Top 10 Geek Gifts – 2016
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10 – “Real” Lightsaber
Is there really anything that speaks to the very heart of a geek more than a lightsaber? Want to recreate your favorite lightsaber duels from the Star Wars franchise, or have your very own version of the lightsabers made famous by the likes of Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Mace Windu, or Master Yoda? There are several companies out there that make lightsabers that are every bit as good as the ones that you see in the movies, and that were used to help make the lighting emitted by the lightsabers used in Star Wars: The Force Awakens more realistic. The two best companies that are currently offering this product, and which allows you to customize, modify, and even create your own lightsaber are Saber Forge and Ultrasaber. Chances are pretty good you have seen their work at your local Comic-Con event. Prices usually start at $100, and go up from there.
9 – Loot Crate Subscription
Having a hard time picking a gift, but want to make a real impact? One great suggestion that you could go with is to provide a subscription to one of the many Loot Crate boxes available. While there are several partner types of crates (each with a specific general theme) the more “general” boxes are loads of fun. For example, the Loot Crate DX offers enough items worth over $100, and you will only pay $44.99 a month. Some of the items that you can typically expect are things like exclusive Funko POP! figurines, t-shirts, hats, bags, and much more. Best of all, most (if not all) of the merchandise provided is fully licensed and ONLY available through Loot Crate. You can order the crate in increments of one, three, six, or twelve months each of which can have an effect on the overall price.
8 – Classic Mini Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo brought about, and launched some of the most successful gaming franchises in video game history. Most of these games have become so popular that they have entered the very fabric of Geek Culture. Wouldn’t it be nice to play those original games again? Nintendo recently stunned the world by announcing that they were re-releasing their classic Nintendo Entertainment System, but only in a much smaller form. This game system comes with 30 classic games preloaded onto it, including (but not limited to) some of their more popular games such as Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and Donkey Kong. There are plenty of other games that are not only loaded on the gaming system, but that you can also download from the internet. Take advantage of this as soon as you can, and relive some of your classic gaming experiences now. Prices vary, so don’t be afraid to shop around (the one pictured here goes for $189.99).
7 – Sphero Star Wars BB-8 App Controlled Robot
BB-8 is, undisputedly, one of the best new characters to have been introduced in the Star Wars Universe in recent years. Wouldn’t it be great to have your own that you can control at home or in the office? Best of all, you can do that with either your phone, or a special “force enhancing” controller. The original version of this item was a top seller last year, and is bound to be popular again this year. Imagine all the fun that you can have with your friends, children, or pets by making BB-8 do what you want with a wave of your hand. The version pictured here will set you back only $127.99…well worth it now, if you ask me.
6 – Fully Functional Airsoft Pulse Rifle
Aliens is arguably one of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time, and definitely a favorite among Cosplayers at most any Con you go to visit. Why not add a little bit of realism to your next Cosplay event with a fully functional airsoft rifle from Evike. Whether you are looking for something that will give your Cosplay a little extra kick, or you want to have your next round of airsoft be truly memorable, this is the accessory for you. The pulse rifle is so accurate, that it even has a fully functional LCD waterfall ammo counter. This accessory comes in either tan like in the movie or camo colors, and is fully customizable if you are so inclined. For example, with a little spray paint it to match the color scheme from the movie a little more accurately. Best of all, this will not cost you an arm and a leg to purchase, coming in at only $360.00.
5 – Predator Helmet
Speaking of movie props that you can actually use, how about a Predator themed motorcycle helmet? Imagine putting on a realistic looking helmet from NLO MOTO and driving down the street. You are guaranteed to turn heads as you go on your daily ride. Not only is this helmet completely street legal, it is simply amazing looking, and would work quite well as a prop for any Cosplay event or costume party that you are attending. While you can paint it however you want, so that it looks as accurate to the movies as you would like, you can also leave it just the way it is. This fantastic looking helmet starts at a price of $695, and goes up depending on the accessories that you decide on.
4 – Hidden Door
Who hasn’t wanted to have a secret room all their own? Well, if you are a little bit handy around the home (or even interested in becoming so) then now you can. Created by the Utah based Murphy Door company, you can have your choice of a door that, when installed, will be successfully hidden. In the example shown here, you can hide a door behind a bookshelf, though there are multiple different styles that you can use. All it takes is a little imagination and effort on your part…and a willingness to potentially remodel your home. The prices vary, and are usually dependent upon the model of door that you choose. The one pictured here starts at $699.00.
3 – Harry Potter Boxed Set
Harry Potter has been making something of a comeback over the past year, and the fantastic series is definitely going to be sticking around for years to come. Why not celebrate this by going back to the things that started it all…the books. There is a fantastic boxed set of the hardcover books that is out on the market now from Scholastic Books, that any true Potterhead would love to have. The series of books come in steamer trunk box that will look great on any shelf. Each of the hard-covered books also feature the original artwork, and is chock full of materials that you won’t find in any of the movies. This fantastic collection can be yours for around $221.00.
2 – Bronze Cryptex
Anyone who has ever read or watched The Da Vinci Code will recognize a cryptex. This wonderful puzzle box will allow you to share secret messages, or keep your treasures safe and sound. Even if you don’t want to use it for more than a decoration on your bookshelf, this thing is spectacular. Made of beautiful metal, with vinyl lettering, you can reset the password to any five-letter word that you want. Be aware that it is only three inches’ long, so your secretes (no matter how large) need to fit within that size of a container (soft, or foldable items work best). Best of all, this can be yours for only $69.99.
1 – 3D Printer
3D printers have come a long way since they were first introduced several years ago, becoming more versatile, smaller, and more affordable. This particular unit can fit on most tables or desks, and will allow you to create most anything that you want from your favorite fandoms. At a price of $599, this may seem like a bit of an investment, but it is well worth it since you not only get the printer but also a roll of all the materials that you will need to begin printing right away. If you are looking at printing something, just make sure that it will fit within the printing area of 140 L X 140 W X 140 H mm, or you will need to print out the items in multiple pieces and put things together later. All in all, you will have a load of fun while you are using this.
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