The holidays are upon us, and that means everyone is making gift lists. Personally I dislike lists; I find them annoying to write and here's why:
1.) Do you list things by numbers or asterisks?
2.) Do you list things by how much you like them or how much you think other people will like them? And what's the best way to keep on theme?
Well, I've faced my fear to bring you a Viking-themed gift list, since so many of my personal compatriots identify with warrior/explorers of the Norse persuasion. We'll start with the basics:
History Channel's Vikings on Blu-ray (seasons 1 thru 4.5). This is perfect for binge watching — make sure you also take in all the behind-the-scenes interviews and clips. You really get a feeling of who the cast and crew are this way.
Any torc, bracelet, or piece from The Crafty Celts. This company is one of the official jewelry makers for the show Vikings, and you really can't go wrong with their products. I personally have five items sporting the wolf head motif, and they really complete any shieldmaiden outfit.
A custom piece of Viking style art from your favorite artist. Might I suggest RedGrimRune, who does fabulous pieces and even logos for various companies (like Mad Viking Beard Company, and Old God's Meadery).
This freaking 4.5 liter drinking horn from Grimfrost. I've been lusting after this damn thing for YEARS, mostly because it would be absolutely hilarious to see me (all five feet even of me) carrying it. Maybe some wooden crazy straws would help.
Midgaarb garments. Look — you already have all your gear, but you really need your base clothes at this point, right? So check this small business out for all your male and female warrior needs.
From our longhouse to yours, happy holiday raiding!