2012 Brickset Holiday Gift Guide

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Perhaps the only thing more joyous than receiving LEGO during the holidays is gifting it!
With that in mind, we've compiled the Brickset Holiday Gift Guide, highlighting our picks for the best offerings from LEGO to help repair your reputation from the ugly sweater you gave last year.
We've chosen various price points to suit your gift giving needs, from stocking stuffers to sets so large you'll run out of wrapping paper! Within each price segment, we'll identify two sets: one appropriate for children, and one appropriate for children-at-heart.

"Stocking Stuffers": $10 and under

If you're operating under the misguided notion that a small set can't be big on fun, Emma's Fashion Design Studio will set the record straight.
Though it has just 79 pieces, the majority are in rarer pastel colors and the unique elements such as the laptop, camera, and printed tiles are going to be standouts in a child's burgeoning collection.
Don't be surprised if this stocking stuffer steals the show from all the larger gifts under the tree.
The set is currently $9.99 USD from LEGO shop@home, and to absolutely cement this pick as a winner, there's currently a promotion for a free 30101 Skateboarder Mia ($4.99 value) with this qualifying Friends purchase.
I didn't quite know what to make of the Star Wars Planet Sets when they were first unveiled; the planets seemed gimmicky and yet another redirection of cost towards non bricks that I could do without.
But if ever there was a LEGO set that could pull double duty as an awesome tree ornament, it would be this Death Star "planet"!
Nearly as iconic as the Death Star is the TIE interceptor, and the included mini-model is well-executed and dare I say "cute".
Completing the triumvirate is a sinister looking TIE Fighter pilot, who again, is every bit as adorable as the vehicle he commands.
What better gift can you give a Star Wars fan than an instant rebel-scum-ridding kit for them to make swooshing noises through the froth of their hot cocoa on a glorious Christmas Day?
It's currently available from Amazon.com for $9.99. (Other countries click here).
Do you have other gift suggestions in this price segment? Feel free to share them with everyone in the comments section. And tune in tomorrow for our picks in the $10-$25 range!

13 comments on this article

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By in New Zealand,

Nice idea for a guide, defo agree on the friends set, not sure my wife would like a death star on the tree though!
Another suggestion, if you can still get it as low as the RRP, is Captain's Cabin - a great little set.
My #1 recommendation from the currently available stuff in this price range would be Gandalf arrives
http://www.brickset.com/detail/?set=9469-1 .. a nice design that's genuinely useful in larger models, the new-style horse, as well as 2 central minifigs, including Gandalf, who's one of the best LOTR figs around. Even the accessories are neat, with a red ninjago snake, a spell book and a carrot.

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By in United States,

My #1 pick was taken by Si! Seems as if that one's pretty popular.

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By in Australia,

For the Australians, all 3 series 1 Star Wars Planets are $9.99 at Outer Rim Trading Co. www.ORTCo.com.au

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By in United Kingdom,

Great feature, I too would tip Gandalf Arrives as a great set for under £10, especially with all of those accessories. I think my pick for kids would be the Green Ninja (Lloyd ZX) spinner pack if you can find it!

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By in United Kingdom,

Don't forget Collectable Minifigures. The ultimate stocking-stuffers!

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By in Malaysia,

In Singapore, Death Star already sold out... I've been searching for it high and low for it in Singapore.

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By in United Kingdom,

Wouldn't Gandalf arrives rrp put it out of this category? And is £10/11 what qualifies as a stocking 'stuffer' these days? Seems a lot of money to me! (Whatever happened to satsumas, chocolate coins, and a Beano?).

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By in Bolivia,

Besides of the lame non-minifigure, the friends set is much better for both adults and children than yet another uninspired mini SW ship with another SW figure. Whilst licensed sets remain childish, behold at the variety of cool accessories that come with Emma's studio

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By in United States,

Basically any poly bag is a good stocking stuffer. Plus you can stuff them into any planet sets you may already own and hang them up on the tree as an alternative to the traditional stocking stuffer. Almost like an Easter egg hunt

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By in United States,

My take is Riddles for the Ring for adults, and the new Police ATV (60006) for the kids.

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By in United States,

Great comments, everyone! Yes, Gandalf Arrives was just above the $10 USD cut off, although I still don't think I would have chosen it because I think the SW set has slightly broader appeal and is more accessible to the casual fan. Lloyd Zx also is disqualified because it's sold out virtually everywhere, which doesn't make it a particularly useful recommendation :P

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By in United States,

The only Lego sets I've ever gotten in a stocking are some CMFs or the $3 impulse sets they used to make.

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By in United Kingdom,

I think the polybags are a good call as stocking stuffers (especially if you got them in a newspaper promo...).

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