Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 by Gina Thompson
It’s December, so you know what that means – if you haven’t already, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas prezzies for your friends and family! While the supermarkets may have had their Christmas gear out for the past three months, as a rule of thumb it’s generally much more fun to get your shopping done in the month leading up to the big celebration so you can start feeling festive. If you’re shopping online, just remember to order promptly to allow for shipping time!
For those with loved ones who walk on the geekier side of life, or the academic aficionados, we’ve rustled up a list of great gift ideas to make their day this Christmas!
Mindbending Classic Logic Puzzles Book
If you’re looking for a stocking-stuffer that will get your brain buzzing, look no further! This handy little book is packed with 81 different logic puzzles for you to ponder. Bust this out at the Christmas lunch or dinner table and see how many your party can solve. To increase the difficulty, give it a go after everyone’s lapsed into a delicious Christmas food coma!
Grab yours here for just $6.99.
Einstein Genius IQ Test Kit
You’ve brought yourselves closer through the power of solving logic puzzles together, now tear yourselves apart with a high-stakes battle of IQ power. Just kidding! Though intelligence quotient tests are designed to assess human intelligence, these days they’re considered a little outdated as they only measure one specific type of intelligence. However, that doesn’t stop the IQ test being a fascinating practice and a great brain exercise. Play by yourself or compete against a friend to see if you can beat Einstein’s score of 160!
Available for all IQs here for $21.99.
Harry Potter Levitating Broomstick Pen
It’s been over twelve years since the first book was released but the Harry Potter franchise is still going strong! Some of Harry’s fondest memories were spending Christmas at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, so it’s a great time to give the Potterhead in your life a magical memento. Through clever use of magnets, this broomstick pen actually levitates above its base stand – no wingardium leviosa needed!
Accio yours here for $30.00.
Caffeine Chemistry Mug
Everything’s made better with a little bit of chemistry, especially coffee! If you have a loved one who’s gotten on board with fancy brewing techniques such as AeroPress coffee, then it’s time to make sure they have a sufficiently fancy drinking vessel with which to enjoy their piping hot beverage. A completely non-scientific study conducted by us found that clear glass mugs are the way to go, and this one features an elegant diagram of the chemical structure of caffeine! It’s the world’s favourite psychoactive substance.
You can pick one up right here for $24.95.
USB Mug Warmers
While we’re on the subject of hot beverages, those of us who spend long periods of time at a computer may be familiar with the dilemma of a stone cold cup of tea. If you know someone with a bad habit of being enthralled by their screen only to forget all about their tea or coffee, pick them up a USB mug warmer! This handy pad will keep any cup warm so every sip will be a pleasant one. Problem solved!
NanoLeaf Light Panels
If budget isn’t an issue and you have a special someone who takes pride in their PC setup, DJ den or any other kind of creative space, then NanoLeaf Light Panels can help them take it to the next level. These triangular light panels can be arranged and mounted in a number of configurations, and then that’s where the fun starts! You can customise the lights’ colours and animations to your heart’s content with the help of a companion app on your smartphone. You can even program the lights to respond to sound with the Rhythm Upgrade Module to achieve the ultimate ambience. A standard Rhythm Edition kit will start you out with 9 panels but a single controller can support up to 30 panels if you can’t get enough and decide to purchase expansion packs.
Check it out here starting at $319.99.
Robotime Miniature DIY Dollhouse Kit
These days, when you think of geeky hobbies, video games are starting to become the default. An awesome pastime that often gets overlooked is model making, and it’s not just limited to cars, planes and trains. If any of your loved ones start breathing heavily when they watch Tiny Little Things videos on YouTube, then a miniature model kit may be just what they need! There’s over a dozen stunning, intricate designs available but we just couldn’t take our eyes off the greenhouse one!
Browse the full range of kits here starting at $39.57.
Escape the Crate subscription
The typical geek is no stranger to subscription crates – they’ve been a booming business for all manner of memorabilia, snacks and other swag for years now. However, Escape the Crate is an American company that sets itself apart from the pack by shipping out a brand new escape room kit every two months. If you’re not familiar with escape rooms, the idea is to solve clues, cyphers, riddles and puzzles in order to make your way out of the room (and usually uncover a mystery along the way). Each crate contains everything you need to set up your very own escape room puzzle in the comfort of your own home. Best of all, you can keep all the pieces and run the game again any time you’d like!
Pro tip: If you’re not keen on a subscription box, do a little research to see if there’s an escape room operating near you and book an experience to share.
We hope our picks help you find some great gifts for your friends and family this year. Have a good one!