10 Christmas Gift Ideas for the Geek in the Family

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Most families have that geek who loves gadgets other cool electronics. Whether it's an eReader, a tablet computer or a portable media player, they want it. 

If your loved one is a geek, and you are totally at a loss as to what to get them for Christmas, these ideas may help you the right gift.

Let's take a look at some desirable geek gifts:

 

1) iPad ($499 – $829)

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The iPad is going to be one of the hottest sellers this holiday season. It's a fun device, and it's a great way to win over the heart of any gadget geek. The downside is that it's rather pricey if you're on a budget, but because it's a device that appeals to Mom and Dad as well, it makes a great gift for the family to pitch some money together and buy for Mom. Later, you can sell it off and get an iPad 2.

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2) iPod Touch ($229 – $339)

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This one is great for the kids. While the iPad is a nice gift for Mom or Dad, the iPod Touch is a nice idea for the teen or younger kid. They can carry around music and movies. Our only warning in this case, parents, is that the iPod Touch does have a camera, and they can video chat with their boyfriend/girlfriend. You do the math.

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3) Amazon Kindle ($139 – $189)

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Some may say that the iPad eliminates the need for a Kindle, but the Kindle is a great reading device with a wide selection. The 3G model allows you to download books from anywhere without paying for data (you will pay for the book itself). It's much easier on the eyes than the iPad's screen, and it's another one of those devices that can appeal to both the young and the old.

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4) Kinect ($150)

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Kinect is Microsoft's solution to motion control on their Xbox 360 console. It's basically a peripheral that sits on top of the TV and has two cameras that detect your movement and distance from the screen. We aren't fans of the $150 price tag, being that it's basically just a peripheral, but it's great fun for the whole family. The nice part is that it comes with a game. There's even more fun to be had if the resident geek happens to be a hacker.

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5) AR Drone

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The AR Drone is one of our favorite toys of the year. It's a drone quadracopter that's controlled by an iOS device. The AR stands for augmented reality, because the Drone has a camera that allows you to play augmented reality games. The battery life is the weakpoint, as it lasts no longer than 12-15 minutes.

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6) PlayStation Move ($130+)

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Sony Computer Entertainment offered their own solution to the whole motion controller thing. It's basically a copy of the Wii, but with HD graphics. What's nice is that the device is pretty well-supported, because it's pretty easy for developers to add compatibility through an update.

You will at the very least need a PlayStation Move, a PlayStation Eye Camera, and a Navigation controller for the full experience. (Starter Bundle) (Navigation Controller) Those two total up to around $130, but you may want two controllers or more.

 

7) Nintendo Wii ($199.99)

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Nintendo's Wii is the console that started the motion control revolution, which may be why it was originally codenamed the Revolution. They always said it would change the way games were played, seems they did a good job in popularizing the idea. The console does show its age this far into its lifecycle, but because there are so many great games available for it, that doesn't matter much.

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8) Nintendo DS Line

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The Nintendo DS is one of our favorite systems. It's great for both parents and children thanks to the durable clamshell design. It's available as the DS Lite ($129), DSi ($149) (with a camera and internal storage) and the DSi XL ($169).

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9) Call of Duty Black Ops ($45 – $60 depending on console) 

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The Call of Duty series is one of the most popular franchises in gaming history. Every time a new one is released, it's met with record-breaking sales. Black Ops was no exception. This is the one you get for the gamer in the family (if they don't have it already).

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10) Amazon Gift Card

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This is one of our favorite holiday gifts, actually. We buy a lot of stuff on Amazon, and their selection is pretty big. Whether it's a book, movie, game, toy, whatever, Amazon usually has it. If you are truly clueless as to what to buy for your geek this Christmas, this is the gift to get.

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Don't Let Time Run Out

Don't let time run out. You don't want to be a last minute shopper. Make sure you start early, so that you aren't left empty-handed when Christmas rolls around. 

If you need help with that part, too, it's your lucky day, 'cause we can help you with that as well!

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