Winter is Coming: The Best Gifts for Game of Thrones Fanatics

By Tom Pritchard on at

Yes I know it's May, but Winter is still coming. Winter is always coming. As Maester Aemon said, the Starks are always right eventually.

It is that time of year again, with Game of Thrones gracing TV screens every Monday and giving people a good dose of dragons, violence, and unnecessary nudity.

Season 1-5 Box Set, £60/£75

Season 6 may not be over yet, but there's no harm in going back to the past five years of Game of Thrones and just see how far everyone has come. Remember when Sean 'The Walking Spoiler' Bean was in it? Think about how far all the characters have been since, and how many have died in the interim. Good times. [Buy it on DVD | Buy it on Blu-ray]

Telltale's A Game of Thrones, from £16.15

Telltale has their hands on pretty much every major franchise these days, including Game of Thrones. This game follows the same sort of formula as the likes of The Walking Dead and Tales from the Borderlands, following House Forrester (sworn to House Stark) as the family gets caught up in the War of the Five Kings. It features the voicework of the show's cast too, so it's not some rubbish tie-in.

If that's not for you, you can also check out the other Game of Thrones game that was released in 2012. It's nowhere near as good, and has very little in common with the books or TV show, but it's still Westeros. [Buy it here]

A Song of Ice and Fire Collection, £30/£43

Go back to where it all began with George RR Martin's still-unfinished (grr) magnum opus. Game of Thrones misses an awful lot of content out of the later books, so it's not like you're just going to be reading what you've seen on screen. This collection has all five books (split into seven volumes) in one handy set, so when you finish one you can move straight onto the next. [Buy it here]

The World of Ice and Fire, £21

We've been waiting five years since George RR Martin released a Dance With Dragons, and to tide you over until he finishes of The Winds of Winter he released The World of Ice and Fire. Inside is an in-depth look at some of the unseen parts of the Westerosian universe, with a comprehensive history of the seven kingdoms, full family trees of the major houses, and plenty of lovely art. [Buy it here]

The Lands of Ice and Fire, £40

Game of Thrones takes place over a massive geographical area, and it can be difficult to keep up with who has been where and what's what. The Lands of Ice and Fire is a collection of enormous maps that shows you various different aspects of the world, including who has travelled where, detailed maps of major locations, a full map of the known world, and more. They would all look great on the walls of any fan. [Buy it here]

Iron Throne Replica, £46

The Iron Throne is the most coveted seat in Westeros, so why not get one of your own? Sadly those life-size replicas have been discontinued, not that anyone could afford to spend $10,000 on one anyway. This will have to do, until we can all afford in industrial-sized 3D printers that can print out whatever the hell we feel like. You can't sit on it, but it will look great on your shelf. [Buy it here]

A Game of Thrones Graphic Novel Collection, £22.50

Can't be dealing with words, but what the full Game of Thrones literary experience? Comics to the rescue! This four volume collection adapts the very first book of A Song of Ice and Fire into comic form for you to enjoy. [Buy it here]

The Art of George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire Vol 1 & 2, £20 | £21

Game of Thrones is great, but it's not quite the visualisation George RR Martin has when writing his books. Take the Iron Throne, for instance, which was much larger and menacing in the mind of the creator. These two art books showcase many different parts of the universe, and show something more akin to the world of the books. [Buy Vol 1 here | Buy Vol 2 here]

Crusader Kings II + Mod, £25

There are two official Game of Thrones video games out there, but the best one comes in the form of a modded version of Crusader Kings II. Thanks to the tireless efforts of modders, Paradox's medieval strategy game ditches the historical accuracy in favour of the many houses and factions of Westeros and Essos - in truly epic detail. You'd never guess that it wasn't an official title. It should be. Kotaku UK has the full low-down. [Buy the game here | Download the mod here]

Humorous T-Shirt, £10

It's not a house sigil, but this fake quote from George RR Martin is sure to pull at the heartstrings of anyone who ever got invested in any of the characters. [Buy it here]

Major Houses Canvas Art, £30

Like all the major houses in Game of Thrones, but can't pick just one? Get them all in one canvas print, showcasing each houses sigils, words, and an artist's interpretation of their castles. A fine purchase to spruce up your walls. [Buy it here]

Dragon Egg Replicas, £175

The dragon eggs were incredibly important in both the books and the TV show, and it helps that they look pretty damn great. Why not own a set of your own? These are full-size versions, and they come in the wood and leather chest. What fan could turn these down? [Buy it here]