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This month, nerds everywhere are thinking about Christmas gifts—for their friends, and for themselves—so we've put together a nice selection of electronics, games, housewares and more, including some ridiculously awesome items we couldn't help but include. If you're a fan of Mass Effect
, Star Wars
, Stranger Things
, or Minecraft
, we've got plenty to fill your shopping lists.
Lightning to USB Cable - 3 Feet
Not only is Apple getting rid of headphone jacks, they're changing the type of connectors on their products—which means you need a new cable to charge your phone with your laptop. Rather than buying their twenty-dollar cords, you can buy this cheap, Apple-certified cable that will do the same thing. Gotcha, Apple.
Skullcandy Uproar Wireless On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones
In the future, everything will be cordless. That goes for headphones, too, and if you're not a fan of the tinny audio quality of earbuds, these over-ear Uproar headphones are a great alternative. They connect with Bluetooth-enabled phones, laptops, and compatible audio devices, and the sound quality is rich and bass-y.
Mass Effect Andromeda Deluxe - Xbox One
BioWare's new Mass Effect
holiday, N7 Day, is going on this week, which means we got some exciting new looks at Mass Effect: Andromeda,
the next chapter in the space saga that gave us inter-species romance, epic space battles, and a lifelong fear of AI. The Deluxe Edition is already up for pre-order on Amazon ahead of the regular game, so if you want the full experience of Andromeda,
you can get it right now!
Andromeda and its new protagonist Ryder are going to be the future of Mass Effect, but a part of your heart will always belong to the original crew of the Normandy: Shepard, Tali, Garrus, Liara, even Joker. Relive your Paramour exploits, your Paragon (or Renegade) moments, and that time you saved an ungrateful Council who never believed you about the Reapers (or let them all die). After that, you can mourn the deaths of all the crewmembers that didn't make it through the suicide missions. This hoodie is for Commanders like you.
Full disclosure: we got the chance to personally handle one of these bad boys at New York Comic-Con, courtesy of the fine folks at Triforce. Take it from us—you have never known true serenity until you've hefted a twenty-pound video game weapon. This thing is fully weathered, beautifully detailed, and the coolest damn thing you'll ever own. An essential for true Legion fans.
Westworld: Season 1 (Selections from the HBO® Series)Westworld
is already blowing minds and bending perceptions with its wild show about androids and cowboys, but it wouldn't be the same without its amazing soundtrack. This digital album includes the Westworld
theme and beautiful, evocative arrangements of "Paint It, Black," "No Surprises," "Black Hole Sun," and "A Forest."
Stranger Things Eleven with Eggos Pop! Vinyl Figure
We've brought attention to how amazing the newly revealed Stranger Things Pop! figures are
, but the best one has to be Eleven's, which includes a tiny box of Eggo waffles. Place it strategically on your desk at work or bookshelf at home to brighten your day and remind you that no matter how dark and hopeless things seem, there are always Kellogg's frozen waffles.
Star Wars: The Card GameStar Wars: The Card Game
is a living card game from Fantasy Flight that combines Star Wars lore and characters with modular deck-building, unique game mechanics (like a Death Star dial that counts down turns until a Dark Side victory), and a bluff/gambling element that asks you to keep a poker face like Han Solo. Unlike Magic: The Gathering,
you're not reliant on blindly buying booster packs to pull amazing cards—all the cards are available for purchase from the start! The starter box contains everything you need to start playing.
Star Wars BB-8 Waffle Maker
Everyone loves this tiny rolling astromech droid, and now you can eat him! This waffle iron even lets you adjust the browness and crispiness of the waffles with a dial and tells you when they're ready. If you've never owned a waffle iron before, this one is relatively cheap—but making your nerd friends jealous? That's priceless.
The Autel X-Star Drone—Get $200 Off!
It seems like everyone has a little hovering remote control drone with a built-in camera these days—harassing joggers, taking cool videos, changing lightbulbs. We know they're basically giant toys, but that doesn't mean they're not essential for a truly fulfilled geek life.
All right, we have to admit—this one is just too cool. The Piper kit is a Kickstarted project that blew past its initial goal of $50,000 and ended up getting featured in FastCompany and Inc. It's a little computer set that teaches you how to program a computer using Minecraft. It's aimed at budding inventors, but why waste it on the kids? You can learn, too!