Formative gifts of geek celebrities
Every once in a while, a holiday present manages to make it OK that you're a nerd.
December 19th, 2011
06:05 PM ET

Formative gifts of geek celebrities

Editor's note: Aaron Sagers is a New York-based entertainment writer and nationally syndicated pop-culture columnist. He has specialty knowledge in 'paranormal pop culture,' has lectured at conventions across the country on the topic and is a media pundit on supernatural entertainment. He covers pop culture daily at and can be found on Twitter @aaronsagers.

For an emerging nerd, the holidays can be a formative time of year. In the yuletide, when gift-giving is at its peak,  family members and friends see us for the geek that we are, the geek we will become, and embrace us for it.

Even in this day and age, when geek is chic and images of nerds are all over pop culture, that kind of honest acceptance is rare. When loved ones give us gifts that speak to our true nature without attempting to judge or change us, it leaves a lasting impact.

In that spirit, CNN's Geek Out! reached out to a few famous nerds to share their fondest geeky gift memories – and to also share how becoming accomplished members of the nerd herd has affected the kinds of goodies they now receive. FULL POST

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