Gadchick Gift Picks

Mandy Curtis, editor and writer, is my go-to for nerd culture every Thursday with her Nerd News feature. She has a great geeky blog at Chocolate and Cream Cake.

1. Dragon Age

I’ve been looking for a while for a game that fills the void left behind by the end of Mass Effect. I’m not a huge gamer, but I do love me some story-driven action. I hope that Dragon Age—developed by the same company as ME, Bioware—can quell my cravings.

2. Wacom Bamboo Create Pen and Touch Tablet

Am I an illustrator that needs a way to digitally draw things? Not in the slightest. But I absolutely love the idea of having a way to write and draw “on screen.” And perhaps having a tablet would lead me to become an illustrator? (One can dream …)

3. Kikkerland Grass Charging Station

I am constantly looking around our apartment for the spare charging cords. (They’re never where I’ve left them!) This would be a great way to keep those cords handy, and it’s totally amusing to boot. Also, I’ve long wanted a planter full of wheatgrass on my counter, but have a notoriously black thumb. This station would do double duty as functional and fabulous (decor).

4. Makita Cordless Driver/Drill

Although this isn’t the most gadgety of gadgets, I definitely need a new driver/drill. My currently one—a hand-me-down from a family member—is heavy, old, and the batteries I have for it hold a charge for about 5 minutes max.

5. Keurig Single-Serve Coffee Maker

I’ve been debating the pros and cons (with myself) of a single-serve coffee maker for years. My husband doesn’t drink coffee, so having the ability to make a cup, of pretty much whatever I want, would be ideal … but what happens when we have company that drinks coffee, too? The Keurig B70 seems to be the best option in the single-serve market and the one I’m leaning toward wanting (although I am curious about Starbucks’ new Verisimo machine), even considering the frequency with which these machines seem to crap out.

6. iFontMaker

I have a massive love affair with typography, and the ability to create a font of my own—a good one, that is—without spending loads on online font makers, has long since been something I’ve wanted to do. This app makes it look easy, and for only $7, the price can’t be beat. I mean, you can even make your own wingdings! Sold.

Thanks Mandy! Check out the other Holiday Gift Guides from the other Gadchick team members here.


  1. I totally understand your desire for a tablet! I have the original Bamboo and love it, even though I'm no illustrator, either!

  2. I keep wishing there was a font maker app on android, sigh... great list!