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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 January 15, 2021

                      7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

                      7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

                      The popular idiomatic saying that “actions speak louder than words” has been around for centuries, but even to this day, most people struggle with at least one area of nonverbal communication. Consequently, many of us aspire to have more confident body language but don’t have the knowledge and tools necessary to change what are largely unconscious behaviors.

                      Given that others’ perceptions of our competence and confidence are predominantly influenced by what we do with our faces and bodies, it’s important to develop greater self-awareness and consciously practice better posture, stance, eye contact, facial expressions, hand movements, and other aspects of body language.

                      Posture

                      First things first: how is your posture? Let’s start with a quick self-assessment of your body.

                      • Are your shoulders slumped over or rolled back in an upright posture?
                      • When you stand up, do you evenly distribute your weight or lean excessively to one side?
                      • Does your natural stance place your feet relatively shoulder-width apart or are your feet and legs close together in a closed-off position?
                      • When you sit, does your lower back protrude out in a slumped position or maintain a straight, spine-friendly posture in your seat?

                      All of these are important considerations to make when evaluating and improving your posture and stance, which will lead to more confident body language over time. If you routinely struggle with maintaining good posture, consider buying a posture trainer/corrector, consulting a chiropractor or physical therapist, stretching daily, and strengthening both your core and back muscles.

                      Facial Expressions

                      Are you prone to any of the following in personal or professional settings?

                      • Bruxism (tight, clenched jaw or grinding teeth)
                      • Frowning and/or furrowing brows
                      • Avoiding direct eye contact and/or staring at the ground

                      If you answered “yes” to any of these, then let’s start by examining various ways in which you can project confident body language through your facial expressions.

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                      1. Understand How Others Perceive Your Facial Expressions

                      A December 2020 study by UC Berkeley and Google researchers utilized a deep neural network to analyze facial expressions in six million YouTube clips representing people from over 140 countries. The study found that, despite socio-cultural differences, people around the world tended to use about 70% of the same facial expressions in response to different emotional stimuli and situations.[1]

                      The study’s researchers also published a fascinating interactive map to demonstrate how their machine learning technology assessed various facial expressions and determined subtle differences in emotional responses.

                      This study highlights the social importance of facial expressions because whether or not we’re consciously aware of them—by gazing into a mirror or your screen on a video conferencing platform—how we present our faces to others can have tremendous impacts on their perceptions of us, our confidence, and our emotional states. This awareness is the essential first step towards

                      2. Relax Your Face

                      New research on bruxism and facial tension found the stresses and anxieties of Covid-19 lockdowns led to considerable increases in orofacial pain, jaw-clenching, and teeth grinding, particularly among women.[2]

                      The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that more than 10 million Americans alone have temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ syndrome), and facial tension can lead to other complications such as insomnia, wrinkles, dry skin, and dark, puffy bags under your eyes.[3])

                      To avoid these unpleasant outcomes, start practicing progressive muscle relaxation techniques and taking breaks more frequently throughout the day to moderate facial tension.[4] You should also try out some biofeedback techniques to enhance your awareness of involuntary bodily processes like facial tension and achieve more confident body language as a result.[5]

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                      3. Improve Your Eye Contact

                      Did you know there’s an entire subfield of kinesic communication research dedicated to eye movements and behaviors called oculesics?[6] It refers to various communication behaviors including direct eye contact, averting one’s gaze, pupil dilation/constriction, and even frequency of blinking. All of these qualities can shape how other people perceive you, which means that eye contact is yet another area of nonverbal body language that we should be more mindful of in social interactions.

                      The ideal type (direct/indirect) and duration of eye contact depends on a variety of factors, such as cultural setting, differences in power/authority/age between the parties involved, and communication context. Research has shown that differences in the effects of eye contact are particularly prominent when comparing East Asian and Western European/North American cultures.[7]

                      To improve your eye contact with others, strive to maintain consistent contact for at least 3 to 4 seconds at a time, consciously consider where you’re looking while listening to someone else, and practice eye contact as much as possible (as strange as this may seem in the beginning, it’s the best way to improve).

                      3. Smile More

                      There are many benefits to smiling and laughing, and when it comes to working on more confident body language, this is an area that should be fun, low-stakes, and relatively stress-free.

                      Smiling is associated with the “happiness chemical” dopamine and the mood-stabilizing hormone, serotonin. Many empirical studies have shown that smiling generally leads to positive outcomes for the person smiling, and further research has shown that smiling can influence listeners’ perceptions of our confidence and trustworthiness as well.

                      4. Hand Gestures

                      Similar to facial expressions and posture, what you do with your hands while speaking or listening in a conversation can significantly influence others’ perceptions of you in positive or negative ways.

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                      It’s undoubtedly challenging to consciously account for all of your nonverbal signals while simultaneously trying to stay engaged with the verbal part of the discussion, but putting in the effort to develop more bodily awareness now will make it much easier to unconsciously project more confident body language later on.

                      5. Enhance Your Handshake

                      In the article, “An Anthropology of the Handshake,” University of Copenhagen social anthropology professor Bjarke Oxlund assessed the future of handshaking in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic:[8]

                      “Handshakes not only vary in function and meaning but do so according to social context, situation and scale. . . a public discussion should ensue on the advantages and disadvantages of holding on to the tradition of shaking hands as the conventional gesture of greeting and leave-taking in a variety of circumstances.”

                      It’s too early to determine some of the ways in which Covid-19 has permanently changed our social norms and professional etiquette standards, but it’s reasonable to assume that handshaking may retain its importance in American society even after this pandemic. To practice more confident body language in the meantime, the video on the science of the perfect handshake below explains what you need to know.

                      6. Complement Your Verbals With Hand Gestures

                      As you know by now, confident communication involves so much more than simply smiling more or sounding like you know what you’re talking about. What you do with your hands can be particularly influential in how others perceive you, whether you’re fidgeting with an object, clenching your fists, hiding your hands in your pockets, or calmly gesturing to emphasize important points you’re discussing.

                      Social psychology researchers have found that “iconic gestures”—hand movements that appear to be meaningfully related to the speaker’s verbal content—can have profound impacts on listeners’ information retention. In other words, people are more likely to engage with you and remember more of what you said when you speak with complementary hand gestures instead of just your voice.[9]

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                      Further research on hand gestures has shown that even your choice of the left or right hand for gesturing can influence your ability to clearly convey information to listeners, which supports the notion that more confident body language is readily achievable through greater self-awareness and deliberate nonverbal actions.[10]

                      Final Takeaways

                      Developing better posture, enhancing your facial expressiveness, and practicing hand gestures can vastly improve your communication with other people. At first, it will be challenging to consciously practice nonverbal behaviors that many of us are accustomed to performing daily without thinking about them.

                      If you ever feel discouraged, however, remember that there’s no downside to consistently putting in just a little more time and effort to increase your bodily awareness. With the tips and strategies above, you’ll be well on your way to embracing more confident body language and amplifying others’ perceptions of you in no time.

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                      Featured photo credit: Maria Lupan via unsplash.com

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