The release of The Force Awakens is on Dec. 18, seven days away from Christmas and in the middle of the holiday gift-giving season. Coincidence? I think not. The force is very strong with the marketing geniuses behind Star Wars, because it is the perfect time to release a movie that comes with plenty of merchandising opportunities. From Death Star cookie jars to anything related to the new lovable BB-8 droid, there is a Star Wars gift out there for any fair-weathered or diehard fan. And it goes without saying that there are a fair share of Star Wars holiday gifts for the tech lovers in your life available.
The world has come a long way since the days of A New Hope in 1977. There are some pieces of technology seen in that movie that are realities today: droids, holograms, bionic hands, and hovercrafts. Still, Episodes I through VI gave glimpses of futuristic gadgetry from a galaxy far, far away that the world simply wishes existed. I mean, who wouldn't want to have a hyper drive space travel, land speeders, or even a real-life, functioning lightsaber? One could only hope that some of these things existed — but there are a few real things that come close. Here are some holiday gifts that can will make the techie person in your life a happy Jedi.
1. First Order Stormtrooper Voice Changing Mask
The Storm Trooper has received a new, sleek makeover for The Force Awakens and now you can walk around your house looking and sounding exactly like one of them, thanks to this mask. $24.95 at DisneyStore.com.
2. Air Hogs Star Wars Remote Control Ultimate Millennium Falcon Quad
If you ever dreamed of piloting the Millennium Falcon, this remote control quad copter is your best bet. Complete with sounds just like the Falcon in the movie, you'll be feeling like Han Solo in no time. $119.45 at Amazon.com.
3. Darth Vader USB Hub
Not only does Darth Vader hub serve all your USB needs, but it actually lights up and makes the breathing sounds just like the Star Wars villain. Be careful when using it because he will try to seduce you to the dark side while you're charging your iPhone. $107 at Amazon.com.
4. Star Wars Series MimoPowerTube
Charge your phone with one of these portable MimoPowerTubes that resemble Darth Vader, C-3PO, a Storm Trooper, or my personal fave, a lightsaber. I just wish that one was actually a lightsaber. $29.99 each at ThinkGeek.com.
5. Death Star Bluetooth Speaker
That's not a moon, that's a bluetooth speaker! The Dark Side's headquarters can now serve as a speaker to play your favorite tunes — and it lights up like a disco ball when in use. It's the perfect for the Sith Lord in your life! $59.99 at ThinkGeek.com.
6. Voice Activated R2D2
Sure, BB-8 is cool, but nothing compares to R2D2, the original droid the world fell in love with in the very first movie. This version of R2D2 not only rolls around, but you can actually interact with him — it responds to your voice! This is definitely the droid you're looking for. $199.95 at Hammacher.com.
7. Darth Vader Ear Buds
If you ever wanted to feel the power of the Dark Side when walking into a room, put these in your ears and blast the Imperial March. That should do the trick. $16.63 at Amazon.com.
8. Lightsaber Selfie Stick
If you have to have a selfie stick, then this is the one to get. You can also fight off Storm Troopers and Sith Lords with it. $19.99 at ThinkGeek.com.
9. HP Star Wars Special Edition Laptop
This special edition laptop screams Star Wars with its Galactic Empire-themed design. It's definitely for someone who is on the Dark Side with Kylo Ren... and while it's clearly pricey, it's very cool. Starting at $698.93 at Amazon.com.
10. R2D2 Virtual Keyboard
A virtual keyboard that is projected by a mini-R2D2? It doesn't get more Star Wars-y than this. $357 at Amazon.com.
11. PlayStation 4 Star Wars Battlefront Limited Edition Bundle
12. Sphero BB-8 App-Enabled Droid
BB-8 is clearly the breakout star of The Force Awakens and this app-controlled droid has and will be the item to buy long after the movie has been released — so get it while it's hot. $215.88 at Amazon.com.
There is definitely no shortage of holiday gifts for that special Star Wars-loving techie in your life.
For more Star Wars, check out Bustle's Youtube channel: