We know the pressures of making a good impression with your kiddos’ teachers, and sending in a sweet little present this Holiday can be one more added pressure – especially as you try to stretch your holiday budget as far…
The first of three new Stars Wars movies debuts this month, sure to create a craze among fans who want to add more items and gadgets to their collections. If you’ve got a Star Wars fan on your holiday shopping list, you don’t need to spend Princess Leia’s ransom to give a great gift your friend or family member will love for years to come.
LIGHTSABER DINING UTENSILS
Kids and adults alike will enjoy eating with these Lightsaber utensils. A knife, fork and spoon featuring the hilt of Luke’s, Yoda’s and Darth’s lightsaber. These utensils don’t light up, so you don’t have to worry about kids dueling each other during dinner, but the items do look just like the deadly weapons their favorite Star Wars characters used in battle. A set of three sells for less than $15 on some sites. You can also buy lightsaber chopsticks.
DEATHSTAR ICE CUBE MAKER
Square ice cubes? Not for Star Wars fans — frozen Deathstars are their drink chillers of choice. Each mold is less than $5 and one cube is enough to chill a glass of juice, punch, soda or an adult beverage. The detail in these ice cubes will have the recipients of your gift passing their drinks around the room before their sci-fi sphere melts into oblivion. In addition to the Deathstar mold, you can buy trays that create “flatter” versions of other Star Wars characters and items.
STAR-WARS THEMED DESSERT MAKERS
Create Star Wars-themed cakes, cookies and cupcakes this holiday season using inexpensive items that come in a variety of shapes and sizes. You can make holiday cookies that look like stormtroopers, Yoda, Darth Vader and Boba Fett. Decorate your cupcakes using Star Wars stencils that add white powdered sugar or dark chocolate imprints in the shape of favorite characters or the familiar title font of the movie. Punt the Bundt and make a holiday cake using a Darth Vader cake pan to mold a chocolate treat from the Dark Side. A little searching on Amazon will help you find a variety of Stars Wars molds, cupcake liners, handles and other baking tools. In addition to dessert-themed gifts, you can give someone pancake molds in the shape of Darth Vader, Yoda and a stormtrooper.
STAR WARS BOOKS
Star Wars fans have seen all the movies, but how many have had the opportunity to read the books? Do your intergalactic fanatic a wonderful favor by taking him or her to the next step of enjoying the series. Buying a Stars Wars books or two encourages readers to create their own visuals and sounds as they imagine the action that’s taking place while they’re reading. For kids and adults, reading is becoming a lost pleasure – reintroduce them to this wonderful pastime and you just might notice a few more books on their shelves when you stop by for a visit next year.
JEDI BATH ROBES
It’s easy to look like Obi Wan Kenobi with a 100 percent cotton star wars dressing robe in the sandy color of a Jedi hooded cloak. Pockets and a belt make this item functional as well as fashionable, and it can be worn around the house or to a costume party. Listing as high as $90 at full retail, these robes can be had on Amazon for around $20 from different sellers.
STAR WARS MONOPOLY
Combine an old and a new classic with a Star Wars-themed Monopoly game. Instead of trying to seize Park Place and Boardwalk, your giftee will battle over familiar planets from the movie franchise, taking either the rebel or empire side. Players still pay rent when they land on properties, keeping the game familiar for everyone.
Start a child who loves Star Wars on the path to a creative hobby by giving him or her a Star Wars LEGO kit. These toys come with easy-to-follow directions for building ships, droids and forts. Figurines that come with the kits help kids create their own stories, making your gift something they’ll use over and over for hours of fun. LEGO has made dozens of kits to choose from.
This article was written by Sam Ashe-Edmunds, contributor for The Daily Clutch.