Welcome back for another installment in Daily Dead’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide where we try and ease the burden of holiday shopping by finding you guys some cool gift ideas and save you some money wherever we can.

Today’s guide will be taking a look at the pop culture artwork from Hero Complex Gallery, Hallmark’s stellar Keepsake Ornaments collection this year, some amazingly fun backpacks from Stylin Online, the stunning work of WETA and much more.

Also be sure to check out our Holiday Horrors Trivia Question for today to get an opportunity to win prizes from our fantastic Gift Guide sponsors HorrorDecor.net, Scream Factory and Anchor Bay Entertainment.

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT: Hero Complex Gallery

Hero Complex Gallery specializes in contemporary and pop art-themed shows in Los Angeles with some additional pop-up shows in major cities throughout the US, featuring a wide variety of art by established and emerging artists. Prints can be purchased online at hcgart.com and fans of all genres will undoubtedly find some incredibly unique gift ideas there for this Christmas.

BOOKS: The Art of Film Magic: 20 Years of WETA

This deluxe slipcased two-volume set is an insider's tour of twenty years of film-making magic at WETA Workshop and WETA Digital, the creative companies behind such celebrated films as The Lord of the RingsAvatarThe Avengers, King Kong, District 9 and The Hobbit.  Brimming with never-before-published content, including concept designs, sketches, making of and behind-the-scenes imagery, along with interview material from cast and crew members, it is a stunning look at how the costumes, creatures and characters, weaponry, and visual effects are created for some of the world's most iconic films.  

MOVIES: Godzilla (Warner Home Video, Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet Combo & DVD)

In this gritty, realistic sci-fi action epic, Godzilla returns to its roots as one of the world's most recognized monsters. Directed by Gareth Edwards and featuring an all-star international cast, this spectacular adventure pits Godzilla against malevolent creatures that, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Special features include Monarch: Declassified, Operation: Lucky Dragon - Monarch: Declassified, MONARCH: The M.U.T.O. File - Monarch: Declassified, The Godzilla Revelation - Monarch: Declassified, The Legendary Godzilla, Godzilla: Force of Nature, A Whole New Level Of Destruction - The Legendary Godzilla, Into The Void: The H.A.L.O. Jump - The Legendary Godzilla and Ancient Enemy: The M.U.T.O.s - The Legendary Godzilla.


APPAREL: Creepy Classics’ Horror Shirts

Creepy Classics offers their customers and fans a multitude of horror-related merchandise but I thought their selection of classic movie monsters were absolutely worth sharing this year. Who can resist t-shirts featuring some of the most iconic figures of the horror genre ever? You can check out their entire selection HERE.

COLLECTIBLES: Hallmark Ornaments

It’s not very often that Hallmark does much to celebrate the horror and sci-fi genres but for 2014, they went all out. If you’re looking for a gift for fans of Star Wars, Batman, Marvel, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Frankenstein, Jaws or even Alien, you’re going to want to check out Hallmark’s Keepsake Ornaments collection.

Due to high demand, only some designs are still available online, so I went ahead and created a helpful list of what you can shop for on their website and the ornaments that are only available in-store.



ACCESSORIES: Stylin Online’s Backpacks

I wish they had awesome backpacks like the ones over on Stylin Online back when I was a kid as my childhood would have been infinitely cooler. And while many of these designs are intended for the younger fans out there, Stylin Online’s backpacks are actually perfect for those of us who are still kids at heart. Check out their entire collection including this adorable Gizmo Backpack, this clever Ghostbusters Proton Pack  or even these great designs celebrating Superman and R2D2.

FOR THE LITTLE GHOULS: Marvel Super Hero Mashers

Little superheroes will have plenty of fun playing with the Marvel Super Hero Mashers collection which allows them the ability to customize the iconic characters with additional parts and accessories. Each action figure has removable parts that can be swapped with those from the other Super Hero Mashers figures line too.

Characters available include Captain America, Spider-Man, Hulk, Wolverine, Iron Man, Green Goblin, Iceman and more. Right now, Amazon is offering the best discounts on the Super Hero Mashers but Toys R Us generally runs sales on them as well so you should keep an eye out there too.

FOUND ON ETSY: 8-Bit Star Wars Themed T-Shirt

Today’s Etsy find is from the Spicetag Clothing store which creates pop culture-inspired t-shirt designs and their 8-Bit Star Wars themed shirt is like 73 kinds of awesome. If you’re on the lookout for a gift for the Jedi in your life, this 8-Bit designed t-shirt would be an awesome choice.


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    About the Author - Heather Wixson

    Heather A. Wixson was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, until she followed her dreams and moved to Los Angeles in 2009. A 14-year veteran in the world of horror entertainment journalism, Wixson fell in love with genre films at a very early age, and has spent more than a decade as a writer and supporter of preserving the history of horror and science fiction cinema. Throughout her career, Wixson has contributed to several notable websites, including Fangoria, Dread Central, Terror Tube, and FEARnet, and she currently serves as the Managing Editor for Daily Dead, which has been her home since 2013. She's also written for both Fangoria Magazine & ReMind Magazine, and her latest book project, Monsters, Makeup & Effects: Volume One will be released on October 20, 2021.