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Christmas gift ideas for the pop culture fan in your life

By Jim Bea Sampaga Published Dec 03, 2021 12:00 pm Updated Dec 20, 2021 9:08 am

The Christmas spirit is in the air! Are you ready for this year’s Christmas gift shopping?

It can be quite hard to choose the perfect geeky gift this season. But if you’re still looking for ideas for the fangirls and fanboys in your life, we’re excited to help.

We’ve rounded up the best fandom, geeky and pop culture-inspired products from local businesses for this season’s shopping galore!

Personalized Funko Pop


Countless TV shows, movies, characters, musicians and even celebrities have their Funko Pops that fans are always eager to collect. But if you are looking for a more creative gift, have you considered creating a Funko Pop version of themselves?

Well, look no further! Custom Pop PH, just like their name, offers customizable Funko Pops for everyone. You can make a mini version of your loved one in a form of a Funko Pop this Christmas! They even let clients customize themselves as their favorite characters.

Custom Pops starts at P3,000. To design your own custom Funko Pop, visit facebook.com/custompopPH.

Fan-made BTS merch

International K-pop group BTS is definitely on a roll this year. From winning the American Music Awards’ Artist of the Year, getting nominated for a Grammy and kicking off their four-day concert in Los Angeles, BTS and ARMY are celebrating every single accomplishment with pride and joy.

Surprise the BTS fan in your life by gifting them functional fan-made merch from local ARMY small business: Dear Army PH.

The shop offers shirts, masks, tumblers and even umbrellas, but their best-selling item is a crossbody bag inspired by BTS’ logo. It comes in different colors including the group’s favorite, purple!

The Dear Army Crossbody Bag costs P695. Follow them on Instagram @deararmyshop and Shopee at shopee.ph/deararmyph.

K-Drama-inspired scented candles

Have you ever wondered what your favorite K-Drama actor smells like? Well, 325handcrafted might just have the answer for you and it’s the perfect gift for that friend who loves K-Dramas more than anything.

Handcrafted and poured locally, the shop has carefully researched and formulated their candles to smell like the perfumes of everyone’s favorite Korean artists: Hyun Bin, Lee Min Ho, Song Joong-ki and Park Seo-joon.

Aside from actor-related scents, they also have BTS-inspired candles and mists.

6oz candles start at P370 and P1,150 for a gift box of three.

For orders, reach out to 325handcrafted via Instagram @325handcrafted.

Pop culture posters and tapestry

It’s our second year spending massive hours indoors to stay safe during the pandemic and sometimes, we can feel as if the rooms in our houses are getting quite bland and lonely.

If your friend is a big pop culture fan, Poster Child PH offers framed, high-quality prints and wall tapestries that will bring a pop of color and character to any room!

Their poster catalog ranges from vintage-style movie posters to even fan-favorite Netflix shows. They also offer poster prints of iconic magazine covers, album covers and artworks.

Framed print posters start at P750 while tapestry starts at P650. Send a message to @posterchildph on Instagram to order.

Simply Quirky Greeting Cards

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Already have a gift for your geeky friend but forgot to add the geeky part to the gift? Popol PH got you covered with their quirky pop culture-inspired greeting cards!

With the artist’s unique watercolor-like cartoon style, each greeting card is designed with your favorite characters in mind, usually accompanied by cheesy sweet puns. Popol PH also accepts commissions for framed artworks.

Greeting cards by Popol PH are available at Craft Central in Ayala Malls Vertis North and select Fully Booked stores.

For commissions, visit them on Instagram @popolph.

Nerdy board games

Step up your gift-giving game with a unique set of board or card games for the whole group!

Gaming Library is a local board game community that offers board and card games from local and international companies.

For a fun nerdy Christmas game night, Skybound Games’ Red Flags: Nerdier Red Flags is a great way to keep the nerdy debate going. But if everyone’s feeling like Timothée Chalamet in Dune, Gaming Library also carries Dire Wolf’s Dune: Imperium board game.

With multiple games in their shop, we’re sure there’s a board or card game perfect for your group! Red Flags: Nerdier Red Flags costs P700 while Dune: Imperium is P3,000. To purchase, visit gaminglib.com online or at Greenbelt 5 Mall. For updates, follow them on facebook.com/GamingLibrary.