We love the month of December because it means it’s the Christmas season again. Even though our finances won’t be very happy after our shopping sprees and splurges, that’s a problem for next year. But while giving gifts can be a ton of fun, it can also be a bit head-scratching and requires a lot of thought and effort. Of course, reading this article is already considered research, so we’ll do our best to help you out of this conundrum. Here are five great gift ideas for manga fans.
5. Manga Subscription
You can never go wrong with a manga subscription gift to a manga fan. Actually, no - you can still mess this up. Before you snicker in delight thinking how much of a genius idea this is, you will have to first make sure that your recipient isn’t subscribed to these services yet. If you’ve determined that they’re eligible for this gift, then you’re in luck - you’ve just found yourself a cheap but worthwhile gift. These subscriptions usually cost less than 10 dollars a month, so it’s really affordable. And if you’re called a cheapskate, you can also pull the “It’s the thought that counts” card. Believe us, that will work. After all, no manga fan in their right mind will turn down a free manga subscription.
4. Manga Commission
Who will you be giving a gift to again? That’s right, a fan of manga. Instead of bringing manga to them, why not bring them into the world of manga? That way, they’ll be able to momentarily live their fantasies. You can do this by commissioning a full manga chapter. If your budget is a bit tight, it doesn’t have to be 21 pages; it can be just four panels. As long as you put your recipient in manga art and an arguably good scenario, then we don’t see this gift being a flop. The key here is to communicate with the artist how you want the piece to turn out. While you can use the link we’ve put here, do not be limited by it. Feel free to look for other artists who can deliver your desired result.
3. Manga Metal Poster
What’s cooler than a poster? A metal poster. Displate offers a bunch of glamorous manga designs that you can choose from, or there are also other themed designs if you think the manga ones look dumb. This particular design features Garou from One-Punch Man in a beautiful manga collage. You can also find a lot of other One Piece, Hunter x Hunter, Naruto, and other franchises in there, so feel free to browse to your heart’s content.
These posters also come with a nifty leaf and magnet for easy mounting. It doesn’t require hooks, so there will be no need to drill holes. Just peel the leaf, stick it to a wall, then hang the plate using the magnet.
2. Short Story Commission
While the manga commission idea is a good choice, it can honestly be a bit heavy on the budget. This is especially true if you have a long narrative in mind. A good alternative to this is commissioning a short story. These tend to be cheaper, while also focusing more on the narrative and setting. The key here is making sure you find a writer who is knowledgeable about whatever setting you’re thinking of. Try looking for a writer who’s accustomed to writing manga-themed pieces and make sure to ask for a portfolio or previous works. That way, you can be certain that you’ll be getting your money’s worth.
1. Manga Special Editions and Deluxe Editions
Just like the manga subscription, you can’t really go wrong with gifting a special edition of your recipient’s favorite manga. No matter how cliche it may sound, receiving this as a manga fan is truly special. This is because finding some special editions isn't necessarily easy, and even the relatively common ones can be on the expensive side. Another downside of this is that you will have to do a bit of research. Some things to keep in mind are what your recipient’s favorite manga is, what extras they will appreciate most, and how they usually enjoy their manga. After all, it would be a bummer seeing your expensive gift torn and tattered after a few days. But at the end of it all, that’s what makes this gift special.
Giving gifts can be really hard if you take it seriously. This is especially true if the one you’re giving a gift to has a very particular hobby. That being said, this shouldn’t be a hurdle to sour the holiday mood. Hopefully, this list has helped you think of a gift to give to your manga-loving friend, family, or special someone. If you think we’ve missed a pretty cool gift, please tell us in the comment section below.