Learn10 Web Geek Christmas Gift Ideas

Simon Mackie
writes on December 3, 2008

It’s December, which means it’s Christmas shopping time again. If you’re not sure what to get the web geek in your life (or if you’d like some inspiration for your own wishlist), I’ve put together a list of 10 items (in no special order) that anyone working on the Web would be happy to find under the tree on Christmas morn.

Arduino

Arduino is an “open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments”. It’s basically a really simple way to build electronic projects controlled by computer – letting you create physical projects that interact with the Web. Some cool Arduino projects: A Twitter scroller, Arduino RSS reader, A Web-based air quality meter that uses an antique voltmeter for a display

To get started, you’ll need an Arduino board (which you can either build yourself, or buy from one of many distributors), download the software and read the documentation on the Arduino site (or buy a copy of Getting Started with Arduino (Make: Projects)). Alternatively, for the ultimate creative Arduino Christmas gift, Make magazine has an Arduino Starter Kit – unfortunately on backorder at the moment so check with them before ordering that it will be delivered in time!

Awesome ThinkGeek t-shirt: “No I will not fix your computer”

As soon as people find out that you work with computers (even if you design beautiful web sites for a living) they start assume that you’ll know how to fix their computers when they break. Make it perfectly clear that you won’t with this t-shirt!

Acer Aspire One Netbook

Netbooks are extremely popular as they allow you to carry plenty of punch in a a very small package. There are quite a few different models available, but this this model from Acer seems to be getting the best reviews.GiveAnApp

Ok, so this isn’t so much a gift for web geeks but a gift that web geeks might like to give. GiveAnApp allows you to give a physical introduction to a web app that you find useful – we’ve all seen how hard it is to persuade family and friends to start using that app that you’ve found really useful. This service enables you to give a gift that introduces an app.

The Principles of Beautiful Web Design

I’m probably a little biased, as I was involved in the production of this book, but it’s a really great guide for helping web developers put together sites that look better (note: it’s a little basic for experienced web designers).

Flip Video Camcorder

All the videos from The Future of Web Design New York were shot on one of these little marvels. We weren’t sure if the quality would be up to scratch, but if you take a look I’m sure you’ll agree it’s not bad for a camera costing about $130. Super easy to use, it’s ideal if you want to shoot short videos suitable for uploading to Facebook or YouTube, and aren’t worried about more advanced features or zoom.

Adobe Creative Suite 4 Web Premium

OK, OK, so this is a pretty expensive – but the bundle does contain the latest versions of Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Illustrator and if you have the money to spare would would be a great gift!

A Carson Workshops ticket

A bit of self promotion here, but the lineup for next year’s Carson Workshops looks amazing: Ben Huh, Paul Boag, Daniel Burka, Tara Hunt, Eric Meyer, Ryan Singer and Dan Cerderholm. The quality of teaching at these workshops is second-to-none, and you’ll leave inspired and refreshed!

Guitar Hero World Tour

Here at the Carsonfied offices, we like nothing better than rocking out with a copy of Guitar Hero after a hard day’s work. Even though I’ve not had a chance to play it yet, the tracklisting on this new version looks awesome.

Logitech MX Revolution Cordless Laser Mouse (Black)

A craftsman needs proper tools, and this mouse is the pick of the bunch.

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What would you add to the list?

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  10. looks like i missed this post last christmas. but i like the mouse… i look unique.

  11. Thanks, these give me some great ideas for some of my geeky friends.

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  25. hahaha i love the “no i will not fix your computer” shirt.
    helping people fix thier shit is such a thankless job

  26. hahaha i love the “no i will not fix your computer” shirt. helping people fix thier shit is such a thankless job

  27. I like the shirt “No, I will not fix your computer”, I surely need to get it and hopefully people will stop asking me to check their computers hahaa. By the way the book “Principles of Beautiful Web Design” is very good, I haven't finished reading it, but so far I have learned a lot of things 🙂

  28. I like the shirt “No, I will not fix your computer”, I surely need to get it and hopefully people will stop asking me to check their computers hahaa. By the way the book “Principles of Beautiful Web Design” is very good, I haven't finished reading it, but so far I have learned a lot of things 🙂

  29. I prefer a razr mouse as compared to the logitech one. the former is more geeky!

  30. I've got that t-shirt – no I will not fix your computer. You'll never guess the number of folks who have stopped asking me since!

  31. I've got that t-shirt – no I will not fix your computer. You'll never guess the number of folks who have stopped asking me since!

  32. x-mas had passed but still these things are perfect gift on all occasions

  33. I wished I read this earlier. These are some really good ideas. I have some friends and family members with some birthdays coming up and I will consider purchasing these gifts for them.

  34. The Acer notebook is awesome thanks for the suggestions.

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