10 Great Gift Ideas for Geeky Fanboys and Fangirls
If there is someone on your holiday list who is the biggest fan ever of something, or someone, it's pretty easy to make them happy by giving them anything that displays their love. Here are some ideas for the fanboy or girl in your life. (See also: The Ultimate Gift Guide)
Fan Wear and Gear
Get some neat fan-designed shirts, posters, phone cases, and more from sites like Redbubble, Etsy, Cafe Press, Society 6, Spreadshirt, DeviantArt, and Zazzle. One of my favorite sites for unique shirts celebrating my favorite shows is TeeFury, although they only have T-shirts listed for 24 hours, so it's harder to find shirts as a gift.
Search on eBay for an autographed poster or memorabilia. Celebrities also often offer autographed items on eBay for charity auctions.
Look for themed board games on Amazon. For example, check out Clue: The Big Bang Theory, Battlestar Galactica Board Game, and The Walking Dead Monopoly Survival Edition. (See also: 5 Great Card and Board Games)
Key Chains, Action Figures, and Other Tokens
If it's a hit movie or TV show, chances are there's an action figure. Get a Breaking Bad Walter Action Figure or the Mad Men Joan Holloway Doll. Look for unique but practical items like the Game of Thrones Coaster Set, Star Trek Spock Oven Mitt (ThinkGeek.com), or The Hunger Games Shoulder Bag. (See also: What The Hunger Games Can Teach Us About Finance)
If clothing is your friend's thing, you can find replica clothes of their favorite characters. Doctor Who fans will love the Eleventh Doctor's Jacket (AbbyShot.com).
Collector's Editions, Scripts, and Behind the Scenes Extras
Fans will devour anything and everything related to their obsession. Seek out collector's editions that include extras like interviews or commentaries. Star Wars fans would love the Star Wars: Frames to put on their coffee table. The Wizard of Oz: 75th Anniversary Limited Collector's Edition on Blu-ray includes a frameable map of Oz, collectible award pin set, Ruby Slippers Sparkle Globe, 52-page hardcover photo book, and more.
If you can swing it, there's nothing that gets a fan's heart pumping more than to be in the same room as their favorite character. Comic-Con tickets are notoriously difficult to get, but there may be other smaller events you can surprise your pal with.
Interviews, Bloopers, and More
If you have the time and skill, you won't have to spend a dime for the fanboy or girl in your life. Just search YouTube for interviews, behind the scene stuff like bloopers, and other appearances, and put them together on a DVD or video file for their enjoyment. (As a courtesy, you should contact the owners for permission.) (See also: Great DIY Gifts for Geeks)
For many fans who just can't get enough, some fan fiction will satisfy their desires to see more of their characters. Check out FanFiction and put together a nice collection as a gift. (Again, contact the writers for permission.)
What cool stuff are you getting for your fanboys or fangirls this year?