Christmas is coming! Its only a few weeks away, and I know what you’re thinking? What do I get for that favorite fangirl/fanboy in your life?
Now, there are places like Barnes and Noble and Amazon and all those places that can provide awesome gifts for any fangirl or fanboy, definitely. I am definitely happy every year that I get a B&N gift card from my boyfriend’s parents. Guaranteed. Every year. But with the fandom life growing all the time, there are so many more options. And I’d like to share some of the cool gifts you can get for a fangirl/boy, or that you can even ask for yourself, that are a little more off the beaten track. Some of these websites are smaller, some of these are handmade, and they are all awesome.
These are in NO particular order at all. These are all awesome things you can get
There’s nothing like wearing a tshirt that represents your favorite fandoms. But its even better when its a shirt that not as many people have. Day of the Shirt is a website where you can visit more than a couple dozen different t-shirt websites, all of them who sell really awesome fandom t-shirts. Most of them are fairly cheap (think 10-12 bucks and a couple bucks shipping). The best part of it is that most of the shirts are done by independent artists and are only available for purchase for 24-48 hours, making them limited, and sometimes, even a bit rare. I have a purple “Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes” shirt that I got off of one of the websites and I get tons of compliments on and I’ve never seen it go up again. You can find all kinds of cool shirts for any fan girl or boy on your list.
I own TWO bags from these lovely ladies. Natasha and Delilah are the dynamic duo behind the super awesome Bittersweet Designs. They are most known for their Mortal Instruments/Infernal Devices fabric designs but they also have Vampire Academy and Divergent. They can make you custom bags and purses, scarfs, headbands, and so many other super cute things. I’ve bought two different bags from them. I have a purse, and a laptop bag and I love both of them so much. They design each one to YOUR preference, and send your proofs, and really take the time to make sure that you’re getting what YOU want. Each one is handmade individually and they’re super sturdy and just beautiful to look at it. I’ve gotten SO many compliments on my bags. Definitely check it out!
All pictures copyright Bittersweet Stories Designs.
I wish I could buy EVERY SINGLE THING on the Noble Collection but alas, I cannot. But that shouldn’t stop you from diving in and buying some fan collectibles for your friends! This is the place to get prop replicas. The prices can be a little bit on the heftier side BUT these are the legit prop replicas and they’re made solid. I’ve bought stuff on here, and they last so well. They have wands, and such from Harry Potter, chess sets (that are gorgeous!), and so many more things. You can have Bilbo’s sword or Batman cufflinks, or replica dragons from the Game of Thrones. Literally, there is a ton of really cool, fantastic replicas that I wish I could get my hands on. The Noble Collection makes really awesome things and if you have a Potter, Game of Thrones, Batman, LoTR, The Hobbit fans in your life, you’ll want to check out this website!
All pictures copyrighted to the Noble Collection.
I am lucky enough to know the brains and creativity behind this one Which means I’ve had the opportunity to try a lot of the delicious Harry Potter themed candy that she has created. Some of the delicious things I’ve enjoyed are Chocolate Frogs, Sugar Quills, Fever Fudge, and more. Her candy is SO delicious. While writing this, I discovered that her shop is closed for the holidays, unfortunately, but I’m keeping her on the list because her candy is delicious and I hope you’re inspired to visit her shop when she gets back on January 1st. She also makes this dill pickle barrels, which are similar to root beer barrels but pickle flavored. I can’t get enough of those. Oh, and she just had me try these new candies that were Love Potion chocolates or something of that sort, and they were so YUMMY! I can’t wait to get my hands on those! She also sells official Harry Potter candy like the Chocolate Frogs and Bertie Botts!
All pictures copyrighted to Sugardukes Sweetshop.
My girl Sylvia has so much creativity and she is ROCKING her Etsy shop. She makes the COOLEST shirts and bags. She took her love of all things YA and is translating into her artistic ways. Right now, she’s making Divergent bags (different factions! I love them!), The Fault in Our Stars bags and shirts, Game of Thrones bags, but message her and she’ll make more! She hand paints everything, which means you know you’ll get a unique and well made product every time. She also made herself and her nephew t-shirts for the Catching Fire premiere (see above) and got a TON of compliments. I’m going to get my hands on an Amity bag one day, I promise. She does an amazing job on all of them, really takes the time to make sure you’re getting what you pay for and she ships quickly And like I said, she’s open to custom orders and to making other things, like e-reader cases or laptop cases, things like that.
All pictures copyrighted to Fangirl Feeels Etsy Shop.
I first discovered Her Universe at Gallifrey One last year, where I bought my “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue” Tardis shirt. I LOVE the stuff they sell because its completely aimed at us fangirls! Sometimes there are things out there that I want but it just doesn’t fit right! I’m a girl! I have curves and I want some Doctor Who and Star Wars and Star Trek things that fit me! This is definitely the place to go. AND I just found out that the founder, Ashley, is actually David Eckstein’s wife. I bet that means absolutely nothing to you, BUT David Eckstein is my favorite player EVER from the Los Angeles Angels so I’m, like, fangirling hard about that. But their stuff is awesome! I want it all. There are super cute Doctor Who and Star Wars shirts. You can buy a Tardis dress or a Princess Leia hoodie, or a Spock hoodie. They even have Walking Dead stuff now too. I will go broke buying things from Her Universe!
All pictures copyrighted to Her Universe.
Karen Hallion is an amazing artist. I follow a TON of fandom artists but she is by far my favorite and the reason is that she combines two things that so many of us love: Doctor Who and Disney. I first discovered her when I saw her Doctor Who and Cinderella fan art and nearly died of happiness. She has done Rapunzel and Snow White and Belle and Mulan and so many more. She does a TON of other fan art too, like fandom art nouveau and she just did a Doctor Who/Hermione Granger crossover that I just DIED for. You can check out her Etsy page and get prints, stationary and more. You can also google her and find authorized websites where you can buy her artwork as phone cases, tablet cases, shirts and more. She is also featured on Day of the Shirt often, on one of the t-shirt websites. She is INCREDIBLY popular and she’s a fan favorite. Definitely a must for any Doctor Who fan.
You wouldn’t think this is a good present, but it totally is! A lot of convention badges and tickets go on sale around this time of year, and a great present is buying those tickets for a friend. Now, tickets to San Diego Comic Con…probably not your best bet. One, they are really hard to get (I’m an attender of CC and I can’t even get a badge anymore). Two, you have to basically buy your own. BUT, you can buy your friends tickets to your local convention. There are SO many. The link above will take you to a Wiki page that has a list of conventions all over the world! And take my word for it: the smaller conventions actually tend to be more fun than the gigantic ones. So grab some tickets for a friend and buy your own! Its the gift that keeps on giving!
I only own one thing from Hebel Design but I so wish I owned more. Viviane Hebel is a YA fan, just like us, and she took her love and talent with jewelry making and started creating jewelry based on some of the books that she loved to read. Now she’s expanded into a ton of familiar titles. She’s made Shadowhunter rings and steles and jewelry from Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter Chronicles. You can buy Grisha Trilogy (Leigh Bardugo), Lynburn Legacy (Sarah Rees Brennan), Covenant and Lux series (Jennifer L. Armentrout) and so much more from her. Plus, this is something she is very good at, that she’s spend many years working at, so every piece she makes is crafted to perfection. I have a Clockwork Angel necklace (which is a prized possession of mine) and its beautiful. You can see the time and care that went into making it. If you have a YA fan in your life, you’ll find some really great stuff here. She also makes these beautiful bookmarks, that you can get personalized with book themed charms and quotes from the book!
All pictures copyrighted to Hebel Design.
I admit, I’m a little biased on this. BUT not without reason. Ellie is my mom. She surprised me, and my sisters and my cousin with these AWESOME Harry Potter character dolls for Christmas last year. Then she made me the 11th Doctor and Amy Pond for my birthday and I custom ordered a Magnus Bane doll to take to the TMI premiere, where I got it signed by a ton of cast members (see below). She has made a TON of amazing dolls, and also does cute fandom ornaments too! Every doll and ornament is handmade and it is made very sturdy, though you should know these are for collecting, not for playing. She has done Harry Potter, Mortal Instruments and Doctor Who but she does take custom orders as well! She has also branched into Despicable Me (minions!), Batman, Hunger Games and more. You can even get sports team themed wreaths too! She’s done so much that I can’t even begin to show all the cool things she’s been making so definitely check out her Facebook page and place an order.
Me, the first ever Magnus Bane doll and Magnus Bane himself, Godfrey Gao at the City of Bones premiere
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I hope you enjoyed this week’s Tuesday Top Ten and that you’ll check out all of these SUPER awesome stores for your nerdy Christmas needs! Tell them I sent you!
Happy Holidays everyone!