11/22/16 12/21/12 POPSUGAR Living Holiday Best Gifts For Geeks 2012 Best of 2012: GeekSugar's Must-Have Picks of the Year December 21, 2012 by Nicole Nguyen 65 Shares Chat with us on Facebook Messenger. Learn what's trending across POPSUGAR. When Santa comes calling, we've got quite a few (OK, precisely 61) geeky gifts and gadgets on our wish list. From amazing iPad accessories to the year's best cameras and gaming consoles, these were the items GeekSugar editors were coveting all year long. And now that it's finally gift-giving season, take a peek at what we want underneath the tree this Christmas, and who knows? Maybe you'll be asking Ol' Saint Nick for these must-have picks too. Shop Brands Cleobella Fujifilm XF1 12MP Camera Could the Fujifilm XF1 ($500) be the most attractive camera in stores? We'd like to think so. Available in three colors — brown, black, and red — with an exterior crafted of aluminum and synthetic pebbled leather, this will look as much at home displayed on a bookshelf as in a camera bag. Plus, the hardware is serious: the manual 4x zoom lens is able to handle low-light situations like a pro with a 12800 ISO capability. Fujifilm XF1 $500 from amazon.com Buy Now JBL SoundFly Air We've seen our share of wireless speakers, but the JBL SoundFly Air ($199) takes portability in a brand-new direction. The speaker plugs directly into an outlet, freeing up valuable counter and bookshelf space at home. Plus, with 20 watts of power, it won't matter where the SoundFly is positioned; it'll sound just as great as more cumbersomely corded speakers. JBL SoundFly Air $199 from jbl.com Buy Now "Tools For Making" Print Get inspired to make the tech innovation of the future or just a weekend DIY with the "Tools For Making" print ($20) by Etsy seller kateconsumption. The cute illustrations alone are enough motivation to get into a crafting mode. "Tools For Making" print $20 from etsy.com Buy Now Clare Vivier For Splendid iPad Case We're already fans of Clare Vivier's casually cool, brightly hued fold-over clutches, but add a tech edge, and we're downright smitten. The leather Clare Vivier for Splendid iPad Case ($77, originally $128) blends French colorblocking with effortlessly chic West Coast fashion into a gadget accessory we can't ignore. leather Clare Vivier for Splendid iPad Case $77 from splendid.com Buy Now Canon T3i We're photo nuts who spent the year honing our skills and taking photography to the next level with the Canon Rebel T3i ($800). It's an entry-level, lightweight DSLR that comes with an easy-to-navigate menu system, great sensor, and swivel LCD screen for extreme angles. It's really the best bang you'll get for your buck due to the quality of photo and video, plus you'll have lots of options in terms of affordable lenses. Canon Rebel T3i $800 from amazon.com Buy Now Ona Bowery Bag Ready to mix with any of your on-the-go needs, the Bowery Bag ($119) can be used as a primary camera bag one minute or with straps detached as a camera insert in a bigger tote the next. We love the timeless appeal of the water-resistant waxed canvas exterior. Bowery Bag $119 from onabags.com Buy Now Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 Lens Speaking of lenses, trade out the T3i stock lens for this Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens ($99), which is great for shooting in low light, snapping food, friends, pets, portraits . . . basically, everything. Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens $99 from amazon.com Buy Now Pad & Quill iPhone 5 Pocket Book The beauty of handmade bookbinding is ready for the iPhone 5 with Pad & Quill's Pocket Book ($60). Made in the US of baltic birch wood and genuine leather, each case can be customized with a black or brown exterior and your choice of complementary interior colors. Cash, iPhone, credit cards, and ID all in one place? In. Pad & Quill's Pocket Book $60 from padandquill.com Buy Now Philips SoundRing Speaker Not only does the Philips SoundRing ($300) look stunning on display, but also, its AirPlay technology lets the speaker's full-bodied sounds stream wirelessly from iTunes. Philips SoundRing $300 from usa.philips.com Buy Now Limited-Edition Star Wars Xbox 360 Kinect Bundle Even if you already own an Xbox 360, this Star Wars Xbox 360 Kinect bundle ($438) — which comes with an R2-D2-styled console, C-3PO gold controller, white Stormtrooper Kinect sensor bar, and a copy of Kinect Star Wars — is the ultimate buy for any gaming or Star Wars fan. Did we mention that the console comes complete with R2 sound effects? Star Wars Xbox 360 Kinect bundle $438 from amazon.com Buy Now iPhone Alarm Dock Despite the number of organizational gadgets purchased last year, the bedside table can easily become a mess of cords, extension cables, and a phone under my pillow. So in the new year, I resolve to move the cables away and create some order, first by docking my phone in a wooden alarm dock ($40). It doesn't have speakers, but it does charge the phone while you sleep. wooden alarm dock $40 from uncommongoods.com Buy Now PostalPix 4x4 Frame We printed dozens of Instagram photos to give as holiday gifts and put them in these perfectly square PostalPix frames ($10). perfectly square PostalPix frames $10 from postalpix.myshopify.com Buy Now Wreck-It Ralph The story of an arcade video-game villain, Wreck-It Ralph finds its title character searching for his path to Team Good Guy and is one of the most original and fun films we've seen this year. It hooks you with the childhood nostalgia of hours spent at the arcade and cameos from old-school gaming characters, but the sweet characters and laughs make it more than just a throwback. Take a piece of the movie with you in the addictive Wreck-It Ralph mobile game ($1). Wreck-It Ralph mobile game $1 from itunes.apple.com Buy Now Wii U The Wii is back! Nintendo's newest gaming console, the Wii U ($300 for 8GB, $350 for 32 GB), hit stores in November. The wireless Wii U GamePad controller adds a second screen to gameplay with a 6.2-inch display, and it's got motion control, a front-facing camera, a microphone, stereo speakers, rumble features, and Near Field Communication (NFC) capability, too. Wii U $300 from nintendo.com Buy Now Xbox Music Pass Microsoft's move into the music industry, Xbox Music Pass (free for 30 days, $10 per month, $100 a year), offers unlimited listening on its latest operating system, Windows 8, the new Surface tablet, Windows Phone 8, and, of course, Xbox. It promises an all-in-one listening experience, with a library for streaming, a store for downloading MP3s, and a cloud service for backing up the music you already have. Tiltpod Mobile Forget the awkward arm-outstretched-trying-not-to-cut-off-everyone self-portrait mode. Attach the Tiltpod Mobile ($15) onto a keychain for a tiny tripod on the go. With what could easily become your most used iPhone accessory, include yourself, friends, and the view from the majestic mountain you just climbed in one well-documented (finally!) picture. Tiltpod Mobile $15 from photojojo.com Buy Now Livescribe Sky WiFi Smartpen Taking notes by hand is more flexible than word processing, but it's hard to share those notes without making fussy photocopies. Livescribe's latest smartpen Sky ($150-$250) is the solution to that problem. The device digitizes handwritten notes and syncs the information wirelessly over WiFi to any computer or mobile device. Sky $150 from livescribe.com Buy Now Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer You may have heard of a little development called 3D printing ($2,199), and now, you can get in on the technology from the comfort of your own home. The Replicator 2 is the most affordable (relatively speaking) and advanced printer on the market. 3D printing $2,199 from shapeways.com Buy Now The SlingShot Phone Grip and Tripod The multiuse SlingShot ($20) is worthy of James Bond, acting as both a tabletop tripod and a portable handheld stabilizer. Best of all, it fits any smartphone on the market — iPhones, Androids, Nokia . . . you name it! SlingShot $20 from photojojo.com Buy Now The Avengers Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD Joss Whedon's take on The Avengers ($50) is one DVD we could watch over and over again. But for comic book fans, it's all about the extra features, including commentary from Joss and cast, as well as every geek's dream — deleted scenes. Source: Disney The Avengers $50 from amazon.com Buy Now Moon Print While Mars has been on everyone's mind this year with the landing of the Curiosity rover, we can't forget the original space wanderlust destination, the moon. Using a print taken from a Victorian stereoview card and text from Os Mutantes's song "A Minha Menina," Fieldguided's Moon Print ($30) adds a design-forward vintage touch to an astronomy geek's decor. Fieldguided's Moon Print $30 from shop.fieldguided.com Buy Now iPhone 5 Image Source: Getty The iPhone 5 has a sleek, taller, thinner body; fast LTE connectivity; and a new dock connector you'll either love (for its quick uploads) or hate (for rendering current dock accessories useless without an adapter). Sony Xperia Tablet S For those who favor an Android operating system in the tablet wars, Sony's Xperia Tablet S ($400-$600) is your brand-new toy. In addition to the computing-on-the-go basics, this new kid on the tablet scene acts as your home theater control center. Operate the TV, DVD player, and audio system while using the Watch Now app as a visual program guide of the live TV schedule. Sony's Xperia Tablet S $400 from sony.com Buy Now Griffin Binder iPad Insert Case It's about time the school binder got a millennial refresh! The Griffin iPad Binder Insert ($25) lets you have the best of both scholastic worlds: keep your binder out for classroom papers and handwritten notes plus have the iPad in a secure case on hand for all tech-based school supplements. Griffin iPad Binder Insert $25 from store.griffintechnology.com Buy Now Swim Radar Hit every pool in your area with the Swim Radar app ($3). With over 17,000 pools in the database, you'll find lap and open swimming pools near your home or nearly wherever a vacation may take you. OS X Mountain Lion After upgrading to Apple's latest operating system, OS X Mountain Lion ($20), we can't remember what Mac life was like before this new cat came to town. Integrating features that iOS users have grown accustomed to — like Messages, Notification Center, AirPlay Mirroring, iCloud synching, and Reminders — there's no interruption in work flow when switching from a mobile device to a desktop. OS X Mountain Lion $20 from apple.com Buy Now Belkin Wemo Welcome to your new smart home! Plug the Wemo switch ($50) into any ordinary outlet, download the accompanying app, and then feel like a Star Trek-esque master controller with the ability to turn off and on any electronic device that uses an outlet with a tap of your phone. The switch uses your home's WiFi to give you the power to turn off the iron when you're already halfway to work and ease your worried mind the rest of the day. Wemo switch $50 from belkin.com Buy Now BioLite CampStove Hit the campground without completely unplugging from technology and help the environment with the BioLite CampStove ($129). Instead of polluting petroleum gas, the stove uses the twigs you'd collect on a hike to cook food and creates enough electricity to charge a smartphone through its USB port. Eco-friendly, tech-friendly, and user-friendly? It's the camping triple threat. BioLite CampStove $129 from shop.biolitestove.com Buy Now Atom Ukulele What better motivation to practice musical talents than strumming on a hand-crafted atom ukulele ($770) from Etsy shop celentanowoodworks? hand-crafted atom ukulele $770 from etsy.com Buy Now London Olympics on Kinect Relive the games virtually with the London Olympics 2012 ($34) for PS3 and Xbox 360. Represent your nation and go for the gold in over 45 events. You can even get physically active with Kinect on Xbox. Take the contest online, and record your metal counts, earning your nation a higher rank globally. TARDIS Towel You can't hit the beach with just any old towel; make like the Doctor and choose a space-traveling TARDIS towel ($20) for your sunny adventures. Who knows where and when you'll end up with this accessory stuffed in your bag? TARDIS towel $20 from thinkgeek.com Buy Now Reveal Audry iPad Purse Finding a stylish way to tote your tech is great, but when it's eco-friendly, to boot? Well, it doesn't get much better than that. The Reveal Audry iPad Purse ($118) is both earth-conscious and cool with its recycled suede, satin, zippers, and vegan leather exterior and an abundance of pockets to store your cords, adapters, chargers, and other tech accessories. It's the everyday bag that you can also use for a hot night out on the town. Reveal Audry iPad Purse $118 from revealshop.com Buy Now Sherlock Season Two Purchase Sherlock Season Two on DVD ($30) to rewatch again for clues. Sherlock Season Two on DVD $30 from amazon.com Buy Now Sensu Brush Artists and Draw Something fanatics alike will enjoy the Sensu brush ($40), a two-in-one paintbrush and stylus ready to revolutionize your tablet "paintings." Use the brush to create digital artwork rich with textured brushstrokes, watercolor-esque style, and detailed shading. Sensu brush $40 from sensubrush.com Buy Now Nokia Lumia 900 The Nokia Lumia 900 ($400) proved to be the device we were most excited about after this year's Consumer Electronics Show, and we can't get it out of our heads. The 4G LTE device comes with a 4.3-inch AMOLED screen; your choice of cyan, white, or black for an exterior hue; an impressive 8MP camera stocked with a Carl Zeiss F2.2 aperture lens for the clearest and best possible pictures; and a 1MP F.2.4 forward-facing camera. Nokia Lumia 900 $400 from att.com Buy Now Grove Bamboo iPad Case The Grove Wool iPad Case ($159) is made of eco-friendly bamboo and felted wool. This case will keep your new iPad looking fresh all year long. Grove Wool iPad Case $159 from grovemade.com Buy Now Slim Bag-in-Bag The most inconvenient part about being a geek is the sheer number of gadgets and tech essentials that we carry around every day. Thankfully there's the Slim Bag-in-Bag ($29), which converts your favorite tote into an instant gadget carry-all when you need it. Adding utility to just about any fancy purse? We'll take it! Slim Bag-in-Bag $29 from invitel.us Buy Now French Periodic Table Science has never looked as elegant as it does in a vintage-style French periodic table wall hanging ($245, originally $295). Just like the old pull-down maps from school that we now covet on Etsy, this one by Sideshow Sign Co. is printed on strong canvas, and the wooden rods are hand-stained for a très scientifique look. French periodic table wall hanging $245 from sideshowsignco.com Buy Now Scrabble Typography Limited Edition Word nerds and design snobs, your game has arrived. The Scrabble typography edition ($200) is how all board games should be designed. Solid walnut game-board pieces are stored in a pull-out case and include large wooden tile letters with varying fonts. Scrabble typography edition $200 from winningsolution.com Buy Now Tunto LED Lamp and Wireless Charger Not only does this minimalist wooden Tunto LED Lamp ($1,393) have wireless charging technology embedded in the base, but also, the cutting-edge design is a must for industrial-design fans. Tunto LED Lamp $1,393 from nostraforma.com Buy Now Photoshop Touch For iPad Finally, the just-released Photoshop Touch app for iPad ($10) incorporates the basic tools we grew accustomed to on the desktop version. Use layers and selection tools, and even view Facebook comments on your photos, all within the app. Photoshop Touch app for iPad $10 from itunes.apple.com Buy Now HP Envy 14 Spectre Refresh your laptop lineup with the sleek and slim 14-inch HP Envy 14 Spectre ($1,400). The most original style at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, the Spectre comes with an aluminum bottom and Gorilla Glass top casing, along with internal specs to suit the most demanding work on the go: a powerful Intel Core i5 processor, 28GB hard drive, integrated Beats Audio, and 3D graphics card that should delight and surprise gamers. HP Envy 14 Spectre $1,400 from shopping.hp.com Buy Now Balenciaga Arena Giant Nickel Tablet Case The price is a little higher, but this pink leather Balenciaga tablet case ($515) can't be beat for bold accessorizers. It comes with a lined interior so your tablet remains scratch-free, so you can tote this case anywhere — heck, even without your tablet inside. pink leather Balenciaga tablet case $515 from barneys.com Buy Now Two-in-One iPhone Charger Kit Available in seven candy-colored hues, the two-in-one iPhone charger ($3) works with iPhone 4, 4S, 3GS, and 3G devices. At $3, we can afford to accessorize our iPhone's cords just as we do the cases. two-in-one iPhone charger $3 from everbuying.com Buy Now Photojojo Wide/Macro Phone Lens Attach this Wide/Macro Phone Lens ($20) to any smartphone, and snap amazingly detailed images on the go. The kit comes with a magnetized lens that attaches to most any cell phone and a lens cap to keep things like new. Wide/Macro Phone Lens $20 from photojojo.com Buy Now iDapt i4 Universal Charger Toss out all those extra charging cables, and get one of these iDapt Universal four-port chargers ($65) instead. Coming with interchangeable charging tips, this dock will stay with you no matter what kind of gadget you invest in. iDapt Universal four-port chargers $65 from idaptweb.com Buy Now Cleobella Mexicana Laptop Bag Toting the Cleobella Mexicana Laptop Bag ($196) reminds us of a never-ending tropical getaway. Keep your necessities tucked away with a vacation-like flair. Cleobella Mexicana Laptop Bag $196 from Amazon.com Buy Now See more Cleobella Bags Four Corner Gizmon CA iPhone Case There's no better way to capitalize on the iPhoneography movement than by snatching up this Gizmon CA iPhone case ($55), which turns your smartphone into a vintage Leica look-alike. Gizmon CA iPhone case $55 from fourcornerstore.com Buy Now Game of Thrones Tote We didn't get enough of Game of Thrones this year. While some memorabilia might be a little over the top, this Game of Thrones typography tote ($40) is just geeky enough for me to want to carry it every day. Game of Thrones typography tote $40 from etsy.com Buy Now Photorito Lens Wrap Photojojo has quirk down to a science, but this Photorito Lens Wrap ($20) isn't just for looks. Its padding protects your pricey lens from scrapes while also thwarting would-be thieves from jacking it from your bag. Who would steal a burrito? Photorito Lens Wrap $20 from photojojo.com Buy Now The Evolution of Video Game Controllers If you love video games, then you'll feel a similar emotion for this Evolution of Video Game Controllers ($30) poster. This print would look great in anyone's geeky living room. Evolution of Video Game Controllers $30 from popchartlab.com Buy Now Toasty Hand Warmers We've been holding onto a secret dream — a way to keep our hands warm when typing up a storm on the keyboard. These adorable USB-powered toast-shaped hand warmers ($35) are the answer to our Winter-morning tech dilemmas. toast-shaped hand warmers $35 from kqzyfj.com Buy Now Lunar Pillowcases Moon tourism may still be decades away, but we're getting a little closer to dream visits when resting our head on a set of lunar pillowcases ($33). set of lunar pillowcases $33 from modcloth.com Buy Now Space Chronicles Our expert in all things space and time, Neil deGrasse Tyson unveiled his latest book this year, Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier ($27). Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier $27 from amazon.com Buy Now Nosy Eyeglass Holder Bookworms need a cute spot to hold their geekiest of glasses. Channel Pinocchio, and leave your specs on a nosy eyeglass holder ($36). nosy eyeglass holder $36 from uncommongoods.com Buy Now The Bikepod Recording every ride may just be the best motivation to keep my bike in use despite Winter's chill. The Bikepod from Photojojo ($25) works with most smartphone-sized phones to act as a tripod that's ready for action atop a set of bicycle handlebars. It's made of metal and cork to absorb all the bumps and dips of the open road while keeping your phone safe and, for cycling purists, the handlebars scratch-free. Bikepod from Photojojo $25 from photojojo.com Buy Now The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Lego Set Is there anything more exciting than the release of The Hobbit? No, probably not. Director Peter Jackson has upped the ante with his Lord of the Rings prequel trilogy, shooting the new movie at 48 frames per second instead of the traditional 24 for an even more fantastical, epic 3D viewing experience. Lego has a complete collection commemorating the film, but we're most excited about the Unexpected Gathering ($70) set based on the chilling trailer. collection commemorating the film, but we're most excited about the $70 from thehobbit.lego.com Buy Now Unexpected Gathering $70 from shop.lego.com Buy Now Scandinavian Invaders Space Invaders meets chic Scandinavian design in one cozy pillow ($20). Its touch of seasonal colors is a perfect bonus right now, even though it'll be taking residence on my couch long after the holidays have passed! one cozy pillow $20 from society6.com Buy Now The 2012 iMac When the new superslim iMac was unveiled in October, I couldn't believe my eyes. The edge of the LCD display you're looking at is five(!) millimeters thick. There are 21.5-inch ($1,299-$1,499) or 27-inch ($1,799-$1,999) models shipping now with 8GB of memory, quad-core Intel Core i5, and 1TB of hard drive, plus a variety of graphic cards and processor options depending on your needs. In other words, it's at the top of our wish list this year. Evoke Mio Radio by Orla Kiely Home stereos and speakers have evolved into tiny sleek things, but sometimes I want just a touch of nostalgia with my tunes and perhaps even, yes, a pattern! The Evoke Mio Radio by Orla Kiely ($198) has basic iPhone/MP3 hookups so you can listen to whatever you want, but see those shiny little dials? Those let you tune in to radio stations the old-fashioned way or through digital presets. Plus, the handle makes it portable enough to actually take anywhere. Evoke Mio Radio by Orla Kiely $198 from orlakiely.com Buy Now Basis From Nike+ Fuelband to Jawbone Up, there are plenty of small motion-based gadgets available, but the latest device uses technology that measures more data than ever. Like its competitors, Basis ($199) has a three-axis accelerometer that detects steps. But unlike other health bands, it includes sensors that measure optical blood flow, perspiration, and skin temperature. The band's software finds opportunities to insert healthy habits gradually over time, stressing consistency with steady and systematic "take-charge actions." Basis $199 from get.mybasis.com Buy Now Share this post Tech GiftsGift GuideHoliday Get Inspired With Our Living Newsletter You're subscribed! Sign Up For Our Newsletter Select topics that interest you Food DIY Vegetarian Tech Home Love and Sex Sign up with facebook By signing up, I agree to the Terms & to receive emails from POPSUGAR.