The Best Pokémon Gifts: 2DS, Gym Badges, Life-Size Pikachu, and more

By Tom Pritchard on at

Did you know? Pokémon turns 20 this year. In fact, 27th February is the exact date Pokémon Red & Green were released in Japan. If Pokémon was a person, it'd be old enough to drive, vote, and maybe just about sneak into an American bar for a drink.

We all love Pokémon here at Giz, so to celebrate it's upcoming landmark birthday we're sharing some of of the best Pokémon gifts

Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby, from £30

The latest Pokémon games to hit shop shelves arrived at the tail end of 2014 in the form of a Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire remake. Set in the watery region of Hoenn, you have to do the typical thing of beating gyms, catching critters, and beating the Pokémon League. You also have to put an end to the nefarious plans of Team Aqua/Magma (which one depends on the version you're playing), and stop them from ending the world as we know it. [Buy it here]

20th Anniversay 2DS, £TBA

Set to be released on Saturday (and not one second sooner) are these classic-themed Pokémon 2DS handhelds. You can't buy, or even pre-order them yet, but you don't exactly have long to wait before you hand over your cash. Not only do they come in a transparent red, blue, and yellow plastic, each one also comes with its corresponding version of the original Pokémon game installed. Plus, unlike some 3DSes, this actually comes with a charger. [Buy it here]

Pokémon Mega Essential Handbook, £6

Right now there are over 700 hundred Pokémon. Seven Hundred. That's quite a leap from the original 151, and that makes it difficult to keep up. This book is the first step to keeping track of things, over 368 pages. It's like your very own Pokédex. [Buy it here]

amiibo, £ various

Nintendo's own version of video game-compatible toys have proven immensely popular, and there are plenty of mini Pokémon statuettes to buy. They include Pikachu, Charizard, Mewtwo, Jiggleypuff, Lucario, and Greninja.

Stuffed Pikachu, £18.03

Most Pokémon fans will love the franchise's mascot, the yellow electric mouse that is Pikachu. This one is fairly close to life-size, so it should go down well with fans of all ages. It has no special features, but it does look oh-so fluffy. You could also get this smaller Pikachu wearing a Charizard hoody for £9. [Buy it here]

Gym Badges, £11

It doesn't matter how many times you beat the Pokémon League, those badges will never be more than a selection of ones and zeroes on a game cartridge. Make a change there, and buy a set of these 8 badges for yourself. How else will you show the world your prowess as a Pokémon trainer? [Buy it here]

Ash's Hat, £6

Ash Ketchum's attire has changed over the years, but nothing quite beats the original Pokémon League hat from the original series. Thankfully you can buy one of your very own to wear wherever and whenever you like. [Buy it here]

Pokéball Mug, £8

Everybody needs to enjoy a drink, cold or hot, and for the budding Pokémon fan there's this mug with a Pokéball decal. Sadly it can't store any fighting animals with special powers, but it can hold something delicious like soup or tea. [Buy it here]

Pokédex Phone Case, £ various

The Pokédex may not be real, but smartphones are much better - especially when you have many a web database of pocket monsters available. Phones are boring, though, so make yours look like a real-life Pokédex. You can get yourself one for the iPhone 5, 6, Xperia Z3+, Nexus 6P, Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge, and more.

Pikachu Onesie, from £16

It's pretty damn cold right now, and you need to keep warm. You might as well do it in style, with this Pikachu-styled onesie. It's got a hood, a tail, and everything. [Buy it here]

Pokémon Monopoly, £30

If it exists, there is a Monopoly game based on it. Pokémon is no exception. All four starters (plus others) are available as game tokens, all eight original gyms are there, and standard Monopoly rules apply. The only real change is that you buy Pokémarts and Pokémon Centres instead of houses and hotels. [Buy it here]

Netflix/Amazon Prime Subscription, £6/£7 a month

After having been on TV for countless years, with hundreds of episodes, there is a lot of Pokémon to catch up on. Sadly it's not all on one streaming service, so if you want to watch it all you'll need a subscription to Netflix and Amazon Prime. Netflix will set you back £6 a month, while Amazon will set you back £7 a month (or £79 for 12 months full Prime membership). [Netflix | Amazon Prime]