GeekWire put out a call for geeky gifts from the Seattle region and your ideas came pouring in.
So without further ado — and with just a few days left in the holiday shopping season — here are our picks for 16 locally-bred items geeks will love.
RescueTime Pro – $36
For the distracted geek on your list, a year’s pro account to RescueTime — half-off for the New Year through the “More” link below — can help. The desktop watchdog charts her computer activity to report the cold hard truth about how much she spends on work, and how much on Facebook. More.
Wantrepreneurs will absorb this compendium of wisdom from the renowned Seattle-based wrangler of good ideas and the people who want to make them happen. More.
Up by Jawbone – $99
You manage what you measure, including yourself. This lifestyle system from Jawbone, which opened up a Seattle engineering office this year, tag-teams a wristband and mobile app to track your exercise, your meals, even your sleep patterns. More.
Contour Roam Camera – $199.99
Adventurous geeks will make good use of this tough, sport-mountable, 1-meter waterproof hands-free HD camera cooked up by a couple of outdoorsy UW alumni and entrepreneurs. More.
Rocketfish PadPivot – $39.99
This versatile tablet stand began its life as a Kickstarter project sparked by Seattle industrial designer Jim Young, fits over your knee and promises to make life a little more comfortable for on-the-go gadget geek. More.
‘Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds’ – $8.98 (Amazon)
When Scott Berkun speaks, geeks are all ears. The Seattle author and speaker’s latest book is a collection of his best writings. More.
Romotive ‘Romo’ – $99
One of the zanier ideas to come out of the 2011 class at Seattle incubator TechStars, Romo turns your iPhone into a funny little robot. He won’t arrive by Christmas, but the team will send your giftee a cute IOU. More.
Geometric Jewelry by Sarah Loertscher – $ Varies
Named one of Seattle Magazine’s 2011 Designers to Watch, Loertscher has a way with shapes that West Seattle’s Click! Design That Fits store claims makes her jewelry a hit with engineers and math teachers. More.
Binary Chronometer – $30
Fulfill your favorite geek’s dream of telling time in 1’s and 0’s all while supporting the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Company, otherwise known as the front for 826 Seattle, the local branch of the renowned national writing nonprofit. More.
‘Heart of Seattle’ Shirt – $19.99
It’s the latest offering from the Seattle founders of geek clothing outfit GeeksRiot.com — a Seattle love letter in SuperSonics green and yellow. More.
Even the littlest geeks like to show off their cred. This newborn onesie is one of several geeky pieces on sale on Etsy by local science teacher Melissa Geri Jenkins. More.
Vittana Gift Certificates – $10-$100
For the geek who wants to give back, Seattle nonprofit Vittana offers gift certificates that help a low-income student from around the world go to school and achieve her dreams, then re-invest the amount as the students pay the micro loans back. More.
Intro to Ruby Class – $50
Scott Windsor of Seattle-based crowdsourced class directory TeachStreet teaches this beginner’s course in Ruby, a simple and useful programming language that’s the talk of the code geek town, in two sessions. More.
Livemocha Coupon – $9.95/month or $99.95/year
It won’t teach you Klingon, but the Livemocha language learning community offers 38 languages your brainy geek might want to master. Save 50 percent from now through Dec. 25. More.
Fremont Chia Pet – $24.99
Thanks to a partnership between Bartell Drugs and the Fremont Arts Council, one of Seattle’s most beloved icons has found new life as a terra cotta, chia-growing pot. Available at Bartell’s store throughout Seattle. More.
Tango Gift Card – $ Up to you
The Seattle-based upgrade of the traditional gift card does more than get accepted at top retailers like Amazon and REI. Your geek giftee can trade Tango cards for charitable donations, manage them from his phone, redeem the card for cash and even let you, the gift giver, know exactly what he got with it. More.
Mónica Guzmán is a community strategist in startups and media and a digital life columnist for GeekWire. You can find her tweeting away at @moniguzman, subscribe to her public Facebook posts at facebook.com/moniguzman or reach her via email. See a list of her clients on her website. Also see this archive of her weekly GeekWire columns.