Nine LEGO Christmas gift ideas that come with a free shot of nostalgia

It’s the most wonderful, and gift-filled, time of year and we’ve found nine LEGO gift ideas that will give your recipient a trip down memory lane this Christmas. 

The LEGO Group turned 90 years old earlier this year and with such a long history of brick-built models and themes, there’s a good chance that someone you’re getting gifts for this Christmas has a continuing or former interest in LEGO.  

From pirates to knights and robotic beings with a culture built around masks, there’s a wealth of creative stories and topics in brick history. These stories and subjects have been childhood and continuing interests for many, as evidenced by the fact that the LEGO Group is only 10 years off its centennial anniversary.  

Whether they’re currently passionate about LEGO or everything from BIONICLE to Classic Space used to be a big part of their life, here are nine Christmas gift ideas rife with nostalgia and an undoubtedly cool presence to boot. Note that all prices are correct at the time of writing but may vary depending on the product. 

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9 – Giant LEGO flowers 

Price: £29.03 AvailableEtsy  

No, we don’t mean the various entries into the LEGO Botanical Collection, but 3DWiseEU’s giant recreations of the classic flower pieces are sure to give your gift-receiver a surge of nostalgia for how common these older elements used to be.  

Thanks to their size, they can be displayed on a shelf, desk or any surface that doesn’t currently have giant LEGO flowers on it. What’s more, pots, keychains, trees and custom LEGO flowers compatible with this gift are also available on their Etsy store. 

8 – Life-sized LEGO BIONICLE masks 

Price: £82.96 to £124.43 AvailableEtsy  

Another giant LEGO brick recreation comes from the aptly named MasksOfPower on Etsy, which has recreated several generations of LEGO Bionicle masks but scaled to you rather than the figures.  

These huge masks are on the more expensive side of unofficial LEGO gift ideas, but based on the favourable reviews and images, they appear to be detailed and suitably massive. 

7 – 10497 Galaxy Explorer 

Price: £89.99 / $99.99 / €99.99 Pieces: 1,254 AvailableLEGO.com 

Thanks to the 90th anniversary of the LEGO Group, the designers have recreated and reimagined some of the company’s classic themes in some recent sets. One of these is 10497 Galaxy Explorer, depicting a bigger and updated version of 497 Galaxy Explorer over four decades later. 

Featuring recognisable but innovative building techniques and four classic astronaut minifigures, 10497 Galaxy Explorer is one of the cheaper, but equally as cool options of the LEGO Group’s 90th-anniversary models and is ideal for a Classic Space enthusiast. 

6 – Classic Space minifigure displays 

Price: £20.74 to £29.03 AvailableEtsy  

Classic Space is a popular choice for handmade gifts it would appear as we found a few interesting ideas for Christmas gifts in case your recipient already has 10497 Galaxy Explorer. A more affordable, but still useful option could be one of these three Classic Space minifigure displays. 

Coming from EngiNerdNH, there are three designs to choose from including a tiered base with the Classic Space logo, the logo itself and a miniature version of the nostalgic crater baseplates 

5 – Huge Classic Space computer 

Price: £30.07 AvailableEtsy  

Rounding out the Classic Space gift ideas is this huge depiction of the Classic Space sloped computer brick from CharlesworthDynamics.  

Made up of several pieces that will need to be assembled, these kits recreate the theme’s computer bricks at five times the normal size and could pair well with the giant flowers listed above for an upscaled piece bundle. 

4 – 10273 Haunted House 

Price: £259.99 / $299.99 / €299.99 Pieces: 3,231 AvailableLEGO.com 

At first glance, 10273 Haunted House might not look or sound like a particularly nostalgic set, but this model is one big tribute to the history of LEGO Adventurers.  

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Featuring everything from a portrait of Baron Von Barron to the orb of OGEL, 10273 Haunted House is functional too as it’s a classic theme park drop tower ride. You’ll need to make sure your recipient likes LEGO Adventurers (unless you’re buying it for yourself) but otherwise, this could be a deceptively good gift idea. 

3 – Octan Vintage 1992 T-shirt 

Price: £23.15 AvailableTeePublic 

Image: JCD666

Designed by JCD666, this is a simple referential T-shirt for Octan, the LEGO Group’s fuel company from brick-built trucks and fuel pumps as well as The LEGO Movie. 

At under £25, this is good for the gift-getter on a budget and though its design is based on a nostalgic part of LEGO history, it’s generic enough to be mixed in with a normal wardrobe too. 

2 – LEGO Minifigure A Visual History New Edition 

Price: £30.99 / €34.99 AvailableLEGO.com 

Most of the gifts on this list reference a specific theme from the LEGO Group’s history but if you don’t know exactly what your recipient is into, or used to be into, then the new edition of LEGO Minifigure A Visual History may be your best bet. 

It includes an exclusive orange Classic Space astronaut minifigure in case they happen to be a Classic Space enthusiast but otherwise covers more than 2,000 of the most popular and rarest minifigures in history from modern and older themes. 

1 – 10305 Lion Knights’ Castle 

Price: £344.99 / $399.99 / €399.99 Pieces: 4,514 AvailableLEGO.com 

As the largest (by far) of the LEGO Group’s 90th-anniversary sets, 10305 Lion Knights’ Castle is arguably the ultimate nostalgic LEGO gift idea, especially for fans of LEGO Castle.  

This display and play-worthy model has a mountain of minifigures, an impressive structure, several rooms and more references than you can shake a sword at, but with a suitably high price tag. 

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Jack Yates
Jack Yates
LEGO has been a part of my life ever since I was young. It all started when my brother passed down 7657 AT-ST to me. It’s guided me through my early years, through school and eventually through my degree in journalism. I still have all my collection proudly on display, including my many NINJAGO sets, my favourite of all the LEGO Group’s themes. Outside of Brick Fanatics I am an avid gamer and enjoy a good game of Dungeons & Dragons.

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Jack Yates

LEGO has been a part of my life ever since I was young. It all started when my brother passed down 7657 AT-ST to me. It’s guided me through my early years, through school and eventually through my degree in journalism. I still have all my collection proudly on display, including my many NINJAGO sets, my favourite of all the LEGO Group’s themes. Outside of Brick Fanatics I am an avid gamer and enjoy a good game of Dungeons & Dragons.

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