Sometimes it sounds like they are speaking a different language: Daenerys, Tardis, Slytherin, Charmander, and Squirrel Girl. What does it mean? This is your friend who is a self-professed nerd. You don’t want to lose points with them and get them something from the wrong fandom. The Upstate is a nerdier place than you’d expect, so we can help.
ITK's 2018 Holiday Gift Guide:
For Their Geeky Side
Bone And Ink Illustrations
Do you know someone who wants an intricate, gorgeous illustration of Cthulu? If we’re being honest, who wouldn’t want one? That is where Bone and Ink comes in. Jennifer Allen creates these vintage-inspired illustrations that depict nature, strong women, and mythical figures. She uses her techniques to evoke vintage etchings. One member of our tribe loved Bone and Ink so much, she has a Twilight Zone inspired piece hanging in her living room.
Borderlands Comics and Collectibles
This could be your one-stop shop for the nerd in your life. Borderlands has it all, from comics and figurines to even nerdier things like tabletop and card games. You’ll find it all. Looking for that particular Funko Pop figure? Borderlands most likely has it. How about a variant cover of a comic? They can help. The staff at Borderlands are not only friendly, but they are also extremely knowledgeable. They can make sure you don’t buy the Marvel fan in your life a Batman graphic novel.
Video Game Cavern
Caverns are indicative of treasure, and there is a veritable trove at the Video Game Cavern in Taylors. Looking for the newest games for the hottest consoles? They’ve got ‘em! Even more impressive, they also carry a range of classic games that may be harder to find in more mainstream video game stores. From consoles like the Xbox 360 and the Nintendo Switch to the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis. So visit the Video Game Cavern, where the treasure ISN’T guarded by a dragon.
As The Page Turns
You can never have too many books. Trust me. The limit does not exist. That is why books make the perfect gift. As The Page Turns in Travelers Rest has the books. They are the largest independent bookstore in the area, and they have got the pages to prove It. Even better, if they don’t have the title you’re looking for, they will happily special order It for you. Gifting tip, the splash page of a book makes the perfect place to write a holiday greeting or inscription.
SC Comicon will be entering its 5th year in 2019, and it will be bigger and better than ever. The “annual celebration of all things geek” features comics galore, vendors, collectibles, and cosplayers. Your friend/loved one will be in heaven. So what can you get them? Tickets for the 2019 SC Comicon are already on sale. Don’t forget to spring for the VIP Ticket package which will get them early admittance to the convention, and entrance to a special Friday night event held at Local Cue.
Modern video games are nice, but sometimes you just can’t beat the sights, sounds, and feelings of a vintage arcade. This is the thought behind one of Greenville’s newest hotspots, Tilt Arcade Bar. Tilt hosts a rotating cache of pinball machines and arcade games that will send waves of nostalgia crashing over you and your gift recipient. They also have a full-service bar, food, and plenty of TVs to watch a big game. Tilt is the perfect place to go to feel like a kid again.
You know that person who is obsessed with board games? Yeah, the love is pretty intense. Monopoly and Operation are great, but they just don’t cut it for this person. They want strategy and excitement. For this person, you’ll want to head to Boardwalk in Greenville. They carry a wide array of board and card games that can provide literally hours of entertainment. They also carry dice for your D&D playing friends as well as specialty darts. It’ll be a gift-giving bullseye.
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