10 Awesome Gift Ideas to Amaze Your Anime Geek Friends!

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  • Christmas is on the way and with gift-giving a common practice in many cultures including Japan, you might want to jump into the hype and get a chance to enjoy all the discounts and special promos available in a lot of different countries worldwide.

    To some, this is just as easy as randomly picking anything that comes to mind. But if you’ve got someone on your list of recipients who’s a certified anime geek, who literally LOVES anything anime-related, then giving them something that would appease their no.1 interest is a brilliant idea.

    But wait a minute! What if you don’t know anything about their favorite shows? Will a huge, Doraemon stuffed toy do?

    Of course it will. But you can be more creative than that. And yes, while Doraemon’s popular, you have a whole lot more options to explore! So go out, dive into the best popular stores both onsite and online, and check out some of the unique, sometimes bizarre stuff you can wrap up and give as gifts to your friends!

    Here are 10 top recommendations straight from an otaku’s haven!

    1. Canned Bread

    Easy to carry, edible and affordable – few of the common reasons why a number of people love to have it stuffed in their backpacks. Of course, we are not just talking about any kind of bread commodities here. We mean those that are packed in cans with ANIME PRINTS! Yes you read that right.

    Rather than boxes and packets, several bread producers like the Pan Akimoto added a twist to this canned bread by printing anime designs on its packaging. If you want to draw out that smile from your friend, then this simple treat can be a perfect choice.

    2. Figurines

    This is one of those general types of gifts that you can see around common otaku shops. It’s also the easiest to choose as they usually come in packages. Given that you have an idea of your friend’s favorite anime show, you may just ask assistance from the sales personnel to show you their best collections.

    Anime figures are perfect for people who fancy collecting stuff for display and interior design.

    3. Japanese language Learning Resources

    Ever had that experience with a friend when he or she suddenly mutters some Japanese words you don’t understand at all? It’s natural. Many, if not all, of those who watch anime have come to love the language as well. And if you’ve got a friend who is so intent on learning how to speak Japanese, then you might as well help them out by giving them some resources.

    This could come in books, audio lessons that they can listen to, and even some video games about forming accurate Japanese phrases and sentences.

    4. Anime-themed Character Beds

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    Oh how great it would be like to lie down in the bed of anime!

    All otakus share the fancy and there’s a good chance that your friend may as well. So if you don’t mind the expense and would just want to treat your pal to something real cool and anime-like, then giving them a full bed, with custom anime prints is just epic.

    5. Anime-inspired footwear

    There are generally two kinds of anime geeks. First are those who don’t mind flaunting their fascination to the craft and are very much proud of wearing stuff that screams “ANIME LOVER right here.” Second are those who prefer having all of their things stuffed inside their homes, displaying them in various areas in all their glory for every visitor to see.

    If your recipient is among the former, then giving them some custom-made footwear with anime style such as sneakers with the red cloud of Akatsuki (from Naruto) design is very welcome. If you’re on a budget, then there are now more affordable slippers and sandals with quality print out for your choosing.

    6. Manga-inspired flash drives

    It’s so hard to imagine how exactly we can keep tab of all the things we are working on our computers without securing them on a separate drive. Enter those manga/anime – inspired flash drives, and you just gave your friend a practical gift he or she can use every day.

    7. Anime branded hair wax

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    Believe it or not, this product exists. More specifically, we’ve got this Dragon Ball Z Hair Wax sold by the cosmetic brand, Creer Beaute owned by Bandai. For friends who loves cosplaying, this accessory will undoubtedly help them achieve that immaculate, spiky hair that no amount of wind can knock out!

    8. Full cosplay attire

    Speaking of friends who fancy dressing themselves up just like their favorite or chosen anime characters, other than the hair wax as the accessory, you might as well consider giving them a full outfit of a character.

    Of course this will cost more, granted that you’ll need to spend not just for the basic clothing but also for the footwear, headresses, weapons and all. Costly, but generally worth it. Just remember to consider the size of the outfit you want to buy. Ideally, they should feel comfortable when worn by your friend.

    9. Accessories

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    There are a variety of these goods out there so it shouldn’t be that difficult for you to find some. You can have those popular Sailormoon-inspired necklaces for female friends, or those Attack on Titan bracelets for the males. Other best selling selections include hair bands, caps, earrings and even artificial nail designs.

    10. Casual shirts with anime prints

    Giving them some collectibles is one thing, choosing the more practical stuff is another. And if you are looking for practical goods, going for shirts with anime print outs is an easy pick. Plus, you have ample of options for customizing the prints you would like to have. You can even have your friend’s name printed on them.

    Anime spans across different genres and it will help if you know the specific one your friend likes. In giving gifts, what matters more is the interest of the person rather than the pricing.

    You don’t have to spend so much. If you know where to look and are conscious of your exact budget range, then you can start looking for some of the best selections out there. So finalize your list and start looking for potential gifts before the best ones get sold out!

    For wider selection of anime goods, feel free to visit the following sites:

    Amazon
    Japanimation
    Rakuten Global Market

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