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Personally, I consider nerds the easiest brand of people to buy for when it comes to the holidays. After all, nerdiness means openly declaring a love or affinity for something and adhering to that thing. As long as you’re not overly fickle, people will know what to get you. Me? I’m a nerd of the reading and writing variety, so it’s pretty simple to win my heart with a Borders gift card, a new book, or some kind of writing utensil. Because I’m crazy about reading and writing gifts, that’s what I’ll focus on in this post.
I think I’ve mentioned typewriter jewelry before in a ‘Fun for Nerds‘ post, but I have to mention it again in the nerdy shopping guide. In my internet research, I found a website that’s actually called typewriterjewelry.com, so that’s probably a good place to start. They even make cufflinks! Cufflinks made from typewriter keys! There are also bracelets, earrings, necklaces, money clips, all sorts of items made from typewriters.
Of course, the most stereotypical gift for anyone, let alone nerds, is a book. The Daily Beast has a handy guide of gift books for the last minute shoppers amongst you. These books range from biographies to potboilers, but the list is by no means exhaustive. Writers at The Daily Beast also chose their favorite books of 2010, which might be a good place to look, and Slate did a similar post.
Finally, there are a plethora of writing related presents you could give to the nerds in your life. When I want to ogle journals that I am unable to afford, I like to check out Kate’s Paperie, which has a truly staggering amount and variety of journals to wish for. In terms of actual writing utensils, Kate’s Paperie can also help you there. I like Staedtler markers and pens, as well as Uni-Ball, but sometimes it’s a good idea not to over-think a gift for the pen afficianado in your life. Personally, a pack of Bics would make me very happy.
So, I was able to cover your bases if you know anyone obsessed with typewriter paraphernalia, paper goods, or books. What ideas do you guys have? Which nerd demographics have I left out? Let me know in the comments!
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