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Our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

Toys and Stuff

Toys and Stuff

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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  • Anonymous

    “Giftee” seems like a really wonderful word. Thanks for the list, too!

  • Dread Pirate Rachel

    Is the lead picture a stock photo? Because I really want that wrapping paper.

  • Anonymous

    If you want a GoT cookbook, just go straight for the good stuff. A Feast of Ice and Fire is by the lovely ladies who run It’s awesome, and delicious. Promise.

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  • Jenni Hill

    You’re not going to rec any fiction (under ‘books’)?

  • Steve Jacobs

    it’s printable wrapping paper. you can get it at 7thhouseontheleft dot com slash 2012 slash 02 geeky-valentine

  • Paul Giachetti

    No mention of Hasslein Books’ newest Back to the Future Encyclopedia? I am disappoint.

  • Alan Kistler

    Totally true. I have a copy myself and it’s great!

  • Alan Kistler

    Damn, that sounds WONDERFUL!

  • Ashley Sue

    Was just about to say the same thing! It’s great cookbook and much better than the “unofficial” version.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    I’m trying to come up with a gift for my sister…are any of you expert giftgivers?

    She’s two months shy of eighteen, has previously been a fan of My Sister’s Keeper and Looking For Alaska, and is currently, sigh, into serial killers. I think/hope it’s a phase, but in a similar mood in high school, I liked Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk. However, I grew out of that phase and think she will too, so I’m not sure if I should indulge it or look toward the future. In any case, something less nichy would probably work, but I tend to read within certain confines…so, I’m not sure that my expertise in fandoms such as Discworld would really pan out. Yet I’ve always thought of Picoult as the same kind of industrial commercial writing that King pumps out every year, so I was hoping for something more sophisticated…I’m not thinking of JUST books, but sometimes what a person reads (or if they read) says a lot about their interests…

    Reading back over this, it feels dreadfully desperate for suggestions. Maybe just a gift card?

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