32 Gift Ideas for Intellectual People

Updated on December 3rd, 2020
By Kailey
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If you know people that are intellectual then you might like the idea of buying them gifts that are suited to this. You might like some ideas on what sorts of things they might be interested in. It is not always easy to know what to buy and this is why we have come up with this list. The items in the list are all things that we think intelligent people will really like and enjoy. We have picked quite a variety which means that there will be lots of you to choose from and hopefully the perfect thing for the person that you have in mind.

33 Gifts for Intelligent People

This is a book called ‘Intellectuals and Society’ by Thomas Sowell. It is a book that looks at the history of intellectuals and the things that they have advocated as well as the incentives and constraints that their views and visions have emerged from. It shows haw often they are proved wrong and how views are not changed despite empirical evidence showing the opposite despite disasters often coming about as a result of their thinking.

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This is ‘The Book of Unusual Knowledge’ which is a 704 page padded hardcover book which has lots of information in it. It has useful and captivating information including quirky illustrations, anecdotes, lists and games it will expand knowledge and entertain. Topics include the animal kingdom, art, sports, technology, history, politics, the universe and many more. Samples include ‘Are plastic bags killing sacred cows in India’ and ‘Did Ronald Reagan see two UFOs in his lifetime?’

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This is a book called ‘True Facts that Sound Like Bull$#*t: 500 Insane but True Facts that will Shock and Impress your Friends’. The facts including a big range of topics from hippo sweat to stars in the galaxy in true or false and open ended questions. It means whatever the conversation, you should be able to come up with an obscure fact that will impress people. Topics include science, sports, history, pop culture and many more.

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This is a pen which has a quote from Nikola Tesla engraved on it. It says ‘To find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration’. The pen is black with silver colored detailing so it looks elegant. It has a twist closure and is durable and heavyweight. It is 5.6 inches long and weighs 46 grams. It writes with black ink and is a rollerball that can be refilled when necessary.

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This is a book called ‘Lost in Thought : The Hidden Pleasures of an Intellectual Life’ and is by Zena Hitz. The book explains how much pleasure can be gained by taking a deep interest in a subject such as birdwatching, reading, astronomy etc and that a rich life is one that is rich in thought. She cites many examples of people that chose not to go to university but to instead seek greater fulfilment.

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This is a white mug which has a picture of a pair of red glasses and black writing which says ‘Nerd? I prefer the term intellectual badass’. It is an 11oz ceramic mug and the printing is on both sides. The mug us suitable for microwave and dishwasher use so it is really practical and it is also good fun. It comes in a gift box so is all ready to give away.

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This is a set of puzzles. It includes eight different wire puzzles to try to solve. They are fun brain teasers for adults and children of all ages. There are 16 different puzzles to have a go out and you could give them out or have a go and pass them on amongst a group of family or friends. The metal edges are not sharp so they are safe to use and they will not bend either so last a long time.

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This is a book called ‘Now I Know : The Revealing Stories Behind the World’s Most Interesting Facts by Dan Lewis. It is a paperback book which has all sorts of trivia in it. It contains 100 different topics with all sorts of trivia facts. Great for anyone that loves quizzing as it will increase their knowledge bank or just for anyone that really enjoys learning new things and thinks they know it all!

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This is a selection of wooden puzzles in a wooden box. There is the option of buying nine or twelve different puzzles which al have different challenges to solve. They are 3d puzzles and the idea is to take them apart and then put them back together again. They are suitable for children from the age of eight years but might even puzzle adults as well. Great for families to have fun with together.

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This is a book called ‘Intellectuals: From Marx and Tolstoy to Sartre and Chomsky’ by Paul Johnson. This is a book about the minds that have shaped the modern works. It has case studies of all sorts of influential thinkers who are revealed as intellectuals who are both brilliant and contradictory as well as magnetic and dangerous. Includes Hemingway, Russell, Brecht, Connolly, Rousseau, Ibsen, Wilson, Gollancz, Hellman, Mailer and Baldwin.

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This is ‘Roget’s Thesaurus of Words for Intellectuals: Synonyms, Antonyms, and Related Terms Every Smart Person Should Know How to Use’ by David Olsen. It is a useful book which includes lots of information about words and their definitions organized by meaning. It will help anyone to not only expand their vocabulary but also be able to say exactly what they mean without the worry of not using the right word.

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This is a 3D perpetual calendar puzzle. It is made of wood and is mechanical. It is made from high quality plywood and there are lots of pieces that have to be popped out of sheets and then fixed together without the need for any glue – instructions are included. They have interlocking mechanisms which keep the pieces together well. The puzzle looks good when complete and can be displayed afterwards.

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This is a 3D wooden puzzle of a wine bottle on a stand. It is a fun puzzle to complete and is made form wood and has a natural wood color. There are 13 pieces that have to be carefully put together to make the wine bottle and afterwards it can be displayed. It measures 11.25 x 2.5 x 5.25 inches in size. It comes in a box, all ready to wrap up as a fun gift.

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This is a fun t-shirt which has short sleeves and a classic fit. It comes in black, navy, asphalt, slate or dark heather. On it, it says, ‘I only use sarcasm periodically’ and the word sarcasm is spelt out using symbols from the periodic table. It comes in sizes suitable for kids aged 2 -12 years of age and also has adult sizes for men and women from small – 3XL. It is machine washable.

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This is a Scrabble Champion Edition. It is a game which works for various versions of Windows – XP, 98, Me and 2000. It has multiple skill levels from beginner to expert and there are new game music and graphic as well. It is America’s favorite word game from your PC. Use your seven tiles to spell out the highest scoring words so that you can win the game. You can play against the computer.

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This is a tank top which says ‘Kenaz’ and has a sign underneath which is the rune of intellect and entitlement. It is suitable in fits suitable for men and women and in sizes small to 2XL. It comes in a selection of colors too – black, navy, royal blue, red, dark heather, heather gray, sapphire, neon pink and purple. It has a classic fit and is suitable for machine washing.

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This is an audio CD of music to enhance intellect and creativity. This is on CD disc which has a selection of music which has been specially chosen to help the mind while working. Some research has shown that music can be a big influence when working and so it could be worth a try. Obviously, music is very personal so make sure that you listen to the samples to see whether you think you will like it first.

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This is a chess and backgammon game. It is a high grade game with a leather board and wooden pieces. The board can fold which makes it more portable and it is also small so it is light. The set can be used to play chess or checkers so you can have lots of fun with it. Both games have difficult tactics, even checkers which is easier to learn, so they are great for those that like something more challenging.

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This is a set of wooden rattles for babies. They are made from natural beech which has no paint or other unnatural materials on it. It has been sanded smooth though. They are a size which is easy for baby to handle and they are cute animal shapes too. There are five teething toys in the set, an elephant, dog, teddy, bird and one that is just a shape with hoops on.

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This is a book called ‘The American Intellectual Tradition Vol II 1865 to the present by David A Hollinger and Charles Capper. It brings together classic works in philosophy, religion, social theory, political thought, economics, psychology and cultural & literary criticism. It traces the evolution of American intellectual writing and thinking and therefore makes a useful text for Intellectual history courses and could also be used for American history, American studies and American literature studies.

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This is a novelty nameplate to go on a desk. It is black and has gold writing on it which says ‘I’m kind of a big deal’ on it. It is premium laser engraved plastic so it will not rub off. It measures 2 x 10 inches and would make a fun gift for an office colleague, boss or someone that is intellectual and knows it. A humorous gift for a clever person with a sense of humor.

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This is a selection of silicone 3.5 inch floppy disks which are drinks coasters. They are all written on in different languages  Chinese, Japanese, German, French, Spanish and English. Each is a different color and they will teach you how to speak different languages while you use them. They look just like the real thing but they are dishwasher safe so can be kept really clean. They will protect your surfaces from hot and cold cups and glasses.

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This is a hoodie which says on it ‘Nerd? I prefer the term intellectual badass’. It is written in white on the hoodie and the main hoodie is either black, navy, dark heather or heather gray. They are long sleeved with a drawstring around the hood and have a large pocket on the front. They are a unisex style and come in sizes small – 2XL. They can go in the washing machine and tumble drier.

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This is a book called ‘The Opium of the Intellectuals’ by Raymond Aron. It is book of political reflection about how noble ideas can slide into the tyranny of secular religion and emphasizes how political thought has the profound responsibility of telling the truth about social and political reality. He explores the three myths of radical thought – the left, the revolution and the proletariat showing they are ideological and mystifying rather than illuminating.

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This is a book called ‘Freud : An Intellectual Biography’ which is by Joel Whitebook. It presents a portrait of the creator of psychoanalysis exploring his complexity and interprets his theories cutting through the stereotypes about him. His thinking is explored in the context of his personal life as well as that of society as a whole and the impact of this on psychoanalysis, philosophy and social theory is explored as well.

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This is a throw blanket which has a quote on it – ‘Excuse me for being so intellectual. I know you would prefer something nice and feminine and affectionate – Zelda Fitzgerald’. It is written in black print on the white background. The throw is made from a super soft microfiber and so is soft and plush which is cozy and comfortable. It is 60 x 80 inches in size and can be cleaned in a washing machine.

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This is a notebook. It has a black cover and says ‘nerd (noun) an intellectual badass’ in white on the front of it. It has 110 pages which are lined and so it is really handy for using as a diary, journal or notebook. It is 6 x 9 inches in size and so easy to carry around to make notes when you are out and about or to use on a desk or at home.

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This is a levitating globe with LED light. It is a cool toy which will teach about the countries of the world. It comes with a special frame that it floats between and the LED lights are purple, pink and cyan. It will spin as well and so it provides a cool desk toy that is mesmerizing and relaxing. It is 3.5 inches in diameter and comes with an instruction manual so it is easy to make work.

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This is a framed print poster. It has a white background and in black lettering it says ‘Nerd? I prefer the term intellectual badass’. It is 9 x 11 inches in size and the frame comes with a tabletop stand and a wall mounting kit so you can pick how to display it. The artwork is printed on paper using pure pigment inks. The black textured finish creates a great effect and stands out.

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This is a funny enamel mug. It is white and on it says ‘let’s keep the dumbf*ckery to a minimum today’ in black. It has a silver colored rim and holds 12oz of drink. It is lightweight and durable and so can be used for camping, travelling and outside in the garden as well as around the home. The enamel coated steel is easy to clean but cannot go in the microwave or dishwasher.

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This is a short sleeved t-shirt for men which is available in heather black, heather light blue or dark heather gray. It says on it in black print ‘hold on, let me overthink this’. It is available in sizes small – 5XL. It is machine washable so is easy to keep clean. It is made form a cotton/poly blend which means that it keeps its shape well and feels comfortable to wear.

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This is a sliding block puzzle. It is a setting sun puzzle where you have to arrange the wooden blocks in the right way so the red, yellow and black ones are set out to represent the setting sun. It is 4 x 3 x 1 inches and is considered to be really difficult so it should be a challenge even to the most intellectual of children and adults. Comes in a gift box so makes a great gift.

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