What better way to express your geekitude than with clothing and shoes? You were already wearing them anyway. Here are some of our favorites places for geek-related apparel.
Her Universe: Founded by Ashley Eckstein, whom you may know better as the voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Her Universe's mission involves offering officially licensed "geek chic" merchandise created specifically for women and girls. Needless to say, we're big fans. Among the franchises with t-shirts, hoodies, and jewelry on offer are Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, and Battlestar Galactica. There’s an abundance of lady geek-related goodness to choose from, but if I were forced at blaster-point to highlight a few favorites, they’d have to be the Calavera Vader Scoop Tee and the TARDIS dress.
WeLoveFine: If the giftee in question is a fan of animation, a good bet is WeLoveFine, which has a wide selection of awesomely designed t-shirts and hoodies relating to Adventure Time, My Little Pony, Disney, The Legend of Korra, and more. Lest comics, live TV, and movies feel left out, WLF's digital storefront also offers DC, Marvel, Star Wars, and Star Trek apparel. Personally, I'm a big fan of the Muppets corner of the site. Basically, there are a lot of different areas of geekitude that WeLoveFine has covered, and chances are that the perfect t-shirt for your nerdy girl friend/family member is hiding in one of the sub-sections. If we might make a suggestion–their tunic tanks are awfully nice and are a good switch from the standard t-shirt. So are the messenger bags, for that matter. And if you're shopping for a youngling, there's a lot of kids and babies stuff to choose from.
BustedTees: As you can tell from the other apparel retailers we've listed here, if you're shopping for someone into, say, Star Wars, you won't have much trouble finding something appropriate. But what if the perfect gift is one that refers to something a little harder to find on a t-shirt? Like, say, The Venture Brothers, The IT Crowd, The Sandlot, Settlers of Catan, or The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy? Don't worry. BustedTees is there for you. All the standards—Star Wars, Game of Thrones, The Muppets, Harry Potter, The Avengers, The Hunger Games—are here, but alongside them are more obscure items.
Converse: Converse has gone geeky with their line of DC-inspired shoes. Instead of a boring old solid color, you can walk around on shoes emblazoned with Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, The Joker, and more—plus the newbie of the group: Thundercats. (Thunder… Thunder…. Thundercats, HOOOOOOO! Sorry, had to get that out of my system.) There's even the option to customize your own high-tops with art from Arkham City.
SuperheroStuff: Whether your mom/sister/daughter/whatever is a real-life superhero (I'm thinking teachers and policewomen and the like, though if they can fly or read minds, that's certainly also applicable) or just a fan of them, SuperheroStuff is a great place to go for a variety of geek-themed t-shirts for women. Other sites skimp on apparel cut specifically for ladies, but on SuperheroStuff they have dozens of t-shirts, pajamas, tank tops, hoodies and the like in their "Women's Stuff" section. Granted, there's no reason a guy couldn't wear them, but I'm rather partial to the Batman knee socks. They have capes.
Threadless: For years Threadless has been a great source for t-shirts that are sometimes geeky, sometimes hipster-y, but always well-designed. This year, though, the online retailer opted to try something different with their Comics-On Tees. Each volume functions, essentially, as a comic strip, albeit one where the panels are t-shirts. Volume 6's story was even written by Neil Gaiman! If comics aren't your groove (or the groove of the recipient, I should say—though I've found it's nearly impossible to browse Threadless without finding things I want for myself), you can always opt for other geeky tees, hoods, bags, and household goods. A few of my favorites are A King in Every Corner (Game of Thrones-inspired), Bad Tempered Rodents (Monty Python and the Holy Grail-inspired), and TARDamask (Doctor Who-inspired).
Heymonster: Wear your love of strong female characters on your sleeve (well, torso, technically) with these patron saint t-shirts and hoodies. There's Dana Scully (Our Lady of Skepticism, pictured), Kara Thrace (Our Lady of Destruction), Liz Lemon (Our Lady of Having It All), Buffy Summers (Our Lady of Protection), and Leslie Knope (Our Lady of Ambition). If geeky apparel isn't really up the recipient's alley (hey, no judging), there are also art prints and tote bags courtesy of fanartist Spencer.
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