NOTE: This is pretty much the same guide as last year, but I’m busy, ‘yo.
Hi, I’m The Geek Empress, frequent TAY contributor and all around classy lady. I haven’t been contributing as much as I had in the past because of shenanigans earlier this year, so if you’re new to TAY I can understand if you aren’t too familiar with me. That’s cool. And if you’re one of my bros from the Discord Chatroom or my Gamer Diaries, groovy, you already have a good idea of what I am like. You are here because you have been selected to be my Secret SanTAY, you lucky dog. Good news is I have a lot of interests and hobbies, so I am pretty easy to shop for.
Not to be a pain, but there are a few things you can’t get me. Pretty much any food, cosmetic or soaps/perfume/shampoo is off the table. I have really bad allergies to petroleum byproducts, particularly Propylene Glycol, which goes under about 30 other chemical names. It’s a pain in the butt for me in my day to day life, so I wouldn’t wish it on anyone to try to decipher that madness and it’s pretty much added to everything. So while you might find some awesome candy or really cute compact that you think I would like, more than likely I wouldn’t be able to use it. Secondly, I’m not fond of clothing, because of the voodoo math they use for women’s sizes, I’m never sure what to put down for size. Nothing worse than getting a Tshirt that is way too big or way too small. Anything else besides this should be fine.
With that out of the way here are some ideas of what I like. I’m a huge anime fan, but most of my favorite series are ones from the late 90s/early 2000s. I like Sailor Moon, Magic Knight Rayearth, Cardcaptor Sakura, Soul Eater, Yugi-Oh (the original series, not the later seasons), Puella Magi Madoka Magika and Digimon. My favorite genres are magical girl, horror and fantasy, but I pretty much will watch any anime as long as it’s not too porny. I’ve also been out of the loop for a while because of internet and money problems, so I’m pretty behind on most current series. So if you find something that you would recommend, I’ll probably like it too. I also really like American comics as much as Japanese stuff, particularly Wonder Woman, Batman Beyond, Hellboy, Jem and the Holograms, the My Little Pony comics and Squirrel Girl. Once again, I’ll pretty much read anything except straight up erotica (sorry Sunstone, love the artist and I know it’s highly recommended, but no bondage lesbians for me, thanks anyway) so if you know some cool indie graphic novel I just HAVE to read, I’ll get a kick out of it. I’m a big gamer (duh) that loves Pokemon, Kingdom Hearts, Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy (particularly VII and X), the Gust Atelier RPGs, the Ars series and The World Ends With You is probably my favorite game of all time. I also play Lego Dimensions and Disney Infinity (RIP) and have a list of stuff I am missing at the end of this article. In terms of animation I love the Disney movies and Dreamwork’s How to Train Your Dragon franchise, I freaking love Lego, and collect Barbie dolls. Outside of the truly nerdy pursuits, I’m also a huge animal lover, particularly ducks, squirrels, fish and dogs. My favorite dog breed is the German Shepherd. I also collect salt and pepper shakers.
In case you can’t think of anything, and are worried a surprise is too risky, here is a list of very specific stuff I would like to get this year:
Legend of Zelda: Art and Artifacts
Funko POP Pets: German Shepherd figure
Immortal (the new Disturbed album, prefer physical to digital. Itunes/Google Play/Amazon is too much of a hassle)
Disney Infinity Figures and Expansions I’m Missing: Syndrome,Franchesco, Crystal Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mickey, Crystal Lone Ranger, Baymax,
Lego Dimensions Sets and Expansions I’m Missing: Midland Arcade, Goonies, Adventure Time, Sonic level packs, Ninjago, Harley and Joker, Adventure Time, Teen Titan, Powerpuff Girls team packs.
So good luck to you and I can’t want to see what you got me ^_^