FADE IN: How to Find The Perfect Star Trek Gift This Season
In today's day and age, finding gifts is hard. Especially finding gifts for Trekkies!
Let's face it... this is a group of people who seem to find flaw with EVERY show of the franchise, so who knows how to please them?!?
(It's easy! New Trek just needs more noncomplicated complex storylines that are fresh and new but also time tested and familiar while featuring deeply fulfilling characters that explore the human condition but also don't cry or feel or change. DUH!)
Okay, I'm already off topic.
With all the Trek stuff out there, there are so many options and it can be hard to figure out what gift would even be right or appreciated.
But have no fear! We are here to help you find the best gift for whoever you are looking for!
The FADE IN: OFFICIAL SHOPPING GUIDE!!!!
Below we are going to breakdown the perfect Star Trek Gift for each of the following people you might have in your life:
So! Without any further Odo, on to the list!
1) The 'Trek Collector'
We all know this one person. They got the itch for collecting and haven't stopped since. They have tribbles, a shelf (at least one) of Trek Novels and Tech Manuals, and so many action figures, and maybe even a phaser!
And if they celebrate Christmas, you know that their tree is full of Hallmark!
But what to get them?
This kind of person has a deep love for Star Trek, and finds comfort in something material. Something that they can put their hands on and feel.
We have the perfect gift idea for this person! An official Trek Memorabilia! It fits on most shelves, and offers a close up look at the Enterprise's crew, and what it is like to be a member!
Literally should be part of every Trekkie's collection! And you can get it signed at conventions!
But what is it, you ask?
2) The 'Inside Baseball' Movie Buff!
Okay, so the person you are looking for a gift for isn't so much a collector of items as they are facts.
This person is always reading! More than that - this person is always reading up on the behind the scenes.
They love the Star Trek Films and Shows. They know all the secrets behind them!
Like how many red shirts died in the original series.
Or which lead captain actor was tested with a hairpiece!
Or what the term "Monster Maroon" means
Or which series recasted its captain in the pilot episode, which ending up having one of the most expensive costs in history (reportedly $23 million) [HINT: not "The Cage"]
Or if this person knows what "The Cage" is!
We found an in-depth, "behind the scenes" look of the making of Star Trek! At a $69.99 deal, this person can spend hours pouring over insider secrets and fun facts.
Literally one of a kind! If this person watches the "special features" on the Star Trek DVD's, then this behind the scene package is for them!
But what is it, you ask?
3) The 'Aspiring Writer'
Writers may be some of the most difficult people to buy gifts for.
Aspiring writers are doing their best to get their talents out there. Some have only recently gotten the itch and want to expand their talents. Some are writers who are looking at new ways to develop their characters and their stories.
So what do you get these people?
As it is said in the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition:
"Rule 74: Knowledge Equals Profit" (Gint)
That's right! Time to lay them some schooling. We found a Star Trek gift that teaches about writing!
You read that right!!!
And why spend hundreds of dollars on a Masterclass when, for less than $100, this textbook teaches aspiring writers about crafting an idea, developing character journeys and themes, interweaving action, and taking in notes.
The best part? It was written by a Star Trek writer for other writers!
A Textbook Gift, if you will! In no time, this gift receiver will be penning the next Trek spinoff.
But what is it, you ask?
4) The 'Coffee Drinker'
If this person you are shopping for has a love for coffee like Kathryn Janeway, or an interior flair for books like Jean-Luc Picard, then why not get them the ultimate Star Trek Coffee Table Book?
It has tons of pictures, diagrams, memos, and other fun things that will inspire your guests, and keep your coffee table grounded (even when the inertial dampeners can't!)
But where do I find it, you ask?
5) The 'Fan Who has Everything!'
Finally there are the people who have everything.
They have been Trekkies for years. Been there, done that, got the T-Shirt (and framed it)
So what to get them? What could possibly satiate their ever growing desire for Trek?
Here are a final few Holiday Themed Trek items we think could get a fun smile from your every day Trekkie:
A Giant Snowflake!
A Klingon Reindeer!
But if you are looking for the next fun random Trek Gift that will blow any fan's mind away, perhaps consider the book we sell here on this site: FADE IN: The Making of Star Trek Insurrection - A Textbook on Screenwriting from Within the Star Trek Universe.
It's a wonderful book that talks about the making of the ninth film, from the man who wrote it, Michael Piller.
Lastly, in keeping with the Holiday theme, I will leave you with a scene from the seventh movie, STAR TREK: GENERATIONS.
Please let us know your favorite Holiday Trek memory below. And if you don't celebrate, what are some of your favorite Trek Gifts for other occasions, like birthdays! My family is always looking for suggestions.