Gifts for science fiction fans abound… but finding the perfect gift for your friend or loved one can be tough, especially if you’re not a sci-fi nerd yourself. Fortunately for you, we’ve scoured the internet to find some of the best sci-fi-themed gifts around, saving you the hard work.
Whether you’re looking for dystopian gifts (which seem to be popular this year) or something more light-hearted, we’ve got you covered.
Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale was a breakout hit this year — if your sci-fi fan loved it, they’ll love a T-shirt with the original book cover, too! Out of Print also makes tees and sweatshirts featuring “Nolite te bastardes carborundorum,” a tagline from the show.
Not a fan of Atwood’s novel? Out of Print has shirts and accessories featuring science fiction favorites like Ender’s Game, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and I, Robot. These shirts make fantastic gifts for sci-fi book lovers (take it from me; I have lots of them and love each and every one).
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?
I’m a sucker for art books, especially for movies as optically out-of-this-world as Blade Runner 2049. This is a huge book (almost 30 inches wide when open), and it contains stills from the movies, concept art, and behind-the-scenes photos. It’s heavy on the movie stills, but that’s not a criticism, unless you’re looking for more concept art.
For a more visceral post-apocalyptic art extravaganza, check out The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road. No matter which movies your science fiction fan is into, there’s probably an awesome art book out there. And there are great video game art books, too, like The Art of Alien: Isolation, an artful gift for Alien fans.
Many older sci-fi fans will have 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.
The prints pictured above are from TransmuteMedia’s Etsy page, and range from $11 to $17 each, depending on the size. TopPoster also has a variety of awesome Star Wars prints available on Amazon, like this set of three:
And be sure to check out TopPoster’s store for more prints from Firefly, anime classics, Quentin Tarantino movies, Robocop, and a wide variety of others.
If there’s a Doctor Who fan in your life, they’ll 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 giving away “spoilers”. Whether your time traveler is a writer, a journaler, or a compulsive list-maker, River Song’s journal will serve them well.
When Firefly was cancelled, there was a great deal of mourning in the science fiction community. Whether you’re buying for a long-time Firefly fan or someone new to the series, the complete series is a fantastic gift for a science fiction fan.
Battlestar Galactica is another popular favorite, and is one of the best shows to binge-watch when the winter night feels as cold as the lonely void.
Magazine subscriptions are perfect gifts, especially for sci-fi geeks. 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.
There are a number of other magazines out there that cater to sci-fi fans, including Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Asimov’s Science Fiction, and Interzone for UK readers. So why not give a gift that keeps on giving throughout the year!
The Southern Reach trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance) is a uniquely engrossing book series, and is sure to be a huge hit with sci-fi fans. It’s been described as “creepy,” “enigmatic,” “smart,” and “gripping.” And it’s getting a 2018 movie adaptation starring Natalie Portman. Let your sci-fi friend or family member read the books first so they can talk about how much better they are than the movie!
If this isn’t your thing, lots of of great science fiction work has been collected in larger volumes, from classics like the leather-bound The Works of H.G. Wells: Complete & Unabridged to the more recent William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Trilogy: The Royal Imperial Boxed Set. And there’s no better gift for a sci-fi reader.
No list of gifts for science-fiction lovers would be complete without a space board game. Tiny Epic Galaxies is a small game with a big-game feel. Players race to expand their galactic empires and complete secret objectives by rolling dice and carefully choosing actions. Let your sci-fi fan take control of his or her own galaxy-spanning fleet of ships in just 60 minutes.
For a more in-depth sci-fi-board-game experience, consider Terraforming Mars. It’s more complicated than Tiny Epic Galaxies, but it’s an absolute blast! It’s one of the best board games released in the past few years. For another fun, light-hearted option, check out Clank! In! Space!
When you’re totally engrossed in movies, magazines, and books, you don’t want to stop to cook a meal. So why not throw a frozen pizza in the oven, get back to sci-fi. And when it’s done, you can slice it with the USS Enterprise. The laser-etched stainless steel and zinc-chromium starship is of the classic design that all true Star Trek fans know and love.
But pizza isn’t the only thing that the iconic ship can help you out with: there’s also a USS Enterprise bottle opener and an Enterprise spatula, too. And for venturing out, a steel flask with the Starfleet insignia on it and a similarly emblazoned ceramic travel coffee mug.
10. Overwatch Funko Pop! Figures
While it doesn’t fit into the traditional science fiction canon, Overwatch is definitely sci-fi. It stars a talking ape, a woman who’s unanchored in time, and a mech-driving, sweet-talking gamer girl. Funko Pop! has released some adorable figures of the most popular characters in the Overwatch universe. Get your sci-fi gamer’s favorite or pick a popular one, like Reaper.
I have to say, though, that my hands-down favorite is Mei:
Sci-Fi Gifts for Everyone!
Whether the science fiction fan in your life is a Star Wars devotee, a Trekkie, a Doctor Who obsessive, or just an all-around sci-fi buff, these gifts are great ways to show that you care. And, even more importantly, that you understand (even if you don’t share) their obsessions!
What are your favorite science fiction gifts this year? What will you be getting your sci-fi nerd for Christmas? And if you’re a sci-fi lover yourself, what’s on your Christmas list? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below!