15 gifts for tech geeks that began as Internet memes

If I've learned anything over the years, it's that some things, once they've taken hold, feed off of themselves. They grow stronger with the passing of time, envelop more of the population, more of the calendar, more of everything. Sometimes they even swallow up other monsters of the zeitgeist, creating new uber-phenomena. Cellphones were once non-essential kit, but once they ate a few cameras, interwebs and computer-like processors, the smartphone was born and the world rejoiced.

One of the biggest, most unstoppable phenomena in the known universe is holiday creep. This year in my neighborhood wintry decorations were put up by the city even before Halloween! Well, I'm here to report that the holidays are at it again. Its most recent target? The Internet meme.

That's right. Things that were born as GIFs are now becoming gifts, and in alarming numbers. Here are 15 of the Internet's best and brightest that have been bent to the will of the holiday season. If my smartphone analogy holds strong, these just might be the best gifts of all time.

Editor's Note: Because many of the items below are handmade, quantities are extremely limited for some of the gifts featured here. All items were available for purchase as of this post.


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