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The holidays are coming, the holidays are coming.” So says a commercial for a popular carbonated beverage due to begin airing on television any day now. They’re right too, the holidays ARE coming, which means we all need to start compiling our Christmas lists.

We’re here to help, with a list of 20 gadgets that geeks of all kinds would love to receive at this special time of year. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas or have a birthday coming up soon, you should find something of interest here. After all, geeks love gadgets 365 days a year.

Geeky Gadget Gifts

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Geeks 10 Websites Geeks Of All Stripes Should Bookmark 10 Websites Geeks Of All Stripes Should Bookmark We geeks know what we are and revel in our existence as our place in society grows ever stronger. We are geeks, we are proud, and we're not going anywhere. As the Internet becomes a... Read More are easy to buy for. Virtually anything that requires plugging in is an appropriate gift for a geek, but there is a sliding scale of desirability. We have tried to compile a list of the best gadgets to buy for geeks right now.

Unfortunately, it still requires you to know the geek in your life enough to choose wisely. Unless you’re wealthy enough to be able to afford all of the gadgets on the list. In which case, can you buy me one of everything too? Please?

A 3D Printer

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The OnePlus One Smartphone

There are plenty of brilliant smartphones on the market, such as the iPhone 6, Moto X, and Nexus 6. However, the OnePlus One Top Six Best Features Of The OnePlus One -- And One Drawback Top Six Best Features Of The OnePlus One -- And One Drawback I've been living with the OnePlus One for a few weeks now, and it's amazing, but it's not perfect. Let's run through some of the best features -- and one downside. Read More is brilliant, inexpensive, and in short supply; a killer combination.

A Media Streaming Device

There are plenty to choose from, including the Chromecast, the Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV. All of which do a fine job.

Quality Headphones

There is a huge difference between bad headphones and good headphones. Thankfully, the good headphones don’t have to be prohibitively expensive 5 Quality Headphones That Cost Less Than $50 5 Quality Headphones That Cost Less Than $50 Owning a quality pair of headphones is very important for anyone who wants or needs to listen to music by themselves on a regular basis. In fact, they're more important than the device actually playing... Read More .

A USB Turntable

If you know a geek old enough to own a collection of vinyl records, then release their inner geek with a USB turntable capable of turning old vinyl into digital files.

An External Hard Drive

Geeks will generally hoard digital content, which means they never have enough storage, and can never have too many backups in place.

A PS4 Or Xbox One With a Copy of GTA V

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The Surface Pro 3

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A Drone

Despite the fact that most of our readers would shoot a drone down MakeUseOf Readers Would Shoot Drones Out Of The Sky [We Ask You Results] MakeUseOf Readers Would Shoot Drones Out Of The Sky [We Ask You Results] It turns out most MakeUseOf readers are geeks with a penchant for guns and a distaste for drones. Which is something of a surprise. Read More , owning one of these versatile unmanned aerial vehicles is still desirable to geeks.

A WiFi Extender

Losing access to the Internet is a geek’s biggest nightmare. Buying them a WiFi extender to increase coverage is a simple, affordable solution.

New PC Components

More RAM, a solid-state drive (SSD), a new motherboard. All of these will bring joy to that computer-building geek 10 Websites Where Cool Computer Geeks Reside 10 Websites Where Cool Computer Geeks Reside Geeks were once ridiculed and reviled. Or perhaps that was just at my school. Either way, as first computers hit the mainstream, and then the Internet entered into our lives in a big way, geeks... Read More in your life.

The Amazon Echo

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Moto 360 Smartwatch

There are several good smartwatches to choose from, but the Moto 360 is hard to beat Motorola Moto 360 Android Wear Smartwatch Review and Giveaway Motorola Moto 360 Android Wear Smartwatch Review and Giveaway The $250 Motorola Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatch fuses beautiful and sleek design with functionality. Read More . At least until the Apple Watch launches early next year.

An Oculus Rift

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A Bluetooth Speaker

There are literally hundreds of Bluetooth speakers to choose from, and they come in all different shapes and sizes. Choose one that best suits the geek in your life.

An All-In-One PC

An all-in-one PC is hard to beat for everyday computing needs. The only caveat being a recommendation to wait until Windows 10 Will Windows 10 Make Productive People Even More Productive? Will Windows 10 Make Productive People Even More Productive? It's official, the new Windows will be a perfect 10. Why Windows 10? Because Windows 7 8 (ate) 9. And here is what you will find inside the Technical Preview. Read More is released.

A USB to HDMI Adapter

This tiny device is used to connect multiple monitors to a single computer. Which means this is an affordable way of living the dream.

A Kindle eBook Reader

What better way to persuade book-loving geeks who still read real books as opposed to eBooks that printing is old-fashioned than to buy them a Kindle pre-loaded with free books.

A Subscription To A Streaming Service

From three months of Netflix to one year of Amazon Unlimited, from six months of Spotify to a Plex Pass for life Making The Best Media Center Better, With a Plex Pass [Giveaway] Making The Best Media Center Better, With a Plex Pass [Giveaway] Love Plex? You'll love a Plex Pass even more. With new and exclusive features only for Plex Pass holders, it's the best way to support development of the best media centre app around. Read More . A subscription to a streaming media service could change someone’s life.

Insurance For Your Valuables

Last but not least, you could buy the geek in your life an extended warranty for their valuables.

Continue The Conversation

This list of 20 geeky gadgets to give as gifts this year is far from complete. There are literally hundreds, perhaps thousands, of other gadgets that you or the geek in your life would love to own.

This means we would love you to carry on the conversation in the comments section below. Simply tell us either what gadget(s) you want right now or what gadget(s) you’re planing on buying family and friends this holiday season.

A Debt Of Gratitude

In order to compile this list of 20 gadget gift ideas for geeks, we received a lot of great comments from the MakeUseOf readership. As ever, they proved to be an invaluable part of the site you’re reading right now.

These readers took the time to answer the question, What Gadgets Are On Your Christmas List? What Gadgets Are On Your Christmas List? [We Ask You] What Gadgets Are On Your Christmas List? [We Ask You] Geeks will be adding gadgets to their Christmas lists in the hope Santa will drop it down the chimney. But which gadgets are on your Christmas list? Read More , and their responses helped us compile this article. Noteworthy comments include those from likefunbutnot, ranny, pete, and ed. Who are all great at answering questions but suck at capitalizing their names.

Image Credits: rfduck and Karola Riegler via Flickr

  1. Zombellla
    December 3, 2014 at 2:57 am

    Yes - now you can grow a real Zombie Plant that "PLAYS DEAD" when you Touch it!
    Just search Zombie Plant Grow kit

  2. pete
    November 19, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    It's not my fault MUO changed their login procedure..... hehehehe. By the way - what's the deal with that?

    • Dave Parrack
      November 21, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      True, true. Once we had got rid of the Rewards program there was no reason for anyone to log in to the site. Simples.

    • pete
      November 21, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      I don't how this stuff works (that I use this site - haha) but I couldn't log in under my old account and had to re-join.
      I do miss the old points system and understand why it stopped.
      I'd like to see the points come back even if it's just for bragging rights, but you guys know best.
      Just keep posting top articles and I'll keep reading 'em.

      *that's enough creeping for now. hahahaha.*

  3. likefunbutnot
    November 19, 2014 at 3:42 am

    The small letter L is entirely deliberate. I don't know about ranny or ed but sometimes you just have to respect another's choice of case. :P

    • Dave Parrack
      November 21, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      i gUEss ThaT iS truE. It's annoying for us grammar Nazis though ;)

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