Christmas 2019 is nearly upon us! You know what that means: a lot of weeping bank balances and more deodorant and socks than you know what to do with. If you’re looking for cool nerdy and geeky gift ideas for someone else this year, though, we have you covered with our always growing ultimate guide of what to check out.
2019 has been a massive one for pop culture and geek media in general. We’ve had new Marvel movies, a whole bunch of amazing games, new TV show obsessions, and so much more. And Game of Thrones, but we don’t really want to talk about that around these parts.
To make things easier, we’re breaking things down into different sections so that you can pick and choose your own geek gift ideas for Christmas from what we’ve collated here. There’s bound to be something for a loved one in here, but we wouldn’t blame you if you did end up getting them some deodorants and socks.
Let’s get started. Need some help sifting through it all? Check out our index below:
As mentioned, 2019 has been a huge one for gaming on a PS4 with some incredible games grabbing plenty of attention. Our PS4 game gift ideas cover some of the biggest games of the year and the console upgrades that could make a big improvement for those who’ve jumped to 4K.
Quite possibly the biggest game of 2018 will be a welcome Christmas gift for any gamers who haven’t played it yet. It’s a massive, hugely ambitious title, so if you want to keep someone busy for the foreseeable future, this is an investment that will pay off in the long run.
The game many picked to go head-to-head with Red Dead Redemption 2 for many game of the year awards in 2018, God of War is a thrilling return from Kratos with more heart than any game in the series before it. You won’t be able to find this game on any console, making it quite possibly the best PS4 exclusive there is.
Another game that you will only find on PS4, Marvel’s Spider-Man may just go down as one of the best superhero games of all-time, if not certainly the best Spider-Man game. If you know anyone who has a PS4 and also loves Marvel, this should be an easy gift to tick off your list. Just don’t blame us when they disappear for a few days!
Call of Duty is back for another year, and Modern Warfare has been revered as a return to form for the series. Featuring the best single player CoD campaign in years and the franchise’s unbeatable, high octane multiplayer, make your Christmas an action-packed one this year.
Not the newest game on our list of geeky gift ideas, but it may still be the prettiest. Uncharted 4 is the closing chapter in Nathan Drake’s story and is the most ambitious game in the series, boasting some gorgeous sights and jaw-dropping spectacles all over the place. It’s a technical marvel and a good pick for anyone who likes adventure games.
Another example of the PlayStation 4’s ever-expanding library of great games, Horizon: Zero Dawn wowed many when it launched earlier in the year. Its Complete Edition is the perfect introduction to the captivating world of Aloy and robot dinosaurs, also coming with its DLC, The Frozen Wilds, for a fair price. If your loved one has yet to check it out, this edition is the best way to do so.
7. Scuf Pro Controllers
If you know someone who is really serious about their gaming on PS4, a Scuf pro controller could lend them the help they need. These custom-made controllers allow you to add a personal touch to a PS4 controller as well as extra buttons to replicate some of the PC experience. It’s a little on the pricey side, but the recipient will no doubt appreciate the sentiment, as well as the likely improvement to their K/D.
The mid-term upgrade for the PlayStation 4 has been a success, providing near-4K graphics and improved video game performances for those with a 4K TV. It might not be a big enough step up for those who already own a PS4 and don’t have a 4K TV, but if you’re looking for the most powerful way to enjoy the PS4’s massive range of great exclusives, the Pro is a must.
First things first: virtual reality is not for everyone. Some may feel nauseated while playing it for the first time, but many can gradually wean themselves out of it by taking their time with the experiences on offer. PlayStation VR is one of the most affordable solutions on the market, though you may need a couple of extra accessories to get the most out of it. Still, when you’re slashing and shooting your way through some of the best games it has to offer, it’s one of the most invigorating gaming experiences you will ever have.
Know a gamer who is always complaining about not having enough space on their PS4? Problem solved with a an external hard drive. Simply plug this in and have up to 4X the storage space than a normal PS4. Better yet, they can also take it with them and plug it into another PS4 to use their games without much fuss. Considering how big most games are now, this is a must.
Nintendo Switch Gifts
The Switch has had one hell of time since launching, going on to be the most successful Nintendo product in years and years. The hybrid console has plenty of converts and fans, so it should come as no suprise that there’s no shortage of Nintendo Switch gift ideas for all your geeky loved ones.
The Switch’s USP is that it can be played either on the home or on the go, meaning that you can take your game with you on the bus or while you’re sitting on the toilet; definitely an upgrade from Angry Birds. While you will need a lot of accessories to get the most out of it, the Switch has a bright future and could be the perfect gift idea for someone who’s yet to make the jump to the console.
Right next to Red Dead Redemption 2 as the biggest game in recent memory, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is also the biggest game in the series to date with an absolutely stacked roster and modes to play. While a lot of players take Smash very seriously, it’s also a lot of fun for casual parties and gives match-ups that we may never see elsewhere — Solid Snake vs. Kirby?
Mario is back in his maddest adventure to date, which seems him team up with a powerful cap to save Princess Peach once again from the clutches of Bowser. It’s a more open affair than recent Mario games and has already blown critics away, evidence by its huge ratings on Metacritic and OpenCritic. It’s not just one of the best games on the Switch, but one of the best ever.
Another Switch title that wowed gamers and critics, Breath of the Wild is the next entry in a series that doesn’t stop challenging and evolving itself. It could have been all too easy for Nintendo to have gone down a tried and tested route, but Breath of the Wild goes for more ambition than any other Zelda game to date and sits firmly as one of the very best in the series. No mean feat for a franchise that boasts so many bonafide classics.
Not quite Nintendo’s flagship series but still very popular, Splatoon 2 allows players from all over the world to face off against each other in intense paint-filled firefights. If you want to get a shooter for a young one but feel like the likes of Call of Duty may be a bit too violent, Splatoon 2 is the natural alternative and can also unleash their creative side.
For anyone who loves Final Fantasy but wants to take it on the go, Octopath Traveler is a pretty straightforward recommendation. Offering hours upon hours of content as well as being the perfect game to dip in and out of on long journeys, Octopath might be the ultimate modern RPG that you can take with you.
Pokémon is back in a big for its first true entry on the Switch in Sword and Shield, two new games set in Galar: a fictional world inspired by England. Pokémon has always kept those who play it busy for months on end, so if you need to distract the kids for a bit, that’s all we’ll say.
If a young one is nagging you constantly about getting a Nintendo Switch or is a big Fortnite fan, buying them this bundle makes a lot of sense. While Fortnite itself is free on the console, the extra skin and V-Bucks that come with this bundle means that they won’t nag you for more money — at least for a little while!
19. Switch Pro Controller
Those who are going to be playing games competitively on the Switch will absolutely also need to pick up a Pro controller. The Joy-Cons are great, but they can’t match the precision of a Pro, as well as the fact that they’re just generally better to play for the health of your hands in the long run — nobody enjoys hand cramp.
Christmas too loving this year? The warm embrace of family too much for you? Play Super Mario Party on the Switch and ruin next year’s Christmas. Designed specifically to drive wedges between people, this is not a game for the weak of heart as it will have you hurling bits of turkey at those you love in anguish. It’s fun!
Xbox One Gifts
The Xbox One has been enjoying a resurgence in popularity of late, helped by the Xbox One X delivering true 4K to the home. As the place to find the best looking games, you can be assured that there are plenty of Xbox One gift ideas.
Reports dictate that Red Dead Redemption 2 looks even better on an Xbox One X, meaning that it might be the best place to play Rockstar’s massive game. If you know someone who has yet to play this monolith, treat them while also stocking them up on food and water as they probably won’t be seen for at least a week.
There’s a strong playerbase for Call of Duty on Xbox One just like there is on PS4, meaning that Black Ops 4 is a straightforward gift idea for anyone who wants to shoot all the things. It’s a good time with enough modes to play to tide someone over for a long while, so if you know someone inclined for digital violence, you can’t go wrong. This one also has battle royale while the new one doesn’t!
Billed as the “most powerful console ever”, plenty of gamers are interested in Microsoft’s upgrade on the Xbox One. It delivers sturdy speed and upscaled graphics thanks to the amount of surprisingly robust tech it has under its hood, so it definitely has people looking twice at what Xbox has to offer. The Xbox One family of consoles may lack many great exclusive games, but with Play Anywhere and a whole heap of great services in their corner, it’s earned itself plenty of plaudits. Time will only tell how much the Xbox One X changes the landscape.
Video games require a lot of installation space these days, not to mention the fact that a lot of them also have robust patches to fix issues that only further soak up memory. Buying an Xbox One hard drive logically just makes sense, allowing players to be able to download to their heart’s content without having to worry about deleting games. Pick one up for any serious gamers you know.
The premier racing game series (don’t fight us on this one) returned in 2018 with a new entry into the Horizon line of games. Forza Horizon 4 allows players to traverse beautiful Britain in equally Britain cars, making this the perfect game for any petrolheads. Pair this with an Xbox One X if you want to see true beauty.
If you want the elite in console gaming controllers, the Xbox One Elite controller’s name is very apt indeed. Boasting a decent weight in the hands, a comfortable grip, and precision that you just don’t get from playing with a normal controller, the Elite is a surefire way to win over any competitive gamers in your family.
One of the more “interesting” quirks of the Xbox One is that not all headsets work out of the box for it. Instead, you have to buy a headset adapter to handle things like voice chat and to hear through the headset for plenty of peripherals. It’s a bit of a nuisance, sure, but if you’re going to be buying an Xbox One X for someone as a geeky gift, you’re going to want them to be able to get the most out of it.
Similar to the last geeky gift idea for Xbox lovers, you will also need a subscription to Xbox Live if you want to play most of the games online. It’s not a large amount of month for a year’s worth (roughly $60), but you will also receive games for “free” as part of the deal and also see some discounts in the online store for games.
The third game in the beloved Borderlands series, Borderlands 3 doesn’t exactly reinvent the formula, but it arguably never needed to — it just added more. Featuring billions of guns (yes, really) and the same silly laughs, Borderlands 3 is going to keep the loot lovers in your life busy for hours on end.
While criminally not as popular as they used to be, buying racing wheels for games is still as fun as it would be in an arcade — we wouldn’t blame you for having a go on this one yourself. There’s a huge range of racing games of Xbox One that can take advantage of this fun peripheral, including the already mentioned Forza Horizon 4.
PC Gaming Gifts
For many, playing games on a PC is the only way to experience the biggest new releases. PC gaming allows for more power and graphical fidelity for games as well as playing most online games for free, not to mention that the scope for games simply cannot be matched by the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. Here are some PC gaming gift ideas for someone in your life who is glued to their mouse and keyboard.
31. Humble Monthly
Think of Humble Monthly as a digital mystery box of games. Each month, Humble will announce its “marquee” game and then you have to wait until it properly releases to find out what’s in-store. While the results in quality may vary, there’s always value for money – plus, if you already own some of the games that come in the bundle, you can always gift them to friends. Perhaps the perfect gift idea for gamers who want to flesh out their Steam libraries.
Virtual reality may not be for everyone, but if you have a PC gamer relative with a good rig who wants to try it out, the Vive is their best option. There are plenty of games for it on Steam that they can tuck into, too. Just don’t be surprised if they get sucked into new worlds and don’t want to return to the real one.
The HP Omen series of laptops are solid introductions for anyone wanting to check out laptop gaming PCs. They aren’t robust enough to run absolutely everything fluently, but if you’re just after something that can competently play most modern games, you’re in luck. Compared to other laptop gaming PCs on the market, these HP Omen laptops also aren’t that harsh on your wallet.
Pound-for-pound one of the best gaming mice on the market in its price range, the Logitech G502 has been heavily adopted by pros for doing what it does. It offers high levels of customisation, including on-the-fly DPI switches and different button inputs, all for an affordable price. Also featuring a grip that’s bound to please, this will be a great gift for anyone looking to get serious about gaming.
Mechanical keyboards are on the rise and being adopted as the way to play most modern games. This is because they offer great feedback to player input, as well as the fact that higher production values means that they are typically more reliable. This offering from Corsair comes with a broad range of customisation options and unparalleled accuracy, making it the ideal gift idea for the competitive gamer.
Long gone are the days of the simple mousemat that you can just put your mouse on and be done with it. Most modern mousemats are desk covers as well, giving players ample room to move their mice without it sliding onto the desk. This product from Corsair is one of the better options out there, giving all the possible room gamers could need for those sweet flickshots.
For gamers who want nothing but the inputs they need, the Razer Keypad may be the best pick. Not only does it cut out the keys that aren’t needed, but it also allows them to choose exactly which buttons should do what. It’s also supposed to be better on the hands in the long-term with a comfortable spot to rest wrists and no need to use both hands at the same time.
PC gaming is great, but it’s hard to sometimes kick back and relax with a keyboard. An Xbox One controller can be plugged into a PC, allowing you to control games without much fuss. It’s not great for shooters or most competitive games, but using a controller instead of a keyboard is more enjoyable for those who want to sit back and soak in a single-player experience in comfort. A PS4 or generic controller will also work, but the Xbox One’s is arguably the best.
Quite simply the most popular and respected USB mic in its price range, the Blue Snowball is the perfect entry point mic for those looking to stream or just use in-game chat in better quality with friends. Durable and easy to use, the Blue Snowball offers crisp audio (possibly even better than its more expensive peers) at a very nice price point.
For anyone who wants to start up a Twitch channel, an Elgato stream deck is a good place to kick things off in the right way. This handy gizmo allows streamers to operate different functions of their stream with ease, whether that includes transitions to an intro and outro, volume controls, or much more. It’s not necessarily an essential for streamers, but it may make their lives easier.
Gaming Headset Gifts
No teamwork-based game will, well, work unless you have a headset to use to help you co-ordinate with your buddies. As well as this, the sounds of gunfire and ambient noise can’t be beaten through a headset. If you know someone who doesn’t have the best gear or just wants an upgrade, here are the best gaming headset gift ideas.
LucidSound are a wireless headphone maker on the up, and the LS40 may very well be one of their best efforts to date. Features DTS 7.1 Surround Sound and simple comfort, it strikes a balance between being top of the line and easy to use. We reviewed the LS20 a while back and were definitely impressed.
Ignore the weird name and how it doesn’t look as flashy as others: this gaming headset is a brilliant purchase at its price. Featuring decent sound and comfort, the mic is much better than its price would lead you to believe, meaning that is the ideal introductory headset for any young gamers (who may just end up breaking expensive things anyway).
Seriously comfortable and generous with audio depth, the Turtle Beach Stealth 300 is a strong contender in its price range. Dials allow players to choose their volume and mic level with ease, as well as the mic being able to flipped on an off with ease. It also boasts a massive battery life, meaning that your Red Dead Redemption 2 binges can carry on uninterrupted.
PC gaming is many things, but economic with cabling it is not. The HyperX range has some good wireless headsets, but this is one of the most popular: a headset that features all of the production qualities that people love the brand for as well as faultless connectivity. Priced in the mid-range, this is one gaming headset that will last the distance.
Make no mistake: the SteelSeries will cost you a premium. There’s a reason why the most buzzed about manufacturers around at the moment are in such demand, and that’s because their build quality is unmatched and their style some of the coolest. This offering can be used for both PC and console gaming with it even coming with a handy tool to help the outdated audio capabilities of the latter.
Currently the biggest game in the world (more or less), Fortnite has taken the gaming landscape by storm over the last two years and shows no signs of letting up. As its Battle Royale is free, you don’t need to buy it, but there’s plenty of Fortnite merch you can check out all the same.
Fortnite for the whole family, that is until they are completely torn about by Monopoly. Fortnite Monopoly may not make logical sense at first, but if you’re wanting to get the kids involved in family activities, this is bound to excite. Plus, you can finally understand what they mean by tilted as this thing will drive you crazy.
47. Fortnite Funko Pops
The skins in Fortnite are like characters in their own right, so it should be no surprise that many of them have been turned into Funk Pops: the small little model toys with massive heads. Bound to go down well with any Fortnite fanatic, but you should definitely not get them the Dark Voyager Funko as nobody likes Dark Voyager.
Fortnite skins aren’t cheap, which is what will make this Darkfire bundle so appealing for fans. Coming with a skin and other cosmetics, Darkfire also gives player a decent wedge of extra cosmetics to go with their skins in the best value bundle yet. It’s available for PS4, Switch, and Xbox One.
The llama is the unofficial mascot of Fortnite, its goofy face overseeing the carnage of millions of matches worldwide. He’s also hecka adorable, so this Forntite llama plush could be a lucky charm for Fortnite players in your household.
50. Fortnite Christmas Jumper
Allow your young ones to wear this at the Christmas dinner table and watch as they excitedly dab their way towards an epic Victory Royale.
For the slightly older gamer in your family, a mini-console could be the perfect geeky gift idea. These small marvels of nostalgia-baiting goodness comes with old games already loaded, meaning that you can just plug them in and get rose-tinted glasses on.
While the reception to this has been pretty mixed, any diehard PlayStation fans will no doubt love it still, especially as such a low price. Comes with two controllers too, so family beat each other up in Tekken like its 1997.
52. Super Nes Classic
Nintendo arguably kickstarted the demand for these tiny machines more than anyone else, so it shouldn’t be a surprise to see how high in demand the Super Nes Classic always is. Featuring Super Mario Kart and Street Fighter, this is going to be on a lot of wishlists this Christmas.
Not to be outdone, Sega also have a mini-console to check out as a geeky gift idea for a special someone. Boasting a pretty damn impressive selection of games including massive hits like Sonic The Hedgehog, this one may actually be the best value out of all of the mini-consoles.
54. NeoGEO Mini
This one’s a little on the pricey side, but considering how rare some of its games are, it kind of makes sense. Any fighting game is bound to enjoy the NeoGEO Mini as it boasts a tonne of classics, some of which have rarely been seen in the West.
My Arcade Gaming have some of the most varied micro-consoles going, as well as arcade cabinets and portables. It’s an eclectic range of gift ideas, so if you have to shop for someone with some more “obscure” tastes, their range is bound to help out.
Fandoms centred around the gaming community are just as, if not more, populated than some of the biggest movies and TV shows around. From The Last of Us to all thing Ninty, here are some of our picks for the best gaming merch gift ideas this Christmas.
56. The Last of Us – Fireflies Hoodie
It’s hard not to fall in love with The Last of Us, with the announcement of its sequel tipping hype levels over the edge. While we wait for more information on arguably the most-anctipated game still to come, pay homage to the guerrilla group that didn’t quit with this hoodie from Insert Coin. They also have a tonne of other great video game merch, so be sure to check them out.
57. Nemesis Funko Pop Vinyl Figure – Resident Evil
Funko Pop vinyl figures are great ways to show love for fandoms, so why not check this out for any Resident Evil fans you may know? This figure is one of the more intricately detailed ones we’ve come across as well as being definitely affordable, so your loved one will have them seeing S.T.A.R.S. in no time. Or something.
A neat little prop for Fallout fans, this Nuka-Cola blaster sits comfortably on your wall or around your desk. Sadly, it isn’t a gun that shoots Nuka-Cola as much as we want it to. Still, a collectible worth having for those with Pip-Boys.
If you want to give someone close to you flashbacks to a time when all they knew was death, get them this Cuphead vinyl. One of the hardest games of 2017 also had one of its best soundtracks, so this vinyl, filled to the brim with 51 tracks from Cuphead, might be one of the better ways to commemorate 2017’s biggest surprise hit. Just don’t blame us if they start crying as all the memories come flooding back.
60. Big Daddy Plush – Bioshock
The true beginning of the “he protec but he also attac” meme, the Big Daddies found in BioShock are some of the most iconic characters in all of gaming. This pretty damn big plush is a great way to ensure your loved ones don’t fall foul to strangers who are susceptible to brainwashing. WARNING: may kill.
Crash Bandicoot, err, crashed his way back into our hearts in 2017 with a remastered collection of his greatest hits. So what better way to celebrate his return than with this mug, stylised exactly like the iconic crates seen in all of his games? I wouldn’t advise jumping on this, though.
62. Geralt in the Bathtub T-shirt – The Witcher 3
Do I really need to write anything here? Seriously? Okay, it’s Geralt in a bathtub. I don’t think I need to say or do anything else to convince you. You haven’t played The Witcher 3, either? Jeez, fix that.
We’re getting into quite the niche here, but if you know anyone who loves The Legend of Zelda and has even a passing interest in chess, this beautifully crafted set might be for them. We cannot confirm or deny that a giant, angry moon may crash and destroy the board, however.
Metal Gear Solid as a series may be over, but its fanbase is certainly as dedicated as they’ve ever been, even if Kojima has now left HMS Konami. This construction kit allows you to build your own Metal Gear Rex, as seen in the fourth games, Guns of the Patriots. If someone you know loves MGS, be sure to give this one a look.
Take things back to when Mario wasn’t getting his nipples out for all to admire with this 8-bit box that can also light up. Handy to have for anyone who likes to read at night or just anyone who likes a bit of retro gaming.
Star Wars Merch Gift Ideas
Star Wars is a phenomenon that shows no signs of slowing down and, if anything, is only getting bigger and more beloved. There isn’t a better time to check out some of our Star Wars gift ideas for those who feel the force. We’ve got a whole lot more Star Wars gift ideas over here to offer you, too!
Phasma, as the name suggests, delves deeper into the background of Captain Phasma, who first appeared in The Force Awakens. While it may not bring up any world-bending revelations, it does a good job of explaining the motivations of the villain as well as filling in some blanks. Recommended for any Star Wars fan who wants to flesh out the canon as much as they can.
67. Star Wars: The Last Jedi Porg 16in Plush
Did we not say there would be Porgs? This pretty big plush is the perfect size for anyone who needs to be reminded that sometimes Star Wars isn’t all about good vs. evil: it’s about how cute some of its creatures are. Saying that, seeing this face in the dark could give you quite the scare…
Look, I’m not saying that anyone would ever need a waffle maker, or even one in the shape of the iconic Death Star. But if the opportunity presents itself to you to own or give someone a Star Wars Death Star waffle maker, it’s something you kind of have to take. It will create conversation at awkward gatherings, if nothing else.
Got a young relative who is scared of the dark? Illuminate their room with the comforting glow of the, erm, Death Star! Fits pretty snugly in their room, so as well as providing a light source, it can be used as an ornamental weapon to scare off the monsters.
70. Droid Inventor Kit
If you have any budding Anakins in your family, this could be the ideal gift – it will allow them to make their own R2-D2. It’s packed with simple instructions and step-by-step guides, so you may not even need to help them out. Better yet, with the accompanying app, they can control the droid and even try out special challenges. It’s also highly customisable.
This thing is multi-purpose: not only can it potentially save your life in the event of a spaceship crash, but it can also double-up as a fashion statement. Going food shopping? Let everyone know that you aren’t keen on The New Order. Visiting the doctor? Tell them that you have a habit of avoiding certain death without saying a word. It really is the gift that just keeps on giving.
72. Porg electronic toy
Listen, this is just the way it is now – Porgs rule all. So, while we appreciate our new cuddly overlords, let them waddle into your life with this electronic toy. Just like the “real” thing, this toy plods along and even waves at you. If it’s going to be a dictatorship, at least it will be adorable.
Unleash your dark side with this mask that promises to make you sound way cooler than you actually are. Think of it as the same as those classic Darth Vader voice-changing masks, but with Kylo Ren instead. You just know that the family will love singing along to Christmas karaoke while wearing one of these.
If you’re looking for the quintessential Star Wars gift for the fan who lives, eats and breathes a galaxy far, far away, this comprehensive book could very well be the one. Featuring new information on the production of the most successful franchise of all-time, it’s an in-depth look at what it was like on set back before Star Wars hit the big time and everything that came after. From a Certain Point of View is already a New York Times bestseller and it’s only likely to sell more this Christmas.
From Stranger Things to Game of Thrones, the most popular TV shows are now almost like cults; people seem to obsess more over shows than ever. Our TV show merch gift ideas checks out some of the coolest products to impress your obsessive relatives.
Ahead of it inevitably being overrun by all sorts of madness in the next season, show your love for the haunting grounds of Mike & co. with this t-shirt. Even if you don’t love Stranger Things (ᴉu ʍɥᴉɔɥ ɔɐsǝ ʍǝ ɔɐu,ʇ qǝ ɟɹᴉǝups), it looks like a pretty comfortable top to wear around the house.
Now that the TV show has finished, it’s probably a good idea to read the books that started it all and try to figure out where they want so terribly wrong. Heck, just like everyone else who read the books before the show aired, you can get annoyed by all the things they changed. Don’t worry about the last two books still to come: they’re almost definitely not coming out ever.
One of Netflix’s biggest hits is more than just an animated show about a talking horse and his animal pals – it’s a contemplative, often unsettling series that hits close to home. Bojack Horseman also has a very distinctive art style, the likes of which you can find out more about through this detailed book, which includes artwork and also interviews with those involved with the show.
79. Agent Cooper T-shirt – Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks: The Return was one of the biggest TV events of recent memory and quickly picked up extra fans alongside its cult followers. This t-shirt is as confusing to look at as the show itself, so any TP fans might be in their element. Bonus tip: give a loved one a log this Christmas.
This 6cm figure of Mysterion, who definitely isn’t Kenny, could be a nice little desktop companion for any South Park fans out there, or for anyone who’s making their way through The Fractured But Whole. The best thing about is that if you put it in a microwave/throw it from a great height/feed it to your cat, a new one will magically reappear the next morning!
Despite not looking all that great from a pure technical perspective, as Darn Harmon himself put it, it takes a lot of effort to make Rick and Morty look bad. Find out why this basic but super effective style at the heart of the biggest animated show has charmed so many with this book, which chronicles the show’s production and notes from the animators behind it all.
82. A Feast of Ice and Fire Cookbook – Game of Thrones
Luckily for you, this cookbook based on meals from ASOIAF/Game of Thrones goes for finer dining than what most of Westeros are used to. Featuring recipes for honeyfingers, lemon cakes, and pork pies with a GOT twist, this cookbook could be a godsend for anyone sick of turkey.
83. Lucille Replica Take It Like A Champ Edition – The Walking Dead
This might not go down all that well on Christmas morning when a loved one pulls this out of its packaging to the horror of your grandmother, but you only live once. No info on whether or not this The Walking Dead replica bat comes with bits of beloved characters, sadly.
I’m not here to tell you who the best Stranger Things character is, but it’s Lucas. Pick up a shrunken down version of the show’s most underrated character alongside Eleven and Mike in this pack of three twee action figures from Funko.
85. Saul Goodman diploma – Better Call Saul
Just like Saul himself, pretend you know what you’re doing with this diploma, which would look great on your wall. If we see your face on gaudy billboards within the year, you owe us some commission.
Who said that Christmas has to always been sunshine and rainbows? If you know someone who’s a bit of a gorehound and want to get them a special something, these geeky horror gift ideas will scratch the spot.
86. The Evil Dead’s Book of the Dead
Throwing a spooky party, or just want a sweet collectible to commemorate one of the best horror movies ever made? You can get you hands on the Book of the Dead for Evil Dead 2, which will no doubt tie your room together nicely. It’s a little on the pricey side and does not open, but it’s made by the same guy who made them for the movie itself, so it’s still a pretty cool piece of memorabilia.
Often billed as “the Netflix of horror”, Shudder gathers some of the most iconic horror movies ever made into one streaming service. They also regularly put out their own stream of horror content, so you will be able to scream your way through plenty of movies all-year round. Anyone who’s serious about horror should really think about signing up, especially if there’s an option for a free trial.
Friday the 13th is full of cool horror gift ideas, but this is one that almost anyone with a passing interest in the genre will appreciate. Commemorate your love for the least teen-friendly place on earth with this t-shirt. Just make sure you take it off and don’t go skinny-dipping: we aren’t liable for any injury/death that may occur.
89. Box of Dread
Dread Central’s Box of Dread offers you plenty of great (and some that just flew under the radar) horror movies on DVD and Blu-Ray, as well as a tonne of cool merch. If you’re — or know someone who is — a collector, this is one quick way of building up your burgeoning library. It’s stuck around for a long time for a good reason.
Almost everyone at one point or other in their lives has owned a Funko Pop. These horror-centric figures are an adorable way of showing your love for the genre and range from the likes of Freddy and Jason all the way to down to some of horror’s most unloved ghoulies. It’s one way to show your love for the macabre in the office, that’s for sure.
There are plenty of horror gifts that will allow you to vicariously live out your dreams of becoming your most loveable slasher for Halloween. Picking up Freddy’s glove is likely to provide that feeling, especially if you can combine it with his iconic hat and jumper. Don’t worry: you won’t poke your or anyone else’s eyes out as they aren’t real blades.
George A. Romero was known mainly as the Godfather of Zombie Movies, but his output actually extends way beyond just the undead — some of his best work has no zombies in sight. George A. Romero Between Night and Dawn bundles the horror auteur’s most overlooked work into a high-quality Blu-Ray collection that’s sure to appeal to anyone who like old-school chills.
Horror is one of the most stylish genres of movies there is. In fact, it could be argued that it is the most aesthetically driven of the lot. This book looks at some of horror’s most gruesomely beautiful images and compiles them with a glossy and high-quality finish. Definitely one for the horror historians, or those who want a bit more spook with their coffee tables.
The perfect gift for someone who’s only just getting into the genre, 101 Horror Movies You Must See Before You Die is the horror counterpoint to the general list, but this one’s stacked with all the blood and gore anyone could ever want. From Kubrick to Craven, they’re all detailed in this comprehensive checklist.
Realistically, you’re not going to be using this on any day apart from Halloween. Well, we’d at least hope not: it’s going to be a bit weird to have it for everyday use in the kitchen. If you’re entertaining this Halloween, start a Temple of Doom vibe by making your loved ones pull salt and pepper out of skull. Aw, what a way to bond.
Tired of how safe the MCU is? Then you really ought to check out Marvel Zombies: a non-canon comic series set in the Marvel universe when a zombie apocalypse unfolds. Nobody is safe, so if you want to see your childhood heroes turn into absolute nightmares, Marvel Zombies is a graphic and uncompromising series. It’s doubtful that Disney would allow this to exist these days.
With 2018’s Halloween releasing to rave reviews, what better way to coincide with The Shape’s return than with a binge of all the previous Halloween movies? While it’s true that not all are what you would objectively call “great” movies, these are all a part of horror history worth celebrating. Except for the Rob Zombie ones.
99. Friday The 13th: The Game Ultimate Slasher Collector’s Edition
Friday the 13th: The Game is a terrifying and maddeningly fun that pits you either as Jason himself or the counsellors he’s trying to play. It’s a lot of dark fun to wipe out the teens across many generations of the franchise, helped by this special edition coming with plenty of collectibles and DLC for the Friday the 13th fanatic.
100. Camp Grizzly Board Game
Hands up if you want to play a co-operative board game in which you try to escape from a murderer with a bear fetish known as Otis? Thought so. This is one of the best horror board games going, no doubt helped by its wicked wit and strictly 18+ nature. Once the Halloween party has died down, this might be the perfect thing to whip out for the stragglers.
For anyone who’s tired of the AMC show but loves the universe, The Walking Dead Compendium should the first port of call. Featuring the early stages of the long-running comic series, this collection is the best possible introduction for what the drawn world of The Walking Dead entails and better yet: it doesn’t completely hate its audience.
Love horror? Love art? Here’s the perfect horror gift for you. Beauty of Horror II Coloring Book is the follow-up book to the widely successful original and comes packed with many grisly scenes for you to fill the blanks in of. Maybe keep this one away from the kids, unless you want them to grow up to become the next John Carpenter, that is.
Infinitely better than getting scratched by an actual zombie, this horror gift gives you the perfect way to scratch your back when you’re settling in for a Halloween marathon. It looks cool, that’s for certain, but try to keep it away from grandma or there might be a shock in-store.
A simple but genius horror gift, this bowl is a pun and that should be enough to sell you right there. Its “outer rim” is covered in blood, so you can really feel like the monster you are when you shovel your morning cereal into your mouth and slurp like a wild beast. Also, ice cream, because then the pun works. Shut up.
Wrestling Merch Gift Ideas
Wrestling lives or dies by its fans, and there are plenty out there who love nothing more than showing their support for their favourite wrestlers. If you have anyone in the family who likes WWE or even NJPW, or wrestling merch gift ideas should put you on the right track.
This kids sized WWE Championship belt would look pretty cool around the waist of a younger relative – you never know, you could help them become the next Shawn Michaels. There’s also an adult version, just in case. We won’t tell anyone you spent nearly $500, don’t worry.
He isn’t universally loved, but the man who retired The Undertaker (for about a minute) has some sweet merchandise, at the very least. If you don’t like Roman Reigns, scrub out his logo and it can double up as replica of the original Shield gear – easy. It’s available in a bunch of different colours, too.
107. AEW Shirt
AEW have made a lot of big moves since they began, putting AEW under a lot of pressure to reclaim their spot at the top. If you’re jumping ship to AEW from WWE, why not show your support with this merch?
Is this meme dead? Yes, even more dead than Lucha Underground, unfortunately. But for the fact that they released a t-shirt within a matter of hours after the iconic Jericho moment deserves our respect and our money.
Referees always get the bad side of the deal in matches: they get shouted at constantly and are often knocked out by gentle breezes. Sounds like a nightmare. If you want a referee to follow you around and count everything to three, this talking figure could be a treat. May randomly turn on you at any given second.
110. WWE Money in the Bank Commemorative Briefcase
Got any office workers in the family? Give them this for Christmas and immediately glam up their morning routine of walking to their cubicle. It will not let them cash anything in, though – AJ Styles will be WWE Champion forever and ever, anyway.
111. AJ Styles Christmas jumper
The Phenomenal One’s merch reaches its peak with this phenomenally red piece of clothing. Mainly cotton, it’s a pretty comfortable looking accessory for Christmas Day, but I don’t think anyone will be able to forgive you if you complement it with AJ Styles gloves, too.
First things first: this is not life-sized. It’s a replica set. Now that you’re no longer worried about your home getting turned upside down, this play set is perfect if you have a bunch of figures that need to unleash hell on each other. It’s plenty interactive too, so be prepared to hear some mayhem go down on Christmas Day.
Miscellaneous Geeky Gifts
From home renovations to excessive televisions, here’s all the nerdy and geeky gift ideas for Christmas that we couldn’t quite fit in elsewhere.
The tiny piece of kit that can make a big change to your life around the house gets an updated and bigger model for Christmas 2017. Controlled by your voice and compatible with all sorts of apps, including Spotify and tunein, the Amazon Echo Plus can also work with anything “smart” in your home, such as your sprinklers and garage door. Luckily, if you’re playing music through its seven speakers, the Echo Plus can still hear you and give you the weather info you need.
This frankly behemothic Lego set comes with 342 pieces, allowing you to create the Batmobile of your choosing. As well as the Batmobile itself, the set comes with Lego figures including Batman himself, and that rascal Joker. Watch your living room floor become a blocky mess this Christmas.
117. Displate Metal Posters
Sick of paper posters showing the signs of wear and tear within months? Displate do a pretty rad range of metal posters from all things pop culture. I reviewed a set of theirs way back when, but they’ve gone on to make plenty of other great posters since then and greatly expanded their range.
Ever wanted your very own Wall-E to follow you around the house and be almost unbearably cute? You’re in luck with Anki Cozmo: a robotic companion who learns from you the more you hang out. As an added (and pretty awesome) bonus, you can unlock a whole lot more with this toy by using some code – a great excuse to nudge the kids towards a high-paying career. What?
3D printing is a technology that is still in its infancy but showing signs of being very important in the future nonetheless. This mini printer may not offer the same kind of finesse and precision as a full-scale printer, but it could be a great way to try out the tech all the same. If you make any obscene gestures with the 3D printer, all the better.
What were we given hands for? I can tell you right now that they weren’t designed to wrap around a vacuum hoover handle. Let science take care of that instead while you use your hands for better things, such as stroking dogs and putting food into your mouth. This also pairs nicely with your Amazon Echo!
If you have a lot of money that you absolutely cannot be bothered to own, splash the cash on this extravagant Sony TV for someone you love very, very much. For the rest of us, let’s look at it anxiously and wish we had more than potatoes to our name.
As streaming service slowly supersede normal TV, it might be time to get your loved ones to embrace the trend with an Amazon Fire TV stick. This simple little bit of tech plugs into most relatively modern televisions and can even provide 4K visuals. Plus, the greatest gift you can really give anyone this Christmas is the chance to watch Stranger Things.
123. VN47 BattleHawks Combat Drones
Sure, drones are cool for taking photos and all, but how about drones that you can play laser tag with? Enter the VN47 BattleHawks Combat Drones, which comes with infrared shooting so you and your loved ones can take to the skies (indoors or outdoors) and have some fun dogfights. A great little stocking filler for the price.
Wear your love for Pokémon on your sleeve in a metaphorical sense? Well now you can physically too with the official Pokémon shirts, which feature the original 151 Pokémon, now available in more regions than ever. Dress Shirt, Casual Shirt, and Hawaiian Shirt are available for both men and women.
Love the biggest content creators in the world? Show your patronage to the likes of Ninja, Shroud, Tim the Tatman and more by picking up these vinyl figures of them from LAMO. Also comes with a bunch of cosmetics to redeem in an online game of the same name.
Is it really Christmas unless you wear a garish sweater that sums up your personality and tastes? These sweaters from Geek Store offer a range of options from different licenses, and you can currently get a half price discount if you purchase two.
Muse, a headband that aids your meditation by measuring your brain to see how calm you are, is both interesting and terrifying for us. Feel free to be our guinea pig and see if any government steals your brainwaves.
Want to learn the guitar but want to avoid a human tutor? This smart guitar from Zivix will show you chords with its fretboard giving you feedback on how you’re performing. Basically, it’s Guitar Hero but teaches you how to play actual guitar.
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