11 Gifts Perfect for Celebrating Star Wars Day

Otterbox/Topps/Funko/Amazon
Otterbox/Topps/Funko/Amazon

With The Mandalorian breathing new life into the Star Wars franchise over on Disney+ and The Rise of Skywalker wrapping up the nine-movie epic this past December, there’s a lot for fans of a galaxy far, far away to still be buzzing about. But any Star Wars junkie knows that the real highlight of the year comes on May 4, a.k.a. Star Wars Day, a time to celebrate the franchise with new merchandise and surprise announcements. And if you're looking to mark the occasion by picking up some new collectibles for yourself or a loved one, we've got a wide array of choices below.

1. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order; $38-$56

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; $20

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. Slave I LEGO set; $120


LEGO/Amazon

Though it's only in Empire Strikes Back for a few moments, Boba Fett's Slave I ship sports a unique design (it kinda looks like a steam iron!) that has remained one of the franchise's best for the past 40 years. And with this 1007-piece LEGO set, you can build your own version of the bounty hunter's dreaded vehicle, complete with minifigures of Han (in and out of carbonite), Princess Leia, Zuckuss (for you hardcore fans out there), and Boba himself. You can even open and close the cargo hold to suit all your smuggling needs.

Buy It: Amazon

8. Star Wars Monopoly; $27

Star Wars Monopoly.
Hasbro/Amazon

It's the classic Monopoly, but with Darth Vader, Han Solo, C-3PO, and more as the tokens, and X-Wings and Tie-Fighters as houses and hotels. It includes references to all three Skywalker saga trilogies, too, so it'll keep up with the more modern Star Wars lore.

Buy It: Amazon

9. death Star Cheese Board; $45

Death Star Cheese Board.
Disney

For your next swanky dinner party, break out this Death Star cheese board that swivels open to reveal stainless steel utensils designed for slicing and serving your favorite Brie or Manchego.

Buy It: ShopDisney

10. 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

11. Baby. Yoda. Everything.

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

We'd be remiss if we didn't mention the most popular new Star Wars character of the past 20 years: Baby Yoda. This little green bundle of adorableness absolutely made The Mandalorian a sensation, so of course there was a truckload of merchandise to go along with it. There are plush toys and full-size animatronic dolls up for pre-order, along with Funko Pops and plenty of T-shirts and accessories that are available right now.

Buy It: Amazon, ShopDisney

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10 Products for a Better Night's Sleep

Amazon/Comfort Spaces
Amazon/Comfort Spaces

Getting a full eight hours of sleep can be tough these days. If you’re having trouble catching enough Zzzs, consider giving these highly rated and recommended products a try.

1. Everlasting Comfort Pure Memory Foam Knee Pillow; $25

Everlasting Comfort Knee Pillow
Everlasting Comfort/Amazon

For side sleepers, keeping the spine, hips, and legs aligned is key to a good night’s rest—and a pain-free morning after. Everlasting Comfort’s memory foam knee pillow is ergonomically designed to fit between the knees or thighs to ensure proper alignment. One simple but game-changing feature is the removable strap, which you can fasten around one leg; this keeps the pillow in place even as you roll at night, meaning you don’t have to wake up to adjust it (or pick it up from your floor). Reviewers call the pillow “life-changing” and “the best knee pillow I’ve found.” Plus, it comes with two pairs of ear plugs.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Letsfit White Noise Machine; $21

Letsfit White Noise Machine
Letsfit/Amazon

White noise machines: They’re not just for babies! This Letsfit model—which is rated 4.7 out of five with nearly 3500 reviews—has 14 potential sleep soundtracks, including three white noise tracks, to better block out everything from sirens to birds that chirp enthusiastically at dawn (although there’s also a birds track, if that’s your thing). It also has a timer function and a night light.

Buy it: Amazon

3. ECLIPSE Blackout Curtains; $16

Eclipse Black Out Curtains
Eclipse/Amazon

According to the National Sleep Foundation, too much light in a room when you’re trying to snooze is a recipe for sleep disaster. These understated polyester curtains from ECLIPSE block 99 percent of light and reduce noise—plus, they’ll help you save on energy costs. "Our neighbor leaves their backyard light on all night with what I can only guess is the same kind of bulb they use on a train headlight. It shines across their yard, through ours, straight at our bedroom window," one Amazon reviewer who purchased the curtains in black wrote. "These drapes block the light completely."

Buy it: Amazon

4. JALL Wake Up Light Sunrise Alarm Clock; $38

JALL Wake Up Light Sunrise Alarm Clock
JALL/Amazon

Being jarred awake by a blaring alarm clock can set the wrong mood for the rest of your day. Wake up in a more pleasant way with this clock, which gradually lights up between 10 percent and 100 percent in the 30 minutes before your alarm. You can choose between seven different colors and several natural sounds as well as a regular alarm beep, but why would you ever use that? “Since getting this clock my sleep has been much better,” one reviewer reported. “I wake up not feeling tired but refreshed.”

Buy it: Amazon

5. Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light; $200

Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light
Philips/Amazon

If you’re looking for an alarm clock with even more features, Philips’s SmartSleep Wake-Up Light is smartphone-enabled and equipped with an AmbiTrack sensor, which tracks things like bedroom temperature, humidity, and light levels, then gives recommendations for how you can get a better night’s rest.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Slumber Cloud Stratus Sheet Set; $159

Stratus sheets from Slumber Cloud.
Slumber Cloud

Being too hot or too cold can kill a good night’s sleep. The Good Housekeeping Institute rated these sheets—which are made with Outlast fibers engineered by NASA—as 2020’s best temperature-regulating sheets.

Buy it: SlumberCloud

7. Comfort Space Coolmax Sheet Set; $29-$40

Comfort Spaces Coolmax Sheets
Comfort Spaces/Amazon

If $159 sheets are out of your price range, the GHI recommends these sheets from Comfort Spaces, which are made with moisture-wicking Coolmax microfiber. Depending on the size you need, they range in price from $29 to $40.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Coop Home Goods Eden Memory Foam Pillow; $80

Coop Eden Pillow
Coop Home Goods/Amazon

This pillow—which has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon—is filled with memory foam scraps and microfiber, and comes with an extra half-pound of fill so you can add, or subtract, the amount in the pillow for ultimate comfort. As a bonus, the pillows are hypoallergenic, mite-resistant, and washable.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Baloo Weighted Blanket; $149-$169

Baloo Weighted Blanket
Baloo/Amazon

Though the science is still out on weighted blankets, some people swear by them. Wirecutter named this Baloo blanket the best, not in small part because, unlike many weighted blankets, it’s machine-washable and -dryable. It’s currently available in 12-pound ($149) twin size and 20-pound ($169) queen size. It’s rated 4.7 out of five stars on Amazon, with one reviewer reporting that “when it's spread out over you it just feels like a comfy, snuggly hug for your whole body … I've found it super relaxing for falling asleep the last few nights, and it looks nice on the end of the bed, too.” 

Buy it: Amazon 

10. Philips Smartsleep Snoring Relief Band; $200

Philips SmartSleep Snoring Relief Band
Philips/Amazon

Few things can disturb your slumber—and that of the ones you love—like loudly sawing logs. Philips’s Smartsleep Snoring Relief Band is designed for people who snore when they’re sleeping on their backs, and according to the company, 86 percent of people who used the band reported reduced snoring after a month. The device wraps around the torso and is equipped with a sensor that delivers vibrations if it detects you moving to sleep on your back; those vibrations stop when you roll onto your side. The next day, you can see how many hours you spent in bed, how many of those hours you spent on your back, and your response rate to the vibrations. The sensor has an algorithm that notes your response rate and tweaks the intensity of vibrations based on that. “This device works exactly as advertised,” one Amazon reviewer wrote. “I’d say it’s perfect.”

Buy it: Amazon

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Make Breakfast for the Family in a Flash With the Dash Rapid Egg Cooker

Dash/Amazon
Dash/Amazon

The number of ways you can eat eggs is limited only by your cooking ability and imagination. Now, thanks to the foolproof Dash Rapid Egg Cooker, even that doesn't have to hold you back, because you'll be able to prepare your eggs exactly how you like them in just minutes—no flipping, stirring, or frying required.

Weighing roughly 1 pound and measuring 7.5 inches across, this egg cooker is the perfect size for a shelf or countertop. Its design accommodates a variety of egg preparations, so if you like your eggs boiled, you can fit up to six of them on the tray at once and cook them until they're soft-boiled, hard-boiled, or somewhere in between. The cooker also features trays for poaching eggs and making omelettes.

Rapid Egg Cooker.
Dash/Amazon

The device comes with a measuring cup showing how much water you need to cook each style of egg, and it buzzes and shuts off automatically when they're done. That way, you can make your perfect breakfast even before you've had your first cup of coffee.

The gadget is super popular with breakfast-lovers. It has a 4.6-star rating on Amazon, and the online retailer lists it as one the most-loved items on the site. You can purchase it on Amazon today for $20.

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