For the most part, gifts for geeks sort of suck. No, I don't need another pair of Star Trek socks.
This gift guide is for the more refined shopper, someone hoping to get something for a friend of family member that will elicit a bona fide "wow" rather than another trinket tucked away in the closet. So let's dig in.
For someone who’s always wanted their own Defender of the Universe
Lego Ideas is a hub of creative ideas from Lego lovers who want to see some of their dream sets come to life. Not all ideas get the go ahead, but we were lucky enough this year to be blessed with Lego's 2321-piece Voltron set. Not only can you create Voltron, but you can also create the five lions and it comes with a huge sword as a bonus.
For Star Wars fans willing to dig a little deeper
One of our favorite things about Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi is that it feels inspired by other films rather than just trying to mimic Star Wars itself. Along with other movies like Bridge on the River Kwai and Three Outlaw Samurai, the 1960 film Letter Never Sent helped the film feel grounded, like the audience was really in the moment with the characters. In fact, Johnson was so inspired by the Soviet adventure drama set in Siberia that before shooting The Last Jedi.
For the Jurassic Park addict who thinks they could run a better dino park
So Dr. Hammond wasn’t great at running a dino park, but maybe you can do better when you play Dinosaur Island. One of our favorite board games of 2018, Dinosaur Island puts you and three friends in control of your own dino-packed theme park. If you ever wanted to live your own Jurassic Park, now's the time.
For the Muad'dib disciple who can’t wait for Denis Villeneuve’s Dune
Frank Herbert's Dune is one of the most important works of science fiction ever written. Its fingerprints can be seen all over science fiction, and now , Denis Villeneuve, is going to take a crack at adapting for the big screen in 2019. So it's more than necessary that the biggest Dune fan in your life also has one of the most spectacular editions of the 1965 classic from Folio Society.
For the Whovian who’s very excited for the show’s first female Doctor
2018 marked the first year that Doctor Who, a show that's been around since the 60s, finally casted a woman in the lead role. This Barbie, complete with sonic screwdriver, borrows actress Jodie Whittaker's own Gallifreyan style for a Barbie that's more than worth your money.
For the DM with a special love for dice
If a sword needs a sheath then a D&D player's dice need the same protection as well. Wyrmwood that protect and store your favorite set of dice. You can get the most basic vault, like this one made from Red Oak, for only $25. But you can get really fancy an opt for a vault made from Gabon Ebony for $125. And the best part? It's all hand made.
For that Magic fan who won’t shut up about that one card
Play Magic: The Gathering long enough, and you're bound to have a favorite card. Whether it's Black Lotus, another Power Nine, or something a bit more modern, you can get a custom crafted wooden replica of any favorite card. It's likely the most unique gift they'll get all year.
For the Star Wars fan who needs a cozy refuge after reading angry Last Jedi comments on YouTube
It was a tough year to be a Star Wars fan. , endless apocalyptic prophesies surrounding the Star Wars end times, and vitriolic comments denigrating everything The Last Jedi. If you have a friend or loved one who actually liked the movie (like we did), they likely need some comfort right now. This blanket should do the trick.
For the Trek fan who wants to know the literary sea captain behind James T. Kirk
In Gene Roddenberry's original pitch for Star Trek, he described its main hero as a "space-age captain Horatio Hornblower." The comparison would stick as facets of Hornblower would go on to exemplify captains in almost every Star Trek series. Written by C.S. Forester as a composite of British national heroes Horatio Nelson and Lord Cochrane, this series of books (nine in total) gives a great glimpse into Star Trek's origin story.
For the gamer with an insatiable love of everything retro
It's a golden age for the retro gamer. This year Sony announced the PlayStation classic, following Nintendo's formula for classic consoles by downsizing the original PlayStation and packing it full of classic games, including Final Fantasy VII, Crash Bandicoot, and Resident Evil. If Nintendo is more your speed, you can finally snatch up a or Classic as well.
For the ultimate Kubrick fan in your life
For every amazing work of science fiction, there's an equally amazing artist behind it. For Star Wars, it was Ralph McQuarrie's artistic vision that brought a galaxy far, far away to life. And for Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, it's Harry Lange. This beautiful artbook explores Lange's process as he ventured to help create the greatest sci-fi film of all time.
For the audiophile in a galaxy far, far away
Aside from George Lucas, no one deserves as much credit for creating Star Wars as John Williams. Instantly memorable and unforgivingly epic, Williams' score adds so much to the film that watching A New Hope on mute should be a crime against humanity. This 40th anniversary edition of Williams' score is the ultimate collector's item for any Star Wars fan. The record also when playing—just to sweeten the deal.
For the sci-fi geek with an art history degree
To put it simply, Chris Foss is the artist who created the look of sci-fi. His work graces the covers of some of the genre's greatest novelists, including Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, and Philip K. Dick. Foss also did concept art for Alejandro Jodorowsky's Dune, which sadly was never made, but Jodorowsky would go on to say that Foss "was a true angel, a being as real and as unreal as his spaceships." from the never-made Dune, but Foss' .
For the comic reader ready to go digital
Why give the gift of one comic when you can give 20,000? Marvel Unlimited is a subscription service that provides access to almost every Marvel title you can think of—past and present. So if you're hunting for a gift for someone new to comics or looking to reread some older issues, Unlimited is definitely the way to go. The app is also only 6 months behind new comics, so you want be too out of the loop.
At either $70-$100 a year—depending on your friend's comic devotion—a person can more than make up the cost by just reading a couple dozen comics throughout the year. The service launched back in 2007, and while the app has had some significant growing pains throughout the years, it's now pretty reliable and well-designed.
Simply put, it's the best and most cost-effective thing you could give your comic-loving friend.
For the friend who lives and dies by the d20
Whether a Dungeon Master or humble PC, every hero or heroine needs representation in the most spectacular fashion possible. That's why a gift card to Hero Forge would make any dedicated Dungeons & Dragons player love you for life. With varying prices depending on what material you want to spring for, your friend can go online and custom make his or her exact character—armor and all.
Just hope that they don't get struck by a Beholder's Disintegration Ray the next time they play.