Minecraft is six years old now and shows no signs of slowing. It’s the second best-selling video game of all time after Tetris! There’s almost certainly a Minecraft lover on your gift list, but after a few years, you may also be running out of ideas. Let us help you sort through the newest and the best to find the perfect gift.
After the handful of official books and piles of unofficial ones, you’ll also find books for learning and books for building. Outside of those categories below, which I dive into below, my top pick, particularly for an older fan, is Beautiful Minecraft, a gorgeous hardcover showing off spectacular in-game builds.
Minecraft: The Island is a New York Times bestseller published in July 2017 by Max Brooks, author of World War Z. Like the rest of these books, it’s most suitable for grades 3-7. (Or your Minecraft fan who might be a bit younger at heart!)
For player guides, turn to the Minecraft Scholastic Books. There are four in the series:
- Minecraft: Essential Handbook
- Minecraft: Redstone Handbook
- Minecraft: Combat Handbook
- Minecraft: Construction Handbook
However, these books are quite popular and have been out for more than two years, so if you have a longtime player, there’s a good chance they already have them.
For something newer, look to the Minecraft Mobestiary, just published in October. It’s the official, comprehensive guide to all of the mobs in the game.
Does your Minecraft fan want to make games like it one day? Check out Learn to Program With Minecraft, which teaches Python with the fun of Minecraft. I am a big fan of No Starch Press’ books, and this is a great one for your aspiring programmer. (You can also pre-order their next Minecraft-related book, Automate the Minecraft Stuff, coming in April.)
For Lego fans
The first Minecraft Lego set was released in 2012, and several have been released each year since. Where possible, I’ve linked you to the lowest prices available at writing, and sale prices listed were as of this writing. Amazon Warehouse Deals can also be a great place to check for deals. The most recent sets, released in August 2017, are:
In February this year, six other sets were released:
- The Mushroom Island ($15.99, usually $19.99)
- The Nether Railway (23.99, usually $29.99)
- The Ice Spikes ($31.99, usually $39.99)
- The Jungle Temple ($40.49, usually $49.99)
- The Witch Hut ($47.99, usually $59.99)
- The Waterfall Base ($55.99, usually $69.99)
You may also find some good sales on the older sets. For example, The Snow Hideout, a 2015 kit, is $29.49 right now (usually $39.99).
For the video game lover
Obviously if they’re already into Minecraft, they like video games. Minecraft: Story Mode is an adventure game based on the Minecraft world and available for just about any platform you play games on. The first episodes of the first “season” were released in 2015, and the second season episodes were released in July 2017. In the game, Jesse (which you can customize to be a girl or a boy) is a new Minecraft player working with his or her friends to find The Order of the Stone in adventures through familiar places like The End and the Nether.
Note that the version of the game called The Complete Adventure is all of season one, but not season two. It’s a good place to start for someone who hasn’t played any of it.
Or, if you’d like to go big, you can get an entire Xbox bundle that’s Minecraft themed. Here are two options, both Xbox One S:
- Bundled with Story Mode and 3 months of Xbox Live Gold, $263.50
- Minecraft-skinned and bundled with the Creeper controller, $399.77
Toys that get you away from the screen
There are quite a few pixellated-look weapons and toys available. The newest is the Enchanted Bow and Arrow, which can fire its plastic arrow. You can also get:
- Potion bottle that lights up and changes color
- Redstone light-up torch (carry it or mount it on the wall)
- Sword-to-pickaxe transforming toy
If plastic toys give you visions of headaches on Christmas morning, there are also quite a few foam versions
Clothes and accessories
How would you like to wear your Minecraft? Because they make that.