Give the gift of terror with Famous Monsters as your guide.

So, you say, gift guides are a dime a dozen? Think you’ve seen it all? Too cynical to venture beyond the basics this year?

Fair enough. We understand the fatigue. But how about a list of horrorific present ideas, from the cult to the classic, assembled by none other than the staff of the most beloved classic horror mag of all time?

We’ve got gifties for young and old, large and small, slasher and classic, niche and mainstream, and everything in between. And if you think we’re only directing you to our own products, think again! Captain Company has plenty of goods, but on this list we’re branching out to other publishers, record companies, crafty creators, specialty retailers, and even streaming services! Because we all deserve a few screams to go with our stockings and mistletoe. Right?

#1
SHUDDER Subscription
Shudder
$3.99-$4.99 per month

Horror on demand. Need we say more?

WHO’S IT FOR? Gorehounds who want to reach out beyond Netflix and Hulu.

#2
EVIL DEAD Christmas Sweater
Middle of Beyond
$84.99

This cozy holiday sweater proves that you really can make an ugly sweater pattern out of anything. Put it on and see if your grandparents notice the difference.

WHO’S IT FOR? Sam Raimi fans and people who like making statements at Christmas parties.

#3
Vitruvian Mummy Designer Tee
American Gothic Apparel
$39.99

Da Vinci’s famous “Vitruvian Man” gets the monster treatment! It looks like the original design until you look closer… and discover its mummified nature. This deluxe t-shirt is super soft and spun from the finest cotton, as any Renaissance man would insist on.

WHO’S IT FOR? Fans of fine art, Leonardo Da Vinci, and clever takes on classics.

#4
AD NAUSEAM: Newsprint Nightmares from the 1980s
1984 Publishing
$34.95 (List price, online prices may vary)

Thanks to Michael Gingold’s Forry-like obsession with film, we get AD NAUSEAM: a black and white wonderland of newsprint ads for big and small screen films that he personally clipped out and saved, featuring rare alternate art for THE BLOB, GREMLINS, CHILD’S PLAY, FRIDAY THE 13TH, and many more. All of this is accompanied by Gingold’s fond commentary that perfectly assists in transporting you back to the 1980s. We wouldn’t expect anything less from the man who contributed so much to Fangoria and Rue Morgue.

WHO’S IT FOR? 80s movie fans and horror completists.

#5
Legendary Lovecraft Trading Cards
Monsterwax
$49.95

This collectible set from Monsterwax features truly stunning artwork by Ricardo Garijo Jr. Each nightmarish card features a corresponding short story snippet on the back! The Kickstarter packs even came with a stick of gum. Retro perfection. (We also recommend you check out their other card sets — particularly Spook Show and Monster Movie Classics!)

WHO’S IT FOR? Literary nerds with a penchant for tentacles and classic collectibles.

#6
Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
$149.98 (List price, online prices may vary)

They are the titans that Famous Monsters was built on: Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, The Mummy, and the Creature From the Black Lagoon — all here, together, in one Blu-ray box set guaranteed to ensure you never have to turn on the TV again.

WHO’S IT FOR? I mean… who ISN’T this for? Seriously.

#7
Zombie Cross-Stitch
Thunder Bay Books
$19.99

Have a horrible, gory Christmas with this gruesome and hilarious 64-page book that comes with all you need to create your own zombie wonderland. Learn basic techniques from the simple step-by-step instructions to customize baby bibs, pillow covers, or even a stocking into a zombified Chrismas miracle.

WHO’S IT FOR? Crafty mums and dads who never miss an episode of WALKING DEAD.

#8
Spirit Board Rug
Middle of Beyond
$250.00
STAFF PICK: Jenn Pham, Art Director

Surely your domestic bffs don’t need another ordinary carpet. The solution: this off-white area rug, featuring a vintage ouija board design and destined to drive boring people away at the door! Their pet or witchy familiar will love to curl up on it, and you’ll get props for being the cool friend.

WHO’S IT FOR? Homeowners who don’t mind attracting houseghosts.

#9
“Clash of the Kaiju” Wall Tapestry
Famous Monsters of Filmland
$39.99

King of the Monsters vs Guardian of the Universe! Who will win? Let your sleepover buddies decide with this deluxe hanging tapestry based on the art of Godzilla artist extraordinaire, Bob Eggleton, which first appeared on the cover of Famous Monsters of Filmland #262.

WHO’S IT FOR? Kaiju lovers whose tastes in decor (and monsters) run large.

#10
Court of the Dead Prestige Statuettes
Sideshow Collectibles
$89.00 each
STAFF PICK: Jorge Marrero, Production Manager

These statues (pictured: Kier — Valkyrie’s Revenge) debuted at San Diego Comic-Con 2016, and it was love at first sight. Sideshow is a company that really thinks about the collectors, and it shows: not only with the $89 price tag, but the fact that you still get the high detailed quality you would expect from their grander Premium Format figures. Made of PVC, these figures don’t carry the weight of a polystone figure, but the trade-off gives it more durability so you won’t have to worry if your household pet bumps into it.

WHO’S IT FOR? Collectors with that one lonely shelf just waiting to be filled.

#11
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD Vinyl Soundtrack Album
Waxwork Records
$40.00

Waxwork are the purveyors of many rare cult film soundtracks, and this 50th anniversary edition of music from George A. Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD makes a fantastic addition to any record collection. The “Ghoul Green” colored vinyl effect is really just too cool to resist.

WHO’S IT FOR? Vinyl enthusiasts who want something not always found in a used record store bin.

#12
Eyes Without a Face Tote Bag

Butcher Billy
$30.01
STAFF PICK: Eleni Ioannou, Sales Manager

Artist Butcher Billy has made waves for his designs that fuse horror imagery with new wave and post-punk lyrics, and you can get the best of the bunch on a black tote bag perfect for dragging body parts around. I mean, books. Yeah.

WHO’S IT FOR? People who love both horror and Billy Idol.

#13
FANTASTIC WORLDS: The Art of William Stout
Insight Editions
$75.00 (List price, online prices may vary)

Whether it’s from the album art of The Who or a movie poster of Guillermo Del Toro’s PAN’S LABYRINTH, there’s a good chance you’ve experienced the joyful talent of William Stout. This 304-page book captures large chunks of his career in its over-sized glory, with full page to fold-out quadruple page spreads. Chapters are carved out by genre, so you can digest healthy servings from his work in music, film, and wonderfully detailed paleo period. I mean, who doesn’t love dinosaurs, right?

WHO’S IT FOR? Art book collectors and fantasy lovers!

#14
Godzilla Phunny Plushie
KidRobot
$11.99

This 8-inch pudgy Godzilla plushie by KidRobot is perfect for kids and adults alike. Look at him — how can you resist?

WHO’S IT FOR? Godzilla fans with young kaiju fans of their own, or people who just want a little potato-shaped lizard on their desk.

#15
Trivial Pursuit Horror Movie Edition
USAopoly
$19.99

Ready to crush a trivia game? Of course you are. These “official” Trivial Pursuit questions are exactly the right level of difficulty, and the color categories — divided into Monsters, Gore, Psychological, Paranormal, Slasher, and International — correspond to the classic game, leaving room for crossovers!

WHO’S IT FOR? Horror affectionados who like to flex on their friends.

#16
Friday the 13th VHS Lamp
NancysJars
$19.82

In the best of horror-Etsy, we found this battery- or USB-powered table lamp made from a repurposed VHS! It even has customizable color options. Plus, if FRIDAY THE 13TH isn’t your bag, there are plenty of other slasher movie themes available.

WHO’S IT FOR? Budding horror fans (as a night light), a slasher fan for his mancave, or any Jason Vorhees nut looking for ways to creep up their living space.

#17
Godzilla Greatest Battles Coaster Set
Famous Monsters of Filmland
$29.99

Ready to give your parties a little pizzazz? Godzilla and his greatest foes are here to keep your counters from getting wet! These are heavy-duty printed ceramic coasters with a cork bottom design that won’t harm the furniture, and the designs — from Godzilla vs. Ghidorah to Godzilla vs. Cthulhu — are sure to get some heated conversations going!

WHO’S IT FOR? Giant monster lovers with a busy entertaining schedule!

#18
Star Wars Millennium Falcon Book and Model

Studio Fun International
$17.99 (List price, online prices may vary)

Yeah, we know it’s not horror, but… spaceships. Whether you’re 4 or 45, you likely love the fastest ship from the Star Wars universe. This book comes with factoids that cover every inch of the Falcon, along with easy-to-use instructions to put together your mega model Millenium Falcon, made of sturdy styrofoam board, which is included with the book.

WHO’S IT FOR? The parent who wants to pass down the knowledge of their childhood and partake in that creative side.

#19
Frankenstein Latex Display Mask and Hands
HammondSculpt
$235.05 (or $195.88 without hands)

Artist Jason Hammond has modeled this very realistic latex sculpt after the classic Boris Karloff monster design, and it’s sure to look sturdy and somber in any horror collector’s household!

WHO’S IT FOR? Boris Karloff enthusiasts and aspiring SFX artists.

#20
Bride of Frankenstein Hoodie
Famous Monsters of Filmland
$44.99 and up

Give someone the gift of retro style with this classic hoodie featuring a painted design by Sanjulian, inspired by Basil Gogos’ original cover from Famous Monsters of Filmland #17. Is there a more famous mug in horror? Perhaps her husband, the Frankenstein monster, although we’re sure he won’t mind sharing the title.

WHO’S IT FOR? Bride of Frankenstein fans and people who live in cold climates, or just enjoy being cozy!

#21
Vintage Grand Guignol Horror Prints
Century Guild
$49.00
STAFF PICK: Holly Interlandi, Executive Editor

Turn of the century poster advertisements for Paris’s renowned gore theater are revived at the Century Guild, who produce high-quality prints of some of the most disturbing pre-Hollywood era artwork around. Your macabre history professor will go apesh-t.

WHO’S IT FOR? Scholars and pretentious French students who dream about robbing graves.

#22
Cthulhu Church Blanket
Threadless
$49 and up

Who says worshippers of the Elder Gods can’t have their own canonized stained glass designs? Threadless gives Cthulhu the comfy church treatment with this fringed, colorfully woven blanket.

WHO’S IT FOR? Lovecraft fans and those looking to expand their religious horizons.

#23
Slime Glow Painted Mini-Galligantus Figure
Justin Ishmael
$20.00
STAFF PICK: Chase Hensley, Social Media Coordinator

Isn’t he cuuuuute? Fashioned after the two-headed monster on the cover of the 1968 Famous Monsters Fearbook, this Galligantus is small enough to fit on your dashboard and striking enough to make a bigger impression than plastic Jesus.

WHO’S IT FOR? Fans of unique and bizarre toys not easily lost in the dark.

#24
GHOULISH: The Art of Gary Pullin
1984 Publishing
$29.95

GHOULISH takes you on a journey not only through Gary Pullin’s illustrious art career, but also through the evolution of his art style and how he’s grown in the industry. Author April Snellings does a wonderful job at shining a light on Pullin’s accomplishments while still letting the art speak for itself. To add to the retro feel of this whole book, it comes with classic red and blue 3-D glasses to use on select pages.

WHO’S IT FOR? Pop art lovers who enjoy a twisted image!

#25
Halloween VHS Blanket
Creepy Company
$34.99

It’s a super-soft blanket featuring the VHS cover design from the original Halloween! You can curl up with a movie and still be chill-proof.

WHO’S IT FOR? John Carpenter fans who despise being cold.

#26
Red Sun Kaiju Ribbed Knit Beanie
Famous Monsters of Filmland
$25.00

They came from the land of the rising sun… giant monsters and myths ready to destroy mankind! This beanie is classy enough to wear at family dinners. Just try to keep from making SKREEOOONNKK sounds.

WHO’S IT FOR? Kaiju lovers having a bad hair day (or just itching to wear something cool!).

#27
Fearbook Skull Canvas Tote
Famous Monsters of Filmland
$24.99

Our Fearbook Skull design is perfect for any occasion: funeral, dinner party, mass embalming, yoga lesson. Or the beach, so long as you don’t mind scaring off little kids and dogs.

WHO’S IT FOR? Beach bunnies who’d rather read a horror novel than swim in the surf.

 

Wishing everyone a happy and monster-filled holiday season!