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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 Otakus and Anime Lovers Will Appreciate
Sugoi! These gift ideas for an anime lover are sure to dazzle.
They’ll feel just like they’re in a romance arc or having a fun moment in a slice of life anime. If both those went over your head, this list is a perfect guide to shop for an anime fan in your life. And if you know exactly what I’m talking about maybe you need to send this list to family and friends to show them exactly what they need to get for your next birthday or Christmas present.
For the record, I myself an avid anime fan so I can attest this gifts are the real deal.
A Geek in Japan Book
For the anime lover who’s always wanted to go to Japan! This book has all kinds of details about Japanese culture… It’s at least enough to tide them over until (or prepare them for!) a trip to Japan.
World’s Biggest Baka Mug
Need a gag or white elephant gift idea for an anime lover? This mug is perfect! It says “World’s biggest baka!” which, if you didn’t already know, means ‘idiot’.
Kawaii Cat Backpack
It’s not based off an anime, but it still has kawaii anime vibes. Great if you don’t know what anime they’re into, or for someone who just likes cute things in general.
My Hero Academia Anime Mystery Gift Box
This one is based off the popular show My Hero Academia, and has all kinds of goodies inside. Anime blind boxes are always super fun gift ideas for an anime lover!
Goku Training Bottle
The stereotype that people who like anime don’t exercise needs to go away. Help your fitness and anime loving friend get to the next level with this funny Dragonball Z water bottle.
Girl Who Loves Anime Shirt
Anime isn’t just for the guys! Help a female anime lover in your life show off her pride with a super cute t-shirt like this one.
Pokemon Anime Wallet
You have to carry your money and cards in something, right? Might as well make it anime themed! You can get wallets based off almost every anime, like this super cool Pokémon one.
Sailor Moon Bookmark
This wooden bookmark is perfect for keeping track of where an anime lover is in their book (or manga). Sailor Moon is a classic anime, and most fans have some nostalgia for it.
Neko Glass Tea Cup
This another ‘kawaii’ gift idea that an anime lover will appreciate. It’s a heat proof tea brewing mug with adorable neko (cat) ears. Great for brewing loose leaf Japanese teas!
Japanese Flash Cards
Do you know what’s better than watching dubbed or subbed anime? Being able to actually understand the original Japanese. Help an anime lover learn it by giving them some language learning tools like these flashcards.
Magical Girl Makeup Brushes
These makeup brushes are shaped like the various magical girl staffs seen in Sailor Moon. What better way for a magical girl loving anime lover to apply their makeup each day?
DragonballZ Herb Grinder
How about a practical gift idea for an anime lover? This herb grinder is shaped like one of the Dragonballs from the popular anime series.
Anime Eyes Sweatshirt
This gives ‘anime loving teen’ vibes for sure. The anime lover in your life will be super stylish wearing this minimalist design. Best of all, it’s not based off anything specific so you can get it for any anime lover.
Diary of a Tokyo Teen
Ever wondered what life is like for teens in Tokyo? Teenage anime lovers probably do! This book was written by a Japanese-American girl who returned to Tokyo as teen. It details her experience with graphic-novel style drawings.
Neko Atsume Mini Backpack
A lot of anime fans prefer to use mini backpacks over purses or handbags, and for good reason. They’re not just practical – they’re also adorable! This Neko Atsume backpack is perfect for kawaii fans or anime lovers.
Boys in Anime are Better T-Shirt
Well, they just are ok? Not much else to say here.
Cosplay Inspired Clothes
This is just one example, but you can pretty much find hoodies and shirts based off any popular anime. They bring together cosplay (usually it matches how the characters dress) and practicality.
OK so it’s not quite anime, but anime lovers will still love this manga cookbook. With it they’ll be able to make some of the popular dishes seen in their favourite Japanese shows.
Attack on Titan Anime Board Game
They make so many different anime themed board games so you’ll have to figure out what they’re into before shopping. If I had to give a suggestion, though, most anime lovers like Attack on Titan so this unique wargame is a good bet.
My Name Necklace
This necklace gets customized to say the recipient’s name in Japanese. How cute! It would be a great, unique gift idea for an anime lover, Japanese culture fan, or otaku.
Certified Senpai Mug
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.
Notice Me Senpai Shark Sticker
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.
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.
Superfight Anime Card Game
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.
Goju Enamel Pins
Enamel pins are super popular amongst anime fans! These cute ones features a bunch of cute variations of Gojo Satoru from Jujutsu Kaisen. Grab them your fav or the whole set!
Hatsune Miku Funko Pop Figure
Japan’s favourite vocaloid has her very own Funko figure and she’s as cute as ever.
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!
I Just Want to Watch Anime Notebook
Brutally honest, this notebook announces to the world that the owner just wants to watch anime and ignore all their adult problems. Me too.
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.
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. This listing is for the file so you can make your own shirt on a cricut.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
No really, that’s what the hat says.
Vintage Style Astro Boy Shirt
Astro Boy pioneered anime so it makes sense for anime lovers to want to pay homage to this classic character. Love the retro vibes going on here.
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.
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. Great for conventions or making videos to stay anon!
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! Seriously, although this gift ideas for anime lovers are going to be hit almost as big as Naruto, spending time with their hobby is the best gift of all.