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The best gifts for Mario fans

We have dozens of gift ideas for the Mario-obsessed fans in your life

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A photo composition of Mario-themed gifts laid over a blurred background of New Donk City from Super Mario Odyssey. Photo composition: Cameron Faulkner/Polygon | Source images: Various

Mario is perhaps the most iconic video game character, and he’s only in his late 30s. The times and technology have changed a lot since his debut in the mid-1980s, but the popular Brooklyn plumber is up to the same old shenanigans of sliding through pipes, jumping on heads, and racing karts — plus some new ones, like being an elephant in his latest gaming adventure, Super Mario Bros. Wonder.

Whether you’re a longtime fan familiar with Mario back from his early days on the NES or a newcomer, having fallen head over heels from 2023’s Super Mario Bros. Movie, you may be searching for the best Mario gifts around. And friend, we’ve got you covered there.

Below, we’ve included the best books, games, movies, toys, and more that celebrate all things Mario. The contents of this guide may change periodically as new, noteworthy products come to market.

Best Mario books

The Big Book of Super Mario: The Unofficial Guide to Super Mario and the Mushroom Kingdom

  • $14
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While this book is an unofficial guide, it’s still one to collect if you’re a Mario fan. This one is packed with trivia, tips, and context on Mario games, including recent ones, like Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury

The Art of Super Mario Odyssey

  • $28
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Ever wonder what went into conceptualizing and drawing Mario’s shape-shifting hat, Cappy, in Super Mario Odyssey? Here’s a book with all the wonderfully presented answers. Plus, it makes for a nice decoration on your bookshelf.

The Unofficial Super Mario Cookbook

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What’s more fun than cooking? Cooking quirky dishes inspired by Mario games. This book comes with all kinds of recipes, including, of course, how to make some of Mario’s power-up items.

Best Mario music

The Super Mario Bros. Movie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

  • $43

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If you want to enjoy Mario-themed masterpieces on repeat, like Jack Black’s “Peaches” song or the “Mario Brothers Rap,” this is the soundtrack for you. However, parents may want to buy earplugs as well so they don’t get overwhelmed by “Peaches” for the 100th time straight.

Best Mario toys

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit - Mario

  • $110

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This unique, albeit discontinued, toys-to-life version of Mario Kart is unlike anything on the market. It’s a Switch game that includes a camera-equipped Mario riding a go-kart, plus pieces that help you build a racetrack in your own home. For people who’ve always wanted custom courses in Mario Kart, Nintendo delivered an even more off-the-wall way to do that than anyone could have imagined.

Lego Super Mario Starter Course

  • $60

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This is the Lego Super Mario set you need if you want to add all of Lego and Nintendo’s exciting expansion sets at a later date. This set includes an interactive Mario figure, a Goomba figure, Bowser Jr., and a buildable course.

Best Mario accessories

Best Mario decor

Plant Stand Charging Station

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Now you can charge your Switch, safely mount your Joy-Cons, and decorate your home with this creatively designed accessory inspired by a Piranha Plant on Etsy. It can even output video to your TV, just like Nintendo’s official Switch dock.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie - Bowser’s World Key Art Wall Poster

  • $16

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Bowser and company look suitably ferocious (and a little silly) in this poster for the 2023 film. You can customize the frame to suit the vibe of the room you’re decorating. If you’d rather have this design on a T-shirt, GameStop has you covered there.

Mario and Luigi Peel-and-Stick Wall Decals

  • $11

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Design your own Mario level on your wall with these peel-and-stick wall decals. This kit includes Mario and Luigi and plenty of other necessary level assets, like coins, brick blocks, green shells, and more.

Best Mario games

Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. Edition

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Here’s a throwback. Nintendo brought back the ’80s relic — the Game & Watch portable console — with a Super Mario Bros. version that also includes Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels. This is an item for collectors, as well as those who are interested in Mario history.

Best Mario movies

Super Mario Bros. (1993) 4K Blu-ray Collector’s Edition

  • $100

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The “Trust the Fungus” edition of Super Mario Bros. arrives for the 1993 film’s 30th anniversary. It contains three discs, books, a film cell, posters, stickers, art cards, and more. This set will launch in January 2024.

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