Do you have a geeky and/or fandom-obsessed person on your list and have no idea how where to start your gift-giving search? We’ve got you. As our resident
fangirl fanperson with over 10 years of experience obsessing and theorizing over fictional worlds, including Batman, a variety of anime series, and of course, Twilight (I was in middle school — don’t judge me), I feel qualified to break down the main geek-centric categories so that the layperson shopper can properly impress the fandomized giftee on their list. Whether your loved one loves anime, video games, or comics, there’s a sought-after, jaw-dropping geeky gift — from fashion and beauty collabs to collectibles and home decor — and I’ve corralled them. Of course, there are plenty of other fandoms out there, but hey, I can't do all the work for you! (If you're truly lost and your bestie's favorites aren't on the list, my professional advice is Etsy. It's always Etsy for fandom gifts.) For now, keep on scrolling to see the gifts the special geek in your life will totally appreciate under the tree come Christmas day.
Whether it's a must-have Funko Pop advent calendar, subtle Thor makeup bags, LEGO Iron Man sets, or a nerdy-cool Black Panther Adidas sneaker, there are a plethora of fandom-ready gifts that your Marvel-obsessed bestie will absolutely love. For the real heads, there’s also the original comic-book version of Hawkeye: My Life As A Weapon.
There are a plethora of anime genres out there, but not all of them are created equal. If they prefer a “magical-girl” series, the rarely-in-stock Sailor Moon x Colourpop makeup collaboration is sure to please. If “shonen”-style action is more their speed, I recommend a Dragon Ball Z-themed AirPods case, a cute plushie from the fast-paced series Jujutsu Kaisen, or their favorite character's Funko Pop doll. There’s also my personal favorite: a subtle tote bag from volleyball-centric anime Haikyuu.
DC Comics Gifts
If they love superheroes but are more into DC Comics than Marvel, take your pick from an embroidered Nightwing hoodie, or a Blue-Ray edition of director Zack Snyder’s restored, fan-favorite cut of Justice League. (You can watch the movie on HBO Max, but a true fan appreciates nothing more than physical media.) But if they prefer a casual wearable, opt for a classic Superman t-shirt or Wonder Woman earrings.
Video Games Gifts
Like snowflakes, no two gamers are exactly alike. A Pokemon fan will appreciate either this unique 3D model of the original game's most iconic scene or one of the newest games you can get for Nintendo Switch; Animal Crossing and “cozy” gaming enthusiasts will obsess over this Nook Starbucks cup; if Zelda is their main game, then this handmade topographic map of Hyrule will make their day. If you're not sure, go for a general vibe with these Playstation controller-icon neon lights or a mini Street Fighter arcade game.
Fantasy & Sci-Fi Gifts
Your first job when it comes to gift shopping for your favorite geek of the fantasy and sci-fi variety is figuring out what team they are: Lord Of The Rings, Star Trek, Star Wars, or all three. If they're a Lord Of The Rings fan, then an artistic rendition of the poster or an ASMR-friendly keyboard with elvish lettering will definitely satisfy. For Star Wars and Star Trek nerds, take your pick of everything from Vader art tapestries and enamel pins to high-tech collectibles.
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