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The 15 Best Gifts for Collectors

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One’s man trash truly can be another man’s treasure, and that adage is seamlessly exuded through the art of collectibles. Through various walks of life, there are countless items we stumble upon that can be deemed as something we value. Separate from that, however, is what the market dictates as valuable, often managing to distort how we view these items even more. At the end of the day, what can be deemed as a collector’s item hinges on far more than the eye of the beholder. To refrain from sounding like that one older uncle at the holiday party who speaks in nothing but common phrases, allow us to step away from giving out lectures en route to delivering a list of collector’s items that are geared to fit the wants and needs of various enthusiasts.

Yeezy Boost 750

Having debuted as the first pair through Kanye West’s now-illustrious adidas line back in 2015 at the very first Yeezy Fashion Show, these are an emblematic pair for any sneakerhead to take hold of. Luckily, thanks to eBay’s Authenticity Guarantee, gift-givers needn’t fret over any potential mishaps or irregularities, as these Yeezys are as real as they can get.

Purchase: $1,000+

Grail Sneaker: Air Yeezy 1

Eleven years ago, Kanye’s first collaboration with Nike was released to the public and, quite honestly, the sneaker world has never been the same since. When it comes to this iconic tan colorway, sneakerheads around the world have been staring at that lofty price point for well over a decade, now.

Purchase: $4,995+

Buck 110 Lock-back Folding Knife

Keep in mind that the best gift is often a timeless one. With a storied history that goes all the way back to the swinging ’60s, this particular blade from the well-tenured Buck Knives has ultimately grown to become a staple within its circle.

Purchase: $60

Period Correct x Hot Wheels Mercedes G-Wagen

No toy exudes American culture as much as Hot Wheels, and this particular one is simply too sleek to pass up. In collaboration with the SoCal-based Period Correct, the two big names came together to deliver on a rad G-Wagen replica.

Purchase: $101+

Yesterday and Today (Butcher Cover) by The Beatles Record

This notorious 1966 Beatles album was known for its controversial cover featuring the Fab Four in butcher’s coats with dismembered baby dolls and rare meat. The cover was, as you can imagine, extremely controversial at the time, so Capitol Records recalled them from stores and papered over the covers with a much more milquetoast, non-baby-butchering image. As a result, any surviving records with the original butcher cover remain highly sought after today.

Purchase: $225+

The Folio Society Marvel Trilogy

Any comic book fanatic would be ecstatic to have any of these Marvel collections of yesteryear, with the luxe hardcover volumes documenting the history of the House of Ideas’ Golden, Silver, and Bronze Ages.

1939-49: $240 1960-70: $240 1970-80: $240

Vintage Levi’s Denim Trucker Jacket

Levi’s is one of the most renowned heritage brands in all of fashion. Having pioneered the original trucker jacket over half a century ago, this garment serves as a great addition to the vintage lover’s closet.

Purchase: $260+

Apollo XII Recovery Crew Patch

For the fan of all things astral, this crew-worn patch from the Apollo XII recovery time is in remarkable condition for its age and serves as an incredible testament to the iconic 1969 mission.

Purchase: $410+

LEGO Ideas Home Alone Set

It’s A Wonderful Life aside, there are genuinely no holiday movies more nameworthy than Home Alone. The meticulous fellows at LEGO have turned a fan’s concept into reality with this incredibly detailed model of Kevin McCalister’s house with all the holiday touches. On top of that, no one could refuse a mini figure of Joe Pesci.

Purchase: $450+

Trader Sam’s Hitchhiking Ghosts Tiki Mug

The real Happiest Place on Earth isn’t Disneyland, it’s Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel. The old-school tiki bar blends expertly crafted drinks with a hefty dose of Disney magic, and their various limited-edition mugs — like this one featuring a trio of the Haunted Mansion’s 999 happy haunts — have a cult following among collectors.

Purchase: $455+

Midcentury Low Ball Glasses by Dorothy Thorpe

Dorothy Thrope’s gorgeous glassware took the 20th century by storm, and this quartet of low ball glasses may be familiar if you’ve watched the likes of Don Draper and Co. For the design-centric, these make an incredible addition to any cupboard.

Purchase: $475+

Vintage Hermes 3000 Typewriter

Before the computer was commonplace, the typewriter dominated newsrooms and at-home offices. This particular one garners an ethos like no other, deriving from Swedish manufacturer Bolex and often touted as the most prestigious typewriter ever crafted.

Purchase: $750+

Vitra Miniature Eames Lounge Chair

The Eames Lounge Chair hones one of the more prestigious silhouettes in modernist furniture, and for anyone who admires its lore more so than its actual comfort, this miniature replica is an awesome addition to any living space.

Purchase: $1,030

Montblanc Great Characters Enzo Ferrari Fountain Pen

Montblanc’s illustrious collection of Great Characters pens pays homage to some very prominent figures in history. Most recently, they drew inspiration from il Drake himself, and any lover of the Prancing Horse (who also collects fountain pens) would see this as the next-closest thing to an actual Ferrari.

Purchase: $1,135

Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year Bourbon

Old Rip Van Winkle is a Kentucky-bred distillery that has preached product over profit for well over a century. To the mixologist’s chagrin, this bottle of their revered 10 Year Bourbon is not as accessible as it is palatable, but you can manage to add to your bar with the push of a button.

Purchase: $1,500

Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Card

Trading cards and collectibles are synonymous with one another, especially when it hails from the onset of an iconic athlete’s storied career. Moreover, knock your baseball-loving giftee out of the park with The Kid’s rookie card.

Purchase: $3,090+

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch

Serving as the brand’s quintessential timepiece, the emblematic Omega Speedmaster is oft-labeled as an investment for watch collectors, due in no small part to its long-running association with NASA and space exploration.

Purchase: $5,509+

The 15 Best LEGO Car Sets

While there was one impressive LEGO set that appeared on this list, not everyone wants to play architect for the sake of building a house. On the other hand, the Danish brand offers countless car models that would surely suffice to tailor to any gearhead’s wishlist, whether they knew they needed it or not.