Silicon Beach: Geek Gift Ideas for the Holidays

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Today is Black Friday, the nation's biggest retail shark feeding. If you don't feel like getting mauled by other shoppers in the malls today, you've still got time to find a special holiday gift for the geek in your life. Here are some suggestions, all online, of course.

Don't brave the crowds; shop online insteadGeeks.com has special deals on gadgets and equipment for their own version of Cyber Friday running through Monday, November 30. Up to 85 percent off on hundreds of items.

Cash. Nothing says "I Love You" like a C-Note on the dresser. But that's so tacky and old school. Use technology instead to show your appreciation with Obopay, a mobile-to-mobile payments service. Sign-up to send money over the phone at Obopay.com.

Get a grip. The new Owle Bubo iPhone camera grip is the antidote to crappy, shaky underlit videos. Simply attach the phone to the back mount and voila, your geek could be the next Steven Spielberg.  It comes with a standard 37mm macro and wide angle lens, starting at $129.95 plus more if you want to splurge on accessories like an LED light. Visit Wantowle.com to order.

Be a mind reader. Shop at Think Geek. This online store takes the fuss out of deciding what's hot or not, ranging from Wi-Fi Detector T-Shirt, Cases of Bawls energy drink and Bucky Balls Magnetic Building Spheres (because there's nothing like taking a break from coding to play with balls).

Give the gift of health.

Your geek spends way too much time hunched in front of a computer,

fingers typing and clicking away. Years of muscle tension and poor

posture can lead to health complications and chronic headaches.  The

solution: offer up a gift certificate from Massage Envy, which has several locations in Miami-Dade County -- $50 minimum.

Home sweet home. For the girly geek in your life, check out local designer Bean Blossom's cute Twitter pillows on Etsy

for $17.50 each plus shipping.  Her "Twillows" are 12 x 12 inches, made

of 100 percent natural linen (front) and thicker cotton from Japan

(back) in patterned fabric. Bean Blossom, who is @pamrockssofla on Twitter, can also make customized gifts such as totes and stuffed animals.

Music soothes the savage geek. You can't go wrong with iTunes store gift certificates. They make the perfect stocking stuffer.

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