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10 Awesome and Creative Gifts Any Nerd Would Die For

10 Awesome and Creative Gifts Any Nerd Would Die For

Picking a creative gift for your geeky friend can be a bit troublesome, especially if you are not into the whole sci-fi and epic fantasy worlds scene. With the current influx in movie blockbusters and what seems to be a dominant geek culture, it’s really hard to imagine someone who has not heard of popular comic books, superheroes, etc.

And in cases where you might trying to find something creative for a gift to someone in your life that appeals to their nerdy side, you might find yourself a bit overwhelmed by the amount of options out there. If that sounds anything like you, then this might be the list for you! Here are 10 really awesome and creative gift ideas that anyone who is a gamer, comic book fan, or sci-fi or epic fantasy fan would really enjoy.

Piranha Plant from Mario

    The Mario Brothers are the most famous plumbers on the planet. And anyone who played the video game back in the 90’s, or even later on, knows these plants. This creative gift can be created as a DIY origami project or out of various cushions. An entire tutorial on how to do this can be found here, and you have to admit they look pretty awesome. It is an incredible gesture – especially since it is a DIY project – and your friend will definitely love it.

    R2-D2 Lunch Bag

      As a franchise intended for all generations, it appears that Star Wars was always consistent in terms of popularity. Anybody who loves the franchise will certainly research its previous story. Episode VII was released last year, this year we had Rogue One, and now we all expect and are waiting in anticipation to see Episode VIII.

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      So, anyone who is a Star Wars fan will be amazed with the R2-D2 lunch bag, since it is most likely an item they do not already have. Fans usually collect light sabers and action figures, so buy them something they would love, but will set them apart from the rest in their fanboy/fangirl love of the franchise.

      Famous Geeky Helmet

        In sci-fi movies and video games, characters always have the coolest equipment and uniforms, and each uniform usually comes with a specific helmet. There are storm troopers, there is the Predator, Iron Man, and others – all are different, but all of them serve specific purposes while adding to the overall look of a character.

        Find all sorts of geeky and cool helmets online, and pick one for your friend. If they ride a motorcycle or if they simply want something for an upcoming cosplay event or Halloween, these helmets will definitely come in handy.

        TARDIS Cookie Jar from Doctor Who

          Dr. Who is one of the longest running and one of the most famous TV shows within the geek community. So, Tardis, the infamous phone booth, can be a perfect gift to your friend. It is a cookie jar that makes authentic Tardis sound effects, and any Dr. Who fan will be thrilled to have this. Of course, the real Tardis does not exist, so one that allows your friend to eat cookies instead of travelling to different universes, should be decent replacement.

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          Periodic Table Shower Curtain

            You might be thinking this is a gift for people who are really into chemistry, and you are right. It is a shower curtain that is a periodic table of elements at the same time. And even though it is great for chemists and chemistry majors, it is also a great gift for anyone who loves the show The Big Bang Theory. This is the same shower curtain Dr. Sheldon Cooper, one of the main characters, has in the show. If you or your friend have seen the TV series, it’s immediately recognizable. Your friend will love it!

            Portal Gun Miniature Replica

              If your friend is a gamer, then he or she has definitely played the video game Portal. It is one of the most interesting and fun games out there, and it is a real mental exercise because you are trying to solve puzzles using portal guns.

              Anyone who has ever played it has dreamed of having the portal gun. This gift will simply be jaw-dropping for the person you give it to, because it is the exact replica of the renowned gadget that the player holds while playing the actual game. In other words, for gamers, you cannot possibly go wrong with this gift.

              The Keyboard Waffle Iron

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                Now for something general that anyone, not only geeks, would appreciate. This waffle iron is a dream come true not only because it’s useful, but also because it helps you create waffles that look like a keyboard. And it has the added bonus of making the waffles you create gigantic!

                We all love regular waffles, but when you can make them this big, they taste even better. So, if you are in need for a creative gift for just about anyone, go with keyboard waffle iron, they will love you for it.

                Geeky Vincent van Gogh Paintings

                  Why not go with something a bit classier?

                  Did you know you can find paintings of famous sci-fi movies and video games, painted in a style that resembles the classic artwork and style of Vincent van Gogh? These will look awesome on their room walls and they will gladly use them as decoration. Make sure you pick a nice frame to go along with your selection(s) and watch their face as they unwrap this incredibly creative gift.

                  The One Ring

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                    Lord of the Rings is a masterpiece and it is a part of popular culture in general, thus, similarly to the waffle keyboard mentioned above, it is an awesome gift for just about anyone. The ring in question is the infamous ring portrayed in the film franchise and is inscribed with the quote, “One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them. One ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them.”

                    Simply wearing it is empowering. And besides that, you know that it is one piece of jewelry that can only be destroyed if it’s tossed inside a very specific volcano – so The One Ring is a really durable gift.

                    Pokémon Planters

                      Finally, due to the recent outbreak in popularity of Pokémon Go, there is a big chance your friend is really into Pokémon now! So, you can buy some of these planters from Etsy that are amazing decorations and an amazing places to keep plants.

                      These can be held in room, outside, on the window sill, or wherever your friend chooses to put them. So, if he or she has a bit of a green thumb, their plants will definitely end up in these planters once they get them.

                      Hopefully, this article will help you, or at least inspire you, to get something cool and unique for your friend. Whatever you choose, your friend will definitely like it. The quirkier and more creative, the better.

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                      Last Updated on February 21, 2019

                      The Secret to Effective Conflict Resolution: The IBR Approach

                      The Secret to Effective Conflict Resolution: The IBR Approach

                      In business, in social relationships, in family… In whatever context conflict is always inevitable, especially when you are in the leader role. This role equals “make decisions for the best of majority” and the remaining are not amused. Conflicts arise.

                      Conflicts arise when we want to push for a better quality work but some members want to take a break from work.

                      Conflicts arise when we as citizens want more recreational facilities but the Government has to balance the needs to maintain tourism growth.

                      Conflicts are literally everywhere.

                      Avoiding Conflicts a No-No and Resolving Conflicts a Win-Win

                      Avoiding conflicts seem to be a viable option for us. The cruel fact is, it isn’t. Conflicts won’t walk away by themselves. They will, instead, escalate and haunt you back even more when we finally realize that’s no way we can let it be.

                      Moreover, avoiding conflicts will eventually intensify the misunderstanding among the involved parties. And the misunderstanding severely hinders open communication which later on the parties tend to keep things secret. This is obviously detrimental to teamwork.

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                      Some may view conflicts as the last step before arguments. And they thus leave it aside as if they never happen. This is not true.

                      Conflicts are the intersect point between different individuals with different opinions. And this does not necessarily lead to argument.

                      Instead, proper handling of conflicts can actually result in a win-win situation – both parties are pleased and allies are gained. A better understanding between each other and future conflicts are less likely to happen.

                      The IBR Approach to Resolve Conflicts

                      Here, we introduce to you an effective approach to resolve conflicts – the Interest-Based Relational (IBR) approach. The IBR approach was developed by Roger Fisher and William Ury in their 1981 book Getting to Yes. It stresses the importance of the separation between people and their emotions from the problem. Another focus of the approach is to build mutual understanding and respect as they strengthen bonds among parties and can ultimately help resolve conflicts in a harmonious way. The approach suggests a 6-step procedure for conflict resolution:

                      Step 1: Prioritize Good Relationships

                      How? Before addressing the problem or even starting the discussion, make it clear the conflict can result in a mutual trouble and through subsequent respectful negotiation the conflict can be resolved peacefully. And that brings the best outcome to the whole team by working together.

                      Why? It is easy to overlook own cause of the conflict and point the finger to the members with different opinions. With such a mindset, it is likely to blame rather than to listen to the others and fail to acknowledge the problem completely. Such a discussion manner will undermine the good relationships among the members and aggravate the problem.

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                      Example: Before discussion, stress that the problem is never one’s complete fault. Everyone is responsible for it. Then, it is important to point out our own involvement in the problem and state clearly we are here to listen to everyone’s opinions rather than accusing others.

                      Step 2: People Are NOT the Cause of Problem

                      How? State clearly the problem is never one-sided. Collaborative effort is needed. More importantly, note the problem should not be taken personally. We are not making accusations on persons but addressing the problem itself.

                      Why? Once things taken personally, everything will go out of control. People will become irrational and neglect others’ opinions. We are then unable to address the problem properly because we cannot grasp a fuller and clearer picture of the problem due to presumption.

                      Example: In spite of the confronting opinions, we have to emphasize that the problem is not a result of the persons but probably the different perspectives to view it. So, if we try to look at the problem from the other’s perspective, we may understand why there are varied opinions.

                      Step 3: Listen From ALL Stances

                      How? Do NOT blame others. It is of utmost importance. Ask for everyone’s opinions. It is important to let everyone feel that they contribute to the discussion. Tell them their involvement is essential to solve the problem and their effort is very much appreciated.

                      Why? None wants to be ignored. If one feels neglected, it is very likely for he/she to be aggressive. It is definitely not what we hope to see in a discussion. Acknowledging and being acknowledged are equally important. So, make sure everyone has equal opportunity to express their views. Also, realizing their opinions are not neglected, they will be more receptive to other opinions.

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                      Example: A little trick can played here: Invite others to talk first. It is an easy way to let others feel involved and ,more importantly, know their voices are heard. Also, we can show that we are actively listening to them by giving direct eye-contact and nodding. One important to note is that never interrupt anyone. Always let them finish first beforeanother one begins.

                      Step 4: Listen Comes First, Talk Follows

                      How? Ensure everyone has listened to one another points of view. It can be done by taking turn to speak and leaving the discussion part at last. State once again the problem is nothing personal and no accusation should be made.

                      Why? By turn-taking, everyone can finish talking and voices of all sides can be heard indiscriminantly. This can promote willingness to listen to opposing opinions.

                      Example: We can prepare pieces of paper with different numbers written on them. Then, ask different members to pick one and talk according to the sequence of the number. After everyone’s finished, advise everyone to use “I” more than “You” in the discussion period to avoid others thinking that it is an accusation.

                      Step 5: Understand the Facts, Then Address the Problem

                      How? List out ALL the facts first. Ask everyone to tell what they know about the problems.

                      Why? Sometimes your facts are unknown to the others while they may know something we don’t. Missing out on these facts could possibly lead to inaccurate capture of the problem. Also, different known facts can lead to different perception of the matter. It also helps everyone better understand the problem and can eventually help reach a solution.

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                      Example: While everyone is expressing their own views, ask them to write down everything they know that is true to the problem. As soon as everyone has finished, all facts can be noted and everyone’s understanding of the problem is raised.

                      Step 6: Solve the Problem Together

                      How? Knowing what everyone’s thinking, it is now time to resolve the conflict. Up to this point, everyone should have understood the problem better. So, it is everyone’s time to suggest some solutions. It is important not to have one giving all the solutions.

                      Why? Having everyone suggesting their solutions is important as they will not feel excluded and their opinions are considered. Besides, it may also generate more solutions that can better resolve the conflicts. Everyone will more likely be satisfied with the result.

                      Example: After discussion, ask all members to suggest any possible solutions and stress that all solutions are welcomed. State clearly that we are looking for the best outcomes for everyone’s sake rather than battling to win over one another. Then, evaluate all the solutions and pick the one that is in favor of everyone.

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