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Gift Guide for Geeks Part 1 – Tis the Season for Receiving

Posted in Geeking Out, Technology by engtech on November 19, 2006

As long as I can remember, Christmas has been a touchy subject with my family. It’s amazing how you can know people for your entire, yet it is still hard to find that touching gift that will make them smile. Gift exchange is significantly easier with my girlfriend: we live together, we have more shared interests, and there is the back-up plan of getting her something I’ll like under the guise of being generous aka “video games and lingerie, again.”

Things are different with my immediate family. We’re vastly different people with different interest, and it sometimes feels like blood is the only thread that ties us together. Crazy, cat people blood. It can turn into a desperate search for gift ideas. Showing a passing interest in any consumer good during the months of November and December almost guarantees it’ll end up under the tree.

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Bah Humbug

We aren’t religious, so Christmas revolves around the red and white image of Santa Claus and gift exchange.

We have the same debate every year:

  • Let’s do only one gift per person
    • which no one ever adheres to
  • Let’s keep a $20-$50 minimum on gifts
    • which no one ever adheres to
  • Let’s just have a really nice day together without exchanging gifts
    • which no one ever adheres to
  • Let’s have Christmas at my house
    • five houses within a two hours radius makes for fierce competition

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Yes, the majority of the world’s population have bigger problems in life and they would be happy just to have Christmas. They can bitch about it on their own blogs.

“Do you still have the receipt?”

Snow and decorations turns to strife and despair. Instead of holiday cheer, there are complaints at anything that wasn’t on explicitly on the wish list and complaints from the ones who wanted to abstain from gift exchange. It eventually devolves into complaining about complaining while other family members sit quietly in the corner and cry on the inside.


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But the Christmas spirit lives on. I’m the only one who has the searing memories of previous years ingrained in my mind at the very mention of Christmas cheer. Everyone else manages to stay excited about the season. This year my dad seeks to break the thirty year cycle by sending us all a link to gifts.com.

Gifts.com has lists of “great gift ideas” in various categories based on how you’d pigeon-hole your loved ones. (A list of questions will break them down for you if you’re having trouble.) It isn’t the only gift suggestion website out there, but it has the best domain name. How good is it at suggesting gifts? Let’s see what it suggests for my stereotyped personality.

//engtech Presents: Gift Guide for Geeks

Got any good gift suggestions for geeks? Post them in the comments.

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  1. familiaroddities said, on November 20, 2006 at 8:18 am

    Hehe, I hate running into this situation every year. The gift hunting is probably the worst part of Christmas, IMO.

  2. […] (Continued from Gift Guide for Geeks Part 1 – Tis the Season for Receiving) […]

  3. kimberly1wenzel said, on December 05, 2006 at 9:05 pm

    hi love your cat I have cat name miller and he is 26lb. hes my friend. I really think christmass is not just giveing of gift or who gets or give the best presents It coming together and enjoying others commpany and It where we as pople let go of our petteness and are caring and kind this part of this holiday need to last the whole year will I hope we will wake up sometime soon and change the world befor it changes us bye

  4. engtech said, on December 05, 2006 at 11:55 pm

    100% agreement. I’m really doing this more as an opportunity to write lists of my favorite things. :)

    your cat is cute. I love fat cats.

  5. kimberly1wenzel said, on December 06, 2006 at 8:42 am

    your cat is cute too and christmass is a real hassle i so tired of all this where did homemade prizents go or or even the pay it forward idea. where you give of your self or time too help strangers have a good day like ophral show did if we all around the world did this thing would be a whole lot better. have a good holday better yet have a great happy year.

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  10. […] Gift Guide for Geeks Part 3 – Gamers (PC, Nintendo DS and Xbox 360) (Continued from Gift Guide for Geeks Part 2 – Christmas Gift Suggestions from gifts.com) (Start at Gift Guide for Geeks Part 1 – Tis the Season for Receiving) […]

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