Erin Mallory Long
December 09, 2014 1:30 pm

* cracks knuckles * I’m not one to toot my own horn but I am an excellent gift giver. Okay, well, I’m pretty good. I’m decent at it. I’m GREAT at shopping for myself! Well, I’m great at online shopping, at least!

Anyway, one of my favorite things to do is peruse the Internet for the perfect gift. Because, let’s face facts, scouring stores is way harder and more of a commitment. I’ve always got Etsy or Amazon open on my laptop and if I see anything on Instagram I love I immediately screenshot it to look up later. It’s a sickness. But, as you may be aware, most of my interests involve pop culture and entertainment  (I’m currently staring at, among other things, prints based on Bob’s Burgers, Simpsons toys and two embroideries I made, one with a Miley Cyrus “we run things / things don’t run we” quote and one with a Twin Peaks quote).

I’m 90% more likely to enthusiastically talk to you at a party if we have some pop culture thing in common. It’s just a fact. I’m not necessarily proud of this (yes I am) but it’s my cross to bear in life, okay?

With that in mind, I went scouring the Internet for some of my very favorite entertainment and pop culture holiday gifts. Behold, here’s the best of them.

Groot Toy, Amazon $13

Let’s start it off slow and easy with this amazing Funko Groot toy. If you left Guardians of the Galaxy and didn’t immediately think, “I NEED A DANCING GROOT TOY” well, then, I don’t know what to say. The dancing Groot toy doesn’t come out until December 31st but this non-dancing guy will still hold you (or your loved ones) over until then.

Kigurumi Adult Onesie, Amazon $19.81

Full disclosure, I own three onesie sleeping things and two sleeping rompers so clearly this is an obsession of mine. The Kigurumi I have is the pink owl but these come in everything from the unicorn, to Stitch, to a dragon or cat. They’re so comfy and perfect to have around if you suddenly have to go to a costume party or if you just want to watch Netflix all day!

Simpsons M.A.C. eyelashes, Amazon, $30

My very first pop culture obsession was The Simpsons so when this line was announced I went. . .bonkers. I have an eye shadow set and a lip gloss and a blush (even though I’d never worn blush before purchasing this one) and the nail stickers. The look of everything is incredible but one thing I didn’t get was the lashes (because I’m afraid of putting them on). BUT I think they are super cute and people deserve to be wearing them always. Duh.

Celeb prayer candle by Saint Celebrity, Etsy, $16

(Sorry to any friends I exchange gifts with but, more likely than not you’re getting one of these candles) I seriously bought a million candles from Saint Celebrity. (Okay, maybe 8 or something, IDK.) I got the Beyonce one as a gift and just needed to spread the love. They’re amazing and there are a million different people to choose from and she even does costume ones. I am sold.

Friends Central Perk mug, Amazon, $12.95

Could this mug BE any more perfect? (Could that joke BE any easier to make?) Things that are perfect about this mug: 1. who doesn’t need mugs? 2. who doesn’t love Friends? (Well, lots of people but still!)

Darth Vader Ugly Christmas Sweatshirt, Amazon, $35.99

So if anyone needs to buy me anything… just kidding. But, though I’ve never attended an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party and am guessing they’re a little passé now, I love the design of ugly Christmas sweaters. This scene is just perfect and as my apartment can attest to, I’m a sucker for anything Star Wars.

Clueless phone case, Amazon, $10.99

The harshest burn in movie history comes from Tai in Clueless. “You’re a virgin who can’t drive” is so specific and mean and hurtful and, yes, wonderful. Buy your friends this phone case only as a nod to the best movie of all times and not as a sick burn, okay?

Sunnydale High, Buffy the Vampire Slayer shirt, Amazon, $17-22

My favorite types of pop culture merch are usually things people in the show would/could wear. So this Sunnydale High shirt is right up my alley. Would also accept a cheerleader uniform or a long pleather coat like Buffy’s. Either/or.

Hudson Hawks Law & Order: SVU shirt, Amazon, $24.95

Speaking of, this Hudson University shirt is what I’ve always wanted from SVU merchandise. They mention Hudson University a bunch over the course of the show and it’s always where campus crimes take place (presumably since the real-life universities in the city are like, “don’t use our name”). So Hudson University has taken on a whole other life and you can show support for it with this tee.

Tina Belcher print by PeanutNJellybean, Etsy, $16

Tina Belcher is my role model. As she should be to, well, everyone. This print is incredible and I would design an entire shrine around this if I had it. Go get this for everyone you know. ASAP.

Happy pop culture gift shopping!!

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