SLIS’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Best Geek Gifts: the best pop culture geek gifts of the year.
**UPDATED with Cyber Monday Deals!
The holidays are almost upon us, can you believe it? Are you panicking about figuring out what geek gifts to buy the picky, pop-culture obsessed nerd in your life?
Well take a deep breath and relax. We have it all worked out for you, with our list of the best movie, TV and other forms of geekery goodness. So whether you’re looking for spectacular gifts for Star Wars junkies, Trekkie’s, Marvel and DC fanboys and girls or other nerd-friendly items we have you covered with items from Thinkgeek, Entertainment Earth, ModCloth and Amazon.
If you want to preview/buy any item, simply click on the product image or text link. We get a portion of each sale which helps keep this site running, so thanks in advance if you buy through us! And I have all Cyber Monday deals highlighted in blue.
Perfect slippers for a walking carpet to walk on carpet.
BLACK FRIDAY DEAL! Only $19.99 (normally $29.99)
The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Concept art from the hotly anticipated Star Wars prequel.
The Princess Diarist
Carrie Fishers juice tell-all from her days as Princes Leia while shooting Stars Wars Episode IV. .
A fashionable and handy carry-on for Jedi’s in training.
A bucket of bolts that’s still full of surprises.
BLACK FRIDAY DEAL! Only $9.99 (normally $19.99)
Your own robot companion for all your top-secret rebel missions (via automobile).
CYBER MONDAY DEAL: 17.99 (normally 29.99)
Ridiculous yet adorbs.
Some fashionable Rogue One gear.
For Sidekicks and Giggles Skater Dress in Chewie – $69.99
Best. Dress. Ever.
For Sidekicks and Giggles Skater Dress in Artoo – $69.99
A close second.
The most stylish way to transport your PB&J.
Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie
An expansive collective tome chronicilling all of McQuarrie’s concept art behind the original Star Wars trilogy.
Star Wars Boba Laptop Backpack
Just make sure you don’t text and walk lest ye fall into a Sarlacc pit.
I don’t really understand the whole Yoda/Santa concept here, but the fact it exists is kinda wonderful.
This year marked the 50th anniversary of Gene Roddenberry’s iconic sci-fi franchise, and here are some great items to mark the occasion.
Live long and wear ugly sweaters…
CYBER MONDAY DEAL: 40% off at $29.99 (normally $49.99)
Am I weird for wanting one of these?
Trekkies can get their nerd rocks off celebrating all the obscure factoids from their favorite show (just don’t invite William Shatner over to play).
RISK Star Trek 50th Anniversary Edition Board Game
Strategize Trek style, with any captain of your choosing.
The Mysterious World of Doctor Strange
For newbies in love with the new film, here’s a primer on all things wonderfully weird about Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme.
The greatest gift for the smartass in your life.
Tis the season to dress like a foul-mouthed superhero.
CYBER MONDAY DEAL: 40% off at $29.99 (normally $49.99)
Batman Vinyl Clock
Holy Bat-vinyl timepiece Batman!
Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Box Set
Wonder Woman is going to have a busy 2017. This 75th collection is a perfect primer for those wanting to familiarize themselves with Earth’s most heroic Amazon.
Wonder Woman – Handmade Vinyl record wall clock
Justice Served Hot Mug – $14.99
Even superheroes need a caffeine jolt in the morning.
The Big Book of Girl Power (DC Super Heroes)
This book is the perfect introduction for young girls to a lifetime of comic geekery and good life lessons of empowerment.
For the preppy Punisher fan.
Batman: Facts and Stats from the Classic TV Show
Batman: A Celebration of the Classic TV Series
Two new behind-the-scenes books from the iconic 60’s Bat-series.
The iconic Frank Miller tale in handsome hardbound edition.
A mad parody of the beloved children’s classic. I know what I’m getting my baby for Christmas now!
Don’t go into a bank wearing this. I don’t think they’ll see you as the hero.
For the power-hungry caffeine addicted Marvel fan.
The most heroic of kitchen accoutrements.
CYBER MONDAY DEAL: currently only $14.99 (normally $24.99)
A Groot Mr. Potato! What’s not to love?
The backpack which all other geek backpacks must now be measured against.
ALL THINGS ALIEN
Hallmark 2016 Christmas Ornament Alien Queen from Aliens Ornament
Nothing says ’tis the season like a murderous mother of alien parasites.
Aliens: The Set Photography
Brand new book featuring many never-before-seen production stills from James Cameron’s blockbuster sci-fi-sequel
Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report
Mock files from the shadowy corporation of the Alien universe, which acts as a primer for all the essential need-to-know elements of the variable franchise before Alien: Covenant drops in May.
Keep it at a safe distance while opening bottles.
A must have for Alien fanatics.
MISC: The Best of The Rest
Everyone’s favorite show of 2016 had an amazing score by Austin group S U R V I V E. Now you can gift their two soundtrack volumes to the biggest fan of this 80s-tastic series.
El in shaved head and wigged form.
Barb was the Boba Fett of Stranger Things: she was hardly in it, died unceremoniously, yet became a fan favorite. And now she’s forever memorialized in Funko Pop form.
Two must have items for Bowie and Henson fans.
Legendary Big Trouble In Little China Board Game
If you know anyone obsessed with all things Pork Chop Express, buy THIS.
CYBER MONDAY DEAL: 30% off at $27.99 (normally $79.99)
Because I had to include at least one item for Pokémon junkies.
And something for Potter fans to drool over…or under.
CYBER MONDAY DEAL! Only $34.99 (normally $49.99)
I don’t know why you’d want to wear a shirt from this weird-ass disturbing children’s film. But it exists for that special someone.
A perfect gift for Christmas-time. Just keep away from water.
Keepsakes from the unstoppable Christmas classic.
Cute and colorful Twilight Zone figurines to gaze at during commercial breaks for the upcoming Twilight Zone New Year’s Marathon.
Twenty Five Mystery Science Theater 3000 Films That Changed My Life In No Way Whatsoever
TVs Frank recounts the MST3K films that left a lasting mark on his experience with the movie riffing cult series.
The Jaws Log: Expanded Edition (Shooting Script)
All you’d ever want to know about Stephen Spielberg’s classic film.
Duddy In Motion Custom Prints
Before we wrap things up, I must give a shout out to my friend Dustin Pace who does amazing custom prints from current and classic horror films, like the above piece from The VVITCH. Click here to see his work.
Well that concludes our guide for the must-have holiday geek gifts from 2016. You can click here for more ideas from our 2015 edition, and be sure to check out our lists of best music box sets and Blu-ray gift suggestions as well.
Be sure to check back over the next week as I’ll be updating with any Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals!