Nerd used to be a derisive term to refer to those studious enough to get deep into things like computers, comics, sci-fi, tech, etc. People used to point and laugh at them for the fact that they prefer it over social commingling for the sake of social commingling. Now people do social commingling in digital platforms created by nerds. The irony is staggering.
Having had the last laugh over those who derided them is victory enough for nerds of all ages for future centuries to come, but they also like to feel appreciated. If you need to get on the good side of a nerd giving them a gift that caters to their sensibilities is a surefire way of doing just that. Be sure to know which gifts are those by checking out this list.
#1 The Golden Ratio by Gary B. Meisner
The Golden Ratio examines the presence of this divine number in art and architecture throughout history, as well as its ubiquity among plants, animals, and even the cosmos. This gorgeous book-with layflat dimensions that closely approximate the golden ratio-features clear, enlightening, and entertaining commentary alongside stunning full-color illustrations by Venezuelan artist and architect Rafael Araujo.
#2 3D Printed Veggie Earrings
Gift the nerd in your life a pair of 3D printed carrot or beet earrings. They will be impressed by the quality of the print and maybe motivated to create 3D print some of their own creations.
#3 Batman by Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo Box Set
One of the best runs in batman recent comic history. This complete set has great quality and great looking art.
#4 Magic: The Gathering Ravnica Allegiance Bundle
Every nerd has his history with magic. This bundle is so good for the price. 10 boosters and lands, this is a perfect gift for someone who lost track in magic and is looking to comeback.
#5 PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB Console – Marvel’s Spider-Man Bundle
Everyone want a PS4. A new PS4 is just $300 and this bundle has a game is such a good deal to overlook.
#6 Vinyl Album Subscription Service
Third Man Records, which is Jack White’s label has a great vinyl album subscription service. A very unique gift! Subscribers receive a package in the mail each quarter that contains a Vault LP, a Vault 7, and a Vault Novelty. The Novelty varies from quarter to quarter and has included t-shirts, posters, post cards, concert DVDs, and additional 7s from various artists like the White Stripes, The Raconteurs, or Peal Jam.
#7 Smart Coach Radar
The perfect gift for any sports tech nerd is the Smart Coach Radar from Pocket Radar. This new breakthrough tech lets you record speed and velocity, track your data, and share videos all from the palm of your hand. The Smart Coach Radar is the most accurate and affordable radar gun on the market today and trusted by top MLB coaches and players. The Smart Coach Radar is only 399.99 and comes with a 2-year warranty.
#8 Cross Click Star Wars Darth Vader Gel Ink Pen
You want to get that nerd in your life a gift but what? Star Wars is always the right answer for most nerds but you need to think of something they don’t already have. Something that is cool and unique but still plays on their true nature. The Cross Click Star Wars Darth Vader Pen and Journal set is a great option. Don’t despair though. If Vader isn’t your friends favorite, there are C-3PO and Storm Trooper versions as well!
#9 Geek Sweets: An Adventurer’s Guide to the World of Baking Wizardry by Jennifer Burgesse
A baking cookbook for the truly geeky, filled with recipes for cookies, cupcakes and cakepops in increasing difficulties, as well as party ideas with a fantasy / adventure theme. Big, beautiful photographs, recipes, printable templates and step-by-step how-to’s for every adventurer – from the squire just starting their journey, to a well-worn dragon slayer looking for a challenge. Quest through a tome of countless fandoms, including Minecraft, Dungeons & Dragons, The Legend of Zelda, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, and many more!
#10 Anime Impact: The Movies and Shows that Changed the World of Japanese Animation by Chris Stuckmann
Anime holds a special place in the hearts of countless fans around the globe. Since the early days of Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy to Makoto Shinkai’s astounding success with Your Name, anime has left an undeniable impact on our culture. Anime Impact by YouTube film critic Chris Stuckmann explores the impression the medium has left on various fans with detailed discussions on television shows and movies from the 1960s all the way to the present. Learn how anime has impacted culture from authors, artists, critics, anime enthusiasts, and super fans such as John Rodriguez, Alicia Malone, Emma Fyffe, and many more. Each writer has detailed their personal experiences of discovery and how anime has changed their life. Many discuss the implications that some anime shows and movies have on our society. While many books on anime simply offer a list of essential titles and recommendations, Anime Impact goes deeper by showcasing the many voices of anime’s biggest fans. You’ll find many distinct stories that only each specific writer could tell, all painting a fun and surprisingly touching portrait of the true impact of anime over multiple generations.
#11 Films from the Future: The Technology and Morality of Sci-Fi Movies by Andrew Maynard
In Films from the Future, former physicist Andrew Maynard threads together his expertise on risk and emerging technologies with science fiction movies as a way to analyze our future. What science fiction movies do rather well is provide us with a glimpse around the corner of our collective near future, to help us see what might be coming down the pike and start thinking how we might respond. With an examination of 12 movies, each one provides the starting point for exploring key technologies and trends, from genetic engineering (Jurassic Park) and brain-enhancing drugs (Limitless), to human augmentation (Ghost in the Shell), and artificial intelligence (Ex Machina). Maynard breaks down these movies and weaves them together with hard science, economics, and the social implications of each feat in order to think about social benefits and consequences of these new technologies and how to steer these innovations toward more beneficial and equitable outcomes.
#12 The Story Behind: The Extraordinary History Behind Ordinary Objects by Emily Prokop
Most of us learn the history of humans and the major inventions that shaped our world. But what you may not have learned is the history of objects we surround ourselves with every day. You might not even know how the major events in history (World Wars, ancient civilizations, revolutions, etc.) influenced the inventions of things we use today. From the creator of The Story Behind podcast comes this revelatory new book of the same name. The Story Behind will give insight into everyday objects we don’t think much about. Topics covered in the podcast will be examined in more detail along with many new fascinating topics. Learn how lollipops got started in Ancient Egypt, how podcasts themselves were invented, and why Comic Sans was created. Learn the torture device origins of certain exercise equipment and the espionage beginnings of certain musical instruments. Ordinary things from science to art, food to sports, customs to fashion, and more are explored.
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Celeste Guy from Third Man Records
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