Winter is coming. No, wait, winter is here. No, that happened already: winter is here and so are tons of magic frozen zombies. Yeah, that’s the one. Anyway, here are some gifts for Game of Thrones fans!
The final, climactic season of HBO’s smash hit fantasy series is almost upon us. If you’re looking for some gifts to give a die-hard fan on your way to a weekly watch party, we have you covered. The choices below range in both price and application (hint: don’t buy whiskey for alcoholics and don’t buy real swords for clumsy people), but you should be able to find something awesome for almost any Thrones fan.
Licensed Game of Thrones Alcohol ($13+)
Game of Thrones is a very Grown Up series for Grown Ups, and nothing goes with political intrigue, gratuitous violence, and hardcore nudity like hard alcohol. There’s a surprising amount of beer, wine, and spirits available to fit the theme. Diageo has no less than eight different themed whiskeys representing the show’s great houses and the Night’s Watch, and there are three vintages of wine (red, chardonnay, and pinot noir) on sale. More of a beer drinker? There are over a dozen options from different breweries, though some may not be in active production at the moment.
Game of Thrones Glassware ($30+)
If you’re going to be doing a bunch of drinking for a TV show binge, you might as well make your glasses fit the theme. There are wine glasses, beer glasses, and even elaborate tankards and steins if you really want to get into the period feel of things. Note that you want to follow those links directly for the officially licensed versions: there are a lot of cheap printed glasses just grabbing quotes from the show.
Game of Thrones What Do You Meme Expansion ($12)
One of the most fun parts of being a Game of Thrones fan is sharing images and GIFs online, and the What Do You Meme game makes an excellent match with it for house parties. The base game has players matching more general images with captions, but this officially licensed expansion adds in some of the most often-shared character shots from the series. It’s a great group game, assuming everyone in your home knows the difference between Yara, Yohn, and Ygritte.
Sculpted Dragon Egg Candles ($28)
There’s no electric lighting in Westeros, except possibly in Qyburn’s Frankenstein lab. So to set the correct ambiance, you’ll want candlelight. And what candles could be better than this matching set of wax dragon eggs (by the old gods and the new, Season One was a long time ago). The iconic eggs from the opening chapter of the series make a fun and affordable gift at under thirty bucks.
Game of Thrones Dragon Egg Replica Candles, Set of 3 - Great Easter Gift for House of The Dragon & GoT Fans - Unscented - 2 1/2"
McFarlane Game of Thrones Figures ($26)
If you prefer your dragons grown up (spoiler alert), famed action figure maker McFarlane has a series of meticulously detailed dragons ideal for a toy shelf or desk. Drogon the big black dragon is the bigger of the two, but if you’re caught up on last year’s episodes you might want (and this one actually is a SPOILER ALERT, don’t click if you’re not current) this model of Viserion sporting his 2019 regalia. McFarlane also has more conventional figures, all under thirty bucks, or you can get Dark Horse’s official statues if you want something bigger and more elaborate.
Official Game of Thrones Valyrian Steel Swords ($250+)
For the fan who loves the visceral combat scenes of the series, only the real deal will do: screen-accurate replicas of the most famous swords in the show. Note that these are meant primarily as display pieces, but they’re also actual swords that can be sharpened and wielded, so they might not make good gifts for a recipient with children in the house (or one who lives in a country or municipality that frowns on bladed weapons). Valyrian Steel sells officially licensed swords, plus accessories like scabbards and wall mounts, armor, and even more exotic weapons like spears and warhammerers, all based on the props used by characters in the show.
Direwolf Puppy Plushes ($20-70)
Maybe you don’t want a working weapon of war, and you’d rather embrace the cuddly and cute side of Game of Thrones. (Yes, there is one. Apparently.) Factory Entertainment sells stuffed animals based on the direwolf companions of the Stark family, all suitable for kids of all ages. There are six in total, for the five Stark children and Jon Snow…just don’t ask how many are actually left by the start of the last season. That’s kind of a bummer.
Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series ($15)
You can spend days blowing through every episode of Game of Thrones, but if you’re absolutely starving for content, check out the official Telltale Games series. It tells an arc of parallel stories featuring a smaller Westeros house, but the branching narrative has just as many twists and turns as a TV season, and your decisions affect the outcome. The six-episode adventure game is available on PC, Xbox, PlayStation, iOS, and Android.
A Song of Ice and Fire Book Collection ($29-51)
What’s that? You’ve been watching the series but you’ve never read the books? That’s forgivable (since it’s entirely possible that the books will never actually be finished), but they make a pretty good gift for anyone who wants to dive even deeper into the lore of A Song of Ice and Fire. At the time of writing there are five books, available in both paperback and hardcover collections. You can also get additional lore from officially licensed history books The World of Ice and Fire and Fire and Blood, and a collection of illustrated maps.
Dark Horse Dragonstone Gate Bookends ($93)
Want to really thrill that Thrones fan? Throw in these Dragonstone bookends with that new collection. That way, even if they never actually read the books they’ll at least look awesome on the shelf.
Bonus Gift: HBO NOW Subscription ($25)
Did you know that Game of Thrones is one of the most widely-pirated TV shows in history? I’m sure that you didn’t. Apropos of nothing, you can buy your friend an HBO NOW gift card, and they can watch Game of Thrones (or any other HBO movie or show) on their TV, PC, or smartphone whenever they want. It’s a lot easier than all that pirating that you don’t know how to do anyway.