Whether they’re little cousins, neighbors, younger friends, or even your own children, kids are always fun to buy presents for. But, if they like anime anywhere near as much as you do, a personalized pick from their favorite geeky adult will really make their Christmas special. After all, you’re the only older person they know who actually understands what they’re talking about!
Here at Honey’s Anime, we’ve compiled a list of 10 gift ideas for kids (ages about 5 to early teens) who can’t get enough anime and Japanese culture in their lives. They’re just recommendations to stimulate your brain, but if you’re interested in buying these specific gifts, most of them will ship before Christmas!
10. Kanto Blossoms Relaxed Crewneck T-shirt
- Price: $24.95
With the recent release of Let’s Go! Pikachu and Eevee for the Nintendo Switch, it’s the perfect time for kids to wear this fun and colorful t-shirt to show their Kanto pride. It’s made of 100% cotton, plus the breathable fit and tropical design will make it perfect for any winter trips to warmer climates!
The Pokémon Center website’s other youth t-shirts have cute designs that feature Mew, Popplio, Johto baby Pokémon, and the generation 3 twins Plusle and Minun. Official Pokémon merchandise is always high quality and lasts a long time, so we think that it’s worth the price.
9. Pikachu Holiday Extravaganza Plush
- Price: $19.99
Speaking of Pokémon merchandise, take a gander at this festive little guy! Pikachu is all decked out in a splendid Christmas-themed 3-piece suit and top hat, giving him a classy look that’s bursting with holiday cheer. Reviews on the site mention that he’s “a good friend... very soft and round” as well as being made of “some of the best quality material.”
For Pikachu designs that extend past the holidays, there are plenty more to choose from. Graduation Pikachu, Pikachu wearing other Pokémon-themed hoodies, Pikachu dressed as any member or leader of the evil teams from the games... if you can manage not to keel over from the onslaught of cuteness, you’ll find what you’re looking for.
8. Shoujo Manga Techniques: Drawing Basics
- Price: ~$15.00 new
If you’ve spent any time browsing the “how to draw manga” selection at any bookstore, you’ll find that the vast majority of the books on offer look horribly amateurish and hardly represent modern manga at all. However, you can find fun, high-quality instruction books if you seek out the ones that have been translated from Japanese.
This particular book, along with its sequel “Writing Stories”, is a fantastic primer for kids and adults alike who dream of publishing their own comic book one day. It’s formatted as a manga that follows a student and her teacher as they learn techniques together, making the lessons easy to follow along with and entertaining to boot. This year, give the aspiring manga artist in your life the gift of actually good drawing advice.
7. Pusheen Coloring Book
- Price: $10.25
Okay, so Pusheen isn’t really an anime, but its impact on the Western kawaii-loving population can’t be understated. This gumdrop-shaped kitty has its own line of plushies, clothing, home goods, school supplies, and just about anything else you can make cuter by decorating it with tiny gray cats in adorable outfits.
This coloring book continues the stripped-down design style of the Pusheen brand, making each page simple enough for even young children to color. It also features several hallmarks of modern adult coloring books, such as flowers and designs shaped like mandalas. The top review on Amazon states that the paper is of a nice quality and works best with colored pencils. Grab one for yourself as well and have fun coloring side-by-side with your kid!
6. Dragon Ball Super Bento Box
- Price: $22.08
Bento boxes are just so much cooler than anything we get in the West these days. They’re designed to hold rice-based lunches that have been lovingly prepared by parents or high school crushes, but we won’t judge you if you use this one as a fancy vehicle for a peanut butter sandwich. Either way, it still looks awesome.
This aluminum lunchbox is emblazoned with a dynamic design that features the heroes and villains of Dragon Ball Super, plus the shining gold Super Shenron in the center. It’s large enough to hold a child-sized lunch and contains two separate compartments for food. As a practical item that they can use every day (and show off to their friends), this is a great gift for kids who just can’t stop practicing kamehamehas in the backyard.
5. Kana de Manga
- Price: $9.99
There’s no sugarcoating it, Japanese is a very difficult language to learn. If you grew up speaking a language that uses the Latin alphabet (like English), just learning the basics of Japanese writing is a chore. But if you know a child who loves Japan’s culture enough to want to learn parts of the language, Kana de Manga is the best place to start.
Rather than feeling like a textbook, this small volume teaches each hiragana and katakana character through short manga panels that show how they’re used. It also teaches little bits of vocabulary and culture along the way, ensuring that the reader will take something away from the experience even if they don’t memorize kana perfectly. For kids with a love of learning and all things Japanese, this is a book that they’ll comb through for hours.
4. Japanese Candy
- Price: ~$1.00 - $10.00 per package
Why should kids in Japan get all the best snacks? The colorful packages with cute mascots and bubbly Japanese text are just too enticing to resist—not to mention the fun flavors like plum and melon that we never see over here. On this site, you can find always-popular classics like Pocky and Koala’s March cookies, as well as licensed candies from Hello Kitty and even Winnie the Pooh.
These treats make great stocking stuffers, but if you feel like continuing the candy goodness throughout the year, you can buy a monthly subscription box for about $18.00. Just don’t let the kids hog all the candy—you deserve some for yourself!
3. Totoro Plush Kid Backpack
- Price: $12.95
Studio Ghibli has produced some of the most beloved children’s movies of all time that are universally adored by anime fans and normal people alike. Luckily, they also sell high-quality merchandise in just about every form imaginable for those of us who want to show off our love for Ghibli, and this child-sized plush backpack is a useful and adorable accessory for any kid who insists on watching My Neighbor Totoro every night. Its two pockets will securely hold their school supplies and, since the bag is covered with soft fuzzy fabric, it’s super comfortable to wear!
- Price: $59.00
For children who love running around in pajamas and Halloween costumes, a kigurumi is the perfect gift that’s easy to play in and even easier to wash. These onesies are incredibly popular in Japan as loungewear for both adults and kids because of their extreme comfort and flexible sizing.
Kigurumis for kids come in a plethora of animal styles like owls, penguins, sheep (with special wooly fabric), and rabbits. For more eccentric little rascals, they have unicorns, dinosaurs, skeletons, and more. If you want to join in on the onesie wonderment, the site has even more styles available for adults.
1. Personalized Anime Portrait
- Price: $16.00 - $24.00 per character
What could be more special for an anime-loving kid than seeing themselves as an anime character? On Etsy, you can commission artists to use a photo of your lucky gift recipient as inspiration for a handmade anime-style portrait. With the drawing hanging in their bedroom, they’d get to see themselves every day as a badass hero, a sweet shoujo princess, or whatever they wish they could be to emulate their favorite anime characters. It’s personal, thoughtful, and is sure to get you brownie points for the future.
Kids are bound to love just about any present they get, but it’s especially exciting for them when an adult actually understands their interests and incorporates that into their gift. By using this guide as inspiration for your own shopping, you’re sure to find a gift that keeps your favorite anime-loving child smiling for years to come.
What did you think of our gift guide? Would you have wanted these anime gifts when you were a kid (or even now)? Let us know in the comments, and thanks so much for reading!
Christmas Day is quickly approaching this 2017 year and time is indeed running low to get gifts. While it’s tough for parents to get their teens gifts, it is even harder for them to find gifts for their younger kids. Add to that, if their child is now getting into anime, you can find yourself panicking as a parent. Don’t worry though, folks! Here at Honey’s Anime, we have some gift ideas for you out there if you’re aiming to give some cool anime stuff to those who are young.
This might surprise a lot of you out there, but there are a surprising number of items you can get for young kids who are getting into the anime world. We all teamed up, here at Honey’s Anime HQ, and thought of some good ideas for kid related gifts. We made sure to give some examples but kept things in general categories to help you not get too overwhelmed. Our aim is to help you parents and possibly brothers/sisters of a new anime fan to get gifts they will love this upcoming Christmas. That’s why we hope you all enjoy our Top 10 Anime Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids list and that it helps ease your shopping woes.
10. School Supplies
We here at Honey’s Anime could almost feel many of you are laughing that school supplies would be on our list of the Top 10 Anime Christmas Gift Ideas for kids. However, we aren’t joking, folks, as school supplies can be bought with anime inspired themes. There are backpacks with Pokémon logos and characters on them and even Digimon or Studio Ghibli bags. There are also tons of nice notebooks, but we advise maybe getting those and placing them in the bookbags as dual gifts. Trust us, folks, a nice new anime bookbag will make a kid feel pretty dang cool as they walk into school.
9. Anime Coloring Books
Maybe your child is already getting into the anime world and loves to draw their favorite characters from various anime such as Dragon Ball Super or Yokai Watch. Well then, we have a good gift idea for you folks, anime themed coloring books! Some coloring books even come with cool stickers and various scenes for your kid to color in. For some shows, it can be quite easy to find in some bigger shopping centers, but for more obscure titles you might need to search online. Though regardless of your choice, anime coloring books are a great gift that’s not only affordable—if you’re on a budget—but also practical. You never know it might inspire a young boy or girl into wanting to be a future mangaka.
8. Anime Subscription Services
Maybe your young kid is more internet prone as of late and has been wanting to watch anime online for a while. Good news for you then, there are several anime sites that offer subscription based services for your anime child. Funimation, VRV and Crunchyroll offer up tons of ways to watch anime not just on your PC but also on portable devices such as phones and tablets. What’s even better is that you can monitor what your child is watching and turn on various settings to ensure they don’t find more mature programs. These services each have different fees associated to them but they can be the gift that literally keeps coming for months at a time and trust us, kids will love that.
7. Anime Posters/Wall Scrolls
Almost any kid wants a super cool room regardless of their age. They want their little space to be a reflection of their current likes and what they enjoy. That’s why a great and simple gift idea for kids is anime posters/wall scrolls. Kids and teens alike can hang these awesome gifts and deck out their rooms to show off to their friends and even siblings. Plus, both posters and wall scrolls are easy to find online and in stores that sell anime merch for nearly any series you can think of. That’s why if you know a kid who might want to rearrange their room to show their love for all things shounen, you might want to get them a few posters and wall scrolls this holiday season.
6. Specialty Goods
Sometimes, it can be tough to find the right gift for a kid when it seems like they have almost everything in regards to anime related items. If that is the case, you might need to think a bit harder for a gift to place under the Christmas tree. In this scenario, we recommend checking out specialty shops online such as Etsy. Online shops like Etsy sell various items like necklaces and other knickknacks with designs from various anime series. It might take a bit longer for these items to be made though so anticipate this before making a purchase. Ultimately, these gifts, however, can be truly unique one of a kind designs and really will bring some joy to an anime fan in your life.
5. Action Figures
Even in the year 2017, action figures still exist. Though now, action figures have spread out to include not just cartoons but also, anime such as Naruto and Pokémon. With action figures, your young kids can pretend they are controlling the flow of an anime episode and trust us, we did the same as kids too way back when. However, be sure to keep an eye on what age range the anime figure is geared for as some do contain smaller parts which are a choking hazard. If your child is still too young, then maybe stick with our other mentions below.
4. Anime Video Games
In this technologically driven generation, video games are becoming bigger and bigger with each passing day. That’s why one of the best gifts for kids—in moderation mind you—are video games and if you want to score some bonus points, get anime related video games. Regardless, if your kid is 5 years or 12, there are numerous games that will be perfect for them and you won’t need to worry if they are too violent or too graphic. Just make sure to check the ESRB seal which is located on the back-left corner of the gaming box and the front bottom left as well. If the game says M that means it’s for mature audiences while T means for Teenagers and E for everyone. Just go to your local gaming retailer or read up online if you’re still worried the game might not be right for your kid or kids.
3. Anime Blu Rays and DVDs
As we mentioned just a bit earlier, with kids of all ages the TV can be seen as a great thing. While the weather outside might be indeed frightful this upcoming winter, your kids might want to stay warm and cozy in the home. That means you’re going to need to put on some good programing if you don’t want your kids flying around the house and dirtying everything you just cleaned a few moments ago. That’s why for Christmas gifts this year, why not get your children some anime movies and TV shows? Not only can you find most anime series geared for kids on Blu Rays and DVDs but most contain tons of episodes per disc meaning your kids will be glued to the screen for a little bit. Just make sure to check the ratings of the show to avoid getting them anything too mature for their age.
Now, you might be surprised by this one but there are actually clothes you can get for kids of nearly any age. Even if they are still rocking onesies, there is anime apparel to be found online and on legit sites. Places like Crunchyroll actually have an online store where apparel for kids can be found and that means you won’t even have to leave your home to get some good anime gifts. Though we do advise buying anime clothes early online as they do obviously take time to ship to houses and that could be a problem if you’re trying to get everything wrapped before Christmas morning. Buy anime apparel early and don’t hesitate!
For young kids, one of the best gifts you can give are safe things they will love to play with or hold. This can be quite daunting as not a lot of products offer this. However, one of the absolute best things to buy for kids of nearly every age is plushies. Not only are they soft and huggable but there are a ton of plushies geared for kids of all ages. Our recommendations here come in the form of Pokémon plushies and or Yokai Watch plushies. Plus, both of those anime options allow for multiple types of plushies to be chosen and that means the hardest thing you’ll have to worry about is which one your child will like.
Christmas is easily one of our favorite holidays of all time. Not only can you get some cool anime merchandise but you can also give younger folks things that will make them future anime fans. Then those kids will one day grow up and hopefully spread the anime love we all have to keep the cycle going. Since we’re on the topic of anime merch, what is some of the merchandise you loved to get or want this upcoming Christmas Day? Comment down below and here’s hoping you all have a wonderful and very merry Christmas!