As hard as it is to believe, Yu-Gi-Oh! is celebrating its twentieth anniversary in 2020. The anime adaptation that started this long-running franchise, Yu-Gi-Oh!: Duel Monsters is the one that got most of us hooked on Yu-Gi-Oh!. It spawned a number of sequels, spin-offs, movies, and the concept of duel monsters was developed into an actual trading card game.
Despite all the years that have passed, Yu-Gi-Oh! is still quite popular. If you're here that probably means that either you or someone in your life happens to be a Yu-Gi-Oh! fan, so we hope you enjoy the ten gift ideas that we recommended.
10 FUNKO POP ANIMATION: YU-GI-OH! - BLUE-EYES WHITE DRAGON
One of the most well-known and popular monsters from the original Yu-Gi-Oh!: Duel Monsters series and the franchise as a whole, Seto Kaiba’s Blue-Eyes White Dragon is a stunning and powerful monster. The Blue-Eyes White Dragon strikes an intimidating pose and it’s one of those monsters that simply look cool. If you’ve ever collected Yu-Gi-Oh! cards, this dragon was undoubtedly on your wishlist and not just because of his attack and defense points.
Stylized in the Funko Pop style, this version of the Blue-Eyes White Dragon is the perfect gift for fans of Yu-Gi-Oh!, especially those who love Seto Kaiba.
9 FUNKO POP ANIMATION: YU-GI-OH! - SETO KAIBA
Of course, once you get the Blue-Eyes White Dragon, you might as well get his master too. After all, you wouldn’t want the mighty monster to misbehave. Seto Kaiba is perhaps the show’s most complex character. He starts out as sort of a villain, but then kind of acts heroic at times, usually with a personal agenda though.
He is one of Yu-Gi-Oh!’s most popular characters too, with a good number of fans actually preferring him to the main hero, Yugi. If you know a Yu-Gi-Oh! fan who’s always rooted for Kaiba, then this cute Funko Pop figure might be the perfect gift for them.
8 FUNKO POP ANIMATION: YU-GI-OH! - YAMI YUGI
Yami Yugi, aka Pharaoh Atem, is by far the most recognizable Yu-Gi-Oh! character to the point where he’s in a way become synonymous with the show itself. Yami Yugi is the spirit of Pharaoh Atem trapped in the Millennium Puzzle that hangs around the neck of Yugi Muto. When Yugi duels, the spirit almost always takes the reins.
Unlike the clumsy and insecure Yugi, Yami Yugi is charming and oozes confidence. Yami Yugi is a very popular character among fans of the show, so you really can’t go wrong with this cool Funko Pop version of the King of Games.
7 FUNKO POP ANIMATION: YU-GI-OH! - DARK MAGICIAN GIRL
Aside from Exodia, Slyfer the Sky Dragon, and of course the Dark Magician, Yugi has another important trademark monster – Dark Magician Girl. This adorable monster is one of Yugi’s most trusted companions and it’s also one of the most popular monsters among fans of the show.
The Dark Magician Girl is one of the cutest duel monsters for sure and she has gotten tons of merchandise. The stylized Funko Pop Dark Magician Girl figure somehow manages to make the already irresistibly adorable magician even more adorable. So, we have no doubt that any Yu-Gi-Oh! fan will love this figure.
6 YU-GI-OH! MEN'S DARK MAGICIAN T-SHIRT
Speaking of the Dark Magician, Yugi’s favorite monster, the Dark Magician is a powerful spell caster that was created when Mahad, one of the six priests who served Pharaoh Atem, fused with the Illusion Magician while fighting the Thief King Bakura. Yami Yugi has always relied on the Dark Magician, as a friend, and almost always used him in his duels.
The monster became immensely popular with fans of the show as well. So, if you’re looking for something that will put a smile on the face of a Yu-Gi-Oh! fan, check out this cool Dark Magician T-shirt.
5 YU-GI-OH! CLASSIC COMPLETE SERIES
In 2020, Yu-Gi-Oh! will be celebrating its twentieth anniversary. Yes, the first series, Yu-Gi-Oh!: Duel Monsters started airing in the Spring of 2000 (feel old yet?). Over the years, there have been five more Yu-Gi-Oh! series in the franchise (GX, 5D’s, Zexal, Arc-V, and VRAINS), however, the original is still the most popular one.
If the Yu-Gi-Oh! fan you’re shopping for is a fan of the classic Yu-Gi-Oh! that follows the original king of games Yugi Muto, check out this complete set that includes all five seasons of the show, as well as the movie Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time where Yugi joins forces with Jaden and Yusei from GX and 5D’s respectively.
4 YU-GI-OH! LEGENDARY DECKS II
If you grew up watching Yu-Gi-Oh! and rooting for your favorite duelist, you probably also collected the cards. And maybe you even played a little yourself… or a lot. Whether it’s a tournament, a Shadow duel, a Riding Duel, or a Speed Duel, or whatever, the duels in Yu-Gi-Oh! can be a lot of fun. Naturally, many of us wanted to experience that fun for ourselves so we started collecting cards, building decks, and dueling our friends.
This card collection is, indeed, legendary, containing three very special decks: Yugi, Joey, and Kaiba’s. Exodia, the Egyptian God cards, Blue-Eyes White Dragon and Red-Eyes Black Dragon are just some of the legendary cards you’ll find inside this gorgeous box.
3 YU-GI-OH! 4 PAIR SOCK PACK
If T-shirts, figures, and cards aren’t quite what you’re looking for, then maybe this gift idea will be the one for you. Four pairs of Yu-Gi-Oh! socks sound good? From Bioworld, here are the four pairs of socks that every fan of Yu-Gi-Oh! should own.
The first pair has Yami Yugi’s bust on the front, the second features the logo, the third one comes with the Millennium Puzzle embroidered on the front, and the last one features Yugi's favorite card, the Dark Magician. Fans of Yami Yugi will be especially pleased with this package.
2 YU-GI-OH! MILLENNIUM ITEMS
The seven Millennium Items played a major role in the original Yu-Gi-Oh! series. The Puzzle belonged to Yugi and it was inhabited by the spirit of Pharaoh Atem. Bakura had the Ring and the spirit of the Thief King Bakura. Marik had the Rod that gave him the power to control minds, while his sister Ishizu had the Necklace and the power to see the past and the future. Pegasus’ Millennium Eye enabled him to read minds, while the Scale and the Key belonged to Shadi.
A collection of the Millennium Items is certainly a great gift for any Yu-Gi-Oh! fan. The ones you see above can be used as keychains.
1 YU-GI-OH! (3-IN-1 EDITION), VOL. 1
Like so many other anime out there, Yu-Gi-Oh! is based on a manga. Written and illustrated by Kazuki Takahashi, the manga is somewhat different than the anime in the sense that it’s much darker. For example, when possessed by the Puzzle, Yugi becomes the King of Games and challenges evildoers to Shadow Games.
The manga contains tons of extra material that hasn’t been included in the anime series, such as origin stories of Yugi and his friends. This omnibus edition, which consists of the first three volumes, is a gift that any fan of the show would enjoy.
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