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EastEnders gift guide – all the best books and merchandise for fans of the soap

What a treat!

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Father's Day is coming up, so if your dad or grandfather is an EastEnders lover, you may be interested in this collection of soapy treats as some gift inspiration. These present ideas are bound to keep even the likes of Phil Mitchell entertained.

We've gathered together some of the best Walford-related games, DVDs and more.

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1 Eastenders Kalfie
amazon.co.uk
£14.99

They are one of EastEnders' most iconic couples and you can now relive all of Kat and Alfie's memorable moments – from the magic to the tragic.

These downloadable episodes date right back to 2003, where it all began, and include everything from their wedding, to their (first) exit on Christmas day, their return in 2011 and much, much more.

2 Ian Beale - 2021 Wall Calendar // Funny/Quirky/Christmas/Birthday/Gift Idea/Present/Novelty/Humour/Secret Santa/Year Planner/Office Gift
The Calendar King
The Calendar King amazon.co.uk
£13.95

Stuck for the ultimate quirky gift? Well, look no further. This fun, novelty A4-sized Ian Beale calendar is bound to put a smile on your gift recipient's face. Go on, keep it real like Ian Beale!

3 Just a Mo: My Story
Virgin Digital
amazon.co.uk
£2.99

Known for her role as mouthy Mo Harris in EastEnders, actress Laila Morse shares her incredible story for the first time in a book that will shock, humble and inspire readers.

4 Monopoly EastEnders Board Game
Hasbro
Monopoly Amazon
£33.95

Take a trip over to the heart of Walford this Christmas in this special EastEnders edition of much-loved board game Monopoly.

You can snap up iconic characters, fortify your empire with market stalls and the Queen Vic, and buy key locations like The Arches and Kathy's Café – all in a bid to squeeze extra money out of your opponents.  Oh and the game also features custom tokens such as the Queen Vic's bust, and Willie the dog.

5 Soul Classics
Sanctuary
Sanctuary (UK) amazon.co.uk
£5.61

If you haven't listened to Mica's music already, we highly recommend it. Mica wrapped up her Walford stint as Ellie Nixon in 2020, but you don't even have to be an EastEnders fan to appreciate the magic of this soul album.

With a collection of the most celebrated and loved soul tracks – originally recorded by male legends such as Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Al Green and Ray Charles – Mica brings her special vocal magic into the covers. From the thoroughly infectious "Let's Stay Together" to the sublime sound of "I Can't Stop Loving You" plus many, many more much-loved classics, this soul album is the perfect gift for your loved ones, or even yourself. Go on, treat yourself.

6 All of Me: My Extraordinary Life
Headline
Headline Amazon
£4.99

All of Me is the extraordinary story of the late Barbara Windsor, best known for her iconic EastEnders character Peggy Mitchell. From her early roles as the original Carry On dolly bird to becoming the memorable Mitchell matriarch in the BBC soap, Barbara talks in depth in this book about the people and events that have shaped her career.

7 Before the Year Dot - June Brown
Simon & Schuster UK;
Amazon
£6.99

She played the legendary and much-loved Dot Cotton for over three decades, but how much do you really know about the iconic June Brown? In her 2013 autobiography, the national treasure shares her life story for the first time.

8 The End of an Earring
Headline
Amazon
£2.99

EastEnders icon Pat Butcher breathed her last in 2012, but this memoir delves into the fascinating life of Pam St Clement, who played her. In the book, the actress recalls her involvement in the women's movement of the 1970s, her lifelong love of animals, and the personal worries that have plagued her since she was a teenager.

9 In the Nick of Time : The Autobiography of John Altman, EastEnders' Nick Cotton
John Blake Publishing Ltd
John Blake Publishing Hive
£12.35

Since appearing in the very first episode of EastEnders, John Altman has managed to change the face of soap villains forever. In his 2016 autobiography, the actor talks about his colourful childhood, his descent into alcoholism and addiction, and how he battled his demons in order to turn Nick Cotton into one of the most memorable soap characters of all time.

10 The Ultimate EastEnders Codeword Collection: The complete EastEnders code word puzzle book for adults and clever kids
Kyle Becker
amazon.co.uk
£6.99

Put your brain to the test with 45 Codeword puzzles focusing on all things EastEnders. Can you prove yourself as the ultimate Walford fan? 

11 The World According to Danny Dyer: Life Lessons from the East End
Quercus
Quercus Publishing Amazon
£6.89

A window into the world of Danny Dyer, this book is an absolute must-read – whether you're a soap fan or not. Here, the Mick Carter actor shares his somewhat unique take on life, answering all-important questions, such as, 'Where have all the old school boozers gone?' and, 'Are there such things as ghosts?' Are there? Let Danny enlighten you.

12 The Best of EastEnders DVD
BBC Amazon
£3.94

Join show stalwart Adam Woodyatt (aka Ian Beale) as he takes us on a special trip down memory lane. In this feature-length special, Adam relives the very best moments from the BBC soap – from 'You ain't my Mother', to Den's shooting, to Janine pushing Barry off a cliff. This cracking collection of EastEnders goodies will keep you entertained.

13 Kat & Alfie: Redwater [DVD]
BBC amazon.co.uk
£6.30

Watch Kat and Alfie Moon in their very own show, as they swap Walford for the peaceful idyllic village of Redwater. Except, it's not so peaceful after all. As Kat tries to find answers to her fractured past, both she and Alfie risk being swept up in the storm that started it all. You don't need to be clued up on EastEnders to enjoy this series, as it's a complete standalone from the main show.

14 Eastenders - Last Tango in Walford [DVD]
2entertain
BBC amazon.co.uk
£3.76

Released in 2010, this DVD special celebrates the re-marriage of fan favourites Ricky and Bianca. Ahead of the ceremony, Ricky and Bianca reminisce over the past and put on their dancing shoes for a tango treat.

15 EastEnders Iconic Exits
BBC Amazon
US$1.89

Whether it involved a taxi, tube or coffin, EastEnders has certainly had its fair share of explosive exits over the years.  So why not binge-watch some of the best episodes? This special collection (priced at £1.89 per episode) features a range of Walford departures, from Dirty Den's first 'demise', to Tiffany's accident, to Mark Fowler's sad goodbye. Warning: you might be reaching for the tissues for some of them.

16 Eastenders Christmas Specials
amazon.co.uk
US$1.89

As we know, Christmas is not exactly the most wonderful time of the year for our Albert Square residents. And now you can have a look back at all their Yuletide misery. 

Packed with drama until the final duff duff, these downloadable Christmas episodes (priced at £1.89 each) will take you on a trip down memory lane – from Den serving Angie with divorce papers, to Max and Stacey's iconic affair reveal, to Pauline’s death. 

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