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12 Gifts for the 'Star Wars' Fan

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Two years prior to the release of Star Wars in 1977, George Lucas thought it might be interesting if his space opera resulted in a Wookiee coffee mug or an R2-D2 cookie jar. Some 40 years later, merchandise from the film series has become an entire industry unto itself, with an almost unaccountable number of products. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by options, take a look at 12 gifts sure to please the Force fan in your life.

1. LITTLEBITS DROID INVENTOR KIT; $100

A look at the LittleBits Star Wars Droid kit parts
LittleBits

This is the Droid gift you’re looking for. This engineering kit is suitable for ages 8 and up and features a variety of motors, parts, stickers, and other accessories to help users build their own unique robotic companion. Once assembled, the Droid can sense and avoid obstacles, locomote when humans “use the Force” by swiping their hand, or record secret messages to deliver to accomplices.

Find It: LittleBits

2. STAR WARS ELITE SERIES DIE CAST ACTION FIGURES; $20

A Star Wars die cast action figure of Captain Phasma
Amazon

Action figures have always been a hallmark of the Star Wars product universe, and these 6.5-inch to 7.5-inch die cast figures are a worthy addition to the line-up. Instead of being strictly plastic, each has been struck with molded metal parts to make for a durable, hefty figure that’s more statue than plaything. (But don't worry: They're still poseable.)

Find It: Amazon

3. STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE DEATH STAR HOLOGRAM LIMITED EDITION VINYL SET; $135

A Star Wars soundtrack album sleeve
Amazon

Vinyl may not be as popular as it was when the original Star Wars was released, but the analog format still has enough fans to make this a must-have. The eye-popping reissue of the classic John Williams score features a 3-D hologram on one of the records that projects a Death Star image when played. No special equipment other than a turntable and an overhead light source is needed.

Find It: Amazon

4. STAR WARS BB-8 BLANKET SCARF; $40

A model sports a Star Wars BB-8 blanket scarf
ThinkGeek

For chilly winter mornings, nothing’s better than a cozy blanket-scarf hybrid—nothing, that is, unless it’s one emblazoned with the distinctive profile of 2015’s breakout Droid, BB-8. The spherical charmer appears on this acrylic throw that measures 80 inches by 24 inches.

Find It: ThinkGeek

5. STATE BAGS LIMITED EDITION STAR WARS COLLECTION; $80 AND UP

A Star Wars Darth Vader backpack from State Bags
STATE Bags

Love Star Wars? Love trendy backpacks? STATE Bags is prepared to make you an offer you can’t refuse. These unique, understated totes use patterns and color schemes to broadcast your love of Jedi culture without going overboard. Choose between Darth Vader, C-3PO, R2-D2, or a Stormtrooper assembly.

Find It: STATE Bags

6. STAR WARS CROSS STITCH; $20

The cover of a Star Wars cross stitch instructional book
ThinkGeek

Rebellious arts and crafts fans will find a lot to love about this book detailing 12 Star Wars cross stitch patterns with varying degrees of difficulty. In addition to logos for the Rebel Alliance, the Empire, and Boba Fett’s helmet, you can also needle BB-8 and the Death Star.

Find It: ThinkGeek

7. MONOPOLY: STAR WARS 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION; $25

A look at the Stars Wars 40th anniversary edition of Monopoly
Amazon

Classic Monopoly game pieces and squares have been swapped out for Star Wars-centric themes in honor of the original film’s 40th anniversary. Move your X-wing flight helmet or Millennium Falcon around the board and draw Force cards that could decide your fate. But be warned: Not even mastery of space wizardry can keep you from going bankrupt.

Find It: Amazon

8. STAR WARS BLACK SERIES POE DAMERON ELECTRONIC X-WING PILOT HELMET; $77

A Star Wars Poe Dameron X-wing helmet replica
Amazon

You don’t need to be hotshot X-wing pilot Poe Dameron to wear his flight gear. This movie-accurate helmet features a retractable visor, sound effects from the films, and some beep-blop Droid chatter from co-pilot BB-8.

Find It: Amazon

9. STAR WARS EPISODE VIII FIGHTER SHIPS 4 PIECE GLASS SET; $15

A set of four Star Wars ship glasses
ThinkGeek

Collectible glasses were all the rage in the ‘80s, and now they’re making a comeback. This set of four 10-ounce drinking glasses features famous ships from the series, including the Millennium Falcon, a TIE Fighter, and an X-wing. Strange blue milk not included.

Find It: Think Geek

10. STAR WARS HAN SOLO AND TAUNTAUN POP! FIGURE SET: A SMUGGLERS BOUNTY EXCLUSIVE; $97

A Funko Han Solo and Tauntaun collectible figure set
Amazon

One of the most disgusting-yet-cool sequences in all of Star Wars is the sequence in The Empire Strikes Back when Han Solo braves the frigid climate of Hoth in order to rescue his friend Luke Skywalker. Cutting open his Tauntaun allows him to keep Luke warm enough until help arrives. While you won’t be able to disembowel this Funko version, Han still looks as slick as ever in his winter gear while riding his doomed companion.

Find It: Amazon

11. LEGO STAR WARS EPISODE VIII FIRST ORDER HEAVY ASSAULT WALKER BUILDING KIT; $150

A LEGO Star Wars Assault Walker set
Amazon

The Resistance will be having problems with this massive Assault Walker, a 13-inch-tall kit that seems ready to demolish anything in its path. Once completed, the Walker sports a missile-firing head, movable legs, and First Order mini-figures to man the operation.

Find It: Amazon

12. SYMMETRY SERIES STAR WARS IPHONE CASES; $45 AND UP

Hold the phone: Help your favorite fan answer the call of the Force (or the dark side) with these slim and durable iPhone cases from Otterbox. Choose from five different designs, featuring BB-8, a stormtropper, Darth Vader, the Resistance, and Ahch-To.

Find It: Otterbox

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18 Smart Products To Help You Kick Off Summer
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Whether you’re trying to spiff up your backyard barbeque or cultivate your green thumb, these summertime gadgets will help you celebrate the season from solstice to the dog days.

1. ROSÉ WINE GLASSES; $60

Rosé Wine Glass
Amazon

Why It’s Cool: Wine not? When the temperature rises and beer isn’t your thing, reach for the rosé. Riedel’s machine-blown SST (see, smell, taste) wine glasses will give the sparkly stuff ample room to breathe, making every refreshing sip worthwhile.

Find It: Amazon

2. NERF N-STRIKE ELITE SURGEFIRE; $25

Nerf SurgeFire
Hasbro

Why It’s Cool: The N-Strike Elite SurgeFire (say that five-times-fast) sports a pump-action rotating drum for maximum foam-based firepower and holds up to 15 Nerf darts in its arsenal.

Find It: Hasbro Toy Shop

3. BUSHEL & BERRY PLANTS; $34

plant
Amazon

Why It’s Cool: You don’t need to have a green thumb to create a brag-worthy garden this summer. Besides producing snackable mid-season berries, these open-growing bushes can be planted immediately for easy set-up to make you look like a botanical pro.

Find It: Amazon

4. INFLATABLE DONUT; $17

Doughnut float
Amazon

Why It’s Cool: When the only dunking you’re doing is taking a dip in the pool, a 48-inch inflatable donut is the perfect way to stay afloat.

Find It: Amazon

5. STAR SPANGLED SPATULA; $21

American flag spatula
Amazon

Why It’s Cool: O say can you see by your grill’s charcoal light / Meats so proudly we cooked ... with a star spangled spatula. Depending on the specific model, these all-American grilling tools (designed in New Jersey and made in Chicago) are made of a combination of walnut and stainless steel or nylon. As an added bonus: 5 percent of the proceeds go to the Penn Abramson Cancer Center.

Find It: Amazon

6. MLB HOT DOG BRANDERS; $8 AND UP

MLB San Diego Padres Hot Dog BBQ Brander
Amazon

Why It’s Cool: Take your hot dogs, sausages, brats, and more out to the ballgame without ever leaving your grill. These branders from Pangea Brands are dishwasher-safe and made of ceramic-coated cast iron.

Find It: Amazon

7. UNA GRILL; $139

grill
MoMA Shop

Why It’s Cool: This portable charcoal-heated grill is as efficient as it is stylish. The compact size lets you cook at the park, after hitting up MoMA, or anywhere in between.

Find It: MoMa Shop

8. HAMBURGER GRILLING BASKET; $21


Why It’s Cool: Made of steel and finished with a non-stick coating, this grilling tool flips four burgers at once and maintains perfect burger proportions to guarantee nobody stays hungry for long.

Find It: Amazon

9. COPPER FIRE PIT; $121

metal fire pit
Amazon

Why It’s Cool: The grill isn’t the only place for a roaring fire this summer. This 100 percent solid copper fire pit makes for the perfect gathering spot at your next BBQ, or just to warm up after a cool summer evening.

Find It: Amazon

10. BENDY STRAW POOL NOODLE FLOAT; $10

Bendy Straw Inflatable Pool Float
Amazon

Why It’s Cool: Inflatable pool floats shouldn’t be boring, and this bendy straw float definitely does not suck. This unique spin on traditional pool noodles is sure to make for some cheesy jokes, but at least you’ll be comfortable floating in the pool or at the beach.

Find It: Amazon

11. GRIDDLER DELUXE; $111

Cuisinart GR-150 Griddler Deluxe
Amazon

Why It’s Cool: If you’re looking for some serious panini power, this griddler offers up a versatile lineup of six cooking options in one. And with dual-zone functions you can sling burgers while searing filets and sautéeing vegetables all at the same time.

Find It: Amazon

12. VINTAGE SNOW CONE MAKER; $30

Vintage Snow Cone Maker
Amazon

Why It’s Cool: With its old-timey design, dual cone shelf, and endless flavor options, this snow cone maker is guaranteed create a cool treat.

Find It: Amazon

13. DACHSHUND CORN ON THE COB HOLDERS; $7

Dog Corn Holders
Amazon

Why It’s Cool: While meat-lovers will inevitably scarf down a lot of hot dogs this summer, vegetarians who happen to love another kind of dog will be smitten with these stainless steel, Dachshund-shaped corn on the cob prongs. They’re a fun spin on a summer grilling favorite.

Find It: Amazon

14. ICE CREAM SANDWICH MAKER; $16

Ice Cream Sandwich Maker
Amazon

Why It’s Cool: Four sandwiches are better than one, especially when they're of the ice cream variety. Make four ice cream sandwiches at once with this homemade spin on a classic cold treat.

Find It: Amazon

15. UE WONDERBOOM; $68

Bluetooth speaker
Amazon

Why It’s Cool: Besides delicious food and great company, some memorable tunes are required for the quintessential barbeque. This portable bluetooth speaker offers up some booming sound in a small package, and with a battery power of 10 hours on a single charge you can keep the party going all night.

Find It: Amazon

16. ROLLORS GAME; $38

Rollors Backyard Game
Amazon

Why It’s Cool: When you’re sick of bocce, hate horseshoes, and you’re over cornhole, you might want to take up “rollors,” a family-friendly game that combines your favorite traditional backyard festivities into one game for people of all ages.

Find It: Amazon

17. HAMMOCK; $174

hammock
Amazon

Why It’s Cool: Rest easy knowing that this 100 percent hand-woven and hand-dyed cotton hammock contributes to artisan job-creation in Thailand.

Find It: Amazon

18. VSSL SURVIVAL ESSENTIALS; $59

Emergency Survival Tent Outdoors
Amazon

Why It’s Cool: Compact, convenient, and durable, the VSSL Shelter can come in handy when things don’t go quite as planned. The device—which features a lightweight emergency shelter all within the handle of a compact, weather-resistant aluminum LED flashlight—is designed to keep you safe under the worst conditions.

Find It: Amazon

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Here's To Dad: 27 Father's Day Gifts He'll Love
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Whether he's Pops, Dad, Papa, or something else, let's face it, the father figure in your life probably knows best. This Father's Day, show your appreciation for those hard-earned life lessons with one of these gifts that he's guaranteed to love.

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1. MOUNTAIN PINT GLASS; $45

mountain glassware
North Drinkware

Portland-based company North Drinkware is known for stunning hand-blown glassware featuring replicas of mountains. The Oregon Pint captures the likeness of Mount Hood—the highest peak in the state at 11,250 feet high. There are also models for mountains in Washington, California, Colorado, and more.

Find It: North Drinkware

2. EAGLE CREEK ALL PURPOSE DUFFEL; $200

Designed in collaboration with three National Geographic Explorers, this duffel—which has 60 liters of space—is tough enough for the most adventurous dads. The pack unzippers to two large compartments, divided by mesh, that allow for easy organization and locating of whatever items are inside. Its moisture-wicking straps can be configured so dad can carry it as a duffel or wear it as a backpack, and weatherproof fabric allows it to be wiped down inside and out.

Find It: National Geographic

3. WHISKY STONES; $20

Whiskey Stones
Whiskey Stones

Instead of regular ice cubes that water down spirits, make sure Dad has whiskey stones. He can stick these handcrafted soapstone cubes in the freezer for four hours, pop them into his glass, and enjoy a cold, stiff drink.

Find It: Whisky Stones

4. OLUKAI KAHU; $90

It doesn’t get more comfortable than these kicks, which have a removable footbed with a gel insert, a drop-in heel—so dad can wear them as either shoes or slides—and a breathable nylon upper. Plus, a portion of the proceeds from your purchase will go to the Ama OluKai Foundation, which supports charities that honor Hawaii’s cultural heritage.

Find it: OluKai

5. IF YOU CAN READ THIS BRING ME A CUP OF COFFEE SOCKS; $10

coffee socks
Courtesy of The Perfect Pair, Etsy

For the father figure who loves his coffee and can be regularly found kicking back on a recliner: Help him send a message from the comfort of his chair with these socks that feature a plea for caffeine on the bottom. Bonus points if you bring him a cup of joe on Father's Day.

Find It: Etsy

6. DAD MAGAZINE; $10

Dad Magazine
Amazon

Dads are the source of endless internet fodder, from well-crafted dad jokes to heart-warming anecdotes from real-life fathers. This book-length parody magazine stemmed from the fake Dad Magazine covers that creators Jaya Saxena and Matt Lubchansky published on The Toast, the now-defunct feminist site edited by Daniel Mallory Ortberg and Nicole Cliffe. The periodical bills itself as being "for dads, by dads" and features pitch-perfect satirical articles on classic dad-friendly topics like tools, golf, and grilling.

Find It: Amazon

7. DARN TOUGH SOCKS RETRO CREW LIGHT; $20

These calf-high socks—which are mostly made of merino wool—wick moisture away from the skin and dry quickly. They’ll keep dad’s feet warm in the winter and cool in the summer, and thanks to the wool’s antimicrobial qualities, they won’t stink. Best of all, they come with a lifetime warranty.

Find It: Darn Tough

8. SPORT-BRELLA RECLINER CHAIR; $43

umbrella chair
Amazon

This outdoor recliner chair has a large built-in umbrella so dad can relax in the shade at the beach, by the campfire, or on the sidelines of your soccer game. In addition to three adjustable positions, the chair includes a detachable footrest, cup holder, and built-in bottle opener.

Find It: Amazon

9. PADDLE YOUR OWN CANOE; $11

Paddle Your Own Canoe cover
Amazon

In his first memoir, Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living, actor Nick Offerman (who made us laugh as Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation) instructs readers on the finer points of woodworking, cooking meat, and growing facial hair. He also shares his philosophy on life, what it means to be a man, and tales of growing up in Minooka, Illinois.

Find It: Amazon

10. MOUNTAIN KHAKIS TATANKA SHIRT; $65

If your dad loves National Parks, this is the shirt for him. Made by the Jackson Hole, Wyoming-based Mountain Khakis, this 100 percent cotton jersey shirt comes in green or blue and features a pattern of little bison—including a few that are giving too-close tourists the boot.

Find It: Mountain Khakis

11. TRUNK CLUB; $25 STYLING FEE CREDITED TOWARD YOUR FINAL PURCHASE

clothing
Trunk Club

Dad can't be trusted to pick out his own clothes? Give him the gift of a box of swanky threads, curated by a personal stylist with Nordstrom's Trunk Club for Men. All he has to do is chat with a stylist online, answering questions about what he likes to wear. Then, a box will be shipped right to his door full of pieces for him to try on. He can return what he doesn't like for free and keep what he loves. A $25 styling fee is credit toward his final purchase.

Find It: Trunk Club

12. CREATE-A-DRAWER FROM BASIC OUTFITTERS; $60

Basic Outfitters clothing in drawers
Courtesy of Basic Outfitters

Don't forget socks and underwear! The Create-a-Drawer from Basic Outfitters (which you might recognize from Shark Tank) is a one stop shop for restocking on wardrobe basics. Put together a box of up to 17 pieces, including boxers, briefs, socks, undershirts, Henleys, hoodies, and sweatpants, for $60. With a wealth of classic colors and fun patterns in soft fabrics, there's something for every dad. Trust us: Basic Outfitters let us curate a box to sample and it was easy as can be to find things suited to the dad in our life.

Find It: Basic Outfitters

13. BLAIR'S "ORIGINAL" DEATH HOT SAUCE WITH SKULL KEY CHAIN; $13

hot sauce
Amazon

If your dad has a high tolerance for heat, challenge him to try the impossibly hot Blair's Original Death Sauce, which comes with a skull keychain.

Find It: Amazon

14. TRAVELAMBO SLIM WALLET; $12

Travelambo RFID Front Pocket Minimalist Slim Wallet
Amazon

If dad has been using the same worn out billfold since 1987, it's probably time for an upgrade. Travelambo's minimalist wallet is designed to hold everything he needs in an impressively slim frame.

Find It: Amazon

15. SELF-CHILLING BEER GLASSES; $40

Pint Glasses
Wayfair

Each of these pint glasses comes with a chilling cone that you put in the freezer for 30 minutes and then screw into the bottom of the cup. The cold core will keep dad's ale at the perfect temperature despite the summer heat.

Find It: Wayfair

16. WIRELESS MEAT THERMOMETER; $40

Ivation Long Range Wireless Thermometer
Amazon

This wireless meat thermometer allows dad to kick back with a beer and still monitor the grill from up to 300 feet away.

Find It: Amazon

17. SMOKER BOX; $50

smoker box
Williams Sonoma

This smoker box is the perfect addition to any culinary dad's grilling collection. He'll love experimenting with different smokey flavors.

Find It: Williams-Sonoma

18. DYSON COOL TOWER FAN; $399

Dyson 300906-01 Air Multiplier AM07 Tower Fan
Amazon

The uber-modern Dyson Cool tower fan is completely bladeless, using Air Multiplier technology to cool dad off. It's also quiet, easy to clean, and features a sleep timer.

Find It: Amazon

19. "HONESTLY" ABRAHAM LINCOLN MUG; $18

"Honestly" Abraham Lincoln Mug
Fishs Eddy

If your dad is a history nerd, he'll love this quirky mug from Fishs Eddy.

Find It: Fishs Eddy

20. HAMILTON AND BURR DUELING SHOTS; $18

Dueling Shots Hamilton and Burr
Fishs Eddy

These American-made "dueling" Hamilton and Burr shot glasses honor blasts from the past. Plus, they're cheaper than tickets to Hamilton.

Find It: Fishs Eddy

21. STANLEY CLASSIC GROWLER SET; $48

Stanley Classic Growler Set
Amazon

Perfect for camping or backyard BBQs, this set comes with a 64-ounce vacuum-insulated growler made of stainless steel that promises to keep beer cold for a full 24 hours. It also includes four tumblers in different colors so no one gets their drinks mixed up—if Dad feels like sharing, that is.

Find It: Stanley

22. SOG SYNC II BELT BUCKLE MULTI-TOOL; $80

belt buckle multi-tool
Sog

Fashion meets function in this multi-tool, which includes pliers, a ruler, a screwdriver, a wire crimper, scissors, a blade, and a three-sided file, among other tools. It folds down into a belt buckle and can also be clipped on a pack.

Find It: Sog

23. OTTERBOX TROOPER LT 30 COOLER; $300

coolers
Otterbox

This leak-proof cooler—which comes in three colors—has a puncture resistant nylon exterior, a wide opening to make getting food or drinks easy, and straps that allow it to be carried either on the shoulder or as a backpack. It can be opened with one hand and will keep ice for up to three days.

Find It: Otterbox

24. LEATHERMAN COLLECTOR’S EDITION PST; $275

multitool
Leatherman

Dads who love Leatherman will want this multi-tool, which is based on the brand's original 1983 design. The 4-inch-long, 5.2-ounce tool has 11 tools, including four screwdrivers, pliers, a knife, and an awl; it comes with a wooden case, a leather sheath, a collector’s coin, and a t-shirt—not to mention a certificate of authenticity signed by Tim Leatherman himself.

Find It: Leatherman

25. COAL HEADWEAR THE FIELD HAT; $26

baseball cap
Coal Headwear

These adjustable ripstop cotton hats pair funny phrases with classic illustrations, a great fit for the Pop who loves his dad jokes.

Find It: Coal Headwear

26. BEER TASTING FLIGHT; $49

beer flight
Gilt

Dad will cherish this wooden set that includes space for up to four drafts and a chalkboard for marking what's on tap.

Find It: Gilt

27. 100 ESSENTIAL FILMS SCRATCH-OFF POSTER; $35

pop chart movies scratch off poster
Pop Chart Lab

This scratch-off poster from Pop Chart Lab features 100 classic films making it the perfect gift for film buffs with a den full of meticulously organized DVDs and Blu-rays.

Find It: Pop Chart Lab

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