The best Minecraft games, toys & gifts 2017
When Minecraft first arrived it quickly became a massive phenomenon, and despite the odds it shows no sign of slowing. The game is now available on just about every single platform you can play games on, and has spawned a whole industry of tie-ins and merchandise. That’s good news for a lot of parents – it’s welcome to have kids hooked on a game with minimal violence and a massive creative and constructive side.
So with that in mind, here are a few of our favourite Minecraft toys and gifts, either to foster your child’s creative side or just bring a little bit of the game out into the real world.
Minecraft Story Mode
We’re going to assume that as a Minecraft fan the person you’re on the hunt for a gift for has already got the game itself, but did you know that there’s a new adventure available in the form of Minecraft: Story Mode? Story Mode is an official episodic game series made by Telltale Games that centres around the world of Minecraft but takes you on a story that you control through your decisions. Eight episodes are available, and if you buy the Complete Adventure for Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, and PC, you’ll be getting access to the whole thing.
Lego Minecraft The Crafting Box 2.0
Everyone loves Lego, and its nature of building using blocks lends itself perfectly to Minecraft. Lego has made several official Minecraft-themed sets, starting at just ?10.99/£14.99 and ranging up to ?259.99/£249.99 for the biggest set: The Mountain Cave. We’ve picked out the Crafting Box 2.0, which is a versatile set designed to include enough different bricks to let you create a whole range of varied layouts and locations – exactly in the spirit of Minecraft.
Minecraft Xbox One S
If the Minecraft-lover in your life is looking for a new way to play the game, the Xbox One S is a solid bet. Microsoft’s limited edition bundle makes it an even better choice: the console comes with an exclusive Minecraft-inspired paint-job, along with a controller design inspired by the popular Creeper enemy from the game. Alongside that you get a copy of the game itself, including the Redstone Pack bonus content.
Oh, and the console boasts the larger 1TB hard drive to store the game – and plenty more – on.
Minecraft Xbox One Creeper Controller
If your budget doesn’t stretch as far as the official Minecraft Xbox One S, you can just pick up the Creeper controller on its own, which will also work for anyone playing on PC. It’s a standard Xbox One S pad, including textured grip, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and Bluetooth support for wireless play, but it sports that snazzy exclusive Minecraft paint job. If you’re looking for a second pad – or just something a little different – there’s also a separate Minecraft pig controller in pink – complete with pixellated curly tail on the back.
Minecraft Action Figure
One fun collectible item for Minecraft fans could be an action figure, and there are lots of different figures to collect – each fully moveable and with their own accessories.
Another gift that’s great fun but in no way practical are the Minecraft SwordPickaxe. They’re light and totally harmless, but could become pretty annoying for parents and siblings after a while if the recipient takes a little too well to fake-slaughtering them.
Minecraft Guide Book
There are lots of books available for Minecraft lovers, including a range of guide books that’ll help players master construction, combat and more. They’re a good stocking filler too, available for less than ?5/£10 each.
Minecraft players spend a lot of time looking at a computer, so if you’re hoping to drag them away from the screen to give their eyes a bit of a rest, how about enticing them with a Papercraft pack that lets you create your own 3D world to play with (in real life!). We’ve picked out the Overworld set, but there are also others dedicated to mininganimalsenemiesshelter, and more.
Minecraft Light-Up Redstone Ore
This touch-activated lamp offers three modes of brightness that omit a warming red glow perfect for any Minecraft fan’s bedroom. It’s wireless, instead requiring two AA batteries, and it’s stackable too, so you could pair it with a blue Diamond Ore version or more Redstone Ores if you fancy it.
Just be aware that this light is smaller than you might expect, and will fit in the palm of your hand.
Minecraft Creeper Hoodie
This green hoodie lets kids become the game’s now-iconic Creeper enemy, complete with a zip-up hood to show off the Creeper’s face. It’s available for ages ranging from 5 to 14, and is made of a cotton/polyester blend.
Minecraft Light-Up Wall Torch
While we’re on the subject of light, this officially licensed Minecraft torch would also make a brilliant gift that’s both fun and (sort of) practical. It’s never going to be the brightest torch in the world, but it’s ideal as a decoration or night light, and can even be wall-mounted.
For something super-nerdy but particularly interesting for some, there are several courses available from Udemy to teach you all every element of Minecraft, from its educational value to how to create a Minecraft server and start making money.
Coupons are available for Udemy so you can pay for the course in advance ready for the gift’s recipient to redeem.
That also makes it a great last-minute gift!
We’ve linked above to a Minecraft 101 course, but there are also more advanced courses available to teach things like setting up a Minecraft server or modding the game – both of which could help teach kids useful technical skills.
- ^ the game itself (www.game.co.uk)
- ^ Minecraft: Story Mode here (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
- ^ several official Minecraft-themed sets (shop.lego.com)
- ^ The Mountain Cave (shop.lego.com)
- ^ Best gifts for Lego fans (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
- ^ Xbox One S (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
- ^ Minecraft pig controller (www.microsoft.com)
- Alex (www.amazon.co.uk)
- the Creeper (www.amazon.co.uk)
- the Enderman (www.amazon.co.uk)
- a zombie (www.amazon.co.uk)
- a villager (www.amazon.co.uk)
- Minecraft Sword (www.amazon.co.uk)
- Pickaxe (www.amazon.co.uk)
- Guide to Exploration (www.amazon.co.uk)
- creation (www.amazon.co.uk)
- Redstone (www.amazon.co.uk)
- the Nether (www.amazon.co.uk)
- mining (www.amazon.co.uk)
- animals (www.amazon.co.uk)
- enemies (www.amazon.co.uk)
- shelter (www.amazon.co.uk)
- ^ blue Diamond Ore version (www.amazon.co.uk)
- ^ Minecraft 101 course (click.linksynergy.com)
- ^ setting up a Minecraft server (click.linksynergy.com)
- ^ modding the game (click.linksynergy.com)