Cheeky Kid is a Pokémon aficionado whose objective is to play the games, catch 'em all, and enjoy the franchise as long as it exists.
If you have someone in your life who’s totally obsessed with Pokémon GO, then this guide is for you. Read on to discover the best gifts you can give someone who loves catching 'mons, battling with other trainers, connecting with people, and playing outside for fun and enjoyment.
What Are the Best Gifts for Pokémon GO Players?
- Pokémon GO Plus
- Brand-New Smartphone
- Walking Shoes
- PowerCore Essential 20000 (Power Bank)
- Pokémon Shirts by Original Stitch
- Pokémon Costume
- Embroidered Pokémon GO Team Cap
- Phone Swing
- Bike Phone Mount
- Anti-Theft Sling Bag w/ USB Charging Port
- Pokémon GO Car Decals
- Pokémon Plushies
- Pokémon GO Fest Print-at-Home Kit
- Nintendo Switch
- A New Friend/Playmate/Partner
1. Pokémon GO Plus
Us Pokémon GO addicts are relentless! Even when we’re not playing Pokémon GO, we think of nothing but Pokémon GO. I may be exaggerating, but yes, our mantra is “Pokémon GO is life!”
While it’s true that life sometimes gets in the way of catching ‘mons and spinning PokéStops, there’s actually a way to automate this game—well, to a certain extent, that is. There’s a device that allows players to catch 'mons and spin PokéStops without bringing their phones out. It’s called the Pokémon GO Plus. The Pokémon GO Plus is the official companion accessory of this game.
What Are Its Functions?
- It lights up and vibrates when a Pokémon or PokéStop is nearby.
- With a simple press of a button, this device catches ‘mons with regular Poké Balls and spins PokéStops for resources.
- When successful, it lights up and vibrates again to notify the player.
This device is as basic and as simple as it can be. It has its own share of imperfections, but overall, it’s one nifty companion accessory. Although there are other similar devices such as the Gotcha, the Dual Catchmon, and the Poké Ball Plus, this one’s the simplest, the most established, and the cheapest at around 35 dollars.
2. Brand-New Smartphone
If you’re feeling outrageously generous, then you might want to consider giving them a brand-new smartphone. When it comes to gaming, the higher the specs of your smartphone, the better your gameplay experience! Fortunately, Pokémon GO isn’t too demanding when it comes to specs. It is still best, however, to play this game with the latest smartphones because its forward-moving updates tend to render older devices obsolete. So, always go for the most recent, high-spec smartphone if you can.
If you’re not willing to shell out a lot of money, there are still a lot of decent smartphone options. All that is needed is a smartphone with a decent battery capacity (around 4000mAh) and adequate RAM (at least 4GB), and you’re good to go.
Budget Smartphones to Consider
- iPhone SE
- Xiaomi Poco X3
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 6
- Motorola Moto G8+
- Google Pixel 4a
Whichever you choose, it’ll surely be appreciated. This is especially true if the recipient has multiple Pokémon GO accounts. Yes, many of us have multiple accounts, which we like to call baby accounts. While dual apps do exist, nothing shows people how much of a boss you are like playing this game with several phones!
3. Walking Shoes
Do they love walking? Well, of course they do! Pokémon GO is, after all, a game that requires a lot of walking. Therefore, giving them a pair of walking shoes would be a great call.
Things to Consider When Buying Walking Shoes
- What is their shoe size?
- What is their favorite color?
- What style do they prefer?
It’s surprising how much walking players do because of this game. I myself have logged over 5,000 kilometers (and counting) on this game ever since I started playing it. And yeah, I play it in all kinds of footwear, but I feel most comfortable playing it in shoes that are specifically made for walking.
For comfort, I recommend Skechers-brand shoes. They’re super comfy, and they make me feel like I’m walking on clouds. For style, I recommend Adidas and FILA shoes. Not only are these two brands popular and well-trusted when it comes to quality, but they also have official themed shoes, thanks to their collaboration with the Pokémon company.
4. PowerCore Essential 20000 (Power Bank)
There’s only one thing worse than running out of Poké Balls in the middle of a Pokémon GO event, and that’s running out of phone battery juice! My power bank is the PowerCore Essential 20000 from Anker. I bought it before going to a Safari Zone event in New Taipei City. As a power bank from a name brand, it sure didn’t disappoint me!
What’s So Special About the PowerCore Essential 20000?
- The capacity of this power bank is 20,000mAh.
- It charges smartphones really fast.
- Since it has two ports, it can charge two devices simultaneously.
- For a power bank with such capacity, it’s pretty compact and lightweight.
- Its USB-C port (input only) allows it to charge quickly with a wall adapter or charger.
Pokémon GO players are known to be quite friendly. Oftentimes, we let our fellow players charge their phones on our power banks so that we can all play together longer. In the end, everyone plays enjoyably, everyone goes home happy, and everyone wins!
By the way, aside from my phone, I often use this power bank to charge my Nintendo Switch, especially when I’m traveling. So far, it hasn’t let me down. This power bank always does a pretty good job, so I really recommend it!
5. Pokémon Shirts by Original Stitch
I’m not sure where I first learned about the existence of Pokémon shirts by Original Stitch, but when I found out about them, I was enthralled!
When you visit the website, you are presented with options like polo shirts and button-up shirts. From there, you get to choose from a diverse selection of dress shirts, casual shirts, Hawaiian shirts, and more. But that’s not all—you can even customize the collar, sleeves, fabric, and all other details. There are also tons of Pokémon-themed designs to choose from. Amazing, huh?
These shirts can get quite pricey, but who cares about the price when they all look extraordinarily classy and stylish? I can only imagine that wearing these shirts would be really nice while playing Pokémon GO.
6. Pokémon Costume
During community days, Safari Zone events, and GO Fests, I often see people dressed in all sorts of costumes. It’s super crazy how they can walk around in those stuffy costumes, but I guess it’s their passion that keeps them going.
This is the reason why you should consider buying a Pokémon costume for your buddy. Costumes make great novelty gifts. Also, they can be worn outside of Pokémon GO events at Christmas parties, Halloween parties, and other costume parties.
Start by asking what their favorite Pokémon is. Then, work your way toward acquiring the costume. Cosplay is “in” nowadays, so there's really no reason to hold back when it comes to costumes.
7. Embroidered Pokémon GO Team Cap
I was gifted this embroidered Pokémon GO team cap by a friend who is in the same team as I am—Team Instinct! As you may already know, there are three teams in Pokémon GO—Team Valor (red), Team Mystic (blue), and Team Instinct (yellow). Correspondingly, I was gifted a Team Instinct cap with the Zapdos logo on it.
I like this cap because it’s both snug and functional. It sends a signal to everyone around that I’m a proud member of Team Instinct. Plus, it also blocks intense rays from the sun whenever I play during the day.
If you ever decide to give this cap as a gift, be sure to first ask the recipient which team they’re part of. Remember that there are only three teams—Team Valor, Team, Mystic, and Team Instinct—so choose accordingly.
Come rain or shine, Pokémon GO players will stop at nothing just to catch 'mons! Trust me, I’ve seen the best and worst of it. For this reason, umbrellas make perfect gifts! They not only serve to protect against the sun, but they also protect against the rain. I often bring an umbrella when I play during midday or when there’s a rainy weather forecast. When I have my umbrella with me, I feel like no intense weather condition can stop me from catching 'mons!
Go choose an umbrella that’s light and easy to pack. Sometimes, it can be annoying to carry an umbrella on one hand while trying to play with the other hand, so go with a compact and lightweight umbrella if possible.
9. Phone Swing
I find it astonishing how creative people can get—especially when they're trying to exploit games. Since Pokémon GO is a game that requires walking, many players try to exploit the system by making their in-game avatars walk without them actually walking in real life.
Some methods include putting the phone in a sock and shaking it to simulate walking, attaching the phone to a remote-controlled toy vehicle, or even attaching the phone to a dog or cat. What’s it all for? It’s all for hatching eggs, of course!
Pokémon eggs hatch anywhere from every 1 kilometer to every 12 kilometers. Sometimes, hatching eggs seems overwhelming because it takes a lot of effort and time. This is the reason why all sorts of tricks and exploits were born. Luckily, hatching eggs can be hassle-free and effortless with the help of a simple contraption—the phone swing.
A phone swing is a small contraption that allows your phone to move as if a person is actually walking with it. It swings in a way that simulates walking as accurately as possible. Thus, it helps users hatch eggs with minimal effort. I don’t have one personally, but a few friends of mine do, and they all vouch for it. They say they recommend it for when you get too lazy or can’t go out for some reason.
10. Bike Phone Mount
Biking is another way to play Pokémon GO. I do it sometimes but mostly to get to Gyms faster for battles and raids.
When biking, it’s really convenient to have a bike phone mount. It holds my phone in place, and it allows me to monitor my game. While I can’t really actively catch 'mons while biking, with a bike phone mount, I can easily and conveniently spin PokéStops and acquire Field Research tasks with very little effort.
Based on my experience, biking is not very effective when it comes to hatching eggs. This is because the biking pace doesn’t record steps as accurately as walking. You can go slow, but that defeats the purpose of riding a bike. So really, the biggest advantage of biking is getting to Gyms and PokéStops faster. A bike phone mount is a must-have for players who love riding their bikes around while playing this game.
11. Anti-Theft Sling Bag w/ USB Charging Port
Ever since I started playing Pokémon GO, I’ve made it a habit to always carry a sling bag whenever I go out. Sling bags are really convenient. They’re small and compact, and they allow me to carry just my essentials. I often bring my power bank, my charging cables, my keys, my umbrella (if it’s rainy), and my wallet. Sometimes, I even throw in my Nintendo Switch in case I want to play some other games when I get bored. But yeah, the lighter my sling bag is, the better for me!
Currently, I’m using this anti-theft sling bag w/ USB charging port, which I bought from Amazon. Since it is anti-theft, I can rest assured that the probability of me losing stuff stays low while I venture outside. The built-in USB charging port is really helpful when I play for extended periods of time, which is usually during events and community days. Because of it, I don’t need to carry my power bank in hand with my phone as I walk around.
For a Pokémon GO player like me, the utility of a sling bag is unparalleled. So if you’re looking for a gift that is really useful, you should consider buying one.
12. Pokémon GO Car Decals
Car raids are super fun! They make catching legendary Pokémon a whole lot easier and faster. Usually, we players opt for car raids during raid hours and raid events. It beats walking, especially during sweltering days.
So, if you know a player who fancies car raids more than anything, Pokémon GO car decals would make excellent gifts! You’re sure to find a lot of options on Etsy and Amazon.
13. Pokémon Plushies
Who doesn’t love plushies? They’re soft, fluffy, and cute! Plus, they’re so easy to find, which makes them effortless gifts. Of course, in this case, we’re talking about Pokémon plushies.
As a Pokémon fan, I own several plushies, most of which were gifted to me. Unsurprisingly, quite a few of them are Pikachu plushies (take note that Pikachu is the official mascot of the franchise). I bought some from Pokémon Centers (the official Pokémon retail stores run by the Pokémon company) myself.
If you don’t have access to Pokémon Centers, you can get your fix of plushies from many other brick-and-mortar stores, online markets, and even craft shops. There are over 900 Pokémon, and that’s a lot to choose from! You’re bound to find the perfect plush to give as a gift. If you have trouble picking the right one, it doesn’t hurt to ask the recipient of your gift who their favorite Pokémon is.
14. Pokémon GO Fest Print-at-Home Kit
Do you want to host a Pokémon GO-themed party as a gift? If yes, then there’s a simple and easy way to set up the party decorations. All you have to do is print, cut, and assemble the GO Fest print-at-home Kit!
In preparation for GO Fest 2020, Niantic launched a webpage where people can download all sorts of paper crafts and decorations. This wouldn’t be the case normally, but there was a pandemic, and players had to celebrate GO Fest 2020 in their own homes.
The webpage has download links for activities, decorations, papercrafts (Pikachu visor, gift, and Poké Ball), and life-size tiles of Professor Willow and team leaders Candela, Blanche, and Spark.
According to the webpage, this print-at-home kit is available for a limited time only. It still exists as of this writing, but I’m not sure until when. Now that you have the party decorations, all that’s left is to prepare the rest of the party essentials (i.e. food, drinks, and activities). Good luck hosting the party!
15. Nintendo Switch
It is very likely that the Pokémon GO addict in your life dreams of owning a Nintendo Switch (if they don’t own one yet). I have one, and it's one of the best purchases I’ve ever made! The Nintendo Switch is home to the latest mainline Pokémon games—namely Pokémon Let’s Go Pickachu and Eevee and Pokémon Sword and Shield, both of which can interact with Pokémon GO to a certain extent.
In Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee, you can send your critters directly from Pokémon GO. This transfer rewards you a Mystery Box, a special type of incense that spawns the steel-type mythical Pokémon, Meltan, on the overworld map for a certain period of time.
In Pokémon Sword and Shield, cross-connecting is far less direct, as you can only send your critters from Pokémon GO through the Pokémon HOME app, which can be downloaded from the App Store, Google Play, and the Nintendo eShop.
The Nintendo Switch is a fun and interactive gaming console that you can play by yourself, with your family, or with your friends. Everyone loves the Nintendo Switch—this is the general consensus! Thus, it is safe to assume that almost anyone would be happy to receive it as a gift.
When in doubt, cash is the answer! Believe it or not, many players can’t resist spending money on this game through micro-transactions. Even I am tempted to buy battle passes, incubators, and boxes just to stay in the loop. In fact, I have already maxed both my Pokémon storage and item bag by buying extra Pokécoins. Crazy, huh?
Did you know that Niantic made over a billion dollars with Pokémon GO in 2020 despite the pandemic situation? This just shows how addicted people are to this game and how willing they are to spend money on it. This is the reason why cash is very much appreciated as a gift. Just be sure to remind them to not go overboard and spend within reason at all times.
17. A New Friend/Playmate/Partner
As cheesy as it may sound, the best gift you can give a Pokémon GO player is the gift of friendship. How can you offer the gift of friendship? It's simple. You can do it by becoming a new friend/playmate/partner (especially if you’re not already playing this game).
More than catching 'mons, this game is about making new friends and fostering companionship. Sure, this game can be played alone, but it becomes twice as fun (or even more) when played with family and friends.
So, go install that app, head out, and catch 'mons with the Pokémon GO addict in your life! Play, walk, catch, hatch, trade, raid, battle, and do all sorts of stuff together. Ever since its launch in 2016, this game has built a lot of connections and forged a lot of bonds. It continues to prove time and time again that friendship is indeed the best gift in life!
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