Cool gifts for computer geeks

What type of computer geek are you buying for?


Updated April 2017


Computers geeks can be split into 2 camps – tinkerers / gamers and Apple geeks. One likes to get under the hood and the other likes to marvel at the beauty of a well designed but sealed Apple product. Buying the best gifts for geeks of both types has its challenges but don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.

Tinkerers or Apple Diehards?

Do they like to open up their computers and poke around? Are they all about speeds and feeds (how fast the computer can go) and modifying their computers? Probably love to spend countless hours gaming too right? We call this type of computer enthusiast a tinkerer or gamer.

These geeks want to squeeze every last bit of power out of their machines and choose function over form and are only really interested in what their computers can do, not what it looks like.

But in the end everyone has to sleep right so why not give them the means to literally sleep on their keyboards with this computer keyboard plush?

Here’s our choices for people who like to get down and tinker with their tech. But be sure to check out the section for Apple geeks and our top picks for Apple watch straps too!

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Gifts For Tinkerers and Gamers


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Nineties Non-Slip
Silicon Coasters


Can you believe that people used to marvel at how much these things could hold (probably about 100MB) and in such a small form factor?!

Laughable now. They will remain iconic for the time being and make some pretty neat drinks coasters.

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Have You Tried Turning
it On and Off Mug


The catch cry of the IT support desk which of course makes you go duh! when they ask you this as you reach for the power button.

Techs won’t lift a finger until this is done and we all know it fixes 99% of issues.

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Blue Screen of
Death Shirt


Another throw back to a commonly dreaded error that a restart won’t usually fix – the iconic Windows BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) – Windows error screen.

A BSOD even reared its ugly head at the Beijing Olympics during the opening ceremony.

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Leatherman
Multitool


Cheap and insanely useful. Not quite small enough to carry-on a plane though.

The Leatherman Wingman Multi-Tool is the ultimate tinkerer’s tool. If your geek friends don’t have a Leatherman, this will be the tool they’ve always wanted.

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USB Powered
Light


Plug one end of these USB Lights  into a USB port for a bright LED light source.

Geeks will love the way this looks like a part from the inside of a computer. These could even be plugged into the Mohie Battery below to act as a torch.

Check it out on Amazon
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Book:
What If?



This is one of those books that nerds of all shade will love to have on hand.

This book is created by the webcomic xkcd.com – universally loved by computer geeks. If you’re a book-giver with a sense of humour this is sure to be a hit.

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USB 3.0
to SATA Cable


This might seem like an odd gift but you’re going to have to trust us on this – it’s simply amazing.

This allows the user to connect hard drives to computers via USB 3.0 with enhanced transfer speeds of up to 70%. Trust us – it’s awesome.

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The Life Changing
Magic of Tidying Up


Eastern philosophy meets practicality. One of those apple and orange pairings like Freakanomics.

Possibly the perfect gift out of left field. Sure to elicit ironic mirth from computer system administrators who are notorious control freaks.

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West Bend Stir
Crazy Popcorn Maker


Gaming nerds sit down and their computers and after a while need soda and snacks.

This popcorn maker makes popcorn with the least amount of friction so the user can get back to more important things like killing the next Deathclaw.

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LightDims
Original Strength


Surrounded by pointless, bright blinking lights on various electronic devices? They’re everywhere these days and it’s only getting worse.

Dim the lights down to an acceptable level with these covers – as simple as peel and stick.

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Shark Bluetooth
Speaker


Over 3,500 reviews on Amazon with a 4 1/2 star rating – this speaker has mass appeal and performs.

Massive battery life (18+ hours), long range connectivity and dark room display for quiet computer caves or sun down pool parties.

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Black Teavana
Perfectea Maker


Energy drinks or coffee might seem like the drinks of choice for computer types but teas popularity has had a real resurgence as of late.

At $20 and on Amazon best seller list – you can’t go wrong with this. Very simple yet effective.

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Gifts for Apple Diehards

Easy to spot – often brandishing the latest shiny work of art from Apple’s head industrial designer Jony Ive.

These guys look for fit and finish and are after a premium experience – form over function all the way. They’ll have no problem lining up for hours on end to buy the latest gadget, keeping themselves entertained while waiting by tapping on the second newest Apple product.

Although not the runaway success of the iPod, the Apple Watch has been selling strongly in 2017. See below for our top straps for Apple watch.

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Gaming Controller for Apple
TV, iPod Touch, iPhone


Designed specifically for gaming on Apple devices, this remote really ups the ante on casual gaming.

What looks very similar to an Xbox controller, we found that the pressure sensitive controls and design made it even better. Lots of fun. Minecraft anyone?

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Bluetooth External
Flash


Sometimes you just need a bit more of a light boost than the LED light on your phone when you’re trying to capture that great shot.

How does 1,500 lumens sound? Up to 5 flashes can be controlled via the app and it’s waterproof up to 100ft.

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Bose Quiet Comfort
Wireless Headphones


Not as streamlined as the TaoTronics but these are another few levels up in terms of sound quality. Strictly for the audiophile who like their mobility, these make good gifts for computer geeks.

It doesn’t get much better than these Bose QuietComfort headphones.

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TaoTronics
Bluetooth Headphones


With the iPhone 7 having ditched the headphone jack, the time has come for Apple fans to move to Bluetooth headphones.

We can’t say enough good things about the TaoTronics Bluetooth headphones.

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Final Cut Pro X
Keyboard Cover


Final Cut is an institution for video editors.

If you use Final Cut, then you need to become intimate with all the keyboard shortcuts. This excellent keyboard cover from XSKIN will help users get up to speed quickly. Apple geeks will go gaga over this.

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Almost Everything
Proof Speaker


We love this speaker – excellent sound, and it can take a real pounding. And did we mention cheap?

At well over half the price of the UE Boom , this thing deserves a place in your backpack for some sounds on the go and lots for Apple geeks to love here.

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Tomtoc Ultra Slim MacBook Sleeve


You know someone who got the latest macbook 15″ right? That thing looks pretty nice doesn’t it?

This cover does what a good Apple product does – blends really good looks with functionality. Durable and beautiful to hold. Form and function.

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Keyboard and Touchbar
Protector


Let’s continue on in this practical vein – as they say, accidents happen! But they are just so much worse when they happen over the keyboard of a brand new MacBook Pro.

Perfect accompaniment to a nice new shiny Mac.

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Mac
Mini


At $649, the most affordable Mac by a long shot. We are a huge fan of the Mac Mini.

Due for an upgrade so good deals to be had – the specs are fine for plugging it into a TV and acting as a computer come media streaming device.

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YI
4K Camera


This 4k camera pays close attention to fit and finish.

One constant amongst die-hard Apple fans is their love of capturing high quality audio and video. This camera shoots in 4k – the highest resolution available for mainstream consumption.

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Nifty
Mini-Drive


Apple fans would rather not have to open up their laptops to increase storage space.

This Nifty mini drive adaptor covers makes up for this nicely – it fits into the SD card slot on the side of MacBooks and supports up to 200GB extra storage.

Check it out on Amazon
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Mophie
External Battery


What’s the achilles of any upwardly mobile apple nerd? Battery power.

This gorgeous looking Mophie battery will get gadgets juiced up and ready to go. Just plug devices in the USB ports to start charging.

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Presents any Computer Nerd Will Love

When it comes down to it, there are certain gifts that have mass appeal for computer geeks . These include Certain Star Wars toys, tools that can used to get inside things that need to be repaired as well as other bits and bobs that can make the life of a tech head a little bit easier or more efficient.


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Amazon Echo,
Dot and Tap


One of the best gifts for computer geeks for 2017, the Amazon echo will appeal to both crowds – Apples good looks paired with the customisation potential tinkerers love with the Alexa skills development kit.

Check out the two other models – Amazon Dot and Tap which is like a UE boom with a voice enabled brain.

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Aeropress
Coffee Maker


Computer geeks of all shades love their caffeine and coffee is right up there with Red Bull and no doze pills as a way to stay active at the console.

The AeroPress coffee maker uses a unique brewing method for lower acidity and richer flavour.

Check it out on Amazon
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HooToo
Travel Router


This Wireless Travel Router by HooToo enables you to wirelessly stream video, music and TV shows by connecting external hard-drives.

It can also be used to turn a wired internet connection into a wireless network.

Check it out on Amazon
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Belkin Demagnetized
Computer Tools


A great toolkit for someone starting out as a computer tinkerer. This 36 piece kit has everything they’ll need to get started on their modifications.

This would also make a fantastic gift for anyone else who needs a handy, compact toolkit.

Check it out on Amazon
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Samsung
USB 3.0 Drive


Computer nerds can never have enough USB drives.

Samsung is a trusted name in external drives. This drive delivers performance wise too with fast USB 3.0 transfer speeds and a 128GB capacity. This is the USB that they’ll be wanting.

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Stanley
ToolKit


Or why not take it al the way and buy this 65 piece toolkit which includes high quality Stanley tools.

They’ve thrown in everything minus the kitchen sink into this toolkit. Comes with a durable case that will keep the tools organised.

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Playskool
Millennium Falcon


There’s something about computer nerds and Star Wars that goes together like bees and honey.

Quirky and cute – this will be a welcome addition to a man cave or office desk. Comes complete with quirky little Chewy, Hans and R2D2.

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Chewbacca
Mask


For a Star Wars fan it doesn’t get much better than this. Put the mask on and open your mouth to set off the Chewbacca howl.

Both kids and adults will appreciate the opportunity to be able to be wookie.

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Darth
Vada Mask


What’s even more bad assed than being Chewbacca? Being Darth Vada of course!

This works in the same way as the Chewbacca mask but will transform your voice to sound like the supreme overload himself.

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Best Apple Watch Straps

We love the way Apple made the Apple watch with a modular system for changing watch straps.

There are truly some beautiful straps out there that totally change the look of the watch.

Whether you are going for a more dressed up look, something a little casual or sporty, there’s a strap out there to please the most discerning Apple buff.

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Find even more great present ideas


We hope one of the suggestions above does it for you. You’ll also find some awesome goodies on the gifts for maths geeks page, or check out the Get Gifts For Geeks home page for the latest. There’s also a lot of other cool places out there too, like the computer geek page on Uncommon Goods.

Got a suggestion?


Thanks for getting this far and we hope you got some ideas for great gifts for computer geeks.

Have you brought a cool gift for a total computer nerd that went down really well and that isn’t on here? Contact us and we’ll add it to the list of ideas for the next revision!