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).
1. It’s An Anime Thing Hoodie
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.
2. Pokemon Jigsaw Puzzle
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 puzzles from 100 to 2000 pieces, depending on how much of a challenge and how many hours of fun you’re looking for.
3. Naruto Desk Lamp
This LED lamp has a 3D effect with 16 different color options – all accessible by remote control! A great gift for any Naruto fan who loves spending time in their room. It’s also a great choice when you are looking for a gift that’s actually useful.
4. Pikachu Cosplay Kakashi Model
For the anime lover who enjoys Pokemon and Naruto, gift this model of Pikachu dressed as Kakashi! With great detail and quality, this is the perfect addition to a growing anime collection.
Click here for more Pokemon gift ideas!
5. My Hero Academia Deku Backpack
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.
6. Anime Girl T-shirt
What do teenage girls want when it comes to anime merchandise? This.
Just a shirt for “Just a girl who loves Anime.” Comes in different colors and fits (youth, women’s fit, or men’s).
7. If It’s Not Anime T-shirt
This fun and cheeky t-shirt is the perfect choice for anyone who loves anime and video games – text says “If it doesn’t have to do with anime, video games, or food, then I don’t care.” If that doesn’t scream angsty teen, I don’t know what does.
8. Tokyo Ghoul Hoodie
Stylish sweatshirt for men or women, this hoodie displays a large Tokyo Ghoul design. Multiple sizes and design styles available (but we recommend you order 2 sizes up with this one!).
9. Doggo Plush
When it comes to plush toys, this one is the obvious choice. The beloved Shiba Ibu dog in a super soft overstuffed plush.
Yes, we actually have this Doggo. It’s a must. Much adorable. Very fluff.
10. Super Saiyan Tank Top
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. I’m 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, red, or blue background.
11. Anime PopSocket
This “I’d rather be watching anime” PopSocket fits on the back of a phone to make holding or propping easier. You know, to watch anime even longer. It also fits perfectly into someone’s Christmas stocking, so make sure Santa knows it’s on the wish list!
12. Naruto Bifold Wallet
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.
13. Dragon Ball Z Mug and Coaster Set
This magic mug and coaster set features a heat-change design. Watch Goku and Buu’s epic battle unfold as your drink heats up or cools down! A fun gift for your DBZ loving family member.
14. Naruto Leaf Village Necklace
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!
15. Japanese Candy Gift Box
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!
16. Just Saiyan T-shirt
I’m not Saiyan, I’m just Saiyan. This shirt is going to make someone Goku koo. Available in multiple colors, but we all know they will want the black shirt. (BTW if you hate puns, you’re probably on the wrong site!)
17. Drawing Tablet
18. I Only Care About Anime Shirt
This might only be a good gift if you’re one of those “maybe 3 people.” But it’s worth the chuckle either way.
19. Ceramic Tea Pot Set
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.
20. Eevee Makeup Brush Set
Can you say cutest anime gift ever?? This 9 piece makeup brush set covers all your makeup and contouring needs. With a unique Eevee on top of each brush, your gift recipient will smile with joy every time they put on makeup!
21. Dragon Ball Z Herb Grinder
Because there are adults who need anime gifts too. Premium 3 piece herb grinder crafted with stainless steel. Comes with this black gift box for easy gifting.
22. Sailor Moon Music 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.
23. Buildable Pokemon Figure
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 fully articulated body for ultimate poseability. Stands at 9 inches long.
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!)