We invited our friends from Geefts – the gifts for geeks bible – to recommend the hottest (self) gift ideas for geeks, including cool gadgets, must have books, movies and all sorts of awe-inspiring products.
This book ($49.14) contains images of hundreds of Dieter Rams’s products as well as his sketches and models from Braun stereo systems and electric shavers to the chairs and shelving systems that he created for Vitsoe and his own company sdr+. In addition to the rich visual presentation of his designs, the book contains new texts by international design experts that explain how the work was created.
Pro quality performance with a modern appeal. Proven on stage and in the studio by the world’s most demanding DJs, the TMA-1 ($199.99) has been made in collaboration with 25 professional and renowned DJs (James Murphy, A- Trak, Seth Troxler, Madlib, amongst others). Tested in studios and on tours all over the world – this is a specialized piece of equipment for the hard working musician and audiophiles alike.
The Elgato Thunderbolt SSD ($418.99) is the world’s first truly portable high-speed drive featuring Thunderbolt technology. Set in a compact, elegant all-metal enclosure, it’s the perfect storage solution when you’re on the go.
The Moleskine Passions Art Journal ($14.56) is your personal art gallery all in one. This 240-page (120 leave) journal has a leading exhibitions calendar, art history timeline, and space for jotting down your art inspirations and impressions. Easily organize your passion with 5 themed sections, 5 blank tabbed sections, and 202 adhesive labels to personalize the journal.
After a hiatus of many years, Braun watches and clocks are back in production in 2011 Braun’s decision to re-issue their collection, including some of the rare LCD watches from the 1970’s, gained approval from Dietrich Lubs, co-designer with Dieter Rams. This Braun Classic watch ($160) measures 38mm diameter x 8.5mm thick matt stainless steel case with a leather strap.
Why have a sturdy case if it doesn’t look and feel amazing? Silva’s bamboo cases ($179-$314) feel luxurious in your hand and are bound to receive envious looks, all while solidly protecting your MacBook.
Every day, more and more people want to learn some HTML and CSS. Joining the professional web designers and programmers are new audiences who need to know a little bit of code at work (update a content management system or e-commerce store) and those who want to make their personal blogs more attractive. Many books teaching HTML and CSS are dry and only written for those who want to become programmers, which is why this book ($17) takes an entirely new approach.
Roberu’s take on an iPhone case is of a refreshing kind, combining leather and elastic band. Hand made in Japan, the leather becomes soft with time and will gently curve around your iPhone. Al though it is made with the iPhone 4 in mind, this case ($110) is a perfect fit for the iPhone 3G as well.
For its 250th Jubilee, Graf von Faber-Castell presents perhaps its most beautiful and astonishing Pen of the Year ($3.995) thus far, the 2011 limited edition in sumptuous jade. Extraordinary skill is required to transform the extremely hard gemstone – a fact that has inspired and challenged craftsmen through the ages.
Beolit 12 ($799) offers AirPlay functionality via an integrated wireless connection. AirPlay technology is used to play wirelessly from your iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch. You may also connect other MP3 players via a mini jack or even your computer via a USB cable.
Steve Jobs and Apple re-imagined retail. The Apple Experience ($16.50) reveals the secrets to the iconic brand’s unparalleled success during one of the most difficult retail environments in decades.
A global expert on the business methods of Steve Jobs, Carmine Gallo uncovers the five steps of service that Apple’s customer-facing employees follow to engage customers in a retail setting.
This is the classic manual typewriter ($199.95) reminiscent of those used by Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, and Jack Kerouac to create their classic literary works.