- Warcraft Apparel
Yup, the simplest and easiest gift for a Warcraft fan is something Warcraft-related for them to wear.Our good friends at Swagdog will put together a custom guild shirt for you, so you can either nab your friend's informaiton off of the Armory, or pick up a gift certificate, and let them build the shirt themselves.And for the less-custom-minded, Jinx has lots of great Warcraft stuff as well -- there are a few tacky choices in there, but you can't go wrong with a Green Linen Shirt, or the simple and classic Horde hat (assuming your gift recipient is actually Horde).
- WoW TCG/Minis
Playing WoW on the computer is fun, and playing it in real life is just as fun. Even if your giftee has never tried the Trading Card game or the Minis games by Upper Deck, you never know, they might enjoy either one. Both have starter decks available for under $50, or if they're already into it, you can pick up boosters of each online or at almost any gaming or hobby store.One drawback if you get a starter deck for them: they're going to need someone to play with. But then again, that might be just the thing to do together over the holiday weekend after presents are opened.
- WoW books and comics
The best way to discover the extended universe and lore behind Warcraft is to read about it, so if your Warcraft giftee has no idea why they're killing all of those Scourge or what burns the Burning Legion, the books and comics are the way to go. For novels, Rise of the Horde is a great place to start (and one of the cheapest gifts you'll find). The War of the Ancients set is another good pick, and it'll help fill you in on all of those named NPCs you see wandering around Northrend, too.Unfortunately, you really only have one choice if you want to grab the comic. While it hasn't exactly gotten rave reviews for the quality, it will definitely fill you in on a lot of this current WoW lore (including who that guy is standing in the Stormwind throne room. Might want to include the receipt with that one, though, just in case they want to grab a better comic later on.
- Crafts, made by you or someone else
Nothing says "happy holidays" like a handmade ornament or trinket, and Warcraft stuff is especially treasured when it's made by someone you know. If you want to try putting something together yourself, check out Shelbi Roach's great World of WarCrafts column -- there's lots of stuff to make there.And if time is at a premium and you worry you don't have the skills to make all that awesome stuff, Etsy probably has you covered -- many of their vendors will ship handmade items to you, and if you hurry, you may even be able to get them by Christmas. If not, write a note from Thrall and tell them that due to the Lich King's invasion, it's going to end up being a little late.
- Game time cards
Let's not overthink this, either -- the number one thing Warcraft players want is to... wait for it... play Warcraft. So you can't really go wrong with a gametime card. Even if they have their own subscription, they can use the card to add time on. and trust us, they'll appreciate every second you can keep them in Northrend on the way to (and up above) 80.
- Noncombat Pets
When you compare "coveted" to "easy to get" ingame items, noncombat pets hit the top of the list. One quick way to get a cool noncombat pet for someone is to get them a pet from the opposite faction -- in every capital city, there's a faction pet vendor, so if you're, say, Alliance, head to a Horde vendor (like the roach vendor seen here, which is Undercity), buy a pet with your Horde character, and use the neutral auction house in Gadgetzan or Winterspring to transfer it over to your Alliance character before giving it to a friend (with wrapping paper, of course).Engineers can also make lots of fun noncombat pets, some of which are BoE, so you can contract an engie to make something cool for you as well. And finally, if you're willing to put the time in, there are quite a few dropped noncombat pets (including the Firefly from Zangarmarsh and the Tiny Crimson Whelpling from Wetlands) that you can either buy or grind out for yourself. It'll take a while (a long while), but if you do get one, it would be an excellent gift for that special someone on your list.
- Savory Deviate Delight and other fun foods
Savory Deviate Delight is the most fun, most well-known food out there -- cooks at level 125 can make it from fish obtained in the Barrens, and it makes you look like a ninja or a pirate when eaten. But there are other fun foods as well -- Delicious Chocolate Cake is another good one, and Dragonbreath Chili is fun as well. You probably wouldn't want to get Last Week's Mammoth as a gift (it makes you "Sad" when eaten), but you never know -- maybe you could send that your enemies instead.
- All dressed up
Another fun ingame gift is some of the dress-up sets. There are quite a few fun ingame items around (some easy to get, some not so much), that will give your character a much different look, from a backwoods hillbilly to a Mr. Peanut type.Check out Insider Trader's great guide for sweet threads to give away (or maybe wear for yourself).
- TCG loot items
This one's kind of a fudge -- it's an ingame item, yes, but odds are that you'll be paying out-of-game money for it. Still, if there's a TCG item that your giftee has always drooled over, picking up some TCG loot might be the way to go. WoWTCGLoot.com is the place to check first: they keep a close eye on prices and have links to sites like eBay so that if you really do want to spend the money on a rare item from the Trading Card Game, you'll make sure to get the best bang for the buck.
- BoE epics
Finally, these are probably the most useful items that you can give as gifts, but of course, they're going to be the hardest to come by in the game. Still, BoE Epics are easier to get than ever -- Blizzard made sure to put a few in Naxx (like these cloth shoulders) and other ingame instances, so these epics might be just the ticket for a friend leveling up, if you can get them away from your guild. And even if you can't, keep an eye on the AH -- you may not be able to put a bargain deal on a Professor Plum underneath the Christmas tree, but the Warcraft player in your life will definitely appreciate it all the same.