I love the holidays. I love spending time with my family and I love the food we only eat during this time of the year (it’s tamales if you’re wondering, otherwise known as the most delicious food in the world). But if you’re like me then you also love the feeling of giving someone the perfect gift, especially when you don’t spend an arm and a leg on the person. We just got through Halloween, but here are some gift ideas to get you thinking about what to get that special geek in your life and not spend more than $30.
The Silmarillion by J.R.R Tolkien ($10)
A must read for anyone who loves Lord of the Rings. This book has all the mythic backstory of Middle Earth and sets the standard for world building in all modern fantasy. It’s amazing how much life this one book gives to the world of Frodo Baggins and only makes that journey more meaningful after learning the true threat that is Sauron.
This game won the 2016 Spiel des Jahres award, which is the board game equivalent of the Oscars. The table splits into two teams of spies trying to uncover the code names of the field agents (represented by cards with everyday words) the team leader is the only one who knows all the identities of the agents and must covertly communicate them each round by saying one word relating to as many agents as possible. The first team to find all the agents wins. It’s a fun game that is both co-operative and competitive and has infinite replay value. It’s one of the best party games I’ve played, and at such a low price point, one of the easiest to recommend.
Portal Turret Design Tie ($15) from Valve
I love easter eggs. This tie lets you wear one and look super sharp at the same time. Anyone who recognizes these turrets will surely be in awe of your classy-geeky awesomness. The grey goes well with most dress shirt colors and the pattern is subtle enough to go with any print. Bonus points for being made from vegan materials!
Cross Cuff links ($16.99)
Cuff links bring your suit game to a whole new level. Not everyone wears them, which is a shame, but that makes those who do look just that more classy. These cuff links let you add a touch of geek to that refined accessory. The redwood gives these cuffs a more casual feel, but they are more than appropriate from everyday office wear. At the time of writing this they are on sale so I say get them now before it’s too late!
N7 Scarf ($24.99) from Bioware
This scarf may not protect you from the Reaper invasion, but it will protect your neck from the elements. It’s a subtle nod to the iconic N7 armor, which is one of the coolest armor sets ever in video game history. It’s functional, it looks great, and it’s guaranteed to make other Mass Effect fans jealous. Like the tie, bonus points for being vegan.
The World of Ice and Fire by G.R.R Martin ($29.76)
I love fantasy books with a rich world. The more it reads like history, the more I can immerse myself into a story about dragons and ice zombies. This is a visual guide to the history of Westoros and gives context to the world the characters from the popular Game of Thrones series inhabit. It’s filled with great art and deep lore. My personal favorite is the image of a human riding a fully grown dragon (the scale of those creatures is insane!) It’s a great gift for those who love Game of Thrones and lore.
Executive Knight Pen Holder ($29.99) from Think Geek
This knight understands the pen truly is mightier than the sword. If you’ve ever worked in an office then you understand that office supplies are easily lost. You’ll have a pen at your desk one moment and have it disappear over lunch. This little knight ensures you’ll have a pen when you need it most, as well as serve as a reminder to others to not mess with your stuff. It’s the pen you’ll use for the important stuff in the office. When you use this pen in the office, people will know you mean business.