Whether you’re an avid anime fan or not, buying a gift for an anime fan can be a pretty tall order! Ever since the 1980s, anime culture has begun to skyrocket in popularity. It’s not like the old days. Classics like Akira have worked their way into Otaku subcultures and series like Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z helped to normalize anime back in the 80s and 90s. Now, it’s actually mainstream and the sheer variety of anime genres is quite mind-blowing. That makes it even more difficult to find the perfect gift for the anime fan in your life. With so many different styles of anime and so many different kinds of cool apparel and collectibles in the market, you’re going to need a good co-pilot in determining what sort of anime gift that you want to get. That’s precisely why we’re here! We’ve done the research and watched countless hours of Naruto. We’ve watched every episode of My Hero Academia. We even have our own very complex theories about Attack on Titan. And now, we’re going use our expertise to help you find the best anime gifts on this side of the Hidden Leaf Village!
Anime Gift Ideas
Shirts, action figures, collectibles, accessories—there are just so many different gift ideas! Where do you even begin? Well, that all really depends on what kind of anime fan you’re buying for. The first, and most important, step in your journey to finding the best anime gift should be to find out what kind of anime fan you’re buying for. Do they like shonen style anime along the lines of Naruto, Yu Yu Hakusho, or Bleach? Do they randomly hum the Sailor Moon theme song when you’re hanging out with them? Perhaps you’ve heard them mention Hayao Miyazaki. Maybe they like the classic stuff, like the old school days of Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball series! Make sure to find out what they like, because that knowledge will help you narrow down your theme.
Once you’ve done that, it’s time to pick a style of gift, which we have plenty of! Just check out some of our favorites below. Our gifts for anime fans can be sorted into a handful of categories, like toys, collectibles, apparel, and cosplay inspired items. So, let the anime journey begin!
Of course we were going to begin with anime toys! These days, toys aren’t just for kids. Long gone are the days of the tiny action figures with 3 points of articulation and barely recognizable molds—you know, the kind that instantly breaks, forcing mom or dad to go out to buy a new one. Now, we have some seriously detailed figures that are fully poseable. Yes, these figures aren’t your grandpa’s figures and they’re the kind of thing that any collector would love to have on their shelf! We carry some stellar Bandai Arts figures, like this Bulma S.H. Figurarts action figure that’s ready to become the centerpiece of your Dragon Ball collection. We also carry some Goku Dragon Ball Z figures to round out the look. Our selection isn’t just limited that action figures though. We carry some plushies, like this Sailor Moon Mars one, which is a great gift for anyone who grew up watching the series.
It’s no mystery that anime fans are often collectors. After all, few fans are as passionate as anime fans… just ask a fan which is better, Dragon Ball Z or the original Dragon Ball series. Or ask them which Sailor Senshi is the coolest. Chances are, they’ll give you a well thought-out response with specific references and a grocery list of character quotes. The good news is that most collectibles will always be a great gift as a result! Funko Pop figures, like this Naruto Uzumaki one or this glowing Goku one, are great options and we carry styles based on many of the other popular series as well. Of course, a highly detailed collectible is also a welcome addition to any anime fan’s collection, so something like this Moon Crystal Power Sailor Moon figure might be a nice surprise for any fan. Can you imagine the joy on their face as they proudly place Usagi (or Serena for you original English dub watchers) on their shelf above their computer desk? We can!
Anime Gifts for Him
Guys can be hard to buy for. When it comes time for their birthday or Christmas, they’re not always great about dropping clues for good gift ideas. Sometimes you can’t even pry it out of them with a full on interrogation! Don’t worry, because we’re here to help. Let us give you a few suggestions to buy for that difficult anime dude in your life. Of course, classic collectibles can always be good, like this Frieza Pop vinyl, so if you’re feeling a little stuck, that’s a great fall back anime gift idea. If you’re buying for one of those fun-loving, happy-go-lucky types, then a pair of Goku sunglasses. We also have some cute plushies of the toughest anime character, even Piccolo. Those can help any tough guy show their softer side! Finally, if you want to get him something functional, try one of our DBZ drinkware sets. They’re a cool way for him to show off his love of DBZ the next time his friends come over!
Anime Gifts for Her
Girls love anime too and we have tons of options to help you shop for the female anime fan in your life. We’ll start with some cool Sailor Moon stuff, since watching Sailor Moon was basically a rite of passage for every middle-school girl! Nothing looks better on a girl’s bed than this Sailor Moon Luna throw pillow and this Sailor Moon Artemis stuffed toy. This matching Luna cross-body bag is a great way to keep all of her cash and credit together! Perhaps Studio Ghibli is more her speed? Well, then this Jiji prim plush from Kiki’s Delivery Service might something to consider.
There’s one thing that everyone needs in their life, whether they’re an anime fan or not! It’s apparel. We all have to wear shirts, hats, backpack, and other various accessories, so you might as well wear something with a bit of anime flair to it! That’s why this anime apparel makes for great gifts for anime lovers. But where do you start? Do you pick up a cool hoodie for your friend? Do you get a simple t-shirt? How about some cool accessories? Well, don’t worry! We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite pieces of anime wear that’s sure to get you some major brownie points when you give them as gifts.
First up is anime t-shirts. T-shirts are an obvious choice since everyone wears the simple t-shirt. They’re a great gift for just about anyone and we even have styles based on all of the hit anime series! If you have a Duel Master on your hands, then it might be a good idea to get them this Yu-Gi-Oh! shirt. For all of the girls out there who are fighting evil by moonlight and finding love by daylight, this Sailor Moon blue shirt for women is an obvious choice. And, as always, our Dragon Ball Z selection is on point! Just take a look at this Super Saiyan shirt for guys!
Back when we were just a little whippersnapper, you had to wear a plain backpack to school and you liked it. Nowadays backpacks are a great way for anyone to express themselves! So, of course, anime fans have some really vibrant options to choose from. We have plenty, including this All Might themed backpack from My Hero Academia. We also carry something on the cuter side for anime fans that don’t want to look like a daring superhero because of their backpack choice. This Bananya Tile Cat backpack is a cute look based on your favorite anime critter, the kitty cat!
Wallets are another subtle way for avid anime fans to express themselves. It’s always a great feeling when you pull out your trusty Krillin wallet from Dragon Ball Z and the cashier gets a glowing look on their face and starts complimenting you on your choice of anime. That means that a good anime wallet is a great gift for any anime fan. We carry tons of styles for fans, including ones based on My Hero Academia, Sailor Moon, and One-Punch Man. We also carry styles for both men and women, so you can find the one that’s right for the anime fan in your life.
Now we can get to the REALLY good stuff. Not everyone is into cosplay, but for the anime fans that are, nothing can beat a realistic anime costume. Now, before you even entertain the idea of getting an anime costume for your anime fan, make sure to do a little preliminary research. Has your anime fan cosplayed before? Have they mentioned wanting to look like their favorite character from the series? Do they already sort of look like Sailor Moon? If you can answer yes to any of those questions, then you may want to consider getting one of these anime character costumes for your fan. You can even head out to cosplay convention in your new anime-style threads!
Anime Costumes for Adults
Some people think that costumes are just for kids, but if cosplay has proven anything, it’s that adults love dressing up just as much as the young ones. So, how do you go about buying an adult anime costume? Well, it all begins by choosing their favorite anime! If it’s Sailor Moon, then there’s nothing better than a Sailor Moon costume. Of course, your friend may just want a partner to go cosplaying with, so you’d better be ready to put on a costume yourself, which means dressing up in one of our other Sailor Moon costumes or wearing this Tuxedo Mask outfit, which is one of our great anime costumes for men.
Anime Costumes for Couples
The couple that cosplays together stays together! That’s how that saying goes, right? Okay, so maybe that’s not exactly how it goes, but perhaps you want to do something special for your certain special someone. If that’s the case, then you can always create a special date in a couples anime cosplay costumes. We have plenty of options, but one of our favorites is Dragon Ball Z. You can head out as Bulma and Vegeta, the fiery couple from the anime series, or you can go against Akira Toriyama’s canon and create your own couple of Bulma and Goku with these costumes. If you were anything like us watching the original Dragon Ball, that’s the ship you wanted to happen anyways! Just don’t tell Chi-Chi about it.
Anime Costumes for Kids
Kids love costumes. That’s no secret, especially if you head outside on the joyous day of Halloween! And there’s been a huge increase in Halloween anime costumes as well. It seems like children are discovering the anime too! Of course, if you’re an anime fan yourself, then you may be to blame for your child’s newfound obsession for Goku. That makes getting them a costume gift much easier though. You can outfit your young Super Saiyan in training with this Dragon Ball Z Trunks costume and watch him save the future from the evil Cell! Or you can dress up your girl into the genius inventor, Bulma, using this licensed costume. There’s no telling what sort of world-saving tech that your little girl will cook up while dressed as her favorite anime character.
Toddler Anime Costumes
So, what do you get a toddler with tons of energy to spare? How about one of our anime Halloween costumes to help them convert that energy into a force to protect the world! Well, it’s never too early to start your child’s training in the martial arts. You can be their Master Roshi and they can wear one of our toddler Goku costumes! We carry a style based on the original Dragon Ball series as well as a version that’s based on his iconic appearance from the Dragon Ball Z series. It’s up to you to show your little one techniques like the Kaio-ken, the Kamehameha Wave, and all of the other Super Saiyan moves that your toddler will need to save the world!