12 Gifts Under $30 for Star Wars Fans
With the latest "Star Wars" movie premiering a week before Christmas, themed toys and other items tied to the franchise will be hot holiday gifts this year. One toy, a BB-8 app-controlled Droid by Sphero, sold out within hours at many stores. It's back in stock, but the $150 price tag might scare more people than a wild rancor. Shoppers with modest budgets can choose among these 12 Star Wars gifts under $30 for the fans on their lists.
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 (about $9 each) delight adult fans as much as children.
An excellent gift for aspiring mixologists, a Death Star silicone mold ($4 on Amazon) creates a giant ball of ice to put in a cocktail. There is also a silicone tray ($6) that makes seven blocks of ice shaped like Han Solo frozen in carbonite. Or, go all out and get a set of six molds: Han, Darth Vader, R2-D2, the Millennium Falcon, an X-wing, and a stormtrooper ($20). The molds can also be used to make chocolates, candles, or fondant shapes.
Another ThinkGeek exclusive, three Star Wars mugs ($12 each) change appearances when hot liquid is poured inside. On one, the temperature change reveals Yoda's green lightsaber and the line "Do, or do not. There is no try." On another, explosions and lasers appear in a battle between the Millennium Falcon and other ships.
Retailers are stocking up on a variety of bed and bath products for Star Wars fans. Walmart has a silk throw ($10), a stormtrooper toothbrush holder ($9), and an R2-D2 trash can ($10). Target is selling several different blankets and throws ($15 to $25), a table lamp ($20), and stuffed animals ($20).
Cuff links often cost $50 or more at traditional retail stores, but on Etsy they cost as little as $8 a set. Depending on the seller, they may be made out of laser-etched wood, polymer clay, stainless steel, or silver-plated alloys. Some are made to order and may take a few extra days to ship.