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Gifts for geeks

Gods & Monsters, Artegon Marketplace, 5150 International Drive, 407-270-6273, ThinkGeek Florida Mall, 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail, 407-826-4124

Orlando got a double shot of additions to its nerdy emporia selection this year, with Gods & Monsters opening at the Artegon Marketplace in June and the first brick-and-mortar outpost of popular online store ThinkGeek cutting its ribbon at the Florida Mall in September. The two stores differ widely in atmosphere and selection, but if you've got a favorite nerd that you're obligated to drop some cash on this holiday season, both stores deserve a look.

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Spider Jerusalem bust, $1,250

Gods & Monsters wants to be the go-to hangout for those interested in comics or tabletop gaming (with a full schedule of noteworthy events on their calendar), but their selection of those things leaves a lot to be desired. You'll find a better comic selection at pretty much any other comic store, and the gaming section looks to have been recently gutted to make room for Star Wars action figures. Where Gods & Monsters shines, however, is its dedication to local artists. The Transmetropolitan Gallery area features works from local artists like Vaughn Belak and Tony Taylor alongside renowned artists like Menton3 and Ben Templesmith. We can't think of a better way to show your support for the gallery than to pick up this 3D-printed bust of the chain-smoking, drug-popping journalist from the namesake cult classic series, Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson's Transmetropolitan, by local artist and animator James Inziello. It may not be cheap, but it's definitely one-of-a-kind.

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Doctor Who and Star Trek mini-fridges, $149.99 each

ThinkGeek makes its money not by selling the content of fandom – you'll find nary a graphic novel, video game or Blu-Ray disc here – but by hawking neat stuff based on licensed properties. So if you want to watch Doctor Who or Star Trek, get Netflix. But if you want to keep your Nuka Cola cold and within reach of the couch while you binge on Fallout 4 and Battlefront over the next few months, get one of these mini-fridges shaped like either the T.A.R.D.I.S. or a Borg Cube. We tried resisting the cool LED lights built into the Borg ship replica, but it was futile.

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