Take a spin through the shops filling the Emerald City that cater to the nerds, geeks and technophiles in all of us.
Chances are, if you’re holiday shopping in Seattle, you probably have a tech fan on your list. Lucky for you, this is the perfect city for shopping for folks who love tech — and don’t think the latest gadgets are your only option. They probably have them all anyway! Instead, take a spin through the shops filling the Emerald City that cater to the nerds, geeks and technophiles in all of us and find something unique and meaningful.
Books might seem like old technology, but the book collection at Living Computers: Museum + Labs tech shop is sure to contain something to impress the tech-lover in your life, whether they love gaming, computers or the internet (or all of the above). Maybe your favorite techie would like Brian Dear’s “The Friendly Orange Glow: The Untold Story of the PLATO System and the Dawn of Cyberculture.”
If you have a young tech lover on your list, check out “Ada and the Living Computers,” a picture book written by Matisse Fletcher and illustrated by Elizabeth Dion, about a young girl who gets stranded with her family next to a museum filled with mysterious technology. It’s a great way to introduce kids to tech without more screen time!
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Looking for something even more technical? A manual? History of an idea? Biography of that obscure computer scientist? Head to Capitol Hill’s Ada’s Technical Books and Café. They promise books for geeks of all kinds. And if they don’t have what you’re looking for, they can order it.
Stock up on games, books, arts, crafts and science kits from Roosevelt’s Math N’ Stuff. You can find games for the young tech, science and math lover or just the young at heart. Maybe someone on your list needs a Botley coding robot, or a book of games and projects to play with their Raspberry Pi — you’ll find those and much, much more at this unique Seattle shop.
Tech lovers and puzzles often go together, and especially so when the puzzle features vintage video games. Pick up this unique present, a 1,000 piece puzzle featuring images of all your retro video game favorites, that will ensure some off-screen fun time for any video game lover on your list at Outsider Comics and Geek Boutique.
Is robotics their thing? Give them a way to celebrate their love of engineering and AI with a pretty little robot necklace, available at Outsider Comics and Geek Boutique. You can find a whole geek-inspired collection of clothing at the Fremont retailer, too.
One of the hippest tech trends of late is 3D printing. If you have a stylish tech lover on your list, a 3D-printed vase from Foransuon can be just the thing to tie their love of tech to their home life. You can find options in many gorgeous and unique shapes, sizes and colors at Made Here Seattle.
If you really want to give a gift they won’t forget, consider gifting an experience instead of a box this year.
You could give them a day at The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, which currently features two exhibits the techie in your life will love. “Blast Off to Beyond,” specifically aimed at kids and families, celebrates the role Asian Pacific Americans (APA) have played in space exploration and technology, and “Worlds Beyond Here: The Expanding Universe of APA Science Fiction” features the many APA who are artists and creators of science fiction.
Or give the tech lover in your life something they can enjoy all year long and consider a membership to Living Computers: Museum + Labs, which is extending their wildly popular exhibit “Totally 80s Rewind.” Featuring three immersive rooms where visitors can interact with tech like Apple II computers, free-play arcade cabinets, and retro gaming consoles, this “day in the life of an ’80s teenager” is an experience where the whole family can geek out together.
Living Computers: Museum + Labs provides hands-on experiences with computer technology from the 1960s to the present. From vintage systems and mainframes to the latest robotics and digital tools — discover technology at your fingertips. Come in. Geek out.