Monday, November 28, 2011

Cyber Monday: The Fantasy Matters Edition

I'm not brave enough to go out on Black Friday to do my holiday shopping.  I hate parking lots to begin with, and so the thought of fighting for the last spot in the lot at a time in the morning when I should really, really still be in bed makes me a bit queasy.

Rather, I'm one of those who does her holiday shopping online--and what better time to start than today, Cyber Monday?

Here are some of the science fiction and fantasy-related things that I'd love to receive for the holidays, or things that I'd love to give, or things that I think would make wonderful gifts, even if I can't think of who might like them.  If there are scifi/fantasy things (or even just nerdy/geeky things) that top your list, make sure you let us know about them in the comments!

Right now, I think the thing that tops my list is the complete set of Harry Potter DVDs.  At Amazon, you can get all 8 movies for $50, which seems like a great deal, especially since I only own one of them at this point.

ThinkGeek is one of my favorite catalogs to flip through.  It stays on my coffee table for months after I get it, simply because it makes such entertaining reading.  They have a whole bunch of Doctor Who products, including sonic screwdrivers, and several collections of propaganda-style posters, including this retro video game set.  (They also have these awesome plush sushi toys, which aren't scfi/fantasy related, but still awesome.)

Another one of my favorite sites to just browse through is 6 Dollar Shirts.  Not only do they have cheap shirts that are humorously related to current events, but a lot of their shirts are scifi/fantasy related.  There's the Monty Python and the Holy Grail shirt, a Back to the Future shirt, and a zombie apocalypse shirt.  Oh, and an Oregon Trail shirt, just because it brings back great memories from third grade.

The new MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic comes out on December 20--perfect if you want to escape your crazy relatives and spend your holiday vacation in a galaxy far, far away!

Last week, we featured the artwork of Aunia Kahn--she has many prints available for sale, along with tarot decks and pieces of jewelry, including these great skull cufflinks!  (Also, she is having a big sale on her website today, 11/28--head over there and take a look for yourself!)

Etsy is also a great place to look for gifts that are creative, personal, and often, very reasonably priced.  Here are some of my favorites:

And last but certainly not least, if you or your loved ones haven't read Stephen King's The Dark Tower series yet, this holiday season might be the perfect time to start!

If this list hasn't inspired you, you might try heading over to io9 to see what they've come up with--they have gift ideas for "10 major species of science fiction fans."

And don't forget to share your own gift ideas in the comments!