#IndieLove: 10 Pokemon Themed Handmade & Indie Gift Ideas

Time for another geeky gift guide from the wonderful indie designers and makers of Etsy. This time it’s a blast of 90s nostalgia packed full of cuteness that still captures our hearts today, Pokemon!

As one to never follow trends, I was the only one at school that didn’t buy into Pokemon cards at the peak of their UK based popularity. Being the odd one out, I claimed to love Digimon more and put myself in the socially awkward position of having no one to swap cards or play with, classic me. Anyway, I helped my sister swap her cards a few times and definitely spent a lot of time watching Pokemon cartoons as a kid. Anyway, if you’ve got some Pokemon loving lovelies in your life that you need to shop for or just fancy catching a cute treat for yourself, read on to find out where to find my edit of Etsy Pokemon pretties.

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Movies: 5 Animated Films To Watch on a Lazy Sunday

Cartoons aren’t just for kids. If you still think that animation isn’t made for adults too, just spend an hour watching South Park, Family Guy or Rick & Morty episodes and you’ll quickly get the gist. People have been making animations and comic strips for adults as well as children since the start of entertainment. You can see examples in early cinema, Victorian magazines and of course, comic books!

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#IndieLove: 8 Stunning Spirited Away Fan Art Creations on Etsy

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I’ve always been a fan of animation and the types of stories generally told via cartoons. I collected manga when I was at school, favouring kawaii creations like Chobits and Fruit Baskets. Whilst my mother collected horror manga and nasty Asian revenge films (you know the types!) and Neil Gaiman graphic novels. I dipped into anime via the Animatrix and Yoshitako Amano’s artwork for Vampire Hunter D, but it wasn’t until Spirited Away was first released in cinemas that I discovered Studio Ghibli. I’ll no doubt do these lists for the other films from this legendary Japanese animation studio, but I thought considering my back story this was a good place to start.

Here are my picks of some of my favourite Spirited Away fan art items that you can buy on Etsy. Remember, when you shop with an indie maker or creator, you’re helping dreams come true rather than funding a massive corporation that wouldn’t even notice if you stopped buying from them. Right now is probably the worst time to be a creative business it is hard to survive, so if you value art, music, fashion or anything else that requires artists or creator to function (so nearly everything) consider shopping with independent businesses or directly with local (or international) artisans instead next time you shop.

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Style for Fangirls of All Sizes: Her Universe

Ok, so the last few blog are clearly indicating to you my love for geekdom and style combined. I like nice clothes, jewellery, make up and shoes but I don’t dig the mainstream offerings for many reasons. Today I wanted to highlight a brand that I only recently stumbled back upon that I reckon a good handful of my readers will appreciate as much as I do. Introducing to you, maybe for the first time, Her Universe, fangirl apparel for all shapes, sizes and styles.

Left: Star Wars C3PO Embroidered Jacket, Right: Guardians of the Galaxy Nebula Dress

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#IndieLove: 9 Overwatch Inspired Gaming Gifts

I’d like to write more often about gaming, although I’m far from an expert. What I do know is that I find video games an awesome form of relaxation and a well needed distraction from reality from time to time. I’m not a hardcore gaming, but I definitely enjoy a gaming break over a Netflix break on a regular basis. Having to switch off from everything else, focusing on the hand eye coordination and the puzzle solving skills you need to play can often be far more rewarding that a combo of scrolling Twitter and watching something mediocre in the background. Don’t diss it until you’ve tried it, gaming geeks get a bad rap. The game I’ve logged the most hours on so far this year is Overwatch, mainly playing as Torbjörn or D.va. So in the spirit of this post series, I’ve scoured Etsy for some awesome merch that you might dig.

Mini Tracer Amigurumi by GeekGurumis £19, Tracer Art Nouveau Style T-Shirt by SuperCuteAwesomeStuff £17, Overwatch Movie Theatre Posters by BabbittsBoutique £20, Overwatch Pachimari Arcade Motift T-Shirt by 8BitJapan £12, Bastion Head Plant Pot by Cyber9Design from £19.87, Mei Cosplay Slippers by LisaTinyWorkshop £37, D.va Bunny Earrings by LootCaveCo £7.80,

On another note, if you’re looking to do an Overwatch cosplay there’s some flipping brilliant costumes and accessories for sale on Etsy which if you didn’t know already is a treasure trove for cosplayers. Let me know what you think of these posts, if you buy something via one of my links, I earn commission (from Etsy not the small biz) and it helps me pay my bills, allowing me to continue to create various stuff for myself and others.

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