The 10 best Star Wars gifts this holiday season, from $18 at Amazon

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Spaceships and Force users and lightsabers, oh my! (Photo: Lucasfilm / Amazon)

“The Skywalker Saga” may be finished, but Star Wars will live on — thanks to upcoming movies like Rogue Squadron and Disney+ shows like The Mandalorian and The Bad Batch. Right now fans are waiting with bated breath for The Book of Boba Fett, which doesn’t debut until December 29th. Why not pick up a few Star Wars-themed holiday gifts to keep your loved ones happy during their long wait?

Amazon Essentials Women's Disney Star Wars Marvel Short-Sleeve Crew-Neck T-Shirts
You'll cut quite a figure in this stylish, nerdy shirt. (Photo: Amazon / Lucasfilm)

You don’t have to dress up in a costume to let people know you’re a Star Wars fan; a t-shirt can do the job nicely. These brightly colored t-shirts are both comfortable and affordable, with a pair going for as little as $15 depending on size. There are three sets available for ladies, with varying designs ranging from Baby Yoda to an old school image of the original Star Wars cast. If shopping for guys or kids, there’s plenty of options to choose from for them as well.

Reviewers have high praise for these "basic" shirts, including one happy shopper who says, "These were better than I imagined! The quality of the fabric is good, they are soft and the thing I liked the most is that they fit a woman's body quite well! Meaning they fit my curves very well and didn't stretch on the chest or hang super loose on my tummy. Really recommend these!" 

$25 at Amazon

Girl holding BladeBuilders Spin-Action Lightsaber
Kids can build the lightsaber of their dreams with this affordable kit. (Photo: Hasbro / Lucasfilm)

If the kids in your life really want to get into the Jedi spirit, what better way than to build their very own lightsaber? The Bladebuilders kits from Hasbro let children design (and redesign) one of the iconic weapons, and this particular one lets them get a little wild with the look thanks to the included spinning handle. The parts are compatible with other Bladebuilder sets, so you can pick up a few of those to give kids even more mind bending options.

Parents have found Bladebuilders to be a real hit with children; one father says, "our son will not put this thing down," while this mom who gave one to her kids found "it's been a month and it's not broken yet — says a lot!" Even grownups can get in on the fun, according to this shopper: "A bunch of us adults have fun playing with these things. Very durable for adult lightsaber fighting."

$33 $50 at Amazon

LEGO Star Wars Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing Fighter 75301 Awesome Toy Building Kit for Kids, New 2021 (474 Pieces)
Build and pilot Luke Skywalker's famous starship and save the Rebel Alliance. (Photo: LEGO / Lucasfilm)

Of course, when you talk about “building” and “Star Wars” there’s really one brand that comes to mind: LEGO. This iconic kit, which lets builders put together Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing star fighter, will please fans of all ages. The play will continue even after the build, thanks to the charming mini figures of Luke, Leia and General Dodonna, as well as their little droid buddy R2-D2, in the mix. With 474 pieces, it’s a nice mid-range challenge, and the finished 12.5-inch-long model will look great on a shelf when not in use.

Says a customer: "We have 13" cube shelves on either side of our TV and have been looking for the right size LEGO sets from our favorite fandoms to fill them. This fit perfectly with the addition of a stand to hold it up. We will enjoy this set for years." 

These grandparents are happy too: "My seven year old grandson loves Star Wars and has many LEGO sets. He was able to put almost all of it together himself. There are so many parts I was concerned it would be too much for him, but he had most of it together in no time. The characters make it easy for him to use his imagination."

$40 $50 at Amazon

LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader Helmet 75304 Collectible Building Toy, New 2021 (834 Pieces)
You can just hear the Imperial Theme as you build this helmet. (Photo: LEGO / Lucasfilm)

Teens and adults looking for more of a challenge will find it in this 834-piece replica of Darth Vader’s helmet. It’ll take a few hours to put it together, and then you'll have an amazing conversation piece for a desk. LEGO also makes kits featuring other bad guys like a Stormtrooper and the infamous Boba Fett, but Vader really is the most intimidating, don’t you think?

That's probably why it has a 93 percent approval rating at Amazon! One shopper says, "My husband has begun a collection of the Star Wars busts for his desk and this was another great addition. It is a very sturdy build, and with kids took him three nights to construct. Will definitely be buying the rest!" 

It's definitely an all-ages product; this woman bought it for her retired sister: "She [...] loves to build LEGOs. She has so many, and it’s a great hobby for her that she enjoys."

$56 $70 at Amazon

Star Wars Galactic Snackin’ Grogu 9.25-Inch-Tall Animatronic Toy, 40+ Sound and Motion
Grogu is so cute, and so hungry! (Photo: Hasbro / Lucasfilm)

If your giftee is more a lover than a fighter… or builder, then this animatronic Baby Yoda might be more their speed. The doll accurately captures little Grogu’s favorite thing to do, which is eat! He can hold snacks like his beloved blue macarons, nom on them and make the cutest little burps when he’s done. He’s sure to win your heart as easily as he did that of the Mandalorian Din Djarin.

$79 at Amazon

Updated and Expanded Edition (2021)
Kylo Ren, Rey, Obi-Wan and more are featured in this useful tome. (Photo: DK / Lucasfilm)

Din Djarin? Grogu? The Bad Batch? If you’ve been reading this post and thinking “I have no idea who these characters are,” well, this encyclopedia is just the book for you — or a Star Wars-loving kid who also loves to read! This book is hot off the presses, and includes the latest and greatest movies and shows from the franchise like The Rise of Skywalker and The Mandalorian. Large, beautiful photographs make it easy to identify each character, and the plethora of interesting facts will impress even the biggest fans.

$18 $20 at Amazon

Star Wars Year By Year New Edition (2021)
Everything you need to know about over 40 years of Star Wars. (Photo: DK / Lucasfilm)

Whether you’re feeling nostalgic for the old days or just need to know exactly what the heck is going on with Star Wars right now, this hardcover tome takes you through the franchise year-by-year, from the original film back in 1977 to the shows that are airing on Disney+ right now. It even goes into the various toys and tie-in books, which should make future gift planning a snap!

$27 $40 at Amazon

Star Wars: The Life Day Cookbook (new for 2021)
Forget gingerbread men, we've got Wookiee cookies. (Photo: Insight Editions)

Pop culture tie-in cookbooks used to be really cheesy, and not in the dairy way. These days they’ve gotten a lot better, with food that’s both in-universe-appropriate and something you’d actually want to eat. So why not celebrate the unique Star Wars holiday of “Life Day” that’s full of delicious recipes that would fit in at your very own winter celebration? If someone in your life both loves Star Wars and loves to cook, they’ll love trying out recipes like “Bantha Milk Hot Chocolate” and “Bantha Surprise.”

$21 $25 at Amazon

Star Wars X-Wing 2nd Edition Miniatures Game CORE SET | Strategy Game for Adults and Teens | Ages 14+ | 2 Players | Average Playtime 45 Minutes | Made by Atomic Mass Games
Once you get the hang of it, starship battles are child's play in this game. (Photo: Atomic Mass / Lucasfilm)

Playing with LEGO ships, especially ones you build yourself, is fun, but there’s not a lot of strategy in it. The the more intellectual teens and adult fans in your life will love playing this miniatures game based around the iconic starfighter that Luke Skywalker pilots in the original trilogy of films. The pieces look great and the gameplay is pretty easy to pick up — and it can be played in as little as 45 minutes! It’s a great thing to do when you’re taking a break from a family Star Wars marathon.

Board game veterans love this game: "I've played a lot of different tabletop games and this one is my new favorite. The movement system is innovative, easy to learn, and brings tremendous depth to the game." And newbies can join in, since "it is very easy to learn the basic rules, and even beginners can appreciate watching competitive games after reading the notably short rulebook. Overall, X-Wing is now one of my all time favorite games."

$33 $40 at Amazon

STAR WARS The Black Series Supreme Leader Kylo Ren Force Fx Elite Lightsaber
Real collectors will go gaga for this realistic prop lightsaber. (Photo: Hasbro / Lucasfilm)

For the Jedi Masters and Sith Lords in your life — you know, the people who’ve seen every movie and read every book and pretend to move things with their mind — why not give them the ultimate gift? This replica of the hero-turned-villain-turned-hero-again Kylo Ren is gorgeous, movie accurate and most definitely not for kids. The hilt is made with real metal, and the long blade is long, thin and bright: perfect for a costume photo shoot on Halloween or at your giftee’s next comic convention!

This fan says it all, calling it "the lightsaber you're looking for," adding that it's "rich in detail, features, sound and brightness!" But again, a reminder: "this is not meant for heavy dueling!! A few light taps/clashing. Heavy dueling will cause blade to turn off often...fantastic build, look, sound and color...would absolutely recommend [it] to any collector!!"

$222 $300 at Amazon

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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