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A geek's guide to Mother's Day gifting

A geek's guide to Mother's Day gifting (Photo: Disney, Folio Society, Funko, Loungefly, Insight Editions)

Somewhere along the way the idea that pop culture and genre fandom was made by men for men. I think Mary Shelley or Shirley Jackson, might have a thing or two to say about that. Geekdom, or whatever you'd like to call it, is universal. To celebrate, and help populate some gift-giving ideas before May 8, here's a look at some of the fun items that recently caught my eye.

Descriptions provided by the publisher, studio, or toy maker.

The Folio Society

If you've looked through any of my gift guides, you'll know that I love The Folio Society's illustrated editions of classic and contemporary books. I love them so much that when I published a book about my childhood I used a stack of their books to explain my cover concepts for the hardcover edition. We live in a digital age, but that doesn't mean I've abandoned physical releases altogether. I'm just far more picky about what I'm going to put on my bookshelf. I'd recommend checking out their Marvel collaborations if you're shopping for a comic-inclined individual. Here are three new titles from their Spring Collection.

  • Anna Karenina - A high-society scandal rocks Moscow and St Petersburg in Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece Anna Karenina. Angela Barrett illustrates this beautiful Folio collector’s edition, which is introduced by Helen Dunmore.
  • The Bell Jar - A witty and melancholic portrayal of 1950s New York set against the backdrop of mental illness, Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar is newly introduced by Plath biographer and scholar, Heather Clark, and features seven ethereal illustrations by Alexandra Levasseur.
  • Sparkling Cyanide - A delectable collector’s edition of Agatha Christie’s Sparkling Cyanide joins the Folio Society crime library. With exquisite illustrations by Michael Philip Dunbabin.

Classic mom

  • Gilmore Girls: The Official Cookbook - features dishes from every corner of Stars Hollow and beyond, including the Dragonfly Inn, Weston’s Bakery, Al’s Pancake World, Luke’s Diner, and Emily and Richard’s dinner table . Fans will delight in recreating iconic dishes from the beloved series, such as Sookie’s Risotto, Mrs. Kim’s Flaxseed Muffins, Luke’s Cheeseburger and Fries, and, of course, the perfect cup of coffee!

  • Call the Midwife: A Labour of Love - Learn the up-close and personal story of Call the Midwife as told by the cast and crew. A Labour of Love is a moving journey through beloved series and features personal reflections, stills of fan-favorite moments, and anecdotes and insights from co-stars, producers, technical crew, and guests.

  • The Official Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea Cookbook: Gift Set (Book + Tea Towel) - The Official Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea Cookbook - Gift Set Edition presents over 55 recipes of the revered and treasured English teatime tradition. With an exclusive tea towel and an alluring and vibrant cookbook, fans of the PBS series and anglophiles alike can stage every stylish element of this cultural staple of British society at home. Spanning sweet and savory classics—like Battenberg Cake, Bakewell Tart, toffee puddings, cream scones, and tea sandwiches—the recipes capture the quintessential delicacies of the time, and the proper way to serve them.

  • Cyrano - Award-winning director Joe Wright envelops movie lovers in a symphony of emotions with music, romance, and beauty in CYRANO, re-imagining the timeless tale of a heartbreaking love triangle. Cyrano de Bergerac (Peter Dinklage) dazzles with both ferocious wordplay and brilliant swordplay but is convinced that his appearance makes him unworthy of the love of his devoted friend, Roxanne (Haley Bennett), who has fallen in love at first sight with Christian (Kelvin Harrison Jr.).

  • Singin' in the Rain: 70th Anniversary Edition 4K UHD - Singin' In The Rain is widely considered to be one of the greatest musical films in cinematic history. The musical romantic comedy was directed by choreographed by Gene Kelly (On the Town) and Stanley Donen (On the Town) and stars Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen, Millard Mitchel and Cyd Charisse. The film was written by Adolph Green and Betty Comden and produced by Arthur Freed. The music is by Nacio Herb Brown and the lyrics are by Arthur Freed. O'Connor won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, and Betty Comden and Adolph Green won the Writers Guild of America Award for their screenplay, while Jean Hagen was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress

  • Marry Me - Packed with original songs by Jennifer Lopez and global Latin music star Maluma, Marry Me stars Lopez starring as musical superstar Kat Valdez and Owen Wilson as Charlie Gilbert, a math teacher—total strangers who agree to marry and then get to know each other. An unlikely romance about two different people searching for something real in a world where value is based on likes and followers, Marry Me is a modern love story about celebrity, marriage and social media.

  • Downton Abbey: The Motion Picture 4K UHD SteelBook - The worldwide phenomenon, Downton Abbey, returns in a spectacular motion picture, as the beloved Crawleys and their intrepid staff prepare for the most important moment of their lives. A royal visit from the King and Queen of England unleashes scandal, romance and intrigue that leave the future of Downton hanging in the balance. Written by series creator Julian Fellowes and starring the original cast, this grand cinematic experience will have you cheering for your favorite characters all over again.

Disney

  • Minnie Mouse Daisy Zip Around Wallet - Get ready for spring with the Minnie Mouse Daisy Zip Around Wallet! The white daisies and polka dots stand out against the black background, adding a bright yellow zest to spring or even summer outfits. The wallet has 6 slots for holding cards, a clear window slot for holding your ID, and a zipper pocket. This wallet will help you brighten the new year!
  • Minnie Mouse Daisy Mini Backpack - The Loungefly Minnie Mouse Daisy Mini Backpack is made of vegan leather (polyurethane). Bag has adjustable shoulder straps, sturdy metal hardware, and features: applique, and printed details. Take note of the coordinating pattern of the inside lining fabric.

  • Minnie Mouse Daisy Ears Headband - The Minnie Mouse Daisy Ears Headband is made of vegan leather (polyurethane) and is adorned with a vegan leather (polyurethane) bow. Headband features applique, and embroidered details. Check out the Loungefly embroidery on the side of the headband.

  • Disney Stitch Shoppe Bambi "Sandy" Skirt - This Sandy style skirt is made of super soft stretch sateen (97% cotton/3% spandex). Hitting just at the knee on most, the Disney Bambi “Sandy” Skirt features a zipper back, pockets, elastic waist band (for extra comfort), and a button closure. This versatile skirt can easily be paired with tees, blouses, sweaters, and more to dress it up or down.

  • Bambi and Flower Springtime Mini Backpack - Bambi and Flower Springtime Mini Backpack is made of vegan (polyurethane) leather and faux suede. It features: side pockets, adjustable shoulder straps, sturdy metal hardware, enamel zipper charm, applique, embroidered, and printed details. Take note of the coordinating design of the inside lining fabric.

  • Bambi Springtime Tri-Fold Wallet - The Bambi Springtime Tri-Fold Wallet is made of vegan leather (polyurethane). Wallet snaps closed, has sturdy metal hardware, and features: decorative bow, embroidered, and printed details. Take note of the coordinating pattern of the inside lining fabric.

  • Mickey Mouse Blue Planter - The affection for Mickey will continue to grow when you decorate your home or garden with this ceramic planter. The exterior features a twist on the classic blue and white china designs with a pattern incorporating Mickey icons done in a folk art style.

  • Mickey Mouse Blue Lantern Candle Holder - Mickey will bring a lovely glow to your home with this elegant lantern. The stoneware design features Mickey icon and circle cut-outs that will provide a lovely light when you place a candle (not included) inside.

  • Jasmine Guillory's By The Book: A Meant to Be Novel - Sometimes to truly know a person, you have to read between the lines. Isabelle is completely lost. When she first began her career in publishing after college, she did not expect to be twenty-five, still living at home, and the only Black employee at her publishing house. Overworked and underpaid, constantly torn between speaking up or stifling herself, Izzy thinks there must be more to this publishing life. So when she overhears her boss complaining about a beastly high-profile author who has failed to deliver his long-awaited manuscript, Isabelle sees an opportunity to prove her worth and finally get the recognition she deserves.

  • Minnie Mouse Daisy Hat Crossbody Bag - Minnie Mouse Daisy Hat Crossbody Bag is made of vegan leather (polyurethane). Bag has an adjustable shoulder strap (detachable), detachable coin purse, additional bag strap extension, sturdy metal hardware, and features: die-cut, applique, and embroidered details. Take note of the coordinating pattern of the inside lining fabric.

Disney's Peter Pan

  • Peter Pan Nana Mini-Backpack - The front of the backpack shows Nana’s kerchiefed head, done in soft padded applique, and a powder blue 3D ribbon completes the look. Die-cut plush ears bring Nana to life, and the body of the backpack is plush as well. The back includes embroidered children’s toy blocks that spell out Nana’s name.
  • Peter Pan Nana Zip-Around Wallet - The front of the wallet shows Nana’s kerchiefed head, done in soft padded applique, and a powder blue 3D ribbon completes the look. Die-cut plush ears bring Nana to life, and the body of the backpack is plush as well. The back includes embroidered children’s toy blocks that spell out Nana’s name.

  • Peter Pan Clock Glow in the Dark Moving Pin - Pin has sliding parts, glow-in-the-dark details, and gold colored hardware. The back has the signature Funko/Loungefly crown debossing as well as the embossed crown on the back, noting the limited edition 1,200-piece count. Pin is 3-inches tall and comes in a window display collector box.

  • Peter Pan Glow-in-the-Dark Tower Crossbody Purse - Show off your Peter Pan fandom with this Peter Pan Glow-in-the-Dark Tower Crossbody Purse! It is made of faux leather and features a top zipper closure, adjustable strap, matching themed lining, applique, debossed, embroidered, and printed details. This crossbody purse approximately measures 10-inches wide x 7-inches tall x 3-inches deep. Ages 15 and up.

  • Peter Pan Glow-in-the-Dark Tower Zip-Around Wallet - Zip-Around Wallet is made of faux leather and features a zip-around closure, matching themed lining, printed, embroidered, and glow-in-the-dark details. This zip-around wallet approximately measures 8-inches wide x 4-inches tall.

  • Peter Pan Glow-in-the-Dark Tower Mini-Backpack - Mini-Backpack is made of faux leather and features a top zipper closure and front zippered pocket, adjustable straps, matching themed lining, applique, debossed, printed, glow-in-the-dark, and enamel zipper charm details. This mini-backpack approximately measures 9-inches wide x 10 1/2-inches tall x 4 1/2-inches deep.

Disney & Marvel

  • Stitch Shoppe Snow White Lauren Dress - This Lauren style dress is made of a super soft stretch sateen (97% cotton/3% spandex) and features embroidered details and a red belt. This versatile dress adds flair and classic style to your Disney wardrobe.

  • Women of Walt Disney Imagineering - A dozen female Imagineers recount their trailblazing careers! Capturing an era – and preserving the stories they have told their daughters, their mentees, their husbands, and their friends – a dozen women Imagineers have written personal stories from their decades designing and building the Disney world-wide empire of theme parks. Illustrated with the women’s personal drawings and photos in addition to archival Imagineering images, the book represents a broad swath of Imagineering’s creative disciplines during a time of unprecedented expansion.
  • Stitch Shoppe Winnie the Pooh Sandy Skirt - This Sandy style skirt is made of super soft stretch sateen (97% cotton/3% spandex). Hitting just at the knee on most, the Winnie the Pooh Sandy Skirt features a zipper back, pockets, elastic waist band (for extra comfort), and a button closure. This versatile skirt can easily be paired with tees, blouses, sweaters, and more to dress it up or down.

  • Marvel's Black Panther: The Official Wakanda Cookbook - Create meals fit for a king with this cookbook featuring over seventy delicious recipes from Wakanda and the African continent. Whether you’re welcoming Wakandan envoys, or simply hosting a watch party with friends, the 70+ African cuisine-inspired recipes in Marvel's Black Panther: The Official Wakanda Cookbook make it a must-have volume for any kitchen.

  • Delicious Disney: Walt Disney World - Delicious Disney: Walt Disney World is a holistic look at the Florida resort’s culinary past, present, and future—all organically woven around diverse recipes from the Disney Chefs and fit for home chefs of varying skill levels. Filled with a heartfelt narrative and behind-the-scenes anecdotes, mouth-watering food photos, gorgeous Walt Disney Imagineering concept artwork, nostalgic restaurant menus and ephemera, and a little Disney magic, this cookbook-meets-culinary-history coffee table book enchants with more than sixty recipes. Including an assortment of appetizers, main courses, sides, desserts, and even joyful libations, these dishes come from fine-dining and quick-service establishments across the resort.
  • The Little Mermaid Ariel Fireworks Glow in the Dark Crossbody Bag - On the front, Ariel and Flounder delight in a new discovery: a ship that’s bursting with fireworks for Prince Eric’s birthday, and stars twinkling in the sky. In fact, the moon and stars glow in the dark. On the back side, Sebastian senses danger amidst all the commotion. Note the coordinating lining, which carries a fireworks motif. This crossbody bag is the perfect accessory for any Disney outing. In addition to glow-in-the-dark features, this bag includes vegan leather (polyurethane), adjustable straps, sturdy silver metal hardware, and printed details.

  • Okoye to the People: A Black Panther Novel - In this young adult novel by best-selling novelist Ibi Zoboi, Okoye is going on her first trip to America with King T’Chaka, who has been tasked with joining other African leaders as a special envoy to the World Humanitarian Aid Council. But when Okoye arrives in New York, she realizes the city—and her mission—are not what she expects. Thrown into conflict in Brownsville, a neighborhood struggling with gentrification, Okoye must find her place in the Dora Milaje, and the world.

  • Loki Crossbody Bag - Made of vegan leather (polyurethane). Bag has metal chain shoulder strap, sturdy metal hardware, and features: molded metal, debossed, and printed details. Take note of the coordinating design of the inside lining fabric.

Star Wars

  • Princess Leia Bobble Head - This adorable collectible figure of Princess Leia comes packaged in a colorful window box. The unique design brings Funko's house style into the world of Bobble Heads, and we just know that Princess Leia is going to look great on your desk.

  • Star Wars: The Tiny Book of Legendary Women - Hold thrilling adventures in the palm of your hand, with this pocket-sized tribute to incredible Star Wars women! The perfect gift for any Star Wars fan, this tiny book is a fun homage to the indelible women of the Star Wars galaxy. Features art and quotes from Leia Organa, Rey Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, Fennec Shand, Bo-Katan Kryze, Rose Tico, Jyn Erso, Doctor Aphra, Grand Admiral Rae Sloane, and more.

  • Queen’s Hope - Padmé is adjusting to being a wartime senator during the Clone Wars. Her secret husband, Anakin Skwyalker, is off fighting the war, and excels at being a wartime Jedi. In contrast, when Padmé gets the opportunity to see the casualties on the war-torn front lines, she is horrified. The stakes have never been higher for the galaxy, or for the newly-married couple.

  • Ahsoka with Sabers - Once an eager padawan, Ahsoka Tano has proven to be a capable warrior through her victories in various battles throughout the Clone Wars. Celebrate the most stellar fandom of them all with the Star Wars: The Manadolrian Pop! of Ahsoka Tano. Vinyl bobblehead is approximately 4.75-inches tall.

  • Pop! Deluxe Grogu Using the Force - This special figure also emits sounds and lights up when activated, adding to the atmosphere of your collection's display! Two AA batteries are included with this collectible figure. Vinyl bobblehead is approximately 4.75-inches tall.

  • Bo-Katan Kryze - After the Death Watch were exposed and exiled from Mandalore, Bo-Katan Kryze allies with Darth Maul. Celebrate the most stellar fandom of them all with the Star Wars: The Manadolrian.

We came from the '80s

  • The Goonies: Under the Goondocks - A Never Say Die Expansion - Troy and his father’s plan to turn the Goondocks into a country club golf course have failed. But since the Goonies discovered that One-Eyed Willie’s treasure was real, Troy has been searching for it out of spite. You must stop him before he unleashes the evils below the Goondocks! This expansion is a thrilling continuation of The Goonies: Never Say Die story.

  • E.T. Glow in the Dark Mini Backpack - Backpack features applique, embroidered, debossed, glow-in-the-dark, and printed details. The exterior is fashioned from vegan leather (polyurethane). Shoulder straps are adjustable.

  • E.T. Flap Wallet - This bifold wallet features embroidered and applique details, silver snaps and zippers to keep everything in place, along with vegan leather (polyurethane).

  • Whitney Houston - Relive the iconic moment when Whitney Houston sang the “Star-Spangled Banner” at the Super Bowl in 1991 with this exclusive Whitney Houston Pop!

  • Footloose Party Game - Gather for a night of dancing, or rather a game about dancing without getting caught. This game is great for people who want to get together but don’t want to bust a move in front of others. The goal is to win as many dances without getting busted.

  • Golden Girls: Sophie Popsies - Share a sentiment and a smile with an awesome Golden Girls Sophia Popsies! Vinyl collectible greeting is approximately 4.75-inches tall.

  • Wonder Woman Popsies - Surprise a friend or loved one with open arms and a pop up greeting with Popsies, the new collectible greeting by Funko! Press the center of the bow and the special message appears above Wonder Woman as she holds her arms out wide. You can even write who it's from and for with a permanent marker on the present's label.

  • Golden Girls: Blanche Popsies - Share a sentiment and a smile with an awesome Golden Girls Blanche Popsies! Vinyl collectible greeting is approximately 4.75-inches tall.
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