With all of us spending a lot more time in our homes at the moment, home decor has become more important in our lives. I know that I’m definitely keen to redecorate after looking at the same furniture all day every day.
If anyHarry Potter fans feel the same as me, this is the blog for you.
Finding Xmas presents for your friends and loved ones can be a pain sometimes and the risk of getting stressed out and gradually turning into The Grinch is pretty high! And that would suck as you’d be killing the Christmas spirit… kind of defeating the whole purpose of getting gifts in the first place right?!? It should be a pleasure and a way to show your dear ones that you care and thought about them – not a dreadful task you can’t wait to get done with.
Luckily if you’re looking for the perfect gift for a TV series and movie lover, the hunt for it could be easier than you think (and quite fun thanks to the variety of fan merch that exists out there…)
I’ve picked a selection of my favourite items from some of the cult TV programs and big screen classics and must sees!
Let’s start with gift ideas for a TV series addict:
The trailer for Stranger ThingsS3 went live a few days ago and we know that “in the summer of 1985, the adventure continues” – but here we literally can’t wait for summer 2019 to see what’s happening next to Eleven and the rest of the Hawkins’ gang.
This Xmas you can ease the pain of the wait for a Stranger Things fan by gifting them one of the following items/must haves:
The Walking Dead is one of those TV series that you either LOVE or HATE and don’t want to invest time on.
I am personally fully addicted to it and I’ve been faithful to the show despite the ups and downs of some episodes/seasons and the fact that they keep killing all my favourite characters 🙁 (even if they’re alive and well in the comics – RIP Carl).
If you know someone who’s as passionate about this show as me these items are going to make a killer present:
Supernatural is a GREAT show. No wonder it’s still going after 14 seasons (yeah FOURTEEN – not a typo instead of a 4 or a 10). The recipe of the show includes all you need for it to be a success: humour, drama, intensity, passion, suspense and just to make everything even better it has 2 extremely handsome main characters (raise your hand if you have a crush on Dean Winchester <3)… Supernatural just has it all!
So if you’re looking for a gift for a fan of the Winchester brothers’ adventures you’re in the right place:
Possibly one of the funniest TV series EVER, FRIENDS is an absolute evergreen – and thanks to Netflix and the 90s nostalgia there’s now a huge hype around it, giving us the chance to put our hands on some great merch!
Show your friends that you’re always there for them with one of these awesome presents:
So, winter is here… but ironically we have to wait until April 2019 for the final season of GOT! Whether your friend is rooting for house Stark, Targaryen, Lannister or Tyrell (or the Night King… why not?) to be sitting on the Iron Throne at the end of everything, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect gift for them here. Just a little something to help them get through winter and keep the hype up until the long awaited S9XE01 airs:
Rick and Morty is without a doubt one of the most disturbing and yet brilliant TV series out there – big fan! Extremely clever in its borderline nonsense, Rick and Morty gives space and freedom to a huge selection of crazy and outrageous merchandise.
If your friend or loved one has picked up lots of random catch phrases like “it’s time to get schwifty” or “wubba lubba dub dub” or “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, biatch!” or they keep screaming “Pickle RIIIIIIICK” – then you have no choice but to get them a Rick and Morty Xmas gift, whether it makes sense to you or not:
Do I even have to sell it to you? Deadpool is simply brilliant and any fan of the movies/comics surely has a great sense of humour… so why don’t you spice things up a bit and go for a fun gift like one of these? Ryan Reynolds would approve:
Jason Momoa as Aquaman was surely an interesting casting decision, “slightly” differing from the comic character, but it surely paid off! Surprisingly I don’t see Khal Drogo while looking at Momoa’s great performance and James Wan did an incredible job. It’s been interesting to see him directing something different and stepping away from horror movies for the first time in a while.
A fan on the Aquaman comics and movie (or actor :P) is going to love any of these:
I’m a BIG Star Warsgeek and I love everything Darth Vader – so getting a Xmas present for me is really not that hard (just in case my Secret Santa is reading LOL). We have a HUGE selection of merch that is going to make any fan of the saga happy – whether they’d join the Dark Side or stick with the Jedi.
From adorable (but slightly annoying) Porgs, to all your favourite droids and more:
When you’re a massive Harry Potter fan, life is magical most of the time. But for the muggle world, it’s now the most magical time of the year. It’s a time where we’re encouraged to swap Butterbeer for mulled wine, chocolate frogs for advent calendars and broom riding for sleigh riding. Of course, there’s no chance of that happening but one thing you do have to swap is shopping for yourself to shopping for other people (sigh). So if you’re looking for a present for a Harry Potter lover, you’re in the right place! Here are my top picks to make any Harry Potter fan happy on Christmas morning.
Ever since I first saw Harry Potter in 2001 when I was six years old, I wanted a pet owl. At the bottom of every shopping list my mum made for her trip to the supermarket, I would complete it with the final most important item… an owl. How this trickery didn’t work, I really don’t know. However, all my Christmases came at once when this adorable Hedwig Funko Pop! hit the site! She’s the cutest little thing and would make someone’s Christmas very special. Not for you? We have lots of other Funko Pop!s too.
My favourite kind of merch is the kind that only true fans would know. That’s why this gorgeous Whomping Willow necklace is perfect for a Harry Potter fan who likes their merch a little more subtle. *Disclaimer* this Whomping Willow comes without the attitude.
When it comes to t-shirts, I’m very picky with the fit. That’s why this Forbidden Forest – Thestral t-shirt is the perfect gift if the person you’re buying for likes something with a more flattering fit. And the Thestral on the font is glow in the dark… now that’s seriously cool. AND it has a hood. Okay, it’s basically just the best top ever.
I’m a big fan of mugs (the type of crockery, not the type of people… although my love life might say something different). I think they’re a really good way of capturing someone’s personality; you get to be thoughtful without actually putting in too much effort. Also, you know that they’re going to use them. To take your mug gift up a notch, why not get one covered in gold that would make any Niffler go crazy. This I’m a Catch Golden Snitch mug is the perfect addition to any desk or cupboard and the perfect way to boost someone’s confidence (or ego).
It’s against the law not to wear slippers on Christmas morning, right? Make sure no ones ends up in Azkaban and get them a cosy pair of slippers. I’m a Hufflepuff so of course I have included these ones but they are available in Slytherin, Gryffindor and Ravenclaw, too.
To take the comfort to the next level, add this Hogwarts bathrobe. It’s literally a hug in the form of a dressing gown. This, together with the slippers and a belly full of Christmas dinner, it will take you till the next Fantastic Beasts movie release to get up from the sofa.
This checked Forbidden Forest Hippogriff shirt is seriously cool and adorable at the same time. From the front, it has a very subtle Hogwarts logo and on the back it shows the magnificent Buckbeak standing proud. Again, a lovely addition to a Harry Potter fan’s wardrobe who like their merch less bold.
This next gift idea is for the fashion lovers. A Beret will always be in style and this one is no exception with gorgeous embellishments and ‘Lumos’ embroidered amongst them. A sophisticated addition to any outfit and a present that is bound to make any Harry Potter lover one happy wizard or witch on Christmas day.
A staple in the Harry Potter franchise, the Time Turner is a timeless present (excuse the pun). Both rings as well as the clock can be turned to mimic the real thing down to the last detail… apart from the traveling in time part unfortunately (I know, we were disappointed, too).
There you have it. My top presents for a Harry Potter fan that is bound to have you winning points like you’ve just caught the Golden Snitch. Still not found what you want? Why not check out our gift finder tool to help you find something even more perfect. Happy shopping and I wish you the most magical of Christmases!
This guest is a lover of all things Harry Potter and here she writes about her top products from EMP. Without further ado, lets kick off Shauna’s blog post!
A couple of years ago when my mum had bought me the Ronald Weasley Christmas jumper, I had never heard of EMP – I’d never seen about them on any social media pages and I had never come across their website when looking for Harry Potter items. My goodness, how that has changed. From my first shop in 2016, all the way to me writing this blog post, EMP very very quickly became one of my favourites, if not the favourite website of mine for Harry Potter merchandise and I honestly couldn’t imagine not knowing about them now.
My most recent haul from them has bought about what I’d consider as some of my favourite items that I’ve ever seen on their site. Most recently I had got the Golden Snitch Lamp, Niffler plush and a Time Turner keyring. The Niffler plush is one of the items that I have wanted for the longest time on EMP, and it was entirely worth the wait – if like me, you ever hesitate with certain items like this, DO NOT! I am completely in love with this plush, but the first time I went to get it, it very quickly sold out so if you see an item like this I’d highly recommend just buying it straight away! I also really love the Golden Snitch lamp – this is a touch sensitive, USB powered light and it is just absolutely fantastic. I’ve seen a lot of people posting online about it, so obviously I had to join in with the hype and get it for myself and I am so grateful that I got it because it really is as amazing as it looks online. My only issue with it is the fact that it can only be on when plugged in via USB, because the plugs that are in my house get quite hot so it’s not great to have on overnight, but I’ll still be using it! The last item that I got most recently was the time-turner keyring which I am completely in love with – I’ve always had my eye on the Time Turner keyring from the studio tour but never got around to buying it, but this one from EMP is just as great and is such a good price! I love the quality of it and the size is really great too so I’m excited to be adding it to my keys!
Over my time of ordering from EMP, I have had several Harry Potter Funko POP!s from them. As many of my followers will know, Funko POP!s are one of my favourite things to collect which means that the condition they come in is also something that I take quite seriously. Thus, a lot of people generally panic when it comes to ordering Funko POP!s online because who knows what kind of state they’re going to arrive in, but I have NEVER had an issue when buying Funko POP!s from EMP and I am super impressed every time I do order them because of the condition they arrive in. As well as them turning up in excellent condition because they are packaged so well, it makes me incredibly happy that EMP are constantly bringing in limited edition Funko POP!s to their website. I’ve been lucky enough to get two limited edition Funko POP!s that have come to the site – the first was the 2017 SDCC exclusive Luna Lovegood POP!, and the other was the 2017 NYCC exclusive Severus Snape as Boggart POP!. It can be quite hard to get a hold of these Funko POP!s sometimes, especially when there is such a high demand for them, so it is great to be able to get them from the site more-a-less as soon as they get them. It is also really handy that on all of their social media pages, EMP are incredibly good at posting in advance if they are to get certain pre-release exclusive Funko POP!s in which means it gives people chance to be ready for when they do come to the website.
Whenever I get asked by my followers what my top recommended site online is for Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts items is, EMP are always at the top of my list. Not only do they sell incredible items, but from their customer service to getting the items delivered, they are all round fantastic. As a company, they have some of the best customer service that I think I’ve ever seen. If you ever have a problem, they are always right ontop of it and their social media presence is just wonderful – special shoutout to Elena who is always liking and commenting back with posts on Instagram and Twitter, creating a personal bond with the company and customers.
I could talk about my love for EMP for thousands of pages but it’s best that I don’t because I’m sure you’d all get bored! But I really do admire EMP for so many different reasons and I feel so blessed to have been able to build up such a strong bond with them over the past year and I’m looking forward to many more years of them! YOU GUYS ROCK!
Cats or dogs? Following your dream studying music or actually make money? Rewatch Harry PotterDeathly Hollows part 2 or just not cry tonight? Life is full of difficult choices, and us at EMP spend a decent amount of time going on caffeine induced rants arguing why zombie apocalypses are easier to survive than alien invasions and eventually after realizing we are getting nowhere, we turn to you the fans in all your supreme wisdom to finally clear things up!
After another discussion ending with coffee mugs flying across the room yelling “WITH A LIGHTSABER YOU WOULD CUT OFF YOUR OWN LIMBS” We “collectively” decided to stop arguing fictional questions and head to MCM Comic-Con to meet fans so we could properly discuss “Would you rather”! (the game, not the 2012 horror-movie that Americans are using to torture war criminals in Guantanamo Bay)
Would you rather be a werewolf or a vampire?
Without much surprise vampire came out on top with an insane 85% of the votes in our online-poll! Cause who doesn’t want to be a sparkling, night-dweller on a diet with as much variation as the last 3 Fast and Furious movies. However, a part of me should feel worried cause compared to werewolves that could in theory get tied down or head deep into the Siberian wilderness every full moon a vampire HAS to kill to stay alive. I’m not judging I’m just pointing out the fact most of you would be okay with being serial killers.
Would you rather go on a blind date with Gaston or Prince Hans?
Gaston won with 75% and you are all wrong. Prince Hans is rich. End of story. MONEY!
Would you rather have a real working lightsaber or a wand?
64% chose wand, which I agree with. If anyone has tried sword fighting they would know it’s hard, exhausting and you get hit a lot. One misstep and you end up chopping off your limbs. It’s the reason in the Jedi universe, building your lightsaber is the final exam before you are officially a Jedi. A wand has a lot of “fail-safes” for example, the unforgiveable curses cannot be cast without the caster REALLY wanting to: and I’m not talking how I kind of want some fries right now; I’m talking “I cannot see myself happy unless I torture this person.” Which begs the question what does “Mad-eye” have against spiders after demonstrating all 3 on one in “Goblet of Fire” …?
Who would you rather have as your boss, Dolores Umbridge or King Joffrey?
71% selected Umbridge and boy I really don’t want to be you guys! The common argument is that Joffrey is a sadist and more of a bully; he is a kid burning ants; he is a teenager that has yet to develop empathy so there is a chance (however small) that he would improve with age. “Yeah but he did sentence people to die!” Well Umbridge sentenced Muggle-Borns to the Dementor’s kiss, a fate that in the Harry Potter universe is WORSE than death. Neither of them would be ideal for middle or upper management but if I had to choose probably Joffrey. Keep your head down and learn to dodge crossbow bolts and you’ll be fine!
Would you rather live without music or without TV?
74% of you said you’d want to live without TV, which I agree with! There is something magical about music, the emotions the instrument, the lyrics! It’s truly a beautiful medium. TV shows are just storytelling. Instead of watching Game of Thrones you could still read and enjoy the books and get the same story there! Even though while Game of Thrones gets new episodes every year, the next book “Winds of Winter” is probably not going to be released before we are facing the heat-death of the universe.
Would you rather go to space or middle-earth?
71% to middle earth! And who can blame them? Second breakfast, elves, more food, magic, cursed rings, Uruk-hai wanting to murder you, Balrogs. Truly a peaceful and wonderful place! Well at the end of the day I have to agree, at least in the middle-earth you get SOMETHING. Compared to space where there is a pretty big chance you float out and find nothing for 100 years praying you become a Xenomorph meal. Only advantage I found is that you can speed up time much easier in space so maybe if you spend enough time out there, “Winds of Winter” will be released when you return to earth in 2851.
Would you rather talk like Hodor or Groot?
Insanely 89% said Groot! I personally expected more variation! Main argument was “people understand Groot”… they DON’T! It’s stated that Rocket understands the WAY Groot says “I am groot” making it easier to guess what he wants after spending so much time with him! But hey if you’re okay with sounding like tree-Chewbacca, I’m not gonna stop you.
Would you rather teleport but only into occupied toilets or be super rich but have all your money in 2 pence coins?
This surprised me – 86% said they wanted the two pence coins. You know how math ruins all that’s fun in life? Well sit tight cause I’m here to explain why there is no way in this universe or the next that would be convenient in any aspect of the word. A 2 pence coin weigh 7.12 gram. You need 50 of them to get a pound so one pound would weigh 356 grams. Multiply by 10 and you have 3560 grams or 3,5 kilos! 10 pounds would weigh 3,5 KILOS! And if you want to have a night on the town assuming you spend 100 pounds (since you are rich after all) we are looking at 35kilos! You need to drag around a bag weighing in at 35 kilos to buy something for £100 and that’s completely ignoring that you have to store a few metric tons of coins somewhere, so unless you go full on Scrooge Mcduck from Disney, you will probably drown in 2 pence coins or break your back dragging around a bag full of them. Teleportation any day of the week – yes they are occupied toilets but just say hello and be on your merry way… they would probably be too shocked to react anyway!
Would you rather be best friends with Iron Man or Batman?
72% said Iron Man. So let’s see you got a raging alcoholic with PTSD blowing things up that pose a real genuine threat to the earth or an rich man that likes to dress up and beat up poor people….. Yeah I’d say Iron Man too.
This one is fun because it got some moral ambiguity to it. 72% said supervillain which makes sense because we established in question 1 you guys are not above being a serial killer so robbing a bank with henchmen must be a normal Tuesday. But the fun part is that the way we as a society see morality it’s almost impossible to answer this question, look at Magneto in X-men: it’s a clear example where villain and hero is just a matter of perspective. I think it’s impossible to be either cause a good action for you might be bad for someone else and the other way around. I genuinely don’t have any opinion about this one.
Would you rather fight 20 duck sized Batmen or one Batman sized duck?
This was one of the closer ones with 61% saying they’d beat up a duck. Which actually makes sense since ducks aren’t dangerous. If you have ever seen Lord Of The Rings: Return of The King” they have huge elephant warships on the battlefields, the much much smaller humans STILL manage to take all of them down. Legolas almost does it alone! 20 duck sized Batman might be small but they will still pose a threat. Compared to the duck which will only be dinner for the week.
Question 12: Would you rather be a Jedi or join the Dark Side!
This was EXTREMLY close with Dark Side taking a small victory with 50,3% of the votes. To put that into perspective if that poll was a government election in some countries that would end in a re-vote. However once again we face the same issue as with the superhero or supervillain question: the way humans see morality would make it impossible to decide who truly is good and who is evil. The decision would have to be purely be based on things like if you want to shoot lighting or do mind tricks or have a red lightsaber or a green one.
86% said Rick and honestly, the 14% that said Morty PLEASE comment why!? I spend 20 min researching the advantages of being Morty over Rick and I found NOTHING. You can either be a super genius or a nervous teenager… WHY CHOOSE THE TEENAGER!? Please let me know.
Question 14: Would you rather fight off a zombie apocalypse or an alien invasion?
75% said zombie apocalypse and that means most of you will survive. Simply due to weather: humans experience hypothermia when the core temperature reaches roughly 35 degrees Celsius. Best way to survive the zombie apocalypse is really just to go somewhere cold! Get a boat and head to Iceland. Once winter arrives you are all good to go. Even in warm areas given enough time the zombies would just rot away. So you get a nice holiday to Iceland, and we solve over-population! As far as I’m concern the zombie apocalypse can just drop by anytime! I’ll be in Iceland chilling in a hot-spring with a mojito.
So there you have it! All the questions we always wondered finally solved! Well for the next two weeks before we start throwing things in the office again, yelling reasons why “Return of The King” is better than “Return of The Jedi”. But until then, thank you to everyone that answered at MCM and thank you to myself for filming the video and writing most of the questions.
Remember to stay awesome my friends and thanks for reading <3
Jewellery is the perfect way to (Hogwarts) express your passion for Harry Potter in a cute and subtle way. Whether you’re completely obsessed with a particular house or everything Harry Potter, there are pieces for every kind of fan!
Check out our latest YouTube video below and take a closer look at some of our favourite pieces:
You can get 12% off Harry Potter jewellery with code POTTERYT12 – enter at the checkout! Minimum order value £20, valid until the 13th May 10:59pm.
Whats magical about these pieces is that if you love one of the house pieces such as the Gryffindor braceletbut you’re a Hufflepuff, you can find the same bracelet in a variation of your house.
The characteristics of a Gryffindor are written around one of the bracelets and it adds gorgeous subtle details and depth to these bangles.
The same goes for the Slytherin Arm Party bracelet if you’re a Ravenclaw. The versatility is endless with 4 individual bracelets that work perfectly by themselves as well as they do all together.
But perhaps the most beautiful Ravenclaw piece are these Ravenclaw rings. The blue embellishments are absolutely stunning and as you can see in the video, when the sun hits them they’ll have any Goblin after them! These are available in all houses including beautiful green Slytherin ones.
The other pieces that are delicately subtle are these house chokers. Featured in the video are the Slytherin necklace and theGryffindor chokerbut the Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff ones are equally charming.
To be honest, even if Harry Potter isn’t your thing, pieces of this jewellery are so individual and classy as independent pieces that they are beautiful without the back story. Like this Multi Charm Necklace. Wear it as a Time Turner like Hermoine or add these cute charms and make it your own.
If a choker is more your style than a long pendant, this Choker setis the perfect addition to any Harry Potter fan’s jewellery game – all three can be worn together but are equally as striking sitting by themselves.
One of my favourite pieces is this very profound Always bracelet. It’s very delicate elements only adds to the meaningfulness of the message the bracelet portrays.
If you’re in need of a new time piece, this Deathly Hallows watchis a charming piece for anyone’s wrist. With a hinge on the face, it’s interactive details adds serious dimension.
If you can’t get enough Harry Potter and need more than jewellery, we have an extensive range of Harry Potter items where you’re bound to find something (or lots of things) you love!
14th February – definitely a date to remember… but if you need reminding it’s Valentine’s Day! (You’re welcome). Although a lovely thing to celebrate, Christmas wasn’t long ago and you used up all your gift ideas then. So what do you do? Well you’re in the right place!
To help you get inspiration for the perfect gift, we asked the people of Camden Town what their perfect gift was but they had to answer for their partner – they had some interesting responses… Check out the video below:
Still need more ideas? We’ve put together the ultimate Valentines gift guide for all kinds of people – from gamers, to movie fanatics to metal heads. We’re bound to have the perfect gift for your partner!
Gifts for her
This sophisticated but no less magical Wingardium Leviosa Blouse is a brilliant gift for any Harry Potter fan who wants to show their love for the Wizarding World in a more subtle way – perfect for date night!
Is your partner a Disney lover? You can’t go wrong with this Marie Backpack – Not only practical but seriously cute!
Every girl needs a pocket mirror for her bag (or pocket) and what better way to treat her like a princess than buying her this gorgeous Princess Pocket Mirror?
Possibly the cutest necklace in history? Any girl is bound to adore this White Fox Heart Necklace – she won’t want to take it off!