Welcome to The Hunger Games Countdown, our resident expert's continued guide to all things Hunger Games on the way to the film's sequel, Catching Fire.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone so the race is on to get those shopping lists taken care of in order to have gifts ready to go for the holidays. Whether you’ve got a friend or family member who’s the person who has everything, the person who never wants anything, or the one who’ll sport a smile no matter what you get them, if he or she is a Hunger Games fan, we’ve got you covered. Not only did the fandom unite to bring you the best of the best of Hunger Games gift ideas, but the fine folks at Smart Pop Books have also made Movies.com the third stop on The Panem Companion Victory Tour. We’re repping District 3 by unveiling the book’s District 3 graphic as well as a snippet from the District 3 chapter of the book.
Ready for a sneak peek at the goods? Read on to check out some of the finest, most creative and fashionable Hunger Games goods on the market (according to the folks from all our favorite Hunger Games fansites), and to find out how to win a copy of The Panem Companion for the holiday season.
Hunger Games-Inspired Arrow Ring
There's nothing wrong with getting decked out in Hunger Games attire to show your Panem pride, but some fans prefer to take a subtler approach to showing support. Whether I'm heading off to work or out for the night, I slip on this Hunger Games-inspired arrowed ring from Twilight Eyes Studio. I've worn it just about every day for the past six months and still get compliments on it. It's got a surprisingly elegant look that may not scream Hunger Games, but still catches eyes, so when someone admires the design, I get to proudly proclaim fervor for the franchise.
(Perri of Movies.com)
Hunger Games-Inspired Handmade Soy Candles
Wondering what to get for a Hunger Games fan who already has, well, everything? If the Tribute in your life is also a candle lover, then you should definitely check out Liz Shulze's line of handmade soy candles inspired by the trilogy. Our favorite is the Quarter Quell candle, which has a tropical floral and Patchouli-based scent reminiscent of the arena in Catching Fire - a tropical paradise with "a much darker and dangerous undertone." The line also includes a cotton candy Capitol candle, a honey and opium-scented Tracker Jacker candle, a District 7 candle that smells like a pine forest, and a sterile-yet-soothing District 13 candle.
(Savanna of The Hunger Games Fireside Chat)
Hunger Games Wall Graphics
You can never have too much stuff on your walls, especially when it comes to Hunger Games, am I right? Fathead, the makers of giant awesome wall graphics for your walls, has a fantastic collection of Hunger Games items available. Have you always wanted a life-size Peeta standing by your bedside? Some might call that creepy, but no matter, with these wall graphics your wish can come true! They have two sizes of Katniss, Peeta, and Gale, along with the Mockingjay logo and a replica of the official movie poster. The movie poster one would be perfect for that movie lover you know who needs something Hunger Games in their home theater. We like these giant wall graphics so much that we're giving away one right now!
(Hamilton of MyHungerGames)
Katniss Polar Fleece Blanket by NECA
When the cold winter weather approaches, there’s nothing better than curling up in a warm blanket near the fire. A Hunger Games fan can do exactly that with the Katniss polar fleece blanket by NECA. I've had mine since March and it’s still my favorite Hunger Games item I own! The material is super soft and the colors have stayed vibrant after nine months of use. It fits nicely on a twin bed and will add a bright pop of Hunger Games to any room. It’s the perfect gift for anyone who wants to share their love of the franchise loud and proud, but would still like something usable that doesn't just sit on a shelf.
(Emily of Down With The Capitol)
Girl on Fire Headband
We are totally in love with this beautifully hand-crafted headband inspired by the "Girl on Fire" from Etsy shop london.james. The orange and red hydrangeas are just stunning. They are sure to give any outfit that extra bit of flare! It comes in a variety of sizes so it's perfect for HG fans of all ages. Put it on your holiday wish list or gift it to the Girl on Fire fanatic in your life. Listed at an affordable price, you cannot go wrong with this sure-to-please item.
(Megan of The Hob)
FAME: Suzanne Collins
What do you get the Hunger Games fan who has everything? Give them the story of the author who created their beloved series. FAME: Suzanne Collins recounts the author's life, education and early career in children's television - before recounting how she got into writing books, and the origins behind The Hunger Games series. See her meteoric rise to fame told in comic book form.
(Sara of The Hunger Games Examiner)
Hunger Games Christmas Ornaments
I bought these gorgeous hand-painted mockingjay ornaments for myself last year and they looked simply amazing on the tree. They were pricey, but worth it. And the best part is, they're on sale now! They add a truly beautiful touch of Hunger Games to your Christmas tree.
(Crystal of Mockingjay.net)
Mockingjay Cookie Mold
This is the cookie mold I used to make these so you know the mold works just as advertised. Just use a sugar cookie dough and stamp away before cooking. They seriously look so amazing and you'd be very popular bringing these to a Hunger Games party.
(Crystal of Fictional Food)
Blueleaf Creative Hunger Games Posters
Etsy artist Leah, aka Blueleaf Creative, has some really stellar original Hunger Games poster designs. The colors are vibrant but the references are subtle enough that you can proudly display them around your home without looking like too much of a rabid fangirl or fanboy -- because sometimes, we all want to save face around holiday guests. It's a great compromise between the young kid displaying fandom memorabilia you want to be and the more controlled adult that you sometimes have to be.
(Kait of Victor’s Village)
The Hunger Games 2013 Easel Desk Calendar
There's no better way to count down to the release of the Catching Fire movie than with a desk calendar. I've long had an obsession with desk calendars. Sometimes I keep them by my bed so that the first thing I do in the morning is flip to the new day as a way to start my day. Sometimes I keep them on my desk at work so that I can feel like something about my environment is constantly changing. This desk calendar will help me to remember my favorite scenes from The Hunger Games movie and also remind me that getting out of bed in the morning will never be as bad as waking up in the arena. And you bet that every day I flip the calendar, I'll think to myself: "May the odds be ever in my favor!"
(Flo of Down With The Capitol)
The Panem Companion – GIVEAWAY!
Now that you’ve likely read through all of Suzanne Collins’ books a number of times and worn out your Hunger Games DVD, it’s time to get into the nitty gritty of Panem and the world of The Hunger Games with Smart Pop Books’ The Panem Companion: Victory Tour. Arrow’s book is the ultimate guide to Katniss’ home country, delving into Panem’s creation, its mythology, music, culture, the Hunger Games, details on every single district and more. As someone who truly believes she’d fit in quite well in District 3’s technology-driven society, it’s an honor to be able to unveil the logo and a sneak peek at the text of the district’s section of the book. And, as someone who simply loves reading through The Panem Companion, expanding my already extensive knowledge of The Hunger Games world while considering fresh facts and a truly thoughtful analysis, it’s a thrill to be able to give one copy away to a Hunger Games Countdown reader.
Here’s what you’ve got to do to win: Sticking with this piece’s Hunger Games gift guide theme, you can enter for a chance to win The Panem Companion by submitting your own Hunger Games gift guide idea in the comments section of this article. Entice me to break the bank and cough up the cash for your Hunger Games gift suggestion, and you might take home The Panem Companion!
You’ve got until the end of the day on Wednesday, December 5 to enter. Please be sure to leave a valid e-mail address when submitting your entry in the comments section below so we’re able to contact you should you win. May the odds be ever in your favor!
There are 358 days until the release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.