EW's 2018 pop culture holiday gift guide
'Tis the season to be shopping
We’ve rounded up the best pop culture-themed presents for everyone on your list, from the music lover to the style maven to the aspiring chef.
FOR THE CHILD AT HEART
Holiday magic isn’t just for kids.
LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle set
Accio 6,020 LEGO pieces — the second-largest set ever! — so your favorite Potter fan can recreate the hallowed Hogwarts castle. If there’s not enough Butterbeer in the world to make you drop hundreds on the castle, the exquisitely detailed Hogwarts Great Hall set can be had for a more accessible price. Hogwarts Castle, $400, shop.lego.com
Walt Disney’s Disneyland
In Chris Nichols’ visually stunning Walt Disney’s Disneyland Taschen coffee table book, you're given the keys to the original kingdom with this in-depth blueprint of not only the Happiest Place on Earth, but its architect as well. $60, taschen.com
The Nightmare Before Christmas 25 Years Collector’s Chess Set
Move the Pumpkin King and his friends along an eerie chess board to checkmate Oogie Boogie and his minions in this beautifully designed set. $65, amazon.com
Peanuts Family Cookbook
It can be hard to find things the littlest Peanuts fans will eat, but these recipes (Sloppy Joe Cools and Charlie Brownies, anyone?) paired with more than 75 classic comic strips, make it fun to try. $17, amazon.com
FOR THE TRENDSETTER
It’s the most stylish time of the year! Here are our favorite fashion-forward gifts, no size-guessing required.
Harry Potter glasses ring wrap
Emerald green earrings
Jewelry designer Peggy Li has been accessorizing your favorite TV stars since Buffy was staking vamps, with her pieces more recently adorning stars on Riverdale, Arrow, and The Bachelorette. Get her small-screen chic with these bold and festive drop earrings. $44, peggyli.com
Grand Avenue H Cuff
Give the gift of Themiscyran glamour this holiday season with this gleaming, Wonder Woman-esque 14K gold-plated cuff bracelet, perfect for all the stylish Diana Princes in your life. $105, grandavenuejewelry.com
FOR THE FOODIE
For the friend who can’t pass up a good kitchen experiment, these gifts are in perfect taste.
Cravings: Hungry for More
Harry Potter cookie cutters
Star Wars slow cooker
Because you can’t eat at the cantina every night, turn to your favorite characters from a galaxy far, far away to help you prepare dinner. This official Star Wars stainless steel slow cooker has a 7-quart capacity, a glass lid, and an off-the-charts midichlorian count. $40, boxlunch.com
From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg's Kitchen
Following in the footsteps of his Potluck Dinner Party cohost Martha Stewart, Snoop recently released a cookbook of recipes straight from his own collection. The wide range of dishes includes lobster thermidor and filet mignon as well as gin and juice, a guide to classic munchies, and the pièce de résistance, Bow Wow Brownies. $15, amazon.com
FOR THE SUPERFAN
For the most devoted shippers and stans, nothing will do but these ultimate fan gifts.
Beauty and the Beast VHS clutch
Carry your childhood obsession with you wherever you go with a clutch purse modeled after the most-rewinded Disney VHS tape of your youth, like this Beauty and the Beast version. $25, shopdisney.com
The Golden Girls: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
Thank your friend for being, well, a friend, with this charming Golden Girls version of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. $13, alwaysfits.com
Celebrity prayer candle
Construct an altar to your pop culture heroes — from Beyoncé to Brad Pitt to everyone in between — with one of these reverent prayer candles designed in their image. $15, illuminidol.com
Britney Spears socks
Get comfy with the Princess of Pop this holiday season with socks bearing the likeness of “…Baby One More Time”-era Britney Spears. Her loneliness may be killing her, but her pom-pom-ponytailed image is here to keep cold toes cozy. $12, alwaysfits.com
Mean Girls pins
On Wednesdays we wear pins. Accessorize like a Plastic with these colorful ornaments inspired by Cady and co. Set, $25; individually, $10; mondotees.com
FOR THE MIXOLOGIST
There's nothing like spirits to get into the holiday spirit! Check out these picks for the imbibers in your life.
Diageo Game of Thrones Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Game of Thrones fans will have to wait until April to see the final chapter in that saga — but winter is here, after all, so everyone might as well indulge in a warming Westerosi beverage in the meantime. Every variety in Diageo’s limited-edition line of single malt scotch whiskies was inspired by a different one of the Great Houses, and this black bottle by the men of the Night’s Watch. Send one to your friend who drinks, and who knows things. $112, Find out where you can buy a bottle.
Wakanda Forever pint glass
Diving Into Hampton Water rosé
Who says rosé isn’t rock & roll? Along with his son Jesse, Jon Bon Jovi released his very own bottle of the pink drink earlier this year, and it makes the perfect present for the #roséallday enthusiast looking for some good medicine. $26, wine.com
FOR THE MUSIC GURU
Strike the perfect chord for the music lover in your life.
A Star Is Born memorabilia
You can’t get any more meta than a T-shirt featuring the artist playing the artist in A Star Is Born. Choose from several Ally (Lady Gaga) or Jackson (Bradley Cooper) shirts in various styles with — bonus! — the digital soundtrack. $35 each; astarisbornmusic.com
Beastie Boys Book
Just as they upended hip hop, the Beastie Boys have shaken up the music memoir with this book by remaining members Ad-Rock and Mike D. Dive deep into their storied history as they put their root down with rare photos, original illustrations, a cookbook, a graphic novel, and more. $30, amazon.com
Skullcandy Ink’d Wireless earphones
You can wear these featherweight, rechargeable earphones all day, perfect for when your music is as hot as the tea you’re sipping. $50, t-mobile.com
David Bowie Loving the Alien (1983-1988)
Know someone in need of some stardust this season? Get them this hefty 11-CD, 15-piece vinyl, and standard digital download box set from the singer’s most commercially successful period. With never-before-released and remastered recordings, this is Bowie as we loved him but have never heard him. $119, amazon.com
What Would Dolly Do?
Dolly Parton, the diminutive country legend with the big voice, has delivered as many memorable one-liners and inspirational quotes over the years as she has hits. Her musings are contained in this illustrated book, the perfect gift for any devout follower of the church of Dolly. $15, amazon.com
FOR THE CINEPHILE
Check out these cinematic gifts for your film enthusiast friends.
The Big Lebowski 20th anniversary box set
Pour yourself a White Russian and revisit the Coen brothers’ cult classic with this deluxe 20th-anniversary Blu-ray box set, which packs a bowling ball pencil holder, polishing cloth, and sweater-wrapped box into a collectible bowling bag — not to mention a whole slew of special features into the second disc. $48, amazon.com