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Geeky gifts not to buy this holiday season

TechRepublic contributor Wally Bahny provides muggles with a list of items not to purchase for their favorite geeks.

There are many geek gifts out there that could fool the muggles amongst us into thinking we'd like it or find it useful. Instead, the item is likely to be dumb, cause us embarrassment, or become boring after a few minutes or one use.

I compiled over a dozen examples of these types of gifts in the TechRepublic gallery Last-minute geeky gifts to avoid. (You can also check out my selections in list form below.) This list is subjective, so if you disagree with one of my choices or have another item to suggest, please let us know in the discussion.

iDuck (Image courtesy ThinkGeek)

  1. iDuck
  2. Retro Phone Handset
  3. Giant Swiss Army Knife
  4. Fake Gift Boxes
  5. Gift Card Puzzle Vault
  6. Stainless Steel Wallet
  7. iCade
  8. USB Beverage Cup Cooler and Warmer
  9. Glow in the Dark Toilet Paper
  10. Scrolling LED Belt Buckle
  11. Cube Laser Virtual Keyboard for iPad & iPhone
  12. Bacon Soap (and any other bacon-themed product)
  13. Annoy-a-tron 2.0
  14. TRON Light Cycle

If you're still shopping for holiday gifts and need some good ideas, check out these resources:

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3 comments
rkendsley
rkendsley

Bought #4 this year as a lilttle joke. I like to have a surprise for the giftee, since may times they already know what they are getting. Bought #5 in the past for all of our nephews and neices. It was GREAT fun watching them become frustrated while they tried to solve the puzzle to get their gift and kept some of them busy for hours (days?). The puzzle was harder than the one displayed. I heard one of them finally used a hammer to "solve" the puzzle.

Charles Bundy
Charles Bundy

Most of these items is out 'o stock... Darn you pgit for your inevitable buying spree!!!

pgit
pgit

great list. got em all. will delver 12 20, a mere 791 years ago