The easiest and most popular gifts to get those you love this holiday season will likely be found in our DVD/Blu-ray or Video Game gift guides, but when you want to think outside the box a little and find some truly unique gift ideas, our list of specialty gift ideas might just be your window to Christmas morning success.
These are the gifts that you’re not always going to find in a local store; the gifts that help to show why doing all of your shopping online instead of going out in public to do battle for a t-shirt is a much better strategy. Here you’ll find a lot of fun and interesting new things for you to peek at, ranging from movie/TV prop replicas and toys to home decor to the latest Star Wars-related items and even adorable (sorta…) new pets!
Last year, our guide featured a lot of treasures, such as the famed Tauntaun sleeping bag and numerous other things you can still get to this day. If you don’t find something here you like, don’t be afraid to jump back and check those out as well!
You can see our 2010 specialty geek gift suggestions by heading over to the other side now!
Doctor Who Sonic Screwdrivers
Now, I’m not the most familiar with Doctor Who, but I know how ravenously popular it is.
There’s a ton of gifts you can get for people who love the show, and some of them can be found right here at Geeks of Doom. But here in our specialty guide, we’ve got a couple of Sonic Screwdriver options for anyone who wants to possess the useful tools that the ol’ Doctor carries around.
The first is a set of Screwdrivers and even a mini game you can play with friends during drunken Doctor Who marathons. The set comes with a pair of Screwdrivers and a targeting sphere that allows you to fire away trying to turn out lights. When the last light on your opponent’s screwdriver goes out, you win. Good times to be had by all!
For those who aren’t so big on playing games with their Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver, you can also pick up individual replicas like this one, which also includes all the flashing lights and sound effects you would expect.
Doctor Who ‘The End of Time’ Journal of Impossible Things & Master’s Ring
For those kid-at-heart Doctor Who fans or for those of you who have younger gift recipients that are fans of the series, getting someone their own Journal of Impossible Things and Master’s Ring set may be met with wide eyes.
The journal has a leather-style cover and 78 printed pages, with 22 pages black and ready for additional input. The printed pages are of high detail and feature many of the Doctor’s notes and drawings when he was disguised as John Smith. The pages are also worn to look as if they’ve survived years of time travel.
The ring is adjustable to most fingers, and the pair of items will allow those who possess them to run around pretending to be the good Doctor himself, perhaps with a brand new Sonic Screwdriver to match!
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Back to the Future License Plate
As you may have noticed, this year has been the 25th anniversary of Back to the Future, and we along with many others have enjoyed celebrating these great movies.
If you know a big fan of the movies, as most people should be, there’s a couple of cool items you can pick up.
First up is a full-size replica license plate that comes straight from the DeLorean. If you’ve seen it, you’ll recognize the OUTATIME plate, and it can serve as an excellent addition to your geek-friendly home’s decor. And hey, if you happen to own a DeLorean or want to spice up your own vehicle, that can work too!
Back to the Future DeLorean
Speaking of the DeLorean, the biggest fans of the BTTF franchise would love to own a scale model of the beloved time traveling vehicle, especially one that stands out with working lights and sounds.
There’s actually a lot of options when it comes to the DeLorean, including remote controlled version. You can see them all by heading here.
Oh, and for those of you who have money to burn, we can’t help but recommend you grab on to this Flux Capacitor replica with working lights. It’s not cheap, but it is all sorts of awesome.
Fashionable Back to the Future II Hat
OK, so the “fashionable” part is a bit of sarcasm, but nevertheless.
For those who have a soft spot for the futuristic Back to the Future II, a replica of Marty McFly’s (Michael J. Fox) shiny and colorful baseball hat might be the way to go.
This is something you’re definitely not going to want to wear around in public (unless you’re heading to Comic-Con, of course), but that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be a prized possession for the super-fan. And look at it this way: if we ever invent time travel, you can dress up like McFly and go back to the premier of Back to the Future, before the sequel is made. That’ll really freak some people out.
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Battlestar Galactica Daybreak Cylon Action Figures
It’s true that Battlestar Galactica is long gone, and still we weep.
A little something to remind us of this great show can always work as a appreciated holiday gift. One of those options could be this two-pack of BSG action figures. In it, you’ll find two Cylons, the machines that rise up to try and wipe out mankind in the series. One of the Cylons is the Centurion model from Ronald D. Moore‘s more recent reboot, while the other is all about the old school machines from the ’70s series.
Action figures such as this are usually popular with we geeks, who enjoy using them to decorate our personal space…as you might know. Who needs paintings and vases — give us toys!
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BioShock EVE Hypo Replica
Many of you will agree that BioShock is one of the best games to hit the market in recent memory, and the underwater city of Rapture is easily one of the most haunting, beautiful, and equally terrifying places you’ll ever explore in a game.
In Rapture, you live by hypodermic needles and powerful elixirs. One of the many needles you’ll inject yourself with often is the EVE Hypo, which gives you all the juice to wield the powers you acquire through Plasmids.
This gift is a prop replica of that very same EVE Hypo, and it’s fantastic. It looks just like the ones you see in the games, and with the push of the plunger on top, it glows bright blue just like it is before you use it.
This is a must-own for super fans of the game, such as myself. And yes, I do indeed own and love this item. For the price, it’s a great collectible to have.
BioShock 2 Big Daddy Plush Doll
Another cool BioShock gift is this Big Daddy plush doll. We first saw the doll in the first teaser trailer for BioShock 2, where a little sister was seen holding one.
In the game, you play as what’s said to be the very first Big Daddy, the large, intimidating bodyguards to the Little Sisters. And while the plush doll is a fun item for fans to have, I would not recommend trying to hug a real Big Daddy, if you ever happen to bump into one on the street, of course.
From the looks of the next game, BioShock Infinite, there might have been even earlier prototypes of the Big Daddy, but it remains to be seen exactly who or what those things are.
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Star Wars Wampa Rug
Every year Star Wars gifts are in full attendance and we could go on and on listing things you could buy for your dearest fanboys and girls. But we like to avoid being overbearing and flooding your brain, so we’ll keep it to just the most fun and unique offerings.
One of these unique Star Wars gift is much along the same lines as the Tauntaun sleeping bag and the Jedi bath robe that one of our favorite geek stores, ThinkGeek, has released.
You’ve seen those crazy hunters that make giant rugs out of bears and other animals they’ve hunted, but now you have an opportunity to put all of them to shame with your own Wampa Throw Rug. That’s right, a giant Wampa laid out on your floor belly-down, waiting for you to cuddle up and take a nap. What else could a fanboy want?
Star Wars Naboo Creatures
Another item that grabbed my eye also left me a tad annoyed. They’re called the Star Wars Naboo Creatures, and they can be your new house pets! They come in their own little Star Wars environment, and you grow these strange creatures from eggs, much like the Sea Monkeys we’ve all known and likely owned over the course of our lives.
The thing about these, is that they’re actually called Triops, and they’re a prehistoric creature who can go into a suspended animation and then become revived however long later it needs to be. This is how they survived millions of years, and now we can own them. Unfortunately you don’t get actual prehistoric eggs — once found, a way to grow them on a farm was discovered — but it’s still an interesting and potentially education gift to give.
The reason I’m annoyed at these is simply the fact that I recently picked some of the normal Triops up for myself (I was too curious not to see what they’re like), but didn’t know they sold Star Wars themed ones! Next time, I suppose.
Star Wars Plush Doll
If the Wampa Rug is just a little too disturbing for you, you can always settle for something a little bit more adorable.
Plenty of kids and adults alike would go giddy on you at the sight of a brand new plush stuffed “animal” of their favorite Star Wars characters.
These little guys range from 4 inches to 15 inches in size, and they also make familiar sounds when you squeeze the ever-loving hell out of them. C’mon, you know you want to snuggle with that Chewie. I certainly do.
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Dual Nintendo/SNES System
Finally, we have something that no true geek should be without. Instead of putting it in our video game guide, it seemed better to save it for the specialty items because, well…it’s pretty special!
This is a hybrid gaming system that plays both Nintendo and Super Nintendo cartridges. You’d still have to find all of your favorite games if you don’t have them anymore, but just think: being able to play all of your favorite NES and SNES games on one new system that still works? Fantastic.
Having the original consoles may be still best (I still have both!), but a lot of those old consoles won’t be working so hot these days. So whether you’ve lost all of these happy childhood memories to time or you just want a cheap new system that plays these games, this thing is a must for nostalgic glory.
This of course is just a few suggestions for your Christmas shopping needs. With a peek here and there, many wonderful items like these can be found — you just need to look!
AMAZON SHIPPING INFORMATION
If you’re ordering through Amazon.com in the United States, here’s their ordering deadlines for delivery on or before Christmas Eve (12/24):
– December 16th – Last day for Free Super Saver Shipping*
– December 20th – Standard Shipping
– December 21st – Two-Day Shipping (Free with Prime), Last full day to order two-day
– December 22nd – Two-Day Shipping (Free with Prime), order as late as 7pm PST [varies by item]; One-Day Shipping ($3.99 per item with Prime) Last full day to order one-day
– December 23rd – One-Day Shipping ($3.99 per item with Prime), order as late as 3:30pm PST [varies by item]
For more details about local delivery, see the Christmas Ordering Deadlines For U.S. Shipments page.
*Super Saver Shipping is FREE on orders $25 and over.
Remember, if all else fails, there’s also the Amazon.com Gift Card, you can have emailed to the recipient (arrives immediately) or you can print out the gift card at home and give it to the intended that way. If you order in enough time, you can get the physical gift card sent to you.
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