Pop Culture Nerd Gift Guide
Christmas is approaching ever so quickly now, and after putting together my last gift guide, I kept thinking of more awesome gift ideas – except that these ones aren’t specifically for writers. In fact, they’re for any TV, music or movie nerd. So if you’re having trouble finding a gift for your pop culture-obsessed friend, I hope that this guide will help to give you some ideas1.
01. Trivial Pursuit – Pop Culture Edition: There’s no point in arguing – Trivial Pursuit is hands-down the best board game ever. And I’m not just saying that because Spike and Lynda played it in an episode of Press Gang [although that does add to its awesomeness]. I’ve never had the opportunity to play the Pop Culture edition, but I can just tell that it would be amazing. Maybe I should buy a copy and use it for trivia-writing inspiration…2
02. NBC Page Peacock Tie: Because everybody secretly [or not-so-secretly] wants to be Kenneth the Page.
03. Cookie Monster MacBook Decal: There are plenty of Mac decals available, and to be quite honest, I’m not sure why I chose to use this one in my picture. There are a few really cool Batman ones floating around, actually. I’d probably recommend getting one of those.
04. Trivial Pursuit – Classic Rock Edition: As a music nerd, there is very little that I love more than music trivia. If you have one of those friends who annoys you by answering almost every question out loud whenever you try to watch RocKwiz or Spicks and Specks, then this would be the perfect thing to give them.
05. Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver – Programmable Universal Remote Control: It is a Sonic Screwdriver – that you can program to ACTUALLY DO THINGS. Any true Whovian would appreciate this more than anything else in time and space.
06. Evil Troy and Evil Abed T-Shirt: It was this or a “Troy & Abed in the Morning” mug. Or you could just buy both.
07. Press Gang – Complete Series DVD Box Set: I may or may not have mentioned several times that Press Gang is the best television show in the world, yet it’s surprising how few people have even heard of it, let alone own the entire show on DVD. This was Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat’s first ever television series [prior to this he worked as an English teacher], and if Press Gang can’t convince you how talented [and clearly not sexist] Moffat really is, then nothing ever will.
08. Li’l Sebastian Toy: Just like the one Ben gave Leslie. Yes, really.
09. Trivial Pursuit – Ultimate Disney Edition: More Trivial Pursuit, really?! Yes. This is for that friend who cares way too much about The Lion King.
10. Tardis Mug: Aunty Deb gave me one of these3, and I just can’t bear to actually put tea in it. With the lid, it doubles as a desktop lolly jar. You just have to provide your own Tardis landing noises.
11. The Douche Journals: The Definitive Account of One Man’s Genius: Max Greenfield’s Shcmidt is clearly the best thing about New Girl, and now he has his own book. I’ve not actually read this, but if his online dating video is anything to go by, it’s guaranteed to be hilarious.
12. Mars Investigations Window Sticker: Because everybody secretly [or not-so-secretly] wants to be Veronica Mars.
13. Now That’s What I Call The 1990s: Featuring songs from the likes of New Radicals, Spin Doctors and Meredith Brooks [with a little bit of Shawn Mullins thrown in] this 90s compilation is full of mainstream alternative hits [and yes, I’m fully aware of how stupid that sounds].
14. Give Me All the Bacon and Eggs You Have T-shirt: Just give me all the bacon and eggs you have. Wait, wait. I’m worried what you just heard was, “Give me a lot of bacon and eggs.” What I said was, “Give me all the bacon and eggs you have.” Do you understand?
15. Madeline’s Christmas: If you believe you must be big in order to be tough, then you should probably read Madeline’s Christmas – it’ll teach you other stuff. I was a very short child, and Madeline always made me feel better about my small stature.
16. 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: A great gift to give to your friend who thinks that they know everything about music. Until they can tell you that they’ve actually listened to every single one of these albums, is their opinion really valid?
17. Henry The Desktop Hoover: Henry Hoovers show up in so many different TV shows and films, but I think my favourite would have to be in Miranda, when Miranda names hers after Gary, and sings karaoke with him. This is a mini version of Henry Hoover, perfect for vacuuming up the crumbs off your desk. I’m sure he’d be up for a duet.
18. The Dark Knight Rises – Movie Poster: Here’s a trick – buy a poster that is normal paper sized [ie. A2 or A1], because it’s easier to find standard poster frames in those sizes. A framed poster always looks like an expensive gift, and will definitely please any film lover.
So, there you have it. 18 gifts for any pop culture nerd. I hope this guide has inspired you in your last-minute shopping frenzy.
1 Please note that, like my previous gift guide, this post features Amazon Affiliate links, meaning that if you click through one of my links and buy something, then I might earn a couple of cents from your purchase. If this bothers you, then feel free to use Google to find the items yourself – most of them are available from many different sellers on a variety of websites. I should also point out that all opinions stated in this post are my own, and I have not been paid by any companies to shill their products. These are just some things that I think are kind of awesome, and might help you come up with your own gift ideas.
2 Did you know that Glenn and I write all our own questions for our pub quiz? Well, if you didn’t, you do now.
3 As seen in my failed Channel [V] audition video.