These are the Star Wars gifts that are actually worth buying.
It's a glorious time to be a Star Wars fan! We get a new movie every year, new books spanning so many different aspects of the universe, and an actual mountain of themed swag around every corner. So much Star Wars swag. In fact, it's a little too much if you're trying to buy something good for the Star Wars fan in your life. You can reach out in just about any direction of every store right now and find something with the Star Wars logo stamped on it — including, weirdly enough, oranges — but if you're looking for the good stuff it can be a little intimidating.
This list should get you started down the right path. Everything here is stuff I've found worthy of the Force-sensitive people in your life, and there's a little something in here for everyone.
R2-D2 Measuring Cup Set
Who says an Astreomech Droid can't be helpful around the kitchen? This kit is meant to sit out on the counter and look exactly like everyone's favorite helper, right until you need a cup of sugar. When that happens, you can disassemble this Droid into a whole bunch of different measuring utensils.
Aside from being a very reasonably priced $25 when you consider how many measuring cups and spoons you get, it's a practical way to show off your Star Wars love in the kitchen.
Oh, and for those who prefer the shiny newness of BB-8, there's a kit for you too.
Jedi Challenges AR
Start your Jedi training virtually! Only, unlike a VR headset, this AR headset lets you see the real world while you interact with a training hologram. This program splits your training up into multiple games, including lightsaber battles with famous Star Wars villains and actually HoloChess!
This $200 kit comes with an incredibly detailed replica of Rey's lightsaber as the controller, and is hands down the best Star Wars game you can guy this year.
Remote control toys that look like Star Wars vehicles aren't a new thing by any stretch, and that includes flying toys that look like popular ships. Drones that can actually engage in combat with one another? That's new, and Propel brought them to life in spectacular fashion this year.
For around $130 you can choose between Vader's Tie Advanced and the classic X-Wing, and these ships can actually play laser tag that ends in the loser "crashing" to the ground when it has taken the right number of hits. If you'd rather something a little closer to the ground, you can also grab one that looks like a Speeder Bike.
Sphero took the world be storm last year with its BB-8 droid that could putter around your room on its own when you weren't remote controlling it. This year, there are several more to choose from and a lot of new features. BB-9E, a droid from The Last Jedi, is available alongside R2-D2 and R2-Q5. Among the new features, all of these droids will sit with you and watch the Star Wars movies, reacting to everything exciting or scary in the movies.
For $130, these droids offer a ton of fun and the designs are just plain great.
littleBits Inventor Kit
Toys are great, but creating something is an amazing feeling for any age. The littleBits Star Wars kit is designed to teach you how to make your own R2-D2, by helping you understand the tech inside and what it all does. When the kit is all assembed, you can use the littleBits app to teach R2-D2 new skills and send it out on missions.
There's a lot of tech in here for $99, and it's a fantastic start into the educational world of littleBits tech.
BB-8 Car Charger
If you're ok with a car charger taking up a cupholder in your front console, this $25 kit will give you two USB ports providing 2.1A each and features an adorably animated BB-8.
The little Droid will twist and turn around as you drive, clearly keeping an eye out for anything that may be in need of repairs. You couldn't ask for a better co-pilot.
Lego Death Star
It doesn't matter what age you are, the Lego Death Star is one of those things every geek covets. This $500 kit is massive, even by Lego standards, and is absolutely the kind of thing you will spend weeks working on.
It's clearly only for the most hardcore of Lego Star Wars fans, but the grin on their face when they open this gift from you will stretch from ear to ear.
Star Wars From a Certain Point of View
There are a lot of great Star Wars books out there, but this one is unlike all the others. If you've never read any of the From a Certain Point of View books, you should make this the first one. This is a collection of short stories from the Star Wars universe where the main themes we all know and remember are retold from the perspective of someone who is not the main character.
The paperback is only going to set you back $20, and this really should be on every Star Wars fans bookshelf.
Star Wars Battlefront II PlayStation 4 Pro
You don't have to be a hardcore Star Wars fan to enjoy the new Battlefront II game, but if you know a fan who has been looking to upgrade their PlayStation 4 you might consider this as a gift. It's a standard PlayStation 4 Pro on the inside, but the outside includes three beautiful graphics on the top of the console and matching symbols on the included controller.
This $400 bundle is already a decent price for the nice theme, and getting the copy of Battlefront II in the box with it is a nice addition. Just, you know, keep an eye out for loot boxes.
Millennium Falcon Multi-Tool
While not actually practical as a multi-tool you carry around and use every day — nothing replaces my Leatherman, sorry — this $30 kit will put a smile on the face of any Star Wars fan that is even the least bit handy.
The Falcon comes out the box looking like it has seen better days, and all of the included tools are actually functional. It's cute, and you'll probably try to use it a few times, but really this is something you'd rather have sitting on your workbench to bring a little geek into the shop.
Life-size Porg plush
Puffin-guinea pig-penguins? Penguin-owl-possums? Whatever a Porg is, it's cute as hell. While there are many plushies out there, most just look weird because they're untextured. This one is the real deal, and for $30, it better be!
The best part? This floof talks! Just squeeze its tummy and it'll squeal just like in the movie! It also flaps its wings and moves its lips. IT'S ALIIIIIVE! You unfortunately can't change the batteries, but that won't make it any less cuddly when they die (the batteries, not the Porg).
UbiKORT 3D Millennium Falcon lamp
Want a lamp that looks like a hologram of the Millennium Falcon schematics? OF COURSE YOU DO. This lamp is so friggin's rad, and at $38, it's quite reasonably priced.
This lamp features 10 LEDs and 7 color options, which means a long life and fun times finding the color that suits you best! LEDs also won't over heat, so you can leave this baby on all night.
Boba Fett nutcracker
Does anyone use a nutcracker to actually crack nuts anymore? Who cares? This Boba Fett nutcracker is the perfect mantelpiece for Star Wars fans during the holidays. It's almost $50, so it's definitely a decoration only to pull out this time of year, but it's a fun and festive way to incorporate Star Wars into your celebrations and decorations!
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Updated December 2017: Updated in anticipation of "The Last Jedi's" release! We've removed some gifts that are no longer available and added some awesome new ones, like the life-size Porg plush!