The Perfect Host Gifts for Thanksgiving

Yeah yeah, so the stores have skipped straight to Christmas, but we still have a delicious holiday coming up in one week, and it should not be forgotten. If you’re invited to a Thanksgiving feast, don’t show up empty-handed. Grab one of these fun gifts that will insure you’ll be first in line for the turkey and stuffing!

Thanksgiving vs Christmas Album

Thanksgiving vs Christmas

Molly Lewis and friends recorded this fun album live last year, and it’s chock-full of wonderful songs to get you in the Thanksgiving spirit. Bring the album as a gift, or have it on as the background music at your own festivities. ($20-30 at

Gingerbread Turkey Kit

Gingerbread Turkey

Oh, Trader Joes. In addition to having more pumpkin-flavored things than possibly anywhere else, you can purchase one of these adorable gingerbread TURKEYS to make while waiting for Thanksgiving dinner to be ready. I’m so there. ($7.99 in Trader Joes stores.)

Pumpkin Pie Hat

Pumpkin Pie Hat

You want to make sure you’re well dressed for Thanksgiving, right? You wouldn’t want to show up in normal clothes and embarrass yourself, right? Bring this hat. Hours of entertainment, guaranteed. ($8.82 on

Gobble Gobble Mad Libs

Gobble Gobble Mad Libs

Keep everyone entertained with these Thanksgiving-themed Mad Libs. I bet you didn’t know those existed, did you? ($2.49 at

Pumpkin Pie Flavored Fortune Cookies

Pumpkin Pie Fortune Cookies

If you’re on dessert duty but want something a bit different than your normal pie, get these pumpkin-pie-flavored fortune cookies! (Also great for those Asian-fusion Thanksgiving meals.) Plus, you get to create your own custom fortunes! ($0.74 each at

Thanksgiving Day Dinner Cat Food

Thanksgiving Cat Food

Don’t forget the pets! Bring a can of Thanksgiving cat food and win the approval of the furry friends in the home. They’re sometimes easier to please. ($23.48 for 24 cans at

Don’t have time to grab any of these unique items? Grab a nice bouquet of flowers in harvest colors, make a batch of my pumpkin bread, or pick up a bottle of wine.

What are your Thanksgiving plans this year? Any go-to gifts you always bring?

Geeky Hostess Store Sale!

GH Store Apron

The geeky sprinkles are coming! This month, I’ll be receiving thousands of bottles of sprinkles, and with this huge shipment, I’ll be making some (awesome) changes to the Geeky Hostess store and site. To make room for these new additions, I’m having a store-wide sale!

From now through Sunday, November 9th, save 25% off your entire order with code “SPRINKLES”. 

This means you can get the cute D20 underwear for only $11.25, or the Geeky Hostess Espionage Makeup Collection for under $20! Plus, at $12, it’s the cheapest you’ll see the Geeky Hostess aprons for a while.

So what are you waiting for? Treat yourself and help me make way for the next line of Geeky Hostess goodies! Visit the Geeky Hostess Store to get started.

Rocket Raccoon-Inspired Gifts from Kate Spade

Raccoon Hero

Kate Spade may claim that their new raccoon items have nothing to do with a certain character from Guardians of the Galaxy. They may claim that the star accents are because raccoons are “night creatures” and not because a certain summer blockbuster featured a raccoon in SPACE. They can pretend it’s just a coincidence. But we know. We know.

Regardless of the reason they made them, I keep seeing Rocket in all of Kate Spade’s newest raccoon items. And I love it. Have a classy friend who happens to love Rocket? Then I present some fabulous gift ideas:

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Night Creature Coin Purse, $148

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Night Creature Mini iPad Slim Sleeve, $198

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Raccoon iPhone 5 Case, $45

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Cal Slippers, $85

 Want to go head-to-toe in raccoon gear? You can also find an adorable yet pricey sweater, a watch, what’s supposed to be a raccoon hat, and even a pair of heels.

What do you think of these raccoon items? Do they feed your inner fan? Or are they too cute to remind you of Rocket?

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

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).

Giant ModCloth Sale!


ModCloth is one of those sites that I visit whenever I just want to take a break and look at pretty things. Everything on their store is fun, cute, and so “me.” And I’ve found most of my friends feel the same way. I haven’t purchased something from them yet (but have received items as gifts), but that all may change today. ModCloth is having a huge “Now or Never” sale where items are up to 70% off. The sale will continue as long as the items last. I already see some things I want to snag, like these playing card salt and pepper shakers for $5.99 and these amazing charcoal-grey  boots for $14.99.

Check out everything they have at But go fast, things are already selling out!

Quick Holiday Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Planters Peanut Butter Balls

Around this time of year, my apartment goes missing and in its place is a workshop of chocolatey proportions. I have traditional holiday candies I make every year as well as some other basic treats to bring over to potlucks and parties, and any other homemade gifts Mr. Geek and I concoct. And while some of the candies and gifts are fairly tedious to make, there’s one that I love making over and over, and it’s these chocolate peanut butter balls.

I wish I could say the recipe has been passed down for generations, but in reality I found a magazine clipping years back and have made it my own since. These peanut butter balls are easy to make, take under an hour (plus some chill time in the fridge), and are absolutely delicious. I usually make way more than I actually need to give out, and steal some whenever I need a quick pick-me-up. So if you’re looking for a quick and delicious treat to make for the office party or need a creative and homemade gift for a friend or family member, don your apron and get ready to party. (Bonus: Kraft currently has a ton of coupons you can use at Target, and you can use them to save $1 off of the peanut butter used in the recipe!)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls


  • Approx. 4 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 sticks (8 oz.) Melted Butter
  • 1 cup (8 oz.) Planter’s Peanut Butter (I used creamy, but feel free to go wild with crunchy or one of their other flavors!)
  • 2 11.5 oz bags of Milk Chocolate Chips
  • Sprinkles (optional)


In a large bowl, mix together the powdered sugar, melted butter, and peanut butter until smooth. Consistency should be almost play-doh like and easy to roll into a ball. If not, add more powdered sugar.

Roll the mixture into small, even balls (around the size of a large marble or gumball).

Melt the milk chocolate chips in a double boiler or by very carefully microwaving them in a bowl for 30 seconds at a time. Don’t burn the chocolate!

Dip the balls in the milk chocolate until they’re evenly coated and place on a wax paper-covered cookie sheet. Top the chocolate covered balls with some sprinkles if you’d like (I love the extra crunch and pop of color!), and then place in the fridge for around an hour to chill.

Package them up for your friends/parties before you eat them all yourself.

Or heck, just eat them all yourself.

What’s your go-to holiday treat?

From shopping for gifts to planning family dinners, it’s hard to keep up with all your holiday to-do’s. This year, Kraft is helping out with great weeknight meals and entertaining ideas to make the season a little bit easier. Plus, Kraft is offering up to $20 in coupons, redeemable exclusively at Target, to make food shopping easier and to help you have a happy holiday season.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kraft. The opinions and text are all mine.

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Geeky Host/Hostess

The holidays are the time for parties and traveling. Whether you’re stopping by for a cookie exchange, spending the weekend with friends or family, or just need a gift for a geeky cook or entertainer in your life, these gifts will guarantee you get more invites in the new year.

GH Store Apron
Geeky Hostess Apron
Ok, this one’s kind of a no-brainer. You’re on The Geeky Hostess looking for gifts for a Geeky Hostess. Get her the Geeky Hostess apron! Problem solved. $16 at The Geeky Hostess Store.

Your vision through our eyes!
Santa Apron
Looking for something a bit more festive? This Santa apron is super cute and will get you (or the host/hostess you give it to) in the mood to make ALL the Christmas cookies. $14.99 at

Why bring a bottle of wine when you can bring something that will be used every time they open one? I have a corkcicle and love it–if I ever want to open a bottle of white wine, I can just put a corkcicle in it. It keeps the bottle cold once it’s open and sitting out for guests. My favorite design is the Corkcicle One, which allows you to pour the wine while the corkcicle is still in the bottle. They’ve come up with a variety of colors since last year, and even have one for your beer. $20-$50 at

Power Mitt
If your host is into gaming, get him/her the Power Mitt–an oven mitt inspired by the Nintendo Power Glove. It’s hilarious AND practical. And that’s a tough combo to beat. $15 at

downton abbey wine
Downton Abbey Wine
The host will feel extra fancy with a bottle of Downton Abbey wine. They can have their servants put it out when guests are due to arrive, or they can just keep it for their next Netflix marathon. $16.99 at

Basil Garden
I’ve written about them a couple times, and that’s because I love them. What host wouldn’t want olive oil or tea from a specific tree or garden they’ve adopted? It makes a great story for their next dinner party! I particularly love their kitchen plant kits. They have ones for chili, basil, and olive trees! $22 at

D20 Stones
Does your host like whisk(e)y and RPGs? These D20-shaped stones will keep their drinks epically cool during their next game night. Set of 2 for $29.99 at

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D20 Ice Mold
Not a fan of stones in your drink? This mold will allow you to make ice (or whatever else you want to put in it) into the shape of a D20. Great for a crafty host/hostess or anyone who likes to entertain often! $11.99 at

Cupcake Carrier
This cupcake carrier is one of my absolute favorite things. If your host is a cupcake baker, this is the handiest, most wonderful carrier. Plus, they can use it to bring cupcakes to your place next time you host them! $29.95 at Amazon.

What gifts will you be getting for the hosts/hostesses in your life?

Creepy Candy for Halloween

While a handful of fun size candy bars will always be an acceptable gift in this home, there are some items out there that will rock the socks off of your average Halloween treat. If you’re looking to impress your party attendees or want a fun and creepy host/hostess gift, I’d recommend one (or more) of these fun and spooky treats that are perfect for All Hallows Eve.

Zombie Bars

Zombie Bar

These white chocolate crispy bars are green with a blood red “Bite Me” message on top. It’s a perfect gift for anyone who loves zombies (or anyone you’ve always wanted to say “Bite Me” to!). The bars were recently featured on the Food Network. It’s pretty cool to see how they’re made! Get 10% off your order with code “GEEKGIRL10”. Pack of 4 for $19.95.

Spider Lollipops

Spider Lollipops

Freak your friends out with these spider lollipops that look a lot more scary than they are! Instead of a spider, you’ll actually just be eating a cotton candy lollipop. That’s not so bad! Pack of 6 for $15.

Ground Gremlin Meat

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This ground gremlin meat from Dylan’s Candy Bar is actually 2 pounds of Strawberry licorice laces. Delicious! 2 pounds for $14.99.

Bloody Brain Lollipops


Complete your zombie costume with these fruit punch flavored lollipops. Or give them to someone whose brain you love. 6 for $9.99.

Silver Bullet Mints


Lastly, protect your loved ones and your breath with these silver bullet mints. Guaranteed to keep werewolves away! (Well, people who have eaten these have never been seen with a werewolf.) Tin of 45 mints for $2.50.

Are you planning any fun gifts for Halloween?