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

Magnetic Biochemies Plush Molecules

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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.

We’ve contributed a gift basket to help the tornado victims in Washington, IL

We’ve donated a sweet gifty bag to a raffle to help people who lost their homes in the recent tornado in Washington IL. It’s part of the Cellar Door Salon & Studio opening party in Wicker Park Chicago, from 7pm to midnight tomorrow (Saturday. December 7), and there are prizes from other local businesses, food from Cellar Door Provisions in Logan Square, a DJ set from Ross Kelly of local vintage boutique kokorokoko, and gin from Letherbee Distillers headquartered up in Ravenswood. Stop by and check it out. http://cellardoorsalon.com/events.html.

Pictured above: SIM Card Address Book, Fan Guard Necklace, Wii Controller Gum, Super Mario Bros. Mushroom Candy, Circuit Board Keychain, MIDI Keychain, Cat5 Earrings, Transistor Earrings, Microcontroller Cufflinks. (Not pictured: Diode Bracelet, Teal Capacitor Earrings, Transistor Earrings – Small, PSP Candy, Microcontroller Tie Tack)

Take the traditional Father’s Day gifts one step further with some geek chic gear for Dad

Instead of just the obligatory tie or pair of cufflinks, what about getting Dad super-cool versions instead? How about tastefully subtle cufflinks made from microcontrollers or circuit boards (below)? Or a tie that first appears to be an edgy, all-over one-color print, but is actually printed with vintage screens used to print circuit boards (at right)?

What about a tie clip made from a real solid state amplifier in a DIP package (above)?

Check out all our Father’s Day Gifts, our cufflinks, tie clips, and ties.

Geeky jewelry sets made from electronic components make gift giving easy





All of these come packaged in an electronics anti-static bag on black foam.


Top Row: Green Resistor Necklace and Earrings3 $42, Teal Capacitor Necklace and Earrings $36

Second Row: Fuse Necklace and Earrings Set $26, Yellow Capacitor Necklace and Earrings $65

Third Row: Diode Chain NEcklace and Earrings $42.50, Cat5 Necklace and Bracelet $32.50.

Fourth Row: Microcontroller Cufflinks and Tie Clip $42.50