Best Gifts for the Design Nerd & Internet Geek You Love in 2009

The end of the year is approaching, and many people are taking this time to reflect on the year past and the people in their lives who have made it so memorable.

Whether you’re celebrating a holiday or just celebrating the love in your life, finding a unique gift for that design nerd closest to you just got a little easier — here’s my 2009 gift list!

Days of the Week T-shirt Set

A new color for each day! These shirts could be fun for any color lover in your life – and on those hectic work weeks — they could come in handy when you can’t remember what day it is!

On sale right now at Cotton Factory for only $65 for the whole 7 T-shirt set!

Pop-Up Cards

You don’t even have to be a designer to appreciate these beautiful pop-up cards at PubliqueShop. At $4.50 per card, these may not be something you will want to send out to everyone on your mailing list, but will make a real impression on those who deserve something a little special! These aren’t just cards, they’re tiny works of art!

Typography Coasters

Coasters are perfect for any designers desk! Looks like a set of 4 will run you $45 for these Bamboo letter jumbles set in Baskerville Semibold.

Would it be over doing it to pair these coasters with the typography coffee table I featured last year?

Helbotica T-Shirt

No gift list for designers would be complete of course without a Helvetica Fan item! This tshirt is specifically for the nerd in your life who has cross over nerdisms for typography and robots! Meet Helbotica!

These shirts are available in sizes for Men, Women and Kids and multiple colors starting at $20.

Shirts For Coders has a whole store of shirts with silly slogans that show off your code nerd status. There are only 14 items on the site right now, but you’re likely to find something there that will make your favorite Web Developer chuckle. Prices start at just $19!

The Ruler Gun

Here’s one that’s sure to make a BANG! (Sorry, I had to say it!)  This wooden office ruler shaped like a pistol may not be something you’d put in your kids pencil box, but that special someone in your life who spends their days sketching will get a kick out of having this on their desk! It’s $12.49 from the Paris boutique, Atypyk. Ammunition not included.

Typography Soap

This gift will give a whole new meaning to “clean type,” its the Typography Soap from Charles & Marie and since the site is offering FREE shipping this week, I would head over there and pick this up now if you want it. It’s $20 per bar, which is a lot for some soap — but I can’t image anyone would actually USE it, more something you can display on your bookshelf next to your design books! :)

Well that’s it!

7 gift ideas for you to share with your loved ones, whether  you plan to grab one of these for them or you want them to get them for YOU! Is there something amazing I didn’t include? Leave a comment and let me know about it!

You can check out my 2 gift lists posts from 2008 if you are looking for even more nerdy schwag! 7 Gifts for the Design Nerd in your Life and More Gifts for the Design Nerd and Internet Geek in your life


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  2. Too bad shipping cost to Italy for that *I heart web standards* t_shirt are really high. Totally dig that shirt…

  3. So apparently I thought I wouldn’t understand your website, but then you went and put up things that are cute that I could buy! Hooray! You’re amazing, smart and all around perfect. Also, the day of the week shirts rock. I think I’m gonna make some for myself!

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