It’s been almost a year since I wrote one of CybersecurityZen’s most popular articles- 10 Git Ideas For Hackers.

I am confident that the majority the world’s most deserving hackers now own at least 9 out of 10 of these brilliantly geeky hacker gifts.

With the holidays right around the corner once again, I thought it was time for everyone to revisit the idea of stepping outside of the usual gift buying box to purchase something GREAT for that slightly misunderstood hacker in your life.

But what makes a great gift for a hacker or cyber geek? Should you attempt to choose a functional hacker gift, a funny one, or perhaps one that honors hacker culture and nostalgia?

I’ve addressed all three possibilities in this comprehensive list of 25 new gift ideas for hackers, cyber geeks, hackers in training and perhaps just fans of the art.

Enjoy my complete hacker gift idea list and happy hacker holiday shopping!

PS. Tweet your favorites to @SecureNinja or @AliciaMaeWebb and let me know if there is anything you think I should add for next year.

Hacker Gifts for Skill Development

Because hackers need to hack in order to be hackers.

Digilent Basys2 Xilinx Spartan 3E FGPA 250K Development Kit


Imagine finding this green gadgety beauty under your holiday tree..

Development Boards & Kits – PIC / DSPIC EASYPIC v7 dsPIC30 DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM


And I thought getting a Leatherman for Christmas was cool

Belkin 36-Piece Demagnetized Computer Tool Kit with Case (Black)


Yes, please

HackRF One Software Defined Radio (SDR) & ANT500 Antenna Bundle


We all need to start somewhere

Piper Computer Kit | Educational Computer that Teaches STEM and Coding through Minecraft







Or maybe traditional lock picking is soon to be your thing

15 Piece Lock Pick Set By Luolo Gold Edition with Clear Padlock and Ebook Guide

Hak5 makes some amazing items on which to practice. Behold, the Wifi Pineapple.

wifi pineapple


Hacker Gift Ideas For Fun and Function

Ok, forget the part about function. This useless box guarantees nothing but fun for the whole family.

Useless Box Turns Itself Off Storage Box Leave Me Alone Machine Fully Assembled in Real Wood

A classic holiday gift with a quirky hacker spin.

Sock It To Me Circuit Board Mens Crew Socks


Because somebody has to cook Thanksgiving dinner!

Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food


And it MUST be properly seasoned.

Star Wars Salt and Pepper Shakers – R2D2 and R2Q5

There are actually two ways you can go with this.

Star Wars Salt & Pepper Shakers


Simply amazing.. and TOTALLY FUNCTIONAL

Back to the Future Flux Capacitor USB Car Charger – Compatible with anything that charges via USB


When you simply need to define who you are and what you are doing in there..

Warning Hacker At Work Vintage Metal Sign Art Decor Bumper Sticker 5” x 4”

Purely Practical Hacker Gift Ideas

It’s literally a digital safe for your passwords.

Password Safe


Your cards will definitely be safe inside this shiny blue, green, pink, yellow, or purple box.

Multi Colored RFID Blocking Credit Card Case


More like the ultimate HACKER GIFT!

The Ultimate RFID Blocking Leather Passport Holder Wallet for Men and Women in 7 Colors

Let’s talk about style.

Langforth Genuine Leather Vintage 15.6″ Laptop Canvas Messenger Satchel Bag Coffee- 2 sizes

Something for spring..

Men’s F Society t shirt XL Black

Or the world’s coolest hacker hoodie for right now.

Guy Fawkes – Anonymous Men’s Hoodie by Spreadshirt&8482;, L, red

Or is this the coolest? I can’t decide.

Skull Error Paint Skeleton Head Men NEW Black M Contrast Hoodie | Wellcoda


Hacker Gift Ideas For Knowledge Development

There is nothing more educational than a good old fashioned book.

Hacking: The Art of Exploitation, 2nd Edition

Every household needs a genius hacker.

Secrets To Becoming A Genius Hacker: How To Hack Smartphones, Computers & Websites For Beginners

Because the best hackers are also social engineers.

Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking

We must never forget the lessons learned in these four hacker films.

4 Sci-Fi Movies: Hackers / Solarbabies / WarGames / WarGames – The Dead Code