It’s the season ! And our staff is here to help. We’ve attended comics, bought a few for the loved ones in our lives, and generally stumbled upon some cool stuff this calendar year. And now we’re passing it on to you, so you can spend your time on more important things — like deciding which tight end to stream this week.
Enjoy! And IMPORTANT NOTE: this is not a paid advertising section (I mean, the real ads are advertisements, of course). These are really things that we thought would be cool to put in a guide for holiday shopping)
The greatest scarf of all time
The scarf is a time-honored holiday gift; but it’s not so much a scarf as… an event. I bought one for my mother; she loved it, so I got another one for my wife. Then one for my sister. Then I ran out of adult women to offer in my life. It is 88 inches long and filled with faux down, just like your bed comforter. And beyond the show, it’s really warm, easy to wrap around and will keep the wearer bundled up in the cold winter months. At $40, it’s the perfect price for a number of gift-giving situations.
A touch of whimsy and genius on He-Man
Instead of poetically explaining to myself why this is such a crazy and amazing idea, I’m just going to share my favorite part of the item description: “Inspired by a real imperial dinner service used by the Romanov dynasty , this fine dinnerware is fit for eternal royalty….Add a touch of class to your next royal banquet!
Support the reigning Fantasy Hockey Writer of the Year!
Want Christmas stockings? Look no further than everyone’s favorite etsy shop award-winning fantasy hockey writer, Shayna Goldman. Shayna makes scrunchies (and scarves and pillows!) in multiple styles. Our favorites include the star wars logo, Marvel Comics Coversand NHL teams. You take your whimsical advice from her, so why not let Shayna’s designs hold your child’s hair in a ponytail?
Cute gingerbread ornaments with names on them
No idea why there are gingerbread men, women and children in a mason jar. But hey, it’s cute!
Own a piece of your childhood
Original Animation Cells from 80s and 90s Cartoons ($40-$400)
I own several animation cels from old cartoons from the 80s and 90s and they are very cool pieces of art. I have a cellulo of “ProStars” with Michael Jordan in a Santa hat talking to Wayne Gretzky. I have a sketch of He-Man pulling a rope in a vaguely sexually suggestive pose. At NY Comic Con this year, I bought a cel from “The Real Ghostbusters” for my brother’s birthday present. You can get good ones on the shows you loved as a kid for under $50, and if you wanted to go a little higher, you’d essentially get better (and probably more memorable) scenes with more main characters.
The largest collection of cellulos is on ebay (search for “original animation cel” with the name of the show you want to search), and the ones I found at NYCC were from St. Mark’s Comics (I can’t find the cels for sale online, but I guess you can call and ask) – and their prices were fantastic ($40-60 for He-Man, for example). If you go with eBay, make sure the seller’s reputation is intact (99.8% or better) and they have a long history of selling cels. If a price is too good to be true, it probably is.
awesome t shirts
RotoWear (about $30)
Do you like clever references to almost everything interesting in baseball? RotoWear is for you. Or for your gift, more exactly. You saw these shirts on Yankees, padresand players through MLB. They are great. They are funny. They sometimes refer to things we need to look up to understand. But the material is incredibly smooth and if Aaron Judge is going to walk around batting practice wearing a t-shirt that cleverly references one of his heroic (or maybe non-heroic) feats – don’t you want the to be too?
A limited edition whiskey
Unforgettable Master’s Dungeon ($200)
For the whiskey professional, it’s “an unchill-filtered, 105-degree blend of 13-year-old bourbon and 8-9-year-old rye, finished for a second maturation in rye casks.” We guess that sounds impressive!
For everyone else, it’s a fantastic blend of flavors that tastes like an expensive bottle of whiskey. It’s limited to 25,000 bottles and then that’s it – gone forever. If you have someone high on your list (a boss, whiskey lover, collector, etc.), this is a winter-specific gift that will go beyond the typical “I just pulled this out of a shelf at liquor store” ambiance.
Very cute reindeer coffee mugs (and paper to wrap it!)
As a bonus, there’s also handmade wrapping paper in the store, so you can kill two birds with one stone.
A pigeon and a rat having a drink
Pigeon Cafe, Rat Cafe t-shirt by Diana Teeter ($30)
Another NY Comic Con find, there are lots of layers here, including the fanciest coffee-drinking pigeon!
A brand new NES game
The story is that this is a long-lost game from the 80s that never happened; we don’t know if it’s a bit for the backstory or what… but does it matter? Relive the thrill of opening a new NES game with this Topps-backed project. IMPORTANT NOTE: These won’t ship until 2023, so you’ll have to do the cheesy move of printing the page you bought it on and stuff it into a card. But stay. Worth it. The game can actually be played in an old Nintendo!
Speaking of Topps…
Allen & Ginter Hobby Box ($115)
We could do a lot with this one – Topps Fire is an awesome set with lots of rookies, Topps Archives has a nice design and inserts – but Allen & Ginter is just weird and wild and a little funky. In any pack, you can get an autographed Wander Franco mini… or a card celebrating the Italian submarine. It’s not for those without a sense of adventure, but Allen & Ginter is a fun box to crack open.
And since we’re on the cards…
Everything in the Leaf webshop ($7.99 to $400)
Brian Gray took Leaf and turned it into a fun and successful card company. I bought an autographed Joe Exotic card in 2020 – they were signed from prison. $50. And while the online selection is constantly changing, there’s no shortage of creativity. As this gift guide goes live, Leaf’s online store is selling an autographed “rookie” card of Jake Paul for $249, an autographed card featuring Johnny Manziel for $49.99, and two cards celebrating the election victories of Ron DeSantis and John Fetterman for $7.99. They also sell the most typical soccer, basketball, baseball, and soccer cards, but Leaf doesn’t own the rights to many team logos. and relics.
And since we’re on cards and Garbage Pail Kids…
You haven’t lived until you’ve opened a deck of cards with rough takes on famous literary characters and gotten a Winnie the Pooper. The box is full of legitimately clever puns and quirky twists. And it sells for around $40 on eBay and major card sites, half the original retail price.
$200 cover from trading card and beer can artist
Breadcrumbs cover by Ketih Shore ($200)
Keith Shore is famous in two worlds: beer and trading cards. He rose to fame as the artist behind Mikkeller beer cans, then designed cards for Topps’ 2020 project; we profiled it after his rendition of 1989’s Ken Griffey Jr. became a pandemic flashpoint. So here’s a cover we found on his site while looking for a print out of print from two years ago. If your loved one was stuck with 50 “Shore Griffeys,” this might help soften the blow (or it might ruin their holiday season…we’ll go with the former).