So to help you out I’ve compiled a bunch of ideas into this one handy list. I've tried to find things that will suit a wide range of ages, interests and budgets so hopefully there'll be something here that's just right for the person you're buying for.
So without further ado, let’s go gift hunting!
What better present for a Minecraft fan than the game itself?
Go portable with the Pocket Edition (for iOS or Android)
Upgrade to the full version for the PC and Mac
Playstation - PS3 or PS4
Downloadable content - For Xbox and PS3 you can buy additional skin and texture packs for a few dollars apiece.
It was the coolest thing ever when the Lego and Minecraft worlds collided! Since then they’ve expanded the number of sets available, here are the current ones in increasing order of costly-ness.
This is the smallest set, and comes with some cool stuff like a zombie and a cave spider.
The micro world sets - The Forest, The Nether, The End and The Village
These are also small sets, with tiny little minifigs. The Nether is particularly cool because it comes with a portal, ghasts and a zombie pigman.
The Farm and The First Night
Medium sized sets with Steve and animal minifigs.
Crafting Box (pictured above)
Assorted Minecraft-related building pieces to create one of the eight suggested builds, add on to other sets or freestyle your own.
Ender Dragon set
Really cool! Comes with neat stuff like Endermen, obsidian and weapons.
The biggest Minecraft set to date, comes with a minecart track and pretend explosion.
Who wouldn't want to cuddle a Creeper or snuggle up to an Enderman? Sure the baby Mooshroom is adorable but there's an Ender Dragon, people! Also check out the Bat and this creeper that makes a hissing noise. So much soft and plushy awesome.
You can find posable characters by themselves (like Diamond Steve) or in an activity set (like the survival pack). The animals pack pictured above is really cute too, but my favorite is the collectible pack with a wolf, Enderman and snow golem.
Although some would consider them tools of the trade rather than toys, foam swords and pickaxes are really popular and relatively inexpensive (around US$10 each). You can also get them as a twin pack.
Mojang (the makers of Minecraft) have published a series of four official guides which you can buy individually or as a box set. I have these handy-sized books at home, and they’re not only a really great introduction to the game for new players but full of great ideas to inspire the not-so-noobs. Every player should have these!
NEW! They’ve just released a Minecraft encyclopedia, called (naturally)Blockopedia. Plus it’s shaped like a 3D block which is pretty awesome! It’s very comprehensive and covers just about everything you could want to know about the game. Definitely something that all fans would love to have on their bookshelf.
And lastly a book about Notch (the developer of the game) and the history behind Minecraft. I haven’t read this one but it’s popular and sure looks interesting.
It’s important to stay warm while you're exploring those caves! How about a zip-up Creeper hoodie (freaky but popular), or maybe a beanie for exploring those snowy biomes. And keep those pants up with a pickaxe belt!
STATIONERY & CRAFTS
These sets of foldable paper Minecraft blocks are a little pricey but seem popular. They're basically the game in bendy paper form.
You can find Minecraft sticker sets on Amazon, they make great stocking stuffers.
These block sheet magnets look great on the fridge (we have two sets on ours).
Wall decoration is a must-have for the bedroom of any serious Minecraft fan. This creeper window pictured above is particularly cool because it’s something that you can find in the game. Vinyl wall decals are also awesome (and not permanent).
Kids might be more tempted to turn off the computer and head to bed if they've got a glowing diamond night light to keep them company, or a Minecraft torch attached to their wall.
I know my kid would love a wooden chest to store all their 'items'.
The official Minecraft calendar
Count down the days until the next Minecraft update!
There are official Minecraft licensed 'diamond' necklaces and earrings, but this pickaxe keychain is full of bling awesomeness.
This creeper bag would be particularly great for younger school kids. Add some personalization with a couple of Minecraft bag charms.
Phone cases & computer accessories
There are tons of different places to find cheap phone cases with Minecraft designs, from grass blocks to Creepers to Endermen. This creeper face one at Amazon is a bargain!
The music played in Minecraft is by C418 and is available to download from iTunes.
That's a lot of stuff, hopefully there's something here that your Minecraft fan will love. Oh and once you’re done hunting, don't forget to wrap all your goodies in some diamond wrapping paper!