T-Shirt Gift Guide for Gadget Geeks and Nerds

Hey T-Shirt fanatics, welcome to my 2010 Holiday Gift Guide series! I feature some of my favorite T-shirt related items and even some things beyond T-shirts that I simply just love and would like to recommend to all of you. If there’s something that you think would fit in this list then please feel free to link to it in the comments! Enjoy and please feel free to share on Twitter using the Hashtag #GiftGuide.

You could probably best categorize me into two specific sub-categories of geek: 1. science geek, and 2. gadget geek. This gift guide is dedicated to the gadget geek in me and the gadget geek and general nerd on your Christmas shopping list.

1. If the gadget geek in question owns an iPod, iPhone, MacBook Pro, and/or Apple TV then it is highly likely that he/she will LOVE the Steve-In-Sane T-Shirt from Might Tees. Can someone get ME this tee?! Steve-In-Sane by Might Tees, Price: $23.99.

2. The ultimate threat to the dominance of Apple’s iOS is the Android platform. I hate to admit it, but there are a lot of people that love Android. To each their own! [By the way, did you know that this T-Shirt was inspired by a post of mine, yup!] Unstoppable Andy, Price: $19.00.

3. Do you know exaclty what kind of nerd you’re buying for? Not sure? Well, be sure nd get this T-Shirt for the nerd in your life. It’s highly likely that his/her geekdom is featured on this Threadless tee by Riccardo Bucchioni. Know Your Nerds by Threadless, Price: $10.

4. Yep, that’s right. This T-Shirt has a built in inconspicuous spy camera built right into the design of the tee. And now your favorite gadget geek can get his voyeuristic spy side on. Electronic Spy Camera T-Shirt by ThinkGeek, Price: $39.99.

5. There is absolutely nothing that nerds love more than ROBOTS. weRobot from the Chop Shop features 51 of the most iconic robots in pop culture. And even better, it glows in the dark! weRobot by The Chop Shop, Price: $20.00.

6. Gadgets are great, but sometimes, one less unnecessary gadget is even better. That’s why I LOVE Dropbox. With Dropbox, I no longer need or even use flash drives / thumb drives. I keep all of my important files and stuff that I am currently working on synced between multiple computers and it just works perfectly. Dropbox is free up to 2GB, but of course, the tech nerd needs more than that. Dropbox doesn’t offer a gift option but you could always offer to pay for a year worth of Premium Ugrades for a favorite friend. ($99 for a year upgrade of 50 GB).

BONUS: If you need more suggestions then I suggest that you hit up the following lists: 101 T-Shirts for Apple Fanboys and the Mac Faithful and 101 T-Shirts For Social Media Gurus, Facebook Fans and Twitter Addicts.

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When it comes to Gadgets, my iPad and my iPhone 4 are my go to tech toys. However, if I had to suggest something for the gadget geek, it would be the Terminal Backpack by DAKINE. I love this backpack because it’s so spacious and fits my 15 inch MacBook Pro perfectly. You’ll be able to fit every single one of you gadgets in hear and then some. Right now, I have some spare ethernet cords, a couple of various adaptor cords for the MacBook, a VGA cable for the iPad, an HDMI cable just in case. My laser pointer and presentation clicker for when I give lectures. And of course, I’ve got my Flip Mino and digital camera in there for those special moments. And then you’ve got lots of room in there for the vintage stuff like pens and paper (not like you’ll need it when you carry around an iPad).

Over a year ago I ditched messenger bags (because of shoulder and back issues) and have been using the Terminal Bag by DAKINE since. It’s a solid bag and a great investment, and easy on the back. Dakine Terminal Pack, Black, Price: $89.95.

Bunker Designs Is Back!

A few episodes back, I reviewed a little T-Shirt contest site from Costa Rica called Bunker Designs. They’re selection of tees was a bit sparse and the activity on the site  seemed to be a bit quiet. However, I’m pleasantly surprised to see that they’ve moved forward with a new website design and have released a selection of new, top notch T-Shirts.

The three new tees include What’s Going On In My Mind and Starcatcher by HeavyHand, and GandALF by Sergio37. Both of the HeavyHand T-Shirts continue with the Bunker Design vibe that I really dug with Gulfie. Though I have to say that What’s Going On In My Mind reminds me of a bit of Wotto’s style (see Guilty Pleasures). As far as Starcatcher goes, I especially love the symmetry!

Now, GandALF is were things get a little bit weird for me. This parody shirt doesn’t really fit in with the rest of the line, and looks like it would probably fit in more with something we’d find at RIPT or TeeFury (those guys love to parody). Don’t get me wrong, I love me some ALF (I believe I’ve referenced ALF a few times on this blog before). I grew up with ALF so whether or not it fits in with the rest of the Bunker Designs T-Shirts, that’s okay, because it made me smile!

Both Starcatcher and GandALF are available now from Bunker Designs for $20 and you can score What’s Going On In My Head for $22. The best part is that you can score 20% off your entire Bunker Designs purchase by using the coupon code BDCOTY at checkout! Awesome.

What's Going On In My Head



Control 71

Our Android friends over at The Dept has just released their latest and greatest tee, Control 71. Buy this shirt, put it on and keep an eye on your control panels. As with all shirtd from The Dept, Control 71 was created, designed, and silk-screened by graphic designer Richard Leighton.

Control 71 is printed on an American Apparel blank, is available in three different colorways and can be purchased now for $20.

Control 71

Control 71

Androids Always Win

These two new tees from The Dept. are absolutely wonderful! Like the rest of the line they feature the ubiquitous The Dept. Android. The tees, like the brand itself, is highly influenced by Star Wars design and I’m not complaining! The Android character simply makes me smile – I am a fan! 

Both shirts are available for purchase from The Dept. for $22 and all shirts are printed on American Apparel blanks. Also, till August, you can save 25% off selected T-Shirts at The Dept. so go pick some stuff up, on the cheap, right now!

The Dept.

The Dept.

The Dept.

Robot Rat by Benjamin Parry

I’m not the biggest fan of rats (ok, not much of a rat fan at all), but even I have to say that this robot/concept rat from Benjamin Parry is unbelievably cool. If there was ever a candidate for a Terminator rat – this would be it! Wow.

Robot Rat by Benjamin Parry

Robot Rat by Benjamin Parry

If you dug this piece of rat art by Benjamin Parry then I think you might enjoy this tee. It’s called Pigeons Are Rats With Wings and it was designed by Chris Thornley. You can pick it up from Threadless for $18. 

Pigeons Are Rats With Wings by Chris Thornley