Created, written, and directed by the Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things premiered on Netflix in 2016 and became one of the most popular shows of the year. This Emmy Award-winning series was praised for its characterization, pacing, atmosphere, acting, soundtrack, directing, writing, and '80s homages – so, basically everything.
The third season of Stranger Things is coming on July 4th, 2019, which seems too far away, to tell the truth. So, if you need something to help you through these difficult times, check out our list of the best Stranger Things gift ideas and, hopefully, you'll find something to your liking.
10 STRANGER THINGS: WORLDS TURNED UPSIDE DOWN: THE OFFICIAL BEHIND-THE-SCENES COMPANION
The fantastic world of Stranger Things is most definitely worth further exploration, and Stranger Things: Worlds Turned Upside Down: The Official Behind-the-Scenes Companion is the perfect way to do just that. Written by Gina McIntyre, this gorgeous book reveals every aspect of the Emmy Award-winning series.
With stunning color photos, concept art and tons of special features including exclusive interviews with the stars, deep dives into references that inspired the look and feel of the show, a map of Hawkins with clues charting the network of the Upside Down, and a season three sneak preview, Worlds Turned Upside Down is the essential companion for any Stranger Things fan.
9 HASBRO STRANGER THINGS DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ROLEPLAYING GAME STARTER SET
The brilliant first episode of Stranger Things opens with the four boys playing Dungeons & Dragons in Mike’s basement, setting the tone for the entire series and foreshadowing much of what’s to come. Well, now you can re-create the game yourself with this awesome Hasbro Stranger Things Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Game Starter Set.
This 5the edition Dungeons & Dragons starter set contains content pulled straight from the show, including two Demogorgon figures, one that is unpainted for players to customize. So, gather your friends, pick your favorite Stranger Things character, investigate the castle, battle the Demogorgon and experience the thrill of Stranger Things firsthand.
8 STRANGER THINGS: MUSIC FROM THE NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES
One of the methods that the creative brains behind Stranger Things use to rekindle the '80s nostalgia and get us completely engrossed in the story is by using '80s music. The synth soundtrack composed by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein has the iconic '80s sound, which fits perfectly with the tone and setting of the show.
Over the course of two seasons, Stranger Things has also featured music by The Clash, Joy Division, Peter Gabriel, The Police and many more. This two-LP set contains the songs from the first two seasons, 11 audio clips from the show, an 8x12 fold-out poster, and a sticker.
7 MONOPOLY STRANGER THINGS EDITION
If you and your group of friends are Stranger Things fans and you love playing board games, then you’re gonna love this item. Monopoly is one of the most well-known and most popular board games ever created, and the special editions themed after TV shows, anime, and so on are truly amazing. Given the popularity of Netflix’s Stranger Things series, it’s no wonder there’s a Stranger Things edition of Monopoly.
Play with the '80s-inspired tokens, including four that are ripped from the Upside Down, build Forts and Hideouts on the various locations from the show, and draw Walkie-Talkie and Blinking Lights cards.
6 FUNKO SUPERCUTE PLUSH: STRANGER THINGS DEMOGORGON COLLECTIBLE PLUSH
Originating from the parallel dimension, the Upside Down, the Demogorgon is the humanoid monster that terrorized Hawkins. The most significant feature of the Demogorgon’s design is certainly its head. Lacking any facial features, until it unfurls like a flower to reveal “petals” lined with sharp teeth and a large mouth, the Demogorgon was a frightening creature.
It should be impossible to turn such a horrifying thing into something cute, but Funko somehow managed to do it. This eight-inch-tall Demogorgon plush doesn’t look scary at all. It does look like something you’d wanna cuddle though.
5 MAGIC COLOR CHANGING HEAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT MUG
Joyce Byers’ Christmas decorations from Stranger Things season one became an instant hit and a symbol of the show. You can find tons of items, from clothing to home decor, inspired by the Christmas lights Joyce used to communicate with Will. However, this color-changing mug has got to be the coolest we’ve seen.
You’re probably familiar with the concept, you pour hot liquid into the mug and something pops up on it. In this case, pouring hot liquid will make the Christmas lights light up, giving you the ability to communicate with the Upside Down. Ok, we may have lied about that last part, but everything else is true.
4 FUNKO POP! MOVIE MOMENTS: STRANGER THINGS ELEVEN & DEMOGORGON, MULTICOLOR
Funko’s Movie Moments series has produced some pretty amazing collectibles from our favorite movie and TV shows. For fans of the Duffer brothers’ hit series Stranger Things, Funko made sure to pump out tons of incredible figures, as well as this cool Movie Moment that recreates the season one showdown between Eleven and the Demogorgon.
Stylized as a Funko Pop! Movie Moment, this epic scene is a perfect gift for any Stranger Things fan, including yourself. Nothing wrong with treating yourself to some collectibles every now and then, especially when they’re this cool.
3 STRANGER FILLINGS: A PARODY COOKBOOK
We all know what a pain it can be to come up with fresh recipes, especially when it comes to some special dishes. Traditional cookbooks are just fine, but sometimes you just need something with a bit more style. Well, we’ve got you covered. From the guys that brought you unforgettable cookbooks like Baking Bad and Game of Scones, comes the delicious parody Stranger Fillings.
The cookbook contains recipes such as Demogorgon-zola Tartlets, Friends Don’t Li(m) Pie, Baked Brenners, and Barb’s Mystery Dip. Make no mistake, these are in fact real recipes and, despite their punny names, the dishes are perfectly edible.
2 HASBRO TRIVIAL PURSUIT NETFLIX'S STRANGER THINGS BACK TO THE '80S EDITION
Stranger Things brought back the '80s in every possible aspect. Watching the show, you really feel like you’ve been transported to that time. References and easter eggs abound, and it all looks, feels and sounds like the '80s. If you would like to test your knowledge of Stranger Things and the '80s, Hasbro’s Trivial Pursuit Back to the '80s Edition is the game for you.
With a panel that flips, bright neon colors and designs, and a total of 1500 trivia questions from six categories – movies, TV, music, famous people and events, trends, tech, fun, and Stranger Things – this game will surely make you nostalgic and put your knowledge to a test.
1 HASBRO BOARD GAMING STRANGER THINGS SCREEN TEST CARD GAME
Stranger Things Screen Test Card Game is meant to be played while watching the show. So, here’s how it works. Each player gets a series of cards, which list something they should keep an eye out while watching the show. For example, you may be required to look for flickering lights or a specific line such as “bad men are coming”.
While some clues are specific appearances, others are more open for interpretation. You earn points when something onscreen matches the cue on your card and lose points for leftover cards. The player who has the most points at the end of an episode wins. And then you start over with another episode. It’s a fun and challenging game and it gives you an excuse to re-watch the show.
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