I like goats, I also like sheep. Much to my wife’s lament I like them in my tummy, on the other hand I also have many friends and loved ones who are avid knitters and I do enjoy the pleasures of fine knitwear myself. A few years back a friend decided to get another friend a sheep, not a sheep to live in her yard but an adopt a goat/sheep scheme. If they had adopted a sheep or even better a goat I’d be over there every weekend feeding that thing cans, old boots and whatever that square irised mountain climbing freak would eat. There’s a bunch of these through Etsy at varying prices with differing levels of engagement. You can adopt a goat or sheep in increments of single or multiple months and you can either get dyed yarn or raw strands to spin your own yarn. It’s pretty neat! In the case of the adopted sheep my friend got a little letter signed by the sheep (with a hoof print) and yarn for every month they were supporting the little fellah.
Everyone loves to get a package, what better kind of package to get then a box full of swag! Loot Crate is a service geared towards the geeky, every month you will receive a box full of themed material. This could be a vinyl toy, an exclusive variant comic book, a one of a kind t-shirt. In the month of November the theme was Battle and came with items including branded Street Fighter gear and codes to download Street Fighter on Steam! Each and every box contains a 40 US dollar or more value at 30 dollars US including shipping and handling but on top of this every month there’s a chance to win a “Mega-Crate” this is a crate full of gear and swag valued at 750 dollars or more! Past crates have included consoles, handmade collectibles and more! Conveniently they ship to the US, Canada and even the UK so check them out regardless of where you may live. Starting in December of 2014 they have launched a “Gift” option allowing you to give the gift of Loot Crate to any of your friends.
If you want to treat the geek in your life with some geeky swag (maybe an N7 toque or an Assassin’s Creed hoodie) but don’t want to necisarily blow their minds with treat overload by Loot Crate-ing them there is also the option of the Ubi Workshop or Bioware Store. Bioware and Ubisoft are responsible for creating some of the most interesting and accessible games of the last decade but have also realized there’s a market for books, apparel and even jewelry based on their brands. Both of these stores are run by the company directly and not third parties, quite often they will come with codes that enable special DLC but most of all they sell high quality product. The Assassin’s Creed branded apparel is quite stylish and could be at home on the catwalk as much as the arcade. Bioware’s Canadian origins really show through with a selection of scarves, parkas and toques to ward off those cold Edmonton winters. As well as apparel there are high quality art prints, statues, and more. For the game lover in your life a trip to these websites may be a good place to pick up a purchase for them.
Maybe your geeky friend or loved one is running out of space and you want to give them something that will help them indulge their indulgences without taking up floor space. Marvel comics have pushed hard into the digital space with their Marvel Unlimited subscription service. This allows you to access 15,000 Marvel comics from your phone, tablet or computer! Regular updates with the highest quality straight from the creators with support for both Android and iOS devices. Coming in three tiers there is the monthly subscription which gives you instant access to over 15,000 titles plus regular deals on comics 9.99 US Dollars, there is the annual subscription at 69 US dollars yearly which gives you a discount on the subscription but otherwise the same options as the monthly subscription and the annual plus at 99 US dollars which comes with the additional gifts of an exclusive Rocket Racoon figure, limited edition Rocket Racoon variant covers on issues 1 and 2, a personalized membership card, invites to special events and discounts on comics, collections and merchandise. There is a convenient gift option as well so you can set your friend up from your own account.
Now forgive me this last entry, writing it was a bit of a harrowing experience. As I started to type and there was a rap tap tapping at my door. I opened and a raven sat alight my neighbour’s door knob staring intently at me and occasionally glancing down at a piece of parchment rolled neatly and resting against my door frame. Picking up the parchment and eyeing the raven nervously I cracked the wax seal on the scroll like missive. The crow let out a “CA-CAW” and flew down the hall. How it got into my apartment building let alone to the 7th floor is beyond me but somehow it did and as mysteriously as it arrived it was gone. Looking down at the parchment was a warning, the message was from the Curator. The Curator is the elusive patron of The Mysterious Package Company, they (for I do not know if the Curator is a he or a she) issued a stern warning that should I divulge any Eldritch Secrets The Mysterious Package Company cannot be held responsible for the Lovecraftian horrors I may unleash and the terrible fate that may befall me or those I love and cherish. What I can tell you is that The Mysterious Package Company is not simply some purveyor of knicks or knacks but a vendor in extraordinary experiences and fever dreams. At their web page you are treated a variety of wonders ranging from a series of correspondence informing you of the goings on in the wider world to a full blown adventures in the macabre! I can say no more but if you are interested in the macabre and have a strong constitution adventure awaits.