Best Gifts For Nerds & Geeks

Posted by SWE Inc on 10th Mar 2020

We all have at least one friend or family member who greatly appreciates unique accessories. One thing complicates an already challenging task; the difference between nerds and geeks. While geeks are enthusiasts, nerds are practitioners. The best gifts for geeks are not necessarily interesting to nerds.

While they do share common interests, geeks are focused on popular culture and the newest things related to the subject they admire. On the other hand, nerds are fascinated with academics and have broad interests in games, movies, computers, and gadgets. Even though their interests usually fall within a single category, it doesn't make finding a proper gift any less difficult. Hopefully, our selection will appear at an intersection of sorts.

Board and party games

There is simply not enough space to mention all the clever, challenging, fun, scary, imaginative board games your beloved geek would enjoy. However, among those currently trending you will find:

●"What Do You Meme?"


●"Betrayal at House on the Hill"

●"Blockbuster: The Game"


●"X-Wing Miniatures Game"

If you think they would appreciate a revamped classic, consider Game of Thrones-themed Monopoly, "The Settlers of Catan" or "Articulate!".

The Settlers of Catan is a popular board game.

Outdoor equipment

If your geeks and nerds are outdoorsy types, which is rare enough, you can surprise them with some truly exciting gifts. They can bring their Superlight Portable Lamp to an outdoor game of laser tag with their new Laser Tag Gaming Set or bring Omegon Universe2go Planetarium device in their CarryMore Bag. For stargazers, there are telescopes and monoculars equally amazing to nerds of all ages or, shall we say, epochs.

Miniatures and collectibles

Limited edition figurines and other collectibles fall either into the category of expensive or exorbitant. However, there are affordable and charming minifigures your friend will be happy to receive. A special place in that category, aside for superheroes, hold Lego minifigures. While the trending ones represent popular actors, singers, and politicians, you will easily find the classics, too. Legos featuring Star Wars characters, Ninja Turtles, The Simpsons, and Game Of Thrones characters are but a few.

If you want to make your friend happy with a collectible, ask them to create a wish list! Then you can buy one of the action figures, statues and figurines, plushies or prop replicas that would be most appreciated. Furthermore, the categories range from film and TV to gaming and music.

Wizard Lego mini-figure is a collectible.


This is perhaps the largest category of items with gifts for fans of popular franchises. If you're preparing a gift for some dearly beloved geeks, consider a Han Solo carbonite roaster, detachable R2-D2 measuring cups or Star Wars Lightsaber Chopsticks. If you are the geek who is hosting a housewarming party, resist the urge to unpack your boxes in no time with a Star Trek pizza cutter in the shape of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701.

For those who already have a 3D printer, there is an upgrade. A PancakeBot 3D Food Printer is an add-on using a batter dispensing system to etch and bake delicious printouts.

Also, never underestimate the power of coffee and coffee mugs as gifts for geeks. There is a vast number of designs, though some look more like pieces of art than everyday objects. Mugs such as:

Mr. Meeseeks 3D mug

Pokeball coffee mug

Nintendo Game Boy Classic Heat-Changing mug

Super Mario warp pipe mug or

Harry Potter Black Cauldron Ceramic Mug with Spoon

are bound to delight your geeky friend. If they prefer soda drinks then simply get them a koozie with the same design, such as Mario Warp Pipe koozie, R2D2 koozie or the officially licensed furry Chewbacca koozie. And how can we ignore Silicone Floppy Disk Coasters? It doesn't matter what they drink, this retro design will give them a nostalgic rush.

You should also consider gifting your friend adorable Storm Trooper and Darth Vader Salt and Pepper Shakers. May the Force of perfectly seasoned dishes be with them.

Meeseeks plushies are Rick and Morty merchandise.

Gaming and sports accessories

In a vast category of gadgets such as controllers, keyboards and other PC equipment, it is easy to get lost even if you know what you're looking for. The good news is that this category of products is the one where both geeks and nerds find great joy. Although, while geeks will enjoy wearing a Fitness tracker watch while preparing sports equipment for transport, nerds might appreciate a gaming or VR headset while playing virtual chess with grandmasters.

However, there is likely no person, geeky or nerdy, who wouldn't appreciate Star Wars Battle Drones or more sciency, an HD Video Streaming Drone with FPV (First-person view).

A drone is a gift for geeks and nerds alike.


Being the first to greet the guests, witty doormats are always great conversation starters. There doesn't seem to be a franchise that doesn't have its representative. Lord of the Rings "You shall not pass", "One Does Not Simply Walk into Mordor", and "Speak Friend and Enter", Doctor Who TARDIS "It's bigger on the inside" or Game of Thrones "Hold the Door" and "Bend the Knee". Some nerdy ones are "There's No Place Like" and Dungeons and Dragons "Roll for Initiative".

Take your pick.


There is no such thing as the wrong geeky tee design. Those are mostly created by geeks for fellow geeks. Trust the taste they share and have fun choosing the right geeky t-shirt. Perhaps, a Jedi Bathrobe would more suit their taste.

Furthermore, socks are not the least welcome gifs anymore! On the contrary, it is part of the popular merchandise and one of the best gifts for geeks and nerds alike. Cartoonish designs of Game of Thrones socks, silly Pickle Rick socks or Star Wars-themed socks are a comfortable, geeky, and a level grandma practical gift.

And don't be caught off-guard; find a Starfleet uniform or R2D2 infant bodysuit for the newlywed geeks and their Junior, on time.