Soon after it first began airing on HBO in 2011, Game of Thrones morphed from a simple television series into a full-blown cultural phenomenon. Now, with the show having wrapped up its sixth season, there are literally hundreds of Game of Thrones-related items available for the hardcore fan. Of course, not every piece of Game of Thrones merchandise may be worth spending your precious Gold Dragons on. However, after carefully searching the Seven Kingdoms and beyond, we have found what we believe to be seven of the best gifts for fans of Game of Thrones.
1. Game of Thrones: Season 5 (Blu-ray+Digital Copy)
Whether you’re a longtime fan who wants to revisit the events that lead up to Season 6, or a newcomer who is still catching up, this Blu-ray copy of season five of Game of Thrones is the best way to view the show. Not only do you get all 10 episodes of season five in high-definition Blu-ray quality, you also get a treasure trove of extras, including in-episode guides, character profiles, behind-the-scenes features, and audio commentaries from the cast and crew. As an added bonus you also get access to a digital copy of season 5. You can find the Game of Thrones: Season 5 (Blu-ray+Digital Copy) here. You can also pre-order the Game of Thrones: The Complete Sixth Season Blu-ray here (available on November 15, 2016).
2. A Game of Thrones: The Board Game Second Edition
Game of Thrones is as much a political thriller as it is a traditional fantasy story. Although Daenerys Targaryen has dragons, the purpose of those fantastical creatures is to enable her to take back the Iron Throne and rule the Seven Kingdoms. Now you and your friends can personally take part in both the fantasy and political aspects of Game of Thrones by playing this strategy board game. Created for 3 to 6 players, this well-designed game features all the intrigue and warfare that has made the books and TV show so popular. Just keep in mind that your friends may turn on you at any time – after all, this is Game of Thrones! You can find the A Game of Thrones: The Board Game Second Edition here.
3. 4D Cityscape Puzzle Game of Thrones
Anyone who’s seen Game of Thrones knows that it has one of the best opening title sequences of any TV show. One aspect that makes the opening sequence so entertaining is an animated three-dimensional clockwork map that shows the various cities and castles in the world of Game of Thrones springing up from the ground. While you may not be able to get your hands on the clockwork map seen in the show’s opening sequence, you can get the next best thing with this 4D Cityscape Puzzle Game of Thrones.
Just like the map seen in the show’s introduction, this puzzle features all the important locations raised above the flat landscape, including Casterly Rock, Winterfell, and The Wall. This beautifully designed multilayer map will be appreciated by any fan of Game of Thrones or puzzles. You can find the 4D Cityscape Puzzle Game of Thrones here.
4. Game of Thrones Ceramic Steins
Watching all the murdering, fighting, and backstabbing that goes on between the various Great Houses on Game of Thrones can sure make you thirsty. Well now you can quaff your favorite Dornish wine in style and display your Great House allegiance all at the same time. These officially licensed 16-ounce ceramic steins are available in both House Stark and House Targaryen versions. Just be careful about who you let fill your stein. You can find the Game of Thrones Ceramic Steins here.
5. George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Boxed Set (Song of Ice and Fire series): A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons
There’s nothing sadder than having no new episodes to watch after a season of Game of Thrones ends. Wait, what? There are books? In case you didn’t know, HBO’s hit TV show is based on a series of fantasy novels written by George R. R. Martin. And while the TV show occasionally deviates from the books and will even outpace them in seasons six and seven, fans of the show will still enjoy reading about their favorite onscreen characters in more detail.
This five-book collection gives you all the novels that have been published so far in one boxed set, and at a lower cost than if you bought them all separately. The only downside to this deal is that you may turn into one of those people that exclaims, “But that didn’t happen in the book!” every time the show doesn’t follow the exact same storyline. But we think it’s a risk well worth taking. You can find George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Boxed Set here.
6. Game of Thrones House Sigils T-Shirt
Anyone who watches Game of Thrones knows that it’s all about the Great Houses. The four most powerful ones are House Lannister, House Stark, House Baratheon, and House Targaryen — although the power and fortunes of each one may vary from episode to episode. And while the characters on the show are generally bound to the Great House in which they were born, who says the fans have to pick just one?
Spread your bets with this 100% cotton t-shirt that features the sigils of all the major Houses on the front. Just don’t be caught wearing this t-shirt anywhere near the Seven Kingdoms if you want to keep your head. You can find the Game of Thrones House Sigils Tee here.
7. Game of Thrones Longclaw Sword of Jon Snow
member former member of the Night’s Watch, Jon Snow has sworn to defend the realms of men from wildings and white walkers. Not surprisingly, he likes to carry around a pretty formidable sword when he patrols The Wall. And while you may never face a wilding or a walker, you can keep Jon Snow’s sword on your wall at home, just in case. This realistic replica is 45 inches in length and features a 35-inch stainless steel blade and a genuine leather hilt. With a plaque featuring the Night’s Watch Oath, this officially licensed replica makes the perfect decorative piece for any hardcore fan of Game of Thrones. You can find the Game of Thrones Longclaw Sword of Jon Snow here.
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