Beyoncé, Star Wars or Vonnegut? Valentine’s Day gift guide for your geeky significant other

Okay, so we all know that in some ways, V-Day is a big corporate scam to get you to spend money on useless stuff in the name of “love”. And when it comes to jewelry, it’s way easy to break the bank in a way that may force you to subsist on bananas and bagels for the rest of the month. But what if you still have a dear one beside you that would love a shiny token of your affection on February 14? Hey, maybe you’d like to receive one, too! Whatever your gifting dilemma, you don’t have to surrender your wallet to ~The Man~ to grab an awesome, original prezzie for your sweetheart or close pal that celebrates all the wonderful things they’re into. Check out these rad jewelry alternatives!

1. Heartbeats necklaces by Erica Weiner

Wanting to create affordable, vintage-looking jewelry with plucky pop-culture references, Brooklyn’s Erica Weiner started out as an art student and costumer for Broadway shows. She began making jewelry after work as a stress-relieving hobby, and now she works with eight to ten other women in her studio to bring her creations to life. Because we think it’s pretty cool to support all-lady owned and operated businesses, these badass Heartbeats lyrics necklaces get our stamp of approval. Whether your jam was sung by Fleetwood Mac, Beyoncé or the Talking Heads, you or your honey can wear some of your favorite lyrics around your neck. (I’ve got the R. Kelly one and I hardly take it off!) They’re $55 USD for oxidized silver for $65 USD for 24k gold-plated, so you can cop some lovely bling without hitting the triple digits. Nice!

Source: ericaweiner.com

Source: ericaweiner.com

2. Superhero cufflinks by CustomSwagger

Treat the dapper lad or lady in your life with this Utah-based Etsy shop’s custom-made cufflinks! You can choose from the Superman logo, Star Wars droid heads, Transformers Decepticon heads and other ‘links inspired by Batman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Ghostbusters and more. Nothing says “I love you” like tiny Darth Vader heads to hold your cutie pie’s shirt together, right?! At about $12 CAD a pop, these little guys are definitely affordable. And supporting small businesses and at-home artisans is always in style, wethinks!

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Source: CustomSwagger on Etsy

3. Out of Print’s literary-themed neck candy

If your beloved’s always got their nose in a book, then Out of Print’s products (based on iconic and classic novels) will totally be their thing. I’m really digging the cursive “Doubleplusgood” necklace referencing George Orwell’s 1984, and this To Kill a Mockingbird inspired charm necklace. The special recipient of this gift can fondly recall The Bell Jar, The Catcher in the Rye, Alice in Wonderland and other legendary works of literature every time they look down. All of their pieces are approximately $30 USD, and if you throw in their Library Stamp tee, Out of Print will send a book to a community in need. Pretty fab!

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What are you doing to celebrate with your sweetie pie or dear friends come February 14? (By the way, a solo Netflix and mint-chocolate-chip ice cream marathon counts as celebrating, too.)

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Grading Papers with Pokemon

Any Pokefans who are also teachers should take a look at this awesome new item from this Geekosystem article.

You can now buy the most easily useable, easily understandable, and frequently applicable meme from the Pokémon universe on a stamp, specifically for marking students’ work. If you wanted a quick and easy way to identify with your students — both the young’uns who play Pokémon and the old’uns who enjoy the meme (and also play Pokémon) — you could spend twelve bucks on this Pokémon stamp and let your students know that they did well on their work and you are also hip to their jive.

Thank Etsy user Jocelyn, who lists herself as a “martial arts actress,” for your chance to evolve your grading practices.

Original Fanworks: Check ’em out on Etsy!

If you’ve never checked out Etsy.com, now’s the time. Online shopping has been around since the first wave of internet popularity, but if you’re a fan of…well, pretty much anything, there’s a world of unique items available and usually made by fans for fans. Naturally, a wealth of original items can also be found on the page, so you should take a look at those while you’re snagging the best of the best fanworks. From Harley Quinn earrings to Spider-Man cross-stitches to the awesome Rorschach iPhone case above, it’s definitely a place worth exploring!