10 Splendid Gifts for Royal Family Fanatics

Funko/Amazon
Funko/Amazon

Between the never-ending publicity surrounding Meghan Markle and the long-awaited third season of The Crown on Netflix, Americans seem to be tuning into the intimate goings-on of England’s most famous family now more than ever. From corgi-covered socks to a Kate Middleton fashion coloring book, here are 10 brilliant products to help you showcase your passion for all things royal.

1. Royal Windsor Monopoly; $56

windsor castle monopoly
Winning Moves Games/Amazon

Forget Baltic Avenue and Marvin Gardens—take your tiny top hat on a tour of the Windsor grounds, from St. George’s Chapel to Eton College. This edition of Elizabeth Magie’s classic board game still has many opportunities for taxes, bankruptcy, and jail, but with an undeniable air of sophistication.

Buy It: Amazon

2. Corgi Socks; $7

corgi socks
Hot Sox

Celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s long-standing love for corgis by sporting some of the smiling puppers on your very own two feet.

Buy It: Amazon

3. Princess Diana Funko POP! Doll; $9

princess diana funko pop doll
Funko/Amazon

While you’re waiting to see Emma Corrin portray Princess Diana in season four of The Crown, treat your toy shelf to a Funko Diana doll, clad in her iconic black gown. There are more royal Funkos, too, like Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Harry, and Kate Middleton.

Buy It: Amazon

4. Twinings Earl Grey Tea; $9

twinings earl grey tea
Twinings/Amazon

Twinings has been the official tea supplier of the Royal Household since the 19th century, and according to former royal chef Darren McGrady, the Queen likes Earl Grey the best. If you really want to mirror the monarch’s preferences, add a splash of milk—but skip the sugar.

Buy It: Amazon

5. Royally British Mug; $16

royally british mug
Victoria Eggs/Amazon

What better way to sip the Queen’s favorite tea than from a teacup bearing symbols of her kingdom? Not only is this 12-ounce bone china mug hand-illustrated with Balmoral Castle, Windsor Castle, and Buckingham Palace, it also features all of the UK’s national flowers: England’s rose, Wales’s daffodil, Scotland’s thistle, and Northern Ireland’s shamrock.

Buy It: Amazon

6. Kate Middleton Royal Fashions Coloring Book; $4

kate middleton fashion coloring book
E.R. Miller Designs

Kate Middleton manages to stick to the many royal family fashion rules while still stepping out in some impressively voguish ensembles. Add your own polychromatic flair to her most memorable looks in this coloring book, with special appearances by Prince William and more.

Buy It: Amazon

7. How to Speak Brit; $16

how to speak brit book
Avery/Amazon

Though the royal family doesn’t likely deign to speak the slang of the masses, How to Speak Brit also contains plenty of posh phrases, along with explanations of how they came to be. This dictionary-slash-cultural-study is handy for anyone who watches Downton Abbey, The Great British Bake Off, or any other British television series or film.

Buy It: Amazon

8. LEGO Buckingham Palace Set; $72

lego buckingham palace set
LEGO/Amazon

This 780-piece buildable version of Queen Elizabeth II’s primary residence includes a double-decker bus, black cab, and the Victoria Memorial. It also comes with a booklet on the design, architecture, and history of Buckingham Palace.

Buy It: Amazon

9. Royal Carriage Jewelry Box; $17

qifu royal carriage jewelry box
Qifu/Amazon

We can’t all roll up to special events in a gold-embellished stagecoach, but we can store our jewelry in one. The Fabergé egg-inspired design of this carriage makes it a perfect mantelpiece decoration, too.

Buy It: Amazon

10. Buckingham Palace Jigsaw Puzzle; $30

buckingham palace jigsaw puzzle
Gibsons/Amazon

This 1000-piece puzzle depicts the scene at Buckingham Palace during the Queen’s birthday celebration. In the image, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are trotting off to Horse Guard's Parade for Trooping the Colour, the Queen’s annual inspection of the military.

Buy It: Amazon

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12 Gifts for Star Wars Fans

Otter Box/LEGO, Amazon
Otter Box/LEGO, Amazon

With The Mandalorian continuing to be a hit on Disney+ and The Rise of Skywalker set to break all sorts of box office records on December 20, there’s plenty for Star Wars fans to be thankful for this holiday season. But new TV shows and movies pale in comparison to what the franchise is really known for: sweet, sweet merchandise. This holiday season, you’re bound to have a Star Wars fan on your list, and here are some of the best gifts you can get them.

1. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order; $58 for Playstation and $60 for Xbox

With the awesome power of a lightsaber by your side and all the Force abilities you could hope for at your literal fingertips, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is the ultimate piece of wish fulfillment for gamer whoever daydreamed about hacking and slashing their way through the Empire and matching blades against intergalactic baddies. But the game is about more than just mashing buttons: Players are also tasked with exploring planets, scouring for collectibles, and solving puzzles. Plus, for the lore obsessives out there, the story fills in some of the gaps for all three movie trilogies.

Buy It: Amazon (PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

2. Yoda Lego; $100

A LEGO Yoda set.
LEGO/Amazon

There’s little doubt that a 1771-piece Yoda set is an exercise in pure excess, but therein lies the charm. From his wise eyes and shimmering green lightsaber, to his gnarly yellowed toenails, LEGO got every detail of the backward-talking Jedi Master down pat, and for Star Wars fans that like to put a little work into their collectibles, this set is well worth the $100. According to Wookieepedia, the real Yoda (well, the puppet) is about 26 inches tall, so this 16-inch set isn't quite life-sized, but it’s more than big enough to be the centerpiece of any Star Wars display.

Buy It: Amazon

3. Chewbacca Slippers; $26-$30

A pair of Chewbacca slippers from Amazon.
Bioworld/Amazon

Chewbacca may be a fierce wookiee warrior, but his pelt looks like it would be pretty comfy to be wrapped up in. The pop-culture obsessives at Bioworld must agree, because they took that flowing Kashyyykian hair and turned it into a pair of extra-cozy slippers to lounge around the house in during the winter.

Buy It: Amazon

4. Phone Cases; $37-$56

Star Wars phone cases from OtterBox.
OtterBox

These phone cases from OtterBox stand out through their simplicity. The company’s stripped-down Boba Fett, stormtrooper, and Darth Vader designs are bold, without being overcrowded or overwhelming. And their R2-D2 case has a bit of retro charm to it. These cases fit a variety of iPhone models, including the iPhone 7Plus/8 Plus, iPhone Xs, and iPhone XR.

Buy It: Otter Box

5. Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie; $132

The Ralph McQuarrie Star Wars art book.
Harry N. Abrams/Amazon

George Lucas may have been the man to put words to paper on the original Star Wars script, but someone had to figure out what all of these protocol droids and stormtroopers and jawas would actually look like on the screen. Luckily, Lucas had artist Ralph McQuarrie to visualize his quirky space Western decades ago, giving life to characters like C-3PO, Darth Vader, and a whole fleet of vehicles and planetary systems. This book reproduces McQuarrie’s gorgeously painted contributions to the Star Wars lore, from the early concepts that were left on the cutting-room floor to the more finalized versions we’d see in the movies. If the book is out of your price range, Amazon also has a collection of postcards featuring McQuarrie's Star Wars art on them. You can order a box off 100 here.

Buy It: Amazon

6. Star Wars: The Original Topps; $18

Star Wars Topps trading card book from Amazon.
Topps/Amazon

Trading cards may not have the relevancy they once did, but for Star Wars fans who couldn’t wait to tear open pack after pack in the hopes of scoring a rare Darth Vader or an overly excited C-3PO, the unique experience has yet to be replicated. This book features high-quality reprints of the fronts and backs of all 330 cards and the 55 special-edition stickers from the original Star Wars line, which was produced by trading card juggernaut Topps in '77 and '78. Far more budget-friendly than the prestige art books on the market, this tiny-but-mighty conversation piece packs plenty of vintage wonder. Once you graduate from the original, you can snag books featuring the cards from The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

Buy It: Amazon

7. Star Wars: A New Hope Comic Adaptation; $20

Star Wars comic book from Marvel on Amazon.
Marvel/Amazon

This is the original comic book adaptation of the first Star Wars that Marvel published back in 1977 by writer Roy Thomas and artist Howard Chaykin. But for this new printing, the company went back and remastered the coloring to fit a more modern aesthetic. It’s a rare look back at the landscape of Star Wars merchandise before there were any sequels, let alone two additional trilogies and a slew of television shows. Star Wars comics can be very hit or miss, but this one is essential reading simply for the historical value of it.

Buy It: Amazon

8. Star Wars Trivial Pursuit; $25

Star Wars Trivial Pursuit from Amazon.
Hasbro/Amazon

Does your loved one think they know more about Star Wars than you do? Put them in their place by getting them this special edition Trivial Pursuit game. Featuring 1800 question spanning all the movies in the saga, this game will prove who the real Jedi junkie is.

Buy It: Amazon

9. Le Creuset Porg pie bird; $25

Le Creuset porg pie bird from William Sonoma.
Le Creuset/William Sonoma

Introduced in 2017's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the porgs are the latest challenger to the ewok throne of adorable alien animals brought into the franchise to sell boatloads of merchandise. And with collectibles like this Le Creuset porg pie bird, it's clear that the strategy is working. Coming exclusively from Williams Sonoma, this porcelain porg helps vent pies as they bake, allowing steam to escape from inside and preventing the filling from boiling over or leaking.

Buy It: Williams Sonoma

10. Boba Fett Christmas Sweater; $45

Boba Fett Ugly Christmas Sweater.
Numskull/Amazon

Ugly Christmas sweaters have evolved from embarrassing family tradition into an ironic cultural institution. And, of course, when there's money to be made, Star Wars won't be far behind. Flaunt your love of the original Mandalorian, Boba Fett, on this sweater that’s ripped right from the frames of Empire Strikes Back.

Buy It: Amazon

11. Star Wars Sugar Skull Socks; $17

Star Wars socks from Amazon.
Star Wars/Amazon

There are plenty of Star Wars socks to choose form, but how cool are these pairs based on the sugar skulls from the Mexican tradition of Día de Muertos (or Day of the Dead)? Brightly colored and intricately designed, these socks are a bit off the beaten path—in a good way.

Buy It: Amazon

12. Baby. Yoda. Everything.

Baby Yoda Merchandise: T-Shirts and Funkos.
Star Wars/Amazon

The initial offering of Baby Yoda (technically he's just "The Child") merchandise may leave a little to be desired, but think of it like pizza—even disappointing Baby Yoda merch is still pretty great. You can get T-shirts with plenty of designs that are ready to ship right now (this one is the standout), along with pre-orders on puzzles, plush toys, and the inevitable Funko Pop, due next year. It’s a bit of a mishmash, and most of the merchandise won't be shipped for Christmas, but just look at that face. You’re going to buy it all.

Buy It: Amazon

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This Delightfully Ugly Christmas Sweater Features a Light-Up Bob Ross Head

Spencer's
Spencer's

The only thing better than bringing the benevolent ghost of Bob Ross to your Christmas party—which, by all means, you should definitely do if you somehow know him—is sporting a sweater emblazoned with his bushy-haired head.

The blue cotton sweater from Spencer’s is trimmed in red and patterned with snowflakes and some appropriately happy little evergreen trees. But most of the sweater's front is taken up by a delightfully large replica of Bob Ross’s face, complete with his characteristically kind eyes and fuzzy facial hair.

bob ross ugly christmas sweater
Spencer's

Those details are enough to make the garment your one-way ticket to a first-place ribbon in the Christmas sweater competition, but there’s one last unforgettable feature that will surely warm the heart of every Grinch, Scrooge, and Hans Gruber in a six-mile radius: Bob Ross is draped with a strand of charming Christmas lights that actually light up.

bob ross ugly christmas sweater
Spencer's

The crew neck sweater is unisex, so you should order a size down if you’re looking for a more fitted look. It’ll definitely feel like a warm hug regardless of what size you order, and you can easily layer it over a thick thermal shirt if you’re venturing around the block for a carol or two. And whether you’re braving cold weather or just eating Christmas cookies on your own couch, the sweater pairs perfectly with these Bob Ross slipper socks.

Get your very own happy little sweater for $42 from Spencer’s.

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