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This article was published on December 8, 2009

10 Gift Ideas for Web Geeks

10 Gift Ideas for Web Geeks
Martin SFP Bryant
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Martin SFP Bryant


Martin Bryant is founder of Big Revolution, where he helps tech companies refine their proposition and positioning, and develops high-qualit Martin Bryant is founder of Big Revolution, where he helps tech companies refine their proposition and positioning, and develops high-quality, compelling content for them. He previously served in several roles at TNW, including Editor-in-Chief. He left the company in April 2016 for pastures new.

With Christmas approaching you might be looking for the perfect gift for the web geek in your life. Maybe you are that web geek and just want inspiration for your list of requests?

Here’s a list of some of the top gifts you can buy no matter your price range. From virtual gifts to the complete human genome, there’s something for everyone.

Bargain basement prices

Moo Gifts


In addition to their famous business cards, Moo.com can also offer personalised gifts. Business card holders and photoframes can be personalised with photos and other images uploaded to the site or imported from Facebook, Flickr, Etsy or Bebo. That’s the kind of customisation that makes a web geek drool. Price: varies

Little World Gifts

Little World Gifts

As we’ve previously reported, Little World Gifts allows you send a virtual gift via your iPhone. As we reported recently, these are the best quality virtual gifts we’ve seen anywhere. They’re rendered in full 3D and can be moved and rotated on the iPhone screen using multi-touch. Price: from $0.99

Social Media Pillows

social media cushions

These designs will be at home on any web geek’s sofa. Available in Twitter, Gmail, Facebook and many more varieties. Price: $19.99

WiFi Detector Shirt

WiFi shirt animation

If your WiFi-hungry web geek isn’t too worries about looking… a bit silly, this t-shirt, which displays the strength of any WiFi signal in the vicinity. Price: $19.99

For a little more…

Flickr Pro Account

Flickr Pro Account

Forget Facebook, if you’re a web geek chances are you share photos using Flickr. A Flickr Pro account allows unlimited photos to be uploaded and displayed, removes ads from the site, allows HD playback of compatible videos and provides stats about how your photos are being discovered.

This account can be sent as an email gift or, for the traditional touch, printed out and popped in a fancy envelope. Price: $24.99 per year or $47.99 for two years.



As we reported recently, this is the ideal gift for the geek who wants to get fit but can’t quick bring him or herself from putting the damn laptop down. This shelf fits onto a any exercise machine and allows you to work out while you surf. Price: $39.99

Transformers ‘Ravage’ USB Drive

Transformers Ravage USB drive

It may only hold 2GB of data, but this Transformers USB flash drive actually does  transform. Unfortunately, we’ve yet to find a USB hub in the shape of the Deceptacon ‘Soundwave’ for it to plug into. Shame. Price: $44.99

Pricier tech

Kodak Zi8

Kodak Zi8

These days anyone wanting to create web video is spoilt for choice. While the Flip family of pocket video cameras gets most of the attention, the Kodak Zi8 is the real star of this category.

With removable storage (it uses SD cards) and a replaceable battery (chargeable by USB) you’ll have no worries about this letting you down when you’re out and about. Just make sure you upgrade to the latest firmware as it improves the device’s performance significantly. Price: $149.99

Archos 5 Tablet

Archos 5

If you can’t quite wait for a Crunchpad JooJoo or an as-yet unannounced Apple tablet, Archos has a five-inch tablet computer available right now.

This web media device runs Android and will handle any website you throw at it, play 720p video and it even has its own app store. Available in a varity of storage sizes. Price: from $219

The ultimate in unusual internet shopping?



It’s amazing what you can buy online, but did you know you can actually get an entire analysis of your DNA? By sending off a sample of your spit using the kit the service provides, you can receive your complete ancestry or a profile of the diseases you’re prone to, or indeed both, within a month.

It’s certainly pricey and not everyone will want to know about their genetic make-up. If you want the ultimate in online shopping, though, this is it. Price: $399 – $499

Got any more ideas for web geek gifts? Let us know…

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