If you’re not in a geeky mood yourself, buying for someone who is can be tricky. How can you know what would be appreciated or helpful when you are not of this world yourself?
Relax, we’ve got you covered. We’ve rounded up 14 quirky and slightly cheesy gifts that should put a smile on your geeky friend or family member’s face this Christmas, with prices starting at just £5.95. To keep things economical, we haven’t included anything over £100.
So, without further ado, here is our selection of geek gifts.
The best last-minute geeky Christmas gifts
Govee Smart Lightbar
Add some pop to a monitor or small TV with Govee smart light bars. This clever technology matches the action on screen via a camera, ensuring that both light bars project the same colors onto the wall behind in time with the action. It’s wonderfully immersive and works with screens up to 45 inches.
Buy now £47.99, Amazon
Cambridge Audio Melomania 1+
Typically you get what you pay for with cheap true wireless headphones, but that’s not the case with Cambridge Audio’s Melomania 1+ headphones – which have been reduced from an original price of £119.95 £ to sit at just £39.95. Granted, there’s no noise cancellation for noisy subway rides, but the sound is solid, the app is great, and the value for money is phenomenal.
Buy now £39.95, Cambridge Audio
JBL Live 660NC
These funky over-ear headphones have a premium build and sound great with surprisingly believable noise cancellation. Available in different funky colors for that gift-giving feel, they don’t look like a set of budget cans despite being competitively priced.
Buy now £89.95, Amazon
Classic gaming keychains
Does your geeky friend have an all-time favorite game? Immortalize it as a keychain thanks to the magic of Etsy. Just pick the game (or movie) you want and the little box of replicas will fly to your doorstep. Shipping may be tight, with delivery estimates of December 21-28, but if you’re willing to bet on a cheap stocking filler, it’s hard to beat.
Buy now £5.95, Etsy
Elago Apple Watch iPod charging stand
Charge your Apple Watch with a bit of retro style, thanks to Elago’s iPod-style bedside table charger. It works with all Apple Watches and is also compatible with Nightstand mode. Grab it while it’s on sale.
Buy now £11.19, Amazon
Sci-Fi Bookworm Wallet
If the geek in your life loves their sci-fi classics, then this portfolio – celebrating the works of authors such as Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury and Arthur C Clarke – is a surefire winner. There’s RFID protection, multiple card slots and a zipped coin pocket, so it’s both practical and stylish.
Buy now £22, Yoshi products
Traintrackr live LED subway map
Want to know the status of your favorite metro line at a glance? This LED map pulls live data from the London Underground to show train movements on the line of your choice. We’ve linked to the Northern Line below, but others are available – and, if you have the budget, you can spend £224 on one showing all the lines, including the new Elizabeth Line (a more small without the latest edition is available for £107).
Buy now £89.10, Traintrackr (additional 10% off with code SALE22)
8BitDo Pro Bluetooth Controller
Few controllers are as versatile as the 8Bitdo Pro 2 Bluetooth Controller. Not only is it extremely comfortable, but it works with PC, Mac, Switch and your smartphone – and you can switch between them via a switch located on the back of the pad. Indispensable for the player who plays on several systems.
Buy now £41.99, Amazon
Many nerds don’t like touchscreens for gaming, and the Razer Kishi solves that problem by adding analog sticks and physical buttons to your smartphone, making it feel a bit like a Nintendo Switch. This is great for any mobile arcade game, but comes into its own for game streaming via Xbox Game Pass.
Buy now £60.57, Amazon
Instant Pot 6-in-1 Vortex Plus
Geeks need to eat, and the Instant Pot 6-in-1 Vortex Plus has plenty of cheesy features to help control gadget cravings. As an air fryer, it saves money over conventional ovens, but it also comes with baking, roasting, reheating, broiling, and dehydrating features. Many recipe ideas are also provided in an accompanying app.
Buy now £100, Argos
Bosch Go electric screwdriver
The Bosch Go Electric Screwdriver is perfect for hardware repairs – a semi-professional tool available at a hugely affordable price, with B&Q slashing £30 off its usual RRP for Christmas. It has five torque settings, plenty of power and an electronic brake, making it an extremely handy tool to have around the house.
Buy now £35, B&Q
Fancy AirPods case
Why stick to Apple’s aesthetic when there are more playful AirPod cases out there? There are plenty, but our pick for the sweet tooth is this range from Taochen, where your AirPods can be cleverly disguised as a tub of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream or a packet of Skittles.
Buy now £7.99, Amazon
Amazfit Bip U smartwatch
It’s amazing how many smartwatches you can get for under £40. The Amazfit Bip U packs a 1.43-inch color screen, 60 sports modes, 5ATM water resistance, and 24/7 heart rate monitoring. On top of that, it offers a massive nine-day battery life, which most smartwatches can only dream of.
Buy now £33.90, Amazon
Positive Grid Riff Guitar Interface
For the guitar geek, the Postive Grid Riff is a brilliant little buy. It’s an audio interface that simply makes your guitar sound amazing, with a huge range of software effects ideal for those looking to take their recordings to the next level. It was £160 so that’s a big discount.
Buy now £69 (additional £15 with code PCGEAR15)