The Definitive Holiday Gift Guide for Geeks 2015

Hoping to get something a little geekier than socks and underwear in your stocking this year? The G&B Team have put together our list of favourite geek and beat-related gifts for the holiday season. Check it out!

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Star Trek Prop Universal Remote Phaser

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$160Set your Phasers to Fun and beam the ultimate Star Trek Original series Phaser under your tree this holiday.

Part prop replica and part universal remote control this may be the best and most inexpensive replica Type 2 Hand Phaser released to date. Crafted by taking 3D scans of screen used props and using authentic materials to create a unique jester based universal remote control. Combine that with authentic sound effects from the original show and you have the perfect gift for any Star Trek Geek.

Made by The Wand Company the Phaser remote comes complete with tactical carry case and removable Type 1 Phaser. Grab it here.

 

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The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic by Jessica Hopper

The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic

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$16Jessica Hopper made waves earlier this year for powerful women working in the music industry everywhere. It’s an outstanding read for those powerful musical women in your life. Grab it here.

 

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Ticket Stub Diary

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$12I need one of these desperately. I’ve kept most of my concert tickets for at least the last 15 years, and thought that mounting them up in a frame would be a great idea… until I had a curious relative come visit and decide to add up the ticket prices and let me know how much I had spent collectively on concerts. I then promptly took it off the wall, and it’s been in my guest bedroom ever since. Anyway…. this is a great way to preserve old tickets and memories. Great gift for concert lovers everywhere. Grab it here.

 

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Geek Tool Jewelery

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$165Geeks need tools, and having the right tool at the right time can turn any Geek into a hero. Leatherman, long known for their line of popular pocket tools, has the perfect way for you to have the right tool on you at all times.

The Leatherman Tread combines their common multi tool concept into Geek jewelry. Yes jewelry – the Leatherman Tread covertly allows you to carry your tools with you conveniently on your wrist.

Now you will never be without a Philips head screwdriver, SIM tray removal tool or any of the other 29 tools included. You know Santa must have one on under his jolly red suit. Add one to your wrist this holiday.

The bracelet is TSA friendly and comes in a variety of finishes that can easily be adjusted to fit most wrists. Grab it here.

 

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Classic Star Trek Captain’s (Pool) Seat

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$50Few Star Trek fans can resist the allure of the Captain’s Chair, what fan would not want to sit in the centre seat? Well now you can bring the Captain’s Chair home for the holidays. This Chair with its faux wood grain arm rests and replica command buttons will transport you to warm summer dreams on a distant planet as you lounge in your pool.

Yes this chair is an inflatable replica of Captain Kirk’s classic center seat for your pool. But please remember no alcoholic drinks while in the command seat – you are piloting your starship at warp factor 9 after all. The biggest problem will be waiting till summer to take her out of space dock, I wonder if this will fit in my tub? Order yours Here.

 

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Tabletop Moonshine Still

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$250The Geeks and Beats newsroom are real thirsty for this thirst-quenching gadget   With a 1/2 gallon capacity,  it’s  easy to use and will make you 12 ounces of hard alcohol. Made of premium Type 304 stainless steel, which is good since it won’t react with liquids that you are distilling. Pours for $249.98. Grab it here.

 

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Roberts Radio Classic Bluetone Bluetooth radio

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$225Got the bluetooth record player? It’s time to snatch up a Bluetone Bluetooth radio. Retro is in, and Robers is taking cues from their classic Rambler from the 1970’s. It has modern streaming technology. Wirelessly stream your music from any computer, tablet or smarphone. And if you like the old school presets on your radio,  you can add  up to 20 stations.  Grab it here.

 

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CanCon: USS Ugly Christmas Sweater

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Those quirky guys behind USS have gifted fans with their version of an ugly Christmas Sweater for holiday season 2015. Complete with prancing reindeer, snowflakes and, naturally, yin-yang symbols, it’s a perfect fit for spinning on your head during the office holiday party. Pick yours up here.

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CanCon: Grand Reserve Red from the Tragically Hip

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$75What’s Christmas without a few beverages? Need something to give that coworker or relative that has it all except a full bar? The Tragically Hip has a handful of gift packages available this year offering one or two bottles of wine featuring the artwork for their album Fully Completely (not to mention the remastered version of the album, which marked its 20th anniversary in 2015). Buy a bottle or two here.

Bob Dylan All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Track

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$43.80In total, folk legend Bob Dylan recorded 492 songs (so far) since 1962 and this book (well, it’s actually an encyclopedia) has the history of each of his songs. From the studio, producer and sound engineer to lyrical content and details from Dylan’s ultimate challenge on playing the guitar part on “Baby, Let Me Follow You Down,” this 704 page book also features trivia tidbits only Dylan addicts should know. Get this for your Dylan-head at Amazon.

The Levitating Bluetooth Speaker

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$99.95Even though it’s 2015, we’re still not coasting on hoverboards or driving flying cars, but we now have the capability to listen to our music through a wireless speaker that floats in mid-air. This gravity defying device delivers impressive robust audio from its 2-watt driver when paired with a Bluetooth-enabled device up to 30 feet away. The speaker can also magnetically grip to horizontal metal surfaces like a refrigerator. The Li-ion battery can last up to five hours of playing time on a three-hour charge. You can definitely shop for it here.

Jose Bautista Merry Flippin Ugly Christmas Sweater

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$49.99The bat flip of all bat flips has arrived in time for this Christmas. Do you remember where you were when Jose Bautista tossed that bat like a rag doll in Game 5 of the American League Division Series against the Texas Rangers? You may want to recollect those memories and purchase this ‘Joey To The World’ ugly sweater and prove to the world you know what a winning ugly sweater looks like. You can get one at freshbrewedtees.

The Beatles 1+

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$59.99 The Beatles, The Beatles, The Beatles. Will we ever get enough of The Beatles? Probably not since this fantastic 2-disc Blu-Ray collection is the first time ever that all of The Beatles’ promotional (music) videos have been released to the public. Digitally restored and remastered by Giles Martin (Beatles producer George Martins son) at Abbey Road Studios, The Beatles 1+ also comes with the remastered 1 cd that came out in 2000 which sold millions and millions of copies worldwide.    

If you don’t want all of three discs, you can choose between six different variations at HMV although the deluxe edition is your best bet since there’s 50 videos in total along with a 124-page hardcover book. So, have yourselves a very merry Christmas and remember, it’s okay to overdose on turkey and Beatles promo videos.

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The Retro-Chic Keyboard That’ll Make You Wanna Spill Your Mad Men Martini All Over:  Qwerkywriter

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$349 Qwerkywriter is a solid aluminum metal (but not heavy!) keyboard that connects wirelessly via Bluetooth to iPhones, iPads, iMacs, MacPros, Macbooks, Android Tablets Devices, Windows Tablets, and more. It also has a functional carriage return bar that works as an ENTER key.
I absolutely love the feel of the industrial strength mechanical switches that give the device a unique clacky feel and sound. Punching typewriter keys requires just a touch more force than a younger generation will be familiar with, but those old enough to appreciate Mr Dressup reruns will love the stress relief properties.

Read all about Qwerkywriter on my blog HERE. Or go straight to Commerceland and pick one up HERE.

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Ring Video Doorbell

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$229It’s a simple gadget that’s infinitely useful. Ring is a video doorbell that lets you respond to visitors remotely via your smartphone from anywhere.  Got a package being delivered and you’re not home? Use Ring to answer the delivery driver’s call and instruct him to leave the package with a neighbour. Annoying salesperson? Know before you open the door and get stuck in conversation. Ring is ultra-easy to use and get set up and has a sharp HD camera and high quality 2-way voice interaction. Added motion-detection alerts can also keep you safe from people lurking around or casing your place. I have Ring at my house and love it.
Read the full review HERE.  Getcherself a Ring HERE.

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Fujifilm Instax Share Photo Printer

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$199Wondering what to do with all the digital photos that sit on your device for years and years? Start printing the best ones! The new Fujifilm Instax Share printer is truly pocket sized, but it operates basically as you might remember a Polaroid camera operating; it spits out a small photo instantly that takes a couple minutes to fully develop. The result is retro-cool prints in an instant. The printer is easy to operate, and makes great quality prints.
Read more about the Instax printer HERE. Get your mitts on one HERE.

 

 

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