Last minute gifts for your favorite geek chef


[image-1] - In Vader red or Yoda green, these translucent pieces of plastic mimic the most awesome sci-fantasy swords of all time. Sadly, like all chopsticks, these miniaturized beams of coherent light can't cut a tough hunk of General Tso's chicken worth a damn. For that you'll need force lightning. $22.99 (for both), amazon.com


[image-2] - Sure, you could just throw those knives into a drawer, or store them in a grungy wooden block, but where's the fun in that? Slide your sharp cutlery into this 14-inch molded-plastic person, with room for five knives, and feel the catharsis begin. You'll especially love the angled hole in the stomach. Twist. Twist. It even comes with knives, just in case the bastard took yours when he/she walked out. $69.99, thinkgeek.com


[image-3] - Remember when you used to play so much Tetris you'd fall asleep moving those colorful blocks around with in your mind? Recreate that obsession with these ice cube molds, although beware: Use these and your next cocktail party will turn into an obsessive attempt by everyone to create a single block of unblemished ice in their gin and tonics. $14.99, curiosite.com


[image-4] - These durable and handmade oak and maple cutting boards are imbedded with the wavy, pixelated, 8-bit enemies of your youth. Whump, whump, they keep coming, and all you can do is either cower behind a blocky obstruction, or cut your through dinner and into the next level. $129.99, thinkgeek.com


[image-5]- Instead of screwing a water filter onto that faucet, jam one of these on the end of your water delivery system and fill your glass with a wave of radiant light. Kind of like undercarriage neon on your car, but not nearly as idiotic. As far as you know. $19.99, thinkgeek.com

Cheesecloth and enameled cast-iron are great gifts for your average home-cook, but what about the folks who like to have a fun in the kitchen while producing tasty treats for friends and family? For them, look to odd resources for clever and surprising gifts that will help them create food while delighting their playful sides. Here are a few options to get you started:

- Just like the Seinfeld-immortalized obsession with muffin tops, the chewy edges of a pan of brownies are — for many people — the very reason to bake the chocolatey goodness in the first place. With lasagna, those crusty sections of caramelized cheese around the outside provide beautiful contrast to the gooey interior. So why bother with middle pieces at all? These pans are crisscrossed with a maze of metal, doubling the corner sections and making every piece an edge. $34.95 (brownie pan), $49.95 (lasagna pan), bakersedge.com

- R2 always seemed to have the tools for the job, from a shocking electro-discharge to leg-mounted jets, but did you know he's also an effective way to season your food? Fill up his internal reservoir with your personal mix of peppercorns, then just twist his noggin whenever you need a blast of spicy seasoning. $19.95, thinkgeek.com

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