Geeks and tea go together like Picard and Earl Grey. Granted, it’s the height of summer and a hot drink might be the furthest thing from your mind, but you can start planning ahead now for cool autumn nights by checking out this list of phenomenally unique teapots. Some are blatantly nerdy and some are subtle references to your favorite shows, but all are must-haves for tea-sipping geeks.
You can’t have a list of geeky teapots without having ThinkGeek’s well-crafted TARDIS pot at the top.
This officially licensed Doctor Who teapot, which comes in blue and chrome, is practically a must-have for any Whovian who needs a super-heated infusion of free-radicals and tannin, just the thing for healing the synapses. (ThinkGeek, $39.99)
United Kingdom Map Tea Pot
If you’re throwing a tea party and inviting Sherlock Holmes and Jim Moriarty, only one teapot will do. Sherlock fans with an eye for detail will spot Benedict Cumberbatch pouring a cup of tea in “The Reichenbach Fall” with this gorgeous bone china teapot with a hand-printed map of the United Kingdom.
And if you need the perfect brew to serve, don’t forget to stop by Adagio Teas for fandom-inspired tea blends. (Rockett St George, £72.00)
Doctor Who TARDIS and Dalek Design Teapots
If you’re looking for something a little more subtle than a TARDIS shaped teapot, this sleek porcelain design might be more up your alley.
The “Doctor Who Home Collection” teapots from BBC Worldwide also feature a Dalek, if you prefer to EXTERMINATE your tea. (Truffle Shuffle, £39.99)
Captain Picard’s Tea Set
Peter Saenger’s tea sets fit together like puzzles, and look right at home in Captain Picard’s quarters on Star Trek: The Next Generation. (Anyone else daydream about having tea in Picard’s quarters? Just me? Anyway…)
The Design II porcelain teapot and cups fit snugly together to keep warm even in the cold vacuum of Federation space. Saenger’s sets are unique and wonderful conversation pieces themselves. (Saenger Porcelain, $275)
Nightmare Before Christmas Teapot
If you’re sipping hot tea on a cool Halloween night while you wait for trick-or-treaters, there’s no better teapot to brew it in than this Nightmare Before Christmas-inspired teapot.
Featuring the colorful trio of Jack, Sally, and Zero, this teapot works just as well sitting on your counter for all to see as it does brewing tea. (Fun to Collect, $39.99)