The Most Popular Pop Culture Gifts of 2018

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* Gifts to celebrate the hope and madness of 2018
* Mood lamps, fuzzy slippers, plus mystery boxes and more
* From the ridiculous to the sublime

If 2016 was remembered as the year it felt like the simulation broke down, 2018 might go down as a year of protracted struggle and contention, of hope and darkness, catastrophe and progress. We could say it was the best of times, the worst of times, but maybe more appropriate would be to reference The Simpsons instead of Charles Dickens, when the thousandth monkey working at the thousandth typewriter in Mr. Burns’ mansion produces “It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times.”

2018 has, after all, been a peak year of 90s culture comebacks, too. Along with historic midterm elections bringing more women and people of color to Congress than ever before, 2018 brought us the rise of Cardi B, a Royal Wedding, and and some of the most out-there internet trends imaginable, from “Eating Tide-Pods” to “Wholesome Memes,” from “Melania’s Jacket” to “Is this a pigeon?” Here are 10 gifts to commemorate this dark, somewhat hopeful year.

1. Fortnite Rainbow Smash Pickaxe Replica

Straight form 2018’s breakout gaming hit Fortnite, this pickaxe replica perfectly captures the spirit of the year: smashing stuff with a rainbow unicorn.

Fortnite rainbow smash Courtesy ThinkGeek


2. Rick and Morty Funko Mystery Box

This Blips and Chitz mystery box lets you take your chances and receive a random set of Rick and Morty Funko Pop! figures.

Rick and Morty Mystery Box Courtesy ThinkGeek


3. Deadpool Fuzzy Slippers

A cozy way to celebrate one of Marvel’s grimmest characters, these slippers let you pad around the house and spare at least your feet from the chill of the existential void.

Deadpool slippers Courtesy ThinkGeek


4. Overwatch Snowball Mood Lamp

This cute Overwatch mood lamp is a little, desk lighting version of Mei’s companion weather drone from the game.

Overwatch mood lamp Courtesy ThinkGeek


5. Black Panther Sneakers

These gray and black sneakers bear the Black Panther logo, letting you represent the historic movie, which critics called the best superhero film of the century so far.

Black Panther sneakers Courtesy ThinkGeek


6. Game of Thrones Direwolf Cub Plush

What better sums up the cultural zeitgeist of 2018 than a cute direwolf cub from Game of Thrones. Many wholesome, much good boy, yet wow look at the context!

Game of Thrones plush Courtesy ThinkGeek


7. Donald Trump Pull-my-Finger

Said to be quite lifelike, this Donald Trump action figure blurts repetitive phrases out of context.

Trump toy Courtesy Amazon

8. Royal Wedding Cup

This cup commemorates the historic Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and the born-in-America Meghan Markle.

Royal Wedding Cup Courtesy Amazon

9. Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy

This trilogy collects the books that inspired the acclaimed blockbuster Crazy Rich Asians. Noted for breaking the century-old trend of whitewashing and under-representing Asians in American Cinema, Crazy Rich Asians started out as a thoughtful and hilarious literary novel-of-manners set among Singaporean and Asian American high society.

The Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy Box Set Courtesy Amazon

10. Cardi B Pop Art

Decorate for the holidays with the image of 2018’s most noted new pop music queen, the infinitely charismatic Bronx-born Cardi-B.

Cardi B pop art Courtesy Redbubble


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