‘Tis the season, and no matter your chosen religious or pagan winter festivities, it’s “about that time” to wrap up—pun intended—your online shopping if you want those gifts to be delivered relatively on-time.
I’ve noticed so many dark and offbeat gifts out there on the internet—thanks, ad sense 🙄—I thought I’d put that to good use with four places and themes to help you usher in a very scary Christmas, and nerdy New Year.
Ho, Ho, Ho, Merry Hexmas
If you’ve never heard of Killstar.com, you’re about to enter the darkest reaches of the holiday and year-round gifting underworld.
They’ve got an entire section dedicated to the holidays—just hit Hexmas on the super-menu. Their selection ranges from evil-cute to downright evil, and you can find some really fun and weird gifts for less than $10.
I wouldn’t be able to say how the quality is, but I do notice many an online Goth dress in Killstar gear, so I’m willing to bet on Krampus that they’ll be a cool place to shop for “That One Friend” or family member we’ve all got. 😈🖤
Classic Family Fun with a Fantastical Spin
Bring back the board game, I say. Oh, I know, table top gaming is still all the rage with we fantasy folk. But can you say you’ve played a rousing game of Middle Earth Monopoly? Capitalism isn’t dead in Rivendell, my friends. It’s also nice to take a break from the intense table top gaming, and get in some classics that still have the vibe of epic world-building, but without the up-til-dawn story arcs. #AintGotNoTimeForThat
How about a new family tradition of gifting a classic game with a genre spin every year?
These stand-out selections are from Amazon, so fast shipping ahoy!
Cards Against *Scream Face*
It’s a lot like Cards Against Humanity or Apples to Apples, but all horror-themed. Sure to keep even the most hardcore horror nerds in your dark brood guessing!
Gruesome Yule Gruel
For the truly adventurous kitchen witches and warlocks in your family, this uniquely inspiring cookbook, Horror Caviar by A24 Films (Hereditary, The VVitch) is a celebration of horror, a cookbook, and quite the coffee table book!
About the book:
Got a taste for horror?
Feasts, delicacies, and drinks inspired by 29 horror movies from cult to canon, including Audition, Suspiria, Possession, Ganja & Hess, Midsommar, Trouble Every Day, The Shining, The Witch, and many more.
Featuring culinary contributions from 25 celebrated food artists, stylists, and chefs, original essays by A.S. Hamrah, Phoebe Chen, Yasmina Price, Sohla El-Waylly, Stephanie LaCava, and Carmen Maria Machado, and a foreword by director Ti West.
Photography by Justin J Wee.
Easy, Fully-Immersive Reads
In the tradition of Iceland’s Jolabokaflod, where families stay up all night reading books and consuming chocolate on Christmas Eve, how about “leveling up” your gifted reads with pop-up books? They’re a bit more laid-back, easy to read in a night, fun to collect, and super fascinating to read together, no matter your age.
I honestly could go on with even more, but I don’t want to send you into the nightmare-grip of option paralysis!
Just remember the reason for the season: togetherness. You Time. Family Time. It’s not about presents, it’s about Presence. But if you’re still looking for presents, I hope this little guide of misfit toys inspired you, got you unstuck, or… bolstered your own wish lists. 😈🎄