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Joanne Mallon writer
Joanne Mallon Author, parent, blogger Brighton, The City of Brighton and Hove, UK

Given the popularity of Minecraft amongst children right now, it’s inevitable that the merchandise will do well this Christmas. Amazon is awash with it: from mugs, beanie hats to posters - there’s even a Minecraft-themed novel available.

But blimey, it’s expensive. Over £20 for a cardboard head! Do I look like I’m made of diamonds?

There are some bargains to be mined out - Creeper t-shirts are a pretty good bet (my son loves his). eBay has quite a few reasonably priced Minecraft hats and other merchandise, but many of these are from overseas sellers so you will need to order in plenty of time for Christmas.

And check out the newly-released Minecraft books. Best price for the Official Minecraft Annual right now is The Book People, who have it at £3.99 (RRP £7.99) This is the gift to give if you despair of your child ever coming off the computer long enough to read a book.

There are also several Minecraft for beginners books, but frankly most Minecrafters I know have such frighteningly advanced knowledge that they would probably laugh at these. Maybe beginner books are better for the parent who wants to know just what their child is up to for all those hours online.

But most of all, I think we know what the Minecraft fan truly wants for Christmas - it’s for us to get out of their hair so they can get on with playing the game.

(pic: Elliot Seddon)

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Opinion 3 years ago
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David E Gillen expert
David E Gillen Software Development Manager Dublin, IE
Software/app development expert

We have a niece and nephew who are both big fans of Minecraft. In the past we have bought them vouchers for Jinx.com. They stock the official product range and ship worldwide. It has worked out well as they could add additional money themselves if they wanted to buy more than the voucher covered.

http://www.jinx.com/shop/coll/minecraft/srt/new/

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Experience 3 years ago
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Andrew Weekes expert
Andrew Weekes Techy engineer, father of two. Sevenoaks, GB
Technology expert

My 9 year old has read the Cubeworld novel and tells me he really enjoyed it.

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Experience 3 years ago
Andy Battle
Andy Battle infoSec geek, proud father of 4 Perth, Western Australia

My boys are just getting into Minecraft, and whilst travelling recently we spotted a Lego Minecraft builder set that they went nuts over, again as per your opening comments this was an expensive purchase, but how cool and it would take them away from the virtual building world and bring them back to reality for a good hour or two. It would make a great addition to any boys room and would be an awesome talking piece when they grow up.

Link here: http://shop.lego.com/en-AU/Minecraft-21102

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Opinion 3 years ago
Sarah Lea
Sarah Lea Proud mummy to three children :) GB

My kids are mad about minecraft, too! But anything minecraft related is reallt expensive :(

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Opinion 3 years ago

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