Gift Ideas

Get Geek-Chic with Modcloth

I was perusing Modcloth the other day (as one does when they want to put off real work), and I noticed they had a “geek-chic” section. I already love Modcloth, but I now want to fully live in the world that exists on their website. They have items for space lovers:

Modcloth Space

Science lovers:

Modcloth Science

And cat lovers (so, all of the internet),

Modcloth Cat

as well as cute items inspired by novels, school, fantasy, fandoms, and more. Basically, I want to re-do my home and wardrobe. Want to peruse their goods? Check out everything geeky Modcloth has to offer here!

What’s on your “must buy” list? (I really want these planet plates…)

R2-D2 Measuring Cup Set

11be_sw_r2d2_measuring_cup_set I got way too excited when I saw this item come up in ThinkGeek’s email today. This R2-D2 measuring cup set looks adorable on your kitchen counter, and is actually super practical. Take a look at all it holds: 11be_sw_r2d2_measuring_cup_set_sizes_embedThis is a licensed ThinkGeek exclusive, and you can get it for only $19.99. It seems like the perfect host gift, wedding gift, or “whoops, all of my measuring cups mysteriously broke, guess I have to get new ones” gift for yourself.

Will you be picking one up? What character would you like to see made into measuring cups?

ECCC Vendors

Phew! Emerald City Comicon took way more out of me than I thought. I had a great time on panels, at screenings, and meeting people, but ended up being too tired to function for multiple days after. The con may have ended on Sunday, but I’m just now ready to start talking about all of the cool things I saw! Starting with: Vendors. I spend most of my time at conventions in the exhibit hall, and this was no exception. There were old favorites (like Espionage Cosmetics and CuteBricks) and a bunch of new folks that I fell in love with. You need to check out the following folks immediately:

We Love Fine

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I’ve been an admirer of WeLoveFine for a while, but finally bought my first pair of leggings from them on Saturday and wore them on Sunday. They were super comfy and I got lots of compliments! I can already see more legging purchases in my future…

Daily Lovelies

Daily Lovelies

 

Yes, I have a weakness for geeky cosmetics. And yes, I already have too much. But when I found the adorable Daily Lovelies, I couldn’t resist grabbing some to try! I purchased the gorgeous and glittery “Who’d Want Me for a Flatmate?” (seen above), and “I Solemnly Swear I’m Up To No Good,” a shimmery neutral that has already become my go-to eyeshadow base.

The Truffle Cottage

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I unfortunately didn’t get to try these truffles, but that didn’t stop me from staring at them every time I passed by the booth. I mean, they have chocolate truffles in the shapes of the Ghostbusters and Superman logos, and Iron Man’s head, and they have large TARDIS truffles, and…and…you just have to check them out. And if you’re ever looking for a gift for me, you know where to find it.

Zoms

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I’ve seen Zoms at a few different conventions, and I always have to stop to ooh and aww over the cutest plush zombie the world’s ever seen. They’ve grown to include a few different types of plushies, and I hear they have some really cool new ones that they’ll be launching soon.

Were you at ECCC? What exhibitors did you fall in love with?

I’ll be profiling one more vendor in detail tomorrow, so stay tuned!

Custom Named Nail Polish

Pretty Please Polish

I have a problem. Well, a couple problems. The first is that I have a slight nail polish addiction. My collection has grown larger than my lip gloss collection (and that’s saying something). The second problem is that I’m a sucker for fun nail polish names. I could do without the punny OPI names, but if something geeky comes up, I’ve got to have it. I’ve almost purchased this $27 Chanel nail polish just because the color name is “Dragon.” (And I still want it!)

So I’m naturally thrilled about Pretty Please, a nail polish company that lets you pick your color and name it whatever you want. You can purchase one bottle for yourself (for $10) or a bunch for gifts, party favors, etc. (depending on how many you purchase, the price can go down to $5.50 each!) I think this is a ridiculously fun way to wear the latest colors on your nails, but call the polish a name based on your favorite fandom, inside joke, or person.

Did your DnD group just complete their quest? Get them the gold nail polish with the quest name or their XP.

Have a weekly tv-watching session? Get a color named after one of the characters so you can all paint your nails together the next week!

Want to thank your wedding party for being in your wedding? Pick the color that suits each person best and name it after them.

What color and name would you pick? (Check them all out at prettypleasenailpolish.com)

Fragments: Really Cool Jewelry for Your Valentine

Valentine’s Day is upon us, and with it brings tons of jewelry store ads. “Get your love this heart-shaped pendant she’ll wear once.” “If you buy this pretty pink item, you get a TEDDY BEAR for free!” The jewelry all starts to sound and look the same, and most likely won’t even be right for the giftee.

So instead of the foofy things, get your Valentine something awesome. If you’re looking to spend a bit of cash on a piece of really nice jewelry, I recommend you check out Fragments. Their jewelry is gorgeous while also being badass, just like your Valentine! Here are some of my faves, along with cheesy suggestions for how you can tie it into Valentine’s Day. You’re welcome:

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Octagon Dagger Pendant

This pendant says “I know you like sparkly things, and I also like it when you stay alive. Take some protection.” Seriously. This thing looks like it could do some damage. $90.

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Silvery Cubist Earrings

These earrings are a more subtle and funky way to show off a bit of bling. Plus, what better way to ask someone to be your Companion (Cube)?$115.

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Forget Me Knot Ring

A sweet name and a fierce product. Great for folks that wouldn’t be caught dead with something girly! $350.

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Skull Chain Ring

A punk way of saying “Till Death Do Us Part.” $560.

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Shark Bite Earrings

Whether you’re more of a “Shark Week” or a “Sharknado” kinda girl, share your love with these gold and diamond earrings. $1,390.

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Star Duo Necklace

Tell your Valentine that you love them “From  here to the stars and back” with this gorgeous necklace that they don’t need a special occasion to wear. $1,650.

Which is your fave piece? Are you hoping for jewelry for Valentine’s Day?

This has been a sponsored post for Fragments. All words and opinions are mine, and I would totally and happily wear any of these pieces if they were given to me (cough, cough).

My Kickstarter: Geeky Sprinkles!

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I’m here today with exciting, scary, nervous-making news: I’ve launched a Kickstarter! The Kickstarter is for a Geeky Sprinkle line. I’m starting with steampunk shapes, lightning bolt shapes, and blue police box shapes. So all you steampunk, comic, Harry Potter, and Doctor Who fans, rejoice: You will finally have pretty sprinkles to put on your cupcakes or ice cream sundaes.

Basically, I’ve been wanting more fun, geeky sprinkles for a while and about a year ago I started researching options of having them made. I found the best of the best of the best people to make it happen, and I’m so excited to start making these sprinkles a reality. I hope to bring a bit more fun into kitchens and bakeries around the world in a different way than my blog already does.

If you’re as excited about the sprinkles as I am, please pledge to the Kickstarter! If you know someone else who would like these sprinkles, please share the project with them! I need your help to make this a reality.

And if nothing else, just check out the video on the Kickstarter page. The folks at Cinesaurus did a fantastic job making a ridiculous, fun video for me and I’m excited to share it.

Yay! Go! Kickstart!

Yumbots: Robot Cupcakes

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These little guys are some of the cutest things you’ll ever eat. Seriously. I’ve received a few boxes of Yumbots over the years, and just recently took them out and played with them. The silicone robot heads get filled with cake batter and cook like a cupcake–just stick them on a baking sheet. After they’re cooked and cooled is where the real fun begins: the frosting. The robots become more fun and fashionable the higher (and brighter) the frosting is. Give them a fun hairstyle and try not to smile while eating them!

The robots have swivel feet, so you can turn and pose them as you wish, and the silicone bots are reusable for lots of robot-cupcake fun!

Grab a box of Yumbots (they come in a pack of four) for $14.22 at Amazon!

Use DogeCoin at the Geeky Hostess Store

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…Yep. Until 10pm PST on Friday, December 20th, you can use DogeCoin as currency at the Geeky Hostess Store.

Why? Why not. Here are other questions you may have.

What is DogeCoin? 

DogeCoin is a cryptocurrency created a little less than 2 weeks ago. It started off as a parody of BitCoin, but has taken on a life of its own.

Why not just accept BitCoin?

Because DogeCoin is cuter. And based on a meme. But seriously, BitCoin has become unmineable for the average person, and DogeCoin is a fun way to be introduced into the concept of cryptocurrency. So Fun. Much Coin.

I am a DogeCoin millionaire. Can I buy your whole store?

No, please. There is a limit of one of each item in my store per DogeCoin-paying customer. You may, however, buy more items with US Currency.

How do I buy things from you?

Since there isn’t a prebuilt way to do that (yet!), here’s how it works:

  1. Pick what you want in the store.
  2. Email me at tara(at)geekyhostess.com with what you want and your physical address.
  3. I’ll message you back with a wallet address.
  4. You send Doge to the wallet, and when it arrives, I ship your things.

How do I get started with DogeCoin? 

Go here!

I want more info. 

That’s not a question. But check out my reddit post, leave a comment, or shoot me an email and I’ll be happy to answer any additional questions!

Apparently Everyone You Know Wants this Snuggie for Christmas

harrypottersnuggieIt’s story time. Once upon a time (Or about a year and a half ago), I wrote a post about this Harry Potter snuggie. To this day, it is still one of my most popular posts and gets me the most affiliate money from Amazon. When people purchase this snuggie, they don’t just buy one. They buy DOZENS. There are entire families that get this snuggie for Christmas. And I want to see pictures.

Anyway, I thought it was time to do an update post and let everyone know that apparently you are either getting this snuggie for Christmas or giving it for Christmas. Consider this a PSA.

Or perhaps you’re looking for a more Winter-appropriate scarf-look for your snuggie?

Harry Potter not your thing? Never fear, there are other novelty snuggies for you and your loved ones!

Bilbo Snuggie Maybe you’ve always wanted to look like Bilbo Baggins?

Gandalf Snuggie Or you need a Gandalf snuggie to wear in the theater when you see The Hobbit?

Superman Snuggie …Or you want to feel a bit more Super when lying around the house? (These snuggies are also available in Wonder Woman and Batman.)

No matter what your favorite fandom is, you can comfortably cosplay from home with these snuggies. Or hell, get them all like the super cheery model above and switch them out based on which movie you’re currently watching. Just act quick because these snuggies are extremely popular. Yeah, I don’t get it either.

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the White Elephant Exchange

It seems like every workplace has them now. You have a price limit and you have to find a fun and quirky gift to bring. Here are some suggestions for fun geeky white elephant gifts that people will be fighting over. These gifts also make great stocking stuffers, Secret Santa gifts, or gifts for acquaintances/co-workers–every item here is under $20!

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Keycals
Liven up your keyboard with these cute decals made to fit your keys! They have a variety to choose from, or you can have custom keycals made. I love their nebula design as well as their smaller set of Star Trek-inspired keycals. $7 for a small set, $16 for a full set at Kidecals.com.

Test Tube Infuser
Test Tube Tea Infuser
Everyone likes tea, right? And science? People like science? This test tube tea infuser isn’t just a cute novelty product, it honestly seems like a nicer design than other infusers I’ve seen. Pair it with some of your favorite loose leaf tea for a fantastic gift! $11.99 at ThinkGeek.com.

LEGO
LEGO USB Drive
I’ve had a pink version of this LEGO USB drive on my keychain for a couple years now, and I absolutely love it. It’s cute and geeky without being too flashy or cumbersome, and it actually serves a purpose. I can transfer files, photos, videos, music, etc. back and forth without worrying about forgetting it somewhere (since it’s on my keys). Bonus? The 4 GB Drive is only $12.99 from Amazon.

Library Candle
Charles Dickens-inspired Candle
Paddywax’s Library candle collection features scents inspired by different classic authors. The Dickens candle is perfect for the holidays, and will inspire the recipient to cozy up with a book. The scent mix includes tangerine, juniper, and clove. The travel tin is available for $14.20 from Amazon. Pair the candle with a favorite book for a fantastic gift!

What are you bringing to gift exchanges?