Looking for some last minute gift ideas for young adult fantasy readers on your list? Fortunately, there’s no shortage of fantasy books. There’s bound to be a new book or boxed set that your fantasy friend or family member hasn’t read yet.
But what if you want to give them something other than a new fantasy novel?
Well, there’s no shortage of ideas there either. Here are a few suggestions—but first I️ have to start with two books I️ highly recommend.
Across the Fourwinds
Shameless self-promotion? Perhaps. But these days it’s hard to surprise people with unexpected gifts. This one probably will. And it’s a gift that gives again. For every copy of Across the Fourwinds you buy to give to your favourite fantasy reader, we will give a student workbook for a child in Haiti.
And here’s another idea that’s perfect for the VERY last minute…
You can give the Kindle edition (e-book) of Across the Fourwinds and all you need is:
- An Amazon.com account
- One dollar
- The recipient’s email address
Seriously, it’s that easy.
Just use this link to Across the Fourwinds on Amazon.com – http://amzn.to/2iGhHEL
And instead of clicking the “buy now with 1-click” button, scroll down a bit and click the “give as a gift” button.
You’ll need to login to your Amazon.com account (or create one – Canadians, you can set up an Amazon.com account too because the give as a gift option is not available on Amazon.ca).
The recipient just needs any device that supports the Kindle app (Kindle reader, iPad, iPhone or other Android device). Hmmm. Is there anyone you know who DOESN’T have one of those devices?
Besides being fast, easy and
cheap affordable (only one dollar until the end of this year), you can specify the delivery date for the e-book. Yes, your beloved fantasy fan can check their email on Christmas Day (or whatever day you choose) and discover a new fantasy adventure!
Ok, enough self-promotion.
The one other fantasy novel I️ have to recommend is one that reignited my love of the fantasy genre (not that the flames had really died down that much).
Name of the Wind 10th Anniversary Edition
This story is one that I️ will probably read again and again. It’s that good. And with each read, there are new discoveries.
The Kingkiller Chronicle is a trilogy, but fans have been waiting years for the third and final book. Patrick Rothfuss seems like a bit of a perfectionist but wants to makes sure it’s the best it can be. I️ was at a book signing recently and he was asked, “When will book three be out?” He quoted Aslan from C. S. Lewis’ Voyage of the Dawn Treader:
“Do not look sad. We shall meet soon again.”
“Please, Aslan”, said Lucy,”what do you call soon?”
“I call all times soon,” said Aslan; and instantly he was vanished away.
So Rothfuss told us book 3 will be out “soon.” 😉
Additionally, there are rumours of TV and movie adaptations of The Kingkiller Chronicle already in the works (roll over, Game of Thrones).
In the meantime, make sure you read the first two books. The 10th anniversary hardcover edition of Name of the Wind (Book 1) is worth the extra money. Fantastic illustrations, maps, and some really cool bonus material.
Fantasy: An Artist’s Realm
Besides the unlimited library of fantasy novels, you might be interested in this beautiful book of fantasy drawings.
Gear for e-book Readers
Kindle e-reader 6″
Mighty Bright NuFlex Clip-On LED Book Light
Find it at Amazon.com
The film industry has embraced the fantasy genre, especially after the success of Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Game of Thrones.
But here’s a couple of titles you might not have seen.
The Shannara Chronicles
Shane and I️ are huge fans of Terry Brooks. Recently, the Shannara Chronicles appeared on screen. Season two is in full swing right now, but you can get caught up with season one. I️ admit, it’s a far cry from the actual Shannara novels (are movie adaptations ever as good as the book?) but it stands well on its own. It seems especially targeted to young adult viewers.
I’ve recommended The Magicians novels in another post. If the friend or family member on your Christmas gift list is a fan of the series, you might consider getting them started on the TV series based on the novels.
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
Sorry, I can’t help suggest something from the world of Harry Potter.
There’s something about fantasy readers that draws us to games. Here are two card games to add to someone’s Christmas stocking.
The first two games are based on Patrick Rothfuss’ novels. The cool thing about buying from his website is that proceeds go to his “Worldbuilders” charity. And we’re big fans of getting a gift and giving a gift!
Name of the Wind – Playing Cards
Find it at The Tinker’s Packs
Regular playing cards with beautiful illustrations based on the books.
Tak – board game
Find it at The Tinker’s Packs
This is a 2-player abstract strategy game based on the game introduced in the novel The Wise Man’s Fear.
The Hobbit Card Game
This card game probably won’t fit in a stocking, but it comes highly recommended by Lord of the Rings fans.
Miscellaneous gift ideas
Still stuck? Here are a few final ideas that might help you cross off that fantasy fan on your Christmas list.
One ring to rule them all…
Or a bit more pricey… this pendant is inspired by Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series.
Find it at Amazon.com
Harry Potter Marauders Map
Wooden Engraved map of Middle Earth
Find it on Etsy
Like most Christmas wish lists, this one could go on. Hopefully this helps spark some creative gift ideas for young adult fantasy readers on your list.
And remember, if you get stuck at the last minute, or you’ve run out of money, give the Kindle edition of Across the Fourwinds as a gift. Sorry, I️ said that was the end of the self-promotion.