It always feels good to give and to receive, but nothing feels worse than giving or receiving the wrong gift. To help you out this year, we compiled a roundup of the best geek-related toys and tech this holiday season. Get out your pens; you’re going to want to circle some stuff.
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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Champion Amiibos | $15.99 (Each)
The stellar party game of deduction and inference has an updated edition, and the new cooperative rules allow for as few as two players. Track down your agents in the field as a spymaster whose only clues are the nebulous connections we form between individual words.
Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K Blaster | $99.99
Hearthstone 3D Printed Phone Case | $34.99
Dhalsim’s Hot Yoga Tee | $19.95
A. Archangel by William Gibson | $24.99
Vive Deluxe Audio Strap | $99.99
Noise Rockstar Logo Tee | $24.99
Scuf Impact Controller | Starting at $169
The pros use Scuf controllers to gain an edge on the competitive circuit, so these high-end PS4 and PC controllers can withstand any punishment you might put them through. Scuf users can design their own controllers from scratch, customizing everything from the color of the outer shell to the lengths of each analog stick to the throw of the shoulder triggers. Up to four reprogrammable back paddles allow you to simulate the individual face buttons, so your thumb can finally get a break.
Bloodborne Omen Tapestry | $45.00
Massive Darkness Board Game | $119
Explore vast modular dungeons in this fast-paced board game from CMON. Level up, gather loot, confront deadly creatures, and complete your quest with the aid of a brilliant character upgrade system and incredibly detailed character and monster minis.
Stubbins Plush Toys | $12.99
Xbox One X | $499
A. American Dream – LCD Soundsystem | $10.99
Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501 Gaming Laptop | Starting at $2,299
The tech wizards at Asus crammed a desktop PC’s horsepower into one ultra-slim laptop that weighs under five pounds. You won’t have a problem playing hits like Destiny 2, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, or Star Wars Battlefront II thanks to the Zephyrus’s GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card, a 7th Generation Intel Core processor, and an optional 120Hz wide-view display.
Jinx Overwatch Ultimate Hoodies | $59.99
Apple TV 4K | Starting at $179
Lego Boost Creative Toolbox | $159
Legos are an inventive way to teach kids of all ages about coding. Paired with an Android or iOS app, this collection of building blocks, sensors, and motors allows users to assemble their own robots and program those machines to dance across the room or plot global domination.
Love Pop Pop-up Gift Cards | Starting at $10.00
A. Atomic Blonde | $34.98
Vivere Double Hammock | $159
Destiny 2 Merch | Varies
Express your inner Guardian with new goodies from the Bungie Store, such as
Ikora Rey’s necklace, a Spicy Ramen t-shirt, and Funko Pops of the Vanguard fireteam. Or you could go high-tech with Razer’s new Destiny 2-themed mouse and keyboard. The Traveler would be proud.
Sony X940E 4K Ultra HD TV | $1,699
Sony’s newest 4K display is as much of a work of art as the images it displays. Xbox One X and PS4 Pro owners will get the most out of their consoles thanks to the X940E’s use of High Dynamic Range (HDR) lighting. The system’s Motionflow XR 960 technology and 120Hz response time keeps your games looking smooth on this 55-inch screen no matter what console you own. Sony’s Slim Backlight Drive+ technology directs light to where it’s needed most, helping create a richer color spectrum and an incredible contrast for movies and games.
LittleBits Droid Inventor Kit | $99.95
SPECIAL EDITION GAMES
A. Assassin’s Creed Origins Dawn of The Creed Legendary Edition | $799
AOC Agon AG352UCG Curved Gaming Display | $899
Your eyes aren’t flat, so maybe your display shouldn’t be either. AOC’s 35-inch curved display has a 3440×1440 resolution, a 4ms response time, and 100Hz refresh rate. Nvidia’s built-in G-Sync technology also helps reduce screen tearing while minimizing display stutter and input lag. Translation: This monitor makes good games look incredible.
Alice in Wonderland Book Scarf | $48.00
DropMix Music Remix Game System | $99.99 (Board) $14.99 (Playlist packs)
Hasbro and Harmonix worked together on this music remixing game you can play on a tabletop deck that syncs with most mobile devices. Play cards to combine snippets from popular songs, and listen to the way the music shifts on the fly to create surprising and original mixes.
Super NES Classic Edition | $79.99
Rick and Morty Construction Sets | Starting at $12.99