What better time than the holidays to support the nerdy businesses you love?!
For any of us who try to shop small, the holidays are an exciting time to share our favorite fandoms with fellow geeks (or with those other people that we desperately WANT to FINALLY get our references!)
What’s wonderful these days is that there are more artists and creators selling their work online than ever. Meaning we can easily find anything from the most relatable Stranger Things-inspired top for our BFF, to a custom mantra bracelet that keeps our partner motivated every time they wear it.
For those reasons and more, I was thrilled to contribute a holiday gift guide of some of my favorite items being made by incredible artists and makers to the fashionably geeky website, Geekfold. Some of these makers have been on our podcast (looking at you, Espionage Cosmetics.) A few have been on panels with us or we’ve found at conventions (hi Bombsheller, The Colorful Geek and Jordandené!) And a couple I discovered through browsing Instagram for nerdy gifts myself (big fan, Bang-Up Betty and Bookbeau.) Regardless of how I found these makers, they all have something in common – they’re creating things they love for us to love.
My favorite part about each of the items on my list is that they represent “subtle nerdery”. By keeping the Harry Potter references low-key or representing my donut fandom in a colorful way, I get the joy of walking into any situation wearing or carrying any of these without it being a punch in the face of pop-culture. This is especially appreciated by those in jobs where wearing fun logo tees and… well… anything with personality aren’t favored. They get to feel like themselves, and maybe even know they’re sort-of getting away with something.
I hope you know someone who’ll love these items as much as I do. If not, I invite you check out each of the creators in my list and find another one of their creations that will make the PERFECT gift.