It's safe to say that the past few years have been some of the best yet for nerds. From comic book superheroes to "Star Wars" to "Game of Thrones," film sagas and TV shows have been delighting children -- and adults -- of all ages. Many even say that nerdy is the new cool! This holiday season, skip the graphic tees at Target and transport your nerdy adult loved ones to their favorite galaxy with one of these fun yet practical gifts.
Are people looking to geek out their home offices or refresh their artwork? Saga-inspired decor can make a room feel like home. "Star Wars" fans will appreciate the MokuShop handmade AT-AT wood bookends featured on the Best Products website. This quirky but subtle creative touch to your bookshelf allows you to display everything from your favorite comic books to your "Iron Man" DVDs. The staff at the Nerd Much? website put together a list of "101 Geek Gifts for Nerds" that includes minimalist vintage-looking superhero movie posters, often found on Etsy. Your friends can hang up their favorite DC and Marvel characters in their office, play room or movie room to create a super-cool atmosphere.
Those who express themselves through fashion will love themed accessories and clothing. When epic battles are happening "a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away," or in the year 2364, or in the Seven Kingdoms, a stylish timekeeper will come in handy. Nixon has created an exclusive line of high-end "Star Wars" watches for men and women with subtle saga nods and a classic look. The Han Solo Ascender, for example, has a moon phase display under the hands and blaster pistol details on the side. Streetwear and sleepwear have been created to pay homage to virtually every sci-fi/fantasy world you could think of. Visit ThinkGeek.com and other websites to buy the perfect matching onesie sets for your next "Harry Potter" movie marathon, or check out Spreadshirt and Custom Ink to design custom items. Your loved ones will appreciate the clever and thoughtful gesture.
Nerd-themed kitchen gadgets are a surefire way to spice up cooking endeavors. Next time you host a dinner party, display your cheeses and crackers on a "Game of Thrones" "Dinner Is Coming" cutting board from MiraculousGiftsUA. Danny Murphy at BestProducts.com says, "This punny cutting board is sure to bring some fun to the kitchen." For a shot of nostalgia with your morning brew, buy a heat-sensitive coffee mug licensed by Nintendo. The Nerd Much? staff says that when the mug is empty or when the coffee gets cold, the mug "features a classic Game Boy system that is apparently turned off. However, when a hot beverage is poured into it, the mug displays the starting screen for the 1989 Game Boy title 'Super Mario Land.' It even has that yellow-green background." Grown-ups who spent their childhoods playing these handheld games will appreciate it.
These days, nerds come in all different ages, shapes and sizes. The hardest part about shopping for the geeks in your life this year might be the vast number of cool choices available. So step into their world and discover unique gifts they can enjoy for years to come.