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Gift Ideas: Steampunk

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We at the Storque are big fans of steampunk, the amalgamation between Gothic style and Neo-Victorian fancies: a combination of black and gold, glitter and grime, and totally "Tim Burton-esque." (Trends piece, check!) Here we’ve compiled gifts for the neo-Victorian, mechanical fashionista on your list. 

Have a steampunk recommendation? Leave it in the comments!

P.S. Check out Make Magazine’s gift guide for steampunks — Etsy’s all over it!

P.P.S. The New York Times finally caught on to this in May 2008 — see their article here. We were ahead of the curve in December of 2007! Boo yah!

  • peachpops

    peachpops says:

    Wonderful! I love the Brain Lab Assistant piece. Steampunk has an underlying "Tim Burton"-esqueness that I adore.

    8 years ago

  • BoringSidney

    BoringSidney says:

    I too love the Brain Lab Assistant piece, I love it all! Thanks for including my Mina Murray hat!

    8 years ago

  • bowerbox

    bowerbox says:

    I have a blank journal that is inspired by the steampunk look, it's available here http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=8374978 it's a one of a kind book!

    8 years ago

  • SupernovaDesigns

    SupernovaDesigns says:

    This set of prints is super-rad and aptly titled for this theme: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=8340379

    8 years ago

  • adorkable1

    adorkable1 says:

    I made these arm warmers, they definitely go with this theme: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=8088537

    8 years ago

  • mypretties

    mypretties says:

    Don't forget the amazing jewelry by Porkshank! http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5331622

    8 years ago

  • Venbead

    Venbead says:

    I think my skeleton keys may fit this theme well http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=7726892

    8 years ago

  • tortillagirl

    tortillagirl says:

    An excellent spotlight on a cool trend! Notice that the key here is to renovate, not imitate, these historical fashions. The items you picked are perfect examples, teenangster. I'd like to invite you to look at my ornamental clutch: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=8272203

    8 years ago

  • exoskeletoncabaret

    exoskeletoncabaret says:

    Woohoo! Thanks very much for the shoutout! MAKE ran a really good steampunk gift guide last week, too: http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2007/12/steampunk_gift_guide.html?CMP=OTC-0D6B48984890 It features a whole section devoted to Etsy!

    8 years ago

  • GrandmaWasAFloozy

    GrandmaWasAFloozy says:

    This is wonderful, thanks for including my floozies! And I'm glad to see MmeFortuna's piece take front and center - her work is fantastic.

    8 years ago

  • babastudioPrague

    babastudioPrague says:

    It's great to see Steampunk beginning to take off at last. Many thanks for this piece.

    8 years ago

  • TeenAngster Admin

    TeenAngster says:

    Thanks for the info, exoskeleton!

    8 years ago

  • kjoo

    kjoo says:

    Really wonderful list I didn´t know about the steampunk definition but I do know about the visual feeling and I love. So I love steampunk and love your list!* Thanks for sharing! great work

    8 years ago

  • ladylavona

    ladylavona says:

    Steampunk is my obsession! My jaw dropped when I saw the main page! Nice work! Check out this seller's Steampunk illustrations: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5350420 And I love the jewelry by OpulentOddities...monacles and old keys! http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=91456

    8 years ago

  • GrandmaWasAFloozy

    GrandmaWasAFloozy says:

    I have the privilege of owning one of DC Childs spectacular watch part pendants. Here's the store link - http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5215629

    8 years ago

  • SecretIdentity

    SecretIdentity says:

    Great article. I love this look. Check this out: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=7051568

    8 years ago

  • SarahLynneDesigns

    SarahLynneDesigns says:

    love it, i like steam punk so much i had to make some myself! I have a reversible steampunk necklace: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=11398964

    7 years ago

  • choklit

    choklit says:

    I can't seem to get enough steampunk - I'm so glad to see more of it popping up everywhere. My adornments are on the neo-victorian side of steampunk - no gears involved yet... but it's in the works. I've been saving up for Straight Razor Slasher's spats: http://StraightRazorSlasher.etsy.com And BoilerGoth's goggles: http://BoilerGoth.etsy.com

    7 years ago

  • SteampunkBB

    SteampunkBB says:

    This is a very awesome list! Gorgeous Front Page!

    7 years ago

  • VintageFiligree

    VintageFiligree says:

    Thanks a million to the Storque admin for featuring our Steampunk Dragonfly on the front page! http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.php?transaction_id=8545635 We created a Steamunk Style community in Live Journal to promote etsy designers, it’s watched by over 300 members :) Thanks again!

    7 years ago

  • zJayne

    zJayne says:

    I find myself always drawn to the metals in steampunk ...so much impressive talent on Etsy. Here's my recycled steampunk piece: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=10810496

    7 years ago

  • Ekioart

    Ekioart says:

    I adore the steampunk ^-^ Great article and perfect items! Now If I could just find more gears.....^-~

    7 years ago

  • saralagace

    saralagace says:

    Yay for Steampunk take 2!!! Thank you for picking my warmers, and finding so many other exquisite pieces!

    7 years ago

  • RaeGun

    RaeGun says:

    ahah I finally know what steam punk means now, fun stuff

    7 years ago

  • VintageFiligree

    VintageFiligree says:

    Ooops, I forgot the link to our Steampunk Style community in LJ http://community.livejournal.com/steampunk_style/ There is a really interesting post about Steampunk style "Matter and Form..." There is also a short definition of what Steampunk is by us as moderators in the user info of the community page :)

    7 years ago

  • guttersnipeyarn

    guttersnipeyarn says:

    Don't know if I'm allowed to self promote, but I have a line of steampunk yarns that all come with a yummy assortment of accoutrements... http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5793071§ion_id=5444664

    7 years ago

  • carignan82

    Jason Carignan from CarignansCreations says:

    If you would like to take a look at some handmade steam punk pocket watches...like youve NEVER seen before. Come check my Etsy store - Carignans Creations 100% guarantee you have not seen these before!

    202 days ago