Well, that time of year is rolling around again. The parking lots are blocked, last minute shoppers turn into terrors on the streets, and LBSCs (Lunatics Behind Shopping Carts) are everywhere you look in Walmart. Don’t despair though, at least you have this holiday buying guide for geeks and non-geeks.

For the Geek

Shopping for the geek in your life can be a daunting task; however, most geeks are easy to please. Buying anything related to Star Trek, Star Wars, the Big Bang Theory, Firefly, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, Half-Life/Portal, Doctor Who, zombies, or superheroes is generally a pretty safe bet.

You’ll still need to do a little bit of prep work first. There’s a very real chance your geek already owns what you’re thinking about buying, so make sure you do your homework.

Geeks also tend to like cool little gadgets, such as the Water Clock, which runs entirely on water, or the staple-free stapler that, you guessed it, doesn’t use staples. Both can be found at Chapters stores for $19.99 and $7.99 respectively.

In a way, most geeks are essentially older kids. We love toys, puzzles, and games. Anything radio-controlled is always a hit, such as mini helicopters that retail for around $49.99 at most electronics stores like Futureshop or the Source.

And let’s not forget Nerf guns for those long, Saturday night Nerf Wars.

For the Non-Geek

As geeks, we should consider trying to convert more people to the ways of the geek. Firefly: The Complete Series can be had on DVD for $24.99 at HMV. Buy it for your family and friends and watch even non-geeks turn into Browncoats overnight.

Everyone can use extra storage space, especially for storing those pesky backups. You can usually get a good deal on a decent external hard drive in the $49.99 to $79.99 range. If you know someone who isn’t using an external hard drive yet as part of their backup strategy, do them a favour and give the gift of extra storage.

If you’re thinking of gifting a tablet, consider the 32 GB Blackberry Playbook. It’s currently retailing at a price that no other similarly equipped tablet can beat: $149.99. It’s future-proof as well, as RIM has announced that current owners of the Playbook will get the upgrade to BB10 when it’s released at the end of January.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Oh, it’s Blackberry. No one will like it.” Do me a favour and actually try one out before you judge it. It’s an awesome device. Check out the reviews online for companies like Futureshop if you don’t believe me.

Well, that’s all from me for 2012. I wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season. Try not to get a Nerf dart in the eye.

This article first appeared in Memorial University’s student newspaper: The Muse http://themuse.ca/2012/11/28/shopping-for-your-geek/

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