If you love LEGO as much as we do, then you’ll be more than aware of how much joy it has brought you from childhood to adulthood, and you’ll want to pass that experience on to everyone you know.
That means that LEGO makes for perfect gifts, whether that’s the geeky sets themed around your favourite film, show or franchise or something else that captures the same innocent thrill of those old bricks and figures.
We’ve collected a few of the best geeky LEGO gifts we could find, both affordable and suitable for splashing out on for a special occasion. So, whether you’re shopping for yourself or for someone else, read on…
1. Doctor Who Assembly Kit
Price: £85 | Buy now from Amazon
Whether or not you’re a fan of the Capaldi/Clara era of Doctor Who, you can’t deny that this LEGO TARDIS set is a super-fun rendering of the Time Lord’s ship. Included inside you get a mini-Eleventh Doctor (so you can stage your own regeneration), two Daleks and a Weeping Angel. The console is also detachable, so you can play with the whole ‘bigger on the inside’ concept. And hey, if you want to switch out the characters, Amazon also has Tom Baker, Jodie Whittaker and Cyberman minifigures available.
2. Building Bricks Evolution T-Shirt
Price: £8 | Buy now from Amazon
A twist on the iconic ‘evolution of man’ image, you can buy this LEGO version for your loved one without feeling too cliche. Also available on Amazon are a Star Wars LEGO version (Darth Vader to be specific) and a fitted one for women. A simple gift idea that most people will love but, for under £10, won’t remotely break the bank.
3. Wonder Woman Minifigure Alarm Clock
Price: £25 | Buy now from LEGO
The best way to wake up. This Wonder Woman figure isn’t just adorable, she also tells the time! The alarm clock, which measures in at over 23cm tall, is just as poseable as standard Lego minifigures (with moveable legs, arms and wrists) so you can make it your own and, after setting the time, all you need to do is press down on the head to hit snooze or activate the backlight. Suitable for ages 6+, any Wonder Woman fan would love it.
4. Beautiful LEGO Book
Price: £18 | Buy now from Amazon
Yes, LEGO is fun and nostalgic and helps with developing coordination. It also has the potential to be absolutely gorgeous, with creators all over the world making brilliant creations from your standard plastic bricks. Beautiful LEGO is the work of Mike Doyle, and the book’s cover image shows off one of his most ambitious creations – the 200,000-brick Contact cityscape. Buy this for the artist or designer in your life and they might just start looking at LEGO as something more than instruction books and prescribed sets.
5. Hogwarts Castle
Price: £350 | Buy now from LEGO
Even for LEGO – a company notorious for the attention to detail in its branded sets – the Hogwarts Castle is amazing. With more than 6,000 pieces including 4 minifigures (Godric Gryffindor, Salazar Slytherin, Helga Hufflepuff and Rowena Ravenclaw), 27 microfigures, accessories such as the Sword of Gryffindor and five buildable boats for first-year students, it’s basically a perfect rendering of Hogwarts with everything from the Chamber of Secrets to Hagrid’s hut and the Room of Requirement. Buy it for someone you love, then have fun playing with it yourself.
6. LEGO Batman Kids Watch
Price: £16 | Buy now from Amazon
This Batman watch is labelled as for kids, but we say that any adults (with particularly small wrists) could it enjoy it all the same. If you ever wanted your accessories to be more buildable then this is for you – a watch made up of multicoloured links that can be constructed in any way you like. The watch face features an image of the LEGO Movie iteration of the Caped Crusader and, if Batman isn’t your fave, then why not Superman, Joker or Wonder Woman?
7. “Le’Go. I Can’t” Mug
Price: £13 | Buy now from Amazon
A cute, very affordable gift idea for someone who likes hot drinks as much as they like LEGO, this mug sports an adorable design that’s dishwasher safe (so you won’t be left with a sad, blank white mug after a couple of weeks). The company, Dressdown, has a huge array of nerdy and not-nerdy mugs to choose from, so get one for the person you just can’t let go of, no matter how hard you might try.
8. LEGO DC Super-Villains
Price: £27 | Buy now from Amazon
The latest LEGO game from Traveller’s Tales, LEGO DC Super Villains is a new take on the tried and tested formula. Available on PS4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One, the game lets you play as the ‘Injustice League’ featuring famed bad guys such as The Joker, Harley Quinn, Lex Luthor, Deathstroke, Killer Frost and Sinestro. The ideal purchase for someone who’s already played through Batman and Avengers titles.
9. Batman Tumbler
Price: £355 | Buy now from Amazon
A beast of a LEGO set, the Batman Tumbler might seem like a huge undertaking but it will result in an impressive collector’s item (it’s now a retired product). The model, which is based on the iconic vehicle from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, features an armoured exterior, adjustable top wings, impressively detailed interior and massive rubber-tread racing tires. The box includes 1869 pieces with which to construct your Batmobile, as well as Batman and Joker minifigures so you can reenact the film’s iconic chase scene.
10. LEGO DC Super Heroes Character Encyclopedia
Price: £10 | Buy now from Amazon
LEGO has made a whole side-business out of its interpretation of DC characters, whether that’s through its product line or the LEGO Batman Movie. If you know someone who’s a fan of any of these things then the character encyclopedia is a great gift idea, with character bios, brilliant artwork of humorous LEGO scenarios, and a free Pirate Batman minifigure to boot. It’s something that’s clearly been made with a lot of love, which is also true of the equivalent Star Wars encyclopedia.
11. Captain Marvel Skrull Attack
Price: £25 | Buy now from LEGO
Captain Marvel is about to be the new kid on the MCU block, so get ahead of the curve with this Skrull Attack LEGO set that not only features the title character, Nick Fury and Talos, but also marvellous (geddit?) moggie Goose. The 300+ piece Quinjet has an opening cockpit that fits two characters, adjustable wings, a compartment at the back for Goose, and four working missiles. It’s a set that won’t just be fun to build but to play with afterwards.
12. LEGO Silicone Mould
Price: £11 | Buy now from Amazon
Indicative of LEGO’s ability to seep into every part of a brick-lover’s life, you can now make LEGO shaped ice cubes, chocolates and jellies to your heart’s content. This silicone mould set found on Amazon features different shapes and sizes of your standard bricks, as well as a variety of LEGO men-shaped moulds. While you may think these would be perfect for kids parties, and you’d be right, the product description also cites jello shots and soap as potential uses – fun for the whole family!
13. LEGO Harry Potter Collection for Nintendo Switch
Price: £26 | Buy now from Amazon
An oldie but a goodie. It’s been years since the LEGO Harry Potter games originally arrived on the scene and yet they’ve still never quite been surpassed in quality, breadth (it’s still the best open world Hogwarts offering out there) and pure entertainment value by any other video game adaptation of the mega-franchise. This ‘collection’ edition for the Nintendo Switch includes both iterations of the game – Years 1-4 and Years 5-8 – and so is a great gift for fans of Potter and fans of the LEGO games more generally.
14. Big Bang Theory Set
Price: £103 | Buy now from Amazon
The Big Bang Theory is coming to an end soon, so, if you happen to be or have a fan of the show in your life, then you could dull the pain of its departure from screens with this LEGO set of the infamous living room as Bernadette, Howard, Leonard, Penny, Sheldon, Amy and Raj all enjoy a takeaway together for eternity. The set is filled with fun little details from the show and comes with a whiteboard so you can keep up with Leonard and Sheldon. And rest assured that Lego Sheldon is indeed occupying ‘his spot’ on the couch.
15. LEGO Ideas Women of NASA
Price: £20 | Buy now from John Lewis
LEGO isn’t just for entertainment, even if it provides that in spades – it’s also educational. The Women of NASA Ideas set is an ideal gift for a young (or old!) girl or boy, combining the fun of LEGO with inspiring women from the science world. The set features ‘Mother of Hubble’ Space Telescope Nancy Grace Roman and computer scientist Margaret Hamilton alongside astronauts Sally Ride and Mae Jemison. Each comes with their own individual stand with a plaque and props that’ll look brilliant as part of a display.