Video games have left an indelible mark on our society, and the companies that make them often don’t just stop at the games themselves. In fact, successful video game franchises often create a host of merchandise that true gamers can collect to use or display in their homes or with their favorite consoles.
But with so many options out there, how are you supposed to find the right gaming accessories and merch for those who love video games? To give you some inspiration and direction, let’s dive into 10 unique gifts for gamers that they’re sure to love.
1. The Pokemon Center Original Stainless Food Container 'Honwaka Poka Poka'
Some of the gifts on these lists will be purely for aesthetics, while other recommendations will also be functional. Our first mention falls into the latter category. The Pokemon Center Original Stainless Food Container 'Honwaka Poka Poka' is a small food container that features a range of some of the top Pokemon, including Flareon, Eevee, and Vulpix, just to name a few. Designed to keep cold food items cool and warmer food items warm, this stainless steel food container measuring 12 x 9 x 9cm is one of the best gifts for gamers who want to celebrate their love for Pokemon on the go!
2. The Hori Nintendo Switch Compact Keyboard
Some of the most unique gifts for gamers are those that you might not consider when shopping around. For example, keyboards for the switch. While the Nintendo Switch makes it easy to play games as you would on a standard console, typing on it is pretty annoying.
That’s where the Hori Nintendo Switch Compact Keyboard comes in. When you have to type in text, whether it’s writing a caption for some art in Animal Crossing or naming a character, simply attach this keyboard to your switch via USB cable and type. Switch accessories are some of the best gifts for gamers, and you’ll come across several on this list!
3. The Nintendo RC Mario Cart Mario Motorcycle
Bring the Mario Kart into the real world with the Nintendo RC Mario Cart Mario Motorcycle! This zippy remote control gift for gamers can operate up to 30 meters away from its controller. Nintendo also makes plenty of other kart models, so your gamer can bring over their friends and have real life Mario Kart races up and down the street! Note that friendship-ending blue turtle shells are not included.
4. The Hori Nintendo Switch Classic Controller GameCube Style The Legend of Zelda
Some unique gifts for gamers are nostalgic in nature, and you can’t get any more nostalgic than the Hori Nintendo Switch Classic Controller GameCube Style The Legend of Zelda. For those who want a more classic gameplay experience with their Switch, you can help them go back in time to when Nintendo games were played with the iconic GameCube controller.
Of course, Nintendo doesn’t stop there. This classic GameCube controller also features a figurine of one of the most recognizable Nintendo characters: Link from The Legend of Zelda! If your friend loves Nintendo games and wants something that brings them back, gifts for gamers like this controller are the ones to get.
5. The Nintendo amiibo Super Smash Bros. Chrom Figure (Fire Emblem Series)
For the pro Smash player, get the Nintendo amiibo Super Smash Bros. Chrom Figure (Fire Emblem Series)! Amiibo are small characters that you can place on your Nintendo switch to unlock special character moves, additional in-game items, or even full costumes that you can use across games. These gifts for gamers are great because they’ve become a staple of Nintendo’s game development, so the amiibo you get won’t become outdated. Plus, after you’ve unlocked the content that is stored in them, you get a cool little figurine to display!
6. The Nintendo Super Mario Portable Slippers 'Super Mashroom'
Are you looking for unique gifts for gamers that your recipient can take with them as they travel? If so, look no further than the Nintendo Super Mario Portable Slippers 'Super Mashroom'. These comfortable and portable slippers are ready to wear absolutely anywhere (although they won’t help you grow an extra size). Just keep in mind that the Nintendo Super Mario Portable Slippers 'Super Mashroom' are a little on the smaller size, fitting those with shoe sizes 5-7.
7. The San-ei Animal Crossing Plush Doll Tom Nook (S)
Those who love the simplicity and peaceful gameplay of Animal Crossing are going to love gifts for gamers featuring characters from the series. While you could always go with cases or other products, a more unique option is the San-ei Animal Crossing Plush Doll Tom Nook (S). This plush doll (measuring 11 x 17 x 17cm) is perfect for collectors who want to get their hands on Animal Crossing merch that’s less common to come across.
8. The Ensky Minecraft Mechanical Pencil Kurutoga Bee&Wildcat
Do you know someone who regaled you with their epic battle against the Ender Dragon? Or maybe someone who loves using their downtime to build farms and castles in a digital cubescape?
If so, get the Ensky Minecraft Mechanical Pencil Kurutoga Bee&Wildcat. It’s the gift for gamers that brings that Minecraft creativity to all the drawing and writing they do at school, at work, and at home. The body of these pencils is made of a PC resin, and its striking look is sure to make it a favorite!
9. The Epoch New Super Mario Lucky Coins Game
Unique gifts for gamers can come in smaller packages, and that’s certainly true of the Epoch New Super Mario Lucky Coins Game. The Epoch New Super Mario Lucky Coins Game is a game where you can place tokens into slots with the hope of hitting moving characters. The first one to hit all of the characters wins. It’s a fun and simple game, and that’s what makes it so charming!
10. The OST Kirby of the Stars PVC Mat
Crafting the perfect gaming setup has become very mainstream in this day and age. Rugs, neon lights, and rainbow-lit gaming PCs have become the trend. However, to pull it all together, you need the right themed products. Is your friend or family member a major Nintendo fan? If so, you can help them work towards their desired gaming setup with a gaming mousepad like the OST Kirby of the Stars PVC Mat. This Kirby mousepad makes an excellent gift for those who want to make sure they have a smooth surface for their gaming mouse while they play.
There are so many unique gifts for gamers, and you can find them right here at Plaza Japan! Shop now for fast shipping directly from Japan on all your favorite authentic Japanese gaming products!