It seems like the nerds are finally having their place in the spotlight. Nerd culture has never been more popular than it is now, much to the chagrin of generations of geeks that would rather forget their high school years. Nowadays, nerds wear the term like a badge of honor, as it signifies that they show passion in a pursuit worth a certain amount of merit. If you need to buy a gift for a so-called nerd, it’s important to know what they like. Not all nerds like the same stuff, so you better make sure they’d like a Kindle or a Pacman arcade machine before you purchase it.
For the Bookworm
Television and movies haven’t quite killed the written word just yet. In fact, film and television adaptations such as Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games have actually encouraged reading in people of all ages. If you’ve have a person on your shopping list that likes to stick their nose into a book ever so often, perhaps an e-reader would be the perfect gift for them. The Nook from Barnes & Noble and Amazon’s Nook are the most popular of these reading gadgets and while they may not improve on the words themselves, there are some advantages of turning on an e-reader as opposed to opening a book. Essentially an iPod for books, e-readers allow you to take your own library of books wherever you go, so if you can’t quite decide which book to read next, you’ll have plenty of options.
For the Gamer Geek
The video game industry is an enormous economic juggernaut. Since the days of Pong, kids and their parents have been spending their hard-earned cash for the next best machine the video game companies make available to the public. If you’re buying for a gamer, you can probably get away with just buying them the next shooting game and call it a day. But if you’re looking to get them an extra special present, consider getting them a classic arcade machine. That’s right. You can actually buy one of the very same games that teens from the 1980s and early 1990s pumped quarter after quarter into just for the opportunity to get a look at the kill screen. Not everyone has a Pacman arcade machine in his or her living room, and it’s one gift no one would ever forget.
For the Star Wars Nut
Pop culture phenomena seem to come and go, but one thing is for sure: Star Wars doesn’t seem to be disappearing any time soon. At this point, multiple generations have grown up on the original Star Wars trilogy and young children even have installments of the canon to call their own. George Lucas was never shy with the license for his timeless classic, so finding a gift for a Star Wars fan should be a walk in the park. Video games, action figures, puzzles, clothing, you name it and you can find a Star Wars-themed version. If you want to go the nostalgia route, at any point in time, memorabilia from the 1970s can be found on eBay. The only question is how much are you willing to spend?
It’s truly the thought that counts when it comes to gift-giving, but having a little insight to what the receiver is interested in can help you pick the perfect gift for them.
Marietta has always had problems picking out gifts for some of her friends. However, after a few years of successful gift giving she wanted to share her ideas with others.