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Look, you already know what your loved one likes. You've already gotten her the special edition DVD with that great bonus commentary, the hardcover trade collection with the ribbon bookmark and extra material in the back, or the Collectors Edition with the soundtrack album and gold Wiimote. What you
haven't gotten is anything they didn't ask for, that item that'll really put an excited smile on their face.
We're going to show you where to find really unique items for nerdy girls that will make people go "Where did you FIND that?" Because all of us nerdy girls know how exciting it is to find licensed t-shirts that fit, or jewelry from our favorite franchises, or otherwise girl oriented but geeky merchandise.
And not having to seek them out yourself? Well, sometimes that's the ultimate (material) gift.
You like Star Wars. You like crafts. You will LOVE Bonnie Burton’s
Star Wars Craft Book. It’s exactly what it sounds like. Editor of StarWars.com, Burton uses her extensive knowledge in both Star Wars and crafting to break down inventive items you or your kids would love to make. There’s even different holiday themed crafts. And who doesn’t want their own Cuddly Bantha?
If you've ever wondered what would happen if a jaded geek journalist suddenly found herself hooking up with a famous sci-fi actor who might not be what he seems, then Sarah Kuhn has written a story that you will be very interested in reading! Even if you're not into romance, One Con Glory is a really sweet novella about two people who are just shocked and amazed that they have something in common, and then just let themselves go with it. But what you'll relate to the most? The geek arguments. Protagonist Julie's quest to get her hands on an action figure of her beloved forgotten action heroine, Glory Gilmore. In short: the sheer geekery. The romance is a bonus. Start by liking it on Facebook.
This is the first (and hopefully one of many) books to spin out of Yasmine Surovec’s hilarious web comic Cat vs Human, the mostly true story of a girl, her cat and the reality of living together. Yes, be forewarned, Cat Versus Human will bring out the crazy cat lady inside you. Although the title is singular, there’s actually multiple cats, a boyfriend and a dog included in the hilarious strips as well. You never laugh as hard as you do at yourself and if you’re a cat owner you will be on the floor in tears over this one.
Kate Beaton has a degree in history and anthropology, not something you’d expect from a web comic writer/artist but it just so happens that they go hand in hand. collects her weekly webcomic delving into all sorts of moments from our past as well as historical figures. And let’s just say, you’ve probably never seen them like this before. Nikola Tesla, Napoleon, Nancy Drew...yeah, they’re all in there and more. If you’ve got a history buff in your circle who loves to laugh, this is the book for them.
If you're shopping for someone young, or just young at heart, or someone who likes good art and folklore then you could do much, much worse than to pick them up a copy of Hark! A Vagrant . With fifty different nursery rhymes illustrated by fifty different comics artists, including some of our very favorites (like Kate Beaton, Vera Brosgol, and Lucy Knisley), it's sure to delight. That is, if you can keep from just reading it yourself. Nursery Rhyme Comics
The amount of cool art in just the comic world is sometimes too much for me to handle, let alone on the entire planet. Art is very subjective of course, but we’re hoping that you’ll fall for these artists like we have and support them by purchasing one of their prints or a commission for your loved ones. It’s a simple gift that can go a long way.
Ginger Haze - Noelle Stevenson, is currently studying illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art but we’re gonna go ahead and say she can graduate now. Stevenson mixes her fangirl love of all things geek with a delightful artistic vision and an irreverent humor that cannot be duplicated. Keep an eye out for: The Broship of the Rings.
Dance With Robots - Minimalist and propaganda posters are among some of my favorite finds on the craft website. I barely have anymore room left on my walls and that’s in part to Melissa Kay fortunately has both and a really fun imagination. Keep an eye out for: Jurassic Park Propoganda Poster.
Mike Maihack - Creator of several comics and contributor to anthologies, Mike Maihack definitely has a unique art style and an interesting range. In his own words, he “spends his time drawing pictures of cats, superheroes, space girls or just about anything else he can think of that might involve a giant pink heart or serving tea.” You’ll have a giant pink heart over your head once you see his illustrations. Keep an eye out for: Batman with a Balloon.
Katie Cook - Katie Cook is well known in the industry for her work on Star Wars and Fraggle Rock but she also has her own webcomic called Gronk, featuring an adorable green monster with a lot of heart. Cook’s definitely one to search out if you’re at a comic convention but you can always find books, prints and original art in her store. Keep an eye out for: F*ck You, Box.
Karen Hallion - Artist Karen Hallion says she speaks fluent Star Wars, Firefly, Buffy, Harry Potter and Steampunk. Sound like anyone you know? Keep an eye out for: Driftwood Mermaids
Matthew Fletcher - Superheroes, monsters and robots! Oh, my! Matthew Fletcher’s distinctive style caught my eye a few years ago and since then I’ve recommended him to just about everyone I know. Keep an eye out for: His Wonder Woman.
The Gorgonist - Robin E. Kaplan has a way with mixing our (and I’m assuming her) favorite genre characters with her own fantastic art style. She spends more of her time working on children’s books and while her art could easily be hung up in any child’s room, you’ll probably have a hard time deciding which one to get for your friend or loved one and which to keep for yourself. Keep an eye out for: David Bowie as Jareth the Goblin King.
You know why we love ThinkGeek? Because they’re geeks, like us! And that means they cater to our every nerdy, bizarre and scientific whim. How else would we have gotten a
Tauntaun Sleeping Bag? Needless to say, ThinkGeek has a wide range of products so why not take a look at a few of our suggestions and work from there?
One of the biggest video game releases this year was Portal 2. It was also one of the games that yielded the most amount of awesome products based on it. You can check out the entire selection of Portal merchandise here but allow us to tell you the Portal bookends, coasters, shower curtain and plush TALKING turret are among our favorites. And it’s sold out at the moment but we pretty much died* when we found out they made a talking Cave Johnson talking portrait.
The Doctor Who shop is equally yummy. Yummy because you can buy a TARDIS cookie jar and eat delicious holiday cookies out of it. And then, you can fix stuff around the house with your Sonic Screwdriver, screwdriver. Put on your I [Heart Heart] Doctor Who t-shirt to go out and celebrate with friends and family but use your Doctor Who keychains, (available in TARDIS, Dalek or Screwdriver) to get back into your house later. And let’s not forget to keep warm on those cold winter nights with some hot chocolate in your very own TARDIS mug.
There are other franchises are represented on ThinkGeek of course, many, in plush form. For instance, you can give your loved one their very own Star Trek Interactive Tribble. Or perhaps a Monty Python Killer Rabbit Plush might be more in order? How about giant, 24-inch Chewbacca? You can’t go wrong with an Alien Chestburster if you ask me.
If your geek is all about geek celebrities, perhaps they might be interested in collecting said celebrities on trading cards. Len Peralta’s Geek A Week cards feature folks like Veronica Belmont, Kevin Smith, Felicia Day, Paul Dini, Neil Gaiman, Jeri Ryan, Stan Lee and yes, even The Mary Sue’s Jill Pantozzi, all done up as their favorite geek characters. Each set comes with eight, two-sided color cards with a micro biography and list of stats and super powers for each geek.
And really, how many other sites can advertise an Ada Lovelace t-shirt? Thanks for being a go-to geek shop, ThinkGeek!
*Pretty much died = it was so awesome we couldn’t contain ourselves.
Nothing is more exciting to the geeky girl than finding an awesome nerd t-shirt... that's actually cut for a woman.
Especially if she's outgrown the boys section. In that spirit, we present our favorite t-shirt retailers that actually make nerd clothing for women.
Brought to our attention by DC Women Kicking Ass, Retro Factory has a t-shirt for every title of the New 52, each one emblazoned with the cover of issue #1. And, shockingly enough, they are selling all of them in women's sizes, so, if you know someone who'd love to wear the sweet-ass covers of , Wonder Woman , or Batgirl , it's your place.
The Mary Sue got a chance to talk to Ashley Eckstein at NYCC this fall, and came away from the Batwoman Her Universe booth loving everything about it. Ashley founded the line specifically to make licensed clothing and jewelry based on beloved sci-fi properties, and so far Her Universe is in the business of Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Eureka, Warehouse 13, and other Syfy original clothes. We can personally vouch for the t-shirts: they're soft, long waisted for everybody who doesn't want their back to be cold all the time, and fit great. If they're any indication of the rest of the line, the rest (hoodies, pajamas, pendants and charms) will be awesome too.
Mighty Fine Tees sent us an email a while back saying that they feel it's important to offer tees for women as well as men, but their sales of ladies tees were flagging despite their efforts. Well, we couldn't let that stand, so if you've got a ladyfriend or relative who's into Marvel comics, My Little Pony, Jem and the Holograms, Adventure Time or pretty much any other geeky or retro subject, you'll find a tee or hoodie here for them. They even have Squirrel Girl shirts. SQUIRREL. GIRL.
Threadless is, of course, the internet's premiere location for unique (okay, maybe "hipstery") t-shirts, but did you know they do more than just tees now? You can also get bags, totes, slipcases, iphone cases, and wallets with their signature designs. They've also just finished Adventure Time and Muppets design contests that've yielded some pretty great results. Who wouldn't want a shirt with Jake in the breast-pocket?
But for really obscure interests, try out BustedTees. Just a cursory glance at their main page reveals shirts on the subject of The Hunger Games, Settlers of Catan, Salute Your Shorts, and the obscurest jokes from Futurama, The Simpsons, and Hey Arnold.
If you're looking for some lady-tees for someone less nerdy and more into clever puns and weird decals, Headline Shirts has got you covered.
But hey! We said apparel up there, not t-shirts! And so here's where we mention that Converse Sneakers is running a line of DC Comics licensed versions of their classic All-Stars, a great, gender-neutral shoe. Character designs include Batman, Superman, Joker, Green Lantern, Riddler, the Flash, and the entire Justice League. Shop at Journeys or directly from Converse.com, both sites have some exclusive designs.
To me, Etsy is pretty much a one-stop-shop for any holiday, birthday, anniversary or just because gift. For those items you can’t find anywhere else or didn’t even know existed, Etsy is the site to search. We hate to leave anyone out because there are so many creative people who use the website, so you should certainly browse on your own after checking out our list, either way you’ll be able to find something for everyone on your list.
Fickle Queen - Plastic mustaches? Stormtroopers framed in hearts? What’s not to like?
PopCycled - Comic book jewelry and related items are one of my primary buys on Etsy and PopCycled produces some of the best quality stuff I’ve seen. Don’t spy your favorite character? Just message the seller, she does custom orders.
Fangirls - Also down for custom superhero orders? The ladies of Fangirls. Known for decoupage items ranging anywhere from stemware and picture frames to headbands and necklaces, they’ll put together classic or modern era comics that make completely new works of art.
Epic Buttons - Barettes, earrings, necklaces, keychains and more all adorned with your favorite comic book or science-fiction characters or symbols. Simple yet effective.
Jezebel Charms - This store offers some gorgeous cuffs, and other jewelry, highlighting some of the classic literary and historical characters and stories we love. Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Alice In Wonderland and Sherlock Holmes images and quotes can be found on these items.
Janine Basil - You know the classic POW, BAM, ZIP sound effects from comic books? Now you can express them on your head with Janine Basil’s headbands, hats and accessories. And if you really want to get fancy, there’s a few that are bedazzled with rhinestones!
Victoria the Germ - Need something extra special to spruce up your boring couch or bed? Victoria The Germ creates some great images on pillows in felt that will certainly do the trick.
Not all girls go crazy for diamonds and gold. Some of us like plastic and sterling silver! Here are a few shops that sell jewelry geek girls might prefer over that boring stuff.
We already mentioned
Her Universe was a great place to shop for geeky women’s cut tees but yes, they’ve also got a fabulous line of jewelry as well. Star Wars Rebel Alliance and Imperial charms and earrings are available as well their exclusive Battlestar Galactica Toaster necklace. And yes, Jill and Susana are each dying for the brand new Admiral Adama’s Senior Pilot Wings pendant.
RockLove Jewelry has an assortment of items geek girls might find beautiful, especially if they love tentacles. You’ll find jewelry in brass, Victorian items and miniature chess pieces to wear. They even have wax seals to wear or put to their normal use. And they’re having a 35% off sale for the holidays!
If you like your accessories off-beat and high-quality, then Verameat is the jewelry shop for you! However, when I say "off-beat," I'm talking about hybrid monsters, exposed spines, animal-like beasts with human heads, dinosaurs eating fried chicken...but I'm also talking about two- to three-finger rings, vampire-themed pieces, t-shirts, tote bags, a fistful of puppies, awesome stuff like that. And also watch out for the sales -- owner and designer Vera Balyura runs a lot of them, so make sure you sign up for the mailing list!
Think someone you know might want something adorable or completely bonkers hanging from their neck, ears or wrists? Then ShanaLogic is the place to shop. Internet memes? Check. Legos? They got ‘em. Mini-Pepsi cans? And how! Things that make you go, “hmm” are the things that are bound to make her go, “Oooooh!!”
And for those Felicia Day/ The Guild fans out there, Codex Staff Necklace from Archie McPhee!
Sometimes it’s fun to be the one giving that quirky, off-the-wall gift that you wouldn’t find anywhere else. Personally, those are my favorite to receive. Here are a few suggestions we found elsewhere around the net.
Ready for something no one else in your family will think of? Take your loved one outside on a clear night, point to the sky and say their name. You can purchase the naming rights to a star thanks to the
International Star Registry! The gift package includes a 12x16 certificate (framed or unframed), with the name of your choice, dedication date, and telescopic coordinates of the star. The names are copywritten and placed in a directory so future generations can even find them in the sky. Prices range from $54-$489 depending on which package you choose.
Entertainment Earth is a great site for all types of pop-culture toys and memorabilia. It’s hard to narrow down anything from their wide selection but a few things caught our eye this year. For instance, for Doctor Who lovers out there, the Doctor/River Song’s TARDIS Journal. (Time travelers might need a few to contain all their coming-and-goings.) Fans of Adult Swim’s The Venture Bros. are constantly hungry for show merchandise and EE and Bif Bang Pow! have put together some awesome Venture action figures. Some of the items are yet-to-be-released so check out the rest of their Venture line to find something available now. And just because I personally cannot get enough of them, here’s one of the newest Funko Pop! vinyl figures - C3PO!
This next suggestion is a bit more specific in its fandom. Skelton Crew Studio created and sells replicas of the keys from the IDW comic series from Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, Locke & Key. For someone like myself, who is both a fan of the book as well as a lover and collector of keys, these couldn’t be a more perfect gift but they would be something new and different for anyone who likes to collect. I can tell you from experience that they are superbly crafted and absolutely gorgeous in person. The book is horror/mystery and a great gift for lovers of that genre itself but the fact the keys even exist is extra special.
And lastly, we’re not making a joke about geek hygiene, just letting you know about some extra cool soap. Geek Soap produces fun, awesome smelling soap that just happen to take the form of some of our favorite things. Find Game of Thrones, Mario, Captain America, Cthulu soaps and tons more in the shop. All of the items are handmade and vegan friendly!
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