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The holiday season seemed to skip from Halloween to Christmas quickly this year, but that’s okay — it just means you have more time to get your loved ones some fun, day-brightening gifts. We’ve rounded up plenty of film- and TV-related items, from books and box sets to accessories and makeup, for the pop culture fans in your life. Read on for our suggestions below.
Make the younglings in your life happy with this LEGO Star Wars-themed Advent Calendar. Technically, it’s one present but it’s also kinda 24 presents in one. Each window opens up to reveal buildable characters, vehicles, and locations; there is also a code to unlock exclusive content in the “Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga” game. The 311 pieces include six LEGO minifigures and six LEGO figures (Poe Dameron and Darth Vader with Christmas sweater decorations and Tauntaun with a red nose, plus a foldout playmat with a Millennium Falcon image for role play) along with 12 fun mini-build toys (the Millennium Falcon, an A-wing, TIE Fighter, X-wing, Droid Control Ship, Anakin’s Podracer, and Darth Vader’s Castle). It’s perfect for kids ages 7 and up, and can be used with other LEGO Star Wars sets.
This critically acclaimed Canadian gem follows the darkly funny travails of a dysfunctional Shakespearean theatre troupe. Paul Gross leads a stellar ensemble that also includes Martha Burns, Mark McKinney, Susan Coyne, Sarah Polley, Luke Kirby, and a young Rachel McAdams. It ran for just three short, six-episode seasons from 2003-06, with the players tackling “Hamlet” in season 1, “Macbeth” in season 2, and “King Lear” in season 3. The award-winning series is available to stream in full on Acorn TV, but get the Shakespeare lover in your life a physical backup with this affordable box set.
The multidisciplinary artist gets a career retrospective in this book, which begins with an interview between July and Julia Bryan-Wilson before including a chronological survey of July’s entire career to date — early plays and fanzines, participatory works, and personal projects. It also includes candid recollections by friends, collaborators, curators, assistants, and audience members: Carrie Brownstein, David Byrne, Spike Jonze, Sheila Heti, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and July herself. It’s a revealing, insightful perspective on the impossible-to-categorize artist’s ever-evolving process.
Because we all need a little levity in our lives, you probably will not regret this terrifying and hilarious purchase: Based off of the Dorry’s Tavern scene in “Gremlins,” the Flasher Gremlin comes equipped with a removable fabric trench coat, but also a poker visor, poker chips, mallet, puppet, fedora, bowtie, and more, that will allow you to recreate the looks of other Gremlins from the film. The deluxe five-panel window box packaging featues new artwork by Jason Edmiston.
Set in 1920s Melbourne, this sexy period mystery that airs on Acorn TV in the U.S. stars Essie Davis (“The Babadook”) as Phryne Fisher, a glamorous amateur detective whose investigations take her through dangerous places including back alleys, jazz clubs, and shady neighborhoods — and she is haunted by ghosts from her past. This Complete Collection includes three seasons on DVD or Blu-Ray, the acclaimed film “Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears”, and an exclusive “Miss Fisher” magnetic doll set.
This six-pin set features Baby Yoda in enamel form as the cutest “Star Wars” character causes plenty of trouble for his minder as he naps in the pod, eats a frog, sips on soup, pushes buttons he’s not supposed to, and uses the force. The sizes of each pin range from a little less than an inch to a little less than an inch and a half, and there are only 10,000 in this Amazon exclusive limited run. Each set comes in an individually numbered collectible box.
Horror lovers can get spooky in December with this Deluxe Collection of the Friday the 13th slasher movies all in one convenient boxed set. Follow Jason from the original 1980 film all the way through the 2009 remake, from Crystal Lake to outer space to Manhattan to a face-off with Freddy. You’ll get all of the previously released extras, plus new bonus materials including new audio commentaries with cast and crew.
We didn’t get any new “Stranger Things” episodes this year, so this retro-chic eyeshadow palette inspired by the main characters of the ’80s-set Netflix hit could help fill the void. In addition to its ten unique colors, it also includes a mirror for easy application on the go and a sleek collectible case.
This enchanting tarot set featuring original tarot-inspired illustrations with scenes and characters from the Tim Burton classic is perfect for tarot beginners and experienced practitioners alike. The traditional 78-card deck highlights characters including Jack Skellington, Mr. Oogie Boogie, and Sandy Claws and is packaged in a sturdy, decorate gift box. It also comes with a helpful guidebook to explain each card’s meaning and simple spreads for easy readings.
The wisdom of esteemed “Star Wars” mentors Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Luke Skywalker isn’t just for their Young Padawans — it’s also useful for anyone seeking a balanced mind, inner calm, and a positive influence on the world. A Jedi must embody all of these qualities in order to master the Force, but so can you, especially living through a deeply chaotic 2020. IndieWire’s own Christian Blauvelt pairs iconic moments and famous sayings from the “Star Wars” movies alongside lighthearted life lessons that apply to nearly every situation these days. Plus: It’s a great way to teach the concept of mindfulness to children in a way they can easily understand.
This New York-based socially responsible jewelry brand infuses its bracelets with elements from the highest and lowest points on Earth and donates 10 percent of its net profits to charity. Though there are several Disney- and Pixar-branded styles, this Little Mermaid-inspired one brings just enough whimsy to the table without being too obvious. The white bead is infused with water from Mount Everest, the highest point on earth, as a reminder to stay humble, while the black bead is infused with mud from the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, as a reminder to stay hopeful. The company will donate $1 for each Disney Collection bracelet to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The CEO of the Walt Disney Company compiles the lessons he’s learned since becoming CEO of The Walt Disney Company in 2005, a time of ever-changing technology and fierce competition. Today, 15 years later, Disney is the largest media company in the world and worth five times more than it was when Iger took over. Iger shares his necessary principles for true leadership, including optimism, courage, decisiveness, and fairness; he also reflects on what has driven him over his past 45 years in Hollywood.
Monty Python’s famous Black Knight was famous for his perseverance — ’tis but a scratch, you see. Honor the character with this 1.35-inch tall, 2 mm thick enamel pin made from high-quality copper metal and gold-colored brass plating.
All five seasons featuring your favorite afterlife-dwelling humans and supernatural beings from Mike Schur’s sitcom about philosophy and morality are here in this complete series box set. You’ll get extended episodes, audio commentaries, the finale special hosted by Seth Meyers, the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con panel, gag reels, visual effects reels, and table reads all in one convenient package.