It has become clear that holidays are Bosons, otherwise how would we have what is patently a Bose-Einstein condensate of holidays – Halloween, Armistice Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Quanza, Winter Solstice, Chanukah, and New Year’s Day. And I probably left a couple out that have escaped my drooling brain’s grasp. But they all seem to be collapsed together while retaining a bit of independent identity.
Unfortunately, that identity is already getting ugly as we close on the Solstice. Much of that ugliness has to do with christmas, as the adherents of that holiday demand that it is somehow transcendent, not just first among equals mind you, transcendent above all other holidays, and the adherents of the other holidays assert in response that their holiday is as good, if not better, than a misdated anniversary. And all of them are contending with the righteous forces of divine capitalism over whether the holiday is secular and hence commercial, or spiritual and hence simonical.
As I sat about yesterday trying to recover sovereignty of my alimentary canal from the bonds of social ingestion, I had occasion to review the articles in the feeds that had accumulated while I was distracted by the holiday as well as the backlog of emails. Chiefest among my discoveries, or better, rediscoveries, was the stentorian announcement by various organizations, most capitalist, of THE LIST OF NECESSARY GEAR TO GIVE/RECEIVE FOR YOUR PARTICULAR MOST IMPORTANT HOLIDAY. The comparison to the holiday period itself is unmistakable; innumerable self-important nonentities loudly announcing that their list of stuff to be bought or obtained is the most important.
I was particularly taken by a list from WIRED. [Link] One thing that distinguishes (extinguishes?) this list is its length. Most are ten items in length, a few are twenty (two times ten) but this one is one hundred (ten times ten? ten squared?) in length. All are too long to be retained in active human memory. All focus on gadgets. And the telling thing, to me at least, is that they boldly illustrate a difference between geeks and nerds. 
That difference is fundamental, the difference of doing. As those who sadistically inflict this blog on their minds well recognize, geeks talk but do not, nerds talk a bit but do. That is, nerds are about accomplishing things whether engineers building something that functions, or scientists who achieve some new understanding of reality, or any of the others that qualify by their knowledge, skills, and temperament as nerds.
Part of that talk but not do is gadgets. Geeks display their appearance of nerdery by having gadgets, preferably ones that are shiny and perhaps make hamster noises. If a gadget is popular, or promulgated by innumerable self-important nonentities as popular, then it is a necessity comparable to those Moses had on tablets that they have that gadget. It is irrelevant whether the gadget serves any purpose or function, or that the geek can exercise the gadget to perform that purpose or function. Conspicuous possession is sufficient. And entire.
Nerds on the other hand view any item that is possessed by others to lack independence and thereby to lack worth UNLESS it may be used to achieve some end – to do! For the nerd purpose and function of gadget are preliminary requirements; the penultimate requirement is that it will contribute manifestly to doing. And once the doing is complete, the gadget may be retired, discarded, or stored away until its function is needed again.
This difference can be summarized succinctly but somewhat turgidly as: for geeks perception of possession of gadget is paramount; for nerds possession for perception is paramount. Now, isn’t that adamantinely clear?
One may ask how this differs from the possession of gadget by bogs. That is rather less simple since bogs purchase gadgets, either for themselves or as gifts, in the perception that the gadget is popular among bogs but not among geeks. Popularity among bogs and popularity among geeks is almost always and totally immiscible. Gadgets possessed by bogs are either simple enough that they can be understood and used by bogs, or are completely beyond their understanding and are immediately exchanged for defunct gift cards or lingerie. If they are unable to execute the latter then the gadget is a subject of persistent complaint of dysfunction. This inability to distinguish between deficient gadget and deficient human is one of the strongest indications of bogdom.
 They may also illustrate differences from bogs as well but I am not sure what those differences are. So far as I can tell bog gift patterns seem to run to gift cards that are supposed to rot before they can be redeemed and items of male and female lingerie, although not always gender matched to the recipient.