/>
X
Why you can trust ZDNet
ZDNet independently tests and researches products to bring you our best recommendations and advice. When you buy through our links, we may earn a commission. Our process

'ZDNet Recommends': What exactly does it mean?

ZDNet's recommendations are based on many hours of testing, research, and comparison shopping. We gather data from the best available sources, including vendor and retailer listings as well as other relevant and independent reviews sites. And we pore over customer reviews to find out what matters to real people who already own and use the products and services we’re assessing.

When you click through from our site to a retailer and buy a product or service, we may earn affiliate commissions. This helps support our work, but does not affect what we cover or how, and it does not affect the price you pay. Neither ZDNet nor the author are compensated for these independent reviews. Indeed, we follow strict guidelines that ensure our editorial content is never influenced by advertisers.

ZDNet's editorial team writes on behalf of you, our reader. Our goal is to deliver the most accurate information and the most knowledgeable advice possible in order to help you make smarter buying decisions on tech gear and a wide array of products and services. Our editors thoroughly review and fact-check every article to ensure that our content meets the highest standards. If we have made an error or published misleading information, we will correct or clarify the article. If you see inaccuracies in our content, please report the mistake via this form.

Close

The best Star Wars gifts: May the 4th be with you

"I have a goooood feeling about this," Han Solo said... never. But we do have a good feeling about the gifts in our Star Wars gift guide. No matter how much you want to spend, how silly you want to get, or how cool you want to proclaim yourself to be, we have Star Wars merch to keep you using the Force. But what's the best Star Wars gift you could buy? Star Wars Galaxy's Edge is our top pick.

To help you celebrate May the 4th, also known as Star Wars Day, we've gathered up some of the best Star Wars gifts available at a variety of different price points -- so you don't have to break the bank to surprise a friend or loved one. 

Star Wars is a franchise that has been monetizing merch for more than 40 years and shows no signs of stopping. GameStop even has a Star Wars Day sales event, where you can save up to 40% on all things Star Wars: T-shirts, toys, video, and board games, collectibles, and even a popcorn maker

After all, now that Star Wars is a Disney brand, it's taken full advantage of the license, creating a deluge of new merchandise and experiences for fans of all ages. Heck, there's even a new Disney+ series, Obi-Wan Kenobi, premiering on May 27.

Star Wars Galaxy's Edge

Best Star Wars gift overall

disney-star-wars-experience.jpg
Walt Disney World

A trip to Walt Disney World's Galaxy's Edge in the Hollywood Studios park is the ultimate gift for Star Wars fans of all ages. It features two new interactive rides where you can fly the Millennium Falcon on a smuggling run or join the Resistance and battle against the First Order, as well as other activities like building your own lightsaber, customizing a personal droid, and even getting the chance to finally know what blue milk tastes like. There are also plenty of Star Wars-themed shops and restaurants to explore and try out while wandering between the First Order cargo bay and Resistance supply areas. And if you choose the Park Hopper option while planning your trip, you'll be able to bounce around as many of the Disney parks as you want each day if you ever get tired of Galaxy's Edge. While there aren't any hotels within Galaxy's Edge itself, the Boardwalk Resort is within walking distance (but there are plenty of transportation options for folks who need extra help getting around). Park tickets start at $109 per day, per person, though Disney does offer discounts for longer stays; Disney+ subscribers can also save up to 25 save up to 25% on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels, so make sure you take advantage of that while booking.

And if a trip to Disney isn't possible in the foreseeable future, you can always pick up some Joffrey's French Roast coffee, marathon every Star Wars movie, and pretend you're there.

Pros:

  • Ultimate Star Wars experience
  • BYO lightsaber or droid
  • Tons of activities, shops, and restaurants

Cons:

  • Park Hopper and Genie+ options cost extra
  • Booking can be difficult
  • Expensive

Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie

Best for book collectors

Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie
Amazon

If you've seen Star Wars, Close Encounters, Raiders of the Lost Ark, the original Battlestar Galactica, and even the Discovery in Star Trek: Discovery, you've either seen designs by Ralph Angus McQuarrie or designs influenced by him. Frankly, if you've seen any science fiction in the last thirty or forty years, you've seen designs influenced by Ralph McQuarrie.

This is a definitive, two-part coffee table book series that includes "the most definitive collection of the artist's Star Wars work ever assembled, including hundreds of never-before-seen illustrations. Rare unpublished interviews, as well as recollections from McQuarrie's colleagues and friends, complement and contextualize the art."

It's 800 pages, 21 pounds, and 13.25 x 4 x 17.5 inches of Star Wars insights and inspiration. Yes, it's a pricey product, but it's also quite amazing.

Pros:

  • Ultimate gift for Star Wars fans
  • 800 pages
  • Rare and unpublished content

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Heavy

LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Millennium Falcon

Best Star Wars LEGO kit

LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Millennium Falcon
Amazon

There's no doubt this is an insanely expensive kit, and I wouldn't recommend it to you if there weren't also a metric ton of much more affordable alternatives. But if you want the best Star Wars and Lego have to offer, you want this 7,451 piece kit. It's the perfect weekend project, because it will take weeks to build. And the detail is incredible.

Pros:

  • Excellent detailing
  • Great for teens and adults
  • Perfect for display

Cons:

  • Insanely expensive
  • May be too difficult for pre-teens and kids
  • Time sink

The Republic of Tea Mandalorian 5-tin set

Best for tea lovers

The Republic of Tea Mandalorian 5-tin set
The Republic of Tea

The makers of The Mandalorian teamed up with The Republic of Tea to create 5 new flavors of tea sachets that's a perfect gift for both tea lovers and Star Wars fans. Each flavor is inspired by different characters, and each tin features unique artwork for displaying with your tea set or on your shelf when they're empty. The Mandalorian flavor is a rich blend of black teas from Africa, South India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Darjeeling that can be served either hot or iced. The Child is a green tea with notes of ginseng and honey to give you a boost of calm energy. Legendary Destiny is a black tea with flavors of blood orange, ginger, and cinnamon to perk you up. Mindful Quest is a green tea with mint for a refreshing pick-me-up that can be served either hot or iced. And Rightful Heritage is a herbal blend of hibiscus, apple, licorice root, rose hips, ginger, plum, and chicory root and is caffeine-free, making it perfect for a nightcap or for when you don't want any extra energy. 

Pros:

  • Five flavors to choose from
  • One caffeine-free option
  • Unique artwork on tins

Cons:

  • Expensive

Star Wars Skywalker Saga complete box set

Best for film buffs

star-wars-film-set.jpg
Disney/Lucasfilm

Chances are, any Star Wars fan you're buying a gift for probably already has physical copies of each of the main films, but this box set is a great idea for fans who want to upgrade their collection to Blu-Ray. This 18-disc collection has all 9 of the main films, from The Phantom Menace to The Rise of Skywalker, plus over 26 hours of bonus material for the ultimate Star Wars marathon weekend. The entire set is also region-free, meaning that no matter where you are in the world, each disc is designed to work with almost any Blu-Ray player. The set comes in a nice, fold-open box to conserve space on your shelf while still giving you easy access to each movie's disc. 

Pros:

  • All 9 main films in one collection
  • Fold-open storage box
  • Region-free

Cons:

  • A bit pricey
  • No extras (prints, etc.)
  • Not 4K

What is the best Star Wars gift for a fan?

Our top pick for the ultimate Star Wars gift is a trip to Walt Disney World's Galaxy's Edge park. It features 2 interactive rides, plenty of themed-shops and restaurants, and you can either build your own lightsaber or your very own battle droid! 

Why is May 4 "Star Wars Day"?

While it isn't an official holiday, Star Wars fans have been celebrating May 4 since 1978. The fandom chose May 4 since it's a pun on the iconic phrase, "May the Force be with you."

What is the right response to "May the 4th be with you"?

If you're Catholic, or grew up in the Catholic Church, this will be an easy one for you. If someone says, "May the 4th (or Force) be with you," you'll respond with: "And also with you." Though there have been some jokesters who say the proper response should be "And with your spirit" to reflect the official Missal changes in Catholic Mass.

How did we choose these Star Wars gifts?

Instead of inundating this list with knick-knacks and t-shirts, we chose gifts and experiences that would have more meaning for both casual and die-hard Star Wars fans. We also tried to keep everything fairly affordable, since Star Wars merchandise can get very expensive, very quickly.

Are there alternative Star Wars gifts worth considering?

There is about as much Star Wars merch as there are stars in the galaxy. You can find everything from t-shirts and hoodies to puzzles, LEGO sets, and even kitchenware. Here's a short list of other Star Wars gifts we thought were great options:

Related

The 12 best graduation gifts of 2022
2.jpg

The 12 best graduation gifts of 2022

Home & Office
The 5 best tablets for kids in 2022
Placeholder product image alt text

The 5 best tablets for kids in 2022

Tablets
The 6 best all-in-one computers of 2022
apple-imac-24-770x433.jpg

The 6 best all-in-one computers of 2022

PCs