A. Quinton — Dec. 3rd 2014
If you’re a werewolf fan, you’re impossible to shop for. Your friends and family have no idea how to choose something you’ll like, and everyone remembers what happened when you unwrapped that Stephenie Meyer box set in 2011. This year, let’s try to reduce the number of cop-out gift cards you get! In the first of three Holiday Gift Guide instalments, I’m sharing with you six werewolf gift ideas I can vouch for personally – because I have all of them in my home.
This huggable beast comes from Squishable’s industry-leading cuddle scientists, who “bent physics enough to make a perfectly round Werewolf”. The Squishable Werewolf is 15 inches of plush lycanthrope, which is actually much larger than you’d think, and physically impossible not to hug at least once. Seriously. I’m a full-grown adult who once ate a (prop) human brain on camera, and I have one of these. Also comes in a mini format if you’re low on space or on a doctor-mandated cuteness restriction.
Earlier this year I called Barry Duffield’s graphic novel “a lean, mean war story about a group of soldiers who get into some bad ‘wrong place, wrong time’ shit”, and “a truly frightening horror story about Nazi werewolves that’s so good that everyone else can stop trying.” It also involves hidden gold, a pretty-boy actor who gets the role of a lifetime, and a flamethrower named Bertha.
One of the best werewolf movies of all time gets the treatment it deserves. This 2-disc Blu-ray package is loaded with more extras than I ever would have thought possible back when I bought a sad VHS copy in 2001. A true classic from Scream Factory.
If you’re searching for great-looking werewolf costume gloves for less than fifty bucks, look no further. I’m on my second pair of these (the first pair were ruined by fake blood during the brain-eating episode) and if I ever need another pair I’ll come back to these without hesitation. They’re inexpensive but well-made (no clumps of fur falling out), extremely comfortable, and dextrous enough that you can get your keys out of your pocket while wearing them. Also comes in black fur.
One of the first reviews I ever wrote for this site was about this book, and it’s still one of my favourites. Ritch Duncan and Bob Powers explain everything a neophyte werewolf needs to know, from the particulars of your first transformation to your likely cause of death (ideally after a long, peaceful, raw-beef-filled life). Fantastic and charismatic artwork by Emily Flake completes what I still grudgingly think of as the book I wish I’d written, only I know I wouldn’t have done as good a job.
This LEGO set contains the coolest werewolf minifig ever made, and his foe is Major Quinton Steele, a dapper old guy with a blunderbuss and a cool car. The tree is cumbersome but it’s also a catapult, which is something I wish I could say about more trees. This set has some great reviews on Brickset and although I don’t have it put together right now, it will have a place in the LEGO train layout I build when I’m finally ready to go full Gomez Addams.