If you’re really into movies, then you might be a movie nerd. If you live, eat, breathe video games, then people think you’re a video game nerd. If your thing is tech and gadgets, then that could be what people say you’re “geeking out” over.
Thanks to Marvel and DC Comics movies and televisions shows like “The Walking Dead,” more people are rediscovering comic books and graphic novels, so if you’re a die-hard fan that follows the story, are you a nerd?
Nerds can be older, like your dad who introduced you to Bob Ross, “Back to the Future,” and “Dungeons and Dragons.” There are younger generations of nerds that are into anime, role-playing, and science fiction, just to name a few things.
The great thing about there being so many categories and interests that used to be considered unpopular is that there are so many nerdy gifts out there that are actually super cool.
Since it’s hard to nail down and technically classify what makes someone a nerd or what they could be into, we tried to have a diverse selection that spanned more than one interest. Just because you like superheroes, doesn’t mean you’re into science. And just because you love all things tech, doesn’t mean you’re going to dress up like an Ewok and go to Comic-Con.
So, this guide covers an assortment of interests to try to find something for that “nerd” in your life, depending on what they’re into. For every product, we examined customer reviews, testimonials, and brand reputation to pick the best nerd gifts.
You can’t have a nerd gift list and not have something “Star Wars”-related on it. If you’re looking for a gift for a fanatic, and you know they’ve already seen all the movies, then why not try something a little different?
The Star Wars: Secrets Of The Galaxy Deluxe Box Set is actually a set of four hardcover books that any hardcore Star Wars lover will enjoy. Each book is a separate volume that expands and dives deeper into the “Star Wars” lore with specific details, illustrations, and annotations from characters like Luke Skywalker and Boba Fett. Which book will they enjoy the most?
You might think they’re all about the Jedi, but everybody’s got a little dark side in them. The books are written by comic book expert Daniel Wallace, a New York Times bestseller of several books including, “Ghostbusters: The Ultimate Visual History” and “The World According to Spider-Man.”
Close to 80 percent of Amazon reviewers give this set a five-star rating and rave that the illustrations are great, the books contain lots of additional detailed content many fans of the movies might not be aware of and recommend it for anyone who loves “Star Wars.”
- Headless security system enables players of any level to fly the drone easily
- 2. 4GHz technology adopted for anti-interference
- More stable and flexible with 6-axis gyro stabilization system
Maybe the nerd you’re shopping for is into tech and gadgets, but doesn’t own a drone yet? The Holy Stone HS170 Predator Mini Helicopter/Quadcopter Drone is small, relatively inexpensive, and a good choice for an introductory-level drone.
After charging for about an hour, your new enthusiast can enjoy up to eight minutes of flight time controlling their quadcopter. It has an LED lights mode so that it can be flown and seen at night. It has three different speed modes so you can go from beginner to advanced and see how fast it can go. Since it weighs less than half a pound, you don’t have to register it with the Federal Aviation Administration.
The quadcopter also can perform 360-degree loops with its gyro technology. It’s recommended for users who are at least 14 years old. Close to 5,000 Amazon buyers have left reviews on their Holy Stone Predator Quadcopter and close to three-quarters thought it was worthy of a five-star rating.
Buyers say it’s great for beginners to get started and if you really want to make sure you have the best experience, read the manual.
- From Stranger Things, Eleven with Eggos, as a stylized POP vinyl from Funko.
- Stylized collectable stands 3.75 inches tall, perfect for any Stranger Things fan.
- Collect and display all Stranger Things POP Vinyl's.
If your nerd loves collectible figures, Netflix, and you’ve heard them mention The Upside Down, then they might be interested in the Funko Pop Stranger Things Eleven Figure. The 80s-inspired science fiction suspense thriller developed a cult following and fans are eagerly awaiting the next season.
With an average of 8.8 million viewers per episode, there’s a good chance the person you’re shopping for knows exactly why the main character, Eleven, comes with a box of Eggos.
The figure comes in a window display box which is perfect for true collectors who have no intention of opening the box but do want to be able to show off their figurine. Eleven stands at 3.75 inches tall and is a stylized POP vinyl figurine, so she doesn’t look like your average toy. She could come with the buzzcut or with the blond wig, it’s really just the luck of the draw, but the wig version is a limited collection piece.
The collectible has over a four-star rating on Amazon with buyers loving their dolls as true stars of the show have given it mostly five-star ratings, and most negative ratings were due to shipping issues damaging the boxes, which could affect future value.
In 2017, HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones” set a series finale viewership record with over 12 million people tuning in to catch the end of the season.
While Jon Snow may know nothing according to Ygritte, he does know how to handle a sword, and this could be the perfect chance for your fellow nerd to own a sword or add one to their collection. The Valyrian Steel Game of Thrones Longclaw is a replica of the sword that belongs to the King in the North.
Longclaw weighs about ten pounds and is 45-inches long with the blade itself 35 inches of stainless steel. The sword’s hilt is crafted from real leather and has a metal wolf pommel with an antique finish. The officially licensed collectible comes with a certificate of authenticity and a plaque engraved with the oath taken by the members of the Night’s Watch.
Over 70 percent of the reviewers certify that the sword is very high quality and is perfect for fans, collectors, and anyone interested in adding a touch of awesome to their cosplay. Be aware that the sword is purely for display and is not actually sharp, but buyers swear it looks real.
Has there been a television show in recent history that has made being nerdy seem normal more than “The Big Bang Theory?” And has there been a character that epitomized nerds more than the show’s Sheldon Cooper? Excuse me, Dr. Sheldon Cooper? Probably not.
The physicist, flag enthusiast, comic book lover, “Star Trek,” “Star Wars,” and video game junkie character of Dr. Cooper (along with the rest of the cast) has managed to snag the attention of over 15 million viewers during their eleventh season.
If you’re shopping for a fan of the series, then they will probably like this Ripple Junction t-shirt with Dr. Cooper’s classic zinger, Bazinga! This officially licensed “Big Bang Theory” shirt is machine washable, made from 100 percent cotton, and available in a few different colors.
Hundreds of reviewers have left five-star ratings and are satisfied with their purchase. The main complaint from customers who were dissatisfied related to the colors of the shirts being slightly different shades than how they appeared online and some encountered sizing issues. But fans of the show were generally happy with their shirts.
Does the geek in your life like cosplay? Or cats? Or both? Then the Necomimi Brainwave Cat Ears could be the perfect nerd gift for them.
These nifty little cat ears are attached to a headpiece that you slip over your head like headphones. Two sensors rest against your forehead and ear, and your emotions and brainwaves move the ears to transmit what you’re feeling, like a cat. Relaxed? Stressed? Curious? The ears will react accordingly.
Hundreds of Amazon reviewers love the Necomimi ears and think they’re fascinating, are great for wearing to parties and cosplay events, and if you wear a wig over the ears, you can hide most of the sensors so your ears can do the talking. Some customers do warn that they’re not comfortable for all day use and the sensors can pinch or feel awkward. But overall, most agree they’re fun.
- Game is bi-lingual in English and Klingon
- 6 collectible tokens: Klingon Gavel, Batleth, Klingon Head, Disruptor, Wrist Guard,...
- "Combat" and "Honor" cards replace chance and community chest
Can you have a list of nerd gifts without some “Star Trek?” Of course not. And if your nerd is really into the show, chances are they can also speak some Klingon. So why not let everyone get in on the fun with this Monopoly Klingon Collector’s Edition board game. That’s if they do actually open the box. Remember, it’s a collector’s edition.
But if you play the game, the board is written in Klingon (and English for those who never took the time to learn). There are six collectible pieces to choose from as your board token including a Klingon Gavel, Captain’s Chair, and Batleth. Instead of the typical Chance and Community Chest cards, try drawing from either the Combat or Honor decks.
“Star Trek” fans who have bought the board game think other Trekkies will find the game amusing and give it positive reviews. The main complaint buyers had is that the four corners of the board (free parking, go to jail, go, and jail) are not in Klingon, so it throws off the aesthetics of the game somewhat.
The Marvel fandom goes hard, and if you’ve got a Stan Lee lover in your life who also loves chemistry and science, you can’t go wrong with this Marvel Ultimate Periodic Table of Elements Graphic T-Shirt. All the major characters have their place in this shirt that has everyone broken down into sections similar to a periodic table.
You have your defenders like Daredevil and Luke Cage, your villains like Ultron and Thanos, heroes including Captain America and Black Panther, and other categories including Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Inhumans, and Celestials.
So, if you know your nerd is into Marvel but can’t keep track of which character is their favorite, there’s no need to stress because this shirt has you covered. It’s officially licensed Marvel merchandise, machine washable, and comes in five different colors.
Buyers have given the shirt over four stars on Amazon because they love the concept, but some warn that they don’t think the lettering on the periodic table looks very durable.
When shopping for a nerd gift, the best advice is simply to be aware of what your nerd is into. There is such a variety of things that people geek out over that you could make specific guides tailored to video games or comic books or television shows. Employ ninja tactics if necessary to learn what makes your nerd tick.
Whatever gadget, costume, or character they’re obsessing over, there’s sure to be a product designed to make them happy. If you didn’t find the item you needed listed here, this guide should have at least served to give you some ideas, inspiration, or point you in the right direction. Know your nerd, and Yoda says, “Hrmm. Perfect gift shall you find.”