You know I’m all about providing resources to promote and nurture geek culture in Kansas City. With the holidays around the corner, I thought I’d put together some geek gift ideas to help you make merry, while also supporting geeks right here in KC. Let’s get jolly!
Elinor, The Costume Wrangler, has a wide variety of masterfully crafted items, referencing a wide variety of fandoms, from Marvel to Doctor Who, from zombies to yetis, in various forms: plushies, wearables, bags, and more. BONUS: She’s offering a special discount to KC Geeks readers: 25% off your purchase with the code KCGEEKS. Good from 12/3 – to 12/17.
Carolyn and Kristi from HangUps Jewelry Designs make amazing hand-crafted jewelry, cards, and ornaments from repurposed materials such as retired music instruments, vintage silverware and more. Their pieces are really gorgeous, and sales support Band of Angels KC and Literacy KC. Their music instrument pieces are awesome gifts for band geeks (current or former) – I bought my daughter a trumpet mouthpiece ornament and she loves it!
Alexis and Amy of X37 Adventures also make things out of other things – upcycling gift cards and children’s toys into jewelry, mosaics, and more. You should also check out their line of custom-designed Kansas City shirts.
Continuing the reclaimed trend, Elizabeth of emc2squared reclaims wood to make funky, funny and sweet signs. I love her “As you wish” sign from “The Princess Bride.” (Anybody want a peanut?) You’ll also find signs featuring quotes from other classic movies and songs in her store. Use code HOLIDAY and receive 10% off your purchase of $100 or more.
Rose Brown of The Geekerye makes multi-fandom jewelry and wearables, featuring Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Hunger Games, Sherlock, Lord of the Rings, and more. She’s based out of Independence, MO, and is offering free shipping on domestic Etsy orders from now through the New Year! Use code FREESHIPPING16 at checkout!
Scott of Gipson Wands hand-crafts wooden wands that even Ollivander would envy, not to mention crochet hooks, and little mini wand keychains. You should also check out his Harry Potter-inspired version of Wizarding Clue – such attention to detail!
For the bearded geeks out there, James of Near Mint Beard makes custom beard products inspired by comics & sci-fi. He is offering comb and beard oil sets for the holidays. Use code KCLOCAL for free shipping or you can message them to arrange local pickup.
My husband and I know Amanda Lynn Chainmaille from various cons we’ve attended, and they’re good people. Not to mention turn out aMAzing chainmaille creations that each of my husband’s Muses/spokesmodels wear. Plus they have cool comic book jewelry!
Clue Pursuit KC is one of the newer escape rooms in the area, and they’re offering 15% off any escape room booking with promo code Christmas15. The promo code must be used by January 1st, but can be for any booking in the future. I’ve met the General Manager there and he’s super nice and a genuine geek to boot!
Of course, your local Kansas City comic book shops are always a great place to find gifts for geeks. For example, Elite Comics in Overland Park is doing grab bags of comics: 10 comics $20 in a sealed bag, as well as a bunch of super cheap trades and hardcovers. They’re also running a Children’s Mercy toy drive and fundraiser through mid-December.
Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention two of my own pet projects.
I have an Etsy shop under G33kGirlCreative, where I specialize in hardy resin-coated coaster sets in a variety of fandom themes (such as Dr. Horrible, seen above), as well as some crochet geekware.
And my husband is the indie fantasy-adventure author of the Angst series. He’s completed three out of the five books, and is soooo close to finishing book four – pre-orders open 12/9! So you really should buy the first three, so you’re ready for book 4. Just sayin’.
I hope these have given you some geek gift ideas, and inspiration to shop local and support other KC geeks this holiday season. I’d love to hear about other ideas you have for the geeks on your list – give a shoutout in the comments below!