The original meaning of Christmas isn’t separating people from their money, but that’s the effect it has today. Don’t panic – there are geeky gifts out there that won’t separate you from all of your cash. Technology is supposed to make our lives better, but it also tends to cost a lot. With some creativity, though, you can find affordable gifts the geeks in your life will appreciate. This is particularly nice in a rough economy, when money is tight for many.
I’ve come up with a few geek gift ideas below, but be sure to check out the comments for even more suggestions.
Even in the age of Dropbox and the cloud, flash drives are immensely useful. They remain an easy way to move data from machine to machine, and are the perfect home for portable software. You can even fill them with live CDs for booting.
Everyone needs a good flash drive, and now they’re cheaper than ever. It’s not hard to find 16GB drives for under $20, and smaller drives cost even less.
Stuff those stockings with storage!
Do you want to enhance your flash drive gift? Why not fill it with free software? Check out our best of Windows, Mac and Linux pages and fill your flash drives with your free favorites. It’s a great way to introduce non-geek friends to your favorite free programs, and even better – it’s free.
Oh, and don’t forget to add some of our free technology guides to that drive.
Say what you want about Nintendo (Dave certainly has), but they still make some great games. If you know someone with a Wii who still hasn’t played through Twilight Princess or Super Mario Galaxy, this Christmas is a perfect time to correct that because these games and others are .
Strong Bad’s Cool Game For Attractive People
You know Strong Bad, the real main character of HomeStarRunner, the one remaining reason to keep Flash installed on your computer. The only problem with this site is that there has been no new content for years.
Worry not. If you and your friends haven’t played Strong Bad’s Cool Game For Attractive People, there are hours of Strong-Bad related entertainment you’ve missed out on. It’s the perfect gift for anyone going through Strong Bad withdrawal, and is only $30 online (though you can find the boxed set for less if you search!)
Apple’s Refurb Store
Looking for something a little higher end? You should really check out Apple’s refurbished store. You’ll find all of Apple’s products here, warrantied, just a little cheaper. If you’re buying a really nice gift for a loved one look here first.
Sure, you’ll almost certainly be spending a lot. But it’s a lot less than buying retail – sometimes $300 less – with a lot less risk than buying used – Apple’s one year warranty applies.
Flip HD Cameras
Do you know a would-be viral star who still uses their webcam? Change that with the Flip HD, the pocket-sized camera that records great footage. I found several of these online for $50, which is great value considering the quality of the device. I guess smartphones are pushing them out of the market…
Please, Share More!
Can you think of other affordably awesome geek gifts? If so, please share them below. We all need a little Christmas shopping help this time of the year, so spread your knowledge. I’ll be around to chat!