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10 Easy Last Minute Gift Websites For Nerds, Geeks and Dorks

Christine Bancroft |
December 16, 2012 | 4:54 p.m. PST

Staff Reporter

So you're panicking, understandably—fewer than 10 days until Christmas, Hannukah is already underway, the New Year is just around the corner, Secret Santa due-dates are quietly and quickly approaching—and you still don't know what to get for your friend or family member. Calm down and take a seat, then, because if your gift recipient-to-be is anything like me, then gift shopping should be a snap. 

  1. While the remote is nice, these are probably more appropriate stocking stuffers or Secret Santa gifts.
    While the remote is nice, these are probably more appropriate stocking stuffers or Secret Santa gifts.
    Think Geek
    : With a tagline boasting "stuff for smart masses", you can be sure that there's some cool gizmo or gadget or t-shirt or trinket that will more than cover anything from a stocking stuffer to a Secret Santa gift. There are subcategories on the left menu for easy navigation, so you can browse for your lucky gift-getter by favorite television show or game or movie, or just go all out and browse the entire site. Or, go above and beyond the call of duty and get them one of these nifty programmable sonic screwdriver remotes. Not that I'm asking or anything.
  2. Threadless: While not strictly "geek" related, there are some awesome designs for t-shirts that can also be imprinted onto other items (such as bags or totes), can be customized and, in addition, there's some cool decorations for the home or dorm room. Many of the designs are done by independent artists, and all designs are voted on by users. As an added bonus, there's a go-to gift guide for the "hard to shop for", so you'll probably find something there. 
  3. Redbubble: Like Threadless, Redbubble is another cool t-shirt site featuring independent artists. While it's a tad expensive, more of the money goes to the artists and creators, and there's a huge number of Tumblr and Deviantart artists who sell their merchandise on Redbubble becasue of its easy-to-use format. 
  4.  Etsy: While this site is often touted by for its vintage fashion, deep within its brass-and-beflowered tabs lurk unusual, unique jewelry for steampunk lovers, cospla
    Also features an increased likelihood of assassination.
    Also features an increased likelihood of assassination.
    yers, and general geekery, including vintage movie posters and just a plethora of cool gifts. Beware, though, a lot of the items featured on this site are hand-made and can take a while to be completed, so if a deadline is coming up, maybe consider it for a birthday or a later holiday. This website has great ideas for everyone, not just geeks, so take a look through the gift guide.
  5. This Is Why I'm Broke: Don't let the name scare you. There's some pretty awesome gifts on this site, and most of them are reasonably priced. But then again, why go cheap when you can buy the Game of Thrones Iron Throne? (It's only $29,999.99 and it comes with the added bonus of family dysfunction, violence and probably nudity, see right.) 
  6. Barnes & Noble: If you love a book, your friends will at least give it a shot. Try gifting your favorite book to someone you care about; give the gift of reading. There are also box sets of movies and shows, too. Nothing wrong with a DVD. It's nice to have something you can create a shrine around and watch repeatedly. 
    You can be the coolest person in the residence hall bathrooms. It's not that big of an accomplishment, but the little things always help.
    You can be the coolest person in the residence hall bathrooms. It's not that big of an accomplishment, but the little things always help.
  7. Neatoshop: Following the footsteps of Think Geek, this website might just have a wider variety of pop-culture-referencing goodies. Plus, look at this awesome bathrobe (below, right). Neatoshop tends to carry items from a variety of other online stores, so don't be surprised if you see products from Thinkgeek or Threadless carried on this site.
  8. Geek Gifts Galore: Operated by Ebay, this website uses the auction-style pricing for its merchandise. It prides itself on having a selection of items that are hard to find on the main Ebay pages with a specific market towards the delightfully dorky. 
  9. Amazon: Not a cop out. Perfect for the increasingly desperate or anyone with Prime or Amazon Student, especially as the days get nearer, the prices drop lower and your panic levels rise higher and higher.
  10. Just get them a gift card. Honestly, there's nothing wrong with getting a bit more cash to spend on movies or shows. Because sometimes finding a questionably virus-ridden, poorly subtitled, pirated version of your favorite film just isn't enough.
So go out, my friend, and make someone's holiday fabulous. Happy holidays, and may they be geeky. 
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