Alex's 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

It's the season of gift-giving, and as such, you may be a little challenged.  For me, the best strategy is to give something you would want yourself - hence, this little guide.  After you've gone through the awesome gift guides from the Verge, Wirecutter, and The Bold Italic, here are some additional gift ideas for yourself, or the nerds in your life (like me).

Photive 50 Watt 6 Port USB Desktop Rapid Charger

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This 6 Port Charger is great for trips, especially if you have a lot of mobile devices that you need to charge. With 6 ports, you can charge your iPhones, iPads and any other devices that use USB.

Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones

Buy on Amazon

The QC25s offer top-notch active noise cancelling, which is important when you're travelling by plane, boat or car.  They are also comfortable, lightweight and look good.

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Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i Mobile Scanner

Buy on Amazon

In the digital age, going paperless is the way to go.  The ScanSnap S1300i is a portable scanner that allows you to quickly scan multi-page documents (front and back) and with OCR technology you'll be able to easily search for your scans.

BackBlaze Online Backup Service

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A backup plan is super important for a growing family, especially for those with newborns, who will take tons of photos and videos in just the first year.  Backblaze makes the process of protecting your data super easy.

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Iconic: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation 

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A beautiful photo book by takes you on a tour of the most visually stunning and important products produced by the world's most innovative company — Apple.

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Apple Watch (or, at least a Gift Card to buy one when it comes out)

Buy on Apple Store

The Apple Watch doesn't come out until early 2015.  But in the meantime, you can make purchasing one much easier with a Gift Card so that when the watch is available, pulling the trigger on an Apple Watch won't be so hard.

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Jason Markk Holiday Box

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The sneaker head will love the Holiday Box from Jason Markk, in collaboration with artist Naturel for a limited edition Gift Box. The box includes an Essential Kit, Set of 12 Quick Wipes, Microfiber Towel, Premium Brush and a Travel Shoe Bag.

Studio Ghibli Collection on Blu-Ray

Buy Princess Mononoke, Kiki's Delivery Service, and The Wind Rises on Amazon

For the anime lover: Disney finally made available the animated classics directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by his famed Japanese animation studio, Studio Ghibli. As a group, they're a nice sampling of Miyazaki's work.

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Iron Man Mark 42 figure by Revoltech

Buy on Amazon

The Avengers: Age of Ultron doesn't come out until next summer. While you're waiting, this 6-inch fully possible figure will bring hours of enjoyment, allowing you to play out scenes from the first one.

Deluxe Flying Baymax with Hiro Action Figure

Buy on Amazon

This 11-inch Baymax with 4.-5-inch Hiro Hamada figure has 20-plus points of articulation, has the famous rocket fist from the movie, and plays different phrases from the film.  Perfect for the Big Hero 6 Fan.

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Transformers Generations: Leader Class Jetfire

Buy on Amazon

A show-accurate figure from the 1984 TV series of the scientist autobot who transforms into a white jet.  Nuff said. 

LEGO Guardians of the Galaxy Escape from Nowhere

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Lego versions of Groot and Rocket Raccoon.  How can you go wrong?