May the 4th Be With You: 24 Gifts for Star Wars Day
May 4 has become a day of celebration for legions of Star Wars buffs around the world, chosen for the pun "May the Fourth be with you." You can treat the superfan in your life -- or yourself -- this Star Wars Day without spending a Jabba-size amount of money. These collectibles and gifts pay tribute for $20 or less.
Do you have dried herbs and spices that are thicker and greener than the forests of Endor? Grind them down to a powder using this replica of the Death Star -- the most evil weapon the Empire ever imagined. You saw what it did to Alderaan. Do you really think your thyme stands a chance?
Price: $7.20, Buy it on Amazon
To a Star Wars freak, a fork, knife, and spoon designed to look like the lightsabers wielded by Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, and Yoda will make every meal taste just a little bit better. Made of stainless steel and food-grade plastic, the set is officially licensed by Disney.
Price: $11, Buy it on Amazon
The Force will be with you every time you order sushi if your chopsticks look like the greatest weapon in the galaxy. With the push of a button, the chopsticks light up like the namesake weapon. (Sorry, no sound.) Several colors are available, and batteries are included.
Price: $10, Buy it on Amazon
This gift includes 20 flavors of jelly beans and comes in a branded, keepsake box. Darth Vader looms large in front of the decorative backdrop, which features the Death Star and several Imperial craft. After the jelly beans are gobbled up, the segmented box can be repurposed for arts and crafts or hardware items.
Price: $11, Buy it from Jelly Belly
Two of the greatest forces in the galaxy, Pez and Star Wars, are united in this gift set, which comes with four dispensers and six Pez candy refills. Characters include Darth Vader, a Stormtrooper, and a Death Trooper. The fourth dispenser in the collection is topped with a Death Star replica.
Price: $15, Buy it at Bed Bath & Beyond
You can score 10 "Rogue One" figurines in one set: Captain Cassian Andor, Baze Malbus, Chirrut Imwe, Sergeant Jyn Erso, an Imperial Death Trooper, a Shoretrooper, Bodhi Rook, K-2SO, Director Orson Krennic, and, of course, Darth Vader. The entire set is officially licensed by Disney.
Price: $15, Buy it at the Disney Store
Whether it's a gift for groomsmen or a present designed to add a touch of galactic elegance to a Star Wars buff's wardrobe, these Vader-head cufflinks will shine. Made of sturdy metal, they're built to last and spark conversation for many black-tie affairs to come.
Price: $14, Buy it on Amazon
Jedis have to brush their teeth too. Your dentist will thank you for investing in a Star Wars collector's toothbrush, which comes in a premium branded tin. Character voices and sound effects keep kids entertained, and a light flashes every 60 seconds to let you know the dentist-recommended time allotment for brushing each row of teeth has passed. (Note: This is a manual toothbrush; the bristles are not driven with electricity.)
Price: $5, Buy it at Target
IG-88. Bossk. Dengar. Boba Fett. If you're on the run from the Empire and you have a price on your head, these names ring out across the galaxy. This set of super-deformed plush dolls unites the most notorious bounty hunters in the entire Star Wars series.
Price: $16, Buy it from ThinkGeek
"I love you." "I know." For Star Wars fans, there has probably never been a greater on-screen exchange between star-crossed lovers. Han and Leia's immortal words are inscribed on his-and-hers rings, which also feature the secret rebel logo.
Price: $12-$17 for one ring, Buy it on Amazon
Whether you're baking in the kitchen or grilling in the yard, you can go from amateur chef to smuggler-in-chief the moment you tie your apron strings. Made of 100 percent polyester, this apron can stand up to wookiee-size messes. It's officially licensed for die-hard fans.
Price: $18, Buy it on Jet
Pop bottle caps with a pocket-size replica of the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs. Although it's made of a zinc alloy that's supposed to be sturdy and built to last, some reviewers warn that it can't tolerate too much force.
Price: $5.50, Buy it on Amazon
What's black and white and red all over? This Kylo Ren backpack, which features the evil Sith, his entourage of Stormtroopers, and his trademark red lightsaber. The officially licensed "The Force Awakens" pack measures 16 by 13 by 5 inches.
Price: $19, Buy it on Jet
This gadget transforms a hard-boiled egg into a spitting image of C-3PO's buddy. Simply peel a recently boiled egg, encase it in this R2 mold, and then submerge the mold in cold water. When released, the egg will have the shape of everybody's favorite astromech droid.
Price: $5, Buy it at Fun.com
Someone who loves pizza and Star Wars might also enjoy a pizza cutter that replicates R2-D2's unmistakable beeping and booping with every cut. R2-D2, who was built from a class of androids equipped with retractable tools for making in-flight repairs, was never seen on screen using a pizza cutter, but that doesn't mean the droid didn't have one tucked away somewhere.
Price: $15, Buy it at Fun.com
Jeffrey Brown puts a twist on children's books and Star Wars with editions based on the premise that Darth Vader was a good father who was always there for his kids. There are many titles to choose from, including "Vader's Little Princess," "Darth Vader and Son," "Goodnight Darth Vader," and "Darth Vader and Friends." The books delight adult fans as much as children.
Price: $9 and up, Buy it on Amazon
An excellent gift for aspiring mixologists and candy makers, this set of eight silicone trays can be used to produce Darth Vader, Stormtroopers, X-wing fighters, the Millennium Falcon, R2-D2, Yoda, and Han Solo in the form of ice cubes, chocolates, gelatin, and even soap.
Price: $20, Buy it on Amazon