Gift Guide For The Viking Warrior Or Shieldmaiden In Your Life

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).

Ridiculous and amazing.

This freaking 4.5 liter drinking horn from GrimfrostI'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.

Anything from Lykos Leather. Seriously — when you need quality frogs to carry your horn or war axe, or even a ginormous reindeer pelt for the long winter nights, Lykos has got you covered. Literally.

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!

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always).

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence.

Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional

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