Gamerwife Gift Guide 2015: His & Hers

Gamerwife Gift Guide 2015- His & Hers |
It’s no secret that the quality and variety of geeky merch out there has skyrocketed in recent years. To make things a little easier on you in this gift giving season I’ve put together a few gift guides for the geeky folks in your life. As usual I’ve put a special emphasis on handmade and small producer stuff so hopefully you can all find something awesome for everyone on your gift list this year.


Gamerwife Gift Guide 2015 Her

1. Lumberjanes Camp Logo T-Shirt | 2. Tiny Red Pixel Heart Earrings | 3. Bastion Squirts Friendship Necklace Set | 4. D20 Skirt | 5. Kirby Clutch


Gamerwife Gift Guide 2015 Him

1. Octodad Cardigan | 2. N7 Mass Effect Tie | 3. Video Game Controller Cufflinks | 4. Deus Ex Link Scarf | 5. Nintendo Controller Boxer Shorts

You can see past gift guides here, here and here.

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Kawaii Box October 2015 Unboxing + GIVEAWAY!!

Kawaii Box Unboxing October 2015  |
Last month I had the extreme good fortune of being accepted to be part of Kawaii Box‘s blogger program, which means they kindly sent me a box to share with all of you. I’m so excited to show you all the awesome Kawaii things I got inside, but first a little about Kawaii Box.

For those of you not familiar, Kawaii Box is a monthly subcription box full of officially licensed kawaii goodies shipped directly from Japan to YOU! Every month you get 10 – 12 super cute items, ranging from candy to stationary to stuffies and accessories. A one month subscription is just $18.90 USD and that includes free INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING!! What?! Yes, you read that right, shipping is totally free, no matter where you’re located.

Kawaii Box has also launched a new service called the Japan Candy Box that I’m dying to try out.

This is my first time trying out Kawaii Box and I was very excited as my love to Japanese accessories and candy is widely known. Check out what I got in the video below.

I also included a couple of close up shots of everything in the October box.

Kawaii Box Contents 1 | Kawaii Box Unboxing October 2015 |

It really is packed with goodies. I think my favourites are the stationary and stickers.

Kawaii Box Contents 2 | Kawaii Box Unboxing October 2015 |

And, as if that wasn’t cool enough, Kawaii Box are letting me give away a one month subscription to one lucky Gamerwife reader! To enter, just use the rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway is open to everyone around the world and closes on December 7th. The winner will be announced on Twitter and notified via email.

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**Full Disclosure: I did receive this box as part of Kawaii Box’s blogger program, however, all opinions expressed are 100% my own.**

Friday I’m In Love

We Are Diamond Dogs by BleachedInk | Friday I'm In Love |
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Hello sweeties!

How was your week? Mine seemed extra long since it really started last weekend with the GAMERella game jam (I was there as a journalist, not a participant) and then rolled into the week with the Montreal International Games Summit on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. The rest of the week has been all about catching up and delivering the stories I was researching at the two events. I’ll be sure to post links whenever an article goes live!

This weekend will likely involve more catching up, plus a nice family dinner and some filming with my friend Gina for her geek girl documentary.

What are you guys up to this weekend?

Link Time!
Exploring the fantasy that is GamerGate.

Even better when read after this piece on the science behind wanting to believe that all opinions are valid.

Surreal walking simulator Anamorphine (made by my friends!) and the rise of the first person narrative game.

Being a transplant to a place with actual winters means this is something I have to actively work at. Raclette parties help.

Super rad high school students are making an opera in Minecraft.

Why maybe you shouldn’t terrify your cat with a cucumber (even if it is hilarious).

Bioshock Infinite Cocktail recipe! Just in time for the holiday party season.

No, I don’t have to smile because you told me to.

Fabulous guide for aspiring GMs.

And finally, looks like 2015 was a banner year for ladies in FPS.

Gamerwife Gift Guide 2015: Cat Ladies & Crafters

Gamerwife Gift Guide 2015- Cat Ladies & Crafters
This year for my holiday gift guides I decided it would be fun to make up some thematic guides in addition to my usual guides for men and ladies. As usual I’ve put a special emphasis on handmade and small producer gifts so hopefully you can find something for everyone on you list this year.

Cat Ladies

I’ve loved cats since I was a little kid, but as I get older I definitely feel less shame in declaring my crazy cat lady-dom. For even more cat themed fun, check out my Crazy Cat Lady board on Pinterest.

Gamerwife Gift Guides 2015 Crazy Cat Lady

1. Cosmo Cat Leggings | 2. Cat Person Banner | 3. Cat Lady Brooch | 4. One Cat Short of Crazy Sweat Shirt | 5. All Cat Everything Magnet


I know a lot of y’all are avid crafters so I figured it made sense to include some of the amazing DIY kits available these days. Especially neat is the D.I.Kawaii subscription box by fellow blogger Pink Samurai for new crafts every month!

Gamerwife Gift Guides 2015 Crafters

1. Geeky Cross Stitch Kit | 2. Lavender Soy Candle Making Kit | 3. D.I.Kawaii Subscription | 4. Coffee Mug Amigurumi Kit | 5. Anatomical Heart Needle Felt Kit

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Mystery Box Gift Guide for Gamers

Mystery Box Gift Guide for Gamers |
The holiday gift giving season is upon us once again and once again Gamerwife is coming to your rescue with my signature geek friendly gift guide series. This year, in addition to my usual guides for him, her, cats & stocking stuffers I thought it’d be fun to do a little round up of mystery boxes for gamers.

The last couple of years have seen an absolute explosion in the variety of mystery boxes available, especially in the realm of geeky loot. While there are lots of general interest geek boxes available that often contain gaming related merch, there are also a whole bunch of mystery boxes that cater specifically to gamers, whether you’re looking for gaming inspired jewelry, t-shirts or even games themselves.

Keep reading to see what made the cut in my mystery box gift guide for gamers.

Arcade Block

Arcade Block  | Mystery Box Gift Guide for Gamers |
I’ve written about Arcade Block a few times on the blog, and although we had to cancel our subscription to save pennies with me working from home, I still think it’d make a great gift for the gamer nerd on your gift list. Each box comes with an exclusive video game themed t-shirt and a bevy of other merch related to gaming. It’s usually a bit of a mixed bag, but a couple of my favourite items form the boxes we’ve gotten were the Apeture Science scarf, the Assassin’s Creed pop figurine and the PacMan salt & pepper shakers.

Boxes start at $19.99 USD and go down in price if you order more than month at a time.
Shipping is $9.95 USD to the US, $8.75 USD to Canada, and $12.95 USD for Australia, France and the UK. Other international shipping locations are available starting at $25.00 USD
Also, for a limited time Arcade Block will give you a special FREE welcome box when you subscribe.

Gamer Girl Monthly

Gamer Girl Monthly | Mystery Box Gift Guide for Gamers |
I haven’t tried out the Gamer Girl Monthly box myself yet, but I love that there is a mystery box that’s just for gamer girls! A lot of nerdy mystery boxes tend to skew masculine, only carrying men’s size t-shirts, etc., but Gamer Girl Monthly is just for us ladies. Each box contains 3 – 5 pieces of hand-picked gaming related loot, including jewelry and other collectibles.

Boxes start at $13.00 USD and go down in price if you order more than month at a time.
Shipping is $3.99 USD to the US, $6.99 USD to Canada and $12.99 USD to everywhere else.


Indiebox | Mystery Box Gift Guide for Gamers |
IndieBox stands out as one of the few boxes on this list that includes ACTUAL VIDEOS GAMES in their boxes. Each month you’ll get a super cool indie video game on a USB cartridge, a custom box, illustrated manual, and soundtrack CD, plus other goodies like keychains, stickers, posts, buttons and more depending on the game. For examples of what’s been included in past boxes check out my unboxing videos.

Boxes start at $19.99 USD and go down in price if you order more than month at a time.
Shipping is $3.99 USD to the US, $8.99 USD to Canada and $13.99 USD to everywhere else.
Also, you can sometimes order past boxes if there are leftovers from the IndieBox store.


TeeBlox | Mystery Box Gift Guide for Gamers |
TeeBlox is one of the newer kids on the mystery box block, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth a look. This box is geared specifically at sartorial gamers looking to expand their wardrobe of video game related t-shirts. In addition to a super-cool, officially licensed tee, each box also contains stickers, buttons, comics or posters. Check out my inaugural TeeBlox review for an idea of what’s included.

Boxes are $9.99 USD and auto-renews unless you cancel.
Shipping is $2.50 USD to the US, $15.00 USD everywhere else.

Man Crates Retro Gamer Crate

Man Crate Retro Gamer Crate | Mystery Box Gift Guide for Gamers |
The Retro Gamer Crate by Man Crates, a company that creates a variety of gift packages for men is definitely the most deluxe box on this list, so I’d say it’s only for gamers who were extra, extra good this year. That said, the awesomeness of the contents more than justify the price tag. Unlike other mystery boxes, Man Crates are a one and done sort of deal, no subcription or membership required. The Retro Gamer Crate contains two classic NES games, and A RETRO-BIT CONSOLE to play them on. As well as a whole bunch of candy to consume while you relive the Nintendo glory days. It also comes in a legit wooden crate with an actual crowbar with which to pry it open.

The box is $109.99 USD, but for another $10 USD you can have it wrapped in a duct tapped cocoon for extra unwrapping fun.
Shipping starts at $13.25 USD to the US and $51.07 to Canada (includes customs charges).

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