Gifts for Gamers

By Kat La Mantia | November 21 2023 | Pop CultureBlogAdultsChildren'sGeneralAllGift

2023 has been a banner year for gamers, with The Super Mario Bros Movie smashing records at the box office, Zelda making a triumphant return with Tears of the Kingdom, and the HBO adaptation of The Last of Us starring Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey reviving the zombie survival story to huge fanfare. There’s no better gift for gamers this holiday than something that celebrates the art, worldbuilding, and strategy of their favorite game!

Check out our favorite picks for gamers down below, including beloved Nintendo staples like Super Mario Bros, Pokémon, and Zelda, Minecraft guides and activity books, game-to-TV adaptations like The Witcher and The Last of Us, and so much more! From cookbooks to sticker books to strategy guides and deluxe art books, gamers of any age will find something to love on our list.

Nintendo® and Illumination present The Super Mario Bros. Movie Official Activity Book
978-0-593-64603-8
Power up with this full-color, action-packed activity book based on Nintendo and Illumination present The Super Mario Bros. Movie—in theaters April 7, 2023!
$7.99 US
Apr 11, 2023
7-7/8 x 10-7/8
Paperback
48 Pages
Random House Books for Young Readers
Age 3-7 years

Super Mario Little Golden Book (Nintendo®)
978-0-593-30446-4
Meet Mario and his friends in the first-ever Super Mario(TM) Little Golden Book!
$5.99 US
May 25, 2021
6-5/8 x 8
Hardcover
24 Pages
Golden Books
Age 2-5 years

Super Mario Encyclopedia: The Official Guide to the First 30 Years
978-1-5067-0897-3
Power Up!
$49.99 US
Oct 23, 2018
8-1/2 x 12
Hardcover
256 Pages
Dark Horse Books

Pokémon Festive Calendar
DK
978-0-7440-9799-3
Count down to the festive season with this collection of 24 mini books, activities, and crafts!
$29.99 US
Oct 17, 2023
14-3/8 x 12-5/16
Paperback
48 Pages
DK Children
Age 5-7 years

Pokémon Ash's Atlas
978-0-7440-6955-6
$14.99 US
Mar 07, 2023
7-3/16 x 9-1/4
Paperback
224 Pages
DK Children
Age 6-9 years

A Friend Like Pikachu! (Pokémon)
978-1-9848-4817-8
A new favorite starring Pikachu and the most beloved Pokémon in a timeless Little Golden Book!
$5.99 US
Jan 08, 2019
6-5/8 x 8
Hardcover
24 Pages
Golden Books
Age 3-7 years

Pokemon Visual Companion
Fourth Edition
DK
978-0-7440-6363-9
The world of Pokémon awaits you!
$14.99 US
Nov 01, 2022
7-3/16 x 9-1/4
Paperback
336 Pages
DK Children
Age 5-9 years

The Unofficial Zelda Cookbook
978-1-80336-281-6
Explore the culinary universe of The Legend of Zelda with over 50 delicious recipes from across the Kingdom of Hyrule!
$34.95 US
Dec 06, 2022
Hardcover
192 Pages
Titan Books

Minecraft: Mobspotter's Encyclopedia
The Ultimate Guide to the Mobs of Minecraft
978-0-593-59964-8
An essential, illustrated field guide to the mobs of the hit video game Minecraft!
$19.99 US
Oct 17, 2023
7-1/4 x 9-1/4
Hardcover
176 Pages
Random House Worlds
Age 8-12 years

Minecraft: Guide Collection 4-Book Boxed Set (Updated)
Survival (Updated), Creative (Updated), Redstone (Updated), Combat
978-0-593-72552-8
The ultimate gift for any Minecraft fan—a boxed set featuring definitive guides to four different aspects of the blockbuster videogame, packed with insider info and tips from the experts at Mojang.
$51.96 US
Oct 10, 2023
5-13/16 x 8-1/4
Boxed Set
384 Pages
Random House Worlds
Age 8-12 years

The Minecraft Ideas Book
Create the Real World in Minecraft
978-0-7440-8467-2
Discover more than 70 mind-blowing build ideas – plus tips, tricks, and hacks from expert Minecraft builders in this official Minecraft book.
$24.99 US
Oct 31, 2023
9 x 10-7/8
Hardcover
200 Pages
DK Children
Age 7-11 years

Minecraft Sticker Adventure: Treasure Hunt (Minecraft)
978-0-593-57202-3
Find treasure maps and search for buried chests with the challenging puzzles and mazes in the Minecraft Official Treasure Hunt Sticker Book—featuring over 500 stickers!
$9.99 US
Jan 03, 2023
7-7/8 x 10-7/8
Paperback
24 Pages
Random House Books for Young Readers
Age 3-7 years

The Witcher Official Cookbook
Provisions, Fare, and Culinary Tales from Travels Across the Continent
978-1-9848-6093-4
Eighty mouthwatering and restorative recipes inspired by the bestselling video game series The Witcher, from hearty tavern fare and fortifying drinks to lavish banquets for feasts with friends.
$35.00 US
Nov 21, 2023
8-1/2 x 9-1/2
Hardcover
256 Pages
Ten Speed Press

Halo Encyclopedia
978-1-5067-2844-5
In the 26th century, humanity relentlessly continues their fight for survival, an enduring conflict set against the backdrop of the enigmatic and ancient ringworld known as Halo. 
$49.99 US
Apr 12, 2022
9 x 12
Hardcover
488 Pages
Dark Horse Books

The Making of Assassin's Creed: 15th Anniversary
978-1-5067-3484-2
An oversized full-color hardcover that celebrates fifteen years of the iconic Assassin’s Creed video game saga!Discover the genesis of each Assassin’s Creed game and get an insider's look at the efforts that went into creating one the biggest franchises in the video game industry.​
$49.99 US
Oct 03, 2023
9 x 12
Hardcover
240 Pages
Dark Horse Books

The Art of the Last of Us Part II Deluxe Edition
978-1-5067-1698-5
Follow Ellie's profound and harrowing journey of vengeance through an exhaustive collection of original art and intimate creator commentary in the full-color hardcover volume: The Art of The Last of Us Part II.
$89.99 US
Jun 23, 2020
9 x 12
Hardcover
200 Pages
Dark Horse Books

The Art of The Last of Us
978-1-61655-164-3
Naughty Dog Studios and Dark Horse proudly present the essential companion to The Last of Us, a richly detailed and compelling game set in a postpandemic world where humans have become an endangered species. Featuring concept art, character designs, and astonishing settings and landscapes, The Art of The Last of Us provides a unique look at one of the gaming world's most eagerly anticipated titles. * A must-have companion to the game. * Incredible full-color artwork! * The latest project from Naughty Dog Studios. * The Last of Us swept the top Game Critics awards at 2012's E3 conference.
$49.99 US
Jun 18, 2013
9 x 12
Hardcover
184 Pages
Dark Horse Books

Miniature Final Fantasy
978-1-5067-1353-3
A whimsical collection of iconic scenes from the Final Fantasy series, cheerfully realized by miniature photographer Tatsuya Tanaka!
$19.99 US
Dec 31, 2019
7-3/16 x 7-3/16
Hardcover
96 Pages
Dark Horse Books