If you’re confused about what to get the Walking Dead head in your life, look no further! It's 12 days 'til Christmas, and only a superhuman has something for everyone on their list. Horror lovers and fruit-basket fans don't always overlap, after all. (For the record, we wouldn't mind a fruit basket!)
Whether it's something casual or something special, we can help you find something for every The Walking Dead fan on your list. Read on for gifts of all budgets and all types!
The Walking Dead Game by Telltale Games — $22.49-$24.49, telltalegames.com
This is a good one for someone who is legitimately suffering from lack of The Walking Dead. The game series takes place in the same universe, but with a different group of survivors — and just as powerful a story. Multiple reviews — all good reviews, even — admit that the first chapter made them cry like tiny babies, just by virtue of how powerful it is.
Anyway, you get to shoot zombies or whatever, too. But what makes The Walking Dead game great is the same thing that makes the comics and the show great, too — overall, it's a great story.
The Sun's Coming Up... Like a Big Bald Head by Norman Reedus — $75, bigbaldhead.com
Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon) is a man of many talents, as his photography book, The Sun's Coming Up… Like a Big Bald Head demonstrates. Norman's photos, much like the acting projects he chooses, are dark and haunting, yet occasionally whimsical. Barbed wire and kittens get equal play.
Plus, once the lucky recipient is done staring at the photos, it makes basically the coolest coffee table book on the block.
The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor by Robert Kirkman — $6.83-30.18, amazon.com
There is so much more to The Governor (David Morrissey) than meets the eye (ba-dum ching!) — even in the comic books! Although The Gov.'s mysterious in the series, Robert Kirkman's series of novels gets deep in to the bad boy’s history, from his pre-apocalypse life through his eventual downfall. Rise of the Governor is the first, followed by The Road to Woodbury, The Fall of the Governor: Part One, and coming soon, The Fall of the Governor: Part Two.
Diehard Walking Dead fans will want this under their belts.
Walking Dead Blind Box of Mystery Minis — $6.99-24.99, thinkgeek.com
There are way too many characters to choose a favorite, and all of these little, vinyl miniatures of The Walking Dead characters are super-adorable. So why not go for one of these blind boxes?
ThinkGeek.com has these tiny figurines in stock with super-adorable, big, dead eyes. They're perfect for decorating an office! Series 1, currently in stock, includes both the Dixon brothers and a ton of Walkers, so you can't really lose. (Some glow in the dark!)
Greg Nicotero Films — $3-20, Various
A thoughtless gifter would get a zombie fan a copy of World War Z or whatever. Yawn.
One thing Walking Dead fans love are the crazy special effects, which come courtesy of horror veteran Greg Nicotero. He's had his hands all up in making TWD happen, from special effects makeup to directing to producing — even playing a Walker once! Here are some other notable, bloody films he's been involved in:
- Day of the Dead (1985)
- Evil Dead II (1987)
- Bride of Re-Animator (1989)
- Misery (1990)
- Leatherface (1990)
- The Mist (2007) — directed by TWD's Frank Darabont!
- Drag Me to Hell (2009)
- Everything with Quentin Tarantino. Seriously, like, everything.
The Man Crates Zombie Survival Crate — $99.99, mancrates.com
Full disclosure: We actually received one of these in the mail. Not a single zombie has gotten through our doors
If you have someone on your list that believes a zombie apocalypse is actually happening, this may give them some peace of mind. Inside an actual crate is an extremely functional first aid kit (in a super-cute zipper pouch!), a Gator Junior Machete, a flashlight, Spam, a copy of Max Brooks's Zombie Survival Guide, and Gorilla duct tape.
Gator makes some of the best machetes on the market, and Gorilla is no drug store duct tape. Between that and the first aid kit, you're bound to be able to hold down your own fort until you can team up with some other survivors.
More elaborate options are available — the Suppression Crate, which also comes with a knife and an axe, and the Annihilation Crate, which has a bigger knife (Carol Peletier would be proud!) and a collapsible shovel.
Bonus mini-game: all crates come with a little crowbar, because you have to pry the crate open yourself. It's a great test of whether you should even try to survive a horde of zombies.
Zombigami Calendar — $14.99, thinkgeek.com
The Build-a-Zombie 2014 Paper Craft Calendar is a fun twist on the traditional art calendar — each month includes foldable paper zombies to make at home! The perfect gift for someone who wants to track how far the year has gone by how dangerous their living room looks.
Zombie Movies: The Ultimate Guide by Glenn Kay — $18.99, amazon.com
Do you know how many different kinds of horror film zombies there are? If catching up on pop culture zombies of yesteryear is a priority for someone close to you, this is a good place to start. The Walking Dead is even included in the book, but it also delves into 1930s zombie classics like White Zombie.
The book even has a movie rating system that includes "so bad it's good," the standard "avoid at all costs," and "highly recommended."
Oh, and 4.5 stars on Amazon? That's an accomplishment. Horror fans can be super-picky.
Zombie Heart and Brain Best Friend Necklace Set — 31.72, etsy.com
Rapscallion Design innovated a horror twist on the classic best friend necklace — you know, the one where you each get half of a heart. This one imagines half the heart as zombie skin and the other half as a brain, so you can still tell everyone you're best friends forever while still being properly morbid. Alternatively, they have one that's just all zombie, no brains.
Unfortunately, Rapscallion can't get stuff to you before Christmas, but if someone doesn't mind their gift being a little late, it'll be totally worth it.