Just what do you gift a geek? He may not have everything but he is certainly isn’t the guy who will appreciate a toaster when all he wants is to go hands on with the latest Kindle. When it comes to gifting a geek something for the season, be ultra-careful because these guys can be totally finicky.
How you select a gift for the geek in your life of course shows how much you care for him (or her). You can go trawling across the shops in your neibourhood or sit back in your armchair and let these (and many more) online shopping and recommendation sites help you out.
Presented below are five sites that offer a mixed bag of ways to search for the perfect geeky gift. From a Q&A site to a ‘crazy gifts’ one.
gdgt takes the question-answer route to help you get to the best reviewed products out there. Gdgt uses crowd-wisdom to give you the inside dope from people who actually own and use the gadget you are searching for. The site follows the Wikipedia principle – that is, all products are reviewed and rated by its community. On gdgt, you can make lists where you can organize all the gadgets you have, want, used to have, or just want to keep an eye on. You can use gdgt lists as a starting point for asking question and triggering discussions. Gdgt has more than 8000 gadgets in its database. (Directory mention)
It’s a mix of geeky, cool, and offbeat…a digital magazine for guys who love stuff. Uncrate posts five “awesome” things each day and you can use them as hints to buy things. Expect to get stuff like the $13 ‘Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale’ (listed under Vices) to the $75,000 Orvis Timeless Airstream trailer for the guy who likes to hit the road. Uncrate is styled as a blog, and it’s a fun read if you are shopping for really offbeat ideas.
If you are searching for technology gifts Giftmeister is a must-use tool. The search tool gives you two ways to search for the perfect tech gift – select age, gender, lifestyle, and budget; alternatively, search by keyword—brand, product number or type of device. Try out the turns on the lifestyle wheel – you get all sorts of options like the ‘Game Nut’, ‘Techno-Geek’, ‘Fotog’ etc. Giftmeister showcases featured gifts as well as deals for the day. The Price Drop Notification alert is really useful especially when discounts and deals start going out around the holiday season.
ReviewGist touts itself as a comprehensive gadget review website. It helps you avoid going to multiple gadget sites in search of the best products as it scans the best review sources like (CNET, PC World etc.) across the internet and aggregates them together under the ReviewGist Score and ReviewGist Ranking. ReviewGist also helps you decide the best by giving you a face-off comparison tool to look at two products and their features. The ‘Find The Best’ lists are straight shortcuts to look at the best from the rest if you are running short of time. (Directory mention)
Well, I just had to include this U.K. website because it features some of the crazy stuff geeks just might love. If the Appblaster iPhone gun is your idea of a gift or the clock that goes backwards, do give this site a browse. I could do with something more useful like the USB cup warmer or the Find It Keyfinder. You can use the Gift Genie to filter gifts for ‘Him’ or ‘Her’ according to budget and lifestyle. Then there’s the ‘Who Are You Shopping For’ gift selector tool to get just the right gift for the kid bro or the super mum.
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Do you go online for your gadget shopping? Which is the best tech gift you have bought till date? Let us know.
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