Schipul Cheer – Super Awesome Contest Time!


In case you missed the memo, we will be releasing a series of gift guides this month. Last week we went over gifts to get for geeks and gamers and this week we will list out some items for those artsy types.


You didn’t think that I would write a series of posts without having a sweet contest extravaganza to go with it, did you? It is Christmas time, yo!

Starting immediately, we are going to have the first official Schipul Cheer contest! And yes, winning will be just as easy as every other contest I have done. So yeah, lets break this down and get to deckin’ halls with good tidings and some pimped out joy and stuff.


Super easy. Ready?

  • Take a picture of your Christmas tree.

That’s it! Take a photo and post it in our comments section of this post, any of the Schipul Cheer Gift Guide posts, –OR– our new thing, post it to Twitter with the tag #schipulcheer09!


Psyche! It is CHRISTMAS, geeze. You cant know what we are getting you. But yeah, I guess I can give you this hint: Some of the items (yes, more than one thing) are hidden within the Schipul Cheer Gift Guide lists. That’s right, you have the chance to win something rad from those lists.

But it isn’t that $200 robot so don’t ask.


  • Contest starts December 7th and runs until the 17th!

We will take all of the photos and run them through our random integer counter thing of magic and randomly select a winner. One entry per person.

So what are you waiting for? Show me some trees! And seriously, someone needs to remove the exclamation point from my keyboard.

Schipul Cheer Gift Guide ’09 – Geeks and Gamers

Need some stellar gift ideas? We’ve got you covered. Personally, I am a huge Christmas fan (I started celebrating in October) and am always on the lookout for unique gifts to give. This year, my gift to everyone is my secret stash of awesome gift ideas and online shops.

This week, I present to you a quick gift guide for all of those geeks, gamers, and techy people in your life. Feel free to purchase anything on this list and mail it to the Schipul office with an ‘Attn: to Brandi.”

ALSO (BONUS!): If nothing on the list fits for your geek/gamer/techy then leave a comment that tells me a little about them and a price range and I will try to help you find something special! Or, tweet it using the tag #schipulcheer09.

And literally, in no particular order whatsoever, the gift guide:

Kikkerland Wind-up Toys:

Buy 20, wind them all up, watch them go!
Buy 20, wind them all up, watch them go!

These make for some great stocking stuffers, white elephant gifts, and toys for secret Santa. I have a large collection of them and have attempted to take them apart and rebuild them several times. Total choking hazard, by the way.
Price: $12-$18

Mimobot Flash USB Drives:

I wish Darth Vador was my father. Sorta.
I wish Darth Vader was my father. Sorta.

These are totally rad! Perfect for someone needing information on the go and appreciates awesomely designed tech toys. And check out the Halo themed ones that are on sale!
Price: $10- $25

You are the CSS to my HTML T-Shirt:

This shirt was made for lovers. Of code.
This shirt was made for lovers. Of code.

Declare your love in the best way possible. If your girl or guy doesn’t get it, then consider hooking up with a geek next time.   Oh, and you can also buy it in button form.
Price: $25

Xbox 360 Text Messaging Kit:

(Insert "all your base" joke here)
(Insert "all your base" joke here)

If you are playing online and you really can’t deal with n00bs screaming through the headset you can attach a keyboard and type out your insults instead.
Price: $29.46 (regularly $29.99′ gee, what a saving)

Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice) Locket Charm Necklace:


If you are a bit of geek (technically a nerd in this case) who happens to be dating a girl who is also pretty nerdy, this is a good option for jewelry. Some ladies like their Johnny Depps’ and Justin Timberlakes’ but nerd girls get a lil’ flutter for Mr. Darcy.
Price:   $42

Sir Isaac Newton Action Figure:

I would date him if he were still alive.

You know who was the shiz? Sir Freakin’ Isaac Newton. True nerds will appreciate this figurine and forever keep it on their desk–which is most likely at NASA, ‘cus NASA totally gets it.
Price: $4.49

Harry: Thick Tendrils of Organization:

I'd throw it at people. Just sayin'.
I'd throw it at people. Just sayin'.

Geeks are already a little messy, so it is easier to just throw everything into a ball and declare it as being “organized.”
Price: $24.99 (regularly $29.99)

Super Mario Piranha Plant Scarf:

It matches EVERY SINGLE THING. Promise!
It matches EVERY SINGLE THING. Promise!

It may not get very cold in Houston (TX), but who the hell cares. IT IS A PIRANHA PLANT SCARF. I’d wear it in the freakin’ desert!
Price: $38

Command Doormat:

Its for Apple users because M$ people prefer to track in dirt.
Its for Apple users because M$ people prefer to track in dirt.

Someone needs to reassure me that I am not the only one who walks around expecting keyboard shortcuts to work in real world scenarios
Price: $50

Nintendo Controller Knit Hat (Reversible):

Needs more Nintendo controllers
Needs more Nintendo controllers

Gamers know their roots and no matter if they have moved on to the PS3 or Xbox 360, the still pay some homage to the NES. Note: A lot of gamers avoid the outdoors, so buying a hat to wear in cold weather may not be the most practical idea.
Price: $20

Matryoshkus Blanco:

The site also creates them in black
Also comes in black

If you are a geek, you should go out of your way to make sure that every space in your home reflects your geekiness. These Russian doll.. uh.. things.. are great for storing cooking ingredients. Or just for show if you don’t really cook.
Price: $38.46

LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0:

Better than a cat! Then again, what isnt?
Better than a cat! Then again, what isnt?

Give the gift of a LEGO robot! Either give the gift to a friend or build the robot and offer it’s cleaning services to a loved one. Or buy one and keep it for yourself. Or buy thousands of them, build a robot army, and take over the world. Your call. I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.
Price: $279.99

Etre Touchy Gloves:

Not just for iPhones! ... but should be.
Not just for iPhones! ... but should be.

With so many things that require you to touch them with your thumb and index finger, giving the gift of finger freedom is always a sweet idea. Or you can just cut and sew your own gloves if you’re one of those crafty types.
Price: $33.12

PS3 Blu-ray Disc Remote:

The buttons do things
The buttons do things

PS3’s makes for an amazing game console and blu-ray player. Being created for gaming first, the idea of having a remote (outside of the PS gaming controller) was not factored in until later.
Price: $19.82 (regularly $24)

Zelda the Solar Cyborg Bugbot v0.2:

Don't look at it directly in the eye.. uh.. face.. area
Don't look at it directly in the eye.. uh.. face.. area

I hate bugs, I’m not into the benefits of solar power, but holy wow do I love a good ‘bot. Nothing says “Merry Christmas” like a handmade toy that serves no real purpose other than ten minutes of amusement.
Price: $85.00

Nintendo Controller Bag:

This bag will bring all of the milkshakes to the yard
This bag will bring all of the milkshakes to the yard

If you don’t think your soon-to-be-gift-recipient needs a bag, then you are sorely mistaken. This. This bag. This is magic.
Price: $42

Screwpop Tool:

Always helpful in computer emergencies
Always helpful in computer emergencies

This little thing is great to have and is one of those “something extra” gifts. If you know an IT guy/gal who is always running around helping people, this tool can come in handy. It also opens beer. So, ya know, that is totally win.
Price: $4.95

MonkeyLectric Bike Wheel Light M133S:

Weird, I have that same blue wig
Weird, I have that same blue wig

I love my bike geek friends! No matter how many times I nearly run them over, they still get back up. These LED lights are super awesome and bring that something extra to a bike. And they are LED lights. LED lights are amazing… and can be used for some weird stuff.
Price: $64.99

Mana Mug:


Ahhahahahahahah ah hah ah ahahahaha hahahaha! Oh MAN! HAHAHA! Ok, ok, if you don’t get it, your gamer friends will. Especially if they are heavy coffee drinkers.
Price: $10.95

Firefly (The Complete Season):

"We're not gonna die. We can't die, Bendis. You know why? Because we are so...very...pretty. We are just too pretty for God to let us die."
"We're not gonna die. We can't die, Bendis. You know why? Because we are so...very...pretty. We are just too pretty for God to let us die."

This does not need any explanation or additional selling points. It is Firefly. That is more than good enough.
Price: $39.99

And so concludes this week’s gift guide. Still looking for something more? I’ll be posting a new guide each week! Next week we will list out some rockin’ gifts for those Designers, Crafties and Indie friends of yours.


But, before I skedaddle, I want to let everyone know about GiftBox! It organizes your present list(s), tracks how much they are, where they are, who they are for, if they have been purchased, how much money you have spent, and so much more! It’s a free service, so go get it!