The Christmas season is upon us, my friends!
Which means my time on Etsy, Pinterest, and Tumblr has doubled exponentially, drooling over all the lists of quirky gifts for book lovers, Harry Potter fans, Jane Austenites, and Star Wars aficionados
*hyperventilates* (8 days left!!! 8 days left until The Force Awakens!!!!) *squeal*
Marketing for gifts geared towards the more societally eccentric has exploded the last couple of years. 10 years ago, when I was clawing my way through ridiculous high school hierarchies and mountains of over-priced Abercrombie & Fitch outfits, this was NOT the case. Nerdy definitely was NOT in.
Now, thanks to plaid-wearing, beard-oiling, horn-rimmed glasses-wearing, coffee shop-loitering vagrants (otherwise known as hipsters), we no longer need to hide our inner nerd.
You know why?
Cuz nerdy is trending, ya'll. *snap*
So, in light of this, I present The Unapologetic Nerd's compilation of the Top 10 Gifts for Nerds this Christmas season.
#10 - Library Card Phone Case
Source: CaribouCreekCases from Etsy, $15.00, ships worldwide. Click here to view item in store.
#9 - Espresso Patronum HP Coffee Mug
Source: SugarandLemon from Etsy, $15.00. This shop also prints personalized Mr. & Mrs. mugs that are adorable! Click here to view this item in shop.
#8 - Vintage Book Cover Case for Kindles
Source: KleverCase from Etsy, $38.87, with size options to fit 5 different Kindle editions, and 11 book cover options, including ane Eyre, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, The Secret Garden, and Sherlock Holmes. Click here to view item in store.
#7 - Legend of Zelda Shield Cookie Cutter
Source: Smiltroy from Etsy, $10.90. This shop specializes in making custom cookie cutter themes from movies, TV shows, video games, and books. Click here to view item in store.
#6 - Silkscreened Pashmina scarves and bow ties with custom prints
Source: Cyberoptix from Etsy, $43.00-$49.00. DNA, library cards, constellations, circuit boards, mathematical equations... SERIOUSLY: you need to check this store out! It's incredible! Click here to view items in store.
#5 - Custom Family Cross-Stitch Portrait
Source: YouMakeMeSewHappy from Etsy, $16.99 for Christmas 4-figure family portrait (pattern only), $9.99 for Wedding portrait (pattern only), or $75.00 for a shipped completed pattern. Buyers send pictures to store owners via Etsy, and receive a custom pattern within a week, including a legend of DMC floss and count-to-stitch tutorial. Click here to see items in store.
#4 - Downton Abby Antique Hair Comb
Source: Aristocrafts from Etsy, $55.00. This would be a splurge for me, but as a fan of Downton and Jane Austen, I'd love to have a delicate hair comb for when I let my hair go curly and throw it up in a messy bun. Click here to see item in store.
#3 - Hogwarts Acceptance Letter Gift Box
Source: GeekyCraftStuff from Etsy, $43.60, these are almost GONE! You have the option to customize it according to preferred House and Time Turner colors. I don't know what I'd do with it, but if this showed up in my mailbox, I'd have an aneurysm. Click here to see item in store.
#2 - Death Star Ice Sphere Mold
Source: ThinkGeek.com, $12.99 for one mold, dishwasher safe. Click here to see item in store.
#1 - Legend of Zelda Custom Song Ring
Source: Peregrine Studios from Etsy, $49.99. Choose between 21 different songs from Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, or Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. Rings are available gold-plated, bronze-plated, or stainless steel. I MUST HAVE THIS. Click here to view item in store.