50 Best Nerd Gifts for Christmas: The Ultimate List 2017 Edition
**Updated 10/19/2017: Added more items for 2017, with more to come soon.**
The holiday season is now upon us, and it’s safe to say that it has been one of the best years for nerds yet. The Nintendo Switch was finally released, Breath of the Wild released and it’s one of the best Zelda games, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi looks absolutely great. That’s not even talking about anything that happened in the superhero world, either. With all of that, there were tons of new geek toys and cool stuff that hit the market for us to buy for our loved ones.
There are tons and tons of great nerd gifts to buy right now, and we wouldn’t be able to sleep in our adult footie pajamas at night if we didn’t provide our readers and fellow nerds with an ultimate list of gift ideas for 2017.
So if you’re looking for something fun and nerdy for a friend or loved one, or are looking for a celebratory gift for gamers, movie-lovers or TV bingers, we’ve got you covered. Here are 50 nerd gifts for 2017: (You should also check out our list of the 20 best nerdy Christmas sweaters (2017 edition)).
1. Google Home
The newly announced Google Home is at the top of our wishlist this year, as it comes in at $50 less than the Amazon Echo (which, for the record, you could also buy for us if you’d like). Google Home looks cooler, with a machine white top and replaceable bottom grille that comes in a variety of colors to swap out to match your home decor. It basically works just like Amazon Echo, where you say a trigger phrase (it’s “OK Google” like it is on any Android smartphone) and then ask it a question or tell it to do something. Ordering AI around has never been more enjoyable, and we can’t wait to get our hands on one this holiday season. For now, if you want to know more, you can read more about Google Home specs and exactly what it does here.
2. Adult Coloring Books
Adult coloring books are all the rage this year, and there are many different books to choose from for their coloring pleasure. There’s a Game of Thrones coloring book, a Harry Potter coloring book, and even a Doctor Who coloring book. There’s also the newly released Mister Sam Shearon’s Creepy Christmas (A Merry Macabre Coloring Book) as well. Choose wisely.
3. Star Wars Lightsaber Heat Change Mug
There are quite a few of these cool heat changing mugs available, but the one that we like the most is the Star Wars Lightsaber Heat Change Mug. When the cup gets hot, the lightsabers “light up.” There are plenty of other Star Wars mugs available, too.
You can also check out our round-up of awesome Star Wars Christmas Decorations here.
Price: $12.35 + $8 shipping
4. Where’s the Wookiee Book
Remember those annoying Where’s Waldo books? Now there is a Star Wars version titled Where’s the Wookiee. It’s still annoying, but at least you’re on the hunt for Chewie instead of some dude in a red-striped shirt.
5. Marvel Comics Dress
If your nerdy girlfriend (or girl friend…whatever) is super into Black Widow, Thor, Iron Man or any of the other Avengers, might we suggest this officially-licensed Marvel Comics Dress. Nerdtacular.
Price: $34.50-$37.48 (Dependent on Price)
6. Zombie LittleLazies
Funko isn’t the only company making cool shelf toys. LittleLazies, a company on Etsy, makes these absolutely awesome figures that sit between 2-3″ tall, and each comes with an Adoption Card that lists its name, likes and dislikes. The Zombie LittleLazies are our favorite of the bunch.
7. Zombie Fridge Magnet Set
This Zombie Fridge Magnet Set makes a great stocking stuffer, and it will allow him/her to create hectic zombie scenes right on their fridge as they wait for their Hot Pocket to cool.
8. Logitech G633 Artemis Gaming Headset
A great headset is an important accessory for any gamer, and the best headset under $200 is the new Logitech G633. It comes with 7.1 Dolby surround sound, works with PC, Xbox One AND PS4 (one headset to rule them all), and you can mix in another audio source directly into the headset so you can listen to music and play your video games at the same time. It also has cool-looking lights, and that’s always great.
Price: $99.99 (33 percent off MSRP)
9. The League of Regrettable Superheroes: The Failed Heroes
The League of Regrettable Superheroes is an absolutely brilliant book that delves into the failed superheroes of our past. It’s the perfect nerdy gift idea for the comic book enthusiast.
10. Star Wars Sphero BB-8
Last year, the new wave of Star Wars toys from The Force Awakens light the internet ablaze when they were announced, and the most impressive of that new round of toys was the Sphero BB-8 app-enabled droid that allows users to guide the BB-8 with a smartphone. Now, this year, Sphero has added an incredibly cool BB-8 with a Force Band that allows you to move the droid using gestures, making it look like you’re using the force to do so.
11. Green Galaxy Bedding Set
Sleep on a bed of a stars with the Green Galaxy Bedset, transporting you to dreams filled with sci-fi adventures.
12. Marvel Comic Book Pumps
13. Kymera Magic Wand Remote Control
The Kymera Magic Wand Remote Control is a universal remote control that allows users to control most home electronics with unique gestures (like you’re casting a spell). It’s highly reviewed on Amazon.
Price: $65.95 (34 percent off MSRP)
14. Minimalist Superhero Vintage Movie Posters
One great nerdy gift is some cool wall art, like these Minimalist Superhero Vintage Movie Posters. There are DC and Marvel superheroes available, and they’re just $32.23 for a set of 5.
15. Xbox One S
The new Xbox One S brings the Xbox One to an entirely new level. No longer is it a big, hulking box, but it also offers incredible value. Now, it comes iwth a ful game download of Battlefield 1 — which is incredible, by the way — as well as a full month of EA Access. As far as the console itself is concerned, it now has 4K capabilities with HDR technology for the best-looking Xbox gaming experience. It’s also slightly faster than the original 2013 Xbox One, and quieter. Basically, it’s the Xbox One that should’ve released at launch.
Price: $243.88 (19 percent off MSRP)
16. Ice Orb Floating Bluetooth Speaker
The Ice Orb Floating Bluetooth Speaker is a cool and nerdy gift because it is one of the most unique speakers we’ve ever seen. Instead of sitting on your desk or bookshelf, the speaker floats in mid-air (while its base sits on your desk or bookshelf).
17. Loot Crate
Loot Crate has become wildly popular this year. Basically, you sign up for a Loot Crate subscription box every month, and the company will ship out a box of toys, books, comics books and shirts worth over $40. Each month has a new theme, and you’ll typically get Funko Pop vinyls, great books and cool toys.
Price: Starting at $11.95/month
18. Nerdy Backpack
There are so many different great geek backpacks that we couldn’t limit ourselves to picking just one. After all, there are all different sorts of nerds. So whether you’re into Doctor Who, Nintendo, Marvel or Star Wars, there’s a nerdy backpack for you.
Check out our list of the 10 best geek backpacks for some options.
19. Back to the Future: The Complete Adventures Blu-Ray Set
With Back to the Future seeing a major resurgence in popularity this year (thanks to the movie’s future taking place in October 2015), Universal has put together a complete blu-ray set which includes the original trilogy and the complete TV series. It’s a great nerd gift for any BTTF lover (read: Everyone).
20. Funko Dorbz
Funko also has these cute Dorbz that are all similar to their original line-up of cool vinyl figures, but are a different sort of cute. There are many Dorbz available, but the new Marvel Dorbz are our choice.
Price: Starting at $6.99
21. Elgato Game Capture HD60
Capturing gameplay has become all of the rage this year, and the Elgato Game Capture HD60 is one of the best game capture cards available. It will give your favorite nerd the ability to control their Xbox One/PS4/Wii U Twitch streaming capabilities with ease.
Price: $149.99 (17% off MSRP)
22. Dromida RC Rally Car
While most people typically associate RC cars with being geared towards kids, there are plenty of incredible higher-end RC cars that adults will love as well. For example, the Dromida Rally Car, a great four wheel drive RC car designed to be super fast and agile while being easy to control. It can hit impressive speeds, and it has a foam front bumper so that it won’t easily break on impact. It’s a great RC car to get into the RC hobby, and if you follow us on Instagram at all, you know that we’re all about RC stuff.
23. Glowing Sabers Sleep Shirt
24. Pixel Heart Heat Changing Mug
So. Many. Heat. Changing. Mugs. But that’s good, right? It’s especially good because of how much coffee and hot chocolate you drink. The Pixel Heart Changing Mug has a heart that fills up with the heat, as though your beverage is replenishing your health. It’s awesome.
25. Darth Vader Shower Head
You’ve probably seen this floating around the web over the past couple of weeks, as it has quickly become a popular item. The Darth Vader Shower Head will shower them with the dark side.
26. Game of Thrones Monopoly
Instead of buying Boardwalk and Park Place, the Game of Thrones Monopoly allows players to buy King’s Landing and Braavos. The board is beautifully designed, and makes the perfect Game of Thrones gift for the nerd in your life. Of course, Monopoly ruins relationships, so if you’re looking for other 2 player board games, we’ve got a list of the best.
Price: $41.75 (30 percent off MSRP)
Splendor has taken off in 2015. It’s a multiplayer board game first published last year. The game is all about resource management, tasking players with being merchants of the Renaissance who are buying gem mines, transportation and shops. Yes, it’s as addictive as it sounds.
Price: $26.29 (34 percent off MSRP)
28. Pokeball Bath Bomb Set
It’s not tough to nerdify your bath time, as there are things like Star Wars towels, Doctor Who robes and narwhal slippers. But, all of those focus on your post bath enjoyment. The Pokeball Bath Bomb Set has pokeballs that will dissolve in the water — providing a wonderful scent, of course — but also will release a Pokemon (read: small action figure) into the wild. Super cool, and super nerdy — just the way we like it. See more great Pokemon gifts and toys here.
29. Netgear Nighthawk X8 Tri-Band Gaming Router
Netgear’s router quality is unmatched, and the Netgear Nighthawk X8 Tri-Band Gaming Router is a top-notch option. It allows for the fastest wi-fi speeds available, up to 5.3Gbps, and it delivers up to four data streams on each wi-fi band. It’s incredibly easy to setup and get working with all of the latest game consoles, and before they know it, they’ll be playing Overwatch while streaming on Twitch without any lag at all. I’ll note that Netgear just introduced the Nighthawk X10 router as well, which admittedly comes with an added “cool” factor for simply being new, but it comes in at $140 more and it’s overkill in most cases. You can read more about the best gaming routers here.
Price: $337.98 (16 percent off MSRP)
30. It’s Dangerous To Go Alone Take This T-Shirt
The Legend of Zelda is undeniably a gem. Sure, it’s a difficult game, but luckily, controllers were attached to the console with a wire during the time of its release, so throwing your controller wasn’t much of an option. But one of the most memorable and most quoted lines in a video game to date remains a line from the original NES game. Now, get the line “It’s dangerous to go alone. Take this.” on a T-shirt that will surely become one of his/her favorite shirts.
Price: $18.99-$22.99 (Dependent on size)
31. Nintendo Switch
Nintendo has undeniably struck gold in 2017 with the release of the Nintendo Switch, their newest home console/handheld hybrid. Sure, the Switch had a shaky launch line-up, but now there are so many great games to play that we don’t know how we’re going to play them all. Let’s not forget that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild — likely our pick for GOTY — is a Switch exclusive, so that alone is enough to warrant the purchase.
A tip of the hat to Heavy.com’s list of the best new toys of 2017 for the obvious suggestion that we didn’t even think of.
32. Rebel Alliance Print Infinity Scarf
33. Doctor Who Tardis Subtle Suit Jacket
There are many different varieties of these nerdy suit jackets over at Fun.com, including comic book-themed ones as well. Our favorite? The Doctor Who Tardis Suit Jacket. They’re all subtle, which is what makes them such a great choice.
34. Rick and Morty Neon Rick T-Shirt
35. Zelda Link Beanie with Elven Ears
Want Link’s ears? Check out the Zelda Link Beanie, complete with Elven ears for your next adventure.
36. Cuphead Funko Pops
More forgiving than the game, we promise. These Cuphead Funko Pops will be available in December, and you can pre-order them now.
37. Porg Plush Toy
The best Porg plush toy is a Target exclusive. So soft, so cuddly. Check out more of the best Porg toys here.
38. BB-9E Droid by Sphero
The evil version of Sphero’s BB-8 app-enabled droid is even cooler, and we’ll be introduced to BB-9E when The Last Jedi hits theaters in December.
39. Dungeons & Dragons Mind Flayer Trophy Plaques
Undeniably impressive D&D mounted head plaques. They’re ridiculously cool, albeit super expensive. If you’re looking for their big Christmas gift, these are a great option.
40. SteelSeries Arctis 3 (New Colorways!!)
We’ve loved SteelSeries’ Arctis 3 headset since it hit the market last year. Its incredibly comfortable and versatile, as it can be used both for gaming and on the go. Last month, the Arctis 3 got 3 new colorways, including this slate Blue one that looks great.
41. Yoshi Lounger
You’re not living your best life if you’re not lounging around in a Yoshi onesie.
42. Pokemon Glass Christmas Tree Ornaments
These glass Pokemon tree ornaments will make a great addition to their Christmas tree.
43. SCUF Infinity Custom Controllers (Xbox One, PS4)
Giving a customized, high quality controller is the real way to say I love you to a gaming nerd in 2017, and SCUF Gaming is your go-to source for creating custom controllers. There are SCUF Infinity controllers available for Xbox One and PS4, so regardless of what platform they prefer, you can give them the gift of customization.
Check out our review of these controllers here.
Price: Starting at $119
44. Tracer Nendoroid
Overwatch has taken over the world, so it’s likely that they’re playing it. If they’re into Blizzard’s latest, check out the Tracer Nendoroid figure. Note: there’s also a Mercy figure on the way in 2018.
See Also: Best Overwatch Merchandise
Price: $43.93 (23 percent off MSRP)
45. LIFX Mini
LIFX’s smart wi-fi bulbs are vibrant, easy to setup, and don’t require a hub. They work in conjunction with Amazon’s Alexa, as well as IFTTT (the greatest thing ever made, if you ask us). With these bulbs, I can be alerted visually when certain things happen (for example, whenever our official Twitter receives a mention or when it’s going to snow outside). There are a lot of possibilities, and if you want to give them the gift of color, the LIFX Minis are a great option.
46. Cougar Armor Gaming Chair
Gaming chairs make a great main Christmas gift, and there are TONS to choose from. Go with a quality brand like Cougar, though; you get what you pay for.
47. Super Mario Odyssey
Super Mario Odyssey is going to be the most gifted video game of 2017, as it’s on everyone’s wishlist this year. Switch owners have been waiting patiently for their first Mario adventure, and later this month, we’ll finally get it. Mario + a sentient hat? Count us in!
Price: $47.99 w/ Amazon Prime
48. The Nightmare Before Christmas Knit Scarf
49. Bob’s Burgers Ugly Holiday Sweater
It should be no secret that we LOVE Bob’s Burgers, and it’s one of the most popular animated shows on TV right now. Bob’s Burgers + Christmas Sweater = gold.
50. Harry Potter Monster Book of Monsters
Check out more cool nerdy Christmas stuff here.