Still need more holiday gift ideas? Well, here’s what the io9 staff members are desperately hoping to receive this holiday season. No, you don’t have to buy them for us; this is still mainly to help you guys. (But, hey, if you have an extra pile of disposable income and you want to treat your favorite site, you know who to email).
If someone really really likes me, this would be the present that would win my eternal love and gratitude. Basically, this is every bit of Doctor Who from when the show was relaunched until the middle of the Matt Smith era, complete with all the specials and other bits and bobs, all in glorious Blu-ray. Apparently even the episodes which were not filmed in HD (including the Eccleston era and most of the Tennant era) look pretty amazing. While the U.S. version of the set is out-of-print and prohibitively expensive, the U.K. version is still available and region-free, according to the BBC, so you can play it on your American player despite what Amazon says to the contrary. • Charlie Jane Anders
Chances are you own at least one copy of Army of Darkness on DVD. I own a few, because there were so many versions of the film and so many different extras with every edition. Finally, Shout Factory has assembled the one and only Army of Darkness collection you ever need. This three Blu-ray set includes the original theatrical version of the film, the director’s cut, the international version and the edited-for-TV cut! It contains documentaries old and new, two commentary tracks from star Bruce Campbell and director Sam Raimi, literally hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos, and more. Seriously, if you’re any kind of a fan, ditch all those old DVDs, and get this. You will not be disappointed. And then get me a copy. • Rob Bricken
When PlayStation 4 came out, I put off buying it. I was waiting for a
game that I just had to have and, I think they finally have that in
Star Wars Battlefront. So I figured, instead of just getting the
system and the game, why not get this amazing bundle which not only
has those things, but the system has a photo of Darth Vader on it,
there’s a special controller, and even a few extra games. I call that
“win, win.” • Germain Lussier
There are only so many books I feel the need to own multiple copies of, and Discworld is most of them. The original covers might be iconic, but the special edition hardbacks are so beautiful they deserve shelves all their own. They’re just so pretty and a great way to pay tribute to Terry Pratchett’s masterpiece. If buying all of them seems daunting—and that’s fair, because there are a lot of them—it’s broken up into collections that roughly correspond to the largest threads in the series: Witches, Death, City Watch, and Unseen University, I’m partial to the City Watch, but you can tailor them to the specific interests of your intended recipient. Just don’t mention the monkey—OH NO • Katharine Trendacosta
Ugly sweaters have become a played-out holiday tradition, so why not add a little evil flair to the festivities with this delightfully satanic garments? They really aren’t even that ugly, either! Both the sweater and the cardigan are $69.99 for all adult sizes, but they also come in kids sizes, too! If repping Baphomet—or any of Shredders’ other sinister options, including the surprisingly colorful “Black Metal Snowman” design—is too bold of a statement for your personal beliefs, and/or you’re worried about freaking out Grandma, Shredders also has an entire collection of apparel based on the Overlook Hotel’s trippy carpet in The Shining—just the thing for chasing naughty children through the snow. • Cheryl Eddy
We’ve talked about Fraction and Aja’s Hawkeye run before, and yes, it is one of the best comics Marvel have put out in recent memory. It’s incredibly funny, packed with action and gorgeous art that makes it a pleasure to read in a fancier format. This omnibus is a hardcover collection of all 22 issues in the series, as well as the Hawkeye Annual #1 and Young Avengers Presents #6, both of which revolve around Clint Barton’s young ally and the other Hawkeye, Kate Bishop. If your only experience with Hawkeye is “that dude with the bow in Avengers” this series really gets what makes Clint Barton such a fantastic character. • James Whitbrook
The Folio Society has produced some absolutely stunning science fiction and fantasy books this year, but none have gotten me as excited as their edition of Ursula K. Le Guin’s fantasy masterpiece A Wizard of Earthsea. It comes with some amazing illustrations from David Lupton, and an introduction from novelist David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas and Bone Clocks). A Wizard of Earthsea is one of the seminal classics of fantasy literature, and it’s a must-read even without the fancy edition—but this fancy edition is the one to get if you can spare $52.95. Order it at the Folio Society’s online store here. • Andrew Liptak
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