What do you get the geek who has everything? More, that's what. There's always more merch. A Darth Vader bath duck, a Captain Kirk lunchbox, a Cthulhu rucksack. To call to mind that cinematic great (ahem) Field of Dreams, "If you build it, they will come." Similarly, if you slap a Star Wars logo on it, they will buy it.
So what else can you get to truly make Christmas complete for the comic reading sci-fi expert in your life? Here’s our pick of the best Christmas stocking fillers for geeks.
Christmas Stocking Fillers for Geeks
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a beautifully minimalist poster featuring the Man of Steel in flight above the rooftops of Metropolis. The print will make for the perfect subtle nod towards nostalgia or fandom - without looking too out of place on any professional adult’s walls. Might need to stretch that stocking slightly though... [Buy it Here]
Move over dustbuster, we’ve found the droid that everyone is looking for. Now R2 can help you keep your desk clean of crumbs - so now you can eat without fear at your desk. Bonus points if you stay in character as C3PO while using it. [Buy it Here]
Amazingly, you can own something that actually came from space, by picking up this custom jewellery which is hand-made from the Campo Del Cielo crater in Argentina. It even comes in a gift box, which makes it perfect for giving to a loved one while relaying clichéd space metaphors to describe the extent of your feelings. [Buy it Here]
The Science Museum has recently hosted an incredible exhibition on the Russian side of the Space Race, which came complete with tonnes of different objects that have never before been seen in the west, such as first woman in space Valentina’s Tereshkova’s space suit. As you leave, you’re funnelled through the gift shop, and it is basically impossible to leave without buying something - like this lovely t-shirt of Yuri Gagarin, the first person in space. [Buy it Here]
Only a fully trained Jedi Knight, with the Force as his ally, will conquer Vader and his Emperor, so let’s face it - if your desk is under threat, your R2 vacuum will be pretty useless. So why not instead pick up this USB Yoda, which will swing its lightsaber whenever it detects motion? [Buy it Here]
Party like it’s 1980 with a Pac-Man light. The lamp will phase through 16 colours and there’s even a party mode where you can make it flash faster. And if the ghosts don’t take your fancy, then there’s always the classic Tetris lights - which can be stacked and configured however you like - with power transmitted by contact between the different tetrominoes. [Buy it Here]
Christmas jumpers have resurged in popularity over the last few years - and at some point crossed the line from irony to an annual tradition. But that doesn’t mean that you need to stick with a boring snowman or a tree. Why not have DINOSAURS instead? [Buy One Here]
Now you can eat just like a real astronaut, with this freeze-dried block of neapolitan ice cream, just like they might consume on the International Space Station. However, be warned - unlike in the vacuum of space, consuming too much will cause you to eventually get heavier. Fingers crossed the scientists are hard at work on inventing a Space Flake 99 next. [Buy it Here]
We know that people get fanatical about games - but would they go as far as demonstrating their love for gaming by, umm, rubbing games cartridges all over their naked bodies? That’s the bizarre and troubling act that this product helpfully makes marginally less weird, by making the cartridges actually blocks of soap.
Styled on the classic Nintendo 64 titles Donkey Kong 64, Goldeneye, Mario Kart 64, Smash Bros and Zelda: Ocarina of Time, it could be the perfect way of getting that nerd in your life to actually wash for once. [Buy 'em Here]
And finally… what about this beautifully made, hand-crafted Mario bob-omb? Made from polymer clay, the artist also makes other famous Nintendo characters and will even do custom orders too. [Buy it Here]
Remember the year you wowed your Nan with an iPad for the first time? This year, the best way to get tech-inspired gasps of awe and wonder from your folks is with a virtual reality headset. We're still waiting on the release of the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, so a mobile-based alternative is currently your best bet. Of all the goggles we've tried, the Homido viewer is the most comfortable, and has the capacity to work with a wide range of phones. Pop the headset on and be transported far, far away from whatever Christmas re-runs are on the telly. [Buy it Here]