This list is full of perfect gadgets for nerds of all stripes, whether you’re a gamer, a science geek, a book lover, a TV nerd, or a movie buff. I am not sure if you have heard, but it is officially cool to be a nerd. Nerds are passionate and knowledgeable and excited about so many things, and that’s why we’ve found 31 dope things to Treat. Yo. Nerdy. Self. to on this fine day.
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Clearly, if you are any sort of Game of Thrones fan, you need this whiskey tumbler that quotes Tyrion Lannister, saying (in the classic Game of Thrones font, of course), “That’s what I do. I drink and I know things.” Amazing. Perfect. A great holiday gift for the Game of Thrones and alcohol nerd in your life. Bonus points if their favorite character is Tyrion Lannister (as it should be).
Gotta love a literary scarf! This one quotes Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, saying in a fun, swirly font, “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” I should say that any Jane Austen fan would find this quote quite relatable!
This More Cowbell T-Shirt
Raise your hand if you are a total nerd when it comes to Saturday Night Live. I have two hands raised if you couldn’t tell. How I’m still typing, I’m not sure. But the point is I love SNL. I read all the oral histories, I watched all the original seasons, I have a photo of the Not Ready for Primetime Players hanging in my bedroom. If you know someone like this, get them this t-shirt. The cowbell sketch is iconic, and every true SNL fan knows this.
I love the show Bob’s Burgers, and honestly, one of my favorite parts about it is all the puns! Not just the ones on the stores and the van in the opening credits, but also the punny burgers that Bob comes up with and posts on the chalkboard in every episode. And now, there is a legitimate cookbook based on those fake burgers. What’s not to like?
I am not going to lie. The last time I visited Disneyland, I very nearly purchased this exact tumbler. I would like to remind you that I am a nearly-30-year-old woman. I love Beauty and the Beast so much, and this just looks so magical and enchanting and perfect! Plus, it holds 23 ounces of liquid, so it is a legit drink vessel. And don’t worry — all the pieces detach for easy cleaning!
Assuming you are still around after Thanos (SPOILER ALERT!) snapped his fingers and half of the world’s population instantly disintegrated into dust in Avengers: Infinity War, you probably want a cookie. We don’t blame you. Well, what better vessel for those cookies than the Infinity Gauntlet, complete with all the Infinity Stones! It is gold, it is gaudy, and it holds cookies! What could be better?
This ‘LOTR’ Caravan Decal
Those little family decals that people put on the back of their cars to show how many and what type of people are in the car are kind of lame. But this Lord of the Rings caravan decal is badass and cool! It is a total riff on those silly family decals, and it is way better. Be careful, though. Your family members might get into real fights over who gets to be Gandalf.
This Middle Earth Blanket
Lord of the Rings is such a rich and complex universe, and the map of Middle Earth is central to understanding it. Why not treat yourself or your nerdy LOTR-loving best friend to a woven tapestry blanket that is actually a giant map of Middle Earth? Honestly, I really just love the colors and the patterns of this blanket. It looks so cozy!
This Marauder’s Map Mug
Mischief will be one thousand percent managed if you buy this mug for your Harry Potter-obsessed loved one. It is one of those heat reveal mugs, so it appears black until you pour hot liquid in it. Then, it slowly reveals the Marauder’s Map. On one side it says, “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good,” and on the other, it says, “Mischief managed.” Basically, it is a magic mug.
These Literary Pins
I do not know about you, but I really love the library. I have always loved the library. And I totally get a nostalgic thrill from seeing those old library cards and check out stamps. These enamel pins are a beyond-perfect gift if you have a librarian in your life, but any avid reader or library-goer would love these. I know I would (hint, hint!)!
This Deck of National Parks Playing Cards
There is another type of nerd you probably have not been thinking about this whole time: the nature nerd! Our national parks are bastions of natural beauty and wonder, and they deserve to be celebrated in all the ways! This deck of cards highlights the national parks with 54 poster designs that are seriously beyond cool. They sort of look like if Wes Anderson were to design posters for national parks. I love them, and so will your nature nerd friend.
This welcome mat pretty much says, “In this house, we worship Harry Potter.” And that is just fine with me! Take off your shoes, pour yourself a glass of butterbeer, and take a seat! We are watching all eight Harry Potter movies on loop for 48 hours. Too much for you? Well, then you can Wingardium Leave-iosa! This welcome mat says this home is for diehard Harry Potter fans only!
Ah, remember the good old days when we used floppy disks for purposes other than to prevent our drinks from ruining the table? Yeah, me too. Of course, these are not real floppy disks. They are silicone coasters designed to look like these obsolete objects of technology’s past. I remember back in the day we had a floppy disk full of Fisher Price computer games. There was a bowling one and then another one where I think the point of the game was to drive a bus around and pick people up. It was awesome.
Why have regular bandages when you can have bandages full of very highbrow Shakespearean insults?! Why is this even a question?! Obviously, when you get a scrape, you need a bandage that says things like, “Thy breath stinks with eating toasted cheese!” What does that even mean? It’s amazing. Other insults include, “Do you amend thy face, and I’ll amend my life,” and “Thy wit’s as thick as Tewksbury mustard!”
Wow, a bottle opener shaped like the Star Trek Enterprise is actually a brilliant idea. So many pop culture spaceships have that big, circular center! They should do this for all of them. The Enterprise works particularly well, though, because it is still easy to hold. (The Millennium Falcon would be less so.) This thing’s stainless steel, so it is made to work. It’s not just a toy. It will really open your bottles.
These Polished Agate Bookends
Oh gosh, I totally love these bookends! They are the perfect gift for someone with a rather large book collection and a healthy fascination for rocks and minerals and crystals and that sort of thing. The blue is absolutely arresting, but they come in other colors too: black, green, natural, pink, and purple. Agate, apparently, is a stone of strength. Your strong, badass nerd friend deserves these awesome bookends.
These Giant FreezerBoy Magnets
Um, these fridge magnets are super clever and I love them a lot, especially because they look like the old-school Gameboy. The best part about these is that they are washable dry-erase boards, so they are perfect for writing down your shopping list. The minute you chug the rest of the milk, you can add it to the FreezerBoy magnet so you don’t forget to buy more next time you are at the store.
This Set of R2-D2 Measuring Cups
This is the droid you are looking for! Especially if you have a friend or family who loves to cook and is also a huge Star Wars fan! This is a set of measuring cups that stack up to look just like a mini R2-D2, and I think that is pretty cute. The arms are detachable nesting measuring spoons, too! This is pretty much a perfect product.
These Han and Leia Mugs
You probably have a Han and Leia in your life. You know, that couple who is always at each other’s throats but also love each other so very deeply? Yeah. They deserve these mugs that have written out the iconic exchange between Han and Leia. They are perfect for keeping your drink while you are busy arguing with your partner over what the best Star Wars movie is.
This Moon Night Light
Space! The final frontier! If you are a fan of outer space or know someone who is, you should really buy this night light that looks just like the moon. It comes in a few different sizes and with a few different bases, so you are bound to find one that will appeal to the style and sensibilities of your moon-loving friend. You can shift between white and yellow light and adjust the brightness too!
The One Ring
OK, so this is not exactly the One Ring because multiple people can buy them, but that is neither here nor there. The point is that if you have a diehard Lord of the Rings fan in your life and they do not already own the ring, you must buy it for them. I think that’s actually the law. It’s the perfect, subtle, wearable movie memento.
This Pokeball Mold
This is the coolest mold out there! It is made specifically for Pokeballs! So it is totally a perfect gift for the geeky baker in your life. This is also a great way to tell someone they should bake for you, which, let’s be honest, is a great goal to have in life.
This Reading Journal for Book Lovers
If you are an avid reader (like me), you probably like to keep track of all the novels and biographies and history books you devour. If you read a lot, it can be hard to keep track! This Book Lover’s Journal lets you track everything you read and gauges your reaction to it, so you can pull this out next time someone asks you for a recommendation!
Arcade games are some of the most fun you can have while standing still. And with this handheld arcade machine, you can even play while sitting down if you want! This little guy is battery-powered and has 200 classic arcade games built into it. The display screen is 5 inches wide, and the joystick and buttons all work, so you can imagine that this little machine could probably occupy you for hours.
These Dobby Socks
Give these socks to your friend to set them free from your rule! Of course, that is implying that your friend is Dobby, who, while a fine and upstanding elf, is also crazy-looking. So tread lightly. But these socks look totally comfortable, and they come in an array of colors from which you can choose. Socks may be a traditional holiday gift, but these are special, and truly, I always appreciate getting socks. They’re so cozy!
If you have Disney fans in your life, you know that they can be super gung-ho. Like, some people are true Disney fanatics. No matter the level of Disney fandom, though, everyone will enjoy this waffle maker that makes waffles in the shape of Mickey Mouse’s head! Why have a standard waffle maker when you can have a special one like this? It’s so much more fun.
This Mini Catapult
For the person who likes to build things and annoy people, this is the perfect gift. It’s a whole kit to build a replica of Leonardo da Vinci’s catapult. It comes with all the pieces pre-cut, all the glue you’ll need, and a set of instructions that are easy to understand. Perfect for the beginner model builder. And do not worry — it is not just for show. This thing really works. That’s where the “annoying people” part comes in.
This is a pretty straightforward gift for the geek in your life, but who doesn’t love magnetic poetry?! It is endlessly entertaining, and I believe every household should have at least one set (but more is better). Of course, if your friend has more specific interests, there are poetry kits for those interested in baseball, space, math, photography, pirates, sci-fi, superheroes, cats, politicians, vampires, zombies, and more!
The 20-sided die is one of the most recognizable symbols of geek life! For the Dungeons and Dragons enthusiast in your life, this could be the perfect gift. It’s a large mug that holds 12 ounces of liquid and comes with a lid to keep your tea or coffee extra warm during those long D&D sessions. Of course, you don’t have to use this for hot beverages. You can get really meta with it and use it to store all your 20-sided dice.
This sword-shaped tea infuser is the perfect companion gift to go with that Dungeons and Dragons mug! But it works just fine as a gift on its own, as well. It is simply really cool to have a tiny sword sticking out of your mug. I kind of want one of these myself! Its mesh body is perfect for steeping loose-leaf tea to get the perfect brewed cup of tea.
They have Funko Pop! figures from basically any TV show, movie, comic book, and any other pop culture property you can think of. They are adorable, the perfect gift for someone’s desk at work or toy shelf at home. And who doesn’t love Bob Ross? That’s a trick question because the answer is nobody. He’s beloved by all, and someone you know would appreciate this little figure to commemorate the greatest TV painter that ever lived.