Web geeks come in many forms – you have your designers, developers, online marketers, information architects, social media mavens, and the list goes on and on. However, there is one thing they all have in common: They love the interwebs.
While it might be difficult to identify a Web geek at first glance, luring one into a conversation and listening for key phrases such as, “#fail” (the hashtag is silent, but implied), “honey badger don’t care,” or “check my feed” is often enough for positive identification.
These are the same people who spend most of their time when hanging out at restaurants or bars checking in and posting reviews to all their geolocation apps. They may or may not start weeping every time they see Comic Sans used on a menu or a sign. If it sounds like your friend is speaking in short, disjointed sentences, it’s because they’ve begun to think in 140 characters or less. This is normal (for the average Web geek) but be wary. If they start to say “smiley face” instead of actually smiling, you may have a real problem on your hands.
Despite all of their crazy, you love your Web geek, so show them you care this holiday season by getting them something that will make it seem like you actually follow their Twitter feed.
1. Like/Dislike Stamp Set - $12.95
For the true Facebook devotee, this stamp set will be a life changer. Although the Dislike button is unrealistic (much to the chagrin of the Facebook critic), your social media enthusiast will appreciate the opportunity to use this universal symbol of approval IRL.
2. BODY tag T-Shirt - $23.99
If you’re lucky enough to have a computer person in your life, you know how useful they can be. Even though they get mad every time they find out you haven’t tried restarting it yet. Let them know you actually just love them for their <body> with this simple, but funny tee.
3. “The Insanely Great History of Apple” print - $25
The day Steve Jobs passed away was a dark one at Blue Fountain Media, and I’m sure it was the same at Web design and online marketing firms around the world. Appreciate Jobs’ legacy in style with this detailed print.
4. Spotify Premium account - $9.99/month
Spotify teased US-based Wb geeks for years by getting awesomer and awesomer in the U.K., while stubbornly refusing to launch in the U.S. Until now that is. Give your friend a Spotify Premium account, which gets them unlimited music, online and offline, with no ads. On top of that, they will finally feel cool again for the first time since Napster.
5. EgoBook - $29.50
This one is for that friend who is on Facebook so much their vision is going bad. Give their eyes a break and their ego a check by taking their Facebook history offline with a creepy but hilarious EgoBook.
6. Custom designed status symbols - $49.95
Your friends like to broadcast their status 24/7, but what happens when they’re on the subway or out in the woods and have no service?! Help them avoid disaster by getting them a status update they can wear.
7. '80s Cell Phone Case - $20.00
As fun as modern technology is, retro stuff will always be cooler. Make a fancy new iPhone look like a piece of junk from this ‘80s with this jumbo cell phone case.
8. The Creative Sleep pillows - $15.00 each
Your designer friends will sleep easier knowing their heads are being cushioned by the Adobe suite.
9. Helvetica t-shirt - $30.85
When a typography enthusiast opens this tee, be prepared to dodge a punch. But once they get over the anger, they will love it and wear it all the time. Hopefully.
10. USB Drink Chiller and Warmer - $18.95
There’s one thing all Web geeks have in common and it’s that they spend way too much time in front of a computer. Be a good friend and keep your geek comfortably hydrated.