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Polygon’s 2019 holiday gift guide

Our favorite toys, books, games and hardware of the year

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Unlike Santa, most people don’t have time to make a list and check it twice when the holiday season rolls around. Shopping for Christmas and Hanukkah gifts can be daunting, especially since the rest of us don’t have a staff of elves at our disposal. Whether you’re overwhelmed at the positive avalanche of holiday marketing or you just don’t even know where to start, we’ve got you covered.

All year, we here at Polygon keep up with the latest tech and collectibles, from the long-awaited Sega Genesis Mini to Pokémon plushes with Ditto’s creepy, blank face. We consider ourselves experts on what’s worth buying, and we’ve rounded up some of our favorite gift-able products that were released this year, as well as some old favorites. You’ll find something here for everyone on your nice list. For the rest: coal.

Listed prices reflect MSRP, though several of the recommended gifts are or will be on sale throughout the holiday season.

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Pokémon Ditto As … plush, $14.99

Stare into those creepy, beady eyes as Ditto embodies Pikachu, Snorlax and more.

Anker Power Core 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition, $89.99

This officially licensed portable Switch charger adds up to an additional 15 hours of playtime — perfect for long travel days.

Sega Genesis Mini, $79.99

According to Polygon's Sega Genesis Mini review, it's a "best-in-class retro console with excellent games, excellent emulation, original controllers, and a price tag that seems fair."

Game of Thrones: A Guide to Westeros and Beyond, $50

Go deep on Game of Thrones lore with this gorgeous compendium, complete with infographics, maps, and family trees.

Ring Fit Adventure, $79.99

The spiritual successor to Wii Fit, Nintendo's Ring Fit Adventure brings a fun RPG game to your workout routine.

Nintendo Switch Lite, $199.99

Nintendo's smaller, lighter Switch console is the best handheld gaming device on the market right now, even if data transfer is kind of a pain.

Astro C40 TR controller, $199.99

Astro's high-end PS4 controller is the only one we've tried that beats Sony's DualShock 4.

Batman Beyond: The Complete Series, $79.99

One of the best animated shows of the millennium got a remastered deluxe Blu-ray box set this year, complete with exclusive collectibles and new featurettes.

The Blockbuster Party Game, $19.99

Get ready for a nostalgia bomb with this Blockbuster-themed movie trivia game.

Adidas Star Wars sneakers, starting at $48

Star Wars fans of all ages can gear up with sneakers from the new Adidas collection.

Dungeons & Dragons Essentials Kit, $24.99

The new D&D Essentials Kit is the best introduction to modern Dungeons & Dragons on the market right now.

Oculus Quest, starting at $399

"Virtual reality's next big leap forward" untethers the headset from a PC, meaning you can use this hardware basically anywhere.

Nintendo Labo VR Kit, $79.99

Forgo expensive VR hardware in favor of innovative cardboard with Nintendo's Labo VR kit.

Piranha Plant hand puppet, $22.99

Just the cutest carnivorous plant around.

Roku Premiere Plus, $49

Our sister site, The Verge, calls Roku's 4K HDR-ready Premiere Plus "the best streaming device for most."

Overwatch: The Official Cookbook, $35

Chelsea Monroe-Cassel imagines what your favorite characters like to eat between matches in this official Overwatch cookbook.

The ABCs of D&D, $14.99

This adorable picture book from D&D publisher Wizards of the Coast introduces children to the fundamentals of both the English language and the fantasy role-playing game.

SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless headset, $99.99

SteelSeries' Arctis 1 Wireless is "the first truly wireless headset for Nintendo Switch."

Sn30 Pro+ Switch gamepad, $49.99

8Bitdo's latest wireless controller combines retro style with modern tech — and a real D-pad. $49.99

X-Men Barbies, $54.99 each

GameStop's San Diego Comic-Con 2019 exclusive X-Men Barbies are still available, either separately or as a bundle.

Death Star beach ball, $14.99

That's no moon — it's an inflatable Death Star beach ball that lights up.

NES cartridge cutting board, starting at $50

Custom engraving is available on this cutting board shaped like an NES cartridge.

Blue Yeti Nano USB microphone, $99.99

A smaller version of Blue's popular Yeti microphone makes a very generous stocking stuffer.

Bulbasaur planters, $13.66

This minimalist Bulbasaur planter is super cute on its own, or it can be painted for a more ~authentic~ look.

Snurk bedding, starting at $119

Snurk's fun duvet cover sets turn kids into superheroes (or pirates, or robots, or unicorns) while they sleep.

500 Years Later: An Oral History of Final Fantasy VII, ~$40

Polygon's Final Fantasy 7 retrospective feature gets a gorgeous, expanded print edition via publisher Read-Only Memory.

PowerA Switch Joy-Con & Pro Controller Charging Dock, $29.99

Charge the Switch's Pro Controller and both Joy-Cons with one handy, compact dock.

Switched on Pop, $24.95

The hosts of Switched on Pop (a Vox Media podcast) wrote this book breaking down how and why pop music works.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time arcade cabinet, $399.99

Arcade1Up makes these popular 3/4 size arcade cabinets — the newest model features the classic arcade beat 'em up, Turtles in Time.

Razer Kraken Pink Kitty headset, $149.99

Anything from the Razer Quartz line of pink PC accessories would make a great gift, but this headset with kitty ears is a Twitch and Instagram favorite.

Dissected SpongeBob vinyl figure, $155

The Alamo Drafthouse-owned Mondo is known for quirky collectibles, like this exclusive and creepy SpongeBob vinyl figure.

Lego Star Wars Anniversary Sets, starting at $19.99

Lego and Star Wars celebrated their 20th anniversary this year, rereleasing special editions of popular sets from the last two decades.

Echo Show 8, $129.99

Amazon now makes its Echo Show smarthome video device in three sizes— the newest model sits in the middle of the lineup with an 8-inch screen.

Secretlab gaming chair, $359

Secretlab makes comfy, supportive gaming chairs that don't scream "GAM3R" too loudly.

Fortnite Nerf Blasters and Super Soakers, starting at $9.99

It's Fortnite IRL. What more do you want?

For Your Consideration: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Keanu Reeves, $14.99 each

These books of illustrated essays about two of pop culture's favorite boys are the first in a new series from Quirk Books.

Celeste Original Soundtrack double vinyl, $35

Celeste, one of the best games of 2018 with a gorgeous soundtrack to match, got a vinyl release this year.

The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited, $19.99

Fantasy meets Agatha Christie in the second graphic novel adaptation of the McElroys' The Adventure Zone: Balance arc.

The Ultimate RPG Gameplay Guide, $14.99

There are plenty of D&D-specific books out there, but this new guide provides helpful advice for any TTRPG you happen to enjoy.