The Star Wars franchise is still going strong, and in December, the latest installment will be released and treat fans to a blend of newer characters and some of the originals from the late-1970s flick – Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), and even Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca. Whether you’re shopping for a life-long fan or introducing a young relative to the characters from ‘way back when,’ below you will find a few Star Wars gift ideas to get you started:
1. Exclusive Star Wars R2-D2 Measuring Cup Set
ThinkGeek allows fans to get in the mood to cook something out of this world with this piece of officially-licensed Lucasfilm merchandise made exclusively for the company. Fashioned out of food-grade ABS plastic (BPA-free), this Star Wars-themed set disassembles into four measuring cups (1/4, 1/3, 1/2, and 1 cup) and 4 measuring spoons (1/4, 1/2, 1 tsp, and 1/3 tbsp). When finished, simply snap all the pieces back into place to reassemble. Measurements are written inside with discreetly positioned handles on the back.
2. Star Wars R2-D2 Interactive Robotic Droid
Everyone has their beloved ‘old school’ characters, and that lovable R2-D2 was a favorite of many. Slated to launch in time for the Christmas season, Toys R Us will sell an exclusive Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens R2-D2 Interactive Robotic Droid. The robot comes to life with sound effects, voice activation, and also walks and spins in all directions. Users can send instant or pre-programmed commands by way of a remote control, which has 10 buttons that allow for the programming of over 1000 action combinations.However, one of the coolest features of this droid is probably how it projects an image of Princess Leia onto walls. Recommended for ages 8 and up, this droid requires 8 AA batteries and 3 AAA batteries to work.
3. Animatronic Darth Vader Interactive Figure
And, if you’re looking to gift a present from the ‘dark side,’ Toys R Us also sells an Animatronic Darth Vader Interactive Figure (referred to as a Deluxe Collector’s Edition) – ideal for young fans and serious collectors alike. Equipped with the original Darth Vader voice, light effects, and motion-activated lightsaber, this figure enters an interactive training or battle mode with the press of his chest panel button. In talk mode, raise the left arm of Darth Vader to enjoy voice features with motorized head, arm and waist actions.
In case you’re wondering, the product dimensions of this Darth Vader figure is 16.6 x 10.5 x 7.0.
4. Covergirl Limited Edition Star Wars Makeup
When shopping for a fashion-forward Star Wars fan or cosmetics-obsessed teen, consider gifting Covergirl’s limited edition Star Wars makeup collection, which comes with a full line of eye-catching lipsticks, mascaras and nail polishes – all of which are inspired by the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens film.
5. Star Wars Coffee Mug
A coffee-loving Star Wars fan may appreciate a gifted mug for the office or home. For example, Lovex Mug sells an artsy interpretation of R2-D2 or a StormTrooper, where each 11-ounce mug is heat pressed one at a time with the design using sublimation ink – meaning the design is permanently fused to the cup.
6. Death Star Bluetooth Speaker
For the music lover, ThinkGeek sells a Star Wars-themed bluetooth speaker positioned on an acrylic stand that lights up when in use, and allows users to wirelessly stream music from up to 30 feet away with one-touch connectivity to Bluetooth devices. You can conveniently listen to tunes while charging the Death Star speaker, which uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that delivers power for up to 8 hours at a time.
7. Star Wars Jelly Belly Machine
Fun for fans of all ages, consider gifting a sweet gift, such as an eye-catching candy machine with a transparent base that produces jelly beans with the crank of its StormTrooper handle. The machine featured here holds 23 ounces of jelly beans. Shop around to find the best price; this gift has been sold by the likes of Candy Warehouse, Bon-Ton, Create for Less, and Amazon.com.
Stocking Stuffer Alert: You can also choose the Star Wars Jelly Belly Sparkling Galaxy Mix as a stocking stuffer, which comes decorated with an image of favorite characters, such as Darth Vader with his red lightsaber. The 2.8-ounce packets contain the following flavors: Berry Blue, Blueberry, Green Apple, Sour Apple, Grape Soda, Wild Blackberry and Island Punch. Additional bag designs include Yoda and an Imperial StormTrooper.
8. Quirky Handmade Star Wars Goodies
As you browse the handmade and artisan site Etsy, you will find more than 63,000 results that appear for a ‘Star Wars’ keyword search. For example, a Vintage Parcel sells an array of vintage, upcycled and handmade items, including a range of hand-stamped silverware, such as the ‘May the Fork Be With You’ gift shown here. There are plenty of fun ‘play on word’ items associated with the Star Wars franchise – some of which true fans and geeks can only appreciate.
9. Quirky Star Wars Art
Etsy is also filled with Star Wars-themed art and collectibles, which make amusing gifts for offices, dens, man caves and play rooms. Let’s take a look at some of the art prints below sold by MEOWconcept, which combines vintage dictionary/old book pages, paint, illustrations, and collage art techniques to bring the likes of Yoda, Darth Vader, C-3PO, and Chewbacca to life. The shop also has a money-saving offer: buy 3 prints, get 1 free.
10. Star Wars Themed Cookies
Sure, you can purchase Star Wars themed cookies as a gift from an artisan bakery or Etsy shop, like Deco Machine Dessert’s white chocolate covered Oreos on a stick made with sprinkles and edible images (Yoda shown here)…or you can make your own using the officially-licensed Star Wars Gingerbread Cookie Cutters that come as a set of 6 characters: Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Chewbacca, Yoda, C-3PO, and a Stormtrooper. Use the cutters to create a batch of homemade sugar cookies for a Star Wars themed party, geeky holiday party, or Christmas gift tin.