Since its original release nearly a decade ago, Minecraft has become one of the most successful video game franchises of all time. Parents keen to get their children away from screens may feel reluctant buying video game-themed gifts, but these toys, which are often as innovative as the game itself, are a great way of encouraging kids to put down the mouse and exercise their imagination in the real world.
There are a whole load of bestselling Minecraft toys for kids out there, so check out our buying guide for tips on how to pick the right figurine, plush toy or costume for the die-hard player in your life. Whether your little one is a fan of Steve or the hair-rising Creepers, we've got the best gifts, accessories and merchandise to snap up from Amazon, eBay and more.
We can't wait to show you some of the amazing Minecraft products that are out there. Before we do, though, we're going to talk you through some things you should consider if you want to buy the Minecraft fan in your life a toy that they'll never forget.
The game may be highly popular with kids, but Minecraft fans come in all shapes and sizes. Even among younger fans, there’s quite a big difference between an 8-year-old and 14-year-old Minecraft lover.
As well as safety considerations such as ensuring that you’re not buying a toy with small parts for a child that’s too young for them, age recommendations are also a useful way of guaranteeing that the child you’re buying for is at the right developmental age.
Toys that encourage roleplay, for example, are great for kids of all ages. They’re not too mentally taxing and they’re an effective means of encouraging creativity and emotional development. On the other hand, toys such as LEGO, which require the following of strict instructions, are likely more suited to older kids with cognitive abilities that are a little more developed.
They share a common theme in being inspired by the same video game series, but Minecraft toys can differ quite radically. Every kid is different, and one of the most reliable ways of choosing a Minecraft toy that they’re bound to love is to find one that matches their existing interests.
Minecraft is, at its heart, all about creativity, and that means there are plenty of Minecraft toys that are just perfect for kids with a creative streak. The pairing of LEGO and Minecraft was always written in the stars, and because there are tons of sets to choose from, you’ll have no trouble finding their favourite characters and scenes.
Young Minecraft fans will love testing out their building abilities, and while in-game building is fun, there’s nothing like watching your creations appear in front of you in the real world.
Even outside of LEGO, there’s a splash of creativity in most Minecraft toys. Take, for example, the board game, which encourages inventiveness among players. Only the cleverest and most courageous will win! Or, there are block-building lights, which are small lamps that can be piled and stacked in an infinite number of ways.
Every kid loves to dress up, and as the crowds that flock to Comic Con every year would attest, many grown-ups do too! If you’re shopping for a Minecraft fan with a particularly vivid imagination, you couldn’t do much better than to buy them a costume or prop that allows them to escape to their favourite imaginary world.
There are plenty of options available – let your loved one don the Diamond Armour, take on the role of the heroic Steve, or play the part of the villainous Creeper. Or perhaps they’d like to get some mining done with a replica pickaxe? Just make sure to arm them with a sword to keep those pesky zombies at bay!
As children get older, certain kinds of toys become less appealing. Teens, for example, don’t tend to ‘play’ with toys in the same way that younger kids do, but that doesn’t mean you’re out of options.
As kids grow up, their personal space becomes more important, and there are plenty of Minecraft toys that’ll allow them to decorate their room in the coolest way possible. They could line their shelves with figures and their bed with plushes, or, light their room with replicas of items taken straight from the game like the torch.
You may have to work a little harder to get a smile out of an older Minecraft fan, but finding them a gift that’ll let them customise their bedroom will get you that little bit closer!
Sometimes, the best thing you can give a child is the opportunity to bond with their parents, their siblings or other older relatives. The great thing is that’s exactly what many Minecraft toys allow you to do.
Building toys, for example, can be a highly effective means of bonding with a child, particularly when given to kids who are old enough to understand but young enough to need a little assistance. You’ll love watching them learn, and they’ll think you’re a superhero when you place the final brick on their favourite scene.
Or, look for toys that allow you to get everyone at home involved. A board game, for example, will have the whole family avoiding pitfalls and flexing their creative muscles for the top spot. If you need an excuse to get everybody sat around the table on a Saturday night, this is it!
Amazingly, special codes included with some toys will allow your superfan to download exclusive game content, such as skins and weapons. They only come with officially-licensed products, and they can be tricky to spot, but keep your eyes out as they effectively give you two gifts in one.
Minecraft toys are amazing in themselves, but if you gift them a toy that also gives them free in-game downloads, you’ll be the coolest parent/uncle/grandma ever!
Now that you know how to find the perfect gift, it's time for us to showcase some of the best Minecrafts available right now. One thing's for sure – you won't be stuck for options, as we've got everything from cuddly toys to fancy dress costumes!
|Great For||Creative kids, playing together|
|Family-Friendly||Yes, 2-4 players|
|Dimensions||25.4 x 25.4 x 7.6 cm|
|Great For||Customising their bedroom|
|Dimensions||8.1 x 12.1 x 26.6 cm|
|Great For||Creative kids, playing together|
|Dimensions||26.2 x 19.1 x 6.1 cm|
|Great For||Customising their bedroom, creative kids|
|Dimensions||Base 4 x 16 cm, blocks 4 x 4 cm|
|Great For||Imaginative play, customising their bedroom|
|Dimensions||2 x 2 x 2 cm|
|Great For||Imaginative play|
|Dimensions||Various sizes available|
|Great For||Customising their bedroom, imaginative play|
|Dimensions||28 x 6 x 6 cm|
|Great For||Imaginative play, creativity|
|Dimensions||10.8 x 2.7 x 9.4 cm|
|Great For||Creativity, playing together|
|Dimensions||26.2 x 19.1 x 6.1 cm built|
|Great For||Imaginative play|
|Dimensions||54 x 28 x 4 cm|
Blue Diamond Sword and Pickaxe Set
Minecraft: The Zombie Cave Adventures Building Set
Steve and Armored Horse Collectable Action Figure
Light-Up Wall Mountable Torch
Minecraft Deluxe Diamond Armour Costume
Minecraft Mine Figures 6-Pack
Minecraft Block Building Light
Minecraft The End Battle Ender Dragon Building Kit
Minecraft 10.5" Creeper Plush
Minecraft Builders & Biomes Game
The Essential Diamond Duo for Safely Exploring Imaginary Worlds
Get Them Crafting and Creating in the Real World
A Customisable Figure With Bonus Content for Steve Fans
The Perfect Way to Light Up a Fan's Room
Look the Part With a Top-Grade Diamond Armour Costume
A Great Starter Set for the Budding Mini Figure Collector
Let Them Craft Their Very Own Custom Light Sculpture
Re-Enact the Final Battle at the End With This Lego Set
A Cuddly Creeper That Won't Explode
Get Them Interacting With a Board Game You'll All Enjoy
|Great For||Imaginative play||Creativity, playing together||Imaginative play, creativity||Customising their bedroom, imaginative play||Imaginative play||Imaginative play, customising their bedroom||Customising their bedroom, creative kids||Creative kids, playing together||Customising their bedroom||Creative kids, playing together|
|Family-Friendly||Yes||Yes||Yes||-||-||Yes||-||Yes||-||Yes, 2-4 players|
|Dimensions||54 x 28 x 4 cm||26.2 x 19.1 x 6.1 cm built||10.8 x 2.7 x 9.4 cm||28 x 6 x 6 cm||Various sizes available||2 x 2 x 2 cm||Base 4 x 16 cm, blocks 4 x 4 cm||26.2 x 19.1 x 6.1 cm||8.1 x 12.1 x 26.6 cm||25.4 x 25.4 x 7.6 cm|
There's nothing better than putting a great big smile on your child's face. Particularly with creative kids, one way of achieving this is to find a gift that will challenge them as they enjoy it. Whether it's mentally stimulating toys or kid-friendly video games, we've got all the info you'll need!
You've now seen some of the amazing Minecraft toys on offer, and you're ready to buy a gift that'll make your young fan's day. In fact, some of these toys are so fun, you may be tempted to have a go yourself – just remember to bring your own pickaxe!
Author: Ben Willimett
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