I am an unashamed geek for all things Harry Potter, but that is far from the only thing about which I get really nerdy. (Ahem, X-Files, Firefly and a whole lot more.) And theres nothing wrong with that. I say, celebrate all those geeky things that you love!
Geeks of all ages can find a lot to make their hearts beat at Science Museum Oklahomas way-cool gift shop. The spot (2100 N.E. 52nd; 602- 6664) has a huge variety of finds, plus, you dont need to pay museum admission to check it out.
Toward the back, I loved the adult T-shirts especially the super-soft ones done with Alternative Tees. Look for slogans and graphics splashed across the front, like a periodic table or a cool ringer tee that reads Science 101.
For the geek in the kitchen, you cant miss the adorable robot cupcake molds by Fred. (Theyre called Yumbots awwww!) The colorful robots have big heads, which makes the frosting look like bouffant bot hair. And dont miss the astronaut food.
I also loved the science-y bumper stickers (I Miss Pluto) and the fun buttons (especially the Team Isaac featuring the popular Twilight apple).
In the Plaza District, Collected Thread (1705-A N.W. 16th; 557- 1141) satisfies geeks of a different kind. There are great craft books, DIY guides and fun fabrics for the arty out there.
Bibliophiles will be agog at the oh-so-lovely brass cuff bracelets that have just come in from an artist in England. The gorgeous cuffs are etched with passages from literature, including Pride and Prejudice or A Tale of Two Cities. I especially loved one that didnt feature words, but a lovely scrollwork design that looked like the intricate inner workings of a clock very steampunk.
And then ... friends, I may have squealed a tiny bit. A while ago, I bought a sign from Collected Thread that read Keep Calm and Carry On. But now, there are some new versions. Harry-related versions. Yes, instead of a crown at the top, these feature a wand. Theres a Keep Calm and Harry On and a Keep Calm and Conjure a Patronus Charm.
See, it always comes back to Harry. Oh, and before you run out to get your geek fix, you need to head online to okgazette.com. Ive written a super-tough quiz all about Harry Potter. You have until July 20 to pull out your wand and take the test (its a total N.E.W.T.-level test, too), and well give one winning witch or wizard a gift card to some really cool area restaurants. And, since I love all of you ShopGirl readers, heres a hint to question No. 5: The answer was never without his camera and was Harrys No. 1 fan.
Happy Harry, everyone!