Last Minute Christmas Gifts for the Geek in Your Life

Yes, Christmas is just around the corner and many are already done with their Christmas shopping. There are folks who are not, and we confess to be among those who still have one or more things to pick up for one or more people. But there is no need to panic! You can still get gifts via in time for Christmas, so it can’t really be the last minute, can it?

Well, sort of. The last day to order even from for standard shipping is Wednesday, December 19.  The last day for two-day shipping (which comes free with an Amazon Prime account) is Thursday, December 20, or Friday, December 21 at 7pm ET (depending upon the item). The last day for one-day shipping is Saturday December 22 at 3pm ET.  You can get local express delivery where available until December 24, and if you REALLY wait to the last minute you might have to deal with a printable e-mail gift card to stick in that stocking or envelope.  For the full details see Amazon Christmas Ordering Deadlines. So you have PLENTY of time!

For those looking for those last minute, hard to find gifts for the geek in your life — perhaps a beloved patent attorney or maybe an engineer, scientist or inventor — here are a few can’t miss gifts for your consideration. As of the time of publication all are still available to be received before Christmas.

 The Big Bang Theory: Seasons 1-4. No holiday celebration could be complete without seasons 1 through 4 of the smash hit that makes being a geek look cool! How can you resist the comical celebration of a bunch of physics Ph.Ds and a lone non-doctor Wolowitz? Give the gift of the Big Bang Theory! Enjoy some Leonard, Penny, Howard, Rajesh and, of course, Sheldon for the holidays!

Mathematics Blackboard Pop Quiz Clock (top of article) or the Science Quiz Wall Clock (immediately above). This clock will be great for the geek in your life, whether they are into Science or Math.  These clocks will rock their brain by testing their knowledge when telling time. A novelty gift item that any math or science junky would proudly display on the wall.

 Star Trek Movie Collection. In a year where the first cloaking device patent was issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, how can you resist giving the gift of Star Trek?

  Scientific AmericanScientific American was founded in 1845 and is the oldest continuously published magazine in the United States. It is a leading source and authority for science, technology information and policy for a generally interested audience. In 2011 Scientific American won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. There have been 144 Novel Prize Scientists that have contributed 234 articles and the print edition is read by 3.5 million people worldwide. It is a great magazine. We are subscribers and love it!

 Discover Magazine. Discover says that the mission of the magazine is “to enable readers to lead richer lives by explaining and expanding their universe.” Launched in 1980, the magazine reports on captivating developments in science, medicine and technology. Each issue delivers the latest news, theories and developments in the world of science, as well as stories about breakthroughs in health, medicine and the mind. We are subscribers and greatly enjoy the magazine.

  Falling Skies Season 1. Aliens have invaded the planet and a scatter resistance remains after much of the world’s population has been wiped out. Noah Wyle and Will Patton head the cast in this Steven Spielberg sci-fi drama that airs on TNT. If you are into science fiction and/or aliens or just like action packed TV you will be hooked. This set features 10 first season episodes, plus some short bonus features on three discs. For what it is worth, Falling Skies is a Quinn household favorite!

 Geek Wisdom. The book description says: “Computer nerds are our titans of industry; comic-book superheroes are our Hollywood idols; the Internet is our night on the town. Clearly, geeks know something about life in the 21st century that folks don’t — something we can learn from.” The book provides a collection of mini-essays by, for and about geeks. The Florida Times Union says the premise of the book “is nothing short of brilliant.” Who doesn’t need a “geek bible” like this — geek wisdom passed down to the lucky few, or at least those who receive the book as a Christmas present.

Patent Attorney mug. What better way to say “DO NOT MAKE ME USE MY PATENT ATTORNEY VOICE” then with this mug? Be proud of what you do and let everyone know not to mess with the best!



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4 comments so far.

  • [Avatar for Bob Zeidman]
    Bob Zeidman
    December 24, 2012 03:16 am

    Thanks Gene. I urged my newsletter readers and blog readers to vote for you last week. I hope you win!

  • [Avatar for Steve M]
    Steve M
    December 18, 2012 08:05 pm

    Might I also suggest giving them (and yourself as well if you haven’t already done so) a copy of the excellent (and always timely) 2008 movie “Flash of Genius.”

    Just remember to hold on tight to your family . . . while you’re getting your invention . . . and fighting your infringers. Something Robert Kearns got seriously, terribly wrong.

    Far, far better to give up the patent dream than to give up your family.

    Happy Holidays everyone.

  • [Avatar for Gene Quinn]
    Gene Quinn
    December 18, 2012 01:45 pm

    Thanks Bob. Quite interesting. I just added your Silicon Valley Napkin to our Facebook page.

    I hope all is well.


  • [Avatar for Bob Zeidman]
    Bob Zeidman
    December 18, 2012 12:17 pm

    Gene, check out the Silicon Valley Napkin at From the site:

    This famous cocktail napkin from the personal computer revolution of the 1980s is the perfect tool for the prospective entrepreneur. Just follow these simple steps: fill in product specs on side 1; fill in business plan on side 2; start the company in your garage; throw huge rock parties, temper tantrums, anything you want—you have now joined the rich and famous of Silicon Valley!

    And if your geek has no need for napkins, consider the new Silicon Valley T-shirt or inspiring Silicon Valley Poster.

    Note: I’m the inventor, manufacturer, and seller of these items.