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Clockwork Mouse From Clockwork Couture

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, except a clockwork mouse.

OK, I couldn’t help myself.

And check out these  stockings (already pre-filled with delightful steampunk goodness) that you can hang by your chimney with care.

My suggestion is you skip the milk and cookies and leave St. Nick what he really wants–a steaming cup of something hot, like some real English Christmas tea.  Ok, perhaps leave him shortbread cookies too.

And for steampunk sake, why make an ordinary gingerbread house when you can create a victorian gingerbread manor house instead?

May you find the perfect things for your holiday festivities and enjoy the season with family and friends!

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Ah, ‘tis the holiday season. And if you’re like me, you’re still likely pondering a few gifts for the harder to please people in your circle of friends and family. Well, if they love steampunk, may I humbly offer the following ideas to sweeten your holiday season?

Perfect for a Mad Scientist's kitchen

Let’s look beyond the mundane of another top hat, a pair of gloves or even a new sparkly set of goggles. For your mad scientist in the kitchen, how about a brand new test tube spice rack? Not only can you see the spices, making the kitchen all that more colorful, but you can actually tell when you are almost out of something as opposed to opening the jar and finding there’s only a residue left half way through your favorite recipe.

Eggnog tea from Market Spice

And of course, who doesn’t know a devoted tea drinker? How about ordering them something completely holiday infused—say eggnog tea? Oh, yes, it is real. And very, very tasty without so many calories! (Well, unless of course you add eggnog to it, which I’ve been known to do.)

There are also such flavors as Cranberry Cream, Pumpkin Pie Spice, Holiday Spice, Chocolate Mint and of course the favorite from the Seattle from the turn of the centry (last century, dears) straight from Pike Place Market, Market Spice which has both the appeal of an Earl Grey with its orange flavor and the strong hint of spices including cinnamon which makes it naturally sweet. 

See, teapots can be fun.

And as long as we’re talking tea, you might as well consider purchasing a beautiful new tea cup and saucer or teapot. There’s so many to choose from, but select well. Find out of the person is a serious tea drinker (in which case you ought to get a six-cup tea pot and a cozy at the very least) or a lighter tea drinker (in which case you could get by with a smaller two-cup size teapot). 

Cutest cupcake, follow the link to find out how to make it.

Holiday festivities would not be complete without some cake! And check out how delightful these little cupcakes with top hats, gears and goggles are! I also happen to have a lovely recipe for eggnog bread. (And let me tell you that it’s a lot more appealing than the authentic plum pudding I tried to make one year. It said to boil it in a sock. I did. A blue sock, which turned my pudding an odd, not very appetizing color! But once doused with brandy and set ablaze, no one seemed to care too much.)

Citrus scents, and oh so cute. Stocking stuffers?

Or perhaps they’d like a shiny new raygun? Or what about body and bath goodies with steampunk flair? These Key to My Heart soaps are both scrumptious to smell and have a fun key to remember them by long after you’ve enjoyed the last bit of lather.

And of course books!!! I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you to go out and find a new steampunk story to share with friends and family. Whether it’s a bound edition of Girl Genius or one of the new stories for a young adult like Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, sharing a story is a gift worth giving.

Here’s raising my tea cup to you in hopes that your holiday shopping steams ahead!

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Spread a little holiday cheer Steampunk style with our handy-dandy gift guide. 

For your favorite Air Pirate:
http://skingraftdesigns.com/assets/2009/9/24/Leather_Vest_1_medium.jpg
A leather vest from Skin Graft Designs can go from dashing to dastardly in an instant.

For the Aviatrix who defies social conventions:
http://www.clockworkcouture.com/?q=node/335
The Sky Captain ensemble from Clockwork Couture will tell everyone that you’re the one in charge.

For the Lovely Lolitas:
http://www.hilarysvanity.com/mini-black-p-80.html
A mini top hat from Hilary’s Vanity is perfect for any occasion.

For the Stylish Lady:
http://www.clockworkcouture.com/?q=travelingsuit
 A traveling suit from the amazing folks over at Clockwork Couture can take you from shopping in London to a party in Paris .

For the Mad Scientist:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=36511619&ref=sr_gallery_11&&ga_search_query=brass+goggles&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=&includes[]=tags&includes[]=title
Get a closer look with this amazing brass monocle from Brazen Device.

For the Steampunk Princess:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=35847098
This Clock hand hair comb from EPJ Creations will make you the belle of the ball (she also makes them in gold.)

For your favorite Gentleman Tinker:
http://www.clockworkcouture.com/?q=node/312
The Solar Turbine Watch from Clockwork Couture keeps time in style.

Oh, and for me (LOL):

I really want these darling boots from Clockwork Couture.

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