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10 Techie Gifts For Your Geek Friends

Because they deserve only the finest. What better way to show we care than finding the perfect gifts for our tech-savvy friends? Verizon understands that regular holiday gifts won't work on everyone, so here's a list of options to help you out!

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1. A 3D Printing Pen


Geek Rating: Wearing a tinfoil hat all the time to protect your information.

3D printers are all the rage right now, but they can get pretty expensive. With the 3Doodler, though — a 3D printing pen — you can pretty much construct anything you want without breaking the bank.

2. Lego Mindstorms


Geek Rating: Being the only one in the fifth grade who knew what an electron was.

We grew out of all our other toys, but Legos are the one thing that has evolved as we've gotten older. With Lego Mindstorms, you can pretty much program your own robots to do anything you'd like.

3. A Leap Motion Controller


Geek Rating: Actually believing that you have what it takes to be the next Iron Man.

The Leap Motion Controller lets you pretty much control everything on your computer through natural hand gestures and movements (no inappropriate ones now)! Because using a mouse or trackpad was so last decade.

4. A Smart Watch


Geek Rating: Having no idea what's going on when people are talking about sports.

Some say that smart watches may end up replacing our phones. Whether or not this is all that likely, it's still pretty neat to see what you can do in such a small space. Use it to check notifications, respond to messages, and maybe even check the time!

5. An Invisible Bike Helmet


Geek Rating: Staying after school for robotics club, but only after you've finished tutoring.

This recent innovation harnesses the power of technology to trigger an air bag for your head in the event that you have an accident while riding. Not only is this effective, but chances are your geek friend rides a bike to work already. It just makes sense!

6. An ELF Vehicle

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Geek Rating: Using your TI-89 to write programs instead of doing work for class.

These solar-powered tricycles are not only environmentally friendly, but they're actually kinda fun to drive around as well! It's just large enough to help you with your daily hustle and bustle, and you'll save money on fuel in the long run.

7. A Raspberry Pi Computer


Geek Rating: Getting more amped about the science fair than recess.

This tiny little personal computer actually packs quite a punch and grants you a ton of creative freedom to do whatever you please. You can even build things like a machine that orders you a pizza at the push of a button!

8. Self-Lacing Shoes

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Geek Rating: Always getting picked last for dodgeball.

While you probably won't be able to find any more pairs of the original power-lacing kicks from Back to the Future, pretty soon you'll be able to buy this power-lacing model, or at least learn how to make your own!

9. An Oculus Rift


Geek Rating: Speaking fluent Klingon as your second language before you even reach high school.

As if gaming weren't getting realistic enough already, the Oculus Rift is a virtual reality head-mounted display that really takes the gaming experience to the next level.

10. A Lytro Camera


Geek Rating: Writing a sudoku program to beat your friend because you're tired of actually playing.

This strange-looking camera records the entire light field instead of just a 2D image, which allows you to refocus on any aspect of the image AFTER you've already taken the picture. Now you can truly see things from a different perspective!