Books are a great and pretty low cost gift idea. Here’s a fine selection that any geek or gadget lover will enjoy.
The Official Ninja Book – $8.99
Written by Ninja expert and enthusiast Robert Hamburger, this book represents a lifetime of collected knowledge. Pouring over all available resources, Mr. Hamburger has pieced together a comprehensive guide to the artist of death we know as “Ninja.” From basic facts to details regarding Ninja history and culture, this book leaves no facet of Ninja lore undisturbed. You will learn all you need to know to embrace the way of the Ninja and eventually become one yourself. Ninjas are cool; and by cool, we mean “totally sweet.”
The The Official Ninja Book is available from Think Geek for $8.99.
I Can Has Cheezburger? – $9.99
The Internet has provided us with many wonders, from skateboarding dogs to Chuck Norris facts. Over the past year, though, one sensation has dominated the Web: LOLcats. Since its founding in January 2007, icanhascheezburger .com (named after the most famous LOLcat of all) has been the center of the LOLcat world. I Can Has Cheezburger? collects 200 LOLcats from the enormously popular site, some classic and some new, in glorious and glossy full color.
The I Can Has Cheezburger? is available from Think Geek for $9.99.
Geek Logik: 50 Foolproof Equations for Everyday Life – $10.36
Here for the geek in all of us are fifty foolproof equations that take the guesswork out of life—and the funniest twist on an idea since Richard Smith’s The Dieter’s Guide to Weight Loss During Sex. Call it the algebra oracle: By plugging in the right variables, GEEK LOGIK answers life’s most persistent questions. It covers Dating and Romance, Career and Finance, and everyday decisions like Should I get a tattoo? Can I still wear tight jeans? Is it time to see a therapist? How many beers should I have at the company picnic?
How does it work? Take a simple issue that comes up once or twice a week: Should I call in sick? Fill in the variables honestly, such as D for doctor’s note (enter 1 for “no,” 10 for “yes,” and 5 for “yes, but it’s a forgery”), R for importance of job (1-10, with 10 being “personally responsible for Earth’s orbit around Sun”), Fj for how much fun you have at work (1-10, with 10 being “personal trainer for underwear models”), N for how much you need the money (1-10, with 10 being “I owe the mob”), then do the math, and voilà—if the product, Hooky, is greater than 1, enjoy your very own Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
The Geek Logik: 50 Foolproof Equations for Everyday Life is available from Amazon for $10.36.
Gizmos & Gadgets: Creating Science Contraptions That Work – $10.36
Using simple household items to create toys that spin, fling, collide, and whiz, kids will grasp the basics of concepts of gravity, inertia, balance, and energy. Projects are very hands-on. Most activities can be completed with minimal assistance. Every page is jam-packed (in age-appropriate vocabulary) with factoids, fun facts about famous inventors, and inspiration for science lovers of all ages.
The Gizmos & Gadgets: Creating Science Contraptions That Work is available from Amazon for $10.36.
The Geeks’ Guide to World Domination – $11.99
Sorry, beautiful people. These days, from government to business to technology to Hollywood, geeks rule the world. Finally, here’s the book no self-respecting geek can live without: The Geeks’ Guide to World Domination. A guide jam-packed with 314.1516 short entries both useful and fun.
The The Geeks’ Guide to World Domination is available from Think Geek for $11.99.
A Girl’s Guide to Dating a Geek – $13.45
Are you dating a geek? Find out just how geeky he is in The Geek Test. Learn how to cope with his geekiness in sections such as: “Getting What You Want” and “How to Exercise Your Geek.” Also, discover how to plot revenge, diagnose common geek ailments, and find the perfect gift for your geek. Take a deeper look into the world of geeks with My Life Among the überGeeks and My Life Among the Gamers. Read case studies, examine graphs, peruse the Geek Dictionary, and more in: A Girl’s Guide to Dating a Geek.
The A Girl’s Guide to Dating a Geek is available from Amazon for $13.45.
Electronic Gadgets for the Evil Genius : 28 Build-It-Yourself – $16.47
Electronics fans have waited a long time for this book. Not since 1983 has author Bob Iannini published a collection of his amazing projects — all of them fun, easy, and inexpensive to make at home and, best of all, seriously exciting and impressive!
Iannini takes the stuff of science fiction and science future and brings it down to size for the home hobbyist. Full of easy-to-follow plans and clear diagrams and schematics, and respectful of your wallet, Electronic Gadgets for the Evil Genius gives you:
* Illustrated instructions and plans for amazing pretested projects advanced enough for sophisticated electronics enthusiasts but described in sufficient detail to be built easily by newcomers
* Explanations of the science and math behind each project (i.e., you can explore different methods of achieving acceleration)
* Frustration-free plans — needed parts are listed, along with sources — and most of these projects can be built for $100 or less
The Electronic Gadgets for the Evil Genius : 28 Build-It-Yourself is available from Amazon for $16.47.
Dilbert 2.0: 20 Years of Dilbert – $26.67
In the tradition of The Complete Far Side and The Complete Calvin and Hobbes, Dilbert 2.0 celebrates the 20th anniversary of Scott Adams’s Dilbert, the touchstone of office humor.
This special slipcased collection–weighing in at more than ten pounds with 600 pages and featuring almost 4,000 strips–takes readers behind the scenes and into the early days of Scott Adams’s life pre-Dilbert and on to the success that followed when Dilbert became an internationally syndicated sensation.
Divided into five different epochs, Dilbert 2.0 gives readers a glance at some of Adams’s earliest strips, like those created for Playboy, and a peek at an abundance of special content ranging from numerous rejection letters to Adams’s first cartooning check, and more.
Adams personally selected the material for this collection and offers original comments and humorous asides throughout. Also included is a disc that contains every Dilbert comic strip to April 2008.
The Dilbert 2.0: 20 Years of Dilbert is available from Amazon for $26.67.
Illuminating Book Cover – $39.95
This is the patented book cover that illuminates your reading materials anywhere without requiring a separate book light. A light built into the cover’s spine turns on automatically when it is pulled out and turns off when it is retracted. Its dual LEDs cast bright light across both pages and its head can be precisely adjusted so as not to disturb airplane seatmates or a dozing spouse. The cover is durable yet pliable .8 mm black leatherette that won’t split or crack and protects against dirt and spills.
The Illuminating Book Cover is available from Hammacher for $39.95.
Kindle Wireless Reading Device – $259.00
Thanks to electronic paper, a revolutionary new display technology, reading Kindle’s screen is as sharp and natural as reading ink on paper—and nothing like the strain and glare of a computer screen. Kindle is also easy on the fingertips. It never becomes hot and is designed for ambidextrous use so both “lefties” and “righties” can read comfortably at any angle for long periods of time.
The Kindle Wireless Reading Device is available from Amazon for $259.00.