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11 Brilliant Gifts for the Star Wars Fan in Your Life

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Star Wars fans certainly have it better than they did back in 1977, when Kenner sold an empty box containing gift certificates for action figures they had underestimated the demand for. Today, there are so many options for Jedi-related gifts that it can be overwhelming. We’ve curated some of the newest, best options in the galaxy.

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1. MOMA DESIGN STORE R2-D2 3D MODEL KIT; $15 

It can be hard to balance Star Wars fandom with design aesthetics: A lot of the mythology’s characters might look out of place in a sparsely-decorated room. The Museum of Modern Art’s 2.75-inch tall R2-D2 glue-free model kit keeps it basic, offering a steel-sheet finish for those who prefer a more subtle form of droid worship. 

Find It: MoMA

2. AIR HOGS REMOTE CONTROL MILLENNIUM FALCON QUAD; $68

We’ll spare you the Kessel Run jokes: Just know that Air Hogs’ Falcon is one of the few toys based on a space fantasy vehicle that can mimic its onscreen counterpart by taking flight—thanks to four motored fans and a wireless remote that controls its direction. If it happens to get shot down by an enemy craft (or a dog) don’t sweat it: The light, foam-like material is impact-resistant.

Find It: Amazon 

3. INTERATECH IMPERIAL STORMTROOPER; $20

Your giftee can terrorize Jedis with this 13-inch Stormtrooper that boasts a surprisingly robust personality for an emotionless foot soldier. The Imperial grunt will make noises when locked in combat with other figures, shooting a blaster, or taking to the skies. A Hasbro app helps program a variety of sounds.

Find It: Walmart

4. STAR WARS: SECRETS OF THE GALAXY DELUXE BOX SET; $80

Guide to the galaxy: Help a loved up brush up on their Star Wars mythology with this illustrated collection from New York Times-bestselling author Daniel Wallace. The set features The Jedi PathBook of SithThe Bounty Hunter Code, and Imperial Handbook, all annotated by characters from the saga.

Find It: Amazon

5. STORMTROOPER WAFFLE MAKER; $40

There’s no reason a person’s love for Star Wars needs to lack nutrition. This waffle maker imprints an image of a foreboding Stormtrooper head on anything you put into it, including flour, brownie mixes, or sandwiches. The non-stick surface wipes clean with a damp cloth.

Find It: Amazon

6. BB-8 APP CONTROLLED ROBOT WITH FORCE BAND; $200

Sentient ball droid BB-8 was the breakout star of 2015 fim The Force Awakens, and he’s gotten an upgrade. The robot can be moved with the included wrist band that senses the direction of the wearer’s arm. Don’t have the band handy? You can still have him do your bidding with Sphero’s phone app.

Find It: Amazon

7. GEEK TIKIS; $15 EACH

These 14-ounce ceramic tiki mugs have been molded to resemble Boba Fett, R2-D2, Darth Vader, and several others—blending Star Wars with the craftsmanship expected from a fine tiki bar. The set of all 6 options is priced at $80.

Find It: ThinkGeek

8. LEGO STAR WARS KRENNIC’S IMPERIAL SHUTTLE; $76

Director Orson Krennic of the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story promises to be a rightful heir apparent to Grand Moff Tarkin. (Even though he’s technically occupying the same time frame—just go with it.) LEGO’s 863-piece play set shows off his space transport vehicle, complete with folding wings and a five-figure cockpit.

Find It: Amazon

9. STAR WARS SOCKS; $20 EACH

Did Darth Vader wear socks? The world may never know. But your favorite fan can wear Darth Vader on their socks thanks to Stance, which uses premium combed cotton to deliver a warm, comfortable fit.

Find It: Stance

10. NIXON WATCHES; $400 AND UP

Keep time in style with Nixon’s line of Star Wars-inspired watches. Available in Stormtrooper white, or Vader black, these timepieces are stainless steel and feature Imperial or Rebel logos on the face. The back features art and lines from the films.

Find It: Nixon

11. R2-D2 DOME PURSE; $60

R2 doesn’t always need to be smuggling information that could alter the fate of the galaxy. Sometimes you just need him to carry your e-reader. ThinkGeek’s faux-leather droid bag is durable, cavernous, and a great way to tote the rest of your Star Wars gift collection around.

Find It: ThinkGeek

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11 Savvy Gifts for the Runner in Your Life
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Sneakers and a willingness to sweat are the basics of what a runner needs to get going, but these gifts go the extra mile, helping your favorite 10K devotée or aspiring marathoner stay moving whatever the distance, weather, or terrain.

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1. YAKTRAX RUN TRACTION CLEATS FOR RUNNING ON SNOW AND ICE; $32

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Snow and ice won't slow down runners when they wear Yaktrax cleats, which can be secured to running shoes to prevent slippage. Replaceable carbide-steel spikes and stainless-steel coils provide great traction, while reflective stripes on the sides and heels make night runs safer.

Find It: Amazon

2. GARMIN RUNNING DYNAMICS POD TRACKER; $69

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Way beyond a basic pedometer, this tracker pod links to a compatible watch and sends real-time information about six running metrics: cadence, stride length, ground contact time and balance, vertical oscillation, and vertical ratio. It clips onto a watch wristband and weighs less than 5 ounces, so your giftee will barely notice it's there.

Find It: Amazon

3. RUNTASTY HYDRATION BELT; $30

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This hydration belt holds two BPA-free water bottles (17 ounces total) to keep a runner going through a longer distance. Slip your phone into one large pocket with a touchscreen for easy control. Keys, cards, and everything else fit in the roomy other pocket. They're both sweatproof to keep your electronics safe. Anti-slip texturing keeps it from sliding around, and it's adjustable to fit a wide variety of bodies.

Find It: Amazon

4. JULBO AEROLITE SUNGLASSES; $143

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Ultrarunners and mountain bikers helped design these high-tech polycarbonate sunglasses. They're super lightweight, rimless, and provide 100 percent protection against UV A, B, and C rays. Air circulates easily through them, so they won't fog up.

Find It: Amazon

5. RUN INK MARATHONER MAPS; $13 AND UP

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These personalized printed maps are perfect for marathoners who have all the gear they need, but could use a well-designed memento of their endurance, tenacity, and spirit. Each colorful map shows the location, course, date, and name of a specific race, along with the runner's name, time, and bib number. Not a marathoner? Run Ink customizes maps for any race. They'll frame it too.

Find It: Run Ink

6. GRAND TRAIL: A MAGNIFICENT JOURNEY TO THE HEART OF ULTRARUNNING AND RACING; $31

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Set that New Year's resolution high. Really high. Inspiring and beautiful, this coffee-table book visits 13 iconic ultrarunning locations across the world in stunning color and black-and-white photography, and profiles 16 astonishing champions who've mastered these breathtaking, supremely challenging courses.

Find It: Amazon

7. GRAZE SNACK SUBSCRIPTIONS; $42 FOR THREE BOXES

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The right kind of fuel is essential to running, especially during long distances. Gift your favorite runner with Graze snack boxes; each box has eight energy-packed snacks that easily travel. Snacks are each perfectly portioned into six servings. And with more than 100 options, there's a lot to choose from. Three categories a runner is likely to try: nuts and seeds, superfoods, and protein bars, bites, and toppers.

Find It: Graze

8. BABY TREND EXPEDITION JOGGER STROLLER; $103

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New parents are often eager to get moving after a baby is born. They can start running again—and give a kid a fun ride—using this jogger stroller. It has a trio of large bicycle tires to smoothly roll over all surfaces, four cup holders (two for an adult, two for a child), a storage compartment, and a five-point harness to keep baby secure. It easily folds into a compact unit for stashing in the car.

Find It: Amazon

9. T-SHIRT QUILT; $75 AND UP

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Wrapping a runner in a blanket just after they cross the finish line is a long-standing tradition—and a necessity in cold-weather races. Give the practice a unique spin with this customized T-shirt quilt. Crowdsource some favorite or meaningful T-shirts from the runner's friends, and ask for tees from the runner too (but keep the end product a secret!). Ship them to Project Repat, choose a color for the fleece backing, and within weeks your runner will have a personalized quilt to warm up with—and keep forever. And don't worry about a little post-race sweat—the quilt is machine washable.

Find It: Project Repat

10. FITBIT ALTA FITNESS TRACKER; $124

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Data-obsessed runners are all about the metrics while running. The Alta Fitbit can illuminate their activities during the rest of the day (and night) as well. It uses an array of sensors to track activity levels, sleep patterns, steps taken, floors climbed, calories burned, and more. Using Bluetooth, it automatically, wirelessly connects and syncs with more than 200 leading iOS, Android, and Windows devices. It's also sweat, rain, and splash proof, so it doesn't need to come off in the shower.

Find It: Amazon

11. SPOTIFY GIFT CARD; $30

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A runner's soundtrack is important—and often carefully chosen. With this gift card, runners who are Spotify subscribers can choose from millions of tracks to keep them going through three months of runs. 

Find It: Amazon

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11 Freshly Baked Gifts For Everyone On Your List
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Whether it's a crispy cookie or a perfectly frosted cupcake, baked goods are one of life's greatest pleasures. And thanks to the miracles of modern shipping, you can have them sent directly to someone's door.

1. T-REX COOKIE COMPANY GIANT SEA SALT CARAMEL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES; $55

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Named the "Best Cookie in America" by Time Out, these 8-inch-wide behemoths are embedded with chocolate chips, caramel chunks, and glittery flakes of sea salt. They're crafted in Minneapolis by baker Tina Rexing, who has spent 20 years getting the recipe just right. The package contains five cookies, and each half-pound treat supposedly serves three. (But we won't judge if the giftee eats it all by themselves.)

Find It: Goldbely

2. REDTRUCK BAKERY LEMON AND BLUEBERRY MOONSHINE CAKE; $34

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Chocolate is fine and all, but what about booze? This rural bakery in Virginia has been named one of the best small-town bakeries in America, and their mail-order moonshine cakes frequently receive accolades. The 8-inch ring cake is "made with real Virginny corn whiskey hooch from our pals in the next county," according to the folks at Red Truck. Add plenty of lemon zest, dried blueberries, and a sugar glaze, and you've got a refreshing (if potent) dessert.

Find It: Goldbely

3. ANCHOR BAKERY DOUGHNUT OF THE MONTH CLUB SUBSCRIPTION; $25 PER MONTH

These mini-donuts from Anaheim's Anchor Bakery are free of additives and preservatives, so the post-doughnut glow can linger a little longer. The subscription includes a dozen of their monthly featured flavors, and comes in three-month, six-month, and 12-month subscriptions—for people who love doughnuts, but not commitment.

Find It: Anchor Bakery

4. SWEETIE PIES BAKERY PUMPKIN PIE; $40

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Sweetie Pies

There’s nothing quite like digging into the creamy custard of a pumpkin pie encircled by a perfectly flaky crust, and Sweetie Pie delivers (literally). In fact, Food & Wine says this is the best mail-order pumpkin pie in America. Plus, it’s topped pretty with pastry leaves for a rustic-looking decorative flourish.

Find It: FoodyDirect

5. MILK BAR B'DAY TRUFFLES; $25

These little truffles from the inventive Milk Bar bakery pack in all the joy you felt eating birthday cake as a kid—they're moist vanilla rainbow cake mixed with vanilla-infused milk, coated with white chocolate and rolled in rainbow cake crumbs. And the lack of candles means there's no need to pretend it's anyone's birthday.

Find It: Goldbely

6. WE TAKE THE CAKE RED VELVET CUPCAKES; $52

This Oprah-approved South Florida bakery has been shipping cupcakes around the country since before it was cool. Their eight large cupcakes arrive topped with both cream cheese frosting and a delicate buttercream flower and pearl, packaged in a custom cake box that’s nestled in a dry ice cooler to keep things fresh. If red velvet isn't your thing, they also have chocolate, coconut, and golden butter options (or get an assortment to try all three).

Find It: We Take the Cake

7. BREADS BAKERY CHOCOLATE BABKA PIE; $53

For those unfamiliar with babka, imagine a chocolate croissant married with brioche cake, only better and more Eastern European. Named "Best of NY chocolate babka" by New York Magazine, this creation presents babka in the shape of a pie, for a holiday delight that is sure to wow the recipient.

Find It: Foodydirect

8. KILLER BROWNIES THE ORIGINAL; $5

For some people, nothing less than a brownie will do for the ultimate treat. Send them these pecan-studded goodies filled with gooey caramel, and watch them die of happiness.

Find It: Shopdldm.com

9. PERFECT PIE HUCKLEBERRY AND BLUEBERRY PIE; $35

Perfect Pie's huckleberry and blueberry piece
Perfect Pie

Berry pie aficionados will love this fragrant dessert. Created by former White House pastry chef Bill Yosses, the "It's Pie Day" Huckleberry and Blueberry Pie features Northwest Passage huckleberries and Maine blueberries in a buttery crust. The pie arrives in a handcrafted birchwood presentation box to make it feel even more special.

Find It: Perfect Pie

10. CALLIE'S CHARLESTON BISCUITS CINNAMON BISCUITS; $40

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Callie's Charleston Biscuits

What can make your favorite person's morning coffee a bit better? These cinnamon biscuits baked in Charleston, South Carolina. Send them to someone living in a biscuit desert and watch the thank-you notes roll in.

Find It: Goldbely

11. ZINGERMAN'S BREAD CLUB; PRICES VARY

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Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor is known for its hearth-baked breads, and they have an exclusive club for carb-lovers: Zingerman's Bread Club. You can choose from three-month and six-month options, with one or two loaves arriving each month. Many of the options are savory—think sourdough and rustic peasant breads—but there's also cinnamon-raisin and chocolate varieties sprinkled throughout, for those who like their mail-order surprises with a bit of sugar.

Find It: Zingerman’s

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