pop culture gift guide 2018

Do you or someone you love collect Pop figures the same way other people collect coins? Have you been dropping Tilted all year and you want to treat a gamer buddy to some Fortnite gear? Whether you know a Game of Thrones binger or you’re a tech fan who wants the world to know you’re a fan of all things Marvel, Best Buy’s Pop Culture Gift Guide has great gift suggestions for you.

A Storm trooper for every occasion

storm trooper gifts for ChristmasStar Wars is just as big as it always was, and if you’re into the Dark Side, there’s a storm trooper souvenir for every fan. I know a few people who would love a Storm Trooper helmet to wear to fan conventions or just leave out as a prop in their office.

To start their morning right, the Storm Trooper toaster will toast your bread with the logo of the Galactic Empire. Or, if they love to wear Star Wars memorabilia, the Star Wars analog timepiece from Nixon is an amazing gift they’ll wear every day.

Funko Pop Figures

Funko Pop figure

There’s a reason why Funko Pop Figures keep appearing on Best Buy’s Pop Culture Gift Guide year after year. They just keep getting better and better, and there’s a Pop Figure for every fan. Take a look at the NHL Pop Figures if you have a hockey fan in your life, or if you love Game of Thrones, you’ll find different characters you can display on your shelf.

Show your love on your luggage

star wars luggage

Take a look at this amazing 21.5-inch Chewbacca suitcase from American Tourister. It would be the perfect choice for any trip, and it’s made from polycarbonate so it can stand up to all types of travel. You can also choose from Star Wars Rebel or Alliance model with the same durability and great features.

It’s the year of Mario

mario gifts

Mario came back in a big way this year, and there’s so many gifts you can choose with a Mario theme. The Carrera GO!! Mario Kart Circuit Special course will give anyone hours of fun, and this 1/43 scale racing set includes both Special Mario and Special Luigi. They race around 20.34 feet of electric course track.

You can also choose a Mario themed Nintendo 2DS XL, giving you the perfect platform to play Mario on the go where ever you are. Or, if you’re in the mood for a family puzzle night, why not build the Super Mario Welcome to Warp Zone puzzle. It’s 1000 pieces, and perfect for family night.

Hogwarts or Bust

harry potter gifts 2018

Harry Potter is so much a part of our culture, Hogwarts feels very real. If you know a Harry Potter fan, this year has seen some great additions to the Harry Potter merchandise lineup.

You can recreate Hogwarts in your own home by building Harry Potter Hogwarts Lego sets or add a few mini figures to your collection. If you’ve got kids who love Harry Potter, you can choose the Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit. They can build a wand to let them create different creatures, sounds, or spells, and they can take the wand on a 70 step-by-step coding challenges.

If family game night is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, why not start by gifting CLUE: Harry Potter. Discover what happened at Hogwarts, and play with Harry, Hermione, and Ron over and over again.

Your friendly Spider-man, coming to a neighborhood near you

spiderman christmas gifts

Spider-man has had a big year this year, and the Spider-man game for PS4 was one of the biggest, most-talked about games of 2018. Check out Jon’s review on the Spider-man game if you’re looking for a great gift for your PS4 fan.

You can take your fandom one step further by choosing the Spider-man interactive app-enabled toy from Sphero. This amazing toy brings Spider-man to life right in your home, and has animated eyes, speech recognition, and uses motion detection. You’ll be able to talk to him and he’ll talk back, or go on a mission together and enjoy the full Spider-man experience.

For the true collector, you can choose the Marvel Universe 3.75 Inch Action Figure Comic 2-Pack Series. It’s a black costume Spider-man & Dr. Doom exclusive set, and will be loved by anyone who’s a serious fan.

Back to the 90’s

90's popculture gift guide

2018 was the year everyone began to celebrate the 90’s again, and there are some decent 90’s trends just begging for a revival.

90’s movies became popular online, but you might not see your favourite on Netflix or other streaming services. That’s why the Best of the 90’s collection is a great gift. Gift this and they’ll be able to binge watch some great 90’s movies.

If you need a Secret Santa gift or a funny gift for someone who loves the 90’s, bring home a few slinkies. You get a four pack so you can gift a few out and keep one for yourself!

I’ve shared a few board games that speak to pop culture fans, but if you think you know the 90’s, you need to try the 80’s and 90’s trivia game. Gather around and test your friends. Even if you lived through the 90’s, odds are you’ll be stumped a few times.

We’re dropping Tilted this holiday…

fortnite gifts

I don’t think anyone was ready for the mania accompanying Fortnite. I’ve got a kid completely hooked on this game, and I’ll admit I’ve dropped into Tilted Towers a few times myself.

There’s a few options for the Fortnite gamer in your life. You can choose the Fortnite Deep Freeze Bundle for PS4, XBox, or Switch. The Battle Royale Gaming ear buds are a great way to immerse yourself in battle royal games like PUBG and Fortnite. Or, if they want a microphone and they are a serious gamer, there’s the Insten Gaming Headset with Mic. It lets you hear Fortnite sounds you might miss with conventional speakers.

There’s so many great gifts you can choose from this pop culture gift guide. If you know someone else who needs a few ideas, make sure you share this list. Check out everything Best Buy has for the pop culture fan in your life, and have a happy holiday!

Shelly Wutke
Editor TV & Home Theatre
I'm a Vancouver freelancer and tech enthusiast. When I'm not writing you'll find me on my farm with my alpacas, chickens, and honeybees. Visit my website Survivemag


  1. I remember Slinky’s! They were so much fun. Now how did that song go from the commercial? I think it started with:

    What walks down stairs, alone or in pairs? And makes a slinkety sound.

    • They were one of my fav toys!

      A spring, a spring, a marvelous thing!
      Everyone knows it’s Slinky.

      It’s Slinky, it’s Slinky, It’s fun, it’s a wonderful toy.
      It’s Slinky, it’s Slinky, it’s fun, It’s a wonderful toy.
      It’s fun for a girl or a boy.

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