We asked, you answered, and here’s the result. From cheap to whoooooa pricey, here are our picks for 13 great local gifts for geeks …
Geocaching premium membership – $10 for 3 months
If your geek is the adventurous type, she might appreciate being introduced to this growing community of treasure hunters. Geocaching, powered by Seattle’s Groundspeak, uses GPS to send members from here to China on searches for caches hidden in locations around the world. More.
Control-Alt-Hack – $25
Leave it to members of the University of Washington Computer Security and Privacy Research Lab to think this up. Control-Alt-Hack is a card game in which players play white-hat (legal) hackers out to accomplish missions, plug security holes and outsmart everyone. More.
Know a mobile developer or designer? Get them one of these. Carved with every standard spec, feature and icon that can fit an iPhone or Android phone (or iPads of Android tablets, for that matter), these handy UI stencil kits from Pioneer Square’s Design Commission might help someone sketch the next killer app. More.
“The Art of Explanation” – $27.95
Sometimes all you need to get people behind your ideas is to know how to explain them. Lee LeFever, one-half of the Seattle husband and wife team behind CommonCraft, understands that better than most. His new book shares tricks he’s learned working with clients like Twitter and Google. More.
Artifact puzzles – $60
Because some geeky fun needs no Internet connection. Seattle’s Artifact Puzzles cuts their pieces from quarter-inch thick wood in a variety of artsy designs. This dragon-themed puzzle should appeal to fantasy fans. More.
A cure for a common commute, or just a little treat when you don’t want to look for parking. Uber gifts give your favorite geek a ride in a town car and door-to-door service they can see coming. More.
Parallels Desktop – $79.99
You know how you can’t run Windows on a Mac? Well, it turns out you can. Parallels, based in Renton, Wash., makes Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac, for the geek so greedy she has to run multiple operating systems on one machine. More.
PetHub tags – $ varies with service plan
What do you get the geeky pet owner who has everything? Try peace of mind. Issaquah’s PetHub makes pet tags with QR codes that, when scanned, load everything from your contact info to your pet’s veterinary health guidelines — and help locate your lost pet. More.
Rain globes – $19.99
Because let’s face it — even though we make a big deal about it, snow just doesn’t fall that much in Seattle. One of these funky souvenir things reflects that, and geeks ought to appreciate it. More.
If you know someone whose website could use a makeover, you might take Seattle photographer Julie Austin up on her offer — posted on Zaarly — to spruce things up. Austin will do a two-hour photo session at a location of your choice and deliver high-res prints for your giftee’s online address. More.
nPower personal power generator – $199.95
Could barely believe this when I saw it. This personal power generator, available at REI, converts the kinetic energy you create while walking, biking, etc., into power to charge your electronic devices. Go technology. More.
Soundplane – $1,895
It doesn’t get much geekier than creating a new instrument — or learning to play one. The Soundplane, by Seattle’s Madrona Labs, is a smooth sounding “computer music controller” that plays notes according not just to where you press it, but how. Watch the price. For serious music geeks only. More: http://madronalabs.com/hardware
HaikuDeck greeting – free
And finally, it really is the thought that counts. Consider spelling out your holiday greeting on HaikuDeck, Seattle’s super simple iPad slide deck generator. Elegant fonts and easy to find online image backgrounds — put together in minutes — should give your message some oomph. More.