We’re well into the second week of December, so if you’re looking to order something online, now’s the time to do it, lest the mailman, through rain, sleet and probably falling snow, doesn’t deliver on time. I mean, if you’re like me, you need time – lots so time – to wrap. Not because there are so many gifts to package, but because the holiday paper and the tape never seem to want to co-operate!
One gift that I like to give every year to a select group of pop culture pals, is the gift of great, cool t-shirts.
Follow me after the jump for a few websites that I like to frequent and items of apparel and sundry for that pop culture lover in your life!
Threadless is a website I’ve been buying great looking (if slightly hipster-esque) t-shirts for a number of years. Friends have been the recipients of these great tees, too, for both the winter holidays and birthdays. Essentially, the shirt designs found on Threadless are created artists across the continent. There’s a real sense of artistic legitimacy on this site – as opposed to other mass-marketed t-shirt sites, which, by chance, also make up this particular column.
But Threadless is my fave of the bunch. From mens to womens to kids; from t-shirts to long sleeves to hoodies – you’ll find something with a cool design for that great gift!
Think Geek is more pop-culture specific shop than our previous entry. Here’s where you’ll find t-shirts, sweaters, jumpers, jackets, slippers, dresses and even underwear for men, women and children, that tie into all of your favourite movies, TV shows, books, comics and video games. It’s a big site, with lots of stuff to be found on it.
Think Geek is the place to go to if you’re looking for something specific around Star Trek (where else can you find a red-shirt uh, polo shirt or an original series Captain’s boxers?) or Doctor Who (Tardis slippers, knee-high socks, scarf or old-school bathrobe – awesome!) or Game of Thrones (house sigil Christmas tree ornaments, Stark beanies or “Valar Morghulis” tees).
There’s more stuff to discover here, so take a trip through the land of pop culture. As Mister Spock says, you’ll be sure to find something…fascinating.
Hot Topic seems to be the attest version of the “It” store. Remember them from the late eighties and the early nineties? If you’ve got teenage or pre-teen kids, you’re at least remotely aware of the brick and mortar stores, but you can find a lot of pop-culture related stuff – especially music-related stuff online.
Back in the day, we used to head to downtown head shops or flea markets for our favourite band t-shirts (if you missed the concert). Now, you just head to Hot Topic. All pop-culture is here, and widely accessible. It doesn’t matter if you’re a rocker, comic book fan or a nu-Goth. This is cool pop for those that have got caught up in a scene – and an easy place for parents and uncles and aunts to find something of interest for their kid, cousin or nephew.
Don’t get me wrong. I might be a bit of a snob, but Hot Topic has its place. And you’re certain to find something cool to give here.
Café Press is another website where you can find lots of pop-culture related material, including t-shirts, but here you’ll also find stuff for the home like pillows, blankets, area rugs, bedroom and living room décor among other items. It’s a great site to find something different to give to a friend or loved one.
Wherever you find your gift, make it quick: the holidays are coming up fast – and the mailman’s back is sure to be burdened with weight!