November 19, 2010 9:44 AM   Subscribe

Help me plan a zombie-themed gift basket! Difficulty: $50 or less.

Our workplace is doing a gift basket auction as a charity fundraiser. Due to internal miscommunication, we just found out about it this morning, so a co-worker and I are scrambling to put one together.

Each basket it supposed to have a theme. After looking at the themes that had been taken (wine and cheese, baking, golf, etc.), we decided to go the unorthodox route, and are doing a zombies theme.

The baskets are supposed to up to $50 worth of goodies. If my co-workers donate more to fund the basket, we can have more, but right now we're assuming $50. All items should be new.

I am looking for suggestions for the basket's contents! Here's what we've thought up so far:

• DVD copy of a popular zombie movie (Shaun of the Dead, Night of the Living Dead, Zombieland, Army of Darkness, etc.)
• zombie board game, card game, and/or video games (Zombie Fluxx, Last Night on Earth, Zombies!!!, Left 4 Dead)
• copy of The Walking Dead comic book
• copy of The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks
• copy of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’

We'd like to include some zombie-themed snacks, but we're somewhat at a loss. Maybe beef jerky or gummy worms?

Thanks in advance!
posted by magstheaxe to Work & Money (23 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
They have those plastic gelatin molds that look like brains.
posted by bottlebrushtree at 9:48 AM on November 19, 2010

How about gummy brains?
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:48 AM on November 19, 2010


(But only if you include Zombieland in the basket)
posted by lucy.jakobs at 9:53 AM on November 19, 2010

Give Me the Brain is another fun zombie card game. And this plush zombie is adorable!
posted by amarynth at 9:53 AM on November 19, 2010

ThinkGeek sells many fine zombie-themed products.
posted by esoterrica at 9:56 AM on November 19, 2010

I should add that we have to have our basket ready by Wednesday the 24th, so I'll be shopping locally.

Great suggestions thus far!
posted by magstheaxe at 9:58 AM on November 19, 2010

Maybe make (or find someone to make) shotgun shell candles. I imagine other shotgun-themed stuff wouldn't be too difficult to find.
posted by me3dia at 10:02 AM on November 19, 2010

Archie McPhee sells an assortment of zombie goodies, including Zombie Devil Ducks and glow-in-the-dark zombie finger puppets.
posted by workerant at 10:25 AM on November 19, 2010 [1 favorite]

...and I should have added that some retail stores sell Accoutrements (McPhee) products. Hastings Books, for example.
posted by workerant at 10:29 AM on November 19, 2010

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is another good book choice. Also you could buy a relatively cheap but gnarly-looking kitchen utensil and label it as an "improvised zombie stabbing device" or something.
posted by burnmp3s at 10:30 AM on November 19, 2010 [1 favorite]

You might be able to find the walking dead figurines that they have on Thinkgeek and elsewhere at your local quirky gift store place.

Splatter some red paint on a baseball bat for an improvised weapon.
posted by NoraReed at 10:50 AM on November 19, 2010

Plants v. Zombies is either free online or very cheap. Perhaps burn a copy for the gift basket?
posted by HabeasCorpus at 10:54 AM on November 19, 2010

Another book suggestion: Mira Grant's Feed - 20 years post zombies:
"The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.

NOW, twenty years after the Rising, Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives-the dark conspiracy behind the infected. The truth will out, even if it kills them."
posted by modernhypatia at 10:58 AM on November 19, 2010

I'd swap out the Zombie Survival Guide for the much better sequel, World War Z. The Guide is amusing, but it's ultimately just what it says on the tin: a matter-of-fact collection of inventories, procedures, and strategies for surviving various types of zombie outbreaks in various environments. World War Z, on the other hand, is a full-length novel which describes the course of a global zombie apocalypse through several dozen first-hand accounts. The stories are very diverse, everything from a Chinese doctor to a Midwestern housewife to a French sewer-clearer to a Japanese otaku-cum-ninja. It's surprisingly compelling for a zombie story, very realistic, and much more interesting to read.
posted by Rhaomi at 11:10 AM on November 19, 2010 [1 favorite]

Zombie Dice are pretty fun, for what they are.

Also, what about food items that would last for a long time and/or be useful to someone in the midst of a zombie outbreak? Things like jerky, energy bars, caffeinated items, corn nuts, canned items, etc. - the sort of thing that doesn't cost too much but fills in the cracks. (Or, more thematically, the kind of stuff that one would theoretically loot from a gas station and/or grocery store after all the perishables have gone bad...)
posted by daikaisho at 11:17 AM on November 19, 2010

Think geek has a pull apart zombie that runs $15. I gave it to a friend that is really in to zombie's for his birthday and he put it up there as one of his best birthday gifts ever.
posted by djduckie at 11:23 AM on November 19, 2010

You could get a cheap machete for maybe ten bucks.
posted by wayland at 11:38 AM on November 19, 2010

Another book that I've heard is really good: Planet Z: An Oral History of the Zombie Wars.
posted by chickenmagazine at 11:40 AM on November 19, 2010

Seconding World War Z over the Zombie Survival Handbook (or include both!), Zombieland and Twinkies (NOT snowballs!), and Plants vs Zombies.

MRE's, if you can find them. Fake weapons (I like the baseball bat with fake blood idea above).

Another DVD: I Am Legend, with Will Smith.

I actually just picked up this art book: How to Draw Zombies.
posted by misha at 11:40 AM on November 19, 2010

Argh, sorry, World War Z, and I see it's already been mentioned above.
posted by chickenmagazine at 11:40 AM on November 19, 2010

I'll be shopping locally.

If you can't buy brains (fresh or canned) at a local supermarket in Louisville, then something is suddenly very wrong with the world. My grandfather worked his way through college selling brain sandwiches until the Ohio rose and flooded them out (no foolin')! There's a pool hall in Henderson called Billiards and Brains, and it ain't because the clientlle are the academic set! OOOOH - maybe they have gift certificates for your basket!!
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 12:59 PM on November 19, 2010

Ooooh! I got one of these recently! Mine included a dollar-store shotgun, and a dollar store chainsaw (a la Evil Dead). It also included batteries for the toys.
posted by cathoo at 6:27 PM on November 20, 2010

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