This may seem like a cop-out, but hear me out. You've reviewed this list, you've researched their likes and interests, but are still terrified that you'll get them the wrong gift. When all else fails? Gift cards. But rather than getting them the dime-o-dozen Starbucks gift card, make it personal to their interests. Are they a huge gamer and do you know their system? A gift card from Playstation Network or XBox Live will get them some pretty sweet downloadable content. A gamer with multiple platforms? Try a gift card from Game Stop, the gamer's safe haven. And for the comic book geek, it is important to find out what their shop is and get a gift card/certificate from there. We geeks are truly loyal to our shops and going somewhere else feels an awful lot like cheating. Use these helpful hints to make one of the most impersonal gifts in the world really hit home.
So before I send you off, I encourage you to shop local and shop small when you can. This goes mostly for comic books as there are not a lot of small shop options for games or DVD's. The comic book shop is the cornerstone of the geek experience and even if you go into one with a shopping list, the counter guys/gals will be able to recommend other (or better) options for the geek in your life. It is one of the only retail experiences where the associates are truly passionate about imparting the best knowledge and service. If you're in Chicago, I highly recommend visiting my shop (Chicago Comics) for an extensive inventory and some witty shop talk with Ralph and Caitlyn. Other great shops in Chicago are Challengers Comics in Logan Square and Third Coast in Edgewater.
Happy Holidays! GEEK ON!
Danny Bernardo is GoPride's official geekologist. He'll be in Los Angeles for the holiday and missing his Chicago readers (but not the weather.) Also (if you'happen to be reading Santa) he'd like almost everything on this list, but especially #10, #8 and #3. And he's been exceptionally nice this year. Promise.