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11 Geeky Gifts for the Nerd in Your Life

These days, the term nerd or geek has been co-opted by hipsters in black-rimmed glasses and outfits that one might describe as "grandma chic."

But true geeks still exist, and they need holiday gifts, too. Whether that's a pricey gaming PC or a tchotchke bearing the logo of a favorite film or TV show depends on your wallet, but it's not that difficult to find something that will put a smile on the face of a nerd in your life. Check out our suggestions below.

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  • 1Razer Blade Stealth (Late 2017)

    The gorgeous, well-built, all-metal Razer Blade Stealth, now with a slightly larger and still-brilliant screen, is one of the best premium ultraportable laptops, especially for less than $1,500.


  • 223andMe

    Where are you from? With DNA testing kits, you can just spit in a tube and get a comprehensive look at your genetic makeup. 23andMe offers a trove of information about both your personal genetics and your deeper ancestry. It also offers tests for genetic health risks, as well as your carrier status for many conditions, making it our Editors' Choice.


  • 3NordVPN

    Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are one of the only surefire ways to keep your internet traffic anonymous and secure in 2017. NordVPN is a robust VPN service with an excellent collection of features and a worldwide selection of ultra-fast servers, all wrapped in a slick Windows client that can easily secure your online activities. It's an Editors' Choice winner that also has dedicated plans for small businesses and enterprises.


  • 4Samsung Galaxy S8 Active

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active takes the best phone of the year, makes it tougher, and packs in a bigger battery. It's the ultimate rugged phone, and now it's no longer an AT&T exclusive; look for it on T-Mobile and Sprint later this month; on T-Mobile, it will take advantage of the carrier's speedy 600MHz spectrum, the second smartphone to do so after the LG V30. at

  • 5Boost Your Wi-Fi

    With the explosion in popularity of smart home devices and countless streaming media services like Hulu, Netflix, and Spotify, whole-house Wi-Fi coverage has become a must. If you have a larger home with Wi-Fi dead zones, a multi-node, or mesh, system might be a better solution than a traditional wireless router and extenders. Among PCMag's top picks are the Linksys Velop, Netgear Orbi, Eero, and more.


  • 6Stranger Things Phone Cases

    If you've already binge-watched Stranger Things 2, but still need more Mike, Dustin, Lucas, and Eleven in your life, Redbubble has a ton of Stranger Things-themed phone cases die-hard fans will love. And be sure to send them TV Shows to Watch if You Love Stranger Things.


  • 7Ctrl Alt Delete Hot and Cold Cup Set

    You don't need a smart fridge or a voice-activated coffee pot to have a nerdy kitchen. This cup set provides some geek cred without the complicated setup.


  • 8FreezerBoy Refrigerator Magnets

    For a truly geeky home, turn your fridge, oven, washer, or other home appliance into a Gameboy with this magnet set.


  • 9Supershelf

    Lacking shelf space? Let Superman keep your library afloat with this "hidden" shelf.


  • 10Minecraft Redstone Torch USB Wall Charger

    Light the way for the Minecraft nerd in your life with this dual night light and gadget charger.


  • 11ICE Harmony Floating Bluetooth Speaker

    Why get a regular speaker when you can get a floating speaker? The Floating Speaker Orb Harmony spins 10mm above a magnetic base; connect your gadget via Bluetooth.


  • 12More Gift Ideas

    For more, check out PCMag's roundup of top gifts under $100, under $50, and under $20.

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