What Do I Get A Geek For Christmas? Geek Gift Guide


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Every year, before we’re even done with our Thanksgiving dinner coma, Christmas decorations are up in stores and my nephews are telling Uncle Joey about all the presents they want. Adults can be a little harder to shop for, though, especially if you’re dealing with a geek. Where do you even begin to shop for a geek for Christmas? While I may not have all the answers, I hope this guide will give you some good ideas.

Pivot Power

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It doesn’t seem like something that might be on someone’s Christmas wish list, but anyone who has ever found themselves staring at their normal power strip, with a couple otherwise available plugs half covered by large brick power supplies, should appreciate this in their stocking. Pivot Power pivots to make more room for all those bulky power supplies. Your six-outlet power strip can finally fit six power adapters.

Price: $25.00

Magic Wand Remote Control

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If they’ve seen more than one Harry Potter movie, let them cast some spells of their own… on the TV. This TV remote shaped like a magic wand lets you change the channel, volume, etc. with a flick of the wrist. Blurting out funny phrases is optional.

Price: $89.99

Cloak

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Does your favorite geek have an iPad? If they do, you can help them protect it while also making it more comfortable to use. The Cloak by Quirky is an iPad case that also works as a three-way stand.

Price: $49.99

App Magnets

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All you need is an Apple fanboy/fangirl and a fridge to make this a great gift. These App magnets are magnets that look like popular iPhone application icons. Just don’t buy these for the Android phone geek in the family.

Price: $12.99

Wrapster

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Another great stocking stuffer, Wrapster is a way to keep your ear bud headphones untangled without any fuss.

Price: $4.99

Pandora or GrooveShark Gift Cards

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If that special someone on your Christmas list has ever mentioned Pandora or GrooveShark streaming music sites, they’re sure to appreciate a gift card to help them get the most of their listening. The GrooveShark membership comes free with the purchase of a t-shirt.

Pandora 1 Year: $36.00
GrooveShark 1 Year: $18.00

PeeWee PC: PeeWee KIT

PeeWee PC Kit
PeeWee PC is a USB security suite that provides on and off line safety for children of all ages. It includes parental privacy controls and limits how much time children spend browsing and gaming, blocks inappropriate sites and prevents children from changing system settings. It even comes with a few games to keep those computer-eager kids busy.

Price: $34.95

Credit Card Light Bulb

Credit Card Light Bulb
What a novel idea. Really more of a novelty, but a light bulb credit card is a geeky little conversation starter and a unique stocking stuffer.

Price: $4.99

Bucky Balls

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These things (and variations of them) have been all over YouTube. Bucky Balls are tiny little super powerful magnets that you can combine into shapes. Search YouTube to see all the fun things people are making with them.

Price: $29.95 – $34.95

Trek Support

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Quirky’s Trek Support is a backpack. It’s also a mobile charging station for your geek on the move. The battery in the backpack can be recharged and will last about 7 hours (depending on what you’re plugging into it).

Price: $130.00

Zibra: Open It!

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Half the gadgets I get come in the plastic packaging that can defeat the best of men. This year, you might want to make it easier on you and yours with a Zibra. You can’t enjoy all those cool gadgets if you can’t get them open, which Zibra makes easy.

Available at: enjoyZibra.com, Walmart, Bed Bath and Beyond and other select national retailers.

Price: $9.99

Of course, there’s also all the obvious gifts like any of the iPod models, iTunes gift cards, an iPad or a Samsung Tab, memory cards (think 8GB and up), and computer and phone accessories like a travel mouse or Bluetooth headset. Games and gaming accessories are always winning gifts, too. Make sure you know what console to buy for and take a sneak peek at what’s in your giftee’s collection so you don’t buy duplicates. What’s on your (or your geek’s) wish list?

Disclosure. A few of the items on my list use referral links that make me money if you buy the item, but they’re still items I would want, myself, for Christmas.

Dog-E-Minder Winners Drawn


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A couple weeks ago, we had a contest to give away a few Dog-E-Minders. For those unfamiliar, it’s a digital dog ID tag that helps track when you last fed, walked, or gave your dog medication. Click either link above for more information.

Dog-e-Minder

To enter, I asked people to tweet a photo of their dog or link to a Facebook photo of their dog while linking back to the contest. Some entries came in and after some procrastination (sorry, everyone), I finally plugged them into random.org and came up with three winners:

Jenni Keleske-Rugg’s dog
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Amy Barton Gumas’s dog
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Dina Riccobono’s dog
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What an adorable group of dogs. Congrats to all the winners. I will contact each of you for mailing information.

Thanks to everyone who entered and to Dog-E-Minder for providing the prizes! Everyone who didn’t win should go check out their site where you can grab a Dog-E-Minder for only about $20.

Win A Dog-E-Minder During National Scoop The Poop Week


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I’m sure you’ve heard of National Scoop The Poop Week. No? For those who haven’t, the week of April 24 through 30th is for making sure you clean up all the little presents your dog leaves behind. To celebrate National Scoop the Poop Week we’re giving away a unique and techie pet gadget.

Dog-e-Minder

About Dog-e-Minder

The Dog-e-Minder is a digital dog ID tag that helps track when you last fed, walked, or gave your dog medication. Here’s a little more information about it:

Easy-to-use 3 button system keeps track of your dog’s walking, feeding, and medication schedule
• Records when your dog was last fed, last walked, and last received their medication
• Perform a task and save the date and time by holding in the corresponding button
• Press corresponding button once to retrieve the last time each task was completed
• Acts as a dog ID when at idle, backlit screen displays pet name and owners contact phone number
• Attaches to dog collar or key chain for easy access
• Durable waterproof casing is available in 4 stylish colors (pink, red, blue, black)

Available at: www.dogeminder.com
Price: $24.95

How To Enter

I bet you love posting pictures of your dog, so this will be a breeze. Just post or tweet a photo of your dog to Facebook or Twitter with a link to this contest blog post. Each photo posted with the link counts as an entry. To be sure I count your entry, post a link in the comments below to your Facebook or Twitter update.

I’ll accept entries from now through 7:00 PM (MST) on Saturday, May 1, 2010. At that point, I will draw three winners at random and contact each via Twitter or Facebook.

Enter often and don’t forget to scoop the poop.