With the holiday season upon us, I wanted to create a list of gifts that would be great for anime fans and lovers, especially given that many of these sites are or will be running Black Friday deals. I've also went ahead and included all of the 2020 Black Friday sales that are applicable to this post, so you can get the best deals possible.
If you are looking for updated deals, we just recently did a post on all of the Black Friday 2021 manga and anime sales happening this month and beyond!
As an anime fan myself, who has a tendency to buy everything I want, I know how difficult it can be to find something new for the anime lover(s) in your life. With that said, hopefully this list will provide you with some new ideas and help you find the perfect gift. Check out some of the best gifts for anime lovers below!
Anime Blu-rays and Box Sets
I want to first mention the most obvious item on this list, which is blu-rays and blu-ray box sets of your loved one's favorite anime. With Black Friday around the corner, deals on these particular items are some of the best you can find with retailers like Right Stuf putting them on sale. There are a lot of special editions available for purchase or preorder, so even if the person you are buying a gift for has already seen an anime, it will be a whole new experience.
For instance, one of my favorite releases that's available for preorder now is the Akira Limited Edition 4K HDR/2K Blu-ray and for an in stock option, there's the 4K Collector's Edition of Weathering With You that just recently came out. These special editions in particular are some of the best gifts for anime lovers.
Keep in mind though that preorder dates and expected ship dates are always subject to change and if you want to have a physical gift to give someone by a certain date, some items may not reach you in time. With that said, always keep an eye out for expected ship dates.
If your loved one isn't into physical copies, there's always the option to gift them a Crunchyroll or Funimation membership. Both of these are anime streaming services that have extensive libraries and each have exclusive anime content of their own.
Manga of Their Favorite Anime
If you know that the person you are getting a gift for really enjoys an anime but has yet to check out the manga, you can look into getting them either select volumes or full box sets of the series. The anime doesn't always follow the manga 100% and they'll get to experience their favorite series in a whole new format. For instance, Tokyo Ghoul's manga and anime are quite different, so if you're loved one is a fan of the series and has yet to pick up the manga, I highly recommend it.
Keep an eye out for all the different options you have when it comes to buying manga. There are monster editions, box sets, individual volumes, collector's editions (typically hardcover instead of paperback), and more. For instance, Tokyo Ghoul has Monster Editions, which are exclusive to Barnes and Noble, individual volumes, and a complete box set. There is even a book that features artwork and behind-the-scenes notes, commentary and ruminations from Tokyo Ghoul creator Sui Ishida, so always keep an eye out for these special options as well.
My favorite place to shop manga from is Right Stuf. They always have great shipping and I've yet to have any issues receiving orders from them. They also tend to run the best deals and at the time of writing this post, they are running great Black Friday 2020 sales, including manga bundles that you can check out here!
Another option is to gift Viz's Shonen Jump App, which has a monthly fee of $1.99. As a member, your loved one would have access to the Shonen Jump digital vault of 10,000+ manga chapters from titles such as My Hero Academia, Boruto, Black Clover, and more.
Manga Black Friday 2020 Deals
- Right Stuf: Discounts on select manga and manga bundles on sale
- Books-A-Million: Buy 2 Get Third Free on graphic novels and manga
Art Prints from Kehasuk
Kehasuk (@kehasuk) is an artist I discovered at a con one year and his work never ceases to impress me. His art really celebrates anime to the fullest, and the prints he releases are always packed with detail and feature his own unique style. I'm personally fond of everything he creates, but his 'Universe' pieces in particular from anime like Naruto, Dragon Ball, and Hunter x Hunter really amaze me. Each time you look at these prints, you are reminded of your favorite scenes from your favorite anime, and viewing his art is sure to be a fun, nostalgic experience for any anime lover.
The prints come in many different sizes and you can choose for them to come signed or unsigned. It's also important to note that giclée prints/collector's editions are available for select prints on the site as well. The colors on all of the prints are beautiful and bold, but they really pop on the giclée prints. There are also pins available for purchase, which are great for gifts and stocking stuffers.
Kehasuk just recently announced that he will be dropping new releases, including a new giclée mini print of Naruto, along with free shipping during Black Friday Weekend only. According to Kehasuk's Instagram, four mini paintings will be releasing on the shop. It was also revealed that sticker packs will be shipping with qualified orders and they will also be offering gift packaging options for the holidays. Be sure to join the mailing list to stay up to date on new releases! You can shop Kehasuk's site here.
Kehasuk Black Friday 2020 Deals: Free domestic shipping on all orders and free sticker pack with orders $75+ during Black Friday Weekend only.
I've mentioned this before, but high quality anime clothing used to be hard to find, but with the arrival of companies like Atsuko and others like Primitive releasing collaborations this has changed. These two companies in particular are my two go-to's to shop from, because they are 100% licensed and have multiple licenses to shop from. I also tend to really enjoy their graphics more so than other companies and while they are both affordable, the quality of their clothes is amongst the best.
Primitive just recently dropped new collaborations with Dragon Ball Super and Naruto Shippuden and Atsuko just released new items from their Berserk collection, so they both have newer drops to shop from in addition to those they've previously released and still have in stock. Both of these options have apparel as well as accessories, such as hats available for purchase, so there are variety of different items at different price-points to shop from. Some of my personal favorites from each company include: Hunter x Hunter Hisoka Morow Blue Tee, Berserk Berserker Armor Black Tee, Naruto Sasuke Venomous Aura Blue Tee, Goku Versus Slides, Obito Hood, and Sailor Moon Crop Women's Coaches Jacket.
To read more on why I recommend Primitive and Atsuko, check out this post here!
Nike also recently did a sneaker collaboration with Gundam inspired by the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam in Destroy Mode!
Anime Clothing Black Friday 2020 Deals
- Atsuko: Up to 50% off excluding all new arrivals
- Primitive: Up to 50% off most styles
- BoxLunch: 40% off or more on select anime clothing and accessories
- Hot Topic: $12 anime tees, Buy One Get One $10 anime hoodies & sweaters, Buy Two Get One Free anime face masks, $15 anime pajama pants
With a variety of characters and series to shop from, anime figures are one of the best gifts to give an anime lover. Although for someone who isn't already immersed in collecting, shopping for anime figures can seem overwhelming. For a list of reputable retailers that sell anime figures, check out our guide to buying anime figures in the US. To see a description of the different figure types and what I recommend, check out this post here. With these guides, you can be confident in both the authenticity of the site and the figures you are purchasing.
For a short rundown of the figures I recommend, at the more affordable range, I am a huge fan of World Collectable Figures (WCF's), Banpresto Ichiban Kuji (Prize Figures), Banpresto Master Stars figures, and Nendoroids. At the higher-end, I recommend scale figures, like Kotobukiya ARTFX J figures and Megahouse G.E.M figures. For an example of the different figures you can get at every price-point, here are some of the best My Hero Academia figures you can buy!
There are all kinds of options from chibis to posable and non-posable figures as well as so many series and characters to shop from, so you'll have the most to choose from in this category.
Black Friday Anime Figure 2020 Deals
- Crunchyroll: 40% off sitewide sale on 11/26 at 9PM PST
- RightStuf: Discounts on select anime figures
- Premium Bandai: Discounts on select items and free shipping November 27-30
- Good Smile Company: Up to 50% off select figures
- BoxLunch: 40% off or more on select anime figures
- Hot Topic: Buy 2 Get One Free on select anime Funko Pops!
Displate Anime Posters
Displate makes metal posters with artwork from various artists on them and they have a large selection of anime posters to shop from. There are some really cool collections and a number of different art styles to browse, including minimalism and pop art. These posters are interesting not only because they are made of metal, but also because they hang flush with the wall thanks to their magnetic hanging system. They make for really unique gifts and look great on the wall.
Displate Black Friday 2020 Deals: As far as Black Fridays sales go, at the time of writing this post, Displate is running the following Black Friday sales: Buy 1-2 get 33% off, 3-4 get 37% off, 5+ get 41% off with code: BLACK.
There are a ton of options when it comes to gifts for anime fans, but these are a few of our favorites. We hope you find the perfect gift you are looking for and wish you and your family happy holidays!