If you have a pop culture fan in your life, don’t give them a Snuggie or a ShamWOW for Christmas. Give them something they really want, something they will be glad to put on their shelf of action figures or comic book goodies. Here are some ideas for gifts that would surely be well-received on Christmas morning…
|Statues and Replica Props
Sideshow Collectibles produces incredibly detailed statues, film prop replicas and fine art pieces for collectors. Giving one of their intricately detailed likenesses of pop culture icons would certainly make you the hero of Christmas morning.
|Original Comic Book Art
There are plenty of original comic book art boards for sale on sites like eBay, but you can also purchase directly from the artists and galleries. A great place to start your search is the Lewis Wayne Gallery web site, which offers original art as well as comic books. Find out what characters or artists your collector admires, and use that as your starting point.
|Original Movie Posters
A vintage movie poster makes a big statement hanging on a wall. Find a movie starring your collector’s favorite actor, or pick a film from his favorite genre. A great place to buy authentic movie posters is emovieposter.com. They hold three auctions a week and their customer service is excellent. Movie posters are a great gift because you can find them for 99 cents or $99K! There is something for every budget.
I don’t think I’ve ever met a pop culture collector who wouldn’t appreciate receiving a vintage toy for Christmas. Character toys have been produced for decades, so pick your collector’s favorite and find something produced when the character was first introduced for a sure-fire Christmas hit. Batman items from 1966 are excellent, He-Man toys from the early 80’s are great, and Mego toys from the 70’s are tough to beat.
There are some amazing toys out there these days, but you won’t find them on the shelves of your local Toys R Us. Designer toys are all the rage and collectors go crazy for toys from companies such as ThreeA Toys and KidRobot. These aren’t the kind of toys you throw around in the dirt. These are “toys” that you put behind glass.
Collectors tend to be visual people. They like to look at stuff, which is why their shelves are usually overflowing with items to gaze upon. You can’t go wrong with a book that focuses on your collector’s passion. For the horror film buff, try The Art of Hammer: The Official Poster Collection From the Archive of Hammer Films. For the 80’s fan, there’s Totally Tubular ’80s Toys. And if your collector likes to make or customize his own toys, then Pop Sculpture: How to Create Action Figures and Collectible Statues should be at the top of the list. Whatever the collector in your life collects, there is certainly a book devoted to it available on Amazon
And finally, to my wife, I really do think this King Kong wall hanging would fit over the couch in the den. A special thanks to Twitter friends WeirdoToys and DadsDish for their input in this exhaustively researched write-up. Merry Christmas everyone!