11 Fantastic Gifts for Geeky Grads

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Amazon / ThinkGeek

Have a loved one who recently graduated high school, college, grad school, or a secret wizarding academy? Show your support with just the right gift.

1. OWL TAPESTRY; $34


No college dorm room is complete without a tapestry. Skip the usual kaleidoscopic designs and opt for something unique; Society6 has a whole slew of options, including this lovely bunch of owls. 

Find it: Society6

2. BEETLEJUICE HANDBOOK FOR THE RECENTLY DECEASED; $15


In Tim Burton's world, dearly departed characters can get a sense of what to expect from the afterlife with the help of the Handbook for the Recently Deceased. Give the notebook version of the book to your grad and he or she can fill in whatever tips might be helpful.

Find it: ThinkGeek

3. GHOSTBUSTERS PLAYING CARDS; $10


Help your favorite grad pass the time between cram sessions with Albino Dragon's officially licensed Ghostbusters playing cards, which are decked out with original illustrations. Each face card has a different character from the classic ‘80s comedy, including Slimer, Peter Venkman, and Winston Zeddemore.

Find it: Amazon

4. BB-8 DESK LAMP; $30


All-nighters can be conducted under the soft glow of a BB-8 lamp, minus the concentration-breaking sound effects. The lamp comes in two sizes: 25.5 inches or 16 inches tall.

Find it: ThinkGeek

5. EXPLODING KITTENS; $20


Exploding Kittens is a popular card game for anyone who likes cats, explosions, and The Oatmeal website. The party game comes with 56 illustrated cards and allows for up to five players (or up to nine with the expansion pack). As the most-backed Kickstarter project of all time, it's practically guaranteed to be fun. 

Find it: Amazon

6. LOMOGRAPHY INSTANT CAMERA; $137


This retro camera lets users takes instant photos while feeling like an old-timey newspaper photographer—or Peter Parker. It comes with a flash, a close-up lens attachment, and two shutter speeds.

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7. SCHRÖDINGER'S CAT PLUSH; $19


Is this cat pillow dead or alive? You won't know until you cuddle up with it. One side features a happy, living cat while the other side depicts a ... well, you can figure out the rest. 

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8. UNICORN ONESIE; $25 - $28


This blue kigurumi lets the wearer pretend to be a unicorn while being super comfortable. It's perfect for lounging around the dorm or a new apartment. 

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9. THE LORD OF THE RINGS DOORMAT; $30


A doormat that features a warning from Gandalf may not be the most welcoming item to put outside your front door, but at least it'll keep out the Balrog.

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10. DOCTOR WHO STEIN; $40


This officially licensed stein is the perfect container for throwing back all kinds of interdimensional drinks. It has a lid and enough room for 50 ounces of liquid.

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11. STAR WARS TOTE BAG; $70


Whether your grad is with the Rebels or the Empire, this bag has the right patches on either side to match his or her current alliance. The twill and faux leather tote has a document pocket on the Imperial side that closes with a magnetic snap. There's also an interior pocket with a zipped pouch for transporting important memory drives across the galaxy.

Find it: ThinkGeek

David Lynch's Amazon T-Shirt Shop is as Surreal as You'd Expect It to Be

Dominique Faget, AFP/Getty Images
Dominique Faget, AFP/Getty Images

David Lynch, the celebrated director behind baffling-but-brilliant films like Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, and Twin Peaks, is now selling his equally surreal T-shirts on Amazon.

Each shirt bears an image of one of Lynch’s paintings or photographs with an accompanying title. Some of his designs are more straightforward (the shirts labeled “House” and “Whale” feature drawings of a house and a whale, respectively), while others are obscure (the shirt called “Chicken Head Tears” features a disturbing sculpture of a semi-human face).

This isn’t the first time Lynch—who is celebrating his 73rd birthday today—has ventured into pursuits outside of filmmaking. Previously, he has sold coffee, designed furniture, produced music, hosted daily weather reports, and published a book about his experience with transcendental meditation. Art, in fact, falls a little closer to Lynch’s roots; the filmmaker trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts before making his mark in Hollywood.

Lynch’s Amazon store, known as Studio: David Lynch, currently sells more than 40 T-shirts and hoodies, ranging in size from small to triple XL, with prices starting at $26. As for our own feelings on the collection, we think they’re best reflected by this T-shirt named “Honestly, I’m Sort of Confused.”

Check out some of our favorites below:

T-shirt that says "Honestly, I'm Sort of Confused"
"Honestly, I'm Sort of Confused"

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Studio: David Lynch Octopus T-shirt
Amazon

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T-shirt that says Peace on Earth over and over again. The caption is pretty on the nose.
"Peace on Earth"

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T-shirt with an image of a screaming face made out of turkey with ants in its mouth
"Turkey Cheese Head"

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T-shirt with an odd sculpted clay face asking if you know who it is. You get the idea.
"I Was Wondering If You Know Who I Am?"

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T-shirt with an image of a sculpted head that is not a chicken. It is blue, though.
"Chicken Head Blue"

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T-shirt with a drawing of a lobster on it. Below the drawing, the lobster is labeled with the word lobster. Shocking, I know.
"Lobster"

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T-shirt with an abstract drawing of what is by David Lynch's account, at least, a cowboy
"Cowboy"

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Jon Snow's Game of Thrones Fate Could Have Spelled Divorce for Showrunner David Benioff

Christopher Polk, Getty Images for Turner
Christopher Polk, Getty Images for Turner

The emotional toll that Game of Thrones's twists and turns takes on its fans has been well-documented. Between the TV show's massive body count and its never-ending series of other shocking moments, the show has left viewers shaken to theirs core for the past eight years (which is part of its massive appeal). But one of Game of Thrones's most heartbreaking moments—the death of Jon Snow at the hands of Alliser Thorne and other members of the Night's Watch in the fifth season—didn't leave just fans crushed. It nearly cost showrunner David Benioff his marriage.

While being interviewed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2015, The Romanoffs star Amanda Peet, who has been married to Benioff since 2006, told Kimmel that she was close to divorcing Benioff for killing off Jon Snow.

"I made him promise me, I begged him … I said, 'I've heard all this stuff … [Kit Harington] got a haircut, I don't want to divorce you, what's happening?'" Peet recalled. Benioff assured his wife that Jon wasn't going to die, but obviously that wasn't true—or at least not at the time. "I don't love you anymore," Peet (jokingly) told her husband. "I said, 'If you kill him, that's it.'"

As we all know, the sixth season saw Jon brought back to life, but Peet likely had no idea it was going to happen due to the intense secrecy of the show. "It's a little like being married to someone in the CIA or something," the actress stated. "He's in bed and he has his earphones and we angle the computer so that I can't see the dailies."

Though Jon's resurrection may have saved their marriage, who knows how Peet will feel about how it all ends when Game of Thrones's eighth and final season premieres on April 14, 2019.

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