The holidays are coming up and you’re probably wondering what to get your favorite gamer. Being the materialistic fangirl that I am, I spend a lot of time looking at World of Warcraft schlock and paraphernalia. Here are a couple of standard gift ideas, as well as some more unique options, to show your uber l33t loved one that you support their passion 😉
I’m going to assume, since Cataclysm comes out light years before the holidays (in terms of how long a gamer can usually stand to wait on an expansion), that your gamer will already have this next edition to the game. However, if they don’t, this is where you’d want to start with them. Make sure that they also have the other two expansions leading up to Cat before splurging on the most recent one. If you know they’re raiding Lich King / ICC, then you’re all set. If they keep talking about Azeroth and the difficulties of trying to find other level 60s to play with, then you might be in for more of an investment than you were thinking.
1. Game Guides and Stories About WoW
Know thy lore! Last year, a fellow gamer that I was dating brought me a copy of The Warcraft Archive. The stories were pretty well written, but what I really appreciated was the deeper understanding they gave me for the history behind Warcraft since I’d never played any other other games. Last month,New York Time’s best selling author Christie Golden (who, by the way, wrote one of my favorite trilogy, Vampire of the Mist, for TSR’s Ravenholt series!) released World of Warcraft: The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm.It’s receiving pretty good reviews and is certainly on my reading list now.
2. A Customized T-shirt Complete with Guild Logo
I have to say, I’m such a loyal gamer that I’d have loved having a customized T-shirt of my guild’s tabard back when it was light pink with a hot pinkcupcake on it. Swagdog.com offers T-shirts and ball caps with guild logos, but you’ll have to know the character’s name, region, and realm to get the correct tabard. If you can’t find the toon through their page, you can attempt to search through the Armory (link) to see if their toon is wearing a tabard, or find someone in their guild who is, and build it yourself.
3. A Pre-paid Game Card
The easiest route would of course be to buy a game card. Cards come in increments of 30 days, 90 days, or 180 days, and can be purchased on Amazon, at the Blizzard online storeor in local game and entertainment stores. This could either come across as sort of lazy on your part, or it could be a major indication of your support. Keep in mind that a lot gamers are broke all the time, so this could be a little slice of awesome for them.
4. T-shirts, Bags, Mugs, Pins…. the Cafepress WoW Selection
Probably the most popular shop for clothing is of course Jinx, but if you want to get something more unique you might also check out Cafepress. I found my Searches got nowhere with “world of warcraft” or “warcraft,” but simply typing in “wow” got me 33 pages of game related stuff. I’m super digging the Epic apron, but as much as I love these skivvies I can’t promise every gal (and possibly some guys?) would agree wear them for a partner with as much glee as much as I would.
What I love about Cafepress, though, is the variety and the specialization of the products. Where else will you find a Booty Bay Fishing Club hoodie? They’ve also got a slue of baby related items if you know someone with a whelpling you’d like to adorn with WoW gear.
5. Something Handcrafted
The Blizzard store has tons of products, from WoW card games (which offer a chance to get cool in game pets and sometimes mounts) to prosthetic elf ears for cosplaying. You might, however, like to support a fellow gamer and / or crafty artist and check out the handmade items on Etsty. Just head over to etsy.com and type “world warcraft” into the Search box. There you will find small gifts that would make perfect stocking stuffers like this hand etched alliance shot glass for only $11.95 plus shipping. Or you can really break open the bank and get a custom made succubus costume for about 2.7k.
Remember, always check which faction your gamer associates with. Some people are very faction loyal and you really don’t want to gift someone who spends hours being a green skinned orc a gnome specific tank top with an image of Gnomer on it 😉 If you’re really in doubt… the books and game card are safe! Happy shopping, and may you find the best gift in the whole world (of warcraft) for your gamer.