Geekiest holiday cards

Seasonal greetings, geek-style

Holiday decorations appeared before the last of the Halloween skeletons were even boxed up. An endless loop of seasonal music is already playing in stores. Retail commerce forecasts are piling up. The countdown is on, and it's not too early to start thinking about holiday cards. Here are some clever geeky options for inspiration.

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#FFFFFF

Do you know hex triplet codes? Even if you don't, it's not hard to guess that #FFFFFF represents white in this holiday card from slagathor via Zazzle . Pricing starts at $3.35 for a single card and drops with volume purchases.

A partridge in a petri

So this is how chemists sing the holiday classic. "A partridge in a petri" was created by artist Colleen Flynn Crutchfield of Silver Spring, Md., who says the design was inspired by her chemist husband. A set of 10 cards (blank inside) is $15 on Crutchfield's etsy shop, aseaofink .

KatKreated

Three geek-inspired holiday cards feature Santa working his database, Captain Kirk and Spock, and Cylon Santa. A set of three is $4.95, via Kathy W.'s KatKreated shop on etsy .

Skeleton Santa

Santa gets the 8-bit skeleton treatment in this set of four greeting cards. It's available for $12 from Hope Von Stengel's etsy shop .

Dalek invasion

Would you accept glad tidings from a Dalek? The mutant cyborgs of "Doctor Who" are printed on a harlequin background. "Happy Christmas invasion," says artist Kristi Duggins of Springfield, Mo., who sells the $6 cards through her etsy shop, BohoBearPaperStudio .

Doctor Who gift tags

"Doctor Who"-inspired gift tags feature a blue police box and Dalek-inspired designs by Kristi Duggins. A set of 12 gift tags is $5 at Duggins' etsy shop, BohoBearPaperStudio .

PEACE

This geeky PEACE card requires a scientific explanation. According to designer MadeWithMolecules, the peptide, or small protein, in the design spells the word "PEACE" using the amino acid alphabet (P:proline, E:glutamic acid, A:alanine, C:cysteine, E:glutamic acid). Available from Zazzle, a single card is $2.95 and pricing drops with volume purchases.

O holy night

Comic book enthusiasts might appreciate the graphics in this letterpress holiday card from etsy shop a. favorite . A set of six cards (blank inside) is $15.

Wise man

"The second wise man furrowed his brow. 'Hey, wait a minute, this looks like China,' he said. 'Thanks a lot, Mapquest.'" The inside of the card from Wondermark Brand Dry-Goods Emporium says, "Wishing you a warm and only mildly infuriating holiday season." Pricing starts at $3 for a single card and drops with volume purchases.

Be jolly

"Be Jolly," is the simple message of these holiday cards designed by Marisa of mad design. A set of six cards (blank inside) is $14 on etsy .

Robot star

A robot, a shining star, and a simple "Happy Holidays" message (printed inside) define these letterpress cards from papersmithpaperco. A set of 10 cards is $30 on etsy .

Ho Ho Ho

Ho Ho Ho gets the cubed treatment in this set of 10 cards. Available for $18 at CafePress .

Text message

The text message holiday card from dndartstudio keeps it short and simple: "Happy Holidays." Available from Zazzle , a single card is $3.15 and pricing drops with volume purchases.

Pac-Man mistletoe

Nothing says the holidays like Pac-Man under the mistletoe. A set of six holiday cards is available for $17 from Hope Von Stengel's etsy shop .

Digital holly

The digital holly card by krunzy is available from Zazzle; a single card is $3.80 and pricing drops with volume purchases.

Pac-Man tree

Pac-Man ornaments chase each other around the Christmas tree. A set of three cards is $4.95, via Kathy W.'s KatKreated shop on etsy .

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