Once upon a time, zombies were confined to cheesy horror flicks with synthesizer sound tracks. But these days the living dead are everywhere – movies, TV, books, and an endless assortment of merchandise catering to horror fans who just can’t seem to get enough brain-eating, eye-gouging, gut-munching zombie mayhem. Makes you wonder what side these people are going to be on when the zombie apocalypse finally occurs.
What do you do if you need to buy a present for one of these demented zombie fans? Lucky for you, I happen to be a big zombie fan myself, and I’ve put together this buying guide to help you find the best gifts for zombie lovers. To give you a range of options, I’ve picked the best zombie gift from various categories, with an emphasis on the new, the strange, and the flat-out cool.
Best Zombie DVD/Blu-ray: The Walking Dead, Season Two
This is perhaps the most gruesome DVD/Blu-ray packaging ever – which is fitting given that it holds the most gruesome TV series ever. If you think the bust is scary stuff, just wait until you see what’s inside. The screwdriver sticking out of the zombie’s eye is a handle you can lift up to get at the discs containing season two of AMC’s hit zombie series The Walking Dead.
Best Zombie Videogame: Dead Island
There are so many zombie videogames that it’s hard to keep track of them all. However, Dead Island stands out as the best of 2012 with its intense first-person action, coop multiplayer, and roleplaying elements. Rather than the standard urban landscape, this game has you fighting for survival on a tropical island. Available for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.
Best Zombie Board Game: Last Night on Earth
This board game successfully captures the atmosphere of a low-budget zombie movie – even coming with its own soundtrack full of ominous music to serve as a backdrop. In an oh-so-familiar scenario, an unlikely group of heroes scrambles to survive in a small town overrun by zombies, with players taking the roles of either the heroes or the zombies. The original board game has been around since 2007, but expansion packs continue to come out – including 2012’s Timber Peak.
Best Zombie T-Shirt: Zombies
Are Were People Too
There are a whole lot of zombie shirts to choose from, but this tops the list due to the crisp cartoon graphics and funny pro-zombie message. As you might expect, you can get this clever tee in a wide range of colors and shirt styles.
Best Zombie Book: The Zombie Survival Guide
This comprehensive zombie manual came out in 2003, but still belongs on any list of zombie gifts due to its hilarious encyclopedic treatment of the subject matter. Written by SNL writer Max Brooks, the book is fully illustrated and chock-full of useful tips such as “Get up the staircase, then destroy it.” If only those poor schmucks in Night of the Living Dead would have had this on hand, the movie might have had a happy ending.
Best Zombie Toy: Dismember-Me Plush Zombie
Measuring 12 inches when fully assembled, this doll of the dead has arms, legs, and a head that you can rip off and rearrange however you like. You can even tear his torso off and take a look at the guts inside. If this plush zombie weren’t so cute, I might find all of this rather disturbing.
Best Zombie Decoration: Zombie Brains Poster
I’m convinced that there are people sitting in dark rooms who do nothing all day but think of zombie parodies. With its vibrant artwork and simple gag, this poster spoofing the famous 2008 Obama campaign poster is one of the best examples. That’s why it’s become such a popular wall hanging among zombie fanatics.
Best Zombie Gift For Him: I Heart Zombies Hoodie
If you’re buying for a zombie lover, a shirt that reads “I heart zombies” would seem like an obvious choice. What seals the deal here is the humorously realistic depiction of the heart. While we listed this as the top choice for dudes, you can also get this design on women’s sweatshirts and tees.
Best Zombie Gift For Her: Winged Kitty Cat Zombie Purse
Human zombies are okay, but once in awhile a true zombie aficionado longs for something more… exotic. This winged kitty cat zombie purse is quirky, cute, and sure to be a big hit with any zombie-friendly girl. I especially like the zipper mouth, which allows you to imagine you’re constantly feeding your unholy little zombie sidekick. You can pick up one of these handmade purses on Etsy.com.
Best Zombie Gift For Dogs: I Fight Zombies Dog Tag
You can have your dog’s information engraved on this dog tag just like any other. The only difference is, this is awesome. The only possible downside is that if your dog ever gets lost, whoever finds him may choose to keep the awesome zombie-fighting dog rather than return him to you.
Want even more zombie gift ideas? Check out my big list of zombified product recommendations.