With the holiday season right around the corner, you can’t afford to put off your Christmas shopping any longer. Fortunately, many of your friends and family members are relatively easy to shop for. Since the majority of your inner circle is perfectly content with receiving gift cards, clothing and holiday-themed foodstuffs, you don’t expect to have a difficult time finding suitable presents for your loved ones this year. However, there’s one friend in particular who has always been difficult to please. Ever since she was a child, she’s lived for animation – and when it comes to gift-giving, items that have nothing to do with her favorite franchises are swiftly cast aside. Luckily, finding great gifts for animation fans has become easier than ever in recent years. With an increasing number of modern-day cartoons attracting large adult audiences, the international animation industry is experiencing a second golden age. So if you’ve been racking your brain to think of the right gift for the cartoon lover in your life, consider the following options.
As cartoons continue to grow in popularity, a niche market for nostalgia-themed clothing has steadily emerged. With this in mind, why not buy your special cartoon junkie some eye-catching T-shirts inspired by her favorite childhood programs? Shirts inspired by Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, The Ren &Stimpy Show, Beavis and Butt-Head and other ‘90s mainstays are sure to bring a nostalgic smile to the recipient’s face on Christmas morning. If you live in a state that’s known for frigid winters, a cartoon-themed hoodie, knit hat or jacket is a great way to complement the aforementioned shirts.
Streaming Anime Service Subscription
If the animation lover in your life is also a devout otaku, consider getting her a subscription to an online anime-streaming service. For example, both Crunchyroll and FUNimation offer anime fans an enormous selection of streaming shows, with new episodes added on a daily basis. In addition to streaming time-tested favorites like “Naruto Shippuden”, “One Piece” and “Detective Conan”, these sites feature English-subtitled episodes of artistic niche series like “Mushishi”, “Your Lie in April” and “Celestial Method”. Best of all, new episodes are available to registered account holders within hours of their Japanese airings.
If your animation-savvy loved one is interested in creating her own cartoons, she can have countless hours of fun with user-friendly animation software. Programs like FlipBook, Blender and Animation Master enable users to create visually-appealing animated shorts in a timely manner. Although most animation software has a fairly steep learning curve, there are a seemingly endless number of comprehensive online tutorials to bring users up to speed.
As cutting-edge cartoons like “Adventure Time”, “Gravity Falls” and “Regular Show” continue to attract all-age audiences, animation fans can expect to see a sizable increase in the number of franchise-themed goods. In addition to being good news for dedicated cartoon junkies, the wider availability of such items makes finding great holiday gifts for animation lovers a breeze. So if you’ve been looking for a surefire way to brighten an animation lover’s holiday season, your options are far from limited.