5 Geeky Valentine’s Day gifts for her

Heart plushie from I Heart Guts

1. Humongous Heart Plush [$18]

There’s a reason this plush guy is one of our most popular Valentine’s Day gifts: you’re literally giving someone your heart! And he’s just adorkably endearing, too at 10″ high–too big to stuff in a purse and not quite big enough to be a pillow.

We also received this email from a customer last year who had a very clever idea:

… thank you for helping me get my gift together for my girlfriend. I wanted to find a stuffed animal to wear the earrings I bought for her and the heart was the perfect thing […] She loved the earrings and it was fun to surprise her at dinner. - John C.

Why didn’t we think of that? Our plush can be jewelry models! We’ll have to arrange a photo shoot, clearly.

2. Circuit Board Heart Necklace [$40] & 3. Circuit Board Heart Earrings [$50]

And if quirky wordplay isn’t quite your thing, check out the Circuit Board Heart Necklace — a symbolic representation carved out of red circuit board and crafted into a pretty necklace pendant is just the thing to show your love. Might as well snag the matching Circuit Board Heart Earrings, too.

4. Dopamine Necklace [$80]

You know what love it? Dopamine. Yep, sorry you can’t blame it on puppies, newborns, or Belgian waffles, it’s a neurotransmitter that goes to work on your brain. Technically it’s a catecholamine neurotransmitter stored in vesicles in axon terminals and released when the neuron is depolarised. It interacts with specific membrane receptors to produce its effects that are terminated by re-uptake into the presynaptic neuron by a dopamine transporter.
Ah, you’re still reading, so you must be absolutely infatuated with dopamine. Let me direct your attention to the matching sterling silver Dopamine Earrings.

5. Cat 5 Earrings [$12.50]

Handmade in Chicago, old school networking cable becomes colorful earrings. They’re packaged in a real petri dish used for scientific experiments, because, science.

Gifts for electronic musicians $25 – $50


Floppy Disk Necklace – Ball Chain – $14
Inspired by 8Bit Musician Nullsleep‘s necklace, this retro floppy disk hub makes a striking minimal pendant.


Cable Tie – $30
For stylish electronic musicians who need to dress us, the Cable Tie is the best choice.


Electronic Musician’s Emergency Adapters $35
You will be remembered fondly when These are the perfect gift for anyone who’s ever stumbled around underneath a pile of cables in the dark, only to curse the absence of a missing audio adapters. For piece of mind and sanity
Designed in Chicago by subVariant Recordings.


High Voltage Bag – $42
You can practically see the electrons charging through this bag, with it’s HIGH VOLTAGE warning. Pair it with the Padded Netbook / Tablet Sleeve for small computer haulage.

MIDI Cuff $50
These made-in-Chicago cuffs by Zelle are made from real audio cable (also made in the USA) and non-animal vinyl, and the perfect accessory for a musician of the electron-wrangling sort. They also come in a genuine anti-static bag resembling electronics packaging, for extra nerdery.

Check out all of our Gifts for Electronic Musicians!

Holiday Shipping Order Deadlines 2014

We want to make sure that your stuff gets to you in time to give for Christmas. So, for all in-stock items (excluding those that have additional creation days), these are the order cut-off dates by country for Christmas Delivery (Dec. 25):

USA:
Priority Mail: Wednesday, Dec. 19
Priority Mail Express: Monday, Dec. 22

CANADA:
First Class Mail Int’l: Dec. 9
Priority Mail: Dec. 12
Priority Mail Express: Dec. 16

EUROPE, ASIA & PACIFIC RIM:
First Class Mail Int’l: Dec. 9
Priority Mail: Dec. 12
Priority Mail Express: Dec. 14

CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA:
Priority Mail: Dec. 2
Priority Mail Express: Dec. 12

[Sa. May 17, 10a -6p] Fractalspin at BlueBazaar on Saturday, May 17 in Pilsen (Chicago)

We’re going to stuff some of our most popular items in the back of a lucky UberX car and head down to Pilsen on Saturday, May 17 and sell them at a discount! It’ll be at BlueBazaar, a fundraiser for Blue1647, a technology + entrepreneurship “innovation center” listed in the City of Chicago’s Technology Plan that brings together change-makers and thing-doers for great ideas.

Here are some of the other artist / vendors who are exhibiting:


Lucky Skye


No Rush Imagery


Tortoise Belly


Knock Down Barns wooden game

WHAT: Free indoor crafty marketplace
WHEN: Saturday May 17, 2014 from 10 am – 6 pm
WHERE: BLUE1647 located at 1647 South Blue Island Ave, PILSEN (ample parking out front
and easy accessibility from CTA bus and train)
We take VISA, MC, DISC, AMEX & PayPal!

PS: Here’s a code to get a $10 credit at Uber

Here are some happy organs from I Heart Guts that will join us!

Plushy lady bits! $10.00 Hearts!

Yes! That’s a Plush Uterus,Plush Ovary, and Plush Mammary Gland!

I bet you didn’t think you wanted to snuggle up to a cute uterus when you woke up this morning, did you?

While we were putting these guys away, I found a whole box full of Plush Hearts, so for the next seven days, they’re only $10! Go, go, go!

-Liz

New green & gold round circuit board cufflinks, and deals on jewelry sets


You guys requested it! These round, more formal additions to our other Circuit Board Cufflinks are matchy-matchy with their gold printed circuitry and matching gold-toned hardware (jewelry nerds call those bits “findings”).

And for the girls, our Red Circuit Board Heart Necklaces are back in stock, too. And our in-stock Microcontroller Cufflink & Tie Clip sets are priced to clear out. So are the Cat5 Bracelet, Necklace & Earring sets. Go!

Magnetic Biochemies Plush Molecules

Biochemies-DNA-Molecule-Plush-Dolls

These cute new additions to our plush collection are thymine (red), adenine (green), cytosine (green), and guanine (black) are the four nucleotide bases that make up our DNA. Not only are these Biochemies Plush adorably cute, they have magnets to form hydrogen bonds with each other. Thymine matches up to adenine and cytosine interacts with guanine.$29.50

Who wants cancer? Or, maybe just some candy?

cancer plush reversible dollThe coolest thing about getting this plush Cancer from Giant Microbes is that it can be easily cured by turning it inside out! How cool is that? It’s a positive take on a disease, and it’s kind of adorable in both its states, too. $12.95.

We just got in our Tetris candy ($3.95) that come in a purple metal “T” tin, and the best part is that each of the mints are shaped like the game pieces, so you could play a little game on your desk with some skillful chew-work, if you felt like it. However, it’s just easier and less slobbery to play it online, though, and we found a decent one that lets you pick the level (speed) you want to start at.

A little known fact is that there’s a 10% discount on both our candy and our Giant Microbes plush toys if you buy 10 or more of each item, which is a great way to get stocking-stuffers out of the way.