The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Geeks
BB-8 App Enabled Droid
When we were at Star Wars Celebration for the debut of the second Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, we saw grown men cry, hundreds of Lighstabers and the multiple members of the greatest sci-fi franchise on stage in real life. Despite all this, the most jaw-dropping thing we saw that morning was BB-8, the spherical droid and soon to be robot superstar. Now, you can bring the magic of BB-8 into your own home with this miniature, app-enabled version of the adorable little droid. As you can see from the video above, it's puppy-approved.
Star Wars Supply Pod
The holiday edition of our new Supply Pod mystery box program is one not to be missed. Featuring over $80 of carefully curated Star Wars products for just $39.99, the Star Wars Supply Pod is the ultimate way to relive the magic of the galaxy far far away, even after you've watched The Force Awakens for the gazillionth time. While we can't reveal everything that's in the box (the surprise is all part of the fun), we can tell you that every Supply Pod will come with a an autographed copy of Star Wars Psychology, signed by the editor himself, Travis Langley.
Each new Supply Pod is themed around an upcoming Sci-Fi release or Science event, so if you want a gift that keeps on giving, sign your loved ones up for a Supply Pod subscription that will see them receive a new Pod every other month.
Cost: $39.99 from Outer Places.
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Ok, this is more of an aspirational gift than a realistic one, but you guys went mad for the Ferrolic clock footage we posted earlier this year. Created by Zelf Koelman, these clocks use the Ferrofluid that was first created by NASA engineers back in the 1960's. Koelman has come up with a way to utilizes magnetic signals, which nudge the hypnotic fluid into the desired shapes. As hypnotic as this clock is, the best thing about it is its lack of moving parts. Seriously, there is not a single moving part in this clock other than the fluid itself. Unfortunately, stuff this cool comes at a price, and Koelman is hand making these clocks in very small batches. Still, if you've got the patience and the money, this could well be the ultimate holiday gift.
Cost: $8,300, Pre-Order from Ferrolic.com
Marvel's Phase 2 Blu-Ray DVD Box-Set
Phase 2 of Marvel's Cinematic Universe has drawn to a close. The series of movies, which included smashes like Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, is packaged up neatly in this ultimate box-set that is guaranteed to make any Marvel fan happier than Groot in a forest. Included in the box-set are tons of bonus features, including your very own copy of the Sokovia Accords, which will soon cause Captain America and Iron Man to start bashing eachother's skulls in. You can see a full list of bonus features here, but rest assured, this is the best Marvel gift of the year.
Cost: $184.99 from Amazon (Released on December 8th)
For the science lover who is fond of throwing the odd party, this Planetary Glass set is the perfect gift. With every planet in our solar system represented with its own 10oz glass, there's a drinking vessel for everyone. But it's not just the planets that get some love. The Sun gets its own 16oz glass, while Pluto gets a special dwarf-planet-sized 4oz glass. Hand them out at a party and count down the seconds until someone makes a "water on Mars" joke.
Cost: $34.99 exclusively at ThinkGeek
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXIV
MST3K is officially making a comeback, which means there's never been a better time to get caught up on the gang's witty shenanigans. The Volume XXXIV DVD boxset contains 480 minutes of pure riffing joy, as well as a bunch of entertaining extras. Movies on this edition include War Of The Colossal Beast, The Undead, and The She-Creature. Buy it. Unwrap it. Watch it while you digest ridiculous amounts of food.
Cost: $46.99 from Amazon
MEL Science Kits
Science kits can often feel a bit humdrum, and with this being the digital age, inspiring kids to play with science in their spare time can be quite a challenge. Thankfully, MEL has stepped in to give home science kits a 21st century update. Blending physical elements with interactive virtual reality, MEL's home chemistry service will deliver new experiments (all of which are completely safe) to your door every week. There are 38 experiment themes to explore, and each theme comes with 2 or 3 individual experiments that will keep you and your kids engaged in 60 minutes of science every week.
Cost: Starter kits are $73.80 and experiments cost $11.95 each, direct from MEL Science
Prometheus: The Complete Fire and Stone (Hardcover)
Ridley Scott is currently working on a sequel to Prometheus, Shane Black is set to direct a new Predator movie, and maybe, just maybe, Neill Blomkamp will get a shot at his proposed Alien 5 movie. There's a lot to look forward to for fans of the Alien/Predator Universe, but if you want something you can sink your teeth into now, look no further than Dark Horse Comics' incredible Fire and Stone hardcover. Combining all four Fire and Stone series as well as the Omega one-shot, 'Prometheus: The Complete Fire and Stone' takes readers on one of the most exciting sci-fi journeys of the year as a team of explorers embark on a terrifying mission deep into the moon of LV-223.
Cost: $49.99 from Dark Horse Comics
SKEYE Pico Drone
Drones have received a bit of a bad rap in recent months, but did you know there's a drone you can buy while keeping a clear conscience in the process? Measuring just 0.87 x 0.87 inches, SKEYE's Pico Drone is an adorable little bugger, but thanks to its four tiny little rotors, the it's also super maneuverable. Pico's miniature size means that even the most-calamitous of pilots can take it for a spin without having to worry about any collateral damage. We strongly suggest giving Pico a whirl after a screening of Marvel's Ant-Man for added miniaturization appreciation.
Cost: $49.99 from TRNDlabs
Star Wars: Battlefront
This year is all about Star Wars, and that's reflected in the significant number of great Star Wars gifts in this list. If you've got a gamer in your family, Star Wars: Battlefront is one of 2015's must-own titles. Battlefront gives players the chance to take control of classic Star Wars characters like Luke Skywalker and Boba Fett as well as iconic vehicles such as X-Wings and the Millennium Falcon. This month, EA will release a free DLC that will let players take part in the Battle of Jakku, a conflict that resulted in the downed Star Destroyer from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. If your loved one is of an age to drink, we highly recommend you head over to Walmart for their bundle that comes complete with a Mini Han Solo Beer Fridge.
Cost: $109.99 with Mini Fridge from Walmart, $69.88 without
Turn Your DNA into a Work of Art
Looking for a gift that's personal? Well, it doesn't get much more personal than DNA, which makes DNA 11's custom art pieces the perfect gift for science geeks. Once you purchase, Ottawa-based DNA 11 will send you a swab kit with which to take a sample of your dna (it's completely painless, you simply rub the swap around the inside of your cheek) and send return back to them for processing. A short while later, DNA 11 will have processed your sample, and turned the readouts into an 8-bar piece of art that won't just speak to you, but actually is you. There are a range of options, and you can even process multiple DNA sets, which is ideal for a family gift. This is science meeting art in the coolest possible way.
Cost: $199.99 and up from DNA11
Tardis Lawn Decoration
Sure, we know you're all massive Doctor Who fans, but do all of your neighbors know? If you want to show off your Whovian pride to the entire neighborhood, there's no better solution than this light-up Tardis lawn decoration. Standing at 30 inches tall x 14 inches wide, this Tardis comes complete with a festive red ribbon, which you could probably remove for a more year-round celebration of all things timey wimey.
Cost: $139.99 from ThinkGeek
Year in Space Calendar
Celebrate your love for science year-round with this 'Year in Space Calendar'. Featuring a ton of science facts, biographies and stargazing guides, this calendar actually keeps you informed as well as organized. It's put together by The Planetary Society, which is headed up by Bill Nye himself. If it's good enough for The Science Guy, it's good enough for us!
Cost: $13.95 from Year in Space
Move over 'Cards Against Humanity', because there's a new card-based phenom in town. Superfight is a brilliantly entertaining game that tasks players with creating their very own Superhero/Supervillain and pitting them against each other in a battle of words. Two players simply pick their character, and it's powers at random and proceed to argue over why their's would win in a fight between the two. Here are a couple of examples we came across while playing:
- President Obama
- Armed with a Trident
- Wearing a Jetpack
- Taylor Swift
- Can only be killed by a shot in the head
- Inside a Hamster Ball
Obviously Taylor Swift won this battle, but this is merely one example of what really are countless combinations. There a numerous themed expansion packs to purchase as well, including a NSFW pack, a kid friendly pack and expansions that add in new victory scenarios and fight locations. Let's face it, you're probably going to fight with your family over the holidays anyway, so you may as well have some fun while you're at it!
Cost: Starter packs are $35, expansions are $15 both from Superfightgame.com.
The Hubble Cosmos: 25 Years of New Vistas in Space
This year, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope celebrated 25 years of operation. Over that time, Hubble has taken some of the most iconic images space images of all time. 'The Hubble Cosmos: 25 Years of New Vistas in Space' celebrates the telescopes achievements with 150 stunning images spread across over 220 pages. With world famous shots of things like the Cat's Eye Nebula to the Pillars of Creation, this has to be one of the dreamiest books your coffee table could ever hope to hold.
Cost: $30.95 from Barnes and Noble
The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road
George Miller's classic dystopia returned to our screens in spectacular fashion this year, receiving rave reviews in the process. A big factor in Mad Max: Fury Road's overwhelmingly positive critical reception were the movie's lush visuals. Even though it was released in time for the movie's premiere, The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road companion book still has a lot to offer fans of the Miller's latest effort. The book has tons of imagery and insight about everything that went into creating this brilliant movie, from the Namibian desert sets to the concept art of The Citadel.
Cost: $23.81 from Amazon
Sally Ride: A Photobiography
We learnt this year that NASA is recruiting the next generation of astronauts, which means there's no better time to start learning about what it takes to become a space travel pioneer. One such pioneer was Sally Ride, the first American Woman in space who sadly passed away back in 2012. A passionate educator, accomplished tennis player, and a fervent space advocate, Ride's accomplishments were many. Those accomplishments, as well as the formative years that set her on such a lofty path, have been explored in a brilliant new photobiography from Ride's life partner, Tam O'Shaughnessy. Though it's aimed at a younger audience, 'Sally Ride: A Photobiography' will provide inspiration for aspiring space advocates of all ages.
Cost: $16.23 from Amazon
Chewbacca Can Koozie
Full disclosure, I have a mild obsession with Can Koozies, which has seen me build up quite a collection over the years. But when it comes to keeping your drinks cold and your hands warm, nothing beats the lush fur of a Wookiee warrior like Chewbacca. That's what makes this Chewie Koozie such a perfect stocking filler for thirst Star Wars fans of all ages...the Chewie Koozie is just as adept at keeping a Coke cool as it is at keeping your brewskis at an optimal temperature.
Cost: $12.99 from Think Geek
The X-Files Blu-Ray Collector's Box-Set
There's a new season of The X-Files coming out in January, we've seen the first episode and we absolutely loved it. But, the show has been off the airwaves for quite some time, which means you might need a bit of a refresher before you dive back in. If that's the case, look no further than the first ever Blu-Ray X-Files box-set, containing all 9 seasons of the original series and a ton of extras. All in, the box contains over 9000 minutes of footage. We're not sure it's possible to get through it all before the new season debuts, but we're certainly going to give it a shot.
Cost: $269.99 from Walmart