You may not be the biggest anime fan, but chances are you know someone who is. Anime used to be considered “nerdy” but it has become more popular and mainstream over the years. You don’t have to know the difference between Goku and Kakashi to give the perfect gift to someone who is an anime fan. Here are our top gifts for anime lovers, chosen exclusively by true anime lovers. (And trust us, your gift recipient will go Super Saiyan over these.)
Top Gifts for Anime Lovers
Ah yes, the best gifts for anime fans are all right here. From Pokemon to Attack on Titan to Sailor Moon and Naurto — we have found the best anime gifts so you don’t have to dig through everything on the internet.
Some of these gift ideas are items we personally own and have tried or used ourselves. Other gift suggestions are the kind of gift we hope our Uncle Chris will pick up for the next holiday season (hint: dropped).
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Quite possibly the most accurate sweatshirt anyone can give an anime lover, because there's a good chance they definitely don't understand. Available in black, red, and pink.
When you want them to have less screen time, but you need a secret weapon so they don't complain. Buffalo Games have been leading the puzzle industry for over 30 years, and their jigsaw puzzles are top notch! This 1000-piece Pokemon puzzle is my personal favorite, and it comes with a small poster of the image to help you find where those tricky pieces go.
There are other puzzles from 100 to 2000 pieces, depending on how much of a challenge and how many hours of fun you're looking for.
Click here for more Pokemon gift ideas!
Another great option if you're looking for a popular anime gift that's functional - this backpack is a quality item that is perfect for fans of My Hero Academia.
Includes a padded laptop pocket to keep electronics safe with plenty of room and pockets for textbooks and other school supplies and important things, plus a bonus snapback hat with 3D plush ears!
This works as a great gift whether your husband, I mean, DragonBball Z lover is also a fitness fanatic or if they just have a heck of an explosive personality. My mom is lucky enough to be married to someone who is both.
"Training to go Super Saiyan" text catches everyone's eye, and can be on a black background like this one, or your choice of 5 other colors. Available in men's or women's fit.
Sometimes it's hard to tell quality when shopping online, but this is a winner. This durable and authentic Naruto bifold wallet features orange canvas, blue faux leather, and a "Naruto" text design displayed across the back. The metal badge features the symbol for Hidden Leaf Village across the front.
(Unlike other Naruto-themed items we've tried with metal plates on them, this one is not a safety hazard.) Officially licensed Naruto fan merchandise.
This magical mug features a heat-change design. Watch Goku power up as the drink heats up, and return to normal as the mug cools down! Holds 16 fluid ounces of their favorite beverage. A fun gift for your DBZ loving family member.
This necklace features a charm representing Naruto leaf village. Simple yet makes a statement. Plus it's a pretty gender-neutral accessory, so it would be a great anime gift for anyone!
Aah my favorite - consumable gifts! Fans of anime will tell you they love getting a taste of Japanese culture (sometimes, literally).
This assortment of 30 pieces of Japanese candy will satisfy any anime lover's sweet tooth. Make this gift even better by adding some popcorn, soda, and quality time while you watch anime shows together!
Even if you don't know their favorite anime characters, you really can't go wrong with this gift idea if they like tea. This Maneki Neko ceramic tea pot set serves four people.
Contains 1 teapot (20oz) with strainer and wooden handle, and 4 tea cups packaged in a set box.
Personally, Sailor Moon isn't even my thing but this music box is adorable. It's a mini-sized (as in it fits in your hand) antique-style engraved wooden music box, and it makes a beautiful gift for the Sailor Moon fan.
No battery needed, this vintage wood music box plays the tune of Sailor Moon when wound. We love this reddish color box, but there are 7 other options for you to choose from.
This is one of our anime gift suggestions that we don't yet have, but WANT. *ahem* You're going to need this buildable Gyarados figure with a fully mechanized body for ultimate poseability.
Made of high quality building bricks (similar to LEGO) and includes a buildable display case with animated ocean environment. When built, this figure features animated movements like an opening mouth, flapping tail and pivoting neck when the toy is activated by a hand-turned crank. An awesome gift for an anime loving teen or adult!
How to Choose the Perfect Gifts for Anime Lovers
If you aren’t an anime lover yourself, it can be difficult to buy a gift about something you don’t understand. Here are a few tips to help you find the perfect gift that your anime lover will truly love:
Find a witty t-shirt
Once you know which anime title they love the most, find a fun t-shirt or sweatshirt that represents a main character. Whether you’re going with a Pikachu shirt, a Sailor Moon hoodie, or a generic anime top, you can’t go wrong!
Grab an original book or recording
Look for a boxed set of their favorite books or TV shows. Bonus points if you find a collector’s item!
Choose anime-themed items they can use
Go for anime decor
Opt for Japanese-themed items that aren’t anime specific
Gift them a delicious dinner at your local sushi restaurant, perhaps grow a bonsai tree together, or hand over a gift box of snacks they can’t resist! (In case you missed our button above, we have a list of cool Japanese gift ideas over here!)