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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

'Tis the season for heading to the stores or websites in search of the perfect gift for that nerd in your life. It can be tough chore to find the right gift for an extra nerdy person, but I have sorted through ThinkGeek and found some excellent choices for your beloved nerds (or those who appreciate the nerd way of life).

Minecraft Light-up Torch

Sometimes it is too dark to roam around your house, and you need to keep a lookout for a Creeper or an Enderman. The Minecraft Light-Up Torch is the perfect gift to keep you safe in the wee hours of the morning. At only $24.99, it's a steal for your next Minecraft adventure.

Dining with The Doctor: The Unauthorized Whovian Cookbook

A bow tie is cool. A fez is cool. A cookbook about The Doctor is even cooler. This amazing cookbook has a recipe for each episode in Doctor Who Series 1-6, and even a Fish Fingers and Custard recipe for you to enjoy. At $19.99, this cookbook will make an excellent companion in the kitchen.

Limited Edition Hobbit Moleskine Notebooks

Sometimes recording your adventures into your phone just is not enough. Why not write about your journey across Middle Earth in a beautiful Moleskine notebook with Smaug blazoned across the cover? The notebooks come with lined or unlined pages, and original artwork from Tolkien himself! They're priced from $18.95 to $29.99 and are worth a dragon's fortune for those who love to write.

Theremin Mini Kit

The Theremin is one of the weirdest and most interesting musical instruments in the world -- and it can be all yours! This instrument, one of Milhouse's favorites, is easy to assemble and comes with pictures and instructions completely in Japanese. Here is you chance to make sweet music with a loved one for only $39.99.

8-Bit LED Holiday Wreath

It's time to start decorating the house, and there is no better way to let the world know how nerdy you are than by hanging this holiday wreath on your front door. The blinking coins are sure to draw Santa to your house with even more nerdy gifts for the good boys and girls. The $19.99 you will spend on this wreath is going to be worth every coin when your friends come knocking on the front door.

Marvel Superhero Sock Set

Don't forget to treat your feet this holiday season. There's no better way to parade your nerdiness for all to see than by covering your ankles and toes with designs borrowed from some of your favorite Marvel heroes. Some days you might need that "Spidey-sense," and others will feel like a Weapon X sort of day. These socks are perfect for the Marvel fan who's looking to geek out at his or her job but doesn't feel comfortable wearing that Magneto helmet to the office. At $19.99, these are priced to move right onto your mutant-loving feet.

GeekDad: Geeky Projects for Dads and Kids

For all of the dads out there looking for fun and geeky projects to tackle with your kids, GeekDad has the perfect book for you. If you're looking to fly a kite at night, create your own Slip N’ Slide, or make Ethernet cufflinks, GeekDad will tell you how to do it -- along with even more exciting projects for bonding with and educating your little ones. Written by the editor of the GeekDad blog from Wired.com, this book is a treasure trove of many great projects to explore with your very own geek-in-training. Priced at $16.99, it's the perfect gift that will keep on giving long after the holidays are over.

Bluetooth Handset Gloves

These gloves take "talk to the hand" to a new level. After connecting your gloves to your phone using Bluetooth, you only need to extend your thumb and pinky to talk to people on the phone. I'm not kidding. This is a real thing. It might be one of the most ridiculous/awesome things I have ever seen on a website. The thumb has a tiny speaker and the pinky has a little microphone. These are the pair of gloves that you never realized you needed -- but now you have to own them. For only $59.99, you can look both great and weird talking into your hand on a crowded bus.

There are many great gifts that you can find out there for the special nerd in your life. It's not the gift that you get him or her, but the thought you put into it. If the ones I've described above don't suit your fancy, check out the other fine gifts that ThinkGeek has to offer (or just start surfing, because cyberspace is the place for all kinds of geek- and nerd-friendly gift ideas).

Happy holidays from The Nerdy Teacher!

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Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal
Facilitator 2014

The gloves. I want the gloves. So cool.

Whitney Hoffman's picture
Whitney Hoffman
Producer LD Podcast, Digital Media Consultant, Author

Hi Laura! The gloves look awesome and I bought them last year for my husband but they were a dud- did not work well. There are amazing nerdy gifts over at thinkgeek.com to suit everyone on your list- I love them

Becky Fisher's picture
Becky Fisher
Education Consultant

Theremin Mini Kit! That sounds so cool. The music nerd in me is very excited.

Thanks for sharing this list--great suggestions for nerdy friends and colleagues (or a fun gift for yourself!).

Whitney Hoffman's picture
Whitney Hoffman
Producer LD Podcast, Digital Media Consultant, Author

I think my favorite nerd gifts (besides everything Dr. Who for my teen) is:
- a Monocle speaker - excellent sound quality and I've seen prices at places like West Elm as low as $34;
-a bamboo bluetooth keyboard for my wood-loving husband;
-a three in one power cord- charges lightening, 30 pin and mini usb for about $5 through Amazon;
-Quirky has some remote gifts- you can track your social media weather and traffic through a dashboard on your desk, or motion detectors for the house- there are an array of product and big discounts at Home Depot;
and my favorite-
-A quarterly.co box subscription from Bill Nye the Science Guy.

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