Geeks will wait till the week before Christmas, then go online and order everything with next or two day shipping (Many online stores offer free last minute express shipping to help squeeze out the last bits of holiday money, take advantage of it). Because of that I submit my last minute gay geeks gift guide!
The Last Minute Gay Geeks Gift Guide
iRobot Roomba 560 - $350
Cleaning is the one chore I feel OK with surrendering to the robots, and this is the one vacuum cleaner you can give away without getting your ass beat by the wife/husband/daddy. I own the pet edition of this model, and Hector happily bounces around my boyfriend's apartment at prescheduled times, ridding the living room of the crumbs from past nights' munchie sessions. Be sure you tell whoever you give it to that they have to name it, its a Roomba owner thing, like the Miata wave, or the Apple Ego. [iRobot.com]
Mac Mini Server - $999
The boyfriend sprung for a new Mac Mini, this Summer. He spent a few weeks fiddling around with Snow Leopard Server and contemplating whether or not to swap out the optical drive for an extra hard drive. Since the hack was warranty voiding, not to mention arduous, it now sits in the living room as a $600 DVD player that streams Netflix (suck it Cable!). A few weeks later, Apple updated the Mac Mini line, and released a server edition, with two hard drives (no optical drive) and Snow Kitteh Server pre-installed, for a grand. Drop this in the hands of your favorite geeks and his eyes will glimmer with all the possibilities. This will get you laid. [Apple.com and Apple Stores]
Upgrade your Gay Geek's Smartphone
Continuing on with things that will get you laid, if you've been noticing your nerdy loved one dropping his iPhone 3G more often, or leaving his Android phone out of the bedroom, he/she is experiencing "phone envy." Phone envy is a sad time in a geeks life when their smartphone falls out of favor and a newer shinier version is financially unavailable. If they have an AT&T iPhone 3G, get them a 3GS. If a T-mobile G1, then a Cliq. A Verizon Blackberry Bold could be replaced by a Droid, and any Windows Mobile phone on Sprint for a Palm Pre. I will admit that the "phone in the bedroom" thing will start back up, but you'll be heading to the bedroom more often, or the kitchen, or the living room...
nook eBook Reader - $259
I admit that I'm not really a fan of eBook readers, but the Nook from Barnes and Noble has me excited for a few reasons. It's way prettier than the Kindle, has an additional 3.5" color LCD touchscreen running Android, and comes with free 3G from AT&T. And the best bit of all, the nook has already been rooted by the Android developer community, making this the first functionally hackable eBook reader on the market. Android makes the possibilities nearly endless, and what gay geek doesn't love a chance to stick it to the man and void a warranty? If your Gay Geek doesn't like to tinker, it also does a really good job at being an eBook, or so I'm told.[ Barnes & Nobles ]
Nikon d5000 - ~$650
While a few steps away from a professional DSLR, the Nikon D5000 has an ace-in-the-hole: it shoots full 720p HD video. A variable position 2.7" LCD screen pops out and LiveView lets you get your shot right without peering into the viewfinder. The d5000 combines the best of consumer cameras with the picture quality of a pro model. Give this to your aspiring amateur adult star boyfriend and his xTube videos will pop! [amazon.com]
Breville Ikon Panini Press - $99
TV Dinners were created and marketed as a solution to make it easier to eat away from the kitchen table, but it won't help your gay geek when she's rushing to ready a post for Bil, and Hot Pockets are an abomination to the Lord. The Breville Ikon Panini Press is the ultimate sammich machine. Adjustable temperature controls and an adjustable top grill plate ensures an even cooking distribution, and the cast aluminum non-stick surface is easy to clean. A Panini is a pressed grilled sandwich; you can meld nearly any ingredient between two slices of bread on this sexy piece of machinery for a tasty meal you can hold with one hand. My pork with bacon and gruyere panini is a hit with the boy. [Williams Sonoma]