The pressure is on. Shopping days are numbered. Expectations are high.
What do you get for your favorite geek on your holiday shopping list??? We asked that question of IDRI employees, who shared their recommendations for their best gift ideas for geeks.
What happens when the power goes out and your cell phone dies? Never fear, says Chris Antony. Just make sure you have this hand crank emergency charger on hand. A great stocking stuffer!
For the geek who likes to cook, Rob Lin suggests these two great cookbooks that combine science and cooking: The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science and Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Cooks and Good Food.
For the geek who likes a nice glass of wine every now and again, Elyse Beebe suggests these beaker wine glasses from the I Love Science Store.
From Alyssa Manning: “I suggest My Inventions: The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla. I got it for my geeky Dad last year!”
If you have loved ones who want to use technology to monitor their health, Aarthy Vallur recommends the AliveCor Mobile ECG. “It’s a great gift for parents or retirees. I got one for both my Dad and my in-laws and they love it!”
Tanya Parish has several recommendations: from a book she recently read Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers to this cool series of gifts for your favorite microbiologist to this free game, Ingress, which she says is “a bit geeky” but has one of her co-workers totally hooked!
For the kid who wants a dog and the parent who doesn’t want the mess, how about Zoomer the interactive puppy? Ol Chea’s son Aaron will have one of this waiting under the tree this year!
Racking your brain for a clever gift for the brainiac in your family? Linda Hawkins recommends a set of left brain/right brain bookends saying these would be “perfect for the office that’s filled with mind-bending and mind-blowing science fact and fiction books.”
And finally, we polled the web for some geeky gift ideas and here are our favorites. Geekwire offered its best suggestions for the readers on your list with great ideas for children’s books like “Rosie Revere, Engineer” and “Max Goes to Mars.” With Star Wars back at the box office, who wouldn’t like R2D2 and C-3PO salt and pepper shakers or perhaps a Millennium Falcon bed, both featured in the “Ultimate Holiday Geek Gift Guide for 2015.” For the fashion-forward tech geeks on your list, how about Ringley or Pocket Dial?
Happy holidays and here’s to a healthy, happy 2016 from IDRI to you!