Autodidact: self-taught


Gifts for Geeks

by V. L. Craven

This post is for the geeky folks on your list. If you frequent this site, you probably have a bit of the geek about you, but if you found us through a search through your preferred search engine (welcome!) then have a gander at a selection of things that shall hopefully please the geeky someone(s) on your list.


Don’t, dang it!

Don’t Forget to Be Awesome Mug ($12) From the home of Nerdfighters, that bastion of geekitude, comes a mug that will remind you, in the face of those less geeky to not forget to be awesome. All the while providing you with your favoured beverage of choice.



Everything is Dead t-shirt , ($18 also on modelled by Emily Graslie from The Brain Scoop , which you should be watching. Why they don’t have something that says ‘It still has brains on it’ I don’t know, but they don’t. Still, ‘Everything is dead’ absolutely works for this site, I think. Nay, I know. Geeky and macabre. I like it.


Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun is available from Amazon for $18. I’m not doing a separate review of this because I haven’t read it, but several friends of mine, whose judgement I trust, swear by it for getting kids engaged in the world around them. It’s 350 pages of how-tos, trivia, and all sorts of fun and useful things. Intended for ages 10-13, but I know some grownups who wouldn’t mind a copy. Ahem.

Doctor Who TARDIS Tea Infuser

The Doctor Who TARDIS Tea Infuser $19.99 from ThinkGeek. It has the sonic screwdriver as the bit that dangles out of the cup. I mean, really.

ThinkGeek is a really good place to check in general (for the people who aren’t geeks) for the ones who are, you probably had the tab open before you came to this site. They have items from various fandoms, tools for geeks, exclusives to their site, things for kids, things for cube dwellers to personalise their workspaces…

Speaking of,


PixelBlocks available on Amazon (price varies). PixelBlocks are small, translucent blocks that can be used to create 2D or 3D sculptures. I have a set and they’re great fun. Like Lego, there are different size sets, so the prices vary based on how many pieces are in your set. Each one has suggestions for things you can make, but you can also design whatever you’d like.

House Targaryen Crest Wall Plaque

And we’re back to the Noble Collection. I chose the Targaryen House Crest Wall Plaque  ($55) just because, you know. I needed a place holder for this entry. Right. Yeah. FIRE AND BLOOD.

Sorry. Where was I? Oh yes. The Noble Collection makes replicas and original pieces for franchises like Harry Potter (as mentioned in an earlier post ), Game of Thrones , Lord of the Rings , The Hobbit and The Dark Knight Rises . They have faithfully recreated prop replicas that are definitely not for play and will most definitely please ardent fans of shows and films.

Targaryen Sigil Pendant

Just showing you the quality of their work with this Targaryen Sigil Pendant , which happens to be $59. They also have pieces from other houses, in case you’re interested in those for some reason.

New Trent iGeek

If you’re anything like me, you have multiple gadgets and you live in horror of one of them dying and you having to…shudder…converse with the people around you. Actually, if you’re anything like me, you never leave the house so you’re never more than eight feet from an electrical outlet, but I digress, The New Trent iGeek 11200mAh External Battery Charger for Smartphones and Tablets  is for the serious geek on-the-go. After its initial charge, it will hold it’s own charge for weeks, it can charge two devices at once, and it can charge a wide range of devices from phones (smart and dumb) to tablets to gaming devices. Check out the link for all of the info. The list price is $80, but Amazon generally has it for less (whilst writing this it was $61.92).


And if you want to be super cool and geeky and macabre and support the site all at once (look at you multitasking), you can get something from The Autodidact in the Attic’s Zazzle shop.

There are a few shirts and a hoodie and a couple stickers at the moment. A few other little things are in the works. If there’s something you’d like, let me know and I’ll whip it up for you.

My personal favourite thing is the Morph Mug, which is $23.95. I use mine nearly every day. It’s an excellent way to know if your tea has gone cold before you get that mouthful of the dreaded Cold Tea. There are a couple other, less expensive mugs in the shop that are equally nice, but the colour-change one is worth the extra bit for the coldness warning factor alone. Here is a video I made of it doing its thang.

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