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Holiday Guide

Gifts for your Nerdy College-Going Cousin

Photo: Ana Benaroya, License: N/A

Ana Benaroya


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Dr. Who T.A.R.D.I.S cookie jar ($34.99) Sure, it’s supposed to be a time machine masquerading as a police box, but a cookie jar masquerading as a time machine masquerading as a police box makes for better college-dorm functional decor. Gorilla King Comics, 1711 Aliceanna St., (410) 327-0181

 

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Vintage Mike Alred Madman lunchbox ($12) Invoke Madman’s superhuman learning powers by carrying this around campus—but remember, study hard for finals, just in case. Novelty Haus, 3678 Falls Road, (410) 343-9282, noveltyhaus.com

 

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Game of Thrones Direwolves bookends ($79.99) Imagine these mega-wolves crushing the bones of the snobby frat-boys, though they’ll also do fine propping up your copies of The Canterbury Tales and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Gorilla King Comics, 1711 Aliceanna St., (410) 327-0181

 

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Building Stories ($50) Spending hours upacking and exploring this “book,” (really a box of 14 smaller publications by graphic artist Chris Ware), might be the best way to put off cracking open that Bertrand Russell tome that’s supposed to be read by the next philosophy class. Atomic Books, 3620 Falls Road, (410) 662-4444, atomicbooks.com

 

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Nikon D3200 (red) ($599) Point-and-shoot digital photography meets technological sophistication—and, once tasted, the desire for more, bigger, better—but it’s a good place to start until the post-grad salary kicks in. Service Photo, 3838 Falls Road, (410) 235-6200, servicephoto.com

 

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Tenba designer camera bag ($109) The bomb-proof design sensibilities of messenger bags infected the camera-bag industry and begat such things as this, which doubles as a de facto insurance policy on that new digital camera. Service Photo, 3838 Falls Road, (410) 235-6200, servicephoto.com

 

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Baltimore pulp candle ($10) Light a candle in memory of the glories and indignities—or the fantasies, perhaps—of growing up in Mobtown. 9th Life, 833 W. 36th St., (410) 534-9999, 9th-life.com

 

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Civil snapback hat ($35) It’s popular now—like, right now—but, with proper care, it may end up being a super-cool fashion investment for, say, 10 years hence. PEDX, 1715 Aliceanna St., (410) 276-0038, pedxbaltimore.wordpress.com

 

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Baltimore Mutant hoodie ($40) This display of hometown pride will make others on campus wish they’d been from here too. PEDX, 1715 Aliceanna St., (410) 276-0038, pedxbaltimore.wordpress.com

 

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Wooden Ships texting gloves ($32) These hand warmers, which allow thumb and forefinger tips to pop out as needed, are a cold-weather campus essential. Babe, 1716 Aliceanna St., (410) 244-5114, babeaboutique.com

 

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Weed wall tapestry ($22.99-$30) Whoa, a tie-dyed tapestry with a pot-leaf theme—don’t hang it over the dorm window or the campus police may seek a warrant! Karmic Connection, 508 S. Broadway, (410) 558-0428, karmicconnection.com

 

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Jason Ryner handblown glass pipe ($89.99) Handblown glass is expensive and breakable, but, hey, it’s art. Karmic Connection, 508 S. Broadway, (410) 558-0428, karmicconnection.com

 

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Shark watch ($90) Sure, cellphones tell time too, but they don’t double as super-cool jewelry. PEDX, 1715 Aliceanna St., (410) 276-0038, pedxbaltimore.wordpress.com

 

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Princess Bride bobble-head Inigo Montoya ($25) While being the best swordsman on campus is risky, ironically idolizing Montoya isn’t. Gorilla King Comics, 1711 Aliceanna St., (410) 327-0181

 

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Walking Dead deluxe omnibus, 2 volumes ($200) Going to college is, after all, kind of like surviving the zombie apocalypse. Gorilla King Comics, 1711 Aliceanna St., (410) 327-0181

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