This year one of my friends bought each of us a pair of TOMs shoes in the color she thought would be best for us and then painted them to fit our favorite things! They turned out beautifully, and it's a great way to incorporate the receiver's personal favorites into what you give them. Plus it means more because of the effort and work you put into them. Not to mention that when you buy a pair of these shoes, one pair goes to a child in need. Can't get better than that.
|Lord of the Rings on one foot, Harry Potter on the other!|
|The ocean and mountains on one shoe, the forest on the other. |
Melissa is a nature lover.
|Lace was added to Ashlie's shoes, as were these beads.|
For those of you who aren't great with painting, but you are slightly crafty and have the ability to string some beads together, you might look into making meaningful pieces of jewelry for your nerd. These next few pictures are examples of how to bring out important things from your nerd's favorite movie or book series.
|This is a gorgeous "Snape" themed necklace Rocky made. It says "Always" |
with a Lily and a doe in a frame. Any Snape fan would love this.
|Another Harry Potter themed necklace. It says "expelliarmus" with |
Harry's lightning scar framed, the Deathly Hallows symbol, and a phoenix feather.
|A few beads create tiny "snitch" earrings and necklaces for Harry Potter.|
|A leaf charm and a tree for Return of the King.|
Or, if you really want to do something special or unique, you could use actual excerpts from the books or real movie images to make the jewelry like so:
|An old calendar with a screen cap from a movie...|
|...turns into a really special charm with words from the story.|
RECREATE important moments:
Most nerds enjoy fantasy/sci-fi stories, but there are elements of those things that will never happen in real life. We get it, we're not crazy, but that doesn't mean we don't secretly wish that it could happen. So, this next one is a simple gesture that shows your nerd that you may not "get" it, but you know how important those things are to them. 'How sweet,' they'll say. Check out what one of my best friends did for me this year at Christmas:
|What, did I open a box and find that a tiny owl is |
delivering my very own Hogwarts acceptance letter?
With the correct childhood address and EVERYTHING? (Yes.)
|And inside... a real letter with correct fantasy font? AND worded just like the book?|
Don't forget there's a supply list.
|It's even signed by Professor McGonagall!|
|This is just Rocky being adorable with her owl.|
Ashlie did this for all three of us this year (us = Rocky, Melissa, and I) and she did it all on her own. She didn't have to buy much, just special paper to print on and whatever it cost to get the envelopes stamped with the Hogwarts crest and addresses. She also downloaded some special fonts and then typed the letters herself, using the books as a reference. Simple but SUPER special! Something that is completely doable and will blow your nerd's mind.
If your nerd has dreams of visiting their fantasy worlds, for some books and movies that is a possibility. Surprise your nerd with a trip to Universal, Disney World, or ... if you're really nerdy and rich, New Zealand!
|A nerd in her heaven.|
|Another nerd visiting his childhood.|
|All the stuff on the outside of the jars are images that motivate us to save |
because they make us WANT TO BE THERE.
Hopefully this list has been helpful in one or another. If it wasn't exactly what you had thought it would be, hopefully it had things you can tweak to fit your situation. And finally, if it wasn't helpful even in that last way, hopefully you got a great, big laugh out of just how ridiculous I am in all my nerdom. Merry Christmas!