Otakus (anime lovers) are sometimes hard to shop for – it seems like they have just about everything! Plus there are so many different types of anime out there that it’s hard to pin down exactly what to buy. Gift ideas for an anime lover don’t have to be hard though.
Gifts any anime lover is sure to love.
1. Certified Senpai
This mug makes it official, your gift recipient can be certified as a senpai. Not sure what that means? Senpai is Japanese for upperclassman and is often tied to being older and more respected.
2. Notice Me Senpai
Not everyone wants to be a senpai, though! You might want one to notice you so badly that you blush, just like this shark. Trust me, they’ll get the joke.
3. Ghibli Socks
Featuring characters from popular Studio Ghibli films, these socks are absolutely adorable. The movies featured are classic anime films My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Howl’s Moving Castle.
4. SUPERFIGHT: The Anime Card Deck
Anime lovers don’t really need a card game that encourages them to argue over their favourite shows but they’ll love it anyway. This expansion pack can be played with or without the base game, too.
5. Random Japanese Word Magnets
Depending on what they prefer you can order these in either pin or magnet form. Grab one randomly or all 5 to complete the set of anime-centric Japanese phrases!
6. Hatsune Miku Funko Pop Figure
Japan’s favourite vocaloid has her very own Funko figure and she’s as cute as ever.
7. Snacks From Japan
There isn’t an anime fan out there who doesn’t love weird Japanese snacks. Hopefully there’s some new treats for them to try in this variety pack!
7. I Just Want to Watch Anime Shirt
Brutally honest, this shirt announces to the world that the wearer just wants to watch anime and ignore all their adult problems. Me too.
9. The Otaku Encyclopedia
Everything they’ve ever wanted to learn about otaku subculture in Japan can be found in this encyclopedia! Find out about the history, moments, and people that have shaped otaku culture from the 80s to today.
10. All I Care About is Anime Shirt
Here’s hoping that after giving this gift you at least make it into that short list of 3 people.
11.Final Form Baby Onesie
This onesie references Freeza from Dragon Ball Z. It’s true, baby probably isn’t it’s final form. But it is cute! (If you’re shopping for a mama to be, be sure to check out our gift guide for new mamas.)
12.Relationship Status Shirt
We all have that friend that’s more interested in their fandoms than real life dating. Now there’s a t-shirt to clear up any confusion their wannabe suitors might have.
This popular Japanese snack is basically the anime staple. It’s actually pretty delicious too.
14. Kawaii Coloring Book
Super cute “kawaii” Japanese art fills the pages of this adult colouring book. In case you were wondering, kawaii is Japanese for cute. We have more stocking stuffer ideas, especially for teenage girls here.
15. Anime: A History
This fascinating book is a comprehensive history of Japanese animation. It goes from the early history of animation in Japan all the way through the modern-day successes. Even a hardcore fan is bound to learn a thing or two from this book.
16. Nani? Hat
No really, that’s what the hat says.
17. Otaku Shirt
This one is surprisingly well designed and tasteful. Perfect for anyone’s style!
18. Anime in the Streets Shirt
This one is for your friend of slightly less moral character. Hentai happens to be the Japanese word for pervert… You get the idea.
19. Anime Kaomoji (Face Mask)
In Japan people often wear masks when they’re sick or don’t want to breathe in pollutants. According the description for these, though, they’ll make you more interesting.
20. Totoro Hoodie
This might be the most adorable hoodie on the planet. Inspired by the character from My Neighbour Totoro, it even has ears and his famous cheshire grin.
And now it’s time to make whatever gift you choose even more special by sitting down and watching an episode of their favourite anime with them. Come on, it’ll be fun!