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Gifts, Special

10 Great Gift Ideas For Lord Of The Rings Fans

We all have that one person in our circle of friends. The person that couldn’t make it through the year without planning a Lord of The Rings movie marathon, who knows, by heart, the Map of Middle Earth, and who can literally quote almost any line from the entire series.

With Christmas coming, EMP has created a gift guide for you, which is guaranteed to please every fan of the adventures of Gandalf and his friends.

Ready to rule them all?

1. “You Shall Not Pass!” door mat

“You cannot pass. I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the flame of Anor. You cannot pass. The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udûn. Go back to the Shadow! You cannot pass.” Gandalf

With this door mat, potential enemies should beware, Gandalf is protecting your home. Enter at your own Risk!

thou shalt not pass doormat

2. Risk Game

“The board is set, the pieces are moving. We come to it at last, the great battle of our time.” Gandalf

Tired of always being just a spectator of the Middle-Earth battle? Choose your side and declare war with your friend with this brand new LOTR Risk Edition!

lotr risk game

3. One Ring – Heat-Change Mug 

“The ring has awoken, it’s heard its master’s call.” Gandalf

The Lord of The Rings Fan in your life deserves to have their drinks the best way possible. And the best way is probably this very cool heat-change mug.

4. Middle Earth Map

“Mordor. The one place in Middle-Earth we don’t want to see any closer. And it’s the one place we’re trying to get to. It’s just where we can’t get. Let’s face it, Mr. Frodo, we’re lost.” Sam

Every adventurer needs to find their way during their long journey. With this Middle Earth map, follow the path of the fellowship of the ring during their epic tale.

map of middle earth

5. Gollum Funko Pop!

“We swears, to serve the master of the Precious. We will swear on… on the Precious!” Gollum

One of the most fascinating creatures of the Lord of the Ring’s universe is certainly our dear Gollum. This Funko Pop! is definitely a must have for every fan.

gollum funko pop

6. Lembas Card Holder

“Lembas! Elvish bread. One small bite is enough to fill the stomach of a grown man.” Legolas

Created by the Elves themselves, Lambas bread is probably the most popular recipe from The Lord of The Rings. Very nutritious, it’s a very good item to keep in your bags, especially for those long journeys.

lembas bread card holder

7. Christmas Jumper

“We must take a hard road, a road unforeseen. There lies our hope, if hope it be. To walk into peril – to Mordor. We must send the Ring to the Fire.” Elrond

The season of Christmas jumper has just begun! With this LOTR Christmas Jumper, you can be sure you’ll easily win every contest you’ll participate in. Isn’t it gorgeous?

LOTR christmas jumper

 

 8. Wristwatches Ring Inscription

“A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to.” Gandalf

This watch is the perfect reason to quote Gandalf if you accidentally miss a really important appointment. Moreover, it will give you a fantastic style.

lotr wrist watch

9. Arwen Evenstar Earrings

“I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone” Arwen

For a very special gift to a very special person, Arwen Evenstar’s earrings would be perfect. There’s no such perfect jewel to showed your affection to your love’s one.

10. The One Ring

 “There is only one Lord of the Ring, only one who can bend it to his will. And he does not share power.” Gandalf

You have the possibility to own the most-desired object in Middle-Earth: The One Ring. But will you offer it to someone, or make it yours? Choose your destiny.

the one ring

Special

What to get Rock and Metal fans this Christmas!

Related to a rocker? Married to a metalhead? At EMP, the gift options for loud music fanatics is endless!

Let’s start with rockers.

In addition to a huge selection of band merch , we have several brands tailored to music enthusiasts. The most applicable here is Rock Rebel – it’s in the name! With products ranging from bikinis to studded boots, you’ll be sure to find something for that rebellious spirit. For a rock chick, I’d recommend these rockin’ Ruby boots

 

And for a rock dude I’d recommend this awesome charred red Through The Glass long-sleeve shirt

 

Thinking about getting merch but unsure which band to pick? How about a little band you might have heard of called Foo FightersThey’re touring the UK next summer and everybody likes them; I genuinely don’t think I’ve ever met anyone that doesn’t! With a whole range of cool items to choose from, such as this varsity jacket, you’re bound to find something for Foo Fighter fan fulfillment!

 

Your loved one more into the old-school stuff? Get her/him a Led Zeppelin beanie to keep warm this winter. Or one of the many other items we have in our Led Zeppelin section

There’s also a new band on the scene which is heavily influenced by Led Zeppelin that has been turning heads recently. They’re touring the UK next year as well but it looks like all the shows are sold out already! Check out this Greta Van Fleet tee.

 

 

Perhaps your rocker is already inundated in band merch and you’re looking for something a bit different. How about one of our selection of Funko Pop! figurines? We’ve got Slash from Guns N’ Roses, Lemmy from Motorhead, Kurt Cobain from Nirvana and several other rock icons in our inventory.

We were all moved and inspired by Queen movie Bohemian Rhapsody earlier this year so a poster of Freddie Mercury as a reminder to stay humble is another gift that will be hard not to appreciate!

 

Metalheads

If your gift recipient prefers the heavier end of the music spectrum, you’ll want to have a think about gifts for metalheads instead and we’ve got no shortage of choices there. Gojira has blown up recently and has become, in my humble opinion, one of the best metal bands on the planet. They’re also just one of those bands that all metalheads seem to love; you’ll be hard-pressed to find one that doesn’t – I assure you.

German powerhouse Rammstein are releasing a new album and playing a huge one-off UK show in Milton Keynes next year (so many awesome shows to look forward to next year – have you seen the Download line-up!?). If your metalhead was lucky enough to get a ticket, she/he will definitely love receiving some new Rammstein merch, of which we have loads! Too much to choose from? I’d recommend this trusty shoulder bag.

Is your loved one constantly forgetting which day of the week it is? Get them this official Iron Maiden Legacy of the Beast calendar to stay in check!

In addition to Iron Maiden, we’ve got plenty of merch available from other classic, pioneering metal bands like Black Sabbath and Metallica as well. Did I mention that all our merch is official? Support the music industry guys!

A great gift for music enthusiasts of any genre is an LP. Vinyl is coming back in a big way and owning a physical copy of your favourite album truly is a fantastic feeling. Give your loved one that feeling with one of the vinyls from our store. The new remastered version of Appetite for Destruction, one of the best-selling albums of all time, is a must have for any vinyl collector!

Our range isn’t restricted to just rock/metal bands, the likes of Johnny Cash and David Bowie are present as well (pun intended).

Looking for something particularly Christmassy instead? Check out our Christmas jumpers. Or how about these badass baubles?

Still unconvinced? Use our official gift finder tool!

Basically, there’s really no better place to buy gifts for a rock/metalhead than EMP so head on over and find the right gift to keep your headbanger happy.

 

 

 

 

Fashion, Gifts, Special

Gift Ideas for Alternative Fashion Lovers

 

Typically, fashion for the Christmas season is either all about sparkly dresses for the inevitable run of Christmas parties or big wooly jumpers for mince pies with your nan. But spare a thought for those alternative types among us for whom sequins and glitter are about as alien as death metal is to your aunty Sue. If you have a Gothic type or alternative fashion fan among your nearest and dearest, then look no further for some easy gift ideas that are sure to hit the mark this Christmas.

 

For him

 

EMP Signature Collection Iron Maiden Sneakers

Everyone needs a good pair of Converse or sneakers. In fact, the more the merrier. If you know someone who basically lives in their Converse, check out our EMP exclusive sneakers with designs from loads of metal bands and TV series. These Iron Maiden sneakers have a grungy feel thanks to their graffiti-style design and are perfect for fans of the band. They’re basically a must have at gigs or festivals too.

Devil’s Plaything Boxers

 

 

I know, I know. You don’t want to be that person who always gives underwear and socks. But hear me out. There’s a good reason why pants and socks make great gifts – they’re on budget, everyone needs them, and most guys never remember to buy them for themselves. But forget tighty-whities and embarrassing ‘comedy’ prints. Instead at least amplify the cool factor with these skull and rockhand designs from EMP’s Black Premium label. This set offers three different designs made from comfy and fresh cotton. All black too, of course. If you have to give pants, at least give cool pants.

 

Sound Check Denim Jacket

 

 

Denim jackets are a wardrobe staple, and for good reason. This design from RED by EMP won’t just keep you warm but also looks really cool. The black denim jacket also has a detachable sweater hood which is ideal for the colder months and can be removed for warmer days. See, versatile! The slightly faded wash is really on trend, too. A simple black jacket is always a safe bet as a gift as it’s pretty guaranteed to match well with the recipient’s existing wardrobe and style, and can be worn for years to come.

 

Black Sabbath Tour T-shirt

 

 

If in doubt, a T-shirt is a fail-safe option. And this Black Sabbath Tour T-shirt from EMP’s Signature Collection is a great example of T-shirt that’s unique, stylish and perfect for an alternative look. It’s a well-known fact that throwing on a rock or metal band T-shirt gives instant edge to any outfit, even if you don’t actually listen to the band in question (Ramones, anyone?)… Of course this tee is ideal for fans of the classic band, but its vintage look is definitely in style in any case and will really elevate a casual outfit, especially with jeans and heavy-duty black boots.

Silver Thor’s Hammer Ring

 

 

When it comes to jewellery and accessories for men, it can be a bit tricky to know what’s going to be well received. For some inspiration, check out the range by cult brand etNox, who have loads of seriously cool and individual pieces to choose from. In general, think Celtic, Nordic or Gothic. This Silver Thor’s Hammer Ring is a really chunky and weighty ring with runic carvings around the edge and a Norse design. Everyone needs something extra to add interest to their outfit, and a couple of unique pieces of jewellery are a must-have for any alternative fashion lover.

 

Vanish Hood Hooded Sweater

 

 

It’s winter, after all, so it definitely makes sense to gift warm and cosy items rather than clothing that will have to wait until summer. But for those who wouldn’t be seen dead in a knitted jumper, a casual hoodie is a great choice. This Vanish Hood Hooded Sweater isn’t your typical boring hoodie though. Of course it’s black, with ribbed detailing on the cuffs. But it also has a cool little feature that makes it a bit more interesting, in the form of a pull-up collar with a skull print, that can keep your face warm as well as making you look pretty spooky. It also has generously-sized kangaroo pockets as you’d expect from any good hoodie.

 

 

For her

 

Ruah Vered Necklace

 

 

For a lower-budget gift or a little something extra, Gothic-inspired jewellery is the perfect finishing touch to any alternative look. To find the perfect piece, look no further than the Alchemy Gothic collection at EMP, where there are simply dozens of stunning pieces at surprisingly cheap prices. Just one gorgeous example is this Ruah Vered Necklace which features a thorny black rose entwined through a Gothic-style star shape. The matching earrings are also available if you want to make a full set. This necklace is sure to look perfect when combined with pretty much any black top or dress.

 

Bone Leggings

 

 

These Bone Leggings from Fashion Victim are both fun and flattering. A healthy dose of skulls and bones belongs in any Goth-girl or alternative chick’s wardrobe, and I feel that these quirky leggings strike the right balance and will pair really well with a long top and boots. Whether at a gig or just as a statement piece, these leggings are super versatile and useful too.

Don’t Know Where To Go T-shirt

 

 

When alternative meets Disney. Know an alternative girl who’s also into Disney? Why not combine the two with this adorable yet suitably dark Alice t-shirt? Alice has always had her darker side (did anyone else play American McGee’s delightfully twisted Alice in Wonderland game back in the day?), and this t-shirt captures that with this Gothic print and insightful quote: “If you don’t know where you want to go then it doesn’t matter which path you take.” This addition to an outfit pairs much better with black boots and Gothic accessories than with twee headbands and patent pumps.

 

Angel City Cardigan

 

 

For anyone who likes their clothes both dark and stylish, EMP’s very own brand Black Premium should be your go-to for creating cool looks for either gigs and festivals or everyday wear. At this cold time of year, a practical and cosy cardigan certainly make a great gift, and this Angel City Cardigan has the added bonus of looking pretty cool as well as being comfy and warm. The subtle all-over skulls and flowers print and the black lace segment at the top elevate this cardigan from practical to really eye-catching.

 

Destroyed Knitted Sweater

 

 

Know someone who thinks jumpers are boring or just for old people? Prove them wrong with this seriously cool Destroyed Knitted Sweater by alternative brand forplay. The jumper has a flatteringly fitted shape and a completely destroyed look. Of course your grandma is going to be desperately trying to mend it, so probably save it for the next night out or event. A jumper is a must for the winter season, but there’s no reason it can’t have a bit of a rock n’ roll attitude.

 

If you didn’t find anything you like then never fear! We have over 20,000 products in the EMP store, so why not browse through our alternative clothing for women or men, or check out our gift finder to find the perfect present!

Gifts, Movies, Special

Gift Guide for Star Wars fans!

Christmas is almost here and with it comes the frustration of maybe not knowing exactly what to get for those close to you. However, if someone you know IS a Star Wars fan (there’s millions of us so chances are high) then look no further, I am here to help!

General ideas

 

Cable Guy – Storm Trooper

These things are great! You can rest your phone or gaming controller in its hands and charge them via the USB leads supplied. Highly recommended (also available as Darth Vader).

 

 

 

TIE Attack mug

You can never go wrong with a good mug and this TIE Attack one looks fantastic. The metallic finish makes it look a bit different too which is always a good thing.

 

 

R2-D2 slippers

Keep those feet warm and cosy with these R2-D2 slippers!

 

 

 

 

The Empire Strikes Back poster

A poster of the greatest film ever made by anyone ever.

 

 

 

For Him

 

Rule The Galaxy Parka

They are super warm, I’ve got one and it’s like walking with a duvet around you on cold nights. Perfect.

 

 

 

Boba Fett t-shirt

Everyone’s favourite bounty hunter

 

 

 

Cantina Band On Tour t-shirt

Tour t-shirt from the legendary band!

 

 

 

Darth Vader pyjama pants

The dark side…night time. Sleep well in these awesome Darth Vader pyjama pants.

 

 

 

1977 – May The Force Be With You hoodie

Classic hoodie for fans of the lighter side of the force

 

 

 

 

For Her

Vintage 77 t-shirt

Classic Star Wars logo t-shirt!

 

 

 

Tie Fighter cardigan

Stay toasty on cold days with this awesome looking Tie Fighter Cardigan

 

 

 

Darth Vader t-shirt

Show your love of the dark side with this t-shirt

 

 

 

Loungefly – R2 D2 handbag

Know someone who needs a new handbag and LOVES Star Wars? Look no further, it’s here

 

 

 

So, those are my top picks but there are many many other options available too, just check out our full range of Star Wars merch!

 

Sam Kelly-Wallace – Events Manager 

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Gift Ideas for a Superhero Fan! (Or a Supervillain fan – who are we to judge?)

 

As a kid, I remember my dream job was “Spider-Man”. Some wanted to be police officers, other wanted to be lawyers or doctors, and some wanted to be marine biologists specialized in whale migration. But whenever the teacher asked: “What do you wanna be when you grow up, Alex?” I would always answer with confidence and self-assurance: “superhero”.  I wanted to be a mutated combination of Spider-man and Super-Man. I don’t really know why, I guess I was extremely power hungry at 8 and wanted to rule the schoolyard with an iron fist spreading fear into my enemies, or more likely I just wanted to have awesome abilities. Unfortunately, for every year that passes, it seems less and less likely that I will get bitten by a radioactive spider, be called upon by a magic ring, or in the case of Marvel hero “Free Spirit”, getting exposed to radioactive self-help tapes (seriously, google it.) Yeah, I suppose, I have to fall back on my backup plan: getting called to Hogwarts and become the next teacher in Defense Against the Dark Arts. Well, since I am Scandinavian my local school would be Durmstrang and I am honestly okay with that too.

In the meantime though, one of the muggle traditions is Christmas, and that means Christmas presents. If you know someone who also has a dream of getting superpowers but you aren’t able to give them super-speed or the ability to create shockwaves equal to their blood alcohol content (again not kidding, Google “Gin Genie”), then I understand your conundrum. But relax, ya boi Alex got the next best things, so get a cup of hot chocolate, lean back and enjoy:

 

Alex’s 7 best gift ideas for a superhero/supervillain fan! ™

 

Number 1: Batman bathrobe

Sometimes after a long day of locking up The Joker or getting into a battle of wits with The Riddler, even Batman likes to relax, and I like to imagine that his ego is so big that he wears a robe with the famous bat symbol on its back, and a cool bat hood in case he needs to get up in a hurry. The robe is super comfortable and is perfect for those lazy mornings. Throw in some of our Batman slippers, and you will never want to wear anything else. It’s literally the perfect bathrobe, or should I say “batrobe”?

 

 

Number 2:  Spider Gwen zipped hoodie

 

Spider Gwen came onto the superhero stage fairly recently making her debut in the excellent 2014 Spiderverse storyline. Spider-Gwen explores an alternative universe where Peter Parker’s tragic love-interest Gwen Stacy gets bitten by a radioactive spider instead of Peter, turning her into Spider-Woman. I remember when I first got introduced to her I immediately loved her; she is cool, plays drums in “The Mary Janes”, her costume design is amazing and the plots are intriguing. Goes without saying that she has become one of my personal favorite heroes, and therefore I love this hoodie. Spider-Gwen’s unique costume has made reoccurring appearances on multiple Comic-Cons with good reason it has a brilliant pink/white color scheme that looks extremely cool, and with the animated film “Into The Spider-verse” hitting the cinema December 12th, she is guaranteed to just keep surging in popularity.

 

 

Number 3: Aquaman Leather Jacket

 

Unless you have been living under a rock, or have seriously no interest in superheroes (in that case I wonder how you ended up here? And how is the internet connection under that rock?) you know that DC’s the Aquaman movie is out in December, showing the story and royal lineage of the often misunderstood Arthur Curry. Aquaman has often been represented by media as the boring useless hero, but he is really awesome! And so is this jacket! Surprisingly well-made, and stylish. The Aquaman logo is there but floats perfectly into the rest of the design. People outside the superhero/nerd world wouldn’t even think twice if they saw it. Unfortunately, it’s not vegan leather… but nevertheless a cool jacket that I personally love.

 

 

Number 4: Deadpool Dirty Door Mat

 

Deadpool used to be an obscure wisecracking merch up until Ryan Reynolds leaked… I mean someone else we obviously don’t know who… leaked the Deadpool test-footage 4 years ago and he has since become a hilarious household name. His movies have become huge successes even with a PG-13 edited version of “Deadpool 2”  “Once Upon A Deadpool” hitting cinemas December 12th. I might not be as brutal as the original but I am sure it will be a blast regardless considering DP’s quick wits. And quick wit is what you also get with this doormat, who welcomes your guests in the best way possible, while reminding them to wipe their feet.

 

Number 5: Sane & Crazy Harley Quinn Hoodie

 

Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel, better known as The Jokers partner in crime “Harley Quinn”,  is a villain I’ve never felt gets enough justice in the movies: in reality (well comics) she is hilarious, her story is heart aching, a great fighter and capable of impressive acrobatics. She is so much more than DC’s less known clown and that’s why I love her. This zip hoodie has got an awesome “Skull Harley” design and have clearly taken inspiration from an Ouija board creating this “Cool girl look”. I think it looks awesome. If you don’t then fine – I am not your supervisor and you just have to live with being wrong.

 

 

Number 6: Black Metal Rocket T-shirt

 

 

If someone said to me in 2012 that Guardians Of The Galaxy would be a major blockbuster, I would get them thrown into a mental institution for severe disillusions… but here we are! The movies are truly great; they are actually so great that they changed the comics. Peter Quill in the original Guardians Of The Galaxy was not the wisecracking vagabond we know today. But after the success of Chris Pratt’s portrayal they changed him to be more familiar to new readers, and honestly it was a welcomed change. My personal favorite on the crew, however, is Rocket, the destructive rodent voiced by Bradley Cooper fills my heart with joy. And so does this black metal inspired T-shirt that fills in the gap between Black metal logos and Marvel merch, and it works way better than it probably should.

 

Number 7: Captain America Christmas Jumper

No Christmas list would be complete without an ugly Christmas Jumpers, and to be honest I never liked Captain America when he was introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe but he has really grown on me and as a consequence so has this jumper. I love the color scheme and the small “8-bit” Steve Rogers dancing around the entire jumper ready for battle with his shield. Perfect for that lazy boxing day, where all you wanna do is lay down and digest food.

 

So there you have it! My personal 7 recommendations for stuff you can pick up for your friendly neighborhood superhero fan. It isn’t as good as the ability to eat almost any matter regardless of form (once again, no joke… “Matter-eater lad”) but it helps to fill the void. Now I am back to waiting for my summoning to the Durmstrang Institute but until then I will be enjoying muggle traditions and I hope that you will too. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

P.S: If anyone knows where I can get a radioactive spider I would much appreciate a heads-up.

Alex Dante Rundhaug – EMP Norway

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EMP Christmas Blogger Event

So its official – Christmas parties are in full swing. But at EMP we don’t do things normally… forget the polite conversation, terrible cracker jokes and dozing off at 8pm; bring on the green screen photo booth, bathtubs as chairs, rocking music, vegan cupcakes –  oh, and some of our favourite Disney, Gaming, Harry Potter, Alternative and Geek bloggers and influencers – then you’ve got yourself an EMP Christmas party! Here are the highlights of our Christmas Blogger event!

We ask some of our bloggers some Christmassy themed questions – check out the video below!

 

Roisin and Nick with our House Targaryen pillow!

 

Thank you to all our bloggers for coming! We hope you had a rocking (around the Christmas tree) time!

Ava Elizabeth

Candy Valentina

Charlotte Ruff

Emilina Love

Emily Simpson

Gregory Gaige

Hannah – Courange and Kindness

Hannah Cunningham

Haydy – Squibb Vicious

Hayley – Strangeness and Charm

Jojo Pearson – Lemonade Jar

Kariss – Shy Shrange Manic

Katie Erin

Kayla Hadlington

Kinga Kurek

Kitty Cowell

Leigh – Fox & Feather

Luisa Christie

The Geek of Steel

Nick – The West Wing

Rhian Westbury

Roisin – Disney Find

Sarah Louise Porter

Books for Shauna

Sophie Elizabeth

The Metal Tris