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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Put Shakespeare's Best Insults On a Poster, Coffee Mug, or Even Some Bandages

Take your insult inspiration from the master: William Shakespeare.
Take your insult inspiration from the master: William Shakespeare.
Curious Charts Commission/Three Rivers Press/Amazon

If you’ve ever struggled to find the words to describe how angry or frustrated someone is making you, perhaps William Shakespeare, iconic writer and master of insults, can help.

Adorned with 100 insults from the Bard's many works, this poster from Curious Charts Commission (Amazon, $25) is the perfect reference piece to hang in your home or office for when you're struggling to think of the perfect takedown for anyone who crosses you. To help you get started, the 18-inch-by-24-inch poster is broken up into sections that include food and drink; types of individuals; inanimate objects; bodily qualities; creatures; and—of course—personal attributes and traits. Once you’ve decided the optimal route to take, you have a wide array of put-downs to choose from, ranging from “Were I like thee, I’d throw away myself,” to slightly simpler ones like, “You egg!”

The only drawback to the poster is that you can't take it everywhere with you. But the 14-ounce Shakespeare insults mug ($16), on the other hand, is the perfect choice for snark on the go. So next time a chatty co-worker tries to tell you about their weekend before you've even had your Monday morning coffee, you can simply look up and call them the "anointed sovereign of sighs and groans."

A mug decorated with Shakespeare insults.
Shakespeare insult mug from Unemployed Philosopher's Guild.
Unemployed Philosopher's Guild/Amazon

If, after all that, you’re still struggling to find the words, Shakespeare’s Insults: Educating Your Wit ($12), a book of 5000 slights pulled from 38 of Shakespeare’s plays, can be of assistance. Or, you can help heal a physical wound by dishing out an emotional one with these Shakespearean insult bandages ($6). You get 15 in a pack, and each box comes with a prize inside. 

Shakespeare Insult Bandages.
Shakespeare insult bandages found on Amazon.
Accoutrements/Amazon

Beyond a repertoire of insults, Shakespeare also coined many words we still use today. Check out the full list here.

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These Eco-Friendly Bags Are Organic and Break Down in 18 Months or Less

A-Zero
A-Zero

If you’re looking to cut down on the amount of single-use plastics in your life, then reach for these fully compostable organic bags.

The A-Zero bags (which are available on Kickstarter here) may look a lot like their plastic counterparts, but they’re actually made from vegetable starch. According to the campaign, these totes are 100 percent organic, are harmless to nature, and can break down in a matter of 18 months—unlike plastic bags, which take hundreds of years. Each bag also features unique designs created by different artists from all over the world.

When it comes to sizes, you have a few different options. The smallest bag, ideal for snacks and sandwiches, is leak-proof and freezer-friendly, and can even be used in the microwave. A-Zero also makes leak-proof trash bags, grocery bags that can hold up to 18 pounds of food, and a refillable bag dispenser that can hold 20 or more grocery bags and can clip onto a backpack or purse.

You might be thinking that you already have a reusable tote at home, but unfortunately, these also have a detrimental effects on the environment. A 2011 British government study [PDF] estimated that with all the water and energy it takes to create a cotton bag, each one has a carbon footprint of 598.6 pounds of CO2, compared to a plastic bag’s 3.48 pounds.

With $22,522 raised, A-Zero bags already surpassed its original $8000 goal. But you can still help bring the project to life and get your own eco-friendly bags by heading here. Pledge tiers start at $29, and the campaign will be live until April 11.

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