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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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                      7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

                      7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

                      When giving a presentation or speech, you have to engage your audience effectively in order to truly get your point across. Unlike a written editorial or newsletter, your speech is fleeting; once you’ve said everything you set out to say, you don’t get a second chance to have your voice heard in that specific arena.

                      You need to make sure your audience hangs on to every word you say, from your introduction to your wrap-up. You can do so by:

                      1. Connecting them with each other

                      Picture your typical rock concert. What’s the first thing the singer says to the crowd after jumping out on stage? “Hello (insert city name here)!” Just acknowledging that he’s coherent enough to know where he is is enough for the audience to go wild and get into the show.

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                      It makes each individual feel as if they’re a part of something bigger. The same goes for any public speaking event. When an audience hears, “You’re all here because you care deeply about wildlife preservation,” it gives them a sense that they’re not just there to listen, but they’re there to connect with the like-minded people all around them.

                      2. Connect with their emotions

                      Speakers always try to get their audience emotionally involved in whatever topic they’re discussing. There are a variety of ways in which to do this, such as using statistics, stories, pictures or videos that really show the importance of the topic at hand.

                      For example, showing pictures of the aftermath of an accident related to drunk driving will certainly send a specific message to an audience of teenagers and young adults. While doing so might be emotionally nerve-racking to the crowd, it may be necessary to get your point across and engage them fully.

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                      3. Keep going back to the beginning

                      Revisit your theme throughout your presentation. Although you should give your audience the credit they deserve and know that they can follow along, linking back to your initial thesis can act as a subconscious reminder of why what you’re currently telling them is important.

                      On the other hand, if you simply mention your theme or the point of your speech at the beginning and never mention it again, it gives your audience the impression that it’s not really that important.

                      4. Link to your audience’s motivation

                      After you’ve acknowledged your audience’s common interests in being present, discuss their motivation for being there. Be specific. Using the previous example, if your audience clearly cares about wildlife preservation, discuss what can be done to help save endangered species’ from extinction.

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                      Don’t just give them cold, hard facts; use the facts to make a point that they can use to better themselves or the world in some way.

                      5. Entertain them

                      While not all speeches or presentations are meant to be entertaining in a comedic way, audiences will become thoroughly engaged in anecdotes that relate to the overall theme of the speech. We discussed appealing to emotions, and that’s exactly what a speaker sets out to do when he tells a story from his past or that of a well-known historical figure.

                      Speakers usually tell more than one story in order to show that the first one they told isn’t simply an anomaly, and that whatever outcome they’re attempting to prove will consistently reoccur, given certain circumstances.

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                      6. Appeal to loyalty

                      Just like the musician mentioning the town he’s playing in will get the audience ready to rock, speakers need to appeal to their audience’s loyalty to their country, company, product or cause. Show them how important it is that they’re present and listening to your speech by making your words hit home to each individual.

                      In doing so, the members of your audience will feel as if you’re speaking directly to them while you’re addressing the entire crowd.

                      7. Tell them the benefits of the presentation

                      Early on in your presentation, you should tell your audience exactly what they’ll learn, and exactly how they’ll learn it. Don’t expect them to listen if they don’t have clear-cut information to listen for. On the other hand, if they know what to listen for, they’ll be more apt to stay engaged throughout your entire presentation so they don’t miss anything.

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