The Ultimate Geeky Holiday Calendar

Need an excuse to party? This list will help you find a reason to celebrate every day of the year! This list will continue to be updated, so check back often! Know of a special geeky day we missed? Let us know in the comments!

January

Isaac Asimov’s Birthday

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Birthday

17 Ben Franklin’s Birthday

25 Macintosh Computer Day

February

2 Opposite Day

11 National Inventors’ Day

12 Darwin Day

March

4 National Grammar Day

8 Ralph Baer’s Birthday

11 Douglas Adam’s Birthday

14 Pi Day, Albert Einstein’s Birthday

25 Tolkien Reading Day

26 Leonard Nemoy’s Birthday

31 World Backup Day

April

11 International TableTop Day

12 Yuri’s Night

23 William Shakespeare’s Birthday

25 DNA Day

27 Morse Code Day

May

2 Free Comic Book Day

4 Star Wars Day

11 Twilight Zone Day

13 Stephen Colbert’s Birthday

14 George Lucas’s Birthday

23 Alan Turing’s Birthday

25 Geek Pride Day, Towel Day

June

10 Ballpoint Pen Day

16 Captain Picard Day

July

2 World UFO Day

5 Newton’s Principal Day

6 Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day

11 Laser Day

13 Embrace Your Geekness Day

20 Moon Day

22 Pi Approximation Day

26 SysAdmin Day

27 Gary Gygax’s Birthday

29 Wil Wheaton’s Birthday

August

12 IBM PC Day

22 Ray Bradbury‘s Birthday

September

7 Google Commemoration Day

13 Programmer Day

17 Optimus Prime Day

19 Talk Like a Pirate Day

22 Hobbit Day

October

3 Techie Appreciation Day

14 Ada Lovelace Day

16 Steve Jobs Day

23 Mole Day

26 Back To The Future Day

November

7 Marie Curie‘s Birthday

24 Evolution Day

30 Computer Security Day

December

5 Day of the Ninja, Walt Disney’s Birthday

23 Festivus

28 Stan Lee’s Birthday

Gift Ideas for RPG Players

I had the pleasure of joining the Dungeons and Dragons podcast to chat about some fun gift ideas for the holidays. You can listen to the podcast and check out some of my suggestions here. Want some more gift ideas for your dungeon master, adventuring party, or a friend who loves RPGs? Any of these are guaranteed to be a critical hit!

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Mead

Why give a boring bottle of wine when you can give a bottle of mead? The honey wine will be more in-game appropriate. Sip some IRL while your characters sip some in the tavern! I particularly enjoy the meads from Northwest Mountain Winery. They have a sweet mead made from raspberry honey, and a “fire-breathing mead” made with jalepenos that’ll be perfect for the Dragonborns in your party. $20.

D20 Underwear

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Gain Charisma just by wearing this underwear! The cheeky panty has a rhinestone D20 on it. $15.

Eye of the Beholder Dice Bag

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Store your dice in style with this Beholder dice bag, designed by Scott Kurtz. The eye stalks are poseable and act as drawstrings. I mean, how ridiculously amazing is this? $20.

Fireball Truffles

Edible Fireballs

These gorgeous truffles are fun to bite into! Between the pop rocks and the heat from the chili pepper, it’s an adventure in chocolate. Your friend will love the homemade touch! Recipe here.

D20 Mini Cake Pan

D20 cake pan

This is the gift for RPG lovers and bakers (cough, like a certain Geeky Hostess you may know, cough). It looks like there may be a bit of a learning curve, but once you get the hang of it, you can make cakes and rolls in the shape of a D20! On sale for $10.

Plush Gelatinous Cube

Gelatinous Cube

Snuggle up with this adorable gelatinous cube, made by Weregeek! $19.

Surprise Balls

DnD Surprise Ball

Invite your friends to a special holiday game of Dungeons and Dragons by giving them surprise balls with instructions and information (as well as a set of dice!) DIY Instructions here.

Dungeon Mistress Print

Dungeon Mistress

This beautiful print is the perfect gift for the Dungeon Mistress in your life. The prints are limited edition and hand-numbered! $25.

 RPG Tea Gift Basket

RPG Collection

Enjoy a hot cup of tea based on your favorite RPG class with this basket of goodies from Friday Afternoon Tea. The set includes 2 ounces each of the RPG character class blends as well as a Friday-green teacup and a pack of 100 T-Sac filters, wrapped all up in a gorgeous giftable basket! $75.

Win an RPG Tea Gift Basket! Enter below. A winner will be chosen on Thursday, December 18!

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DIY Gift Idea: Surprise Balls!

DnD Surprise Ball

Surprise balls are one of the ultimate DIY gifts. Seriously. These gifts are like mini parties in one: your recipient has the joy of unwrapping their gift and getting multiple tiny surprises, while covering themselves with colorful crepe paper! Plus, you look like a wonderful and creative human being, and it only took you a few bucks and a few minutes! Win-win.

The premise is simple: Start with your largest gift in the center and wrap around it with crepe paper streamers. Continue to wrap the streamer around, working it towards a ball-shape, and pause every once in a while to add another small gift. Continue to do this until all gifts are fully wrapped inside of the ball. That’s it!

Surprise Ball Steps

The fun, though, is coming up with ways to decorate and theme the ball. You can change the color of the streamers throughout by taping two colored streamers together, you can dress up the front with washi tape and stickers, or you can create a replica of a round object and theme the gifts inside appropriately.

Harry Potter Surprise Ball

Here are some ideas for geeky surprise balls:

HP Ball Contents

The Golden Snitch

Using gold crepe paper, create a surprise ball and add wings to the back. Fill with Harry Potter-themed goodies! These can include:

  • Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans
  • Gold from Gringotts Bank
  • A Time Turner
  • Pins, stickers, and other accessories in the recipient’s house colors
  • Favorite quotes from the books

DnD Ball Contents

The Dungeon Master

Invite your friends to a Dungeons and Dragons game, and give them everything they’ll need to start their adventure! This can include:

  • A set of dice
  • A miniature
  • Riddles or puzzles
  • Clues that will help them during the campaign
  • “Coupons” they can cash in during the campaign. For instance:
    • Redeem this slip of paper for: One re-roll. (Can be given to another player or NPC.)
    • Redeem this slip of paper for: One random item from the Trinkets page.
    • Redeem this slip of paper for: Advantage or Disadvantage on the roll of your choice. (Can be given to another player or NPC.)

Here are some other fun ideas:

  • Put a bunch of stocking stuffers/candies in a surprise ball with black crepe paper streamers–it’ll look like coal!
  • Make a pokeball-themed surprise ball with mini Pokemon goodies inside!
  • Know a sports fan? Put sports-themed goodies (or a note saying you’ve got tickets to the big game) inside a surprise ball that looks like their sports ball of choice!

What type of surprise ball do you want to make? Let me know in the comments!

Recipe: Edible Fireballs

Edible FireballsTruffles are one of my go-to treats for the holidays. They’re a delicious treat that would be considered a bit of a luxury when bought from a chocolate shop. Once you get the hang of the recipe, it’s a lot of fun to create custom flavor and presentation combos to suit the recipient. These fireball truffles were created for a Dungeons and Dragons lover. The truffle, named after a popular spell from D&D, has a hint of spice and a bit of a kick from the Pop Rocks. Use them to butter up a new DM or make them for everyone in your adventuring party!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream,
  • 2 12 oz. bags of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • red Pop Rocks

Directions:

In a medium-sized saucepan, mix the cream, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon together over medium-low heat. Heat until it starts simmering.

Turn off the stove and start adding 12 oz. of semi-sweet chocolate chips into the mixture. Stir until the chocolate has melted and everything is smooth and mixed together.

Pour the mixture onto a wax paper lined pie plate or shallow casserole dish. Place in the fridge to chill for 1+ hours or until firm but scoopable.

Remove the plate from the fridge and roll the truffle filling into small balls using a spoon and your hands. Sizing of the balls is up to you, I’d recommend sizing them somewhere between a teaspoon and a tablespoon. Place the balls on a plate covered in wax paper and place back in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Place the other 12 ounces of chocolate in a bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir, then microwave in 10 second intervals while mixing in between until the chocolate is smooth.  Microwaving for longer can result in burnt chocolate. Trust me–you don’t want that. (If your chocolate stops melting/mixing and starts looking clumpy/gritty while smelling bad, you’ve burnt it.)

Pull the truffle balls out of the fridge and dip into the melted chocolate. (Use a fork to fish the truffles out of the chocolate so any excess can go through the tines.) Place the dipped chocolates on a wax paper lined plate or cookie sheet.

While the chocolate is still wet, sprinkle red Pop Rocks on the top.

Place back into the fridge until you’re ready to serve!

 

Get Ready for a Geeky Weekend!

While everyone else seems to be prepping for an extended pre-Cinco de Mayo weekend (don’t get me wrong, I will eat tacos at some point), my mind’s on a few other geeky holidays coming up. Check them out below and let me know how you’ll be celebrating this weekend!

Saturday: Free Comic Book Day

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Gather your friends and families and go visit your Friendly Local Comic Shop! The stores that choose to participate will have free comics and fun activities planned. See something you love that isn’t free? Buy it! It costs money for the comic stores to put this day on, and you’re helping your local economy by making a purchase! Click the link above to find a participating store near you!

Sunday: International Star Wars Day

May the 4th

May the Fourth be with you! Take some time on May 4th to watch Star Wars, or just go shopping with all of the great Star Wars deals out there! The link above takes you to a list being compiled on starwars.com.

Monday: Geeky Hostess turns 4!

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Well, it’s not an official holiday yet, but I’ll be celebrating! I’ll save the sappy post for later, but now you all have a couple days notice to start making and sending me cupcakes. You’re gonna do that, right?

 

Doctor Who Christmas Special: Dress Like Clara

Clara

Clara was sporting a cute look in this year’s Christmas Special, and the look is easy to replicate for any day. Whether you want to cosplay as her or are inspired by her “appropriate for the family AND fake-boyfriend” look, you’ll succeed in this outfit. No holograms needed.

Go school-girl chic with a plaid skirt, thick tights, a frilly button-up, and a cardigan. Add some edge with black booties and spiked/studded jewelry. And of course, it wouldn’t be a Christmas or New Year’s outfit without accessories from a party cracker! I like these.

What did you think of Clara’s look? And what did you think of Matt Smith’s final episode? Are you ready for a new Doctor?

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.

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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?

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

Ingredients:

  • 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)

Directions:

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 Girly Geek

If your friends/family members like makeup as much as comics and enjoys the occasional rom-com in between their action movies, these gifts and brands are for them. These gifts are also fantastic for the sister, Mom, or friend that claims they’re “not geeky.” Bring them over to the dark side gently with these fun products!

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Espionage Cosmetics
Wonderful makeup with geeky names? Yes please. All of their colors are available at EspionageCosmetics.com, or you can get the tried and true Geeky Hostess Collection. I picked my fave, most versatile colors and put them together for an epic kit. $26 at the Geeky Hostess Store.

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Black Milk
Tiny dresses, amazing leggings, and fun clothing featuring licensed designs. Past geek realms have included Harry Potter, Adventure Time, Star Wars, LOTR, and Mass Effect. You can’t go to a convention or geeky party without seeing at least one girl in Black Milk. Don’t be left out! blackmilkclothing.com.

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Mighty Fine
For more licensed apparel, you’ve gotta check out Mighty Fine. I’m in love with their sweater collection they’ve released this season, including this fantastic Vader sweater. $35 at Welovefine.com.

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Geeky Hostess Princess Tank (and Geeky Hostess collection)
Show off your love for the Disney Princesses you grew up with in this fun, layerable tank top. $14 exclusively at the Geeky Hostess Store.

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Sephora Disney Collection
My friends and I are in love with the Sephora Disney Collections. We get so excited when they announce a new princess and can’t wait to see what they come up with for colors. I have the larger Cinderella eye palette that’s no longer available, and it’s amazing. The quality of the makeup is great and the Disney tie-in is a fantastic gimmick that gets me buying. I’m still waiting for them to put out a Belle collection! All items are limited edition, so get ’em quick! $19-58 at Sephora.

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Spiffing Jewelry
I’m gonna pull the “hipster” card on Spiffing Jewelry and claim that I liked them before they were cool. I saw them at some tiny craft show in San Diego years ago, and have loved seeing their business grow over the years. They create cute, hand stamped items with geeky and personalized sayings. I used to have bracelets from them that said “Cupcakes and Charisma” and “Geeky Hostess” but ended up wearing them daily and lost/broke them both. Maybe Santa will replace them for Christmas! (Or get me a floating locket…or some of the stacking rings…) Check out all of their goodies at SpiffingJewelry.com

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Geeky European-style Charm Bracelet
ThinkGeek has caught onto the trend of the European-style charm bracelet. You’ll see these charm shops in malls and airports, encouraging you to make a bracelet as unique as the woman it’s for. Now you actually can with awesome geeky charms! $12.99-39.99 at ThinkGeek.com.

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Her Universe Apparel
I’ve been collecting my fair share of Her Universe apparel since they started their shop, and I love everything. They have fandoms I adore like Doctor Who and BSG, and cuts that are way cuter than the boxy “unisex” tees that used to be the only things available at cons. Lately I’ve been obsessed with their BSG Seal Sweatshirt. I got one for my birthday, and it’s SO ridiculously comfy and cute. It has a wide scoop neck, is super long, and looks fantastic with leggings or skinny jeans. In fact, I loved it so much, I got another one in a size Large to giveaway! Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win! I’ll pick a winner in a week so we can hopefully get it to you before Christmas!

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What are you getting the girly-geeks on your holiday list?