Geeks & Nerds Gifts Ideas

Even if you are a fellow geek or nerd, there is a lot of pressure to find the perfect, unique gifts for geeks and nerds that will actually impress someone who is incredibly intelligent and knows about what seems like everything. While they do have a broad range of interests, it can feel impossible to shop for them. Thankfully, we are here to help! Stop feeling the pressure! Our nerd & geek gifts guide will lead you to the perfect item in no time at all. Whether you are shopping for someone who loves gadgets and tech, Harry Potter and Doctor Who, or anything in between, you have come to the right place. Our team has curated this complete list of gifts for geeks and nerds that will make for a perfect birthday or holiday celebration.

The Difference Between Nerd and Geek?

Plenty of people use both the term nerd and geek as if they mean the same thing. And while sure, the two terms are certainly similar, they aren’t exactly the same!

After all, they are two different words - doesn’t it make sense that they should each mean something different?

Are you wondering now what the true definition of a nerd is? The true definition of a geek? We are here to set the record straight and clear things up. We believe there is absolutely no shame in being either a nerd or a geek.

So, what’ll it be? Are you a nerd, or a geek? What about your friends and family - what category do they fall into? What are we? We’ve got so many questions, but we’ve also got the answers! Let’s get to it.

The Nerds

To start understanding the differences, we are starting off talking about the nerds! What is the true definition of a nerd?

A nerd tends to be an individual who is highly intelligent and incredibly studious.

Typically, a nerd will be focused on one main subject and will excel at it through their hard work and studying.

They always want to learn more and pride themselves on having advanced knowledge of a certain subject.

Getting recognition in the form of awards is a great accomplishment for a true nerd.

The Geeks

So, now that we know a little bit more about nerds, what about the geeks? What makes a geek?

Geeks are more defined by their interest in a specific subject or topic. It is less about studying and more about collecting - either collecting tangible items and memorabilia or collecting trivia facts about that certain topic.

Similar to a nerd, geeks are very knowledgeable about a specific topic they are interested in, but they express it in a bit of a different way.

They also tend to be a bit more social when it comes to their interest, gathering with other fellow geeks to “geek out” and discuss what they love or to play trivia, or play games on the subject.

Geeks tend to be interested in fields of science, or sci-fi in the case of certain TV shows (think Stranger Things, Star Trek etc) or movies.

However, that doesn’t always have to be the case! To be a super fan, or as some might say, to be obsessed with a certain subject, can land you the classification of a geek.

Defining Characteristics

To help further clarify the distinction between the two, here are some main characteristics that can help you identify if someone is more of a geek or a nerd.


If there is a certain general subject at school that someone is interested in, they are more likely a nerd than a geek.

Studying hard for that subject, caring about their grades, and devoting most of their free time to studying are all pretty clear signs that someone is more in the nerd category.


If someone is into collecting something, anything really, that almost always places them more in the geek category.

Geeks like gathering and showing off various items that have to do with whatever it is they are interested in.

Researching new items to add to their collections - whether that be something old and classic, or the latest and greatest item on the market, is way more of a characteristic of a geek.

Social life

Nerds are more focused on studying and gaining advanced knowledge on a subject, which by default gives them less time to be social.

Interacting with others and sharing their knowledge isn’t necessarily a priority for nerds.

On the other hand, geeks love finding fellow geeks and getting together to discuss what they love or to attend events focused on it.

Geeks also have a lot of knowledge, but it tends to be more tailored towards social knowledge - such as trivia.


Typically, if someone is into a more obscure topic that not a lot of people know about, the person would more be classified as a geek.

TV shows/movies/games

If a person is super obsessed with a certain TV series, movie franchise, or certain video games, they are a geek.

With this obsession comes a lot of knowledge about the characters, how to play, costumes, and more, as well as a desire to be social to discuss or share trivia about the topic and exchange gifts (think Star Wars-themed gifts for example).

There is a lot of knowledge here, but it isn’t in a ‘studious’ sense like a nerd would be about, say, history.

If you know someone who enjoys getting into character, playing trivia, or spending a ton of time playing a video game, you have yourself a geek!

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Not So Boring Gifts for Geeks and Nerds

Have you got a close friend or family member who is a self-proclaimed nerd? Their love for all things technology and science is a big part of their life, but for people on the outside, it can make shopping for nerd gifts or geek gifts incredibly difficult.

Even if you are a “geek” yourself, thinking of the perfect gifts that will actually interest this person can be stressful.

Thankfully, we have done all the hard work for you by finding this collection of gifts for nerds and geeks that are sure to make them happy.

These picks range from expensive tech gadgets to more affordable, quirky items that are sure to impress and make anyone laugh.

No matter what your budget is, you can be sure to find something that will be perfect.

The Surprise Factor

What is this person’s main interest? Whether it is sci-fi, technology, space-aged comics, perhaps a holiday (A Halloween lover?!) or anything else, we have got you covered.

Our list of nerd and geek gifts will lead you to something that will excite and interest whoever it is you are shopping for.

You might be thinking you will have to spend a fortune to buy a truly unique and interesting item that is fit for a geek or a nerd, but that isn’t true.

There are plenty of nerdy and cool items out there that you can purchase for less than 20 bucks and we made sure to cover both these affordable as well as more expensive gifts.

A "Nerd Holiday" is Always Around the Corner...

Want to go super nerdy and join your friend?

Why not surprise them with a gift on a typical “nerd holiday” such as March 14th (Pi Day!) or May 4th (Star Wars day!).

Don’t feel like you have to wait for a person’s birthday or for the holidays to roll around to make their day.

Look through our list of the geekiest and nerdiest items out there and see what you find.

10 Practical Gifts for Geeks and Nerds

Here we have put together some of the best ideas of gifts for geeks and nerds so that you can come up with the best gift possible for the geek or nerd that you are shopping for.

1. Charging Wallet

Here is a neat, fairly new product that any geek or nerd can get great use out of.

There are wallets, now, that work as portable power sources and can charge phones on the go.

They have a hidden battery that has wires that come out of it to both charges the battery of the wallet as well as to charge your phone.

2. Virtual Reality Headset

There isn’t much geekier than virtual reality. What used to just be dreams of the future is now a reality and virtual reality headsets are now rather common products that can be worn on the face to cover the eyes with screens in a way that substitutes reality for whatever images that the headset shows you.

These have tons of uses and can even be used to view the camera view from a drone. It is an exciting gift that will entertain the recipient for a long while.

3. Wireless Charger

Wireless chargers are an innovative piece of technology that is able to charge your devices without plugging up to them.

Instead of plugging wire to your phone, you simply set it down on the wireless charger.

When it makes contact with the charger, it will begin to charge your phone. This is something that any geek or nerd will truly appreciate and enjoy.

4. Video Game Chair

Most geeks and nerds are very into video games. Many of them would be completely happy to just play them all day long.

A video game chair is designed perfectly to optimize comfort and convenience when playing video games

5. Game Console

Since geeks and nerds tend to love video games so much, there probably isn’t much that you could get them that they would like or use more than a video game console.

There are quite a few out there to choose from, so just be sure not to get them one that they don’t already have.

Every nerd or geek needs a great collection of video games and they will love that you helped them build it.

6. Comic Book

Another commonly shared interest among geeks and nerds is comic books. They tend to really love reading them and collecting them.

It is something that they can really enjoy reading and cherish having in their collection forever.

Comic books are definitely an absolutely wonderful gift for a geek or nerd.

7. Touchscreen Gloves

If you have ever tried to use a touch screen such as one on a smartphone while wearing gloves, you understand true frustration.

You either have to take the gloves off or forgo the use of your phone for the duration of time that you wear the gloves.

A geek or nerd is unlikely to want to go without their technology, but they don’t want to freeze their hands when it is cold either. To combat this issue, touchscreen gloves were invented.

They have special tips on the fingers that are similar to the end of a stylus. They allow the wearer to use their touchscreen while keeping their hands nice and warm.

8. Gaming Headset

One more really wonderful video-game-related thing that you can get for a geek or nerd is a gaming headset.

A gaming headset allows the user to hear the in-game sounds directly through their headset for an enhanced experience. It also allows the user to communicate with other gamers in live time while they play together in many different games.

A quality headset is priceless to a geek or nerd, so you really can’t go wrong with this awesome pick.

9. Pocket Protector

This is a classic nerd and geek accessory that is highly practical. Pocket protectors do exactly what their name suggests.

They go into a pocket and allow you to store pens in your pocket without any concerns about the pens leaking and ruining your shirt.

10. DVD Organizer

A DVD organizer is a very practical pick that a geek or nerd can get tons of great use out of.

It is not at all unusual for the, to have collections of things like movies and video games which both fit perfectly into a DVD organizer.

It’s a great gift to help any geek or nerd to both organize and store their collection as well as proudly display it.