Gifts for your Geek: The GeekGirlCon Holiday Gift Guide 2017
No matter what holiday(s) you celebrate this time of year, we all love to give something back to the people in our lives. Gifts that show our geeks that we care—that we support their interests and passions and love what makes them unique.
For many, this past year has presented difficult trials, and we will continue to conquer them in 2018. These trials will never dull or cease, but we should step back and look to our friends and family, to those who inspire us most. We need to look to our artists, who bring color into our lives. Our dreamers, who show us how magical each day can be. Our philosophers, who challenge what the world should be. And our scientists, who push the boundaries. The geeks in our lives deserve something special, a little something to express our love as we end 2017 and look beyond.
Without further ado, here is the GGC Gift Guide 2017:
Gifts for your Artist
Mudcloth Paper Journal
Beautiful, yes, but what makes these journals from Raven + Lily an amazing gift? They were handcrafted by artisans at the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains in Northern India. Raven + Lily works to empower women by employing artisans who otherwise had difficulty finding work, so that they can earn an income to support their families and community. I’d highly recommend taking a look at their mission statement and values while you scroll through their stunning pieces.
I came across this doll while watching Youtuber Jessica Kelgren-Fozard’s October Favorites video. Mia is a Wildlife Photographer. Inspired by a real nine-year-old girl, the description on the back of the box reads: From birds and butterflies to all kinds of creepy-crawlies, I’m just mad about wildlife. Everywhere I go, I carry my camera with me. Because who knows when—or where—a brilliant photo opportunity will pop up? A beautiful photo can tell its own story. I hope that my pictures will inspire other children to love wildlife as much as I do and to take good care of this wonderful planet of ours! Mia also has a cochlear implant, and it’s just a part of what makes her unique.
I started reading Darling a few years back myself, and I can’t sing enough praises for the magazine. Darling is self-proclaimed as “the art of being a woman,” but what initially caught my eye is that they are very vocal about not using Photoshop or other editing programs to alter women’s bodies and faces. The photographs used are beautiful and raw images of very real women. It focuses on a handful of women each issue and discusses their creativity and careers in a positive, supportive, and intellectual light.
…and for our aspiring makeup artists! Rihanna’s makeup line Fenty Beauty sets a new, much needed, and vital standard for variety and inclusiveness in cosmetics.
Gifts for your Dreamer
Badass Archer Socks
It was hard to choose one pair from Feminist Apparel’s sock collection, but these Badass Archer socks were too good to turn away. Whether worn to class, out and about, or to keep your feet warm while dungeoning with your guild, these socks are almost as badass as your geek.
Be A Star, Wonder Woman!
For our younger geeks, Be a Star, Wonder Woman! is a perfect choice. This book follows a young girl’s day at school and details how she takes on the challenges of the day, much like her role model, Wonder Woman. This book is all about using our own superpowers to solve whatever trials we may face throughout the day (even if it’s a pesky spelling test).
Faith: Winter Wonderland Special
I’d never heard of Faith until I read through SyFy’s Fangrrls’ Comic Recommendations for December. The list is full of amazing comics, but Faith: Winter Wonderland Special stood out to me. Faith is one of the first plus-sized superheroes, and is so joyous that Swapna Krishna from SyFy calls her enthusiasm for being a superhero infectious. A light in the middle of winter, Faith’s comics are perfect for any geek looking to feel warm, empowered, and confident.
Out Beyond Your Stars
Haute Geek was featured in our #GGC2017 Fashion Show. This skirt, inspired by Steven Universe, is a beautiful addition to your geek’s wardrobe. Wearing your fandom on your sleeve is an expression of community, and this year has shown us that community is key to fostering an inclusive environment.
Gifts for your Philosopher
Juniper Leaves: The Otherworldly Tale of a Lonesome Magical Girl
After Juniper Leaves: The Otherworldly Tale of a Lonesome Magical Girl was suggested to me for this list by fellow staffer Kristine Hassell, I after reading a few reviews I was immediately curious . Written by author Jaz Joyner, Juniper Leaves is a mystical coming-of-age story about a 15-year-old girl of color who discovers that she has magical powers. Juniper has recently lost her grandmother and is learning to “let go, live a little, and best of all, believe in herself” hundreds of miles away from home on her father’s research trip—and maybe takes a step into a magical fantasy realm.
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History
This children’s book is a personal library must-have. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History is filled with amazing stories about women of color throughout history. From Nasa mathematician Katherine Johnson to actress Nichelle Nichols, this beautifully illustrated book is filled with inspiring women and the impacts that they have made.
Our Home Tote Bag
This gorgeous tote bag by Eighth Generation is perfect for our Seattle-based geeks looking to support their community. Eighth Generation describes it as “Louie’s homage to a city undergoing rapid transformation. It stands as a reminder to both long-time Seattleites and recent transplants that the city’s character is rooted in its rich history and communities, and an understanding of this history should lead our decision making as we plan for the future.” Eighth Generation is a native-owned company that supports cultural artists in Seattle.
CITY OF WOMEN
This poster-map highlights the women who influenced and shaped New York City. Featuring otherwise underground or untold histories, this map will inspire curiosity.
Gifts for your Scientist
Solar Orbit Necklace
For our Astronomers, this necklace is perfect for any occasion: whether your geek is preparing for that big presentation on the Geminid Meteor Shower or is looking to make a statement, it is a great gift for our scientists and science-fiction fans alike.
Twinkling Stars Skirt
…and a skirt to match! This skirt from ThinkGeek lights up and sparkles. Perfect for enjoying a holiday party, or just observing the night sky, your geek will make the stars envious.
Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World
You may have seen this book floating around, and it’s well worth the praise. Reshma Saujani’s Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World is perfect for any girl interested in coding and tech.
Each year, I take as much time picking out presents for my family as we at GeekGirlCon take curating our Exhibitors. Picking out a gift can be as thoughtful as creating a piece of art—it’s an expression of love, no matter how big or how small. From our family to yours, GeekGirlCon wishes you the best holiday season.
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