NYLON’s Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Pop Culture Snob

“It’s levi-o-sa, not levio-sa!” sounds familiar? We all know a friend who’s so obsessed with every movie, TV show, musical, or game out there, that they’ll literally scream in your face if you dare reveal a spoiler — not that they don’t already have a breakdown of that end-credits scene already. And if you so much as admit that Justice League is an acceptable movie, not laugh at their “why Gamora” reference, or fumble in your ranking of the best Hollywood Chris-es*? Let’s just say you’ll incur a wrath worse than Thanos’.

*P.S. It’s Chris Pratt, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Chris Pine, btw. Don’t need to thank us.

1. 1MORE SPEARHEAD VRX GAMING HEADSET, $399
Available at 1MORE Retailers and Lazada 

We’re banking on the fact that every pop culture enthusiast’s also a little bit of a gamer geek, so you’ll wanna impress them with this fine headset! Whether it’s annoying the heck out of their opponents on Overwatch, getting the full surround sound experience while immersing in the beautifully-rendered world of Red Dead Redemption 2, or going in guns blazing in Battlefield V, the crisp 3D audio experience ensures they’ll always keep their head in the game — whether that’s a good thing or not.

2. PLAYSTATION® CLASSIC, $139
Available at 3 December at Sony stores and authorised retailers

Look, they probably already own the original 1994 version, but that’s probably just a dusty (but prized) relic on a shelf. How about something that’s functional eh? This new model is a splitting image of the original, down to the logo, button layout and packaging, but about 45% smaller; you’ll also get classic games such as Final Fantasy VII, TEKKEN 3, and Ridge Racer Type 4. Plus, the modern version has a HDMI cable and a virtual memory card so you can save before any epic boss fight.

3. ALEXANDER WANG x GENTLE MONSTER CEO 01 SHADES, $408
Available at Gentle Monster stores

No one can stop a pop culture snob’s track other than Neo himself. The classic 1999 sci-fi action film’s legacy still lives on today and you can simply recreate the look with these lookalike sci-fi shades from the Gentle Monster X Alexander Wang collaboration. The only question we have is… would you pick the red pill or the blue pill?

4. FUJIFILM INSTAX SQ6 TAYLOR SWIFT EDITION, $299
Available at authorised retailers and at Shopee

It’s not enough to be wielding an Instax camera these days, it needs to be a limited edition version starring our favourite pop singer, Taylor Swift. This limited edition Instax is inspired by the her latest album, Reputation, and even features her autograph on the back with a matching box. The square instant camera also features a self-timer and double exposure modes to capture all the gorgeous moments. Of course you have to get the matching limited edition Taylor Swift film, where every piece comes printed with her autograph in gold. Are you… ready for it?

5. THE LEGEND OF ZELDA COLLECTOR’S CHESS SET, US$74.99
Available at thinkgeek.com

Here’s a puzzle any The Legend of Zelda fan would appreciate: chess! Go on, link them up. It may be the most formidable PvP game out there, because this time, they’ll have to defeat Ganon and save the land of Hyrule without any magic spells, ancient relics, mystical weapons or even Master Swords; they’re armed only with their wits!

6. CARDS AGAINST MUGGLES, $60.72
Available on Shopee

If you have played Cards Against Humanity, and if you have read and watched the entire Harry Potter series, this is the game for you. Of course, it contains a lot of NSFW topics, but that’s what makes it fun!

7. WHITE WALKER BY JOHNNIE WALKER LIMITED EDITION, $75 (700ML)
Available from 1 December at 1855 The Bottle Shop, Redmart, and Cold Storage

Winter is here, and it sure ain’t a cosy fireplace cuddle for our Westerosi heroes. Surely none of us can claim to have Jon Snow’s righteous courage (and plot armour) to face the army of the dead, but hey, we’ve got the next best thing: liquid courage. You’ll get a right dose of that with this limited-edition bottle of Scotch Whiskey. Best served cold.

8. LEGO® HARRY POTTER HOGWARTS CASTLE (71043), $649.90
Available at LEGO Certified Stores islandwide and online stores while stocks last

Potterheads will surely swoon at this riddikulus-ly magical sight — a full diorama of the Hogwarts campus, made entirely from over 6,000 LEGO bricks, complete with 4 minifigs of the mystical founders and, get this, 27 microfigures of all the other characters. There’s even a Whomping Willow on the grounds! And small items such as the Goblet of Fire and Tom Riddle’s Diary. If only we can accio $650 to our wallets…

9. RIVERDALE SOUTHSIDE SERPENTS GIRLS T-SHIRT, USD22.90 – USD26.90
Available at hottopic.com

Ever wanted to rock a punk goth look as a member of the Southside Serpents? Well, now you can! The Southside Serpents are here and there’s no better way to say it than a t-shirt emblemed with their iconic logo.

10. A STAYCATION AT THE GREAT MADRAS HOTEL, ~$130/NIGHT
Book at thegreatmadras.com

The Grand Budapest Hotel. Fantastic Mr. Fox. Isle of Dogs. Moonrise Kingdom. Do these titles ring a bell? Well, if you’ve watched these movies, then you’re gonna want to visit this place. You can expect cosy rooms with intricate wallpaper and modern furniture, and neon lights all over the hotel’s interior. Head to the poolside for pretty OOTDs.

11. STAR WARS DEATH STAR COMFORTER IN QUEEN SIZE / DECORATIVE PILLOW, USD50.39 / USD11.19
Available at Hot Topic

Welcome to the dark side. For a good night’s worth of sleep, snuggle up in these soft and snuggly Star Wars-themed comforters by Hot Topic. With comfy sheets like this, you’ll be off in space in no time! BTW, that’s the Death Star, not the Moon.

12. BEYONCÉ LEMONADE VINYL, USD36.90
Available at urbanoutfitters.com

Even if they don’t have a record player, a true Beyoncé fan would still love this as home decor, and maybe even buy a record player just for this… it’s a pretty landmark album after all!

13. LEGO® NINJAGO® DIESELNAUT, $199
Available at Lego authorised retailers and at Shopee

Everyone’s a ninja in LEGO®’s Ninjago universe! The latest Dieselnaut collectible set comes with 7 new characters: Teen Wu, Jay, Zane, Iron Baron, Heavy Metal, Muzzle and Skullbreaker, and a huge tank loaded with spring shooters, rotating turrets and cranes. The monstrous tank even comes with a mini-jail so that you can recreate all those cool fighting scenes in battles and games because we all have our guilty pleasures.

14. GUCCI PARAMOUNT TEE, $878.62
Available online from Nordstrom

When there are too many movies from a film studio that you love, just make things simple and show your love for that studio instead. And if you want to fit in with the hip street style, this Gucci shirt featuring the logo of one of most iconic American film studios in a baggy oversized fit is up your alley. The snowy mountains form the logo of Paramount Pictures, which is behind classics like Titanic, Forrest Gump, and Mission: Impossible. Props to anyone who can name you more than 5 movies from Paramount!

15. NOKIA 8110, $109
Available at Lazada

Yes, this is the original banana phone. It’s familiar, nostalgic, and even comes with a modern version of Snake. So what if all your friends are on smartphones with full glass screens… everyone will be asking to see yours!

16. DOIY 100 MOVIES YOU MUST SEE BEFORE YOU DIE POSTER, $48
Available at naiise.com

For the person who claims he/she’s a pop culture nerd or cinephile, they’d better have at least 70% of this interactive peel-away poster completed. Whether it’s Blade Runner (represented by that origami unicorn), or the dizzying polaroids of Memento, these are the classics after all. Bonus: you can play a game of guessing the movies based on their minimalist graphics.

17. FLABSLAB SUPREME LEADER ENAMEL PIN, $13
Available at Flabslab

IT’S THE KIM OF THRONES. Choose your own supreme leader for supreme goodness coming your way. Place your faith in Kim, Trump, Mao or Osama. May the best leader win.

18. SPECTRUM FULL SIZE BURN BOOK, £49.99
Available at spectrumcollections.com

If you want to be part of The Plastics, you totally have to get this… because it’s so fetch! Instead of filling it with insults, this burn book is for all your makeup brushes — and it’s definitely Regina George-approved!

19. FIGHT CLUB SOAP BAR, $11.48
Available on eBay

Real Fight Club fans know what this iconic soap bar represents, a symbol of the pain and sacrifice needed to keep the world turning, and of the invisible dirtiness involved in the way that people keep themselves clean. 所谓 ”跳进黄河也洗不清“ Google translated: even jumping into the Yellow River still can’t be washed away. But you can try washing away your sins with this.

20. POLLY POCKET HEART-SHAPED CROSSBODY BAG, £37.99
Available at truffleshuffle.co.uk

Maybe only the 90s kids would get this, but at some point in our lives, we were walking around with these compact clamshell cases that opened up into entire worlds, that also came with the tiniest peg-legged figures. You probably envied your friend who had the light-up jumbo versions too. Now, they’re already considered… vintage. Well, for the friend who doesn’t wanna quite grow up, this heart-shaped crossbody will have them jumping for joy.

21. PUMA X BARBIE SUEDE 50 SNEAKERS, $150
Available at PUMA stores

At 59 years old this year, Barbie has gotta be the oldest cool chick in town. And we’re really pleased that the iconic doll now comes in various shapes and sizes because #represent. So its latest silhouette will have you just as pleased — the collab with PUMA sees their suede sneakers dressed up in shades of all-pink or pink on black, both with a satin bow at the back for that feminine vibe.

 


For all those items with the ‘WIN’ labels, we’re giving them away in our massive holiday gift guide GIVEAWAY — head over to our Facebook page and Instagram page daily to take part in our contests. 

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