10 last-minute gift ideas for geeks
Wouldn't you rather just do some nice, relaxing shopping from the comfort of your cubicle? There's plenty of great stuff you can give digitally via email, Facebook, or even printed off on the fancy color printer
We've tried to cover all the basics, from downloadable games, music, and video on demand -- to truly utilitarian gifts like backup services and Web hosting. Take the jump to see our list of "pay for it now, get it now" gifts -- and share your suggestions in the comments!
Backblaze -- $50
Give a year of Backblaze backups
Netflix - $7.99 to $95.88
Give a Netflix subscription
Hulu Plus - $7.99 to $95.88
Give a Hulu Plus subscription
Zune Pass, iTunes email gift cards, and Amazon gift certificates - various pricesAmazon is a solid 'plan b' gift. They carry just about anything you can imagine, they've got stores all over the world, and there's a good chance your geeky friends might have e-book readers that they could fill with Amazon's digital content. iTunes cards cover not just music and video, but also anything you can buy from the App Store. Zune Pass availability isn't in the same ballpark as iTunes, but it's an excellent service -- so if your giftee lives in a supported area, it's nice way to give unlimited music (and 10 keeper downloads per month).
Zune Pass, iTunes email gift cards [iTunes link], and Amazon gift certificates
World of Warcraft time - $14.99 to $77.94
Gift World of Warcraft
Games from Steam -- various prices
Steam has more than 1,000 games available for $10 or less. From Flight Control HD (pictured) to Football Manager 2011 to COD: Black Ops, Steam has something for everyone. Don't forget, that includes your Mac friends, too. There aren't quite as many titles to pick from, but there are still plenty of great games you can purchase and gift in a matter of minutes.
If you're stuck for specifics, check out Sebastian's five recommendations -- all very reasonably priced!
Popcap Gift Certificates -- $14.95 to $89.95
Give a Popcap gift certificate
Flickr Pro -- $24.95If you know someone who loves to take pictures, you can't go wrong with a Flickr Pro account. Pro users can upload pretty much whatever the heck they want -- there's no storage limit and photos can be up to 20MB a piece. A lot of amateur photogs already have a Flickr Pro account, but Flickr's got you covered there, too. Gifting to an existing user tacks your gift purchase onto the end of their current subscription.
Give twelve months of Flickr Pro
Media Temple hosting -- $95
Purchase The Hosting Card