My 12 year old son loves sci-fi. Believe it or not, I used to hate it. Even Star Wars. You probably cannot tell from my blog now, but I did. I stole my brother’s Star Wars toys all the time when we were little, but they only became the playmates to my Strawberry Shortcake dolls.
And then I became a boy mom. It was Star Wars and Jules Verne and science everywhere.
Yes, Jules Verne is brilliant and science began growing on me.
Then came Star Trek. My life changed. Our son was 7 when my husband said it was time to introduce him to Star Trek. He was hooked and so was I. I do not understand why, but I couldn’t get enough. We flew through all 4 of the newer series and then all 10 of the older movies. I cried my heart out when Data died, and when Neelix left, and Spock’s “The Needs of the Many Outweigh the Needs of the Few. Or the One” speech, and when Captain Picard lived a false dream lifetime in only 25 minutes and woke up realizing the family he grew to love never existed.
I’ve gone off on a tangent, but this post would not be complete with mentioning Doctor Who, which I truly believe is the greatest show ever written. I happened upon it while searching for something to fill the hole that Star Trek left. (Have you seen my Doctor Who Christmas tree??)
I just realized that I sound really nerdy, but people like me – and obviously my son gets it from me – literally become obsessed when they find something they love. Characters become family. OK, on to my suggestions. These are not just items I am randomly pulling off Amazon, we own every toy and book on this list, so I can give my 100% honest opinion that your kids will love these gifts.
Star Wars : Would You Rather?
a booklet full of fun Star Wars themed questions for kids
STAR WARS: Books
Star Wars in 100 Scenes – one of the most perfect books for a Star Wars fan! Published by DK, this book displays about 16 epic scenes from each of the 6 movies. Each scene spans a two page spread and shows, not only iconic photos, but also behind the scenes facts and little known details. The notable characters, droids, vehicles, and location from each scene are described within the two page spread as well. A nice, neat little package to refresh your memory on the 6 parts of the legendary saga of Star Wars.
LEGO Star Wars: The Dark Side – LEGO + Star Wars + an exclusive minifigure = perfection for a young boy. This collection details the bad guys within the 3 major Star Wars eras: the Republic Era, the Clone Wars, and the Empire Era. Like many other LEGO resource books published by DK in the past, this one also contains an exclusive minifigure – the rotten and evil Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious. My son wants you to know that the book ($10.70 on Amazon) is worth it just for the exclusive minifigure alone.
- Star Wars Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle – see my review and photos
- Star Wars Character Encyclopedia by DK Publishing
- Star Wars Clone Wars Character Encyclopedia by DK Publishing
- LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia by DK Publishing
- LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles by DK Publishing
- LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary by DK Publishing
- Star Wars: The Essential Atlas
- The Visual Dictionary of Star Wars, Episode I – The Phantom Menace
- Star Wars: Darth Vader: A 3-D Reconstruction Log
STAR WARS: Toys
DOCTOR WHO: Books
- Doctor Who Encyclopedia
- Doctor Who: Character Encyclopedia by DK Publishing
- Doctor Who Encyclopedia by Gary Russell
DOCTOR WHO: Toys
Doctor Who shoes or shirts that I am considering opening an Etsy store for. Let me know if you think I should!
STAR TREK: Books
- Star Trek: Ships of the Line
- Star Trek Star Charts: The Complete Atlas of Star Trek
- The Star Trek Encyclopedia
- Star Trek: The Visual Dictionary by DK Publishing
STAR TREK: Toys
See more Christmas gift ideas at the iHomeschool Network annual Christmas gift list collection.
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