Sixty years of comics and a decade of blockbuster films have made Marvel Universe fans out of tons of kids and adults. As you go about shopping for them this holiday season, you’ll find that there is no shortage of gifts to inspire. Finding a Marvel-inspired gift is easy, but finding the just-right gift for your young fan can be pretty hard. To help you out, we sorted through dozens of options and came up with this year’s most noteworthy Marvel Universe-inspired gifts. From a programmable Iron Man gauntlet to a Nerf dart-blasting Captain America shield, here are the best gifts for the Marvel fans in your life.
Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War – The Art of the Movie
This coffee table book features beautiful illustrations of the art that inspired Infinity War. Character concept art, costume drawings, and set designs provide insights into the creative process. Production stills and interviews with the filmmakers give a behind the scenes look at its production. It’s a great gift for kids who love the Avengers movies.
Crayola Avengers Color & Sticker Book
Whether or not your young Avengers fan likes to color in the lines, they will love this coloring book that features line art from the series. This 48-page book also comes with more than 75 different stickers that kids can use to augment their coloring with stickers featuring Avengers logos and characters.
littleBits Avengers Hero Inventor Kit
The ultimate inventor, Tony Stark is a genius engineer and Super Hero who saves the world with the Iron Man suit. While you may not have the resources of Stark Industries behind you, you can get your Avengers-obsessed kids amped for learning about engineering and coding with this kit. Like all littleBits toys, through hands-on and digital play, kids get the chance to assemble a bunch of nifty electronic building blocks (called “Bits”) and power them with a free app and coding platform. This particular kit comes with an accelerometer, lower energy Bluetooth control hub, light sensor, power button, speaker, LED matrix, and more that snap into a wearable gauntlet. The stickers and in-app activities prompt kids to get creative and build their own custom Super Hero gauntlets for ultimate customizability.
Lego Marvel Super Heroes Avengers: Infinity War Thanos: Ultimate Battle
This 674-piece set gives kids the chance to build the Guardians’ Ship, an eight-inch-long model that features a cockpit and rear compartment that actually open, storage room for the included Infinity Gauntlet, and stud shoots kids can use to recreate a pivotal battle scene from the movie. A big figure of Thanos and three minifigures — Iron Man, Star-Lord, and Gamora — are also included.
Funko Pop! Marvel Avengers Infinity War 6″ Hulk Buster Figure
Funko makes collectible vinyl figurines from a ton of different entertainment properties, but this Hulkbuster figure stands out from the crowd — or at least above them. It is six inches tall and will loom larger than the rest of your Funko collection, most of which are less than four inches tall. This super-sized pop still features the distinct head shape of the Funko brand, so it’ll fit in while standing out.
USAopoly Thanos Rising: Avengers Infinity War Cooperative Dice and Card Game
This board game is meant for kids at least ten years old, as its complexity and hour minimum play time make it ill-suited for anyone younger. This also means parents are totally going to want to get in on the action. It’s a cooperative dice and card game for two to four players who recruit heroes and assemble a team to fight Thanos, represented by an awesome included sculpture. The game also includes 42 asset cards, 11 dice, and an Infinity Gauntlet playing surface. It’s a great way to Avengers-ize your next family game night.
Avengers Titan Hero Series 12-Pack Action Figures
These 12-inch action figures would look great displayed on a collector’s shelf, but they’re equally great as toys that kids can play with. With so many characters, kids can create elaborate battles with these figures, all of which feature five points of articulation and a character-specific accessory. It’s hard to go wrong with action figures, and this set is an easy way to get your kids a comprehensive set of characters from the Avengers universe.
Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War: Thanos: Titan Consumed
Instead of retelling the events of the film, this soon-to-be-released novel tells a new story of Thanos’s origins and how he became such a powerful force in the universe. Author Barry Lyga has written several other novels for young adults, and we’re excited to see how his previous work in the comic book industry influences this original story set in the world of the Avengers.
Nerf Avengers Captain America Blaster Reveal Shield
Kids (and, let’s be honest, a lot of adults) will love strapping this Captain America shield to their forearm even before they activate its coolest feature. This shield features a hidden two-dart Nerf blaster that is revealed only when the star in the center of the shield is pressed. The chance to switch from defense to offense in the middle of a Nerf battle is not one to be missed, and the fact that the iconic Captain America logo adorns the shield makes this an even cooler addition to any Nerf arsenal.
Marvel Avengers: Infinity War Hero Vision Iron Man AR Experience
Set up three AR markers on the ground and slide a phone with the Hero Vision app into this Iron Man mask and kids will suddenly be immersed into an augmented reality experience. Playing as Iron Man, kids use the included gauntlet to punch away at enemies that appear as though they’re actually fighting in the room kids are playing in. It’s a cool application of some pretty new tech, and probably the most immersive Avengers experience this side of an IMAX theatre.