Gotta Catch 'em All: The Best Gifts for Pokémon Fans

By Tom Pritchard on at

As you may already know, 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of Pokémon's original Japanese launch. So to celebrate that, and to commemorate the launch of Sun and Moon version at the end of the week, we thought we take a look at some of the best Pokémon-themed swag around.

Sun and Moon, £32 each

The new games are coming out this week, and to kick things off you should get your hands on them. Obviously there's Sun version and Moon version, both of which have slightly different monsters - but remain functionally the same. There is a difference this time, though, since Moon is 12 hours ahead of your 3DS's clock (Sun follows it exactly). Thanks to the game's day/night cycle, it'll mostly end up taking place at night. [Buy Sun here | Buy Moon here]

Evolutions Starter Decks, £15 each

With this year being the 20th anniversary of Pokémon, The Pokémon Company is going all out to ensure everyone knows it. Remember the first wave of Pokémon cards from way back when? They've been reprinted and adapted for the modern card game. Remember the shiny Charizard everyone wanted? Now there are two. No I'm not joking.

You can start off by buying one of the two starter decks (or both, if you prefer), and then enhance your cards with those lovely foil booster packs. [Buy Pikachu Deck here | Buy Mewtwo deck here]

Sun & Moon Themed 3DS XL, £180

A new Pokémon game means there's a new themed handheld to go along with it. This one is a New 3DS XL stylised after the legendary pokémon featured in Sun and Moon. It's not got a copy of the game to go with it, but this one actually comes with a power adaptor. Which is nice of Nintendo to include it for a change. [Buy it here]

Pokken Tournament, £40

It's not quite the Pokémon battles everybody came to love in the Pokémon cartoon, but Pokken Tournament is a fighting game with a string of different pokémon as playable characters. It's just a shame that this was a Wii U exclusive, because it's the kind of game every Pokémon fan should play. [Buy it here]

amiibo

Nintendo didn't really get into the whole toys-to-life thing, but amiibo are as close as it can get. They are compatible with a bunch of different Nintendo games to varying degrees, but the main appeal is that it's a little figure you can put on display. Being a Nintendo brand, Pokémon was included, and you can buy They include Pikachu, Charizard, Mewtwo, Jiggleypuff, Lucario, and Greninja.

Snorlax Bean Bag Chair, $190/£151 (plus shipping)

You may have seen the giant Snorlax pillows that take up so much space they're blocking access to some Japanese flats. You could try and get one of those, but they're about £400 (or something equally ridiculous). So this bean bag version is a much better choice. Sadly ThinkGeek will only ship it to mainland North America, but there are ways around that if you're willing to pay for it. [Buy it here]

Flareon Slippers, £20

This time of year you need something to keep your feet warm, because those toes also get cold when the heating is on. So why not treat yourself to a pair of Pokémon-themed slipper, and a fire-type to boot? The Eeveelution design won't generate any actual fire and heat, but they will keep your extremities nice and toasty. [Buy it here]

My Friend Pikachu, £34

This one is a Tickle Me Elmo type toy, probably best given to kids rather than adult Pokéfans. Basically, you tickle Pikachu to see his ears wiggle and cheeks light up. With sound. [Buy it here]

Pokémon 1-3 Movie Collection, £22

Obviously the original Pokémon films are better than the ones they show now, because they are. So if you want to relive those glory days heading down to the cinema to grab yourself an Ancient Mew, grab this three film collection. This is the Steelbook Blu-ray, which is cheaper than the regular Blu-ray for some stupid reason, not that steelbooks are ever a bad purchase. It's also available on regular, non-Steelbook, DVD. [Buy on Blu-ray here | Buy on DVD here]

12,000 mAh Pokéball Power Pack, £23

Whether you still play Pokémon Go, you have an old phone, or you have to deal with the iPhone's shoddy battery life, it's always a good idea to have an external battery pack. This one is a beauty, because it's shaped after the good ol' pokéball. It's got 12,000 mAh of power capacity, and while that isn't the biggest battery pack out there, it's got enough to charge most phones at least four times.

It's better than buying a Pokémon Go Plus, because those are sold out and resellers are trying to screw buyers out of a fortune. [Buy it here]