Once a week I sift through the millions of Etsy listings to find the best in geek chic for Blog@ readers. Last week I devoted the column to Valentine’s Day to give you time to buy something worthy of your sweetheart/friend/yourself. It’s freaking cold here in New Jersey so this week I decided to think warm by searching for some epic nerd hats. And I think you’ll agree, they are epic.
IT’S A TRAP! Stay warm on your favorite ice planets (or New York City) with this delightfully realistic Admiral Ackbar crocheted hat for $20. User karenjcreations also has a more subtle, yet equally cool, Stormtrooper hat for $18. She also carries a Wicket-inspired hat for $23 that I’m slightly scared of. Perhaps you’re a bigger Star Trek fan. How about a Command Colors hat for $20 from user CutieHats?
You didn’t think Norse Gods wore their helmets all the time, did you? User bettyhess has created this amazing Thor helmet hat for the viking deep inside. It’s a little pricey at $75 but for the worthy, worth every penny. And if you really want to think warm thoughts, perhaps this Hellboy inspired hat from user QueenViktoria for $30 might do the trick. Complete with mutton chops.
Speaking of mythological creatures, how’d you like to scare the crap out of everyone with this delightful Cthulu ski hat/mask? For just $20 it could be yours. User CraftyPA was nice enough to create a mouth hole underneath the tentacles so you can still enjoy some cocoa on the slopes. Maybe you’d prefer something sweeter and less…evil, try this adorable Nerdy Hello Kitty hat for $30 from Motherofthree7515.
Only a certain breed of fans will get the significance of my last (and favorite hat) of the bunch. User knitsbysarah has created a beautful Doctor Who Seal of Rassilon beret for $36. And seriously, if I didn’t already own like six winter hats I’d be picking this one up for myself. For the more outspoken Whovian, a TARDIS hat by amlowi for $14.99.
A few of these hats are specified as children’s but almost all of the sellers say they can make them in any size you need.
As always, bear in mind, since Etsy is a craft website and not a commercial, mass-market dealer, items are almost always one-of-a-kind or in very limited availability. When you see something you like, buy it. It may not be there the next time you surf round. (Yes, it’s a very dangerous site for your wallet.) Also, since most items are created individually, many sellers are willing to customize something specifically to suit your needs. Just ask!