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With the holiday season in full swing, we've pulled together the choicest geek and nerd items for your Christmas lists, including gifts for the gamers you know and love. If you didn't see the Geek Gift Guide mega-list we put together, be sure to check it out here!
American Gods by Neil Gaiman (Author's Preferred Text)
We actually referenced this book
when we wrote about the new American Gods
show—it'll be a great companion for viewers who want to get the full experience from Gaiman's world and lore. The Preferred Text includes a lot of content (including backstories and mythology) that didn't make it into the bestselling version we all loved.
Periodically in these round-ups, we come across something that we consider a once-in-a-lifetime buy, the kind of thing that makes you say "It will be mine...oh yes, it will be mine." This life-size Yoda statue is one of those. One of a limited run of only 10,000, this statue features a 30'' Yoda with a removable lightsaber and a certificate of authenticity.
This series aired back in 2005, but it's already got a nostalgic following among comic book fans for being one of the definitive portrayals of Batman. From the iconic animation style to the excellent voice acting, Batman: The Animated Series set the standard for the Dark Knight's portrayal in cartoons.
Does it surprise you to learn that this is an Amazon #1 Bestseller? What if we told you it was featured on Buzzfeed's gift list
? This Bag of Unicorn Farts is a fantastic gag gift or stocking stuffer for people with a twisted sense of humor. Spoiler alert: the unicorn farts are cotton candy. 10% of all proceeds go to charity, just like the unicorns intended.
Dark Souls is one of those rare games that brings out the child-like awe in the heart of every gamer, right before a giant demon ripostes its entire arm through your chest. The FromSoftware team put insane amounts of detail into everything from the architecture to the enemies and items, and this book is the best way to appreciate it all without worrying about getting backstabbed.
Everyone wishes they could be as cool as Ash Ketchum, running around the world with a belt full of PokeBalls. Well, this company will send you a random selection of nine mini Pokeballs (which contain tiny Pokemon figurines!) so you can build your own team and collect 'em all! If you buy the Clip-On Pokeball belt
, you can even carry them around with you!
Since Minecraft exploded in popularity a few years ago everyone and their grandma has started wearing creeper t-shirts, but a lot of gamers still remember when the game was a buggy mess that was constantly in beta. Some may even remember when the Wolf was introduced, along with its love of bones and unique friendship mechanic. This case is for those OGs (original gamers).
Unless you've kept your first or second-gen consoles (and game collection) in pristine condition for the past 20 years, you probably use emulators to play your favorite retro games. Part of the nostalgia, though, is using the old-school controller rather than a mouse and keyboard. With this (very low-cost) controller, you can play those games as intended: with four colored buttons, two shoulder buttons, and a D-pad.
Who hasn't looked at the speedometer of their car and lingered on the 88 MPH mark? This recreation of Back to the Future's Flux Capacitor fits in your cigarette lighter and charges anything that needs a USB port. Just watch out for the Libyans.
The Bag of Holding Messenger Bag
It's the one thing every RPG character needs. The gift for the nerd who has everything. Perfect for laptops, books, and The Hand of Vecna. It is the Bag of Holding. Despite being a significant downgrade from the in-game version (which can hold 250 lbs.), this messenger bag is roomy, functional, and oh-so-stylish.