The Beatles Christmas Gift Guide 2022

If there’s one universally recognized truth about the holidays, it’s that some people are impossible to shop for. You know the type with all the shirts, ties, golf clubs and puzzles they could ever need. Buying them another uninspired gift just seems like a waste of money.

Here’s an idea though: If they are one The Beatles fan – and who isn’t – consider collecting a piece of gear inspired by the four lovable boys from Liverpool. There’s never a shortage of Beatles-inspired merchandise on the market, from T-shirts to backpacks to box sets, so you’re likely to find something at every price point and for every level of fandom. There are toys for both children and adults, and books galore, each of which gives a very specific insight into the band’s world. Here are 15 holiday gifts for the Beatles fan in your life.

The McCartney Legacy, Vol. 1: 1969-1973 ($35)

Dey Street Books / Jack Kay, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Dey Street Books / Jack Kay, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

When the Beatles fell apart, Paul McCartney transitioned to a successful solo career, publishing McCartney in 1970 and Ram in 1971. Wings would follow shortly thereafter and the rest, as they say, is history. A new series of books by Beatles historian Allan Kozinn and documentarian Adrian Sinclair promises to look at McCartney’s post-Beatles life with a fine-tuned microscope, and the first book in that series, The McCartney Legacy, Vol. 1: 1969-1973, arriving in December. At 720 pages, it’s not for the faint of heart, but fanatics will love all its insights and glimpses behind the curtain.

Revolver Special Edition Super Deluxe 5-CD set ($108.99)

Apple Corp Ltd. / Capitol / UMe

Apple Corp Ltd. / Capitol / UMe

The Beatles have been releasing special reissues of their classic records for the past few years, and this year is it Revolverhis turn. This special 5 CD set includes a new mix by Giles Martin and Sam Okell, plus the original mono mix, a four-track EP, 28 session recordings and home demos and a 100-page book with a foreword by McCartney, detailed track notes , photos and brief excerpts from Klaus Voormann’s graphic novel about the creation of the album’s iconic cover art. Not a CD person? Don’t worry: the special edition is available as a 4LP set as well.

The Beatles 2023 Monthly Wall Calendar ($18.29)

Despite all the technology we have around us at all times, sometimes it’s still nice to have a handy wall calendar just to keep track of all the family appointments, holidays, birthdays and events. This officially licensed calendar is well designed and features excellent photos of the Fab Four.

Beatles Smartwatch Band ($39.90)

Available in both yellow submarine and Abbey Road-inspired styles, this officially licensed smartwatch band fits both Apple and Samsung watches and is made with sweat- and UV-resistant silicone, meaning it should stand the test of time. There’s even a QR code in the band’s box that users can scan to get an exclusive Beatles watch face.

Top of the Mountain: The Beatles at Shea Stadium 1965 ($32.37)

Backbeat / YouTube

Backbeat / YouTube

While on the road, the Beatles drew tens of thousands of crazy fans every night – including winning one sweltering Sunday evening in August 1965 at Shea Stadium. Written by Hollywood historian Laurie Jacobson, The top of the mountain captures first-person interviews and quotes from dozens of people who experienced the show, from attendees such as Whoopi Goldberg and Meryl Streep to Beatles wives like Linda McCartney and Barbara Bach. There are also hundreds of color photographs in the book, because a show like this has to be seen to be believed.

The Dad Grass x George Harrison Bundle ($80)

One of the first Beatles to really delve into the wilds of the cannabis world, George Harrison was always an advocate for the product. The world of weed has changed quite a bit since Harrison first dabbled, with more and more producers using marijuana’s legal CBD properties to make people calmer, pain-free, and just generally happier. That’s probably why the Harrison estate teamed up with CBD powerhouse Dad Grass to release a full line of All things must pass-inspired CBD products, the whimsically named All Things Must Grass collection. To really dive in, we suggest the Dad Grass x George Harrison bundle, which includes a five-pack of George Harrison x Dad Grass joints (again, all street legal) made from a mixture of CBD and CBG flower, rolling paper, an ashtray, a roll tray, a button pack and a bumper sticker. Sit back, throw on Harrison’s 1970 LP and fire one up.

“All You Need Is Love” Igloo Cooler ($49.99)

Take the Beatles to the tailgate or the workplace with this “All You Need Is Love” Igloo Cooler. The 7-quart container has a colorful design and is made in the USA. It can hold nine 12-ounce cans and weighs just two pounds, so it’s great for afternoons in the park and BYOB affairs. If that’s not quite enough storage capacity for you, there’s always the Beatles with 30 cans cool shoulder bag or this 24-can Yellow submarine backpack.

Lennon hoodie ($55)

For those who sing praises John Lennon above all other Beatles, consider this chic and minimal hoodie. The black unisex jumper has a large front pocket and is both stylish and utilitarian, meaning it should keep you warm even on the coldest nights in Liverpool, London or New York.

The Beatles and India on DVD ($13.99)

Silva Screen Productions, Renoir Pictures

Silva Screen Productions, Renoir Pictures

Released earlier this year, The Beatles and India is a documentary look at their enduring love affair with the country. Full of rare archival footage, footage, photographs, eyewitness accounts and contemporary location footage, the film highlights what led four wildly popular British celebrities to leave their lives in bustling London in search of a spiritual awakening. Director Ajoy Bose was a teenager in Calcutta when the Beatles came to India, and his documentary uses a personal lens to look at the Beatles’ world. The result is a somewhat different approach than many Beatles material fans have seen to date.

George Harrison Rocky Fender Stratocaster ($1,999.99)

Is there a Beatles fanatic in your life that you really like? That much? Do you have two extra lying around? Consider picking up this replica George Harrison Rocky Fender Stratocaster. Modeled after Harrison’s own 1961 Sonic Blue Stratocaster, which had been hand-painted in psychedelic Day-Glo colors and named Rocky, this replica has also been hand-painted, with every detail carefully modeled to resemble Harrison’s own guitar. Seriously, every detail: Look at the back of the guitar’s neck and you’ll even find a replica sticker for Grimwoods, the original store where Harrison bought the guitar.

Ringo Starr’s EP3 on vinyl ($22.98)

Released this fall, Ringo Starr’s EP3 finds the former Beatles drummer teaming up with a longtime collaborator Steve Lukather as well as Linda Perry, Dave Koz, Jose Antonio Rodriguez and Bruce Sugar for a four-pack of easy, breezy songs that just scream “peace and love.” Don’t have a record player? No problem, Ringo has you covered there, along with Pro-Ject for his own signature model record player.

Happy Socks Collector Box ($108)

Everyone loves a fun pair of socks, and Beatles fans are no exception. The band has teamed up with Happy Socks for one full range of footwear for the whole family. Although the socks are generally nice Yellow submarine-inspired, there are a few pairs that draw from more simplistic Beatles iconography, including the band’s logo. Individual pairs are available, and there are also a number of box set options that could be a great go-to for a gift. We recommend the Collector Set, which contains six pairs of socks wrapped in what looks like a record box. If you really want to go broke, there is $298 24-pack setwhich also functions as a slightly (rather pricey) advent calendar.

Wings Over Europe long sleeve t-shirt ($65)

Paul McCartney and Wings invaded Europe for one 26 city tour in July and August 1972. Now McCartney has celebrated these dates with a 50th anniversary series, including hoodies, tote bags and t-shirts like this long-sleeved number with its eye-catching back art. Available in S-XXL, this shirt tells the world that this person knows their Beatles (and McCartney) stuff.

Beatles Magna-Tile set ($134.95)

Looking for a toy for the Beatles-loving kid in your life, or maybe just something for a Beatles-loving adult to mess around with? Consider this Magna-Tiles set from CreateOn, which contains 53 tiles emblazoned with the band’s logo, album art, photos and iconography. You can use them to make your own Magical Mystery Tour bus or even your own little fake record player. They are adorable and entertaining – just like the Beatles.

Yellow submarine LP storage box ($50)

Let’s face it: milk crates and fruit crates just aren’t what they used to be. Gone are the days when you could just push one from the back of a grocery store and expect it to hold LPs. Now they are too small, too locked and just too unwieldy. Fortunately, Crosley has created its own line of box-inspired record storage, including a number featuring the Beatles. This sturdy wood yellow submarineinspired case can hold up to 75 records and would certainly make a statement in any music room or man cave, while this Sgt. Pepper carrying bag is slightly less powerful and holds only 30 LPs. Still, that should be more than enough room to at least make a dent in any good Beatles collection.

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