11 Brilliant Gifts for the Doctor Who Fan in Your Life

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Des Willie/BBC/BBC Worldwide/Shutterstock

For Doctor Who fans, December 25 is always a big day because of the legendary sci-fi series’ annual Christmas specials. It’s during that annual holiday to-do that viewers have gotten their first glimpse of Time Lords past—including the Tenth (David Tennant) and Twelfth (Peter Capaldi) Doctors. This year, viewers will get to see Jodie Whittaker make her debut as the Thirteenth Doctor (and the first female Doctor).

To help the Whovian in your life prepare for this groundbreaking moment, and scratch yet another gift off your ever-growing holiday list, may we suggest one of these?

1. ELEVENTH DOCTOR'S PURPLE COAT; $300

Regardless of who your favorite Doctor is, there’s no denying that Peter Capaldi’s purple coat is one stylish frock. Made of a tweed cashmere and wool blend, the coat gets it right down to the very last detail, including the Doctor’s corduroy collar. Sonic screwdriver not included.

Find It: ThinkGeek

2. LADIES’ TENTH DOCTOR’S COAT; $175

Jodie Whittaker is the first official female Doctor and the lucky Whovian in your life can follow her lead at home. It seems fitting that of all the Time Lord overcoats, it would be the Tenth Doctor’s that has gotten a female makeover, as legend has it that it was Janis Joplin who gave the Doctor his jacket in the first place. Pairs perfectly with Chuck Taylors.

Find It: ThinkGeek

3. THE DOCTORS: TIME AND SPACE COLLECTION; $30

Even if you didn’t know his name, you probably spent a part of your childhood with Roger Hargreaves, the author behind the Mr. Men book series. Now, your giftee can relive those days with this eight-book collection of Doctor Who-inspired Mr. Men titles, created by Hargreaves’s son Adam. The books’ bold illustrations are accompanied by fun little stories and jokes from the series, which makes them fun for the whole family.

Find It: Amazon

4. TARDIS TEAPOT; $22

Jumping from one century to the next can be a tiring business, so it’s always prudent to make time for tea. This ceramic teapot, which is a detailed recreation of the Doctor’s iconic time-traveling call box, holds up to 25 ounces per serving—enough for your loved one and any companion they have tagging along.

Find It: Walmart

5. MONOPOLY: DOCTOR WHO 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTOR’S EDITION; $35

Everyone’s favorite ode to capitalism gets a Whovian makeover with this special edition of Monopoly, where properties like Park Place take on the name of classic Doctor Who episodes like "The Poison Sky" instead, and old-school tokens like the race car and thimble have been replaced by iconic trinkets including the Fourth Doctor’s scarf and the Eleventh Doctor’s bow tie.

Find It: Amazon

6. TARDIS WATERCOLOR THROW BLANKET; $17

Help your giftee show off both their fandom and their creative side with this cuddly throw blanket, featuring a watercolor-like rendering of the Doctor’s TARDIS. Measuring 4-by-5 feet, the blanket is perfect for cuddling up with a Doctor Who binge-watch.

Find It: Hot Topic

7. LEGO IDEAS DOCTOR WHO BUILDING KIT; $89

Doctor Who fan Andrew Clark designed this detailed LEGO set via the company’s LEGO Ideas site. The 625-piece building kit replicates the TARDIS’s iconic trans-dimensional engineering quirk, with its small-on-the-outside and enormous-on-the-inside look. The collection's four minifigures, including both the Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors, mean that you can even role-play a Time Lord regeneration, LEGO-style.

Find It: Amazon

8. DALEK BLUETOOTH SPEAKER COMBO PACK; $250

Tech geeks and pop culture junkies alike will find a lot to like about these speakers. They can even exterminate all the unnecessary background noise with this shiny pair of Dalek-shaped Bluetooth speakers.

Find It: BBC Shop

9. FOURTH DOCTOR SCARF; $22 AND UP

Does your favorite Whovian want to go old school with their Doctor Who style? This recreation of the Fourth Doctor’s oversized scarf—available in either six feet or 12—makes a great winter accessory.

Find It: Amazon

10. SONIC SCREWDRIVER BBQ TONGS; $20

With these tongs, your giftee will want to drag the grill out of storage and cook up a fresh batch of fish fingers with these sonic screwdriver-style tongs. Yes, they even have sound effects.

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11. DOCTOR WHO: THE OFFICIAL COOKBOOK; $13

Fish fingers and custard may not be a traditional dish in most parts of the world, but if you’ve ever wondered what the Doctor’s favorite foods taste like, this book is chock full of 40 “Wibbly-Wobbly Timey-Wimey Recipes.” Fandom never tasted so delicious.

Find It: Amazon

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Everything Ranger Station makes is extremely giftable, especially when paired with their lighters and awesome but totally unnecessary wick trimmers.

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12 Items Every Taco Lover Needs

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October 4 is National Taco Day. Let’s tacobout some products you can buy to show your love for this most excellent of foods every day of the year.

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1. TRICERATACO HOLDER; $22

Two dinosaur shaped taco holders with tacos in them.
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Yes, you could buy some more standard stainless steel taco holders, but why not get these punny and whimsical stands instead? They’re made of BPA-free plastic and are dishwasher safe. If carnivorous dinos are more your speed, try the TACOsaurus Rex.

Find it: Amazon

2. SHORT SLEEVE TACO SHIRT; $16 - $25

Subtly show your taco appreciation with this button up shirt, which is equipped with a tiny taco print and is made of 100 percent cotton. (They recommend buying a size up from your usual size.)

Find it: Amazon

3. TACO WAIST PACK; $11

A fanny pack with tacos on it.
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Don’t call it a fanny pack: This taco-adorned waist pack has three compartments and an adjustable strap that will accommodate taco bellies up to 46 inches.

Find it: Amazon

4. TACOS: RECIPES AND PROVOCATIONS; $21

This book, written by New York City chef Alex Stupack, is filled with essays, gorgeous photographs, and, of course, recipes. Learn how to make tortillas from scratch, whip up delicious salsas, and top it all off with fillings that are anything but basic. The book promises to “change the way you make—and think about—tacos forever.”

Find it: Amazon

5. TACO HAT; $20

A hat that looks like a taco.
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Perfect for Taco Tuesday or Halloween (or both!), this hat measures 8 inches by 18 inches.

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6. TACOS VINTAGE TEE; $20

This retro shirt comes in men’s and women’s cuts and five different colors.

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7. TACO CAT BED; $48

A cat in a bed that looks like a taco.
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This adorable, cozy taco bed is perfect for your feline friend. Made of padded fleece and microfiber yarn, it has wire in the trim to help it hold its shape and comes with catnip-stuffed pepper toys.

Find it: Amazon

8. TACO DOG COLLAR; $20

A dog collar with tacos on it.
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This dog collar is both durable and stylish: Made of polyester with a plastic buckle, it’s adorned with a mustachioed taco.

Find it: Amazon

9. KIDROBOT TACO PILLOW; $30

A cute taco pillow with a happy face on it.
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This friendly-faced pillow will look great on your bed or couch. If photorealism is what you’re looking for in your taco, consider this one.

Find it: Amazon

10. TACO SOCKS; $12

These crew length cotton socks are adorned with avocados, peppers, limes, hot sauce, and tacos. On the bottom, they say “If you can read this” and “bring me some tacos.”

Find it: Amazon

11. TACO POOL FLOAT; $11

A pool float shaped like a taco with a face on it.
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At 5 feet long, this vinyl taco float is made for lounging in the pool. It comes with a patch kit for easy repairs.

Find it: Amazon

12. TACO KITCHEN TOWEL; $15

Made of microfiber fabric, this tea towel—which measures 16 by 24 inches—is both cute and functional: Made of microfiber terrycloth, it’s ultra absorbent, and the dyes won’t fade.

Find it: Amazon

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