That seasons is upon us and if you’re reading this then odds are you know someone with similar tastes as me in your life! Below I’ve compiled a list of simple affordable gifts for friends and family consisting of things I already own and love or things I certainly wouldn’t mind unwrapping under the Christmas tree. The items chosen get a bit silly at times but I hope there is something you see that give you cheer-giving ideas! You’ll find the goods under the cut! Happy holidays!
Crunchyroll Premium – You can gift monthly increments of Crunchyroll Premium, which gives access to many simulcasts, better quality streams, streaming to remote devices, and ability to read their full library of manga!
One-Punch Man volumes 1 & 2 – My favorite series right now and one that is gaining popularity thanks to its new print run (previously it was available digital only) and its now-airing anime. If someone you knew grew up watching Dragonball Z on Saturday mornings then consider this for their modern sensibilities.
Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun volume 1 – I got so many of my friends who don’t normally watch anime into this show this year. They were charmed by its humor and twist on typical romantic story tropes. And we’ve been lucky enough to get the original comic released in English recently!
Wandering Son volume 1 – The series comes in attractive larger-sized hardcovers and some color pages. Praised for its portrayal of transgender youth and expressive art, it’s a series I wish more people would pick up.
Gatchaman Crowds Kinako Design Works artbook – Kinako is a treasure. Her juicy art must be appreciated.
DRAMAtical Murder re:code visual collection artbook – For DMMd fans who can’t import the Vita version of the game. No worries, this particular book isn’t 18+ like the others since it just contains content in the console version of this popular BL visual novel.
Cowboy Bebop: The Complete Collection Blu-ray – These are beautiful. The details you can now see in the backgrounds are amazing. Cowboy Bebop is a series that I love catching random episodes of, like I did back when it aired on Adult Swim, and having them all right there is really great.
Princess Mononoke Blu-ray – One of my favorite movies of all time and it finally came out on Blu-ray! I waited so long…
Kamisama Kiss: The Complete Series Blu-ray – If you ever had a friend growing up that loved Fruits Basket I can guarantee they’ll enjoy Kamisama Kiss.
PlayStation TV – While dropping money on a Vita for someone may not be feasible the Vita-capable PlayStation TV sits at a perpetual $40 nowadays. This device completely undersold by Sony hooks up to your TV and allows you to access most content from the PSN that a portable Vita can. So most of the PlayStation One and PSP library, along with digital and physical Vita releases. Some games aren’t supported but for the most part good games like Danganronpa and Persona 4 Golden are all playable!
Final Fantasy XIV (Windows, PS3, PS4) – If you have a MMORPG fan in your life who hasn’t been active in a while or even someone who loved Final Fantasy games but fell off around FFXIII, this game is legit. I’m impressed with how many game system comforts it’s pulled from Western predecessors while still retaining an epic Final Fantasy feel.
Code: Realize (Vita) – For the dating sim fan in your life who has run through all their other games or even just got into the genre thanks to something unconventional like Hatoful Boyfriend. Code: Realize is a brand new release with a substantial story and is unapologetically steampunk. I enjoyed dating Victor Frankenstein myself!
Persona Q (3DS) – Persona fanfiction with an extensive dungeon crawling minigame. Even if your giftee isn’t familiar with the Etrian Odyssey play style the mechanics are approachable enough to see if it’s something they’ll dig. And the premium edition is on sale!
Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer (3DS) – Sometimes you just want to chill and make a cute house for a neurotic squirrel.
Undertale stickers – For the skeleton smoochers.
Dragon Age: Inquisition Krem collage shirt – Just the cutest dang thing. How do you chair? Krem has no idea.
Final Fantasy VII plush Cloud – JUST LOOK AT HIM!
Dragon Age 2 charms by Blue – With the woeful lack of DA2 merch for Fenris-lovers these bitty fangoods can ease some of the pain.
Love Live! Nozomi Tojo Nendoroid – Give the gift of best girl.
Fire Emblem: Awakening Chrom CharaForm – While not as customizable as a Nendoroid this little Chrom figure still has a lot of adorable personality.
Pokemon Kuttari Cuties – Pretty much Pokemon TsumTsums. These are precious bean-filled floppy plushes, that come in sleeping and awake versions. I flop mine over my computer monitor and they’re great!
Haikyuu!! Kurohige Kiki Ippatsu TobiColle!! Toru Oikawa – For someone you know who wants to stab Oikawa.
Black Butler tights – I bought these for a friend at her request a couple of months ago and she was just delighted. If you ever wanted an anime boy and his demonic servant adoring your legs then this is the way to go.
Bee and PuppyCat wallet – I get a lot of compliments when paying for coffee, even from people unfamiliar with the show. It’s a very cute money tote!
Yowamushi Pedal Midousuji Akira keychain – A winter-themed accessory for the Pedal fan in your life. Ishigaki is back in stock too. 🙂
Splatoon squid cushion – Comes in a variety of colors! And if you live in NYC you can pick these up at Nintendo World.
Authentic Sports Anime shirt – Designed to look all jersey-like, for those you know who have decended into Sports Anime Hell.
Bon Bon shirt by Katie Skelly – Whenever I wear this shirt out everyone asks me where I got it. And I worry kids can read the cuss.
Fudanshi sweatshirt by OMOCAT – Also comes in green fujoshi flavor.