Not sure what to get your science-fiction-loving friend or family member for Christmas this year? Not to worry! These geeky, stylish, and useful gifts will be sure to make your sci-fi fan smile this year, no matter your budget.
Out of Print sells high-quality men’s and women’s shirts and accessories featuring older covers of classic books, including many science fiction favorites like Ender’s Game, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and I, Robot. There are also many books that peripherally fit into the science fiction genre, but will likely be appreciated by sci-fi fans, like 1984, Brave New World, and Frankenstein.
Buying from Out of Print is especially great, because they contribute one book to Books for Africa for every product they sell. What more could you ask for in a Christmas gift?
Many sci-fi fans had dorm rooms covered in movie or game posters—this is generally frowned upon in “grown-up” houses, but that doesn’t mean that their favorite stories and characters can’t adorn their walls today! A number of people are making fine art prints inspired by movies, books, and games that are sci-fi hits (check out these cool Avengers prints for a great example).
Captain’s Print Shop on Etsy has a lot of 11″ x 17″ prints from a variety of sci-fi franchises, including Star Wars, Star Trek, Bioshock, Resident Evil, Destiny, Marvel comics, and DC comics, available for $20. There are also prints from many other popular movies and TV shows, like The Hobbit, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Little Mermaid, and Aladdin.
If there’s a Doctor Who fan in your life, they’ll probably recognize this journal immediately: it’s the one that River Song carried with her to remember where she was in time and figure out what she could say without “spoilers.” Whether your time traveller is a writer, a journaler, or a compulsive list-maker, River Song’s journal will serve them well!
If you’re looking for something a bit smaller, this collection of 3 small Doctor Who journals ($25) is perfect—it includes a smaller version of the above journal, one that features the Tardis on its cover, and one labeled “500 Year Diary.”
Firefly ($15) / Battlestar Galactica ($140) Complete Series on Blu-Ray
Having your favorite show go off the air can be like losing a friend, and sci-fi fans have experienced plenty of this kind of loss. Two of the most beloved sci-fi shows in recent memory are Firefly and Battlestar Galactica, and the complete collections of both can be had on Blu-Ray!
They’re perfect for binge-watching on winter nights when it’s too cold to do anything but hide out on the couch under blanket. Don’t forget about Serenity ($10), the full-length movie follow-up to Firefly—it resolves a few unanswered questions from the series, and isn’t to be missed! Battlestar Galactica was on for 4.5 seasons, a lot longer than Firefly, and the reimagining of the classic 1970s show was an instant favorite. It’s an edge-of-your-seat series, and is great for any kind of sci-fi fan, from hardcore to casual.
Sci-fi books and movies are great, but why not get your sci-fi fan a gift that comes every couple months? Fantasy & Science Fiction is one of the biggest sci-fi and fantasy magazines out there—authors like Stephen King, Ursula K. Le Guin, Isaac Asimov, Walter M. Miller, and Orson Scott Card have been published in F&SF. It’s a bi-monthly magazine, and available in both paper and Kindle versions.
Southern Reach Trilogy ($22)
The Southern Reach trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance) is a uniquely engrossing series, and is sure to be a huge hit with sci-fi fans. It’s been described as “creepy,” “enigmatic,” “smart,” and “gripping.” It would be great for fans of Lost or other mystery-thriller-science-fiction-type works. The entire trilogy has recently been collected into a single hardcover volume ($22) that’s perfect for gift-giving. I just finished these books, and I’d recommend them to anyone—they’re amazing!
There are plenty of great science fiction collections out there, from classics like the leather-bound The Works of H.G. Wells: Complete & Unabridged ($35) to the more recent William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Trilogy: The Royal Imperial Boxed Set ($26).
When you’re totally engrossed in movies, magazines, and books, you don’t want to stop to cook a meal. So throw on a frozen pizza, get back to sci-fi, and when it’s done, slice it with the USS Enterprise! The laser-etched stainless steel and zinc-chromium starship is of the classic design that every Star Trek fan knows and loves.
But pizza isn’t the only thing that the iconic ship can help you out with: there’s also a USS Enterprise bottle opener ($19) and an Enterprise spatula ($19), too. And for venturing out, a steel flask with the Starfleet insignia on it ($14) and a similarly emblazoned ceramic travel coffee mug ($14).
Sci-Fi Gifts for Everyone!
Whether your sci-fi fan is a Star Wars fan, a Trekkie, a Doctor Who obsessive, or just an all-around science-fiction buff, these gifts are great ways to show that you care and that you understand—even if you don’t share—their obsessions!
What other great science-fiction gifts are out there? What will you be getting your sci-fi nerd for Christmas? Share your thoughts below!