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I love ASOS. I make no secret of this; over the years I have found some weird and wonderful little things on the site. Mind you, they are, like most regular non-geekcentric websites, slaves to trends. I don’t approve of trends. They are too much like change, and I hate change.

Anyway, the ASOS sale is bloomin’ marvellous. Here are some things I want that you should want too.

Rawr.

Rawr.

Dinosaur t-shirt! Okay, maybe not “geeky”, but adorable and lovely. And I really like green and everyone knows dinosaurs were green. Plus, a steal at £8. It’s only a bargain if it’s under £10.

Subtle, no?

Subtle, no?

Sticking to the girly items for  a moment, this little bangle. Sometimes it is necessary to hide your true, nerdy inner child self under a blanket of maturity and normal-ness (job interviews, weddings, funerals, murder trials), so it is necessary to be a little more subtle in your choice of accessory. This bangle has a teeny pair of geek glasses for a clasp, but I’m sure no one will notice that unless you feel the need to point it out.

Which, of course, you will.

Batman. Always, Batman.

Batman. Always, Batman.

Don’t worry, boy people, I have not neglected you. Batman vest! Vest with Batman on it! Ignore the generic model with generic model head tilt, focus instead on the wonder of the cowl. ASOS mens’ stock has been a little bit disappointing of late, unless you like dressing like a rainbow threw up on you, but every now and again, you get a little gem.

 

Squee.

Retro.

No affirmation necessary. Go get this.

Nom.

Nom.

This came from the men’s section, but I like to think it’s fairly gender neutral. In honour of True Blood making it’s way back to our screens (erm, well, America’s screens) recently, it seems only fair to include some vampire themed bits and bobs. Although, it seems they have fallen slightly out of vogue in the past few months (Twilight is all over and done with, after all. And thank god), Sky is screening teasers and trailers for the Dracula series they are gifting us in Autumn…so I see fangs making a big comeback.

If you are really into the child-of-the-night-but-not-a-hooker look, there’s also this gothic bling.

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ASOS delivers quickly, does not mess you about with returns and exchanges, and the quality of the stuff is beyond decent. Highly recommended. If you do buy something, or see something wonderful that I’ve missed, let me know! I like to know I’m helping someone somewhere in someway, somehow.

S.


I am a huge, huge fan of London. I think I might live there someday, even just for a little while. Recently, I was lucky enough to get the chance to go to help a very lovely Aunt celebrate a very important birthday. A lady never tells, of course. Unfortunately, we were only there for two days and I was forewarned not to expect anyone to come to any museums with me (it’s okay – I’m going again JUST for the museums! Joy), so it was sort of a whistle-stop tour of London. Literally…”LOOK, THERE’S BUCKINGHAM PALACE. Now let’s sprint to Piccadilly!”

I think I dropped two dress sizes with all the walking we did.

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You may or may not be aware that London is, like, the greatest place to shop. I’m comparing this to Belfast and Lisburn, so obviously my scope is small and unimpressive, but oh, Camden. I want to live there, but it’s really expensive, so if you’re ever there and see someone living in a box and begging for change dressed as Batgirl…well. That might be me, chuck us a quid.

This is Camden Lock Market. Geekery was in abudance, and the people were all wonderfully odd. I am in love with this weird little bunch of sheds.

This is Camden Lock Market. Geekery was in abudance, and the people were all wonderfully odd. I am in love with this weird little bunch of sheds.

Cafe at Camden Lock Market...check out those seats! Absolute genius, I'm trying to figure out a way to steal this idea.

Cafe at Camden Lock Market…check out those seats! Absolute genius, I’m trying to figure out a way to steal this idea.

This is my new handbag. It's the best handbag in the world, don't you think? Purchased at Camden Lock Market, from a man who didn't know who Spiderman was! Seriously! One of the best things about the market is the opportunity to haggle - this bag was only £10 and worth every penny.

This is my new handbag. It’s the best handbag in the world, don’t you think? Purchased at Camden Lock Market, from a man who didn’t know who Spiderman is. Seriously! One of the best things about the market is the opportunity to haggle – this bag was only £10 and worth every penny.

Boba Fett ring - a very lovely gift for all my London planning. Chuffed! Also from the market, it's definitely worth digging around every stall, you really don't know what you might find.

Boba Fett ring – a very lovely gift for all my London planning. Chuffed! Also from the market, it’s definitely worth digging around every stall, you really don’t know what you might find.

If markets, stalls and haggling isn’t your thing, then you’re weird, but there’s also Oxford Street, home of, well, all the flagships stores of all the shops that have ever existed. I might be exaggerating, but Selfridges is there. I am a girl, and as such, I like to look at expensive handbags (and then buy comic book print ones, see above). Nice to look at, but if you are willing to spend that much money on something that isn’t a house or an island, you need psychological help. We went to Oxford Street for one main reason, and that reason was Primark. SUCH A PRIMARK. I’m pretty sure it has everything that Primark actually make. On the downside, it is absolutely packed. There is no room for movement or trying things on or basic human decency. You get in there, you find what you want, you grab it and you queue. I got a little pile of basics, and a Batman top.

Expertly photoshopped by moi.

Expertly photoshopped.

I took my derpy face out for your own good. It’s nice and long and not all black, so it’s a change from all my other Batman tops. This is my justification for buying another item of clothing with the bat symbol on it.

I also saw an amazing Star Wars tshirt, but they only had it in sizes 8 or 20. Typical. I am keeping my eyes peeled for it making its way to the Primark in Belfast, or, heaven forbid, Lisburn.

Finally, here is a £250 teddy bear in the Buckingham Palace gift shop.  ...I did not buy one.

Finally, here is a £250 teddy bear in the Buckingham Palace gift shop.
…I did not buy one.

There you have it, a brief summary of my weekend in London, illustrated through my few but beloved purchases. I will be back, and I will have a much emptier suitcase to fill with magical Camden junk.

S.

 

 


This post is a special post, because it is my 100th. Marvellous! I am devoted and I remember to write things. Good ol’ me. On that note, no Sunday review this week because I was ill. So ill. I didn’t forget though, that’s the important point that I’m trying to make.

Before I delve into the wonderful world of Etsy, I thought you might be interested to know that Fox recently took a little hissy fit, contacting a number of crafty darlings who sell via the sit with cease-and-desist orders. This particular number of fiddley dears were making Firefly themed merchandise. Although Fox cancelled the show after one season and a movie, they are apparently still well within their rights to be uppity about their ‘intellectual property’. Ewk. Big co-operations. Ewk. The law.

Anyway, you can read more about this whole clusterfork here.

Onwards, to the things that people are still allowed to sell…

(As ever, click on the pictures to buy buy buy. All locally sourced, of course).

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First up, a shiny new trinket from HearHoofBeatsThinkZebras (who incidentally fell victim to Fox’s ban on Firefly merchandise. Buy other things from her, so she feels better?). This deluxe Game Of Thrones charm bracelet is extremely thoughtfully made, by a real fan for other real fans. The House sigil can be changed depending on your own personal alliances. I, for example, have recently decided I am more of a Tyrell than a Greyjoy. My blood runs quite warm, you see. The other charms are equally adoring and meaningful – tiny castles, swords and dragons.

Also. Free shipping with the code FREEPOST until April 23rd. Don’t say I never help you.

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I hope you are laughing as hard as I laughed when I first saw this. Picard facepalm t-shirt. Is there a nicer three word phrase in the English language? I doubt it.

I only recently encountered Hallion Clothing, but they have some really brilliant t-shirts (and only £7.50!). You should go take a look.

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I am pretty sure I’ve babbled away about shoes pretty similar to these at least once before…but hell, look at how cute they are, they deserve all the babbling. Look at the little bows! The best thing about these particular shoes is that the lovely lady who makes them is willing to collaborate on the design. So you could have Batman shoes! Or Spider-Man! Or Thor! Or Batman!

Another bargain, only £20, but if you’re looking for something more glamorous, there are heeled versions available for £35.

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I seem to pop something from this Etsy store in every other blog, but I cannot help it. I like that everything is handmade, I like the little faces, I like the bright colours. I can’t help it, I am a girl and as such, I am easily led by woodland creatures.

Especially bunnies. Yesterday, I was in Pets At Home at Sprucefield, watching the cutest white baby bunny eat hay with his fat little paws. Then loads of French teenagers came in and started shouting ‘Oooo, LAPIN!’, which apparently means ‘rabbit’. Both an interesting anecdote and a learning experience. If a tad irrelevant.

Anyway, go forth and shop. If you buy anything beautiful and geeky, I want to know about it. I want to know very much.

S.


I really must have mentioned this brilliant little shop before, but I figured that I should devote a whole blog to it’s wonders, because it truly is a treasure trove.
The Corium sells handmade, locally sourced nick-nacks and whosits, and recently opened an online store (so if you’re stuck indoors because of, for example, snow, you can still shop ’til you drop). If you are out and about braving the weather, you can visit the shop in Belfast, just around the corner from Forbidden Planet and Urban Outfitters, right opposite Alley Cat.

Goodo.

Anyway, I’ve been browsing their online store – here are a few of my very favourite things.

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Mushroom salt & pepper shakers

These are adorable, are they not? Anyone who buys them and does not immediately draw little faces on them so that they look like Mario mushrooms is no friend of mine.

Only £5.50, too! Bargain, especially if you compare with the extortionate prices for similar products in a certain nearby hipster-factory.

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Lego Boba Fett necklace

Have you ever seen anything that is such a perfect balance of kick-ass and adorable? No, you have not. Look at his little hands! There are a few necklaces in this style – and £8 is a steal for something like this. Mind you, they do have a Jar Jar Binks necklace, which is of course the ugliest, most inappropriate thing I’ve ever seen, you should only buy it if you plan to melt it.

I am not a Jar Jar fan, could you guess?

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Batman key-ring

Plucked from the sale section of The Corium’s website, these freakin’ adorable little key-ring people are in short supply. At £3.99, it’s no wonder. I would like one, please. He could keep my little string-person-Spiderman key-ring company.

I like that his slightly wonky eyes make it look like he’s glaring at you. Realism.

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Titanic t-shirt

I find it a tad bizarre that Belfast is proud of the Titanic. Yes, it’s cool that it was made here, but there are some very quiet rumours that the ship didn’t actually do very well once it was out on the big blue wet thing.

Still, it pulls in the tourists, so I suppose it can only be a good thing. And the witty t-shirt (£9.99, by the by), has a point…

Next time you are in Belfast, it is well worth hunting this tiny little cave of magical thing-a-ma-bobs. Be prepared to spend a small fortune though, you won’t be able to resist. You can find The Corium on Facebook, here.

You can find me on Facebook, here.

S.


Did I even manage to do an Etsy finds for February? Flip, I have been neglecting my blogging duties. However will you know what to buy if I don’t tell you? I’m so sorry, you must have been so very, very lost.

Poor wee sheep.

Anyway! Findings. As usual, I have tried to keep everything local, but for once, I have actually managed to achieve this. It’s nice to achieve something on a daily basis. The trick is to keep your targets low, for a higher success rate. RefugeekNI guide to life, right there.

As usual, clickity click the picture and zoom over to Etsy to spend your hard earned pennies.

Belfast charm.

Belfast charm.

So this gets to go first, because it made me laugh. Like, out loud. And I never do that, not really. Even when I tell people I did (usually via an abbreviation I hate), I’m probably lying. This, however, earned my giggles of appreciation. Could it be any more Belfast? I can’t even think of any notes that you could put in this notebook that would out-do the front cover. Buy this and send it to your relatives overseas. They won’t understand it and you can laugh at them.

I would have died of cuteness overload if he had been clutching a tiny knitted sock.

I would have died of cuteness overload if he had been clutching a tiny knitted sock.

I keep saying that I am totally getting over my Harry Potter phase, but then I see things like this and I dive right back in again. This knitted Dobby comes in three different sizes, but I am eyeing up the large one, mostly because I can’t get enough of his wee ears.

In all honesty though, I was never a Dobby fan. I thought he was creepy and sort of annoying, like, the Jar Jar Binks of the Harry Potter universe. That doesn’t stop me liking this guy though, so that must be some grand testament to his adorableness.

This makes me cry. If you don't know why, we can't ever be friends.

This makes me cry. If you don’t know why, we can’t ever be friends.

Oh, Firefly. There should be so much more of your glorious, life-affirming episodes. If I could marry a DVD box set, it would be you.

You can't see me, but I'm nuzzling the screen right now.

You can’t see me, but I’m nuzzling the screen right now.

I have this friend, she makes jewellery, it’s nice. I’m sure you know the situation by now. Also, sometimes, if I put something on a blog, she gives me one as a present. AND I REALLY LIKE THIS.

I can't see a Gameboy without humming the Mario tune. It's a sickness.

I can’t see a Gameboy without humming the Mario tune. It’s a sickness.

I need this in my life, obviously. If you are crafty and wonderful, you can buy the cross stitch (I don’t know what that is) pattern, and make this yourself. And then you could give it to me, for free, because I gave you the idea.

So, that’s your lot. Let me know if you actually buy anything because I told you to, or if you see anything you think I might appreciate! You can either link findings to me on the Facebook page, or buy me presents to feature. Either is fine.

S.

p.s. The Facebook page is HERE.


I did warn y’all I would be blogging my heart out for a couple of days. We are effectively snowed in, see. I thought it would be a fun novelty, but I am already crawling the walls, and craving all the foods that aren’t in my house.

Typical.

So! I know I’ve already done my January Etsy finds, but that was before the snow started, and I do so like to be topical. I tried to hunt for local crafts, but I could only find a couple without making the links too tenuous and iffy, but I’ve made it very clear what is from Northern Ireland, and what is from elsewhere.

Also, I made a snow Batman.

Also, I made a snow Batman.

Anyway, first up, I am (yet again) promoting the very lovely jewellery of a very lovely friend. She didn’t even have to bribe me or anything, this time.

As per usual, click on the picture to be chucked over to Etsy, for prices and details and pictures and things.

From HearHoofBeatsThinkZebras, I give you this deluxe charm bracelet, all themed around Disney classic, Snow White. See? Snow themed! I particularly like the tiny snow flake and the little cameo charm with Snow White in all her animated glory. One of the store’s pricier pieces, it’s still a bargain, and the antique/vintage style is really pretty. You may see a few pieces like this floating around Etsy (and elsewhere), but I can promise you – best value, best quality, best seller.

Okay, I’m a little biased. So sue me.

This little guy is also local to Northern Ireland, and look at his little beak! And the cheeks and the feet, awk. I love anything unique and wonderful, and this kawaii penguin charm is both those things. And penguins live in snow, so my theme is still going nicely.

While these extremely geeky earrings are NOT local, I can definitely vouch for the seller, having ordered (in reasonable bulk) button badges from her before. Emma Frost (frost! Frost is like snow!) is one of my favourite X-Men, if you ignore the slightly sexist and annoying portrayal of her in First Class, just check out that pout.

Again, NOT local, but it gets a really big picture so you can see, it detail, just how awesome this is. It may be the best lighter that has ever existed. And Winter Is (not only) Coming, it’s here.

Theme complete. 20G for sticking to theme.

S.

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I have this friend, Kyra. Kyra is a bit of a geek, and she makes jewellery. I constantly tell her she is my most useful friend, which is about as nice of a compliment as anyone has gotten from me in years. I’m such a great person.

I’ve flogged HearHoofBeatsThinkZebras‘ jewellery on the blog before but over Christmas many more magical trinkets have appeared, so I thought it might be worth drawing them to your attention.

Also, I was bribed with a certain necklace. I’m not ashamed to admit that my love and admiration can be fairly easily bought.

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First up, Lord Of The Rings things and bits. Makes perfect sense, given that the trilogy (and The Hobbit, for that matter) are essentially about what happens when jewellery develops self awareness and becomes evil. I can’t promise that this jewellery won’t do this.

Personal favourites include the Thorin’s map necklace with teeny dragon charm (see previous comment about bribery – this is what I got), and the Eye Of Sauron necklace (which I can’t believe I have never seen done anywhere else before, such a great idea).

OH! Also, the ‘Not All That Wander Are Lost’ cameo necklace. I love The Riddle Of Strider, Tolkien was an underrated poet, if you ask me.

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.

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Harry Potter quotation cameo necklaces, obviously. I have to admit, I’ve sort of been over Harry Potter since the final movie came out, it’s hard to get excited about something that a) you got into when you were eleven, and b) is totally and completely over. That is, of course, just me, I get the Harry Potter love, and I love the lace-edging on these pieces, they look so fancy.

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BATMAN! I love Batman, did you know? There should be a Batman symbol on all jewellery, this is my honest belief. Grumpy Cat is also brilliant, because I’m pretty sure if I was a cat, I would look much the same.

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Sidenote: if you haven’t seen How To Train Your Dragon, you really do need to. Kids’ movies are not just for kids, y’know.

Anyway! Go buy things. You can find Kyra and her booty (ha, I worded it like that on purpose) here:

www.etsy.com/shop/KyraBothwell & www.facebook.com

There’s a lot of variety – Firefly, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Dr. Horrible, Batman, Moulin Rouge,  shots from tunder the microscope, tiny bottles of booze…seriously. The list goes on.

While you’re on Facebook, you can find me HERE. And I would like very much, if you were to click that little ‘Like’ button for me. Go on. Please.

S.


It’s been a while since I did one of these that wasn’t themed around a holiday (Halloween and Christmas, mostly), so this should be a little different.

As usual, I have tried only to promote things here that were made locally, and for once, I have succeeded! All the wonderful, colourful things below were made in Belfast! It always makes me really happy to see the number of fun and crafty geeks that live in our little corner of the world, and it makes me even happier to see them selling those wares to the wider world.

Thank you, Etsy. Thank you, geeks.

Seriously sexy.

Seriously sexy.

First up is this amazing Wonder Woman print by Ciaran Monaghan. Fantastic colours, and a great way to get your geeky personality into your house in a grown up way. As ever, I have linked the picture to the Etsy shop, where you can find all the details and the price. Like I have said (rather a lot), this is the produce of Belfast! Amazing.

I really, really want to lie on the Avengers. Is that weird?

I really, really want to lie on the Avengers. Is that weird?

This made me giggle, it is just too perfect. Another way to get a nice injection of geekery into your house, this cushion features a bright and retro print of Marvel’s Avengers, and was made to be cuddled while you have a Marvel movie marathon. At a great price as well! You have no excuse not to.

His hair is perfect.

His hair is perfect.

Well, this is just too cute for words. A Captain America ring, made from polymer clay. Look at his little face! One for the ladies, obviously, but if you’re a man, I declare you are honour-bound to buy this for the lady geek in your life.

Uni-sex? Maybe? No. Okay.

Uni-sex? Maybe? No. Okay.

I can’t do a whole Etsy finds blog without featuring something from Game Of Thrones, can I? Given it has become a huge tourist pull for Northern Ireland. And it’s awesome, obviously. Jason Momoa fans will swoon, and this is subtle enough to wear without someone pointing and screaming ‘GEEK’ at you in the street. Unless that’s what you go for.

That’s what I go for.

Cute. Cute cute cute.

Cute. Cute cute cute.

Dinosaurs and crayons! The perfect mix. I love these little home-made crayons, I’m pretty sure I’ve featured them before. I must confess, over Christmas, I did try to make my own. I nearly melted my own hand off, and they didn’t turn out half as well. Best left to the professionals, I fear.

Far too cool for the likes of us.

Far too cool for the likes of us.

Another Etsy store I’ve mentioned before, this print from Peter Strain is definitely one for the ’80s children. I highly recommend a scroll through all his offerings, mind you. If you can’t find something you desperately need to own, you’re broken.

Another reminder that all the details of these pieces can be found by clicking on the picture – I have been terribly nice and linked you. Let me know if any of these inspire you into draining your bank account!

S.

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Sorry gentlemen…but this blog is for the women folk. You’ll get one too, promise.

Anyone who knows me will know that I cannot dress myself. Most of the time, I look like a hobo that fell over in H&M. I’m mostly okay with this, but the problem is, I love clothes and shoes and accessories. Especially if they have a remotely geeky theme. I’m a massive fan of internet shopping, particularly ASOS.com, so I thought I would share a few geeky findings I had on my morning scroll.

They’re all linked to their ASOS page, so click the pic (I made that rhyme, just for you) for more details and prices and all that.

Glasses necklace by Tatty Devine. Sweet!

Glasses necklace by Tatty Devine. Sweet!

A bit of a hefty price tag, but doesn't it look like a wonky bat symbol! ...I think that might be the point.

A bit of a hefty price tag, but doesn’t it look like a wonky bat symbol! …I think that might be the point.

Look at his little face!

Look at his little face!

I don't usually like sequins, but this reminds me too much of the Adam-West-era Batman to not include it.

I don’t usually like sequins, but this reminds me too much of the Adam-West-era Batman to not include it.

I am also rarely a fan of Nike. Or trainers. But if Batgirl wore trainers, these would be them. Don't you agree?

I am also rarely a fan of Nike. Or trainers. But if Batgirl wore trainers, these would be them. Don’t you agree?

Tah-dah. If you want to buy me any of these things, feel entirely free. No, really, go on? Please? Awk. Never mind.
Don’t worry boys, I’ll give you a selection later. In the meantime, wouldn’t your girlfriend/sister/female-best-friend love one of these for Christmas?

S.

 

 

 

 


First of all. 

In light of all the things going on in Northern Ireland at the minute, I thought it would be sort of weird for me not to say something. Especially given my latest quest to keep things topical. 

Also known as – the quest for ratings. That’s a South Park episode, so. Yeah. I stole those words.

Anyway, in a nutshell, a middle-of-the-road political party sided with the republican/nationalist vote, and it was decided that the Union Jack will now only fly over Belfast City Hall on a few designated days. There have been riots, death threats, violence and a mob mentality oh-so-typical to this country and it’s reputation. 

The thing is, though, that the majority of the country aren’t really all that bothered. In fact, we’re embarrassed. Yeah, I personally think that we are a British country, and we should fly the Union Jack all the time, but when it comes down to it, it’s only a flag. For the sake of a flag, people are hurting each other, and the country, with their actions and their words. 

I truly thought we were past this, Northern Ireland. I’m so embarrassed to be from here, and I’m disappointed that a DEMOCRATIC vote resulted in this situation.

Anyway. On to something more fun and geektastic. It’s been a while since I had a Game Of Thrones themed blog, given we are stuck between seasons two and three in this horrible limbo. Plus, Christmas is coming up, so…

GAME OF THRONES RELATED CHRISTMAS PRESENT IDEAS

(That’s not very catchy. Sorry).

First up, I had to share something I actually recently got as a birthday present, from a much beloved and darling friend. Suck up, ain’t I? These figures are VERY new, in fact, Forbidden Planet isn’t actually getting them into stock until February.

Too bloody cute.

Too bloody cute.

Luckily, you can get this and a few other Game Of Thrones POP! figures on the HBO shop now. I’m so ahead of the curve, huh? Click on the picture to be magically transported.

Look boys, I'm trying to apply more to you!

Look boys, I’m trying to apply more to you!

This Disney-style Mother Of Dragons t-shirt would, I am sure, be greatly appreciated by any Game Of Thrones fan this Christmas – have a wee scroll around Etsy, it comes in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes.

Hardback coffee table book.

Hardback coffee table book.

Next up, another little item I got myself recently, it was also a gift. From me, to me. That still counts.

This coffee table book, ‘Inside HBO’s Game Of Thrones’, is, out of anything on this very useful list, a must have for any fan. It’s funny, colourful, interesting and informative. And sexy, it’s definitely sexy.

I’ll let you in on a secret, too – the RRP is £24.99…you can get it in Tesco for £15! Bargain!

Finally, I am going to be a wonderful person, and publicize the amazing crafty work of a friend…

Westeros & The Free Cities map bracelet.

Westeros & The Free Cities map bracelet.

This bracelet is lovingly crafted by fellow fantasy geek Kyra, at her HearHoofBeatsThinkZebras jewellery business. She makes a whole bunch of fantastic Game Of Thrones bling – for ladies and gentlemen. You can find her on Etsy, or at St. George’s Market on Sundays from 10am to 3pm. In case you were wondering, this bracelet is a steal at £13.

So, there you go! Ideas galore. Hope these are useful, either for buying the special geek in your life, or for buying something special and geeky for yourself. Which you are perfectly entitled to do at this crazy, stressful time of year.

S.

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