Need a gift for the geek in your life? Whether they're a Star Wars stan, huge Whovian, anime-holic or nostalgic nerd, these epic pop culture gifts will make Christmas shopping a cinch.

Baby Yoda waffle maker

Baby Yoda is cute enough to eat, and now you can! Kinda. This waffle maker from ZiNG features an adorable imprint of The Child, toasting a touch of cuteness onto your homemade waffles. Feeling adventurous? The iron can also be used to make brownies, cakes, and quesadillas. One click away, best gift-giver status is.

A waffle iron with Baby Yoda on it and a cooked waffle on a plate.
The Mandalorian waffle iron from ZiNG. Pic via ZiNG website.

Pop Vinyls for all

From Dragon Ball Z to Mortal Kombat, there's a perfect Pop Vinyl figurine for everyone's interests. Critical Hit's online store has a huge range, with a focus on Japanese characters. Think Hatsune Miku, Naruto and more. Pop culture mecca Minotaur also sells stacks of the little statuettes. The WWE range is particularly extensive.

Tintin collectibles

Who knew Melbourne had a shop dedicated to Tintin? This spot near the Queen Victoria Market sells a great range of totes, mugs, statues, books and artworks. But if you're shopping for a real Tintin devotee, the range of collectibles are a must. Think limited edition figurines, detailed model cars and charming plane scenes.

A Tintin figurine looking surprised in a red toy car.
Treat them to a Tintin collectible

Doctor Who bottle openers

Minotaur is synonymous with geek culture, with a huge choice of merch to order online. Whovians that like a tipple or two need this gadget for their bar cart ASAP. Try a miniaturised TARDIS to open their bev of choice, or nab the sonic screwdriver style.

Seinfeld and Star Wars artworks

Outré Gallery is filled from floor to ceiling with affordable prints for every interest. Minimalist takes on Seinfeld? Check. Japanese woodblock-inspired Star Wars prints? You betcha. An iconic Princess Leia moment? Of course! They're currently offering free shipping on all orders over $150, and many pieces come with the frame included.

Framed artworks on a wall
Pop culture prints aplenty at Outré Gallery

Wu-Tang X Homer Simpson apparel

Christmas shopping ain't nothing to... anyway. Sure Store is hands-down one of the city's coolest shops, slinging streetwear and high-end sneakers year-round. For the cartoon-loving hip hop fan in your life, they stock an entire range of 'wu-mer' merch. Hats, hoodies, beanies and more are emblazoned with a hybrid Homer Wu-Tang logo.

Niche pop culture Monopoly

From Fortnite to Friends, Melbourne's oldest game shop has a Monopoly board for every super fan. Swing by the Mind Games Melbourne store or browse online to find capitalist adventures with Care Bears, Baby Yoda, Sailor Moon and Elvis! Give them a buzz if the board you want is out of stock - they're always happy to order in.

A monopoly board with an alien theme
Find your fave niche Monopoly board from Mind Games

Luxury pop culture print loungewear

Dapper nerds will love the loungewear from cult-status Korean label Acme De La Vie. Current collabs include Sesame Street, The Simpsons, Disney and Monsters Inc. Go simple with a t-shirt and baseball cap emblazoned with their fave character. Or opt for this matching Bart Simpson set if your mate loves a bold look.

Gundam gifts

Maybe you've never heard of Gundam, but this Japanese sci-fi series is a big hit with fans of all things animated. In Tokyo's Akihabara area, there's even an entire cafe dedicated to it! If you're buying for a dedicated Gundam dad, Hearns Hobbies sell an awesome range of kits, figurines, stationery and more.

A person's arm holding a box depicting an action scene in front of store shelves.
Geek out with Gundam

Last updated on Mon 25 Oct 2021

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