The holiday season is coming and you need to know what to get that special nerd in your life. They could be a sibling, a parent, a friend, or a co-worker. They all have one thing in common regardless of how much money you’re willing to spend on them. They love comic books and superheroes. You’d think it would be easy to find them the right gift, but you’re finding it to be a bit harder than you imagined. Have no fears, because this guide will have you wrapping just the right present. Keep in mind though, you may have to do a bit of investigative work to narrow down the perfect gift, but this comic book gift guide should get you on the right path.

Comic Book Subscription Services

This is going to be the easiest go-to gift and arguably the biggest bang for your buck. Even if your a comic nerd is a collector and prefers the physical comics, having 80+ years’ worth of material at your fingertips is priceless. There are three main comic subscription services on the market right now. Marvel Unlimited and DC Universe for the two big brands we all know and love. Then there’s Comixology, For Marvel and DC, they have nearly everything from those two publishers. The only downside is that new releases are on a 6-month time delay. Comixology doesn’t have everything Marvel and DC, but they have some. They also have a ton of other stuff from Originals to Manga to Indies.

Comixology allows for e-gift cards and is run through Amazon. The other two are a bit more difficult as they don’t offer straight gift cards specifically for those services. I know giving a general gift card seems lame when there’s nothing to open. But being able to pop onto a phone or tablet and literally have the entire back catalog of comics at your disposal is unrivaled as a comic book fan.

Various Batgirl and Batman comics.

Physical Issues

Buying physical issues is a good way to go, I’ve had success with this myself and seen my significant other do the same with her father. Comics are for all ages you know! But this will require a bit of investigation and leg work on your end. The first thing you need to do is find out what heroes your nerd likes. That’s easy enough to ask in passing. But you don’t want to buy them something they may already have. So, engage a little and show some interest. Why is that hero special to you? What are some of your favorite stories? Do you already have those in a paperback or hardcover?

Once you think you have enough information, you can do some internet searches for iconic stories involving that hero. Or visit a local comic book shop and ask them to help you pick something out. If your nerd likes Spider-Man, what are some good stories? They’re really into X-Men, what collections do you have? Even on the off chance you get them something they already have, I promise, putting in the effort alone will be worth it.

Movies or Shows

In the day and age of streaming, this one depends entirely on your nerd. Some people like to have physical movies or collectors’ editions. Similar to our last entry about physical copies, make sure to talk with your comic nerd. Find out what they like, what they may already have, and plan accordingly. There are more movies and shows out there than just the big blockbuster Marvel and DC Movies.

DC Comics has an entire line of Animated Movies that are actually pretty amazing. Most people talk about DC in a negative light thanks to movies like Batman v Superman or Justice League. But their animated movies are some of the best things they produce.

Collectibles and Memorabilia

Comic book figures are displayed at the New York International Sci-Fi and Fantasy Creators Convention June 28, 2002 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

This is the gift you can have the most fun with! Like the others and like any gift worth giving, you will have to do some digging beforehand. Find out what heroes your nerd likes and then search around the internet. T-Shirts or other apparel with the favorite heroes logo is an easy way to go. If you don’t mind spending some extra cash, figurines, or statues to add to or start a collection would be very welcome.

Even places like GameStop have started to stock comic book memorabilia in the form of statues and action figures. A fan of Captain America would surely love a replica shield or a Thor Hammer. No nerd worth their salt would turn down their very own Infinity Gauntlet! The possibilities here really are endless depending on your price range.

It’s The Thought That Counts

When it comes right down to it though, here’s the bottom line from a lifelong nerd. I grew up engrossed in video games and superheroes. I have so many memories of people asking me, “What do you want for Christmas? And no video games!” Chances are, your nerd has had similar memories with all kinds of things they like. So, no matter what you decide to get them from this list I can promise you one thing. It really is the thought that counts. Regardless of how you personally think about comics and superheroes, showing your nerd that you put in the time to explore and research something that is dear to them will be the biggest gift of the holiday.


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