With December now half over, time is running out for last minute Christmas shoppers to pick up some quality gifts for the tech lovers in their lives. However, even though Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales are over, procrastinators still have their choice of reasonably priced and incredibly cool video games, collectibles, toys, and gadgets.
Here are The Burn-In’s recommendations for some Christmas gifts the nerds, geeks, and grown-up in-door kids in your life will love.
Gaming Systems for Your Favorite Basement Dwelling, Mountain Dew Aficionado
Provided the gamer in your life hasn’t already purchased one, the Nintendo Switch would make for an excellent Christmas gift. As a hybrid, it combines the best of both mobile and home gaming. And with titles like “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate,” “Diablo 3” and “Hallow Knight” available, all gamers, regardless of preference, will find something they will love to play on Switch.
If your favorite game playing friend, partner or family member is still on the fence about taking the plunge into virtual reality, get them this PlayStation VR bundle. Not only does it offer the best-selling virtual reality console at the discounted price of $265, but it also features what has been called the platform’s “killer title,” “Astro Bots Rescue Mission.”
With the added bonus of the delightful puzzle game “Moss,” this bundle is a deal that cannot be beaten.
Conversely, if the gamer that occupies a special place in your heart is an ‘80s kid, you can’t go wrong with an Arcade1Up – Deluxe Edition 12-in-1 Arcade Cabinet. A roughly three-quarter scale replica of an old-school video game cabinet, this machine comes preloaded with 12 classics Atari games like “Crystal Castles,” “Centipede,” and “Asteroids.”
Toys for Your Favorite Tech Neck Afflicted Overworked Officer Worker
DJI Spark Mini Drone: $399
If there is one thing people who spend all day in front of a computer should do more often, it’s to get outside and take in some natural splendor. One awesome tech toy that can help facilitate that process is the DJI Mini Drone. With it, owners can zip through the sky at 30 mph and capture crystal-clear 1080p aerial footage.
And with its intuitive controls and obstacle detection features, the Spark is a great Christmas present for inexperienced pilots.
Another way to help your most sunlight deprived loved one break out of a rut is to make the great outdoors more appealing for them. To that end, you might consider buying them a Nebula Capsule Smart Mini Projector. It projects video at 100 lm over an area of 100 inches.
This way, your smartphone-addicted pal can end a nice day of hiking, fishing and actually living with a big screen viewing of “Avengers: Infinity War.”
Another surefire way to shake off the malaise that comes from spending 8+ hours a day in front of a screen is to play a lively game with some friends. From Rock Band makers Harmonix, DropMix is a combination music and card game that allows players to craft remixes of popular songs in real-time.
As it allows for the creation of millions of unique mixes, DropMix can help turn your most introverted pal into the life of the party.
Collectibles for Your Favorite Failure to Launch
If you’re friends or family with anyone who proudly calls themselves a geek, they are almost certainly a fan of the “Star Wars” franchise. As such, they’ve doubtlessly dreamed of using the Force, wielding a lightsaber and have adventures with a sarcastic droid sidekick.
Now, thanks to a company called Sphero, fans can hang out with an adorable R2-D2. And it is one that can be trained to follow a series of different commands, makes movie authentic sounds and will actually react when watching the Original and Prequel Trilogies (though it would probably be better if it chose to ignore the Prequels like the rest of us).
If the nerd that makes your life special has an affinity for LEGO and cars, they will absolutely lose it if they find this beast under the tree on Christmas Day. A 1:8 scale model of an actual Bugatti Chiron, this 3,599 piece kit is faithful right down to the active rear wing and 8-speed gearbox.
And as LEGO created the model with the help of Bugatti Automobiles, the process of putting it together is like attending miniature supercar assembly camp.
Anyone whose Christmas list includes a fan of the massively popular online game Fortnite needs to pick up this mash-up collectible. To be clear, this is not a mere themed edition of the iconic property acquisition game.
Instead, Monopoly: Fortnite Edition is a survival game that presents the gonzo battle royale combat that has made the video game a global sensation in tabletop form.
Miscellaneous Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Geeks, Nerds and Techies
One quality that unites geeks of all stripes is a strong sense of nostalgia. And one of the coolest nostalgia evoking items on the market right now is Polaroid’s OneStep Instant Camera.
Featuring a beautiful throwback design, the OneStep takes incredibly vibrant, instant color photos. And with its high-grade fixed focus lenses, the camera takes remarkably clear photos at a distance.
Another unifying trait among nerdy individuals is an affinity for smart appliances. And one of the latest and greatest innovations in the field is GE’s new smart Countertop Microwave Oven.
Not only can this microwave be controlled via Alexa, but it can also scan foods to determine exactly how long and at what power level they need to be cooked at. So what does this mean for the nerd of your heart? Perfect Hot Pockets each and every single time. Really, does it get any better than this?
Tile Pro: $59
Though geeky folks tend to be of higher than average intelligence, they also have a tendency to get so lost in their own thoughts that they misplace things without realizing it. Thankfully, the Tile Pro exists to help the brilliant but absent-minded locate their lost phones, keys, and important possessions with the click of a button.