The holiday shopping season is upon us. If you feel as if you’re about to experience a warp core breach trying to decide what to get the Star Trek fan in your life, I have assembled the perfect gift guide. Each of the 25 items, consisting of books, apparel, and accessories, have been Geeky Pleasures tested and approved, all purchased within the last 11 months.
A Very Klingon Khristmas by Paul Ruditis is both ridiculous and cute. Written in verse, this book tells the tale of the holiday surrounding Kahless’ birth. If you are concerned that Ruditis is inappropriately mixing Klingon mythology with Earth mythology, it appears he was very aware that this may be a concern when he wrote the following:
But the one day that Klingons all hold the most dear has been stolen by humans, just like our Shakespeare! They took our traditions, our hero, our rites, our bright decorations… our Khristmas tree lights. They’ve changed up our story — they’ve got it all mangled in much the same way that our lights become tangled!
Take a look inside and purchase A Very Klingon Khristmas on Amazon.
Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years*
Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years was one of my favourite books in 2012. You can read my full review on United Federation of Planets. However, one of the biggest complaints from fans everywhere, even though it came with a really awesome lighted display and bonus material, was cost.
It appears that the studio listened. In 2013, Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years by David. A Goodman was re-published by Titan Books, with a more affordable cost. The 2013 version of the book is missing the pedestal display and the bonus material. However, the rest of the book is unchanged, and it really is a must have item for all Star Trek fans. There are four major reasons why Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years is a must have in your Star Trek library: writing style, subject matter, correcting canon, and incorporated materials.
You can purchase Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years on Amazon.
Star Trek: The Art of Juan Ortiz*
If the Star Trek fan in your life has been drooling over Juan Ortiz’s retro posters, but hasn’t collected them all because of the price, Star Trek: The Art of Juan Ortiz is definitely the book for them.
This hardcover book, published by Titan Books, contains all 80 retro-style posters: one poster for each episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, in a variety of styles such as movie posters, comic book, pulp novel covers, and advertisements.
The only downside to Star Trek: The Art of Juan Ortiz, is that unlike other poster compilation books I’ve reviewed, each poster is not perforated, perfect for framing. But if the Star Trek fan in your life is happy to just enjoy this amazing art and doesn’t want to frame it, then I recommend adding this book to your shopping list.
You can purchase Star Trek: The Art of Juan Ortiz on Amazon.
Star Trek Classic Quotes: The Next Generation
Who doesn’t know the following quotes, even if they’ve never watched an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation:
Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.
Space… The final frontier.
I protest! I am not a merry man!
Make it so, Number One!
These, and many other quotes, consisting of a mix of well-known quotes and those best appreciated by fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation are featured in Star Trek Classic Quotes: The Next Generation, created to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Covering all seven seasons, each quote is accompanied with a picture from the relevant episode. Not only does this book contain some of our favourite quotes – “With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censored, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably.” Jean-Luc Picard, “The Drumhead” – and images, but it also has a ribbon bookmark and a spongy leather-ish cover.
You can purchase Star Trek Classic Quotes: The Next Generation on Amazon.
Star Trek: The Visual Dictionary
Perfect for the young Star Trek fan in your life, Star Trek: The Visual Dictionary is an excellent guide filled with basic information about numerous elements that make up the Star Trek universe.
After a very heart-warming introduction written by John de Lance, you and your child will explore the civilizations and technology of the Alpha and Beta quadrants, followed by the Gamma, and finishing off in the Delta quadrant.
There are a couple of things you should know before reading this book. First, the author misuses the term ” homeopathic cures” when talking about Doctor Phlox. Doctor Phlox my use many non-Human remedies, but none of them are “magic water.” The other thing you should know before reading this book is that it does contain an number of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine spoilers. So, until your child has finished watching that series, they should avoid all sections about Dax or the Trills.
You can purchase Star Trek: The Visual Dictionary on Amazon.
Star Trek The Next Generation: On Board the U.S.S. Enterprise is another book for the young Star Trek fan in your house. Unless your inner-child is easily pleased, this book isn’t well-suited for the adult audience.
The LCARS inspired hardcover book is 40 pages in length, covering the very basics of the following ship areas:
- U.S.S. Enterprise exterior ventral – this section folds out to reveal a large labeled diagram of the ship’s exterior, with LCARS
- Main bridge
- Propulsion, main engineering
- Tactical systems
- Transporter room
- Shuttlecraft and shuttlebays
- Science laboratories
- Living quarters – this section has another fold-out diagram of the ship’s exterior;
- Ten forward
- Cargo bay
- Ship’s services
I should stress the CD is very basic. Even though my favourite thing about this book and CD is the CD – because it filled something craved by my inner-child, and my inner-child is easily pleased – your tween will probably get most of the benefit from the book. Being so accustomed to high-quality computer graphics and video games, there is a chance that they will not appreciate the CD because it does not allow them to roam freely about the ship, exploring every micrometer. I should also mention there is a print error in the book. One of the LCARS lists the Enterprise’s registration number as 1801-D! How that happened, is beyond me, but that error is there.
If your tween is at the stage in their Star Trek fandom where they are wanting to start exploring the world outside of movies and television, then this book is a good place to start, both from a visual presentation standpoint and basic primer. Even better, if you have a child who is not yet reading, you can read it to them at bedtime. Start indoctrinating them right out of the womb, I say.
You can purchase Star Trek The Next Generation: On Board the U.S.S. Enterprise on Amazon.
Stuck on Star Trek
Stuck on Star Trek is more fun than beaming thousands of Tribbles on board a Klingon battle cruiser! Or, perhaps, my inner-child is much easier to entertain than I previously thought. Either way, Stuck on Star Trek will allow you and your child to recreate – or create new – episodes from Star Trek: The Original Series.
Included in this book are 10 backgrounds and more than 70 “Kling-on” stickers, 38 of which are Tribbles. Aside from “The Trouble With Tribbles,” the backgrounds include the main bridge, a scene from “The City on the Edge of Forever,” the transporter room, a scene from “The Devil in the Dark,” a scene from “Arena,” main engineering, a scene from “The Return of the Archons,” sickbay and Captain Kirk’s quarters. Each scene is printed on heavy-duty cardboard.
Bonus: The back cover of the book folds out to become a handy-dandy display stand. So, once you and your child have carefully recreated your favorite scene, or perhaps crafted a whole new original episode, you can easily display it proudly.
You can purchase Stuck on Star Trek on Amazon.
The Star Trek Craft Book: Make It So! was also one of my favourite and most useful purchases in 2013.
The projects are divided into five sections: The “décor effect,” “Tribbles and more,” “the wearable alternative,” “Trekkers in training,” and “set your phasers to party.” The projects are also ranked by difficulty levels: Ensign, which is perfect for beginners; Captain for those who are intermediate crafters; and Admiral for the pros. Also, there are “Personal Logs” spread throughout the book written by the author and contributors.
Also, the instructions are extremely simple to follow. The beginning of the book is a complete list of tools and supplies. This list does not contain quantities for specific items, but it allows you to know, at a glance, what you will need to complete all of the projects. Complete quantities for items are found at the beginning of the instructions for the craft in question.
Fair warning: Be sure to purchase this book well in advance of some special occasion. I purchased this book shortly before my United Federation of Planets wedding, and became slightly overwhelmed with wanting to do all the party crafts for my wedding. In the end, I made the “Make it so!” banner –which we stood under during the ceremony — and what I have dubbed “The 10-minute Tribble” as part of the party favours.
Even though The Star Trek Craft Book: Make It So! is available as an eBook, you will want to purchase the physical copy, as the patterns found at the back of the book need to be enlarged and printed. The eBook does not allow for either enlargement in your eReader, nor does it allow for printing of the necessary patterns.
You can purchase The Star Trek Craft Book: Make It So! on Amazon.
Star Trek Cross-Stitch: Explore Strange New Worlds of Crafting
I purchased Star Trek Cross-Stitch: Explore Strange New Worlds of Crafting at the same time as the above book. Let me stress again: Do not purchase either of these book right before some big event, if you are planning to use the items as part of said event. You’ll want to make all the things and you simply won’t have the time.
Just like with The Star Trek Craft Book, you’ll not want to purchase the eBook version of Star Trek Cross-Stitch: Explore Strange New Worlds of Crafting in eBook format, as you cannot enlarge the patterns, now can you print them off. Some of the patterns are so small, because of the overall size of the project, that you’ll want to make physical enlarged copies of the pattern. Also, none of the patterns have the centre marked, which will be a problem for some cross-stitchers. Having a physical copy not only allows you to enlarge the patterns, but also allows you to mark the centre, when necessary.
I also included some of the patterns found within Star Trek Cross-Stitch: Explore Strange New Words of Crafting in my wedding party favours. Aside from those patterns, I’ve also stitched a number of other patterns. Eventually, I’ll stitch all 30 projects, which are divided based on skill level.
You can purchase Star Trek Cross-Stitch: Explore Strange New Worlds of Crafting on Amazon.
Mr. Spock: Logic & Prosperity Box (Star Trek)
Disclaimer: Mr. Spock: Logic & Prosperity Box (Star Trek) was recently published, and I’ve yet to receive my copy. It should be arriving later this week. So, it isn’t completely Geeky Pleasures tested, but based on the product description, it is Geeky Pleasures approved.
The product description reads as follows:
In the Star Trek universe, the U.S.S. Enterprise’s chief science officer Mr. Spock personifies taking a logical approach to life’s problems. This one-of-a-kind set encourages fans to tap into their inner Vulcan and take inspiration from Spock’s cool, calm demeanor. Including a unique hand painted bust, a display stand, and a booklet filled with philosophical quotes and images of Spock in action, this set is ready to be displayed at the office, on the mantle, on a starship bridge, or anywhere else rational thought and tidings of prosperity might come in handy.
I’m not sure what’s not to like about that. But, perhaps, my half-human bias is coming into play here. After all, I did dress as Mister Spock when I got married.
You can purchase Mr. Spock: Logic & Prosperity Box (Star Trek) on Amazon.
Star Trek Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library
Disclaimer: Star Trek Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library is another book that I’ve purchased, but has yet to arrive. This reference library is due for release on December 3, 2013, and will be delivered in time for Christmas.
Based on the following product description, I think Star Trek Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library will be the perfect companion for Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years:
The Starfleet Reference Library: Stellar Cartography collects together ten original, never-before-seen large-format maps of the Star Trek universe. Pulled from the cartography archives of Starfleet Academy, these beautifully reproduced maps provide a rare opportunity to view the expanse of Federation space (and beyond) through the multiple lenses of the Galaxy’s key players.
The maps include an ancient Vulcan map, a Klingon Empire map from the pre-Organian Peace Treaty era (in the native Klingon), an official Romulan government map of the Empire, a native Cardassian Union map from the Bajor occupation, along with Federation maps from the modern era. Housed in a handsome clamshell case and paired with a fully-illustrated reference book providing detailed information on planets, systems, and topography, this exclusive collection showcases the Star Trek universe like never before.
A tri-fold clamshell case
48-page 8” x 10” hardcover book
Ten 24” x 36” removable maps
You can pre-order Star Trek Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library on Amazon.
Apparel and Accessories
Every Star Trek fan needs a Star Trek mug from which to consume their favourite hot beverage. One such mug is the 12-oz Star Trek Enterprise mug.
The mug you purchase for the fan in your life, doesn’t even need to be this one. There is also an Enterprise-D LCARS-inspired mug, and a larger 20-oz stein. The Star Trek Enterprise mug just happens to be the mug of which I have multiples.
You can purchase the Enterprise mug on ThinkGeek. Canadians: You can purchase the Enterprise mug on Fortress Geek. Though, as of the time of this posting, the mug is currently out of stock. Hopefully it will be available again, soon.
Explore both ThinkGeek and Fortress Geek to find the other Star Trek mugs mentioned.
Star Trek Enterprise Pizza Cutter
Pizza night just isn’t complete without the Star Trek Enterprise pizza cutter. I was actually a little surprised over just how sharp these cutters are! If you have small children in the house, the Enterprise pizza cutter looks like it could be a toy, enticing little hands. What I’m about to say is obvious, but you’ll want to keep it out of the reach of young hands.
This pizza cutter is not only available as a NCC-1701 model, but is also available as a NCC-1701-D model! And, if you really love the Star Trek fan in your life, you can gift them the 24k gold limited edition version of the NCC-1701 model.
Star Trek Spock Oven Mitt
While we are in the kitchen, the Star Trek Spock oven mitt is another great gift for the Star Trek fan who also likes to spend time creating exquisite cuisine. Maybe your Star Trek fan is the next Nelix, which may actually be a wee bit scary to ponder.
As you can see, the oven mitt is in the shape of the Live Long and Prosper hand-gesture, which, at times, makes it difficult to grab those hot objects with confidence. The smaller the hand, the trickier it may feel. I have teeny hands, and use my Spock oven mitt often. At first, I was a little hesitant to do so, just because of how different this oven mitt feels, thanks to the spread fingers. But, that feeling quickly went away.
Made of 100% cotton and lined and filled with 100% polyester, the Star Trek Spock oven mitt is a great gift, guaranteed to add a fun element to meal preparation.
Star Trek Electronic Door Chime
I think I have way too much fun with the Star Trek electronic door chime. Sometimes, I’ll repeatedly walk in front of it, simply to set off the alarm.
Not only is the perfect alert system for your office, it is also a great alert system for parents. You can set it up outside your bedroom to warn you of approaching rugrats. You can hang it outside of your home’s “quiet area,” to alert you if you child is trying to leave their quiet time early, and the possibilities continue.
- Motion-sensitive door chime for fans of Star Trek
- Modeled after the communicator panels on The Original Series
- Mount it next to your door (on whatever side you choose)
- When someone crosses the threshold, the chime will sound
- Two settings: Door opening sound or Red Alert sound
- Push button on front for Communicator Whistle sound
- Officially licensed Star Trek collectible
- Required Batteries: 3 AA Batteries
- Dimensions: 6 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ x 1″
Order the Star Trek electronic door chime at ThinkGeek.
Star Trek Tribble Slippers With Sound
I’m not sure there are many better things than slippers that purr, purr, purr when you walk.
These slippers are super-awesome, with a couple of small caveats. The Tribble slippers are a one-size deal. So, if the Star Trek fan in your life has narrow feet, they’ll have to do some curling of the toes while walking in the slippers, otherwise the Tribbles will be sent flying off their feet, followed by a cacophony of purrs when they land.
But, other than that, the Tribble slippers will keep the feet of Star Trek fans super-warm, they are super-comfortable, and they are ridiculously adorable. They will also help prevent any Klingons from entering your home
The above five objects are also available as a Final Frontier Gift Pack. As of the time of this posting, the Final Frontier Gift Pack is currently out of stock, with the expected back in stock dated listed as 11/11. You can sign up to receive a notification for when this gift pack is in stock.
Star Trek Tie Clip
This upcoming holiday season is one of two times during the year that the gifting of a tie, or many, has become somewhat of a tradition in some household.
So, if you plan to give the gift of a tie, perhaps even one of my many Star Trek ties, then, obviously, you also much give the gift of the Star Trek tie clip.
You can purchase the Star Trek tie clip at ThinkGeek.
Star Trek Socks 3-Pack
Socks. Another holiday gift-giving tradition. No stocking would be complete without them.
Thankfully, there are many types of Star Trek socks from which to choose. Personally, I own the pictured Star Trek: The Original Series 3-pack. I have to note, they are surprisingly warm.
But, the men-styled 3-pack isn’t the only type of socks you can give to the Star Trek fan in your life.
The following styles are available at ThinkGeek:
- Star Trek Socks 3-pack
- Star Trek OS 3-pack Ladies’ Knee High Socks
- Star Trek TNG Men’s Socks 3-pack
- Star Trek TNG Ladies’ 3-pack Socks
Complete the stocking stuffer trifecta with the Star Trek Boxer Briefs 3-Pack. The Star Trek fan in your life will appreciate these very comfortable underpants.
Not only are they comfortable, but they can be mixed and matched with the socks you’ve purchased. Maybe, some days, your beloved Star Trek fan want to be Spock, wearing both the blue socks and the blue underpants. Maybe, some days, they want to be Spirk, or Spork, or however the kids are mashing their names these days, and wear the gold underpants with the blue socks, or vice versa.
Available in men’s small, medium, large, and extra-large, you can purchase the Star Trek boxer briefs 3-pack can be purchased at ThinkGeek.
Warning: All sales on underpants are final. They cannot be returned. So, be sure to check, and double-check, sizing before placing your order.
Star Trek: TNG Enterprise Keychain
I never leave the house without some piece of Star Trek on my person. In my case, it’s my Star Trek communicator wallet, and this Star Trek: The Next Generation Enterprise keychain. Before getting rid of my iPhone, I also had the Star Trek science blue iPhone case.
You should help make it easy for the Star Trek fan in your life to always be able to easily show off the love of this franchise with the simple purchase of this keychain. It may not always be feasible for them to leave the house sporting Spock ears, or wearing a Star Trek shirts, but most people never leave the house without their keys.
Star Trek Original Series Phaser*
This prop replica is a must have for any fan of Star Trek: The Original Series. It is a Type I and Type II combination, complete with lights and sounds, with four power settings. These settings include progressive lights and sounds, the light control knob is an on/off switch, it has a flip-up sight, and you can set your phaser to overload. The only thing you cannot do with this phaser is actually fire at Klingons.
Also, for those moments when you feel like tormenting your pets, it is a little bit of fun to watch them react to the sounds.
You can purchase the Star Trek Original Series phaser at Entertainment Earth and at ThinkGeek. It is currently out of stock at Fortress Geek. Hopefully, they are back in stock, at Fortress Geek, before the end of the holiday shopping season.
Star Trek: The Next Generation Uniform Hoodie
The Star Trek: The Next Generation uniform hoodie is a ThinkGeek original and will make for an excellent gift.
As I said in my review, they are comfortable, well-made, and well-designed. But, as I also wrote, you need to pay extremely close attention to the sizing as, for some people, they may fit big.
For example, people who are normally on the smaller end of the medium scale, may actually be better of with a small, or on the smaller end of the large scale, may be better off with a medium. You may need to get actual chest and waist measurements from the Star Trek fan for whom this gift is intended.
You can purchase the Star Trek: The Next Generation uniform hoodie exclusively from ThinkGeek.
Star Trek: The Next Generation Robes
When lounging around the house, or after getting out of a nice, hot shower, there are few better ways of slipping into comfort than slipping into Star Trek: The Next Generation Robes. I also need to add: It’s about time!
Ever since I got my Original Series Science Blue robe last year, I’ve been waiting for the TNG versions. After gifting this robe, you could suggest that the recipient wears it backwards, rocking it like Doctor Crusher did.
Warm and comfortable, the Star Trek: The Next Generation robes are a one-size fits all type of deal. The robe will be extra large on those who inhabit the small end of the clothing scale, while being a better fit for those towards the larger end of the scale. The robes measurements are: 24” sleeves from shoulder seam, 54” max chest size, 57” max waist size, 46” in length.
You can purchase the Star Trek: The Next Generation robes at ThinkGeek.
Officially Licenced Star Trek Pyjama Set
Comfy-time became a whole lot better after I received my officially licenced Star Trek pyjama set in Science Blue. It’s also pretty awesome to see the reaction on delivery people’s faces when I answer the door whilst wearing them.
Also, it is very difficult to resist the temptation of wearing these pyjamas in public.
Available in sizes ranging from small to double-extra-large, you may want to purchase a set for everyone in your house, and then re-enact your favourite scenes from Star Trek: The Original Series. After all, you already have some of the necessary equipment, as you’ve already purchased the hand phaser.
Playtime with your partner may also become just a little bit more interesting, if you get my meaning.
The only downside to these comfortable pyjamas as that with repeated washes, the Starfleet insignia starts to become permanently curled.
You can purchase the officially licenced Star Trek pyjamas exclusively at ThinkGeek.
Star Trek: The Next Generation Pyjama Set
If Original Series is not the object of your gift-giving’s thing, then you should be happy to know that there are also Star Trek: The Next Generation pyjama sets.
Just as comfortable as their Original Series counterparts, and available in the same sizing, these pyjamas will make for a great gift.
While I may be Spock in Star Trek: The Original Series land, and while I am most like Data, in Star Trek: The Next Generation land, I’m Picard, and I’m in charge of the damn spaceship!
These means that I have the TNG pyjamas in Command Red, complete with Captain’s pips, while my partner — who is in charge of operations — has the TNG pyjamas in Operations Gold, complete with Lieutenant Commander pips.
You can purchase the Star Trek: The Next Generation pyjama sets at ThinkGeek.
Hopefully, the above list will get you started on your journey of purchasing Star Trek items for the Trekkie/Trekker in your life. I could have added a lot more to this list, as I have an extremely long Star Trek wishlist, but I’m sure you can discover other things on your own.
Time to get shopping. Engage!
*Items marked with a * were received for review and gift guide purposes. If they were not given for these purposes, they would have been purchased.