The best Christmas gifts for Stranger Things fans (Eggos not included)

If you’ve got synth-pop echoing around your ears and a serious craving for Eggos, you might have been been infected by the Stranger Things bug. Considering the wait for Stranger Things season 2 to hit our screens seems longer than ever, you should keep an eye out for withdrawal symptoms which include scavenging the racks of Goodwill or charity shops to get that perfect '80s aesthetic and wrestling with paintbrushes to daub an Eggo on a t-shirt. Don’t fret though, as here’s an antidote for you: now you can wear your love for the show on your sleeve with these tempting tops, figurines and badges. 

Stranger Things Funko Pop Figurines

Create your very own Stranger Things squad with this delightful range of giant-headed figurines from Funko Pop. Each one has its very own prop, from Dustin’s compass to Joyce’s fairy lights, and their empty, black eyes will make you coo over them with no trouble at all. You can get all of the main characters from the series, so regardless of whether you have a soft spot for the toothy Demogorgon or the internet’s dream girl Barb, you’re sure to find a character to delight the most fickle of hearts.  

Buy it (UK): Stranger Things Funko Pop figurines, £9.99
Buy it (US): Stranger Things Funko Pop figurines, $19.94

Stranger Things season 1 Soundtrack

Halfway between the sound of an alien spaceship and the thumping of a heart, the music on the soundtrack is sure to bring back memories of the first time you watched the show. It's almost a crime that the dialogue distracted from these haunting tunes, so have a listen to hear them in their full glory. 

Buy it (UK): Stranger Things Season 1 Soundtrack, Amazon, £7.99
Buy it (US): Stranger Things Season 1 Soundtrack, Amazon, $11.39

La petite Eleven t-shirt

Combining nostalgia and a love for the buzz-cut telepath is a win-win. Of course, she wouldn’t be standing on the moon, so instead Eleven has planted her feet on a globe of eggo waffles. Don’t worry, she’s just as striking as the Little Prince himself, and is sure to fill all who gaze upon her with glee. 

Buy it (UK): La petite Eleven t-shirt, RedBubble, £17.71
Buy it (US): La petite Eleven t-shirt, RedBubble, $22.45

Mornings are for coffee and contemplation mug 

It’s a thought we’ve all had, especially when someone tries to engage you in a chirpy conversation before you’ve been dosed up on caffeine. Channel your inner Hopper (but try not to be as blunt as the chief) and sip out of this mug, flashing it to anyone who tries to chat just to let them know your views on mornings. 

Buy it (UK): Mornings are for coffee and contemplation mug, Etsy, £16.19
Buy it (US): Mornings are for coffee and contemplation mug, Etsy, $20

Stranger Tales comic book cover t-shirt

Incorporating one of the most compelling fan theories around, this tee asks whether the Demogorgon and Eleven could be two sides of the same coin in a retro comic book style. It goes without saying that there’s Eggos galore on the front cover too. I don’t know about you, but I’d totally read an entire comic drawn in this style. 

Buy it (UK): Stranger Tales comic book cover t-shirt, RedBubble, £18.67
Buy it (US): Stranger Tales comic book cover t-shirt, RedBubble, $23.66

Eleven’s waffles candle 

I’d be surprised if sales of Eggos this year didn't go through the roof, even if they're being bought for cosplays alone. You can get their delicious scent without shelling out for packs to toast at a time with this candle, which, despite smelling like heaven, you should definitely not eat (trust me on this). 

Buy it (UK): El’s waffles candle, Etsy, £12.14
Buy it (US): El’s waffles candle, Etsy, $15

Hawkins power and light t-shirt

Show your allegiance with the dodgy government department by wearing this t-shirt favoured by their undercover agents. You might get a couple of suspicious looks from fellow Stranger Things fans, but this t-shirt is low-key enough to fall under the radar. Anyone who saw you would just think you were enthusiastic about a niche power company.

Buy it (UK): Hawkins power and light t-shirt, RedBubble, £20.71
Buy it (US): Hawkins power and light t-shirt, RedBubble, $26.25

Issue 134 parody poster

Keen listeners will remember that this seemingly niche line hearkens back to when Dustin claimed he’d snatch Will’s X-Men 134 as a prize for winning their race back home. Altered to depict the kids from Stranger Things, it's easy to be fooled into thinking this was an actual comic book at one point. 

Buy it (UK): Issue 134 parody poster, RedBubble, £10.31
Buy it (US): Issue 134 parody poster, RedBubble, $13.08

Eggo Eleven mousemat 

The internet might have been a foreign concept in the early ‘80s, but thankfully now you can swipe your mouse gracefully from page to page using this mousemat. Bold colours means it's sure to attract plenty of compliments, and if it doesn't, you can always use it as a frisbee. 

Buy it (UK): Eggo Eleven mousemat, Etsy, £5.26
Buy it (US): Eggo Eleven mousemat, Etsy, $6.50

Stranger Things colouring book 

Will would surely have found the Upside Down much more entertaining with this colouring book close by. Just make sure not to fool yourself into thinking you can levitate crayons with your mind and make colouring in that bit cooler, because I guarantee they'll just lay there and make you feel unworthy of one glance from Eleven. 

Buy it (UK): Stranger Things colouring book, Etsy, £7.00
Buy it (US): Stranger Things colouring book, Etsy, $9.12

Monster hunt club t-shirt

Nancy and Jonathan should really have been wearing these kickass Monster Hunter tops when they took on the Demogorgon. Make sure to have one handy in case your lights start flickering, as its Demogorgon logo will send most monsters running away with their tail between their legs. 

Buy it (UK): Monster hunt club top, RedBubble
Buy it (US): Monster hunt club top, RedBubble, $30

Minimalist fairy lights poster

Pay your dues to Joyce’s persistence with this minimalist print of the lights which kept her in contact with Will in the Upside Down. Its cheerful yellow vibes will lighten up any room and I’m sure the tangle of black wires isn't a metaphor for the literally twisted Upside Down. Definitely not.

Buy it (UK): Minimalist fairy lights poster, Etsy, £9.04
Buy it (US): Minimalist fairy lights poster, Etsy, $11.46

Dustin’s hat

In case dressing as Eleven is far too easy for you, this cap is an exact replica of the one worn on Dustin’s head. Pair with a vintage t-shirt, a burning curiosity for science, chocolate pudding, and a compass to pull off the look. Don’t forget his winning grin!

Buy it (UK): Dustin’s hat, Etsy, £6.47
Buy it (US): Dustin’s hat, Etsy, $7.99

Eleven poster

With just the right amount of intensity for a poster, this print is filled with all the principal characters from the show in a striking red colour palette. Nicely encased in Eleven’s profile, the design is so sleek if you didn't know any better you’d think Stranger Things is a movie (which I'm still keeping my fingers crossed for). 

Buy it (UK): Eleven poster, RedBubble, £45
Buy it (US): Eleven poster, RedBubble, $57.05

Demogorgon pin badge

Sometimes the good guys are no fun. Instead turn to the dark side and brandish the Demogorgon on your chest with this pin, which is modelled after the Dungeons and Dragons figurine rather than the flower-faced Upside Down monster. Who knows, it might spur a desire in you to play the '80s roleplaying extravaganza. 

Buy it (UK): Demogorgon pin badge, Etsy, £12.14
Buy it (US): Demogorgon pin badge, Etsy, $15

Stranger Things retro book cover poster

Now this one could definitely have come straight out of my parents’ book collection. Complete with aged stains and a colour palette in the top left-hand corner, this faux-book cover is good enough to fool me into thinking they were coming out with a Stranger Things spin-off book series. 

Buy it (UK): Retro Stranger Things book cover poster, Etsy, £16.19
Buy it (US): Retro Stranger Things book cover poster, Etsy, $20

Eggo earrings

These are not edible. Repeat: these are not edible. What they are is blatant testimonies to your adoration for a certain shaved-head telepath, plus they’re so low-key you could wear them and mystify others with what they would interpret as your love for breakfast food. 

Buy it (UK): Eggo earrings, Etsy, £8.09
Buy it (US): Eggo earrings, Etsy, $10

Eleven’s isolation tank poster

Don't be fooled by its streaks of colour; Eleven’s time in the sensory deprivation tank was no where near as enchanting as this print would have you believe. Nevertheless, its stunning use of colour beautifully underlines Eleven’s trusting expression, and it an ideal addition to any home or dodgy government laboratory. 

Buy it (UK): Eleven’s isolation tank poster, RedBubble, £12.53
Buy it (US): Eleven’s isolation tank poster, RedBubble, $15.88

Eleven’s pink dress

Cosplays kiss hours of labour goodbye, as you can buy Eleven’s trademark dress without having to stitch one together yourself. Of course, you can also wear it each and every day and dress up as Eleven on the down-low if you so choose. Either way, in it you’ll be just as iconic as our telepathic hero. 

Buy it (UK): Eleven’s dress, Etsy, £74.99
Buy it (US): Eleven’s dress, Etsy, $97.71

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hi, I'm Zoe! When I'm not gushing over Bioshock or playing Dungeons & Dragons you'll find me trying to unearth another ring to add to my knuckleduster-worthy collection.
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