A Holiday Gift Guide For Kids Who Love Pokemon

Ok, so when you first heard of Poké Ball, you thought it was a new spin on that bowl of raw fish you consumed on your last trip to Hawaii. But now you’re well versed in the universe of collectors, trainers, and oddball little critters that look more cute than battle-worthy. But buy yet another pack of Pokemon cards, you will not!

This holiday season rather than fight the Poké craze, go beyond trading cards to an evolved form of next-level manga madness. Here’s your gift guide for fanboys and girls who love anime:

A Funko Mini: Best of Anime Blind Box is a fun gift for when your kids hit the stockinged goodies. Each box contains one classic anime character from One Piece, Bleach, Dragonball Z, Naruto, or Death Note and since you won’t know what’s inside until the box is opened, your whole family will be in for a surprise.

Canson’s Fanboy Comic & Manga Trading Cards are perfect for kids who dream of creating their own legendary beasts. Each card is printed with non-reproducible blue ink to designate areas for drawing characters and recording their names and other info. An ideal gift for the budding manga artist, one pack contains 20 cards, with protective sleeves, to get them started.

Japan’s shonen sensation and most popular manga, One Piece, is a good way to get Pokémon fans reading and branching out. With a little something for everyone (comedy, drama, tears, laughter, magic, strong male and female characters) it’s a phenomenally funny pirate adventure you can’t put down. Comic fans will love the swashbuckling antics of Monkey and his crewmate Roronoa Zoro, master of the three-sword fighting style, as they sail the Seven Seas in search of treasure. And the fact that author Eiichiro Oda began his manga career at the age of 17 will be added inspiration.

If you’ve encountered cries of fury whenever your manga fan tries inking a character of their own, chances are it’s because they’re using a Sharpie! Yep, a smearing, seeping, bleeding Sharpie. Help your little artist get their creations out of their heads and onto paper. These Sakura Pigma Manga-Comic Pens will allow them to get super detailed in their work without any hideous streak lines ruining their hard work.

Ok, so you and I both know that your child isn’t one of those run-of-the-mill toy store Pokémon collectors. Nope, your child is an anime aesthete well versed in everything that has ever passed through Hayao Miyazaki’s hands. To elevate your gift giving ideas from Pokémon poserdom, pick up one of Cloud City 7’s Studio Ghibli Christmas Knits and let the whole world know just how die-hard your fankid is.

And since your kid is an OG super fan, they’re also going to need some of these retro, old-school Starter Pokémon Posters from Hey Rockin Robin to relive the glory days when the cards first hit the shelves and the battles began.

With a style as distinct as anime, your aspiring artist is going to need to get all the details down right. From schoolgirls to phenomenal villains and mythical beasts, The Master Guide to Drawing Anime will help kiddos perfect their characters. With detailed tips on proportions, emotions, and clothing styles, this book is a manga lover’s dream.

For a gift that keeps on giving (until you have to renew it), LootCrate’s Anime Subscription Box has you covered for the next twelve months. Each box contains 4-6 items from the most popular manga and anime series, taking the pressure off you to find the perfect gift.

Will you be giving the gift of geekdom this year? What’s on your holiday list?

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Kirsten Kawasaki
My little girl LOVES everything Pokemon. I'm definitely picking up those Fanboy cards. She's pretty creative so I can't wait to see what she comes up with.
Nikki M
Not the biggest anime fan (my kids adore it!) but those Sakura Pigma Micron pens are my JAM!!!