If you are like me then you are completely obsessed with Pokemon, or you have arrived here because you are looking to buy the best Pokemon gifts for someone who absolutely adores Pokemon.
Pokemon is loved by many ages, so in this article I have listed a wide selection of gifts that target a wide number of ages.
From expensive collectibles to affordable trading cards, it’s all here, and every single item on this list I have used and tested myself, so you can trust my organic opinion on these products, from someone who has played Pokemon games since 1999!
So, let’s jump into my personal best Pokemon gifts of the year. These go in no particular oder.
1. Official Pokeball By The Wand Company
One of the best Pokemon gifts I own is the official Pokeball by a company called “The Wand Company”, they are renowned for creating high quality replicas of pop culture brands.
They partnered with Pokemon in 2019 to create the perfect replica of the infamous Pokeball, in both size and weight.
The Pokeball itself is made of metal, and the button lights up blue, or red to replicate the animation of catching a real life Pokemon.
Not only that, it comes with a stunning display case that shines a bright light underneath it to give an “epic effect”. This ligt can change colour by tapping on the Pokemon logo.
It’s the only Pokeball you’ll ever need and it’s so well built that i am certain it will last a lifetime.
2. Pokemon Trading Cards
It wouldn’t be a gift guide without recommending Pokemon cards, right? It’s typical for the Pokemon company to launch a new set of Pokemon cards every few months.
This is mainly a marketing tactic, but it also opens up the opportunity to discover new cards, new art and new Pokemon.
Each set is different, and each set comes with a certain amount of cards to complete a set, for example 250 cards. in each set is different rarities of cards, some are common which are 1 in 6 cards, and some very rare Pokemon cards known as “secret rares” which are as rare as 1 in 500 cards.
So completing whole set is fairly hard, but choosing a set wisely will help you enjoy the trading card collecting side, as well as playing the actual card game with counters and cards based on power.
The TCG is one of the most popular Pokemon gifts for a reason, it’s fun, it’s addictive and it’s a good hobby to get into that keeps the mind active.
3. Pokemon Scarlett & Violet on Nintendo Switch
One of the best Pokemon games of 2022 is going to be Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, it introduces a new generation of Pokemon, new locations, new mechanics and even Pokemon that you can ride like mounts.
Releasing in November 2022 it’s going to be the biggest Nintendo game of the year. Pokemon fans are going mad, and at just $50 it’s by far one of the best Pokemon gifts to keep Poke’enthusiasts happy for many months.
Typically gamers can lose themselves for up to 50 hours in a Pokemon game, i know I did in Pokemon Legends: Arceus!
Depending on which copy you buy, either Scarlet or Violet each version will have a slightly different storyline, and exclusive Pokemon to catch.
4. Wooden Hand-Made Pokemon Gameboy Cartridge
One of the most unique Pokemon gifts I own is hand-made by a seller on Etsy known as Pigminted, he creates custom wood pieces on video games.
More specifically this one is based on Pokemon Gameboy cartridges from back in the day, I have Pokemon Red.
This ornament has been hand crafted from wood, cut out to create the logo’s and symbol alongside it being treated with high quality wood treatment to make it last a lifetime.
Yes, they are a little expensive, but its an incredible piece of art that goes well on gaming setups or it can be used as a coaster!
5. Pokemon Monopoly
It can’t be a gift guide without featuring the infamous Monopoly board game. Lucky for Pokemon fans, Nintendo has teamed up with Monopoly to create a Kanto Edition board game that features 6 metal Pokemon tokens.
This board game is based on the original Pokemon games within the Kanto region, so when you play through the game you’ll find infamous locations, friendly Pokemon and annoying rivals ready to entertain you while you build your properties.
You can play with up to 6 people, you’ll face trainer battles which are typically your question mark cards, and instead of locations you catch Pokemon, and make them stronger and stronger so that you win battles that pay you.
It’s a great Christmas gift to get friends and families involved around the festive period.
6. Pokemon Funko POP! Figures
Funko POP! collectibles have been everywhere over the last few years and that’s for good reason, they are an affordable gift, and they come in all different shapes, sizes and characters.
One of the best lines of Funko POP! collectibles has to be Pokemon. Not only because (eventually) you will be able to collect over 151 of them, but because they are another way of collecting them all.
Pokemon fans simply love collecting, it’s the whole premise of every single game, so having a physical Pokemon to collect, makes it more enjoyable for the consumer, especially when this Funko POPS also come in different rarities.
They look great on desks, in bedrooms or even still boxed if your friend or family members like keeping things sealed!
7. Pokemon Gameboy Figurine
These Pokemon figurines have been very popular recently, i myself ordered one and the quality is great, especially when it only cost me around $30.
It’s an awesome figurine that pays respect to the old gameboy games of the past, showcasing the original Gameboy consoles and the original Nintendo DS.
These figurines come from China through AliExpress (China’s equivalent of Amazon), so shipping times take up to 3 weeks.
But it’s cheap, it’s cheerful and quality is very good. You also get to build parts of the figurine yourself.
8. Funkey S Handheld
This product isn’t technically a “Pokemon” product, but it can play a bunch of old Pokemon games using emulation.
This handheld is called the Funkey S, it’s the world’s smallest foldable handheld, and it takes inspiration from the Gameboy Advance SP.
It’s an emulator that can fit on your keychain and can play a lot of retro games including some of the best PS1 games of all time, all on your keychain!
It has a tiny 2″ screen, it can snap down into a portable form factor, and the easy to use user interface makes it a great device for new and old games interested in playing games on the go.
The team behind this project are small, and have built this device purely off of passion. It comes in a wide number of different colours an it can be easily setup by watching a simple guide.
This is the best Pokemon gift for those that love handhelds!
9. Pokemon Wireless Controller For Nintendo Switch
To officially kit our your Nintendo Switch the right way you will need a custom controller to match the upcoming games, and what better than a fully fledged Pokemon controller with Pikachu on it!
The Nintendo Switch has the joy-cons, but for long periods of time they just won’t cut it, purchasing a larger wireless controller that can be used comfortably.
Classed as the “Pikachu Graffiti” controller by PowerA it’s a good upgrade that wil make any Switch gamer happy.
This controller also comes with a proper D-PAD, unlike the original joy-cons, and this controller doesn’t have the infamous joy-con drift either, winner!
10. Pokemon Plushie
Up next on our best Pokemon gifts list are these cuddly Pokemon Plushies!
Pokemon plushies are another way of collecting physical forms of Pokemon, and it can given as a gift to any age, or if you’re like me, even a dog!
The Nintendo company have tens of thousands of plushies to choose from, many made to promte their upcoming games, and many just to be darn right adorable.
So finding a Pokemon plush is as easy as finding what Pokemon you like! If you keep them in good condition for many years they can sometimes go up in value if you have rare ones!
But don’t count on it, Nintendo makes a lot of these!
11. Pikachu Night Light
If you know someone that has a little trouble sleeping, then how about having a bright little Pikachu kicking back on their desk or bedside table.
This little lamp comes in three different styles; Pika on his side, Pika snuggled up, or Pika stretched out doing a superman.
The lamp runs off batteries too, so there’s no pesky cables to worry about. That also means you can take it from room to room resting on your shoulder, just like the real Pikachu!
It’s a shame this Pika can’t charge his own batteries up though!
12. Pikachu Coin Bank
What’s dropping into our best Pokemon gifts list next? How about this cute little Pikachu Coin Bank!
Who better than to look after your money than the worlds most famous electric mouse/squirrel hybrid. Thieves aren’t going to be sticking their hands anywhere near this safety box!
Ok, just to clarify, this box doesn’t electrocute you if you try to take the coins out. What it does do is make a Pika Pika noise while Pikachu reaches up to take the coin.
Powered by two batteries, this is a neat little gift for Poke fans of all ages. Ok, it’s designed for kids who want to save their pocket money, but there’s no reason why I couldn’t keep my coins in this thing too!
13. Hori Split Pad Pro
The Hori Split Pad Pro makes handheld play on the Nintendo Switch so much more comfortable. This is an officially licensed peripheral and one that we use on a daily basis when testing games.
You can show your love for Pokemon too with this black and gold Pikachu design. And you’ve got to admit that it’s seriously stylish.
The Hori Split Pad is essentially feels like the Pro controller, just split into two. It slides on the same way as the Joycons and has turbo and assign settings for anyone wanting to get the edge on their favourite games.
The analog sticks feel real nice too, a quality product that is bound to make playing Pokemon Scarlet and Violet even more enjoyable!
14. Pokemon Advent Calendar
I know ‘gotta open ’em all’ doesn’t have quite as cool a ring to it. Still, this 24 piece Pokemon Advent Calendar has 16 Pokemon figurines and 8 accessories for people to make their own Christmas Pokemon themes.
The only way to guarantee a cool yule!
I mean, Christmas is already my favourite time of year, of this could be the only thing that makes it any better.
Choose from Eevee, Torchic, Growlithe and many more, spanning many Pokemon generations.
If anyone wants to buy me an advent calendar this year, then heads up – this is the one!
15. Johto Legends: Music From Poke
From ‘gotta open ’em all’ to ‘gotta spin ’em all’, this Johto Legends: Music From Poke is a slick vinyl celebrating the sounds of Pokemon Gold and Silver.
A coloured vinyl paying homage to the winners of our best gameboy color games… what’s not to love!
One hour of orchestra music, perfectly arranged for maximum nostalgia. It’s a brilliant feeling just sitting back and reminiscing about the first time I played these fantastic games and the epic moments I experienced while moving through Johto.
And that silver LP is something else too. I could definitely see that framed on the wall as well as being played!
16. The Pokemon Cookbook: Easy & Fun Recipes
If you love Pokemon so much that you could eat them, then check out this Pokemon Cookbook filled with easy and fun recipes for you and your family to make together.
This epic cookbook shows readers how to make food that looks like their favourite pocket monsters. It comes with colour photographs and detailed instructions to follow every step of the way.
Granted, most of the foods are show pieces and the kind of thing you’d find at a party. I guess that just means you’ll have to have more parties then?
Cooking always helps me to relax, and my Mum and I used to cook a lot together as a kid. It’s a great bonding experience, and this book is also a great way to get kids interested in preparing food as well as constantly eating it!
17. Gengar Build-A-Bear
Listen, even ghosts like to get tucked up in their pyjamas and get ready for bed! This Gengar build-a-bear has 5 different Gengar sayings and is incredibly cool.
I mean, most of the sayings are just ‘Gengar’ with a different laugh after them. But that’s all Gengar says anyway, so I’m happy with the end product.
You can also make Gengar look like a little distinguished gentleman by adding a top hat and scarf too.
Maybe this is what he looks like after reading Charles Dickens novels?
Build-a-Bear boasts many Pokemon toys for Poke fans, but Gengar has always been one of my OG favourites. That’s why he sits on my bed and freaks the dog out.
18. Nanoblock Pokemon Figurines
If you like Lego figurines but wish they were more Pokemon themed, then these Nanoblock Pokemon Figurines should make you feel like it’s your birthday every single day.
There are so many to collet, from Rayquaza to Bewear, and of course my main man Piplup up there as well.
Each figurine has a different difficulty depending on how many pieces they are. Rayquaza is pretty fiddly with 240 pieces, so only go for that one if you have the patience of a saint.
19. Pokemon Starters Bath Set
I know the idea of dissolving starter Pokemon in a bath might seem harrowing to some of you, but I’ve gotta say, these things are the real deal.
I’m not normally a big fan of baths, but when I was given this set, I thought it would be rude to say no.
With all the original starters including Pikachu from his Pokemon Yellow outings and a Pokeball, fans can sit and watch their bath erupt in a sea of colours.
Could there be any better way to kick back after a long gaming sesh?
This gift is definitely perfect for any adult gaming fan out there and comes packaged brilliantly too. If you’re looking to impress a partner, then this is a surefire hit!
20. Tiger Pokedex
The next item on our list of the best Pokemon gifts is the original Tiger Pokedex from the 90s. It’s the ultimate handheld for anyone that wants to know all about the original Pokemon from Pokemon Red and Blue.
This is one of those gadgets that every nerd needs. I mean, we have two right here in the Retro Dodo offices, so I guess you could say one is a back up.
See Pokemon doing attacks, input the Pokemon you’ve caught in the game and see their stats and information, and feel like a real Pokemon trainer.
It’s the ultimate companion to the OG Pokemon games and a toy very dear to our hearts.
21. Eevee Christmas Ornament
I love getting special ornaments out for my Christmas tree year after year. One of the best bits about putting up the tree is searching through the decorations box and reminiscing about where I was when I bought them or who bought them for me.
And, of course, having a Pokemon on any tree makes it infinitely better!
This resin Eevee comes with a hanger pre-attached and is ready to hang as soon as your tree is up.
The detail is incredible too, and she looks incredibly ready to look out for Santa dropping down the chimney!
22. Custom Pokemon Spacebar
Up next on our list of the best Pokemon gifts is perhaps the greatest custom keyboard piece of all time. Just look how amazing that space bar is!
Sometimes I’m afraid to press it too hard in case I annoy the powerful creatures inside! They do help me type better though, I’m 100% sure of that.
With multiple options available for spacebar, ESC key, F keys, and more, there’s plenty of ways to give your keyboard an injection of Pokemon magic.
The level of detail in these pieces is phenomenal too, with the clear resin easy providing a secure and sturdy surface for the heaviest of button-mashers.
23. MEGA Construx Charmander
It might not be possible to have your own Charmander following you around everywhere, but you can get this epic MEGA Construx Charmander toy to stick in your games room.
MEGA Construx have so many Pokemon figures in their buildable range, but this little Charmander is one of our favourites. How does he still look cute even when breathing fire!
At 4″ tall, players build and then pose him into whatever pose they like. You can even soup him up with some other MEGA Construx bricks too; I reckon he could do with some big hands like the Power Rangers MegaZord!
24. Pokemon Ultra Ball 3D Jigsaw Puzzle
Anyone who’s become used to building their Pokeballs in Pokemon Legends Arceus should find this Ultra Ball 3D jigsaw puzzle a doddle!
The best thing about this gift is that it doesn’t need any glue to hold it all together. The pieces are all made from sturdy plastic, so once complete the ball isn’t going to crumble or flop into a massive mess.
And at 7.5cm in diameter once complete, it sits on the included stand as a perfect show piece without taking up too much room on any shelf!
25. Pokemon Oddish Planter
What better Pokemon gift to get a green fingers Pokemon fan than this Oddish planter!
Oddish is one of the happiest little Pokemon we’ve come across over the years, and now you can have one sitting in your living room or garden and watch as grass or your favourite plant grows from its head!
Pop in cress or a cactus; whatever plant sprouts from your own personal Oddish is entirely up to you. With three sizes available, there’s an Oddish for every situation!
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A 29 year old fella that’s had a Gameboy addiction ever since he was a child. Brandon is the founder of RetroDodo and created a YouTube channel with 240,000 subscribers dedicated to retro gaming products. He now wants to create the No.1 site to showcase the latest retro products from around the globe.