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The Best Gifts to Buy a Horror Fan This Holiday Season

Who said Christmas can't be spooky?

Horror gift guide
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The best thing about Christmas is that it’s only 55 days after Halloween. That’s a fact! And another fact is that while your horror-obsessed friend is putting a Santa hat on their 12-feet tall skeleton, they may not realise that just because Halloween is gone, that doesn’t mean they can’t celebrate horror all year round.

To help you and your sad post-Halloween friend out, we’ve put together a list of some great gifts to grab and put under their black Christmas tree. These are the best horror-themed gifts you can buy, to place right next to that Ouija board and their collector’s edition copy of The Shining.

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The Beauty of Horror: A GOREgeous Coloring Book

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There’s nothing quite like relaxing at the end of the day with a nice cup of hot chocolate, a slasher movie, and a coloring book. The Beauty of Horror from Alan Robert is a collection of unique images that would spook even the best of us. Let’s just hope you’ve got enough red felt-tip pens lying around for all that GORE.

Trivial Pursuit Horror Ultimate Edition

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If there’s one thing we know about horror movie lovers, it’s that they love the chance to show off their extensive knowledge on the subject. That’s why this Trivial Pursuit Horror Ultimate Edition is the board game for them. You know, just to really make sure they know everything there is to know about Wes Craven. It features six categories: Gore & Disturbing, Psychological, Killer, Monster, Paranormal and Comedy so there’s something for every type of horror fan to test their knowledge in. Brilliantly packaged and with some of the best playing pieces we’ve ever seen, this is surely one of the best horror themed gifts you can buy this Christmas.

Horror Movie-themed Wax Melts

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Everyone loves a nice candle to fill each room in our homes with lovely smells. These wax melts from The Candle Daddy – yes, you read that right – feature scents inspired by some of the greatest daddies in horror movies. Sweep up your kitchen while sniffing “Halloween Homecoming”, a carved pumpkin scented wax melt inspired by the Halloween series. Or fold your laundry and breathe in “Don’t Fall Asleep”, a weeping elm wax melt inspired by Nightmare on Elm Street. If you also need a warmer to go with these, we suggest this rather nifty skull-shaped one.

Top 100 Horror Movies scratch-off poster

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While many horror movie buffs may feel like they’ve seen all of the best horror movies there are, there’s always more to discover. We think this Top 100 Horror Movies scratch-off poster makes for one of the best horror gifts you can buy this Christmas. It will help to not only give some great movie night ideas, but also offer a satisfying reward for completing them. There’s a mixture of old and new on here, with titles like Repulsion, Cat People, Goodnight Mommy, Poltergeist, The Hills Have Eyes and The Skin I Live In.

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

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If you or your horror friend find yourself wanting to take a break from the cinema, House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski is said to be one of the best horror novels ever written. It is also a book that readers are encouraged to read physically due to some of the fully illustrated pages and immense footnotes. If you’re a fan of the genre, it’s pretty much a must-have. And if your horror-obsessed friend can sit through 170 minutes of IT Chapter Two, they can certainly read this doozy of a novel.

Becca knew that she would be addicted to video games for the rest of her life when she saw the first pixelated zombie shambling across her TV screen while playing Resident Evil 3. She particularly enjoys being scared, laughing until she cries, or just plain crying while experiencing games. When she isn't playing games she loves spoiling her cat Usagi and eating any kind of sushi she can find.