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Shh. Listen. Can you hear it? The sweet sound of the holidays, drawing ever nearer like a jolly gift-giving barbarian. Now is the time to be thinking of ideas on presents you'd like to buy for loved ones, and the Sonic Stadium is here to give you a helping hand. After all, you may have a loved one that's absolutely mad about Sonic the Hedgehog. Or you're thinking of doing a little Sonic Shopping for yourself!
Whatever the reason for your gifting curiosities, let us help you out with our specialised Sonic Gift Guide. We've sifted through all of the available Sonic the Hedgehog products out there (and believe us, there is a LOT) and selected some quality items that we think are the cream of the crop. You won't go wrong by buying any of these - your Sonic-crazed relatives (or you) will thank you for it!
Check out our picks below, and click the links relevant to your region to head to the appropriate store. Happy Shopping!
Note: The products discussed here were independently chosen by the Sonic Stadium team. Links included in this article lead to affiliated external retailers - by clicking and continuing through these links, the Sonic Stadium may earn a commission from your purchase, which will go towards supporting this website and our coverage. Thank you for supporting us!
First thing's first - the all-important run-up to Christmas / Holiday! Sometimes the wait is even more exciting than the presents... no, actually now that we've said that out loud back to ourselves, it's really not. But it's still exciting! And you can make it even more exciting with these official Sonic Advent Calendars and decorations!
Opening doors? Eating chocolates? Pah! That sort of advent calendar may have been cool back in... like... 1905, but here in 2023 the real way to count down your festive days is by getting stuff to build with! Available at SEGA Shop, these awesome Sonic and Tails calendars give you a little piece of your favourite character every day, revealing a fantastic figure come December 25 that you can sit proudly on a shelf. Plus it's got the pair chilling in Ice Cap. Everybody loves Ice Cap. The quality on these is superb, so you won't go wrong opting for this. Unless you stick Sonic's face on wrong or something.
Amass an army of miniature Sonic figures to do your bidding, as you count down the days to the big festive day! This is the 2022 edition of the Advent Calendar, but to be honest you can still use it in 2023, it's not like the number of days to Christmas suddenly change year on year. And you/your giftee might be more of a toys kind of guy.
Perhaps you want something a little more constructive for your holiday countdown? Check out this new Advent Calendar for 2023, which contains a new piece of Sonic stationary behind each door. Ever wanted to measure up the sides of a triangle with Sonic's face staring right back at you? Then this should be a dream package for you!
Get yourself something cool and nerdy to hang from your Christmas tree this year by nabbing a Hallmark Sonic and SEGA holiday ornament. These are from the company's 'Keepsake' range, which are a bit more top drawer than their standard line of ornaments, so you can be sure of some real quality on the tree.
There's nothing quite like partaking in the age-old tradition of 'Christmas Jumper Day' (which is actually a charity-focused event in the UK), or generally just spending the festive season wearing the biggest, comfiest and ugliest sweaters in the land. Lucky for all of us, Numskull decided to get involved and bless us all with a Sonic-themed top that will surely make your friends and family grimace in delight. It's always a popular winter item, and it's just been restocked for 2023, so get your hands on one while you can!
If you want a casual, non-committal way of celebrating the festive season, why not just lazily wear a themed t-shirt and sup your morning coffee from a themed mug to prove to your family and co-workers that you are truly a ho-ho-homie? There's a Sonic/Amy bundle focusing on the holidays, and a Sonic/Tails bundle for the New Year. Each bundle is discounted too, so you net yourself some savings too. Winner.
Here are some smaller Sonic-related gift ideas that are fun enough to drop in someone's holiday stocking. Or an equivalent traditional festive piece of footwear. Maybe even someone's actual sock. Who knows? I'm not here to tell you how to live your life. These products can also be considered for the budget-conscious, in case you want to give a significant but not bank-breaking present to a fifth cousin thrice-removed or something.
Remember those really cool Sonic the Hedgehog themed rubber ducks that Numskull released a few years back? Well, these are brand new, smaller versions of those bath-friendly toys. Tiny enough to pick them up with two of your tiny little fingers, it'd make for a good desk ornament if you can't be bothered to get it wet. This product releases in December 2023, so until then you can pre-order to secure your own little Sonic TUBBZ.
Socks are one of the best things you can fit in a Christmas stocking. It's like, meta or something. A sock within a sock. Have the time of your life laughing at this dad-joke level of irony, and give your loved ones something warm to put on their tootsies, by getting a pair of Sonic-branded socks. We picked this particular style because we love the cool Japanese design and the stitching of the characters kind of remind us of a Dreamcast Visual Memory Unit display. Available in a one-size version for adults, sizes 6-11 (UK) and 39-46 (EU).
You might have a hard time fitting this into a stocking, but everybody loves a good mug so it'll probably be worth the effort. This one features a limited edition festive design, with Tails and Sonic lovingly crafting an Eggman-shaped snowman. Probably so that they can kick it into dust afterwards. That's just mean.
That's right, the blue blur has made his way into the classic portable card game Top Trumps! Perfect as a small present for a loved one or Sonic-mad best friend, this deck features a set of 30 character cards pulling from the vast cast of Sonic the Hedgehog's allies and enemies. Test yourself and a friend to a few games and see who's truly the Toppest of the Trumps.
Pin badges are an incredibly versatile gift. You can put them on display on a corkboard, hold them in a little case, or even (gasp) pop them on your clothes to make you look baller. SEGA Shop has been a great place to find exclusive and limited edition Sonic pin badges, and so we highly recommend it as your source of the latest products. Some of these are from past 'Pin of the Month' campaigns too, which means that once they're gone, they won't be in stock again - so move fast if you want to add to your collection!
Did you know that Sonic the Hedgehog started life as a video game? Oh, you did. Well look, right, it's easy to mistake him for a movie star, comics superhero, merchandise fashionista and all the rest of it - but it's just as well that the video games are great too. We'd be remiss if we didn't recommend at least the following titles to put in your loved one's (or your own) stocking this year. We've included links to Japanese stores in this section too, because we know there are some fans who love collecting all the different boxes for each game. Hey, you're welcome.
Sonic's latest outing is an absolute banger. Your blue hero goes back to classic 2D, in a new adventure that lets you run through the colourful landscapes of the North Star Islands as Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Amy - either solo or all at once in casual co-op multiplayer! We raved about the franchise's return to thoughtful platforming action, addictive gameplay loop and significant-but-rewarding challenge in our review - and we know what we're talking about, so let that be a reason to pick up a copy.
A special release of the game only made available at Korean retailers, but the PS5 version can be imported via the Amazon JP link below. Includes the game, a 3.1" figurine, a 5.9"x4.1" acrylic stand and a 6.7"x8.3" reproduction print featuring Takashi Iizuka and Naoto Ohshima's signatures.
Run through the blue blur's original 16-bit adventures in this adorable package that aims to honour the series' platforming roots. You've played Sonic 1, 2 and CD countless times before, but not like this - Origins Plus does the service of bringing console players Christian Whitehead's remastered versions of these titles for the first time. And there's a newly-remastered version of Sonic 3 & Knuckles to boot, courtesy of Sonic Mania developer Headcannon. Chuck in a playable Amy Rose in all games, Knuckles in Sonic CD, mission modes, an unlockable gallery and the entire library of 8-bit Game Gear Sonic games, and you have yourself a rather exhaustive compilation of Sonic's early years. We loved it (read our review here), but after a number of patches and updates, it's even better today!
Sonic Team's big comeback project was 2022's Sonic Frontiers, and after five years of development the studio succeeded in providing a truly fresh new take on 3D Sonic action. Lost and without much direction, Sonic is tasked with exploring the vast lands of the Starfall Islands in a desperate attempt to rescue his friends who are trapped in a cyberspace limbo. It's a game that lets the player choose where and how they tackle the story, with "open zone" challenges, new combat scenarios and traditional linear platforming stages all offering a means to progress. It's a beloved title by many Sonic fans for its story and characterisation, and we thought it was pretty good upon release, but a wave of free DLC expansions over the last year have only enhanced the game. If you've not jumped in yet, now is the perfect time.
Japanese special edition. Includes the game, a 60-page art book and collectible Koco charm.
One of the coolest things to happen to Sonic over the last year was his official and long-awaited entry into the LEGO universe. After appearing in a cameo in a LEGO video game and some successful LEGO Ideas campaigns, we finally have some proper official Sonic the Hedgehog play sets to call our own. As you can imagine, all of these sets are in high demand, so make sure to get your hands on a box as soon as you can. We won't beat around the bush, all of these sets are worth your money and play time, so we'll just get right to the point and share the best prices for US and UK fans to purchase these.
While we were all waiting for Sonic Frontiers to come out, SEGA and Paramount Pictures had entertained the world twice over with two magnificent theatrical adventures of everyone's favourite blue hedgehog! Starring James Marsden and Jim Carrey, and featuring the voice of Ben Schwartz as Sonic, these movies take the blue blur across the world - and across dimensions - to save Earth from the ever-increasing threat of Dr. Robotnik. The first movie is great to watch with the family, but it's the second that fans will admire for the added character cast and fun references to past Sonic games.
It's almost criminal that the physical CD releases of Sonic the Hedgehog soundtracks are limited to Japan, but you don't have to miss out! Using the links below, you can order both of the absolutely incredible OSTs for Sonic Frontiers and have them imported right to your door. The below recommended stores are able to ship to most international countries, and there are still a few copies of the original 'Stillness & Motion' 6CD pack floating around, so if you've never dabbled with Japanese stores before, now's a great time to give it a shot!
Ever wanted to eat like Sonic? Well here's an official way to make your own dishes inspired by the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise! Cook Sonic's favourite signature chili dogs, fry some golden onion rings, or bake some Evil Cookies to share and delight your tastebuds! There are over 50 recipes to try covering all kinds of skill levels, from main meals to starters, desserts and even drinks.
One of the great ways to enjoy Sonic the Hedgehog content is with the fantastic comic book adaptation from IDW Publishing. The series has been running since 2018 and has taken the blue blur and friends on a huge number of cool and interesting adventures. From battling metal viruses, to dealing with the mysterious Doctor Starline and more, the book has also introduced a slew of awesome new characters such as Surge the Tenrec, Tangle and Whisper. We've included the first three mega-compilations as a gift recommendation, alongside one of our favourite arcs: Scrapnik Island. Finally, if you just want to look at the incredible comic art the Sonic book has produced, we've included a recommendation of the official art book too.
Includes Issues #1 - 12 (Vol. 1-3)
Includes Issues #13 - 20 (Vol. 4-5), the 2019 Annual and the Tangle & Whisper four-issue mini-series
Includes Issues #21 - 32 (Vol. 6-8) and the 2020 Annual
If a little bit of face-to-face family time is what you're after, you can put down the video game controller and pick up a board game piece as you can also enjoy Sonic the Hedgehog in tabletop form! We recommend this recently-released game from KHADOU, in which players have to navigate the board in search for the elusive Chaos Emeralds. In this race against time, you also have to be careful of Dr. Eggman's nasty traps and robots, which can put you out of commission! Fun for 2-4 players, ages 8+.
Gaming can be a messy business. We get it. You should look at our desks every so often (actually, please don't do that). Life can be chaotic already, so why not enhance your calm with a little gaming locker to tidy your stuff? This awesome-looking cabinet has a drawer for loose cables, holders for up for four gaming controllers, a headset rest, and space for up to 10 game cases. And when it's closed, you can see an image of Sonic and Eggman duking it out. How cool is that?
Nintendo Switch carry cases are a dime a dozen, but not many look as good as this official Sonic-themed one, which will definitely make you the belle of the gaming ball if you walk around with it like a clutch bag. Of course, it's sleek and small enough to actually put into a bigger bag too, and offers additional protection for your valuable Nintendo Switch while on the commute. Alongside padded compartments for the console itself, the case comes with space for 10 game cartridges and a zipped area for additional accessories. Super useful!
OK, this thing might be super useful and handy, but we also think it just looks too silly to NOT include in our roundup. Whatever genius thought of taking a model of Sonic, ripping out his upper torso and replacing it with a game cartridge - all in the name of having a charging portal on which to stand your phone - should really get a raise. The back of the figure also has an accurate reprinting of the original Sonic 1 Mega Drive box blurb too. You're probably not a REAL Sonic fan unless you have one of these. Probably. It's on sale as well for the holidays, so no reason not to get one.
This is it. The big one. The present you save for the very end, just when you think all the gifts are opened and accounted for. But NO! There's this one last thing - what that is we leave entirely up to you, but we recommend the following items to ensure a holiday that won't be forgotten anytime soon.
This brand new statue from First4Figures is sure to hit all the right nostalgia nerves - a model of the iconic pose and logo from Dreamcast classic, Sonic Adventure. Those of us who grew up with Sega's last home console will fondly remember Christmas days playing through Sonic's first mainline 3D outing, and absorbing all of the vibrant colours, wonderful level design and engaging storyline. Take yourself back to 1999 with one of two versions of this PVC statue; either the Standard Edition or a Collector's version that comes with a light-up base.
Got a little bit of extra pocket money lying around? Have that Shadow the Hedgehog hyper-fan in your household who has extravagant taste? Well, if you hand this Super Shadow statue over to your loved one, you really will be the Ultimate Lifeform in their eyes. This absolutely massive model comes complete with an aura powered by two LED functions that offer intense lighting around the character. Give Super Shads a static etherial glow or opt for an animated flickering effect to really recreate that Final Hazard feeling!
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