital watch on their wrist. It uses binary time to confuse anyone else who may not be aware of the Matrix universe. Your geeky pal can show off all they know, while enjoying the sleek look of this one-of-a-kind wristwatch. The Japanese quartz movement is dependable and will keep this sci-fi accessory going strong.

Da Vinci Catapult Kit

  • Hands-On Engineering

  • $$$$$
  • Set, DIY, Unique, Cool

Few DIY kits promise something as exciting as this Da Vinci catapult kit does. It’s easy to assemble and can provide hours of fun shooting the miniature ball wherever the target may be. It makes an ideal desktop feature for a nerdy science and history fan to enjoy seeing every day.

Astronomy Lamp

  • Bring The Food Home

  • $$$$$
  • Home, Accessories, Unique, Cool

Astronomy aficionados will be delighted when you give them this astronomy lamp for their home. The surface of the moon design is a detailed reproduction of the moon itself, right down to every crater. They can adjust the color and brightness of the lamp by touching the cute astronaut figurines at the bottom.

Electronics Organizer Travel Bag

  • No Bird’s Nest

  • $$$$$
  • Practical, Accessories, Unique

This electronics organizer travel bag is the one thing a geek really needs to get around with their favorite gadgetry in tow. The travel bag has tons of small spaces for every last cord, cable, and plug they can fill it with. It has padded elements to keep fragile parts safe and offers a compact place to house it all.

Dungeon Master Beer Mug

  • D&D Ready

  • $$$$$
  • Accessories, Novelty, Unique

This elaborate Dungeon Master beer mug will make your geeky friend’s next Dungeons and Dragons game even better. The handmade oak wood exterior pairs up with a stainless steel interior. It’s there for their favorite beer, ale, or whatever they drink in the world of Dungeons and Dragons.

Pocket DJ Mixer

  • DJ Geek

  • $$$$$
  • Tech, Cool, Accessories

Inspire a geek to follow their dreams of being a DJ with this pocket DJ mixer to get them started. The miniature sound mixer works with smartphones and tablets, so they can start mixing right away. They can get creative with music and turn any gathering into a dance party with this accessory in their pocket.

Cosmos Kitchen Knife Set

  • Take In The Cosmos

  • $$$$$
  • Set, Home, Practical

The world of astronomy is fully represented in this kitchen knife set. Nerds who love to cook will chop, dice, and slice easily with the six chef-approved knives. They won’t be bored as they chop with a brilliant, colorful view of the cosmos on each of the six knives. Delicious meals will be in the works, while they dream of intergalactic space travel.

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Retro Computer Glasses

  • A Vintage Look

  • $$$$$
  • Accessories, Unique, Cool

Gifts for geeks like these cute retro computer glasses have the perfect 80s vibe for her. The round-rimmed glasses have a stylish retro look, while they protect against computer glare. The anti-blue light coating can help make eye strain a thing of the past. She’ll look super cute too, while she beats you at the latest video game.

LED Ship In A Bottle

  • More Than A Hobby

  • $$$$$
  • DIY, Activity, Cool, Accessories

This LED ship in a bottle isn’t your average DIY building kit. Crafty geeks can put together their own ship in a bottle that lights up. With the help of clear instructions and a fun building process, they’ll end up with this non-traditional keepsake. They’ll also have the added bonus of lightning in a bottle all their own.

Wooden Desk Toy

  • For The Antisocial

  • $$$$$
  • Novelty, Accessories, Unique

Geeks may not know what this strange wooden box is when they first receive it. Their confusion can graduate to joy once they see its only practical function is to turn itself off. It’s an ode to those who want to be left alone and makes a creative tabletop gift. Once the “on” button is pressed, the box opens and a finger turns the button off.

Mini Bat Signal

  • Calling On A Hero

  • $$$$$
  • Accessories, Novelty, Cool

Sometimes, a comic book lover needs to have a miniature bat signal to help the day improve. This little bat signal is a cool added bonus for any Batman-obsessed friend or loved one. It comes with a book of Batman history they can also dig into while their bat signal calls the great one to come.

Cyberpunk Night Lamp

  • Industrial Magic & Light

  • $$$$$
  • Home, Accessories, Cool

This impressive cyberpunk night lamp is more than just another night light. The handmade metal tower has a stunning futuristic design that looks like a computer motherboard. It allows for different color options that can be controlled by remote control. Chances are, anyone who lays their eyes on this lamp will be mesmerized for quite some time.

Geeky Multitool

  • DIY Geek

  • $$$$$
  • Practical, DIY, Activity

You’re not just giving a geek a handy multitool when you give them this one made for their keychain. You’re giving them an artfully designed accessory to make their gadget-loving life easier. It performs over 16 unique functions, from a bike spoke key to a protractor tool. Whether they need to fix something around the house or do some advanced math, they’ll be all set.

Theater Nerd Makeup Bag

  • Nerd And Proud

  • $$$$$
  • Accessories, Practical, Unique

Not all nerds are into computers. Some love theater more than life itself, which makes this makeup bag ideal for all their accessories. The cute canvas bag features the title “Theater Nerd,” along with an entertaining definition to keep them and their friends laughing all the way to their next performance.

Mechanical Paper Plane Launcher

  • Graduate From Paper

  • $$$$$
  • Activity, Cool, DIY

This mechanical paper plane launcher is much more than the paper plane from childhood. You can make a geek’s heart grow with the steampunk-designed DIY plane kit. It’s a wonderful idea for crafty nerds who have everything when you don’t know what to get them anymore. The model plane project will keep them busy launching planes to their heart’s content.

Beer Geek Handbook

  • All For Ale

  • $$$$$
  • Accessories, Unique, Cool

Beer geeks love all the details they can get their hands on when it comes to beer, which this handbook has. The fun guide to all things beer has helpful knowledge and entertaining stories to boot. They’ll have a ball reading the humorous guide and likely keep it front and center in their beer library.

Personal Library Kit

  • Secret Librarian

  • $$$$$
  • Set, Novelty, Activity, Unique

You can fulfill a book nerd’s greatest wish with this personal library kit. It’s a kind of DIY librarian set they’ll enjoy using. The kit has a realistic library card for return date information to be recorded. It also has a date stamp and ink pad, plus a pencil for marking in extra information where needed. The library kit makes a thoughtful birthday gift for book lovers everywhere.

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Personal Planetarium

  • Virtual Astronomy

  • $$$$$
  • Activity, Unique, Unique

Don’t take an astronomy geek to the planetarium when you can give them this personal planetarium to look at the stars. The virtual-reality viewer makes it easy for science nerds, whether adults or kids, to check out the cosmos up close. It connects to smartphones and features an audio guide to make the experience even more unforgettable.

Marvel Infinity Gauntlet DIY Kit

  • Lego To Greatness

  • $$$$$
  • DIY, Set, Cool, Unique

Comic book fans can get building with this awe-inspiring Marvel gauntlet DIY kit. The Lego set has all the building blocks and instructions needed to reproduce the Marvel Infinity gauntlet. The almost 600 blocks come together with hard work and ingenuity to make something they’ll cherish for a long time.

Circuit Board Tie Clip

  • Dressed Up For IT

  • $$$$$
  • Accessories, Unique, Practical

This circuit board tie clip can save the day when IT geeks need to go to fancy functions. It may seem like a novelty gift, but it’s likely to garner plenty of attention too. Once it does its job of keeping his tie in place, others won’t be able to stay away from this cool tech-happy fashion piece.

Zero Gravity Space Pen

  • Upside Down

  • $$$$$
  • Cool, Unique, Accessories, Practical

This space pen makes it unnecessary for geeks to leave the earth (or even leave home) to experience zero gravity. The aerodynamically-designed space pen writes clearly at any angle, even upside down. It works whether super hot or cold and comes in a handsome gift box. Space lovers can have fun singing their name anywhere it’s required.

Tactical Apron

  • Tactically Delicious

  • $$$$$
  • Accessories, Practical, Cool

SWAT Team member or just a great chef? No one will know the difference when you give a good friend this tactical apron. The comfortable cotton apron is wholly dependable, with pouches and pockets galore. Geeks who love all things tactical won’t wait for a second to put this fun cooking accessory on.

Movie Trivia Challenge Game

  • Top 10

  • $$$$$
  • Activity, Unique, Set

This movie trivia challenge game is no joke for those movie geeks obsessed with every film ever put on the silver screen. The attractive set comes in a keepsake box and has over 400 challenging questions. The set can be the inspiration for a friend’s movie night like no other. It’ll likely come out anytime other movie lovers want to gather, learn, and watch movies together.

Retro Tech Guide

  • A Digital History

  • $$$$$
  • Unique, Fun, Novelty

Few other books about technology can pique a nerd’s interest, like this awesomely fun retro-tech guide. The unforgettable time in history when computers entered homes is presented in an entertaining fashion. From facts and figures to rare images and stories, the guide is a true ode to the land of geekdom that computers helped to create.

Gifts for Geeks FAQs

What Does Being a Geek Mean?

Anyone who might think of themselves as a geek tends to be an overly-obsessed fan or expert in a particular subject. It may be computers, movies, video games, or even antiques. Geeks usually are associated with tech things like computers, but one can easily be a less-traditional watch geek or a gardening geek. As long as the love is there, a geek is made.

What Do Geeks Want for Christmas?

Whatever your geek loves most (i.e., video games, comic books, or Star Wars films), you can locate unusual finds to impress. A rare copy, a unique accessory, or a retro option of their favorite thing can work. An LED fixture for a tech geek to Thor socks for a Marvel geek are good examples; as long as it’s special and in their wheelhouse, they’ll enjoy it.

What Does Every Computer Geek Need?

Computer geeks will adore a variety of gifts that meet their needs. Fancy flash drives are usually in order, along with a DIY project for a computer hard drive or coding system. They’ll always be up for geeky accessories like hats, t-shirts, and socks to remind others of their geek status.

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Maryana Vestic

Maryana Vestic is a Brooklyn-based writer, editor, and food photographer with a background in entertainment Business Affairs. She studied film at NYU, Irish Theatre Studies at Trinity College Dublin, and has an MFA in Creative Writing Nonfiction from The New School. She loves cooking, baking, hiking, and horror films, as well as running a local baking business in Brooklyn with her boyfriend.