My name is Ann, and I’m a tiny bit of a nerd. I say “a tiny bit” because I don’t want to overstate my case: My pockets are free of protractors and pen protectors, and I cannot recite more than three or four lines of Monty Python’s The Holy Grail, which probably explains why last weekend, during a Magic tournament, the 24-year-old dude next to me said, “You’re kind of like a normal lady!” (Yes, grasshopper. Kind of.) At any rate, I do hang out with quite a few real nerds, including the hottiepants one I married, so I like to think of good, handmade, gifts for people with nerdling tendencies. Here are a couple of quick, easy, inexpensive ways to show your favorite nerds you care.
1. “Live Long and Eat Cake” Card
Our featured line art this week is an uncharacteristically giddy Mr. Spock, because really, even beings without emotions tend to get giddy in the face of that much cake.
Using this image, Cindy created a simple but fabulous 6″x4″ card, just by layering two papers and adding some stars:
If you happen to have a treasure trove of space-themed scrapbooking papers and embellishments, you could certainly get more complicated with your design, but I promise you that even this basic card will prove impressive on a variety of occasions: Father’s Day, graduation, birthdays, or Get Your 3rd Doctorate Day.
2. For the Geek with a Desk
Stroll into almost any Goodwill, Salvation Army, or other charity shop, and you will find picture holders. No, I don’t mean picture frames, although you’ll find oodles of those, too; I mean those things made primarily of heavy gauge wire that hold pictures. For example, this:
A picture holder with a pink heart wouldn’t ordinarily make a great gift for a nerdy sort (especially a boy one), but cover that heart with that same Spock image, and magically, it works! Obviously, you wouldn’t have to use our Spock image, but on the other hand, you could. And once you put a picture in the picture holder, you have made a gift!
3. It’s a Box! It’s a Tin! It’s a Tricorder!
This is the most involved of our projects this week, but it’s still pretty darn easy. For this one, you need
- a rectangular tin (I got mine at Goodwill)
- black paper + adhesive OR gesso + black acrylic paint + fixative and sealant
- markers or colored pencils
- a piece of drawing paper
- a willingness to do a bit of simple drawing
1. Get your tin. It doesn’t need to have a window like mine, or it can. Either way.
2. Gesso and paint the tin OR cover it with your black paper. (I painted mine.)
3. Draw and color the front of a tricorder. If you Google “Star Trek TOS tricorder images,” you’ll get plenty of shots from plenty of angles.
4. Assemble the tricorder.
4. If you used acrylic paint, fix and seal your work in an attempt to keep it from peeling off the minute someone stares at it too hard.
5. Print, color, and trim Mr. Spock so he fits inside the lid, then fix him in place with adhesive.
6. Fill the box with appropriate treats: Sunflower seeds, miniature cupcakes, malt balls, Tribbles, tall stacks of hundreds, a tie. Whatever you like to give.
You are now a Level 2 Wizard of Nerd-Friendly Gift Giving. Live long and give wisely!