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Cybering Cybermen! It's Cyber Monday

It's Cyber Monday, and you know what that means. No, no--not online Cyberman romance, though that sounds like something for Robot Chicken to explore.

It's time for free shipping to the contiguous US on all orders, or $10 off $60+ orders to anywhere else!

Between now and 3am ET Tuesday, November 27 (that's really late tonight), we'll automagically discount your order at checkout so you don't even need a code. Just tell us where your order is going and we'll do the rest.

It's pretty simple, but if you'd like to read that in even more words, here's more Cyber Monday information. Or maybe you'd like to jump into a pile of goodies and get started? Our Holiday Gift Center can help!

Please note the conspicuous lack of flirtatious Cybermen. You can thank us later.

Up to 60% off because it's Friday!

It's that Friday--the one where people get hurt at malls just trying to get through the door. We'll stay at home with our hot cocoa, thanks.

If you're like us and plan to peruse the interwebs at your own pace, you may appreciate our Black Friday deals, with some items discounted up to 60% off.

Here are some of our favorites that may or may not actually fit in a stocking but are still pretty cool:

There are lots more in the complete Black Friday list, which you should totally check out after you refresh your cocoa. We'll wait here while not even one single person will get trampled.

Happy Day After Thanksgivingmas!

All of the lovely knitters and crocheters at ThinkGeek HQ for our Knit & Crochet Night, November 16

All of the lovely knitters and crocheters who attended our Knit & Crochet Night, November 16.

And that's a wrap!

On Friday, November 16th, we hosted our very own Knit & Crochet Night. A handful of local geeks gathered together at our office to give worship to the Yarn Gods... we mean, uh, do arts and crafts and such! We think it went rather swimmingly.

Upon their arrival, our crafters brought with them generous donations of handmade goodies for Knitters and Crocheters Care, a local charity that provides those in need with warm winter ware. A bagful of awesomeness was donated to them that night, and that's all thanks to those who attended!

After all the formalities and an epic tour of ThinkGeek HQ, much merriment and good times ensued. We discussed our different knitting and crocheting skill builds and the best way to cast off our needles. Many of the crafters brought their current projects with them, which ranged from baby blankets with Link to Totoro mittens! Everyone had something great to share. When our stomachs started rumbling and the conversation took a philosophical turn, we asked the pizza man for the meaning of life - his response was in the bill: Check #42.

ThinkGeek's Knit & Crochet Night, November 16

The night ended with raffles and prizes, which included a Wampa Ice Scraper, Furry Adventure Slippers, and also Angry Birds for everyone! Needless to say, we think this event was a hit; thanks again to all the craftsy folk who attended - we hope you had as great a time as we did! And stay tuned - we hope to do something like this again in the future!

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Happy Thanksgeeking!

Hobbit Feast

Not sure what to eat on Thanksgiving? (Hopefully you don't burn everything and end up at Denny's.)

It's that time of the year again...

LEGO Turkey

Where we induce comas and mini heart attacks upon ourselves, YAY! This year, though, we thought we would change it up a bit by geekifying our feasts. Aside from expanding our guest lists to include Jedi, Ewoks, and Hobbits, we're gonna cook up a geeky storm here at ThinkGeek. (And yes, we do mean that quite literally. There also might be a fire... or two.)

We know you haven't used your dining room table since last year's festivities, so you're probably going to want to cover up all the dust that's been collecting. Might we suggest these LEGO Centerpieces? Even better if you have your guests build them on arrival; it buys you more time to cook the turkey! But if you really want to challenge them in the arts and crafts department, have them take a stab at crocheting Turkey Amigurumi. Just place these all over your table and no one will know where the real turkey is! More for you! Mwa ha ha ha.

Speaking of turkey, the most important part of Thanksgeeking is the food, right? (The gathering of your family & friends to give thanks is a close second.) We're planning on pulling recipes from a variety of cuisines such as Middle-earth's and Westeros'. If you're risky and would like to dance with death: the TurBaconEpic; 79,046 calories of pig, turkey, duck, chicken, Cornish hen, quail, and bacon (among other things). This is basically our meal for the rest of the year. We intend on going into hibernation after this.

Pumpkin Pi

Something's missing, you say? Fret not, we haven't forgotten about dessert and drinks! Top off the night with Pumpkin Pi, Turkey Cake, Butterbeer, and Doctor Who cocktails.

You can end your feast with a little Quidditch Pong or football - pen and paper, RPG style. Or if you want to go all out, our Social Media intern is planning on constructing a metal cornucopia filled with weapons and have her guests fight for their food (and lives). Happy Hunger Games! Err, we mean, Thanksgeeking!

How do you geek up your Thanksgiving? We'd love for you to share with us!

Bonus Round: We've also concocted some of our own recipes for this occasion. If you try any of our recipes, please let us know how they turn out!


Sauteed Gold Coins

  • 1 pound carrots chopped into discs (COINS!)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Zest of one orange
  • Salt

In a medium saucepan boil the carrots until tender, drain and return to med-low heat.

Add butter and stir until melted. Add juice and sugar, stirring until a glaze forms. Add zest and remove from pan to serving dish. Season to taste and level up.


Taters Precious Hash

  • 1 pound thick-cut bacon, chopped
  • 1 medium sized sweet onion, sliced thin
  • 1 Bag frozen tots (the cheaper the better, trust me)
  • 1 can sweet corn kernels
  • 2 cups Half and Half
  • Chicken Stock
  • Salt and pepper

In a large, heavy stock pot render down the bacon and onions, after 2 minutes, add the corn and stir to combine. Just before the bacon crisps up, pour in the tots and toss to coat with the drippings. Let this steam and simmer for 4 to 5 minutes. Pour in the half and half, and add chicken stock to cover the tots just barely.

Cover and let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Uncover and stir to break up the remaining tots. Recover and let simmer another 7 minutes. Uncover and stir. You should have a consistency much like a cross between hash and mashed po-tay-toes. Taste and season accordingly, precious. Pairs nicely with a raw fish eaten on a rock.


Diableggs (Diablo Eggs...Deviled Eggs....GET IT?!)

  • 10 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 sweet gerkins, minced
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard
  • 2 teaspoons minced shallot
  • 2 teaspoons minced chives
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 ounce thinly sliced country ham or prosciutto, torn into 20 pieces

Prepare the eggs as you would any hard boiled egg, (cover with cold water, bring to boil, kill heat and cover to let sit for 10 minutes, dunk into ice bath.)

In a bowl mix remaining ingredients, except the ham and save half the chives, until smooth. Peel eggs and split lengthwise and add yolks to the mayo mixture. Whip until smooth. Taste and season as needed.

Spoon the mixture into each egg half, top each with country ham piece and remaining chives. Chill, then serve to the Lord of Terror after drizzling with olive oil from the pits of hell.

The results are in from our ThinkGeekoween contest!

Whoa, you guys don't mess around on Halloween--not that we're surprised, of course, but you blew us away again. We started to get so many entries that we were a bit more picky about repins towards the end, but still, our ThinkGeekoween board overfloweth with geeky creativity. Did you see the Lumier costume and the incredible Avengers pumpkin!?

After allowing some post-Halloween days for repinning, a handful of clear winners floated to the top. To determine our winners, we excluded repins by individuals on multiple boards, and I think you'll agree that your fellow smart masses chose wisely. But you'll notice we chose 5 winners instead of 3--that's because the fourth and fifth winners were very close to being in the top 3, and one of the top 3 was noted as being from last year. We didn't specify this year only, so it's fine, but we'll give a tip of the hat to the Inevitable Betrayal Pumpkin by becci517 and Skellington Pumpkin by tekn0slave each with a $25 gift certificate because they're awesome, too.

Here are our winners:

Busted and Confirmed, $100 ThinkGeek gift certificate winner,
pinned by mom effierover

Doctor Who Boys, $100 ThinkGeek gift certificate winner,
pinned by mom hraefen

Gameboy and Tetris, $100 ThinkGeek gift certificate winner,
pinned by dorkyme129

Inevitable Betrayal Pumpkin, $25 ThinkGeek gift certificate winner,
pinned by becci517

Skellington Pumpkin, $25 ThinkGeek gift certificate winner,
pinned by tekn0slave

WINNERS: We will be in touch with you shortly about your winningness, along with gift certificate codes!

Love this contest? Not-so-much love this contest? Let us know in the comments, because we might just try something like this again in the future--with some slightly tweaked rules and methods of entry. Thanks again for sharing your costumes and pumpkins, and for bearing with us during our Pinterest experiment!

The Ladies of Ragnarok with ThinkGeek at Jammin Java, August 28

Cast your mind back--back into the dim past before Sandy and Halloween.

On September 28, 2012, The Ladies of Ragnarok came to visit ThinkGeek at Jammin Java in Vienna, Virginia, and it was epic.

With 200 guests and an actual sound system, the Mollyclicks show was our first go at hosting a big event in a space that wasn't ThinkGeek HQ. Between The Doubleclicks, Molly Lewis, Marian Call, and the best crowd ever, we all had a great time--even a chestburster who surprised an on-stage contestant, some tribbles which were thrown at the crowd early on, and two Balloonicorns that watched over the stage benevolently.

The Ladies of Ragnarok with ThinkGeek at Jammin Java, August 28

If you were there, you'll likely remember The Doubleclicks' laugh-out-loud set, Molly really enjoying an inflatable captain's chair, and Marian's rousing rendition of "Jayne's Song."

You'll also remember beards--how useful, wonderful, and important they are.

So important, in fact, that we asked everyone in the audience to record video of "Beards" from wherever they were in the audience, and to upload and tag it so we could find it later. Today, we are pleased to present a crowdsourced, multi-perspective, slightly wobbly view of this magical chin fringe moment:

Thanks, Ladies, for letting us be a part of the night, thanks to Jammin Java for being a great venue, and thanks especially to the audience, who sold out the show in a week and were gracious, funny, and an attentive crowd. We hope to do something like this again soon, and we look forward to seeing you there!