It’s time to grab a pickaxe and head out into the wilderness as we check out the best Minecraft gifts of 2022!
A genuine cultural phenomenon, Minecraft was revealed in 2009 before getting its first full release in 2011.
Though it’s been through several iterations and has seen lots of improvements and additions, the basic sandbox gameplay – which allows for a huge amount of freedom for players to experience the game and its systems – remains pretty close to how it was at the start.
Minecraft still has millions of regular players, more than a decade after its first full release. And, as the best selling game in history (with more than 238 million copies sold), it shows no sign of slowing down.
With such a huge fan base of players of all ages, the chances of you knowing someone who’s interested in Minecraft are pretty big. So no doubt a list of Minecraft gifts will come in very handy for you.
And we here at Retro Dodo do like to help out our loyal readers.
So without further ado, let’s check out the best Minecraft gifts of 2022!
What better way to kick off the best Minecraft gifts list than with an item that actually looks like it’s sprung straight from the game, voxels and all?
This officially licensed soft Minecraft storage box – which’ll hold quite a bit of stuff, given its 25”x16”x13” size – is really nicely designed and seals shut with a handy velcro clasp, making it perfect for Minecraft fans of all ages.
Even better, this box is collapsible, so you can carry it around and just pop it down wherever you like when it’s needed – just like you’re in the game itself!
Card game Uno has been a household staple since its invention way back in 1971.
Uno even took over the world of video games for a while, with the Xbox Live Arcade version (for the Xbox 360) being a hugely popular early release for Microsoft’s digital store – it was the first game on the service to reach a million downloads!
So merging Uno with another video game isn’t such a crazy idea, though of course in this instance, it’s bringing the video game theme to the tabletop – and not the other way around!
Minecraft Uno plays exactly like regular Uno, though the deck is of course illustrated with images of characters from the game – and the general aesthetic fits with the look of the video game too.
There’s also one extra card type that you won’t find in any other Uno game: the Creeper. If you have the Creeper, you can show it to the other players and force them to draw three more cards each.
In a game where the goal is to run out of cards, that’s a bit of a sneaky trick!
One of our favourite aspects of Minecraft is the endless opportunity for creativity it provides.
Though licensed products can feel a bit lazy and slapped together for most properties, it turns out that companies making Minecraft merch will often take the chance to apply the same level of inventiveness and creativity that the game is known for.
Which is why we’re featuring this Minecraft Build A Level Mug.
Coming with four sheets of re-usable stickers, it features a blank, two-dimensional Minecraft scene – upon which you can create your own Minecraft action.
The wide variety of elements on the stickers mean that you can truly create your own one-of-a-kind scene – and with them being re-usable, you can of course peel them off and make entirely new scenes whenever you want.
Just don’t do it while you’ve got a hot drink in there, ok? We here at Retro Dodo can’t be held responsible for you burning yourself as you create your Minecraft scenes in a steaming hot cup of coffee!
Not quite as creative or unique as other items on the Best Minecraft Gifts list, these Puma trainers are still an excellent purchase for any Minecraft fan.
They’re not the only trainers that Puma have created with Minecraft in mind, but the familiar colour schemes, as well as the clever inclusion of very recognisable game characters and items within the design means that they’re definitely the perfect fit for die-hard Minecraft players who can’t get enough of their favourite game.
We all had piggy banks to keep our spare change in when we were kids right?
Though I suspect if we had them now, they’d remain tragically empty of any actual money.
Still, if you know a Minecraft fan who has some loose change rattling around, what better way for them to keep it safe than in a Minecraft Piggy Bank?
Yep, it’s the classic piggy bank in angular Minecraft form, designed to look just like the pigs you’ll find in-game!
In the same vein as the Build a Level Mug, we also have this awesome Minecraft Build a Level Fridge Magnets set that lets you set your imagination free, all over your fridge!
A variety of characters, items, enemies and even badges are included in this 80-magnet set, which will see you exploring the wild expanse of the fridge door any time you feel like it.
Better yet, there’s no chance of accidental burns like there is with the Create a Level mug – though do make sure you close the fridge/freezer door before playing, or you might just create yourself a very wet kitchen instead of a Minecraft scene!
Tabletop gaming fans are surprisingly well served with Minecraft games – we’ve already covered Minecraft Uno, but other board and card games based on the video games are also available.
Minecraft Builders & Biomes isn’t the latest Minecraft board game, but it is a very good one.
Though the learning curve can feel a little steep – particularly if you’re not used to slightly more complex board games – the gameplay is very satisfying and there’s even a big block of wooden cubes that players ‘mine’ over the course of a game session.
It’s a really tactile and nicely strategic experience – plus, there are expansions available that add new mechanics to the basic gameplay and bring even more winning strategies into play.
Though a little complex, it’s family friendly and keeps everyone engaged right until the final turn. It’s well worth checking out and is a no brainer for the best Minecraft gifts list!
Plenty of books on Minecraft exist; not just tips and tricks for getting to grips with the games but even fiction books too (one of our favourites is Minecraft Dungeons prequel Rise of the Arch-Illager – which tells the surprisingly tragic tale of the main antagonist in the action-RPG spin-off of Minecraft).
This Minecraft Ultimate Builder’s Collection Gift Box collection brings together three guide books, as well as a handy poster (which features a very useful table of block types) and even a door hanger to tell parents and friends to go away when you’re busy with your Minecrafting!
So which books are included? There’s the Creative Handbook – which gives newer players great pointers on planning builds, making use of different colour styles and even useful tips on implementing lighting within your buildings.
Next up is Bite-Size Builds, which features 20 smaller projects for players to take on and complete – it’s great practice for those new to the game or those looking to flex their skills a bit more in Minecraft.
Lastly, there’s the Blockopedia – a fully illustrated guide to the various blocks you’ll find in Minecraft, which the included poster pairs with very well.
It’s an excellent set and an obvious choice for the best Minecraft gifts list!
Playing Minecraft can be thirsty work, right? So this water bottle comes in very handy to keep yourself hydrated on long Minecraft sessions!
It’s also adorned with accurate, pixel art pictures of weapons, armour, blocks, and other objects from Minecraft – so it’s both practical as a bottle and to reference in-game items!
Yep, more hydration options come to the fore with these brilliant glasses.
Shaped just like Minecraft blocks, this set of four glasses features a Creeper, a TNT block, an Earth block and a Diamond block.
This Where’s Wally-style book sets readers off on a puzzle adventure, with the aim of spotting Creepers, along with other Minecraft-related creatures and characters.
Hidden within various crowded scenes – set in some very familiar biomes – Minecraft: Catch the Creeper and Other Mobs Book is a fun and engaging way to spend time in the Minecraft world without being on a screen.
It’s cheap too, so it won’t break the bank. A perfect entry for the best Minecraft gifts list!
We’ve all done it when starting out in Minecraft: trying to find a safe place to hide when night falls and the dangerous mobs come out to play.
Digging a cave and then realising you can’t see anything while the mobs close in on you and suddenly you’re dead.
How different things would have been if you’d had a torch!
Now, in the real world, you really can have yourself an actual Minecraft Torch Light that looks just like it does in game.
It has a pulsing light mode and you can even mount it on the wall too, just as you can in Minecraft itself!
Treasure X Minecraft Caves & Cliffs Ender Dragon takes the bronze medal in our list of the best Minecraft gifts of all time!
Treasure X toys are like mini excavations for kids, with the chance of rare variant toys – and even real gold dipped items – being a particularly compelling possibility with every set.
There’s quite a few Minecraft Treasure X sets now too, but in our opinion this big set – which has ’20 levels of adventure’ to get through in order to find all of the hidden items – is the best one yet.
You’ll pick your way through ooze and sand to piece together Diamond Steve, the Ender Dragon and discover the Dragon Egg treasure (which, excitingly, could be golden!).
Once crafted, the characters and items look great displayed on the cliffs centrepiece.
It’s a very clever way to combine the excavation in Treasure X toys with the digging and crafting of Minecraft itself, making it a perfect fit for the best Minecraft gifts list!
Yes, we know by now that your room is already lit with the warm glow of a Minecraft Torch Light – just as your hastily crafted abode is in the game.
However, for more authentic and even creative lighting options – we’d highly recommend this Minecraft Building Block Light.
With sixteen blocks – consisting of grass, TNT, diamond ore, Redstone, gold and others – that you can arrange however you wish upon a bedrock base, this is a light that you can truly customise to look exactly how you want it to be.
It’s another item that cleverly maintains the crafting and customisation aspect that Minecraft players love about the game itself – so it’s a great choice for the best Minecraft gifts list!
However, for a really tangible, physical recreation of the creative Minecraft experience, there’s probably nothing better or more logical than combining the game with Lego.
Minecraft in many ways feels like a digital Lego set, so when the first Lego Minecraft sets were announced, it felt like the most natural and perfect fit for the licence.
There are countless specific Lego Minecraft sets that cover a bewildering array of biomes, mobs and characters – but in our opinion, the very best sets are the Crafting Boxes.
Though the first two are no longer available, this third Crafting Box allows for a number of large builds – with the instructions demonstrating how to build a castle and a farm.
Characters Steve and Alex are also included as Lego Minifigures, along with a Creeper, Pig and a Zombie too.
With over 564 bricks and other pieces included and countless ways to build and create with them, this really is the obvious choice for the top of the best Minecraft gifts list!
Jason – who lives in the UK – has had a lifelong interest in video games, which all started when he discovered Space Invaders in the early 80s. The first game he ever completed was Wonder Boy in Monster Land on the Sega Master System – which remains one of his proudest gaming achievements. Jason is a passionate writer – and has been writing about gaming since the late 90s. He currently runs pop culture blog midlifegamergeek.com, which he updates on a daily basis (and has written more than 700 articles on the blog alone!).
Outside of video games, Jason is a keen tabletop gamer, film buff and comic book fan.