Seeing that Comic Con and Halloween are just a few weeks away, why not prepare with some of these fanboy favorites? All under $35.99.
The Star Trek Spok oven mitt seems like a clever replacement for the ubiquitous foam finger at sports events, although it probably won’t protect you from the wrath of a confused alpha male. Or you could just use it for baking cookies, I suppose.
ThinkGeek Star Trek Spock Oven Mitt, $14.99
As if the Spok Mitt weren’t enough, get a load of this iPhone case from Retroplanet. It’s all the fun of having Spok ears without the commitment.
Male Ears iPhone Case, $12
Welcome to the future: The Snuggie is now cosplay-friendly. I love how the faces in this Amazon customer image are pixelated to avoid maximum humiliation. Choose from Batman, Superman (the cheapest one, why?), and Wonder Woman to keep you nice and cozy this winter. Nerd.
DC Comic Adult Comfy Throw with Sleeves by The Northwest Company, $10-26
Contemplating The Club for your Batmobile? Who needs it when you could have this convincing Star Wars sunshade on your dashboard!
Plasticolor 003700R01 Star Wars Accordion Sunshade , $21
How about a Slutty Dalek costume for Halloween? You can even sort of get away with wearing this Doctor Who dress on normal days.
Doctor Who Blue Dalek costume Dress from eBay (other sizes available), $35.99
Sometimes the finer things in life are really just simple things done right. Everything you see here under $20.
Owning this umbrella would make braving the rain much less stressful. In fact, I’d look FORWARD to a dreary day if I were the owner of this umbrella.
FUCK THE RAIN UMBRELLA, $17.60
For the person who has every candle, this candle-in-a-mug from Anthropologie puts a spin on things. Bonus cute mug when you run out of candle.
Enamelware Candle Tin,
The cake candelabra from Urban Outfitters takes the cake for best birthday candle presentation.
Feeling a case of the ol’ artist’s block? Grab one of these Andy Warhol quote pencils for some inspiration. Imagine the possibilities when you’re reminded that “Art is what you can get away with.”
Andy Warhol Philosophy Pencil – Pack Of 8,
A fashionable soap dish with excellent drainage capability is a huge improvement in a small package.
Wire Soap Dish, $18.00
Tired of seeing gray skies and brittle trees every time you look out your window? Hang this bag planter on your fire escape, maybe you’ll fool yourself into feeling like it’s actually Spring.
HANGING BAG PLANTER, $39
For all you christmas light maniacs out there, here’s a grown-up version to cozify the room you’ve been holing up in. Silver or gold.
STARRY STRING LIGHTS – AMBER LIGHTS ON COPPER WIRE, $15-99
There’s no better way to start getting psyched for the summer than getting a donut pool float far in advance. Inflate it and use it as furniture until you can bring it to the pool.
Donut Pool Float, $18
If this smiley face tissue box doesn’t make you smile every time you reach for a tissue, move on to the next item.
Smiley Face Tissue Box, $9.99 + int’l shipping
When all else fails, hide your pale, dry skin behind this unicorn mask until the sun comes out.
Fred Flare Magic Unicorn Mask, $34
A nice bottle of wine or olive oil is always a good fallback, but if you want your next housewarming gift to really stand out from the crowd, try one of these unorthodox alternatives:
For the urban forager: an oyster mushroom log—simply water and wait for the edible spores to sprout. $19.95.
For anyone who came of age in the 90’s and has an excess of white wall space: an old-school Magic Eye Poster. You’ll have to cross your eyes to see the King Kong in this one. $14.99.
eBay 22 x 28 Magic Eye King Kong Poster
For the cookie lover: this snack-stashing set of Face Mugs. $35.
WARM OR COOL FACE MUGS – SET OF 2
For the Martha Stewart-wannabe: these two-tier tiffin boxes from India, which are perfect for those organized enough to pack lunches or thoughtfully store leftovers. $9.99.
2-Tier Rectangular Tiffin Box
For the salt-loving Sci-Fi aficionado: robot salt + pepper shakers, which really wind and walk. $20.
WIND-UP SALT AND PEPPER ROBOTS
For anyone with a coffee table and sense of humor: this side-splittingly funny collection of Awkward Family Photos. $15.99.
Awkward Family Photos By Mike Bender & Doug Chernack
No plans for July 4th? No problem! Throw a last minute party with these cheap I-day essentials.
It’s not a party if there’s no snow cone maker in sight. Snow Cone maker from Target, $39.
Snow Cone Maker
Spike your snow cone syrups with a heavy dose of alcohol and your guests are sure to have fun figuring out how to put these down. At Crate & Barrel, $6.95.
Set of 50 Snowcone Papers
For fancy in a flash, ditch the Christmas lights for these grown-up string globe lights. $12.99 at Target.
Room Essentials Clear Globe Lights (25ct)
Show your allegiance with these reusable earth friendly cloth napkins. $29.50 from Pottery Barn.
American Flag Napkins, set of 4
Americana never goes out of style. These patriotic pillows from ChooseMoose on Etsy add comfort to any gathering. $7.99.
Americana Accent Pillow