Well, dorks, it’s that time of year again. It’s getting colder, New Years is around the bend and there’s a new Star Wars movie out – that’s right! It’s Christmas! And you know what that means! Tons of useless gifting guides are polluting the internet. Not to insult Buzzfeed or anything, but here at GEEK, we’re a little exhausted from seeing post after post telling us to buy the same damn Star Trek oven mitts year after year. So, we decided to put together our own gift guide, specifically tailored to Trekkers who’ve already scoured Amazon for every piece of merch that has “live long and prosper” written on it. Enjoy!
VULCAN KOL-UT-SHAN (IDIC) NECKLACE – $125 Rock Love Jewelry
If you have a (very) special someone who’s interested in fan-related jewelry, head over to Rock Love and check out Allison Hourcade Cimino’s massive selection of sophisticated pieces. She produces gorgeous pieces for a wide range of fandoms including Outlander, Lord of the Rings and, of course, Star Trek. In honor of Star Trek: Discovery’s Vulcan influence, we’re featuring this sterling silver Kol-ut-shan necklace. It’s the IDIC (Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations), a central tenet of Vulcan philosophy, done in Vulcan script. Cimino also makes a pair of beautiful Enterprise nesting rings, one with the saucer section and one with the stardrive section.
DARMOK AND JALAD CONCERT TEE – $17.99, Etsy
This shirt will make you cool. It will make anyone you buy it for cool. It will make you cool for having bought it for them. Not only is it a deep cut to one of Star Trek: The Next Generation’s most iconic episodes, it’s a decently stylish faux concert tee. There’s even an option to get the back of the shirt printed with imaginary tour dates at different points in Federation space (Starbase 234, Risa, etc.). This is the perfect present for someone who appreciates mixing creative humor with their fandom.
If your kids are too young to understand anything beyond Baby Einstein videos, but you still want to make sure they grow up to be bigger Trekkers than you, start them out on this incredible Star Trek rocking ship. This piece by GandGRockers is handmade and hand-painted you can even get a ship that’s personalized with your family name and the serial number of your choice.
TOS ENTERPRISE WORD ART PRINT – $21.50, Skahfee Studios
We’re so in love with the ingenious work of Illinois artist Scott W. Smith, we featured another piece of his on our Game of Thrones Gift Guide, as well. His images (which span many fandoms) are composed of words associated with their subject. In this case, you can clearly spot several famous TOS quotes, most noticeably “Aye, aye, Captain!” and “He’s dead, Jim!” making up the deflector array. If you know a Trekker who’s into unique representations of iconic Star Trek images, Scott is your man.
EXPLORER BIKINI – $165, Celestial Body Swimwear
Last year, geek influencer Rileah Vanderbilt of Team Unicorn, launched her own line of science, space and sci-fi-themed swimwear called Celestial Body. In honor of the Federation’s “roots” in NASA, we couldn’t resist adding her Explorer Bikini to this list. There are a wide variety of designs available if your recipient prefers something a little more starry-eyed than militaristic, but anything from Celestial Body would be the perfect gift for any femme-identifying space geek. Bonus: a portion of each sale goes to Mind Makers, a STEM advocacy group committed to increasing STEM accessibility for underserved children and adults.
ENTERPRISE TREKMAS CARD – $4.75, Etsy
While we’ll never get tired of the never-ending “Make It Snow” memes and merchandise, sometimes a Christmas card calls for something a little more elegant and/or original. These adorable cards from Bomb Dot Com Geekery featuring the Enterprise drawn by reindeer are just right for geek-centric holiday greeting, and just like Star Trek, they’re devoid of any religion so you can send them to everyone!
50 YEAR MISSION Vol. 1 & 2 – Amazon, $35
Mark A. Altman and Edward Gross know more about Star Trek than you – don’t argue with us. Together, they’ve penned the encyclopedic reference books Captains’ Logs and Captains’ Logs Supplemental, both of which contained exceptional backgrounds on nearly every episode of every Trek series (excluding Enterprise). The 50 Year Mission is the two-volume oral history of Star Trek in its entirety. This is a behind-the-scenes look at Star Trek the likes of which the fandom has never seen, and any Trekker would be elated to receive this.
SCIENCE OFFICER INSIGNIA – $14.63, Etsy
Have a young one who’s showing some interest in STEM, but might not be as excited to adorn her room with Star Trek stuff? Consider this Science Officer insignia decal for his/her wall or door. Vinyland offers these customizable decals on Etsy, and you can get them in a variety of different colors and sizes. Perfect to encourage or inspire inquisitive minds.
STAR TREK COASTERS – $25, Etsy
RoomsByRoman handmakes these gorgeous, mod TOS coasters. They represent each insignia (clockwise from top left: command, science, engineering and medical), and he’s also created sets for TNG. They also double as a great housewarming present if you have a Trekker in your life who’s recently moved. If that doesn’t convince you, maybe Roman’s own words will:
These coasters are guaranteed to possibly have a few atoms trapped in the resin that a member of TOS once breathed. Most likely Nichelle Nichols, as I met her this past March. I gave her a set of these, she liked them. Who are you to disagree with Uhura? A nobody, that’s who.
STAR TREK POETRY MAGNETS – $15, Etsy
Because why not?
Happy holidays, Geeks.
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