It seems like the holidays are approaching at near-light speed. That means it’s high time you tally up your friends and family to determine which ones are lucky enough to get a gift from you this year. The only problem? Choosing gifts can be tough, especially if you don’t know anything about the things your recipients like. If someone on your list is into anime, you need look no further. We’ve assembled a crack team of anime fans to hand-pick the best gifts you can get the anime lover in your life. Read on for the goods.
And if you need more gift ideas for PC and console gamers, or for techies, Star Wars fans, and Marvel fans, we have a whole lot of other great ideas in our Holiday Gift Guide hub.
Crunchyroll Premium Membership (12 Months)
Why not give the gift that keeps on giving? A Crunchyroll Premium membership gives you ad-free access to the newest shows as they go up, plus manga and other benefits (like store discounts). Crunchyroll’s library of anime is broad and can satisfy most interests, so it’s perfect for both newcomers and seasoned anime fans.
Yuri on Ice: The Complete Series on Blu-ray
Yuri on Ice first aired at the end of 2016 and quickly became an international phenomenon for its emotionally charged skating and excellent relationships. The Blu-ray is the ultimate version–as with many anime Blu-rays, it features cleaned-up animations that make the skating even more beautiful. It’s a must-watch, and even for those who’ve already seen it, the Blu-ray makes for a great excuse to watch it and fall in love all over again.
Totoro Bento Gift Set
Meal prep is a lot easier when you have cute bento to put everything in! For the Studio Ghibli fan, this adorable Totoro-themed bento set features two small containers, one medium container, two large containers, and a matching towel to go along with it. Plus, it comes in a gift box.
Bananya Ceramic Mug with Lid
The holidays are the best time for relaxing and drinking tea or hot chocolate, and the only thing better than a mug with a lid that keeps your drink hot is a Bananya mug where the lid is the kitty’s head. This is seriously the cutest anime mug we’ve seen in a while.
Kill la Kill Guts Plush
Guts might be a pretty perverted dog, but he’s still cuddly! Kill la Kill is several years old, but there’s a new game, Kill la Kill: The Game IF, coming out next year to get excited about–so Guts is the perfect companion while you wait. And remember: Don’t lose your way.
RightStuf Gift Certificate
A RightStuf gift certificate is one of the best gifts you can buy for an anime or manga fan around the holidays. The website already contains plenty of merch at discounted prices but as the end of the year grows closer, the prices get lower. Once something is sold out, it’s gone until next year. But if you play your cards right, you can save yourself hundreds of dollars on manga and anime Blu-Rays. The website’s Black Friday sale isn’t too shabby either.
Princess Principal Complete Collection Blu-Ray
Every once in a while, an anime will come along that just appeals to all audiences. Princess Principal is one of those series, that unfortunately went under a lot of people’s radar. This 2017 anime is about teenage girls working as spies in a war-torn steampunk Great Britain. Because of its setting, the anime is one of the few that’s actually more authentic to watch in English dub, so it’s the perfect show to get people into anime who aren’t ready to commit to reading subtitles.
Battle Chef Brigade
Available for PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC, Battle Chef Brigade may not be based off an anime, but it sure looks like it is. Combining hack-‘n-slash combat and puzzle mechanics, Battle Chef Brigade plays out like an episode of Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma, just with a dash of Monster Hunter on the side. The story is pretty good too, and sure to appeal to anime fans and gamers alike.
My Hero One’s Justice
Available for Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch, My Hero One’s Justice is the perfect gift for any anime fan who loves the My Hero Academia anime or manga. Which, at this point, who doesn’t? The game is simple to pick up and contains tons of references to the source material, including character attacks that haven’t even been seen in the anime yet.
My Hero Academia: Season One
Speaking of My Hero Academia, if you know an anime fan who hasn’t seen the series that took the world by storm, consider buying them the Blu-Ray and helping them along. You could just watch the Japanese version on Crunchyroll or the English dub on Funimation, but buying the Blu-ray gives you easy access to both (and it’s surprisingly really good regardless of which language you watch it in). If you already have Season One, then Season Two is available on Blu-Ray too!
Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu / Let’s Go Eevee
Both versions of the game are for Switch, with the only major differences being who your starter partner is and what exclusives you’ll have access to. If you know someone who’s a fan of the Pokemon anime, then Let’s Go is the perfect choice. Just like Ash and his Pikachu, Let’s Go Pikachu / Let’s Go Eevee start you with partners that follow you around outside the Pokeball. It’s really cute.