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Our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

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A nice functional, watchable, playable, readable holiday present is nice... but it's also nice to get things that have no particular purpose than to look nice. Or sit around. Or just be owned.

This is starting to sound depressingly consumerist... let me show you what I mean.

A Personalized Letter to Hogwarts: Yup, that's a thing you can get at the Warner Bros. online shop, and there's lots more Batman, Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings things in there to satisfy.

A Lumpy Space Princess Clock. Or any of the other beautiful nerdy clocks at Alantronics on Etsy.

Direwolf Bookends, to make your place just a bit more like Winterfell, without having to turn the heat off. That's from HBO's online shop, full of plenty of stuff from their other shows as well.

A Funko Pop figurine, for getting somebody hooked on collecting. We recommend Ursula (pictured), because there are tiny little suckers on her tentacles and who wouldn't want that on their mantelpiece?

A Nerdy Handmade Soap from GeekSoap, which makes soaps in the shape of Nintendo cartridges, Game of Thrones house emblems, and the Hogwarts Express.

If they already own their favorite movie, see if there's a Criterion collection version of it.

And finally, because not everybody has a use for Christmas ornaments, here are two cool recommendations. First, Modcloth has these absolutely adorable glittery dinosaur ornaments! They have tiny wreaths around their necks. Tiny wreaths. And finally, my yearly plug for Eavesmade's Women of Science laser cut wooden ornaments. They gave me a few gratis last year, and in addition to featuring very cool history-making women they come with brightly colored, sturdy ribbons for hanging.

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