The Best Gifts for Sci-Fi Fans
Science Fiction has captured the imagination of millions of people for generations, spawning endless amounts of books, movies, franchises, and TV series; not to mention legions of adoring fans. Chances are, even if you’re not a confirmed sci-fi fan yourself, one of your nearest and dearest will be.
Buying the right gift for that sci-fi fan in your life can be a tricky business if you’re not sure what to look for. Sometimes an ordinary gift just won’t do, as their tastes tend to be a little more ‘out there’ than others.
If this sounds like a scenario that you’re familiar with, don’t despair. Don’t let the gloom of shopping for difficult gifts turn you to the Dark Side.
Here are the best gifts for sci-fi fans.
Garmin’s Legacy Series continues to serve up the goods for geeks and superfans who love to keep fit and active. This Darth Vader-inspired smartwatch is no exception; wreathed in glossy black with subtle red highlights—evoking the Galaxy’s most notorious villain and his signature lightsaber.
A character-themed app experience awaits the recipient of this gift, with a suite of smart features to explore. Choose from a gallery of Darth Vader-themed watch faces and workout goal animations, for a fully customizable look. Garmin Connect also grants the wearer access to badges, avatars, and more to outfit this limited-edition smart timepiece.
Smartwatch features include the usual health and wellness tracking tools, including body battery energy monitoring. Smart notifications, music storage, and Garmin Pay are all supported too, and you’ll even find the Imperial insignia etched on the back of this smartwatch, along with Vader’s famous “Rule the Galaxy” quote.
It may take its inspiration from a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, but this Garmin smartwatch offers a customizable themed fitness experience that’s bang up to date.
- Darth Vader-themed app experience
- Customizable themes, badges and avatars
- Health and Wellness Tracking
- Body Battery Energy Monitoring
- Music storage
- Supports Garmin Pay
- Smart notifications
- Brand: Garmin
- Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
- Color Screen: Yes
- Battery Life: 8 days
- Display Size : 1.3 inches
- Connected GPS: Yes
- Calendar: Yes
- Weather: Yes
- Smartphone Music Control: Yes
- Colors: Black silicone band
- Health sensors: Yes
- Dimensions: 5.98 x 3.93 x 2.55 inches
- Weight: 7.8 ounces
- Exercise modes: Yes
- Design is very cool; perfect for Star Wars fans!
- Good level of customization
- All the health and wellness features of a Garmin smartwatch
- Reasonably priced for a Limited Edition model
- Might tempt you to join the Dark Side
Garmin Legacy Saga Series Star Wars Darth Vader Inspired Premium Smartwatch
For any gamers you may know, festering in that Sarlacc pit that they call a bedroom, this custom Xbox Series X controller could be the perfect gift. Taking its inspiration from everybody’s favorite bounty hunter, this wireless controller and charger have been designed to replicate the look of Boba Fett’s battle-beaten helmet.
Compatible not only with Xbox Series X but also with Xbox One as well, this wireless controller features impulse triggers and textured grips. It will run for approximately 12 hours on a full charge, and the charging station itself offers magnetic and secure charging. For anyone with a separate Xbox wireless adapter, this controller will also work for PC and Mac.
Razer is known for producing high-quality gaming gear, and this wireless controller hits the mark too. It might be a bit on the expensive side but remember—this is no clone. This is a one-of-a-kind wireless controller that will delight whoever claims this bounty.
- Classic Boba Fett helmet design
- Compatible with Xbox Series X and Xbox One
- Magnetic contact charging system
- Fast charging
- Textured grips
- Impulse triggers
- Brand: Razer
- Platform: Xbox
- Battery: Rechargeable
- Connectivity: Wireless
- Headset Support: Yes
- Programmable: N/A
- Extra Buttons: No
- Great design
- Versatile; can work with Series X, Xbox One, PC and Mac
- Charges in just 3 hours
- Textured grip makes it comfortable to hold
- You might need to collect a few bounties to pay for it
Razer Limited Edition Boba Fett Wireless Controller
That’s no moon. In fact, you’ll find this Death Star is fully operational. Fully operational to thump out your favorite tunes while floating and spinning through space.
This Bluetooth speaker is inspired by the Imperial Death Star and offers 360-degree sound, thanks to its omnidirectional speaker. Using magnetic levitation, this speaker constantly rotates and floats in the air as it pours out sound. It has a built-in 1500mAh rechargeable battery that lasts for up to eight hours on a full charge and is easy to pair with your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth.
A USB port in the base means that you can also use this speaker as a charging hub for your devices—perfect for reducing the clutter of charging cables. And the orb itself can be used independently from its base, should you ever want to use it outside, for instance.
The ability to destroy a planet may be insignificant next to the power of the Force, but this supercool levitating speaker will still delight Star Wars fans everywhere and is a great gift idea for sci-fi fans.
- Levitating orb design
- Inspired by the Death Star from Star Wars
- Rotates in mid-air
- USB port in base
- 360-degree sound
- Brand: JLSCR
- Speaker Type: Magnetic levitating
- Maximum output power: Not Provided
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB, NFC
- Weight: 2.00lbs
- Dimensions: 5.9 x 5.9 x 5.1 inches
- Battery: 1x Lithium-Ion battery
- Frequency: Not Provided
- Looks great
- Levitating design is very cool
- USB port in base is handy extra
- Can be used separate from base
- Isn’t an officially licensed Star Wars product
Arc Star Levitating Bluetooth Speaker
This Star Trek Next Generation Bluetooth Communicator badge lets you engage with your smartphone and allows you to answer calls with a simple press of the button. The classic chirping sound from the beloved TV series will notify the wearer of any inbound calls.
Want to use this communicator as a hands-free comms device? Then make it so, by using its voice command features. It is fitted with an omnidirectional microphone for hands-free calls and connects with Alexa, Siri, and Google for voice-controlled call answering, or for listening to texts or email notifications.
Play and pause functionality for music and audiobooks is also built-in, and this neat device can also be used with compatible translation and maps-based apps. Perfect for navigating your way through a starfield.
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the Star Trek Next Generation fan in your life, then the line must be drawn here.
- Authentic Star Trek communicator sound
- Built-in microphone
- Hands-free calling
- Voice command functionality
- One button play/pause audio
- Brand: FAMETEK
- Connectivity: Bluetooth
- Color: Gold and silver
- Material: Plastic
- Battery: Rechargeable
- Weight: 3.87 ounces
- Dimensions: 1.57 x 1.97 x 0.59 inches
- Wireless: Yes
- Battery Life: Between 2 to 48 hours, depending on useage
- Multi-Device Pairing: Yes
- Display: None
- Compatible with: Alexa, Siri, Google
- Officially licensed
- Versatile communication device
- Voice command functionality is pretty useful
- Unlikely to endear you to any non-Trekkies
Star Trek Next Generation Bluetooth Communicator Badge
Unlike the famous police box that it draws its inspiration from, this Doctor Who wireless phone charger isn’t bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. But it is an ideal and practical gift for fans of the Timelord.
Qi wireless charging allows any compatible device to be charged on this plate, which also contains a USB hub, for simultaneous wired charging of a separate device. The Tardis logo will light up with a backlit LED while your phone is charging, or you can opt to switch the LED off should you wish.
This is a great gift idea for any Doctor Who fans and is fully portable. Wireless charging means the charger itself can be used as a power bank, providing you with the means to charge your phone wherever you may be.
- Doctor Who Tardis design
- Qi wireless charging
- USB port for simultaneous wired charging of separate device
- Portable power bank
- Brand: FAMETEK
- Qi-Certified: Yes
- Color: Black
- Compatible Devices : iPhone 8 and up, Samsung
- Dimensions: 3.9 x 0.71 x 3.9 inches
- Weight: 8.4 ounces
- Includes adapter: Yes
- Portable wireless charging
- Charge two devices at once
- LED display looks cool
- Supports most smartphones
- Circular shape means it might get mistaken for a drinks coaster!
- Not as powerful as other Qi wireless chargers
Doctor Who Tardis Qi Wireless Charger
Fans of Star Trek the original series will love this wireless phone charger, which acts as a handy pocket-sized power bank. This licensed collectible has three USB ports (two type A and one type C) to enable multiple devices to be charged at one time.
This 10,000mAh battery has four LED indicators to let you know how much power you have left in your charger, and these work in 25% increments. You can easily keep track of how much juice is left in the tank and make sure you have the reserves to keep all your devices topped up, no matter where in the world you are.
The Star Trek Command logo is etched onto the casing of this portable charger, and there’s retro 1960s Star Trek artwork on the packaging which will instantly appeal to any old-school Trekkie; no matter whether they’re a doctor or a physicist.
- 10,000mAh power bank
- Triple charging
- Four LED poer indicators
- Star Trek Command insignia
- Brand: FAMETEK
- Qi-Certified: No
- Color: Yellow and black
- Compatible Devices : Works with any USB device
- Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.2 x 4.8 inches
- Weight: 0.29kg
- Includes adapter: Yes
- Convenient and portable
- Star Trek OS design looks good
- Charge 3 devices at once
Star Trek Insignia Phone Charger
The perfect gift for any Star Trek fan perpetually glued to their screen for work or play, this Star Trek-style console display mousepad is the ideal desktop accessory.
This 10-inch by 12-inch mousepad has a non-slip rubber base and a glossy finish on the top. The washable mousepad is easy to clean, and the cool graphic print is protected from fading when washed. So coffee stains won’t trouble the operator of this console.
A great looking and cool gift idea to customize any Star Trek fan’s desk space, this mousepad can boldly go there, where no other Star Trek mousepad has gone before.
- Star Trek Enterprise inspired console design
- Non-slip rubber base
- Color-locking material
- Can be cleaned with water
- Brand: NVDUYGQ
- Material: Rubber
- Color: Multicolored
- Wristpad: No
- Fab looking design
- Not an official Star Trek product
LCAR Star Trek Console Gaming Mousepad
Fans of the Ridley Scott 1979 classic Alien movie will already be aware of the fate of the Nostromo and its crew. Here Ravensburger has given players the opportunity to change those fates with this tense board game inspired by the horror classic.
This is a cooperative strategy game, where players must work together to evade the eponymous Alien and survive. Starting objectives are issued to all players, along with one of five final missions to complete. One wrong turn could spell the end for each player, as they move across the board gathering supplies and crafting items.
Roleplay elements such as crew member morale play an important part in this game, as players will lose the game if their character’s morale reaches zero. There’s the threat of the Nostromo self-destructing throughout each intense game and of course, the Alien itself could be lurking around the next corner!
Add in rogue Science Officer Ash for an extra injection of tension and you have a recipe for a truly gripping tabletop experience, with a ton of replay value. No two games are ever the same. Crew member cards and figurines for all characters are included, as well as one Alien figurine.
An ideal gift for sci-fi fans and fans of Alien alike. As for trying to escape the Nostromo itself? You have Ash’s sympathies.
- Strategy game based on the Alien movie
- Features Nostromo crew figurines
- YouTube tutorials available
- 45-to-60-minute play time
- Type of Game: Strategy
- Age Recommendation: 10 years and up
- Game Duration: 45 to 60 minutes
- Brand: Ravensburger
- Tense strategy action
- No two games are the same
- Features original members of Nostromo crew
- Not for the faint-hearted!
Alien: Fate of The Nostromo Board Game
Q: Where Does the Term Science Fiction Come From?
Science fiction, often abbreviated to SF or sci-fi, is a form of fiction that deals principally with the impact of actual or imagined science upon society or individuals. The term science fiction was popularized, if not invented, in the 1920s by one of the genre’s principal advocates, the American publisher Hugo Gernsback.
Q: What’s the Difference Between Sci-Fi and Fantasy?
Science fiction often takes place in a dystopian society sometime in the future and contains elements of advanced technology. A fantasy story, on the other hand, is usually set in the fantasy realm and includes mythical creatures and supernatural powers.
Q: Is Science Fiction Still Popular Today?
Just as fantasy television, superhero movies, comics, cosplay, and other traditionally marginalized fan pursuits have moved into the mainstream, science fiction media has become much more visible over the last decade, reaching a wider audience, and changing to accommodate that audience.