The Best Star Wars Gifts For a Force-Filled Christmas

By Tom Pritchard on at

Star Wars is huge, with fans all over the world, and that means there are plenty of people who would just *love* to unwrap a present from a galaxy far, far away. But with a franchise as big as this it means there are plenty of things for you to choose from, ranging from Lego, to books, to robotics kits for kids. Here are our top picks, if you're still struggling to find them something.

The Movies

No Star Wars fan is truly complete unless they have all the films, ideally in multiple forms. The Disney/Fox deal has yet to go through, so the distribution is all still a bit of a mess, but they're readily available. The complete saga is available on Blu-ray for £37.37, but if you're still rocking DVDs you can get the Prequel and Original Trilogy box sets for £12 each. All the Disney movies (The Force Awakens, Rogue One, The Last Jedi, and Solo) are available on Blu-ray and DVD for prices ranging from £6 to £15. The latter two are also available in 4K, for £19.95 each.

If you must have the theatrical Original Trilogy cuts, as George Lucas originally made them, you can get those DVD if you know where to look. eBay should be your first port of call, unless you;re willing to wait until Disney has all the rights back and decides to milk them for extra cash.

The Clone Wars and Rebels are also available, but with the former being revived on Disney+ next year you might want to hold off until you can get everything in one boxset. The same goes for Rebels which is only available as individual seasons.

Lego

If there's anything we love more than Star Wars it's Lego. So the Star Wars theme is up there as one of our favourite things ever, and thankfully there's plenty of it for people to enjoy. So much, in fact, that you can't possibly afford it all. After all the largest and most expensive Lego set is the £650 Ultimate Collector's Edition Millennium Falcon, which is so big you probably don't have a flat surface big enough to hold it. The £410 Death Star and £300 Betrayal at Cloud City sets are have much lower prices, but not so low that you won't have to explain to your partner why you spent so much.

But they are lovely sets, and building Lego is supposed to be therapeutic, so if you have the money they're a must have for any Star Wars fan. But if they're still too rich for your blood you can always opt for the cheaper sets including Darth Vader's Castle (£120), the UCS Slave I (£180), the UCS Y-Wing (£160), the more conveniently-sized Kessel Run Millennium Falcon (£150), the UCS BB-8 (£85), and so many more.

Sphero Droids, from £50

bb-8 sphero

Who wouldn't want a real BB-8 that can roll around your house beeping and booping in reaction to what it sees? If you don't already have one yet it's about time you went out and bought one of these cute little 'bots for yourself. Not only can they be controlled through the Sphero app, you can treat than like any other Sphero bot - customising their actions through the Sphero Edu app. Currently available is BB-8, his evil counterpart BB-9E, R2-D2, and a random black droid called R2-Q5.

The R2 and BB units may look different, but they can do a lot of the same things. They can be controlled by your phone, have the right sensors to go out and explore on their own, and watch some of the newer films alongside you. The BB units can also be bought with a 'Droid Trainer' that unlocks a holographic mini game to play on your phone. All four are compatible with the Force Connect Band too, letting you move them around with arm movements. [Buy BB-8 here | Buy BB-9E here | Buy R2-D2 here | Buy R2-Q5 here]

Jedi Challenges Holoset, from £100

Star Wars has been around in VR form for a while, with more games and 'experiences' on the way, but there's nothing like having Darth Vader appear in your living room ready to duel. Lenovo's AR-powered headset makes that a reality, and all you need to do is download the Jedi Challenges app (free on Android and iOS), slap in your phone, and you're good to go. The best part? You get to fight with an actual lightsaber, not a regular controller you have to pretend is real.

There's even a multiplayer mode, which lets you duel against your friends. [Buy it here]

Books

Even with the new revamped canon, there are plenty of Star Wars books out there for you to choose from - expanding on the universe that most people only know from the films. Some of the best recent offerings include Thrawn and the sequel Thrawn Alliancesfollowing the story of the Blue-Skinned Grand Admiral who was so good they brought him back into the canon. There's also Rogue One tie-in Rebel RisingLeia: Princess of Alderaan telling the princess's story pre-A New HopePhasmaand Inferno Squad chronicling the origins of the titular team that featured in Battlefront II. If that's not enough the official novelisations of The Last Jedi, Soloand Rogue One are worth reading - if only to help you better understand the films.

Comics

There are lots of books, and almost as many Star Wars comics, which can make it hard to get into things. Fortunately we're here to help. The most obvious gift choice are collected volumes of Marvel's mainline Star Wars series, which bridges the years between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. Darth Vader is set in a similar time period, though that series ended in favour of Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith which is set in the aftermath of Revenge of the Sith. The other long series is Poe Dameron which is begins shortly before The Force Awakens and ends shortly after the events of The Last Jedi.

If you want something more digestible there are miniseries focussing on Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Han Solo, and Lando, all between Episode IV and V, while Han and Lando each get series based on Solo. Darth Maul also has two series, one chronicling his early life and another following him after the end of the Clone Wars. There are more out there, but these are more than enough to get anyone started.

Boozey Stormtrooper Gifts

With all these Stormtrooper-themed booze items about we can finally work out why they always missed. Not because they were crap, or ordered to, it was because they must have been absolutely hammered under those helmets. Not only do they make special Stormtrooper gin, they also sell decanters, espresso mugs, and glasses. Enough for a whole squad of Sci-Fi-Nazi drinkware.

Crochet Kit, £20

Need something a little bit more kid-friendly (or just plain cuter) than Lego? Well you can learn to crochet your own Star Wars figures with this kit. Or better yet, find a child to do it for you, then exploit their talents by selling them on esty. I'm joking, sort of, and you definitely shouldn't turn living room into a sweatshop for knitted Star Wars characters. But I'm also not joking because it's probably better for them than Fortnite. [Buy it here]

Death Star Levitating Speaker, £195

Speakers are helpful, because they help us listen to stuff without having to use the standard (often rubbish) speakers that are built into our devices. But, they're usually boring black or white boxes that sit in the corner seemingly doing nothing. But what if your speaker could float? That would make it a lot cooler, with the cool factor only improved by the fact that this one is shaped like the Death Star. It's not cheap, but you know you want it. It's Bluetooth capable, offers 360-degree sound, and the magnetic base means it floats around like any space station should. [Buy it here]

littleBits R2-D2 Inventor Kit, £100

It's probably a good idea to teach your kid about robotics and coding, seeing as how corporate world seems hell-bent on machines that will take er jerbs. If you need a fun way to get into it, littleBits has a bunch of kits to teach the fundamentals of this sort of thing. The most relevant one to this list being the one shaped like R2-D2. It's all done from an app (Android and iOS), letting them program and customise R2 to do all the beeping booping things he tends to do. It won't get them a job at Google, but it will get them going. [Buy it here]

Propel Drones, £150

There are plenty of drones out there on the market, but wouldn't you rather have one shaped like a TIE Fighter? Or an X-Wing? Maybe not the Endor speeder bikes, but nothing in life is perfect. properl released these drones last year, shaped like the iconic Star Wars vehicles with built-in battling capabilities. Not only were they easy to get going and fly about (at least I thought so), you can fire beams of light at your opponents; drones to see who's the superior flyer. [Buy them here]


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