Who doesn’t love Mario? Even if you’re not a huge fan of the platform game series, you’ve got to appreciate how iconic that chubby red plumber is.
And so it’ll come as no surprise to learn that there’s no shortage of Mario-themed merchandise out there. If you’re looking for a gift idea this Christmas for your friend or family member who adores Mario, look no further.
There’s an endless stream of Mario-themed gifts out there, but we’ve picked out eight of the best, from stocking fillers to more expensive gifts. Whichever you choose, your gift will definitely go down well. Trust us.
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LEGO Super Mario 64 Question Mark Block
There’s quite a lot of Super Mario-themed LEGO out there. From the Super Mario interactive course sets – which you can read about here – to the brick-built LEGO NES, it’s a good time to be a fan of LEGO and Mario. Our favourite, though, is the newest LEGO Mario crossover: this brick-built Question Mark Block which opens up to reveal a diorama of levels from Super Mario 64. Yes, it’s pricey at £159.99, but it’s utterly delightful. So if you want to buy a Mario fan in your life something rather special, this is it.
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury Switch Game
The latest mainline Mario game to hit Nintendo Switch, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is actually an updated and extended version of a Wii U game. Don’t let that put you off, though. This doesn’t feel dated in any way, and is in fact one of the most delightful Mario games we’ve played in recent years. So if your beloved Mario fan doesn’t have this in their collection yet, sort it out. You can read our review of the game by clicking here.
Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros
Another limited-release curio, this special edition Game & Watch won’t be around forever. It allows players to play the classic Super Mario Bros., the game that started it all, alongside Super Mario Bros. 2 and a Mario version of the classic Game & Watch title, Ball. It’s a nice little piece of gaming history, and would make an excellent gift for any Mario lover.
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Super Mario UNO
This is the classic card game of UNO, but adorned with Mario characters. What’s not to love? It makes a great stocking filler for any Mario fan, and it’s a great game to play with the family at Christmas. What more could you want from a gift, really?
Mario Kart Yoshi RC Vehicle
Mario Kart is fun. But not as fun as having an actual remote control car to drive around. We just love this Mario Kart-themed Yoshi RC vehicle, and we’re pretty sure your Mario-loving friend will, too. Sitting atop a matching green ATV, Yoshi is incredibly cute. And we bet he can get quite a speed up, too.
The Goomba has something of a bad rep in the world of Super Mario. He’s always just minding his own business, walking side to side, and then out of nowhere a red plumber comes and flattens him by stomping on his head. Look at his little face. He just wants to be loved. With this Goomba plushie, he can finally get the hug he deserves. We love you, Goomba.
Super Mario Coasters
This set of Mario coasters from Paladone is the perfect stocking filler for your Mario-obsessed loved one. Coming in various shapes and sizes, all themed after Mario, they make an excellent novelty place to rest a festive tipple. With 20 in the pack, there’s plenty to go around the whole house, too.
Question Block Light
This little light makes the perfect night light or desktop accompaniment for any Super Mario fan. Shaped like one of the many ‘?’ blocks you’ll find dotted around a Mario level, it lights up with a yellow tinge. Oh, and it even makes a ‘coin’ sound when you turn it on. Better yet, it can be powered by USB or batteries, making it super flexible.