2018 is now upon us, and it’s safe to say that 2017 was one of the best years for nerds yet. The Nintendo Switch was finally released, Breath of the Wild released and it’s one of the best Zelda games, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi was absolutely great.
That’s not even talking about anything that happened in the super hero world, either. With all of those nerdy franchises hitting big last year, there were tons of new geek toys and cool stuff that hit the market for us to buy for our loved ones.
There are tons and tons of great geek gifts to buy right now, and we wouldn’t be able to sleep in our adult footie pajamas at night if we didn’t provide our readers and fellow nerds with an ultimate list of nerdy gift ideas for 2018.
So if you’re looking for something fun and nerdy for a friend or loved one, or you’re looking for a celebratory gift for gamers, movie-lovers or TV bingers, we’ve got you covered. Here are the 101 best geek gifts for nerds in 2018:
5 Quick Picks (Our Favs!!)
- Rick and Morty Pickle Rick Cushion | $18.99 | Buy it at Merchoid
- Kymera Magic Wand Remote Control | $59.97 | Buy it on Amazon
- Google Home Speaker | $99.99 | Buy it at Target
- Nintendo Switch | $299.99 | Buy it on Amazon
- Cougar Armor Gaming Chair | $299.99 | Buy it on Amazon
1. Rick and Morty Cushions – $21.99
If you know someone who was stoked when Dan Harmon announced that there will be 70 more Rick and Morty episodes, they’ll likely be equally stoked to get a cool Rick and Morty cushion. There’s Pickle Rick (the obvious favorite here), Morty, and regular Rick.
2. Google Home – $99
The newly announced Google Home is at the top of our wishlist this year, as it comes in at $50 less than the Amazon Echo (which, for the record, you could also buy for us if you’d like). Google Home looks cooler, with a machine white top and replaceable bottom grille that comes in a variety of colors to swap out to match your home decor.
It basically works just like Amazon Echo, where you say a trigger phrase (it’s “OK Google” like it is on any Android smartphone) and then ask it a question or tell it to do something.
Ordering AI around has never been more enjoyable, and we can’t wait to get our hands on one this holiday season. For now, if you want to know more, you can read more about Google Home specs and exactly what it does here.
But just know that it’s one of the most useful geek gifts on this list, and unlike an Amazon Echo, the Google Home can actually hear and understand you.
3. Solar Orbit Necklace – $39.99
This is an amazing gift for any girl inspired by the stars. Made with real semi-precious stones and featuring all nine planets (solidarity with Pluto), this necklace also includes the moon, and the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. The whole thing measures an approximate 18″ long, and a little comet-tailed extender adds another 3″, just in case. You can get it in brass plated or sterling silver, but be warned: for those buyers with nickel allergies, this star system may have trace elements.
Price: $39.99/each for brass plated, $59.99/each for sterling silver via ThinkGeek
4. Where’s the Wookiee Book
Remember those annoying Where’s Waldo books? Now there is a Star Wars version titled Where’s the Wookiee. It’s still annoying, but at least you’re on the hunt for Chewie instead of some dude in a red-striped shirt.
5. Deadpool Monopoly Collector’s Edition – $39.99
6. Zombie LittleLazies Vinyl Figures – $20
Funko isn’t the only company making cool shelf toys. LittleLazies, a company on Etsy, makes these absolutely awesome figures that sit between 2-3″ tall, and each comes with an Adoption Card that lists its name, likes and dislikes. The Zombie LittleLazies are our favorite of the bunch.
7. Zombie Head Cookie Jar – $24.99
This Zombie Head Cookie Jar is one of our favorite geek gifts, because it looks like you’re eating zombie brains…which has a tinge of irony. If he or she is a zombie enthusiast, then the Zombie Head Cookie Jar is a fantastic choice.
8. Logitech G633 Artemis Gaming Headset – $95.99
A great headset is an important accessory for any gamer, and the best headset under $200 is the new Logitech G633. It comes with 7.1 Dolby surround sound, works with PC, Xbox One AND PS4 (one headset to rule them all), and you can mix in another audio source directly into the headset so you can listen to music and play your video games at the same time. It also has cool-looking lights, and that’s always great.
Price: $99.99 (33 percent off MSRP)
9. The League of Regrettable Superheroes: The Failed Heroes
The League of Regrettable Superheroes is an absolutely brilliant book that delves into the failed superheroes of our past. It’s the perfect nerdy gift idea for the comic book enthusiast.
In fact, we have this very same book on our coffee table at home, and every single time someone new comes into our home and sees it, they chuckle.
10. Star Wars Sphero BB-8
Last year, the new wave of Star Wars toys from The Force Awakens light the internet ablaze when they were announced, and the most impressive of that new round of toys was the Sphero BB-8 app-enabled droid that allows users to guide the BB-8 with a smartphone. Now, this year, Sphero has added an incredibly cool BB-8 with a Force Band that allows you to move the droid using gestures, making it look like you’re using the force to do so.
11. Green Galaxy Bedding Set
Sleep on a bed of a stars with the Green Galaxy Bedset, transporting you to dreams filled with sci-fi adventures.
12. Stranger Things Dart Nesting Plush – $24.99
Looking for geek gifts for someone who LOVES Stranger Things? Check out this awesome Stranger Things Dart Nesting Plush from ThinkGeek. It’s each version of Dustin’s pet from Season 2, in a much cuter plush form.
13. Kymera Magic Wand Remote Control – $59.97
The Kymera Magic Wand Remote Control is a universal remote control that allows users to control most home electronics with unique gestures (like you’re casting a spell). It’s highly reviewed on Amazon.
14. Minimalist Superhero Vintage Movie Posters
One great nerdy gift is some cool wall art, like these Minimalist Superhero Vintage Movie Posters. There are DC and Marvel superheroes available, and they’re just $32.23 for a set of 5.
15. Xbox One S – $242
The new Xbox One S brings the Xbox One to an entirely new level. No longer is it a big, hulking box, but it also offers incredible value. Now, it comes with a full game download of Battlefield 1 — which is incredible, by the way — as well as a full month of EA Access. As far as the console itself is concerned, it now has 4K capabilities with HDR technology for the best-looking Xbox gaming experience.
It’s also slightly faster than the original 2013 Xbox One, and quieter. Basically, it’s the Xbox One that should’ve released at launch. If you don’t want to spring for the Xbox One X, the Xbox One S is a great option. If you need help choosing between the Xbox One S and the Xbox One X, check out Microsoft’s own buyer’s guide.
Price: $242.00 (19 percent off MSRP)
16. Ice Orb Floating Bluetooth Speaker
The Ice Orb Floating Bluetooth Speaker is a cool and nerdy gift because it is one of the most unique speakers we’ve ever seen. Instead of sitting on your desk or bookshelf, the speaker floats in mid-air (while its base sits on your desk or bookshelf).
17. Loot Crate
Loot Crate has become wildly popular this year. Basically, you sign up for a Loot Crate subscription box every month, and the company will ship out a box of toys, books, comics books and shirts worth over $40. Each month has a new theme, and you’ll typically get Funko Pop vinyls, great books and cool toys.
Price: Starting at $11.95/month
18. Nerdy Backpack
There are so many different great geek backpacks that we couldn’t limit ourselves to picking just one. After all, there are all different sorts of nerds. So whether you’re into Doctor Who, Nintendo, Marvel or Star Wars, there’s a nerdy backpack for you.
Check out our list of the 10 best geek backpacks for some options.
19. Back to the Future: The Complete Adventures Blu-Ray Set – $50.11
With Back to the Future seeing a major resurgence in popularity this year (thanks to the movie’s future taking place in October 2015), Universal has put together a complete blu-ray set which includes the original trilogy and the complete TV series. It’s a great nerd gift for any BTTF lover (read: Everyone).
20. Funko Dorbz
Funko also has these cute Dorbz that are all similar to their original line-up of cool vinyl figures, but are a different sort of cute. There are many Dorbz available, but the new Marvel Dorbz are our choice.
Price: Starting at $6.99
21. Elgato Game Capture HD60
Capturing gameplay has become all of the rage this year, and the Elgato Game Capture HD60 is one of the best game capture cards available. It will give your favorite nerd the ability to control their Xbox One/PS4/Wii U Twitch streaming capabilities with ease.
Price: $149.99 (17% off MSRP)
22. Dromida RC Rally Car
While most people typically associate RC cars with being geared towards kids, there are plenty of incredible higher-end RC cars that adults will love as well. For example, the Dromida Rally Car, a great four wheel drive RC car designed to be super fast and agile while being easy to control. (Check out the official specs here).
It can hit impressive speeds, and it has a foam front bumper so that it won’t easily break on impact. It’s a great RC car to get into the RC hobby, and if you follow us on Instagram at all, you know that we’re all about RC stuff.
23. Fallout 1:1 Plasma Rifle Replica – $119
This will be available Holiday 2018, but for now, you can pre-order it. And you should. Because it’s awesome.
24. Pixel Heart Heat Changing Mug
So. Many. Heat. Changing. Mugs. But that’s good, right? It’s especially good because of how much coffee and hot chocolate you drink. The Pixel Heart Changing Mug has a heart that fills up with the heat, as though your beverage is replenishing your health. It’s awesome.
25. Darth Vader Shower Head
You’ve probably seen this floating around the web over the past couple of weeks, as it has quickly become a popular item. The Darth Vader Shower Head will shower them with the dark side.
26. Game of Thrones Monopoly
Instead of buying Boardwalk and Park Place, the Game of Thrones Monopoly allows players to buy King’s Landing and Braavos. The board is beautifully designed, and makes the perfect Game of Thrones gift for the nerd in your life. Of course, Monopoly ruins relationships, so if you’re looking for other 2 player board games, we’ve got a list of the best.
Price: $41.75 (30 percent off MSRP)
Splendor has taken off in 2015. It’s a multiplayer board game first published last year. The game is all about resource management, tasking players with being merchants of the Renaissance who are buying gem mines, transportation and shops. Yes, it’s as addictive as it sounds, and as BoardGameGeek points out, it’s super simple with a very low complexity rating.
Price: $26.29 (34 percent off MSRP)
28. Viotek GN32LD Curved Gaming Monitor
Viotek’s 32″ curved gaming monitor is incredible, and it comes at a great price tag. It’s vibrant, looks great, and takes your gaming and Netflixing to the next level. (You can read our full review here).
29. Netgear Nighthawk X8 Tri-Band Gaming Router
Netgear’s router quality is unmatched, and the Netgear Nighthawk X8 Tri-Band Gaming Router is a top-notch option. It allows for the fastest wi-fi speeds available, up to 5.3Gbps, and it delivers up to four data streams on each wi-fi band. It’s incredibly easy to setup and get working with all of the latest game consoles, and before they know it, they’ll be playing Overwatch while streaming on Twitch without any lag at all. I’ll note that Netgear just introduced the Nighthawk X10 router as well, which admittedly comes with an added “cool” factor for simply being new, but it comes in at $140 more and it’s overkill in most cases. You can read more about the best gaming routers here.
Price: $337.98 (16 percent off MSRP)
30. It’s Dangerous To Go Alone Take This T-Shirt
The Legend of Zelda is undeniably a gem. Sure, it’s a difficult game, but luckily, controllers were attached to the console with a wire during the time of its release, so throwing your controller wasn’t much of an option. But one of the most memorable and most quoted lines in a video game to date remains a line from the original NES game. Now, get the line “It’s dangerous to go alone. Take this.” on a T-shirt that will surely become one of his/her favorite shirts.
Price: $18.99-$22.99 (Dependent on size)
31. Nintendo Switch
Nintendo has undeniably struck gold in 2017 with the release of the Nintendo Switch, their newest home console/handheld hybrid. Sure, the Switch had a shaky launch line-up, but now there are so many great games to play that we don’t know how we’re going to play them all. Let’s not forget that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild — likely our pick for GOTY — is a Switch exclusive, so that alone is enough to warrant the purchase.
A tip of the hat to Heavy.com’s list of the hottest toys of 2018 for the obvious suggestion that we didn’t even think of.
32. Rebel Alliance Print Infinity Scarf
33. Doctor Who Tardis Subtle Suit Jacket
There are many different varieties of these nerdy suit jackets over at Fun.com, including comic book-themed ones as well. Our favorite? The Doctor Who Tardis Suit Jacket. They’re all subtle, which is what makes them such a great choice.
34. Rick and Morty Neon Rick T-Shirt
35. Zelda Link Beanie with Elven Ears
Want Link’s ears? Check out the Zelda Link Beanie, complete with Elven ears for your next adventure.
36. Cuphead Funko Pops
More forgiving than the game, we promise. These Cuphead Funko Pops will be available in December, and you can pre-order them now.
37. Porg Plush Toy
The best Porg plush toy is a Target exclusive. So soft, so cuddly. Check out more of the best Porg toys here.
38. BB-9E Droid by Sphero
The evil version of Sphero’s BB-8 app-enabled droid is even cooler, and we’ll be introduced to BB-9E when The Last Jedi hits theaters in December.
39. Dungeons & Dragons Mind Flayer Trophy Plaques
Undeniably impressive D&D mounted head plaques. They’re ridiculously cool, albeit super expensive. If you’re looking for their big Christmas gift, these are a great option.
40. SteelSeries Arctis 3 (New Colorways!!)
We’ve loved SteelSeries’ Arctis 3 headset since it hit the market last year. Its incredibly comfortable and versatile, as it can be used both for gaming and on the go. Last month, the Arctis 3 got 3 new colorways, including this slate Blue one that looks great.
41. Yoshi Lounger
You’re not living your best life if you’re not lounging around in a Yoshi onesie.
42. Pokemon Glass Christmas Tree Ornaments
These glass Pokemon tree ornaments will make a great addition to their Christmas tree.
43. SCUF Infinity Custom Controllers (Xbox One, PS4)
Giving a customized, high quality controller is the real way to say I love you to a gaming nerd in 2017, and SCUF Gaming is your go-to source for creating custom controllers. There are SCUF Infinity controllers available for Xbox One and PS4, so regardless of what platform they prefer, you can give them the gift of customization.
Check out our review of these controllers here.
Price: Starting at $119
44. Tracer Nendoroid
Overwatch has taken over the world, so it’s likely that they’re playing it. If they’re into Blizzard’s latest, check out the Tracer Nendoroid figure. Note: there’s also a Mercy figure on the way in 2018.
See Also: Best Overwatch Merchandise
Price: $43.93 (23 percent off MSRP)
45. LIFX Mini
LIFX’s smart wi-fi bulbs are vibrant, easy to setup, and don’t require a hub. They work in conjunction with Amazon’s Alexa, as well as IFTTT (the greatest thing ever made, if you ask us). With these bulbs, I can be alerted visually when certain things happen (for example, whenever our official Twitter receives a mention or when it’s going to snow outside). There are a lot of possibilities, and if you want to give them the gift of color, the LIFX Minis are a great option.
46. Cougar Armor Gaming Chair
Gaming chairs make a great main Christmas gift, and there are TONS to choose from. Go with a quality brand like Cougar, though; you get what you pay for.
47. Super Mario Odyssey
Super Mario Odyssey is going to be the most gifted video game of 2017, as it’s on everyone’s wishlist this year. Switch owners have been waiting patiently for their first Mario adventure, and later this month, we’ll finally get it. Mario + a sentient hat? Count us in!
Price: $47.99 w/ Amazon Prime
48. The Nightmare Before Christmas Knit Scarf
49. Bob’s Burgers Ugly Holiday Sweater
It should be no secret that we LOVE Bob’s Burgers, and it’s one of the most popular animated shows on TV right now. Bob’s Burgers + Christmas Sweater = gold.
50. Harry Potter Monster Book of Monsters
If you recognise this gorgeous Breath of the Wild inspired watch by ThinkGeek, then good eye! It was featured by Rhys in November, and they liked it so much that they requested it go on this list too! This beautiful, officially licensed merchandise is perfect for the Legend of Zelda fan on your list, or as a personal gift to yourself. Then, you too can be a Hero of Time when you’re the only one at the company Christmas party who remembered to wear a watch.
This stainless steel timepiece and engraved faux leather band are sure to turn heads whether they know it’s from Breath of the Wild or not. Featuring a gunmetal finish and the signature Breath of the Wild blue on the face of the watch with a gold Sheikah symbol front and centre, nobody can argue how stunningly crafted this wristwatch is. There are three hands that measure the time for you, making sure you know down to the last second how long it took you to get through the Vah Ruta (Water Temple) this time around.
Price: $39.99/each via ThinkGeek
52. MunchPak Subscription
Recently reviewed by our illustrious leader, this subscription box has made the best impression. As part of our new SnackMuch? destination, we decided to dive in headfirst and have a snack-tastic travel around the world. These monthly subscription boxes feature treats from all over the world, shipped to your door monthly by subscription.
These subscription boxes come in three sizes, as Bobby mentioned in his review: the MunchPak Mini (5+ snacks starting at $14.95), the standard MunchPak (10+ snacks starting at $24.95), and the FamilyPak (20+ snacks starting at $44.95). Each of these Paks can be customised to your own flavour preferences, and can even include drink options for additional cost. One superb thing about the MunchPak subscription, though, is that they make an effort not to give you the same snack twice. Global snacking, here I come!
Price: MunchPak featured in the image above starts at $24.95/pack of ten via MunchPak
53. Mr. Fusion Car Charger
Though not quite so efficient as to run off of banana peels, this awesome Back to the Future licensed car charger is sure to give you an edge in your time-travelling adventures.
Capable of fitting into a standard-sized cupholder and charging your devices off of your 12V vehicle power adapter (or cigarette lighter), this charger is compatible with any device that charges via a USB cable (not included), with room for two cables at a time. If you’ve got a deeper cupholder, no worries; the base extends telescopically to accommodate. The Mr. Fusion is an approximate 7″ tall, and has a 36″ power plug that extends out the back for charging back up.
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Price: $22.99 via ThinkGeek
54. Star Wars Lightsaber Heat Change Mug
There are quite a few of these cool heat changing mugs available, but the one that we like the most is the Star Wars Lightsaber Heat Change Mug. When the cup gets hot, the lightsabers “light up.” There are plenty of other Star Wars mugs available, too.
You can also check out our round-up of awesome Star Wars Christmas Decorations here.
Price: $12.35 + $8 shipping
55. Star Trek Schematic Illuminated LED Display
Space. The final frontier. These are the schematics of the USS Enterprise.
Now you too can have a map of every jefferies tube on the ship for the next time the Warp Core goes into meltdown. This LED display features a 7-color cycle for your own personal preference, and two interchangeable engraved acryllic plates that feature schematics of the Enterprise from both The Original Series and The Next Generation‘s ships. The base of this display is powered one of two ways: either from two AA batteries (not included), or by a USB cord (cord included). The whole thing measures approximately 10 1/2″ wide x 8 1/2″ tall including the base, with the base itself measuring 1.57″ tall x 6.875″ diameter.
Price: $39.99/each via ThinkGeek
Finally, you can go on away missions and still be in contact with the rest of your crew. Introducing the ThinkGeek exclusively designed Bluetooth TNG ComBadge. With a wireless range of 33 feet, and a magnetic connection to make sure your uniform remains up to Starfleet regulation, this ComBadge is perfect for any diehard Trekkie.
This nifty little communicator connects to your mobile device using a Bluetooth 4.2 connection, and has the ability to answer and end your phone calls, play and pause music music, or access various Apple, Google, and Android assistants with just a touch. The badge is built with micro-speakers from Massive Audio, and features noise suppression and echo cancelling technology for clear communications. The badge measures an approximate 1.65″ x 2.08″ x 0.36″, and comes with a micro-USB cable for easy charging.
The best part, I’ve saved for very last. In addition to all the awesome features above, the ComBadge also has one unique feature that will have you “engage” maximum warp on your way to checkout: the ComBadge plays the classic communicator chirp when you press it, providing you with the most realistic ComBadge experience to date!
Price: $69.95/each via Amazon
I don’t think anybody can argue that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt had a sub-par soundtrack. Or gameplay. Or graphics. Honestly, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is just all around amazing.
Now, you can listen to the full 63 tracks with a quality that only vinyl records can bring. These four LP’s (which stands for “Long Play”) provide a grand total of 2.5 hours of epic music that you can listen to while you’re questing, bulking up your Gwent deck, or assembling that life-sized unicorn in your bedroom. You know, that unicorn.
Each of these pressed vinyl LP’s are colour coded, too! The white records are for the core game music, while the red and blue records are for the Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine DLC’s soundtracks respectively. All this gorgeous music is packed into a beautifully illustrated cover, featuring a towering Leshen silhouette on the front, and a full three-panel continuous illustration on the inside.
Price: $54.99/each via ThinkGeek
This backpack is based off of the new addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe by route of Thor: Ragnarok: Valkyrie. Made from faux leather in sensible colours and touches of gold appliqué, this mini backpack is perfect for any former warrior of Asgard.
This mini backpack has two zipper-close pockets, the main pocket at the top, and another smaller pocket at the front. The interior is fully lined with fabric printed with the name “Valkyrie”, and the two pockets on either side are the same blue-hue as Valkyrie’s cape. The bag measures approximately 11″ x 9.75″ by 5.25″, and the strap can extend between 26″ and 33″.
Price: $69.99/each via ThinkGeek
Have you ever looked at a toddler’s light-up shoes, and thought ‘Wow, I wish I had something like that as an adult, but you know, classier.’ Well, now you can with these LED heels by Irregular Choice.
These 3.75″ black glittering heels are hooked up with 10 bright white LED lights to make every step just a bit more starlit. The shoes feature a scalloped edge and hand-crafted diametric bow, with glitter and fabric on the exterior and a floral interior. Everything is finished off with a strap across the dorsal of your foot so there’s no risk of pulling a Cinderella.
Price: $159.99/pair via ThinkGeek
Have your dreams of becoming Mother of Dragons come true with your very own hatching dragon eggs. These scaled candles hatch a baby dragon of either black, green, or red colouring as they burn. You won’t know which you get when you order it, though, which makes the whole process that much more exciting!
Each egg measures 5″ x 4″, and weighs approximately 15oz. Don’t try to make an omelette with it, though, since baby dragons aren’t really that keen on being scrambled.
Price: $35.99/each via ThinkGeek
Resistance is futile when it comes to getting this fridge. Even if you don’t need a fridge, even if you already have one… You will become one with the Collective… I mean, ah, you will add it to your collection. Yes, that’s what I meant.
This slightly chilling fridge (ha) is a great addition to any nerd cave. It’s capable of being powered by both a 120V AC plugin (standard wall outlet) or a 12V DC plugin (like the cigarette lighter in your car) so it is great for both at home and on-the-road. The fridge is also capable of either cooling or heating, which of course, makes it very adaptable (as any good Borg should be).
The Borg state that this 11.5″ cubed Cube glows green both within the interior, and through the gaps in the dark exterior. It has a capacity of nine cans, and has a locking mechanism in place to make sure nobody… I mean nothing escapes. The rubber feet on the ground prevent damage to the bottom of the unit. It also comes with a 4ft. power cord to ensure that it can travel a fair distance from its Hub…. I mean plugin.
Price: $89.99/each via ThinkGeek
Introducting His Majesty the Goblin King, in all his glittering glory. This, folks, is a ThinkGeek exclusive Funko POP! figure of the late, great David Bowie’s iconic character from Labyrinth. According to ThinkGeek, the original Jareth Funko POP! was just far too… Plain. That just simply won’t do.
This vinyl figurine is festooned head to foot in gold and silver glitter and features Jareth’s owl cloak. His Majesty is holding a crystal in one hand, and has winged eyeliner rad enough to make grown women cry (I’ve seen it). It stands an approximate 3.75″ tall, as is standard for Funko POP! figures.
Price: $11.99/each via ThinkGeek
63. Kano DIY Computer Kit (Complete)
This has got to be one of the coolest 6+ kids toys that has hit the market in the last year. Ever wanted to give the child in your life a head-start on coding, computer programming, or game development? Look absolutely no further, because you’ve found it.
The computer kids from Kano are an incredible, fun way to teach your kid these amazing skills without having to wait for them to learn it in school. Or, you could get it for yourself! It does say six years and up, after all. These kits come with over a hundred challenges and learning tools that will help them learn how to build a computer from the circuitry up.
Price: $249.99 via Target
With so much Star Trek stuff on this list, I felt it only right to add a bit of Star Wars, too. Don’t worry, there will be more later. This shirt, though, is a great jumping off point for some pretty awesome stuff coming later on.
Featuring the iconic main characters from The Force Awakens, this shirt urges you to join the Resistance against the First Order. The shirt is a men’s 100% white cotton, emblazoned with the word “Resist” with the characteristic Starbird of the Resistance in the R.
Price: $14.99/each via ThinkGeek
Having recently hopped on the Stranger Things bandwagon myself, and with Season 3 having been recently confirmed by Netflix, it would be stupid not to include an unofficial manual to help you catch up on all the best information on Stranger Things. And I’m not stupid.
Now, you can have some reading material for your morning coffee and contemplation, with a side of Eggos, of course. Or if it’s more to your fancy, the book includes a track list of 80’s music that you can play while you check out even more conspiracy theories from the show (vodka not included).
Price: $12.80 via Amazon
Besides the amazing story and characters, one of the best things about Stranger Things is the awesome resurgence of D&D merchandise. It makes this nerd very happy.
Enter this incredibly detailed, adjustable Illithid ring. Illithids, otherwise known as Mind-Flayers, are now easily as popular as Beholders and Owlbears in the D&D universe. These tentacled nasties dwell in what’s known as the Underdark, and have a tendency to enslave other races with their psionic abilities.
This ring has all the cool, without any of that unsavory mental domination business. This 1.3″ of tentacled badassery is made from 316 grade surgical steel, which makes it safe for all wearers, even those with nickel allergies. The ring itself is hollow, and ships at a size 7.5, though it’s adjustable with a little heat and the right application of force.
Warning: if you experience any loss of free will, or periods of your memory become suspiciously blank, please seek out your nearest Guildmaster at once. They will help. For a fee, of course.
Price: $29.99/each via ThinkGeek
Add a little colour to your Captain’s Quarters with these adorable Tiki drinking glasses. This set of six comes to us through the teamwork of ThinkGeek, Gamestop, and Bioware, featuring fan favourites from both The Mass Effect Trilogy and Mass Effect: Andromeda.
These 14oz ceramic tikis measure between 7″ to 8″ tall, with an exterior diameter of anywhere between 2.75″ to 4″, depending upon who the container is depicting. They are dishwasher safe, and are perfect to hold even the strongest of brews. But please, remember to keep your dextro and levo drinks separate, lest you have to call a medic.
Emergency induction ports for Quarian buyers are unfortunately not included.
Price: $79.99/set of 6 via ThinkGeek
Ever felt the urge to take a trip down nostalgia alley (parallel to memory lane, just seedier) and play some good old fashioned retro arcade games? Alas, the arcades of the past are far and few between, but now you can enjoy three classics from the comfort of your own… Backpack?
These miniature retro games are fully functional, and can fit into your hand. Play from either, Pacman, Ms. Pacman, or Space Invaders and relive the days of seeing your name on the highscore list. The games come in full colour with high resolution screens, and hey, no quarters required. Each console is 3.5″ x 1.75″ x 1.8″, with a screen size of no larger than 1.5″, and the consoles run on 3x AAA batteries, which are sadly not included. You can hook up these little units to your favourite bag with their attached 1″ long keychain clip, and take them with you on the go.
Price: $19.99/each via ThinkGeek
69. Mechanical DIY 20 Minute Timer
If you’re a fan of puzzles, or clocks, or just building stuff in general, then you’re going to love this DIY timer.
This set of 107 easily assembled, laser-cut pieces come together to form an exquisite timer that runs off of rubber bands and gravity, using a roller pendulum (Science!) You can set the timer to count anywhere between 1 and 20 minutes, and it will count down those minutes with a soft ticking that steadily grows louder the closer it comes to completion.
These pre-cut pieces take approximately 4 – 5 hours to completely put together, so be sure to make it a weekend project or keep it for a rainy day. Once constructed, the finished product measures about 6.9″ x 3.3″ x 10″, and can be fine-tuned with the included tools.
Price: $39.90 via AMazon
Finally, a fidget toy that makes sense. Practice your attack combos or jump sequences with this 7-button “control” fidget, which is about as big as your thumb.
You can choose between black and colored buttons, and its small size makes it easily fit into your pocket if you need to stow it to use both hands. These fidgets allow you to press, rotate, spin, scratch, and maneuver yourself into a more attentive state, or just help you relax after a stressful day.
Price: $9.99 via Amazon
71. Nintendo Game Boy Classic Heat-Changing Mug
Want a shot of nostalgia with your cup of morning joe? Now you can get that flashback to the good ol’ days with this heat-sensitive coffee mug licensed by Nintendo.
When empty (or when your coffee gets cold) theis mug’s face features a classic Game Boy system that is apparently turned off. However, when a hot beverage is poured into it, the mug displays the starting screen for the 1989 Game Boy title Super Mario Land. It even has that yellow-green background. The 300mL mug is perfect for anybody who spent a lot of their childhood playing these classic handheld games.
Price: $19.99/each via Merchoid
72. LASER X Two Player Laser Tag Gaming Set
Ever wanted to play a sick game of laser tag with your buddy, but didn’t have any laser tag dungeons nearby? Now you can solve all your problems with this set of two laser guns from Laser X. Or at least have a wicked mano a mano duel with your friends.
This pack comes with two battery-operated laser guns and two receiver vests. With a firing range of 200′, you can make this game as epic or as tame as you want. An interactive voice coach gives you real-time feedback during your game, and full-colour lighting effects help you keep score tracking shots and hits.
This set is compatible with all other Laser X sets, so you can play with more than two of your friends, even if they’ve got older sets.
Price: $49.99/each via Amazon
73. The Oregon Trail Card Game
Die of dysentery in new and exciting ways with this throwback to a gaming classic! This card game is for 2 – 6 players, and reflects all the trials and tribulations from the original computer game. Use supply cards, trail cards, and calamity cards to make your way across the Oregon Trail, just like those pioneers of old (except with running water and without leaving your living room).
Each box includes the above mentioned cards as well as a dry-erase scoring track, instructions and dice that determine the outcomes of your caravan’s adventure. This game is recommended for a fun night for players ages 12 and up.
Price: $14.99/each via Amazon
74. Sky Viper V2450 HD Video Streaming Drone with FPV
Get a bird’s eye view with this remote-controlled FPV video streaming drone by Sky Viper.
Use the included headset to feel as if you were right up in the air with the drone, soaring over the landscape. The pivoting camera lets you capture all the incredible sights at every angle. The controller with single-button auto- launch and land and an optional-use pro joystick makes flying around a breeze (ha).
Price: $57.97/each via Amazon
75. Unicorn Hooded Long Sleeve Blanket Sleeper
Get your comfy on with this adorable hooded unicorn lounger by Cat & Jack. Available in Kid’s XS to XL, this is sure to bring joy to the unicorn lover in your family.
This ankle-length onesie lounger is made from soft microfleece polyester, and measures 18.5″ at the inseam. Long sleeves and a zipper closure ensures that wherever your unicorn lover is, they’ll be toasty warm. Plus, with a hood that features the mane, ears, eyes, nose, and of course, unicorn’s horn, they’ll be prancing across rainbows in no time!
Price: $14.99/each via Target
76. Harry Potter Team Player Charm
Show the Potterhead in your life what a keeper you are with this Quidditch-inspired, licensed Harry Potter charm. Featuring brilliant colours and all of the official Quidditch balls, all you need to play now is a broomstick! The charm itself is fashioned after the chest that Oliver Wood uses to teach Harry Potter the basics of Quidditch during Harry’s first year in The Sorcerer’s Stone movie (or The Philosopher’s Stone, for all our non-American readers.)
String this enamel charm onto a chain to make a sweet pendant, or add it to your Lumos charm bracelet to support your House at the Quidditch Cup this year. At the modest size of 3.5″ x 1.77″ x 1.57″, you won’t have to worry about this chest weighing on… Well, your chest.
Price: $29.99/each via Merchoid
77. Smithsonian® 30X Telescope/ Monocular Kit
Have someone in your life who’s always reaching for the stars? Well, now they can see them up close and personal with this awesome 30x Telescope/Monocular from the brilliant minds at the Smithsonian (Yeah, that Smithsonian.)
This durable plastic, kid-sized telescope includes an aluminium tabletop tripod for optimal positioning. It’s dual telescopic and monocular function allows the budding astronomer in your life to develop their interest in nature and space. This instrument is recommended for children ages 8 and up, as there are some small parts that present a choking hazard to younger children.
Price: $28.80/each via Wal-Mart
78. Star Wars: Best Laid Plans T-Shirt
Wear this shirt to the premiere of the recently titled Solo: A Star Wars Story to show your love to Han Solo (don’t worry, he already knows.) The white-on-black shirt features schematics for the Millennium Falcon, which has become an icon of the Star Wars franchise, spanning from the original Trilogy right through to a cameo in The Force Awakens.
The shirt is available in sizes small through extra large, and is a officially licensed Star Wars merchandise.
Price: $25.99 via Merchoid
79. Sony PlayStation VR DriveClub Starter Bundle
Jumpstart your VR experience with this wicked bundle for Sony PlayStation VR. Compatible with your PlayStation 4 console, this starter bundle features a VR headset, a PlayStation camera, two PlayStation Move controllers a DriveClub VR gaming disc, and all the necessary connectors to get you hooked up quickly and painlessly to your existing console.
The 5.7\” OLED 1080p display running up to 120 frames per second will immerse you in gameplay like never before. GEAR UP with the included game (of the same name) and race to the finish line in high-end cars to the fanfare of the crowds in an experience so realistic you might just even smell the burn of rubber.
Price: $477.44/each via Amazon
80. Fitbit® Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband
Get a head start on your New Year’s Resolution with the new Fitbit® model. Track your heart rate, set Reminders to Move, and even your location via GPS. With a multi-sport workout mode, it’s easier than ever to track your trip distance, calories burned, continuous heart rate, and more! Hook up your Fitbit® to your smartphone for even more awesome features.
This water resistant model features daily alarms and stopwatch features, and interchangeable rubber bands for customisability. A single battery charge can last up to 25 hours, so you can make the most of your resolution.
Price: $148.95/each via Amazon
81. Zelda Chess Collector’s Set
Take your fight of good and evil (or Courage and Power, as it were…) to more strategic heights with this exquisite, officially licensed Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time inspired chess set from Merchoid. Defend Hyrule with the gold pieces, with the king piece as the Hero of Time and the queen piece as Zelda herself (eat your hearts out, fanfic writers.) If you are fancying yourself a little more power thirsty, you can play the black pieces, with Ganondorf as the king piece, and Twinrova as the queen.
This fold-open, UV protected chess board measures 16.5″ x 10.5″, and comes with 32 vinyl pieces painted with a metallic finish. The box features a magnetic front closure and windowed packaging, so you can show off your Zelda pride without even opening the box!
Price: $89.99/each via Merchoid
Riding the tailwinds of the Microsoft announcement for Ori and the Will of the Wisps from earlier this year, this plush-pair of Ori and Naru from the original game Ori and the Blind Forest is sure to pull at your heartstrings (and make you want to play the game all over again).
The plush features a 45″ Naru cradling a happily smiling Ori in her arms. Don’t worry, this isn’t that scene, he’s just sleeping and being adorable. Ori is removable, and Naru’s hands can fall to her sides for optimal pillowy fluffiness. Ori, cute little spirit that he is, can glow in the dark. Get this plush this holiday season in celebration of the sequel from Moon Studios, or just to remember a spectacular game.
Price: $74.99/each via Merchoid
Who could resist pleasing these little harvest spirits while playing Stardew Valley? I know I couldn’t.
This adorable, micro-fleece plush is perfect pillow-size, and has positionable arms, legs, and leaf spring. Why not modify your Elf on the Shelf tradition to feature this little cutie instead? The Junimo also features a secret, according to Merchoid, but that is but that “is up to you to find.”
Price: $29.99/each via Merchoid
You Sith out there may have 99 problems, but now, having an awesome handbag ain’t one.
Inspired by the decidedly evil little BB-9E astromech that will be introduced in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, this bag will give all your Resistance-loving buddies chills and send them clutching at their BB-8 paraphernalia. It features black faux leather with printed and embossed detail work in the likeness of BB-9E, including its beady little red eye. Its 8″ x 9.5″ x4″ measurements and zip-around close all work to ensure that nothing can escape your clutches… I mean your clutch.
Price: $0.00/each via Merchoid
Featuring the wildest of the Gotham City Sirens, this shirt is the perfect gift for any DC Universe fan who loves Harley Quinn, but not so much her stint as Mistah J’s personal punching bag.
This shirt features a Harley Quinn inspired by Margot Robbie’s portrayal in Suicide Squad, which was subsequently made comically canon in DC’s Harley Quinn #26. Harley is brandishing one of her signature weapons, and looking like she’s having a grand old time doing it. The colourful image is printed on a black unisex t-shirt base, available between sizes Small and Double XL.
Price: $25.99/each via Merchoid
86. Fallout: Nuclear Winter Onesie
Endure this year’s dystopia a little easier with this cozy, Vault-regulated onesie. Featuring a front-zipper and yellow embroidered detailing, this blue lounger is made from a soft poly-cotton blend and an inner lining of sunny yellow – not that you’ll be seeing the sun much, in the Vault.
Available in sizes Extra Small through Large, this is the perfect piece to snuggle into while you’re playing your favourite Fallout game. What’s more, the pockets set on either side of the zipper are formatted specifically to fit a standard-size gaming controller.
Price: $49.99/each via Merchoid
87. Amazon Echo Dot 2nd Generation
Now you can do more with Alexa from anywhere in your house with the Echo Dot 2nd Gen. from Amazon. This hands-free, voice-controlled device can do essentially everything except tuck you in at night, making it one of the most high-tech home devices to date (additional units needed.)
Alexa will be able to hear you even if you’re across the room listening to the music you asked her to play with her 7 far-field microphones. Get more than one, and the Echo Dot will respond with whichever is closest to you using Echo Spatial Perception (aka ESP).
Price: Starting at $49.99/each (base unit) via Amazon
88. Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit
Do your part for the Resistance by building your own Droid using this awesome littleBits kit. No adult supervision required with this one, kids can follow along the instructions using the downloadable app on their compatible Apple or Android devices.
With all parts included (even a 9V battery) kids can easily build and customize their own Droid. With over 16 missions to complete after construction, kids can improve their Droid’s skills and give them personalities.
Price: $99.00/each via Amazon
89. LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 Building and Coding Kit
Now your little inventor can get creative with this 5 in 1 robot building kit by Lego. Use your tablet (or select Kindle models) to gather building and programming instructions via the Lego BOOST app, and then set to work with this kit of over 840 Lego pieces to let your imaginations run wild.
Each kit comes with the above mentioned Lego pieces, as well as a Lego Move Hub, a color and distance sensor, and an interactive motor. The Move hub utilizes Bluetooth Low energy connectivity, and the sensor sees not only distance and color, but motion too, and can multifunction as a light. You can create and program any number of incredible units, including a robot, a cat, a guitar, a vehicle, and an “auto builder”. As Heavy.com notes, it’s one of the best new toys of 2017.
Price: $159.95/each via Amazon
90. What Do You Meme? Game
Do you have friends who are constantly responding to you in memes? Well, now put their love of internet-humor to good use in this fun adult party game.
Similar to its spiritual counterpart, Cards Against Humanity, the purpose of this game is to create the best caption for the photo provided, with a rotating judge picking the best hand for each round. Featuring a total of 435 playing cars – 360 “caption cards”, and 75 “photo cards”, no two games will be the same.
May the best memelord win.
91. Set of 4 Charming Kitten Measuring Cups
Get a meow-thful (Ha.) of these adorable nesting measuring cups. This set of 4 measuring cups come in cool blue hues, and feature an adorable kitty face, paws, and tail. The cups measure 1/4 cup to 1 cup from small grey to large white, making them a purrfect addition to your confectionary endeavours.
These ceramic measuring cups are sturdy on their four little paws, and are chip and fade-resistant, meaning that you needn’t worry about losing the cuteness anytime soon. What’s more they’re dishwasher safe, maintaining the low-maintenance facade that all cats purpote.
Price: $34.99/set of 4 via Amazon
92. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls Box Set
Do you have a girl in your life that has a problem with (patriarchal) authority? Get your rebel girl this box set of two “good night” storybooks that’ll have her dreaming big.
Filled with a collective of over 200 stories about real, exceptional women, these unique books transform these women’s stories into fairy-tale like narratives. Each story is illustrated by female artists from around the world, bringing to life their biographies like never before.
This boxed set comes with Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, and Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls 2 hardcover books, nestled in a slip-case to protect the covers from damage. With a double-satin bookmark and vegetable- and soy-based inks, you can be sure that these books are of the highest quality.
Price: $65.00/box set via Amazon
93. Sock It To Me Constellations Knee High Socks
When we were kids, we couldn’t imagine getting socks for Christmas – even the idea sucked! But that was before we realized how out of this world socks could be. Now that we’re “adulting,” there’s nothing better than getting a pair of warm fuzzies.
Enter the Sock It To Me constellation socks. These night-sky beauties are perfect for any of you or your female friends who have their sights set on the stars (or who just like really awesome socks). These knee-highs are made from a poly-cotton blend, with a little spandex thrown in for stretchability. They fit ladies’ shoe sizes 5 – 10, which helps all of us take one small step for (wo)man kind.
Price: $15.00/pair via Amazon
94. Pink Octopus Ceramic 3D Coffee Mug with Tentacle Handle
Cthulhu called, and it says you should probably get this mug. But seriously, who doesn’t love cephalopod-inspired drinkware?
This ceramic mug stands an approximate 4.5″ high x 5″ deep, with a diameter of approximately 2.50″, and this fiercely pink octopus can hold an impressive 12 fl. oz. of whatever it takes to get you going. 3D printed tentacles, including the handle, give an awesome tactile experience (but don’t worry, it’s too early for this little guy, too).
Price: $34.99/each via Amazon
95. Star Wars Death Star Hot Air-Style Popcorn Maker
Now you too can make use of the Death Star’s exhaust port with this fun Star Wars popcorn maker. This appliance uses enough hot air to make Kylo Ren jealous, and pops you those fluffy golden pieces of deliciousness in a matter of minutes. The top half of the Death Star comes off, making it double as the perfect bowl to binge watch the original trilogy, or to sneak into the theatre to watch The Last Jedi.
This popcorn maker measures 9″ x 11.5″ x 9″, and will yield an approximate 8 cups of popped corn from 1/2 cup of kernels. Warning, though, adding butter or other oil while popping may lead too close to canon for your liking.
Price: $49.99/each via Amazon
96. MineCraft Good vs. Evil Comforter (Twin)
Creep it real for your Minecraft love with this bedspread set. Featuring the iconic green Minecraft Creeper, this set ensure you have a blast during bedtime.
Suitable for twin-sized beds, this machine-washable set contains everything you need to make your bed Minecraft ready. Included in the set are: a 64″ x 84″ comforter, featuring the face of the dreaded Creeper; a 39″ x 75″ x 10″ patterned grey fitted sheet; a 66″ x 96″ flat sheet with the same patterning as the fitted, and a standard-sized pillowcase featuring a full-body Creeper, along with their ominous “ssSss.” Everything comes in a useful 14″ x 17″ x 8″ tote bag, perfect for easy storage and transport.
Price: From $49.86/each via Amazon
97. Nintendo Entertainment SNES Classic Edition
Do a barrel roll right down nostalgia lane with the SNES Classic Edition by Nintendo.
Hook up your new/old SNES with the included HDMI cable, choose one games on the system and ta daa! You’re in 16-bit heaven. What’s more, you now have access to the newfangled technology of save points. Whenever you want.
The future is amazing, isn’t it?
The package comes with the aforementioned HDMI cable, the console itself, as well as two SNES controllers and 21 pre-installed games, including the never-before released Starfox 2!
Price: $79.99/each via Target
Armor up for the coming of Ragnarok with this licensed Marvel t-shirt. Stylised with a distinctly 80’s vibe, this t-shirt is the perfect thing for MCU fans when you go to see Thor: Ragnarok in theatres.
This shirt is available in men’s small to 3XL, women’s small to XL, and Youth sizes 4 – 12. It features a pink and purple “sunset” motif, with THOR emblazoned across the top, and Thor himself leaping down onto his target in his new armour.
Price: $19.99/each via Amazon
Make your lunch break just a little more witchy with this Harry Potter cauldron. Made to look like the pewter cauldron all students require when attending Hogwarts, you can fill your own with whatever brew you’d like! Coffee, tea, soup, it doesn’t matter!
This ceramic soup mug is 4.25″ tall and 4.5″ in diameter, and holds approximately 6oz of liquid. It comes with a spoon so you can easily stir your brews, and a lid for to keep its contents warm.
Price: $24.99/each via Amazon
They came out with a new set of Harry Potter covers, guys. Shut up and take my galleons. While not the same as the Anniversary edition distributed earlier this year, these covers specially designed by Juniper Books are still very worthy of being added to your collection. Potter purists be warned, though; these books are the American version.
This complete set of all seven Harry Potter books features the new stylised House covers, which you can get as a full set of Slytherin, Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, or Ravenclaw (not pictured). Each set comes nestled in your very own Hogwarts trunk, perfect for any budding wand and wizard
Price: $275.00/set via Amazon
101. Adult Coloring Books
Adult coloring books are all the rage this year, and there are many different books to choose from for their coloring pleasure. There’s a Game of Thrones coloring book, a Harry Potter coloring book, and even a Doctor Who coloring book. There’s also the newly released Mister Sam Shearon’s Creepy Christmas (A Merry Macabre Coloring Book) as well. Choose wisely.
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