You’re stuck. We’ve all been there, wondering what to get others, or what will hold off our own boredom. Video games are great for that, but sometimes they’re not enough. So each year, we put together a guide to help point towards gift ideas related to games and entertainment — some of our favorite things we’ve spotted over the course of the year.
This time around, we focused on items you might not think of otherwise. So if you’re looking for specific games, check out our reviews archive. If you're looking for books, albums, clothing and other fun stuff, you’ve come to the right place.
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Black Panther returns with a whole new approach.
Kotaku's Jason Schreier put together a great collection of 10 stories highlighting the game development process.
Maybe not fun for all ages, but a lot of fun for those of a certain age.
Like comics but not sure what to commit to? Use this for a sampler.
Because everyone needs a stylish history lesson every now and then.
Make it clear which Xbox controller is yours, for better or worse.
One of our favorite toys returns on our list for another year.
As soon as Cuphead starts, the music smacks you in the head with its old-timey feel.
One of the year's strangest games gets one of the year's smoothest albums.
We're not going to pretend this is much more than fan service, but it's still pretty great.
In typical high-end high-price form, this figure looks great but costs a pretty penny.
OK, Funko characters are everywhere, but these stand out.
There aren't many big game magazines left, but GI does a great job taking a comprehensive look at what's coming out.
Get a little bit of everything — shirts, toys, comics and more — every month.
Winner of the 2017 Eisner Award for best publication for kids.
Putting a new spin on Nintendo's classic soundtrack to one of the best games ever made.
One of the year's best games gets a nice plush doll.
Looking for a silly game-themed book? Go no further.
A new spin on toys-to-life throws in everything you can think of: AR, VR, trading cards and characters as controllers.
Ignore the controversy of the same name and you'll find a nice boxed collection of goods every month.
Classic Mario is always a good look.
Mario may be a little out of proportion, but it's the idea that counts.
You're going to need something to wear before Metroid arrives on Switch.
This is an old item, with with Monster Hunter World coming up, it's a nice way to get back in the mood.
The classic strategy game returns in this reprint.
Bitmap Books put together a stunningly beautiful collection of Neo-Geo art, photography and interviews.
A beautiful, nostaligic trip back to the '80s, available on CD or vinyl.
If you like your game magazines independent, you can do a lot worse than this look at Nintendo's latest console.
The player-favorite board game returns for a follow-up.
Parappa artist Rodney Greenblat runs a store with all sorts of Parappa merch.
The documentary follow-up looks especially great running on Xbox One X.
Look like a real Sony employee!
Make it look like you went to camp without really going.
Most game soundtracks go high tech. For this one, Enhance Games put out a cassette tape.
They're gonna keep making licensed versions Monopoly, and this is one of the good ones.
Get the classic SOTC art in a super high-end print.
Get a nice print of Bethesda's iconic snowy scene.
One of our favorite fan pieces would look great on any wall.
Celebrate Sonic Mania being good with this art from Paperbeatsscissors.
Look back at one of Sega's best arcade games with this art print.
In 2017, you can buy an arcade machine at Cracker Barrel.
This expansion is as good a reason as any to jump back into Rebellion.
Not the first FF15 book, but from the look of things this seems like it'll be one of the best.
One of the most stylish games of the year gets one of the best art books.
Take a closer look at some of the nicest pixel art in recent memory.
A fun look at game localization, in book form.
Want cute Disney items straight from Japan?
Get back into Dungeons & Dragons with Tomb of Annihilation.
Locket, soundtrack, booklet, sheet music, etc.
Take a deeper look at one of the most popular graphic novels ever made.
If you told us 10 years ago that we'd ever see Windjammers merch, we would have laughed.
One of the prettiest game books in existence, this one serves as a companion with developer insight rather than as a guide.
One of Boss Fight's best books takes a deep look at one of the lesser-known Final Fantasy games in the U.S.
Cloak, backpack. Same thing?
This is what they call a high-risk, high-reward purchase.
Everything's more fun with a remote control.
The Collector's Edition comes in a special box with an art print.
It may not have seemed like product placement at the time ...
Because friends don't lie.
Pretend like you used to be good at Street Fighter.
This goes far beyond most art books; part even glows in the dark.
If you want a super high-end wheel for Gran Turismo Sport, get ready to pay for it.
Yes, you need Shadow of the Colossus carved into wood.
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