View Full Version : What to get a cosplayer for a b-day?

04-24-2011, 07:45 AM

Just as the title implies, I'm looking for things I can buy for my cosplayer friend who's b-day is in two months.

I wanted to buy fabric for her, but wasn't too sure on the color and such. Any ideas would be really appreciated (budget is about $50-$75)

Thank you.

04-24-2011, 07:59 AM
Personally, I've been asking for gift cards to Michael's, JoAnne's or Lowes. While I know it's not as personable as getting a chosen gift. It helps me out more because then I can pick and choose the fabric/materials that I need.

Hope that helps some =)

04-24-2011, 08:04 AM
Gift cards

04-24-2011, 08:10 AM
You could also offer to buy your friend a wig, if she has one in particular she has her eye on. :)

Other than that, the gift cards work very well!

04-24-2011, 08:12 AM
Gift cards are always a great gift (especially for cosplayers), but maybe you could ask her to make a wishlist for you.

04-24-2011, 10:44 AM
I'd recommend gift cards too. Cosplay stuff is usually something that the cosplayer likes to pick... buying fabric for them might just lead to them not finding a costume that will match what they want to do. If you can find a friend to help you out with just a little more funding I know that dress forms don't come cheap and are highly appreciated =D

04-24-2011, 11:09 AM
Like other people said, gift cards and certain cosplay pieces she's working on is a great present, but you could also buy her anime merchandise. What's her favorite anime? Buy her stuff from that anime (Make sure she doesn't have it already though!). Buying fabrics might not always work because you may not know what certain length or fabric she needs ^^

04-24-2011, 11:29 AM
A gift card is the best possible option, I think, but it doesn't have to be fabric. A gift card to a hardware store could be an absolute godsend if they're making props. Bead shop if they're doing something embellishment-heavy, etc. You said her birthday's in two months, but maybe you can get an idea of what she's working on.

04-24-2011, 07:16 PM
Thanks for the input guys.

Seems like Gift Cards are the way to go lol. There's no Joanne's here so I guess I'll haveto buy a gift card online.

As for the cosplays she's working on:
Kagura from Gintama
Ciel from Kuroshitsuji
Okita from Hakuoki
Syaoran from Tsubasa

and some other stuff.

Any inputs on gifts that can be used for these cosplay.

04-24-2011, 08:35 PM
I would purchase them a hand-crafted $100 dollar authenic ocarina and the song book. Ya know...if they were a Legend of Zelda fan. *whistles*

04-25-2011, 01:25 AM
!!!cake !!!!!!!!!

04-25-2011, 07:19 AM
!!!cake !!!!!!!!!

No! It's a lie!

04-25-2011, 12:58 PM

(budget is about $50-$75)

Thank you.

Why don't you put the money you can spend * at your max * on a random debit card and just give it to her with a fancy envelope and a happy birthday card. that way she can buy whatever she wants without having to shop at a store she doesn't like.

04-25-2011, 03:01 PM
Cash-monies. Not a scam like to pre-paid debit cards, not limit to one store/website like gift cards.

Ragtime Mouth
04-25-2011, 04:27 PM
Adhesive medical strips.

04-25-2011, 10:24 PM
Haha, I came here to say gift cards and was beaten to the punch. The majority of what I spend my extra money on, aside from clothing and books, are cosplay related items, like wigs and fabric, which my friends tell me makes it hard to shop for me on special occasions. If you're not sure where your friend likes to shop, cash works just as well. Some people say that cash and cards can sometimes be viewed as 'not knowing your friend well enough' but I suppose it truly depends on the person. My friends will sometimes take me shopping and pay for the purchase themselves, not only to spend time with me but so that I can ask their opinion too! It works great!

Ada D
04-26-2011, 12:48 AM
I always love getting new books for my reference library;
-Couture Sewing Techniques, Revised and Updated
by Claire Shaeffer
-Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches
by Mary Thomas
-From the Neck Up: An Illustrated Guide to Hatmaking
by Denise Dreher
-Sew Any Fabric: A Quick Reference to Fabrics from A to Z
by Claire Shaeffer
-The Costume Technician's Handbook: Third Edition
by Rosemary Ingham

These are all great books depending on her skill level.

04-26-2011, 05:50 AM
I got my cousin her Riku wig for christmas~ she really liked it, but it seems like for some people, costume buying for them is a nono. in case they dont think the fabric right or the wig is the right colour or or cut or something.

i was kinda taking a dive buying her a wig, cause if she didnt liek it, she would probably be stuck with it :S of course, her mum sorta refused to buy her the wig so she seemed happy to be getting one at all anyway.

it all depends on the cosplayer.

04-26-2011, 03:30 PM
Cash-monies. Not a scam like to pre-paid debit cards, not limit to one store/website like gift cards.

i second this. it seems impersonal, but not when you put it in a pretty card with a note explaining that they can use it however they need

04-26-2011, 04:04 PM
I'd just give her $...

Red Destiny
04-26-2011, 07:58 PM
If they have a cosplay that requires new shoes, I say get them that. I don't like buying new shoes for new cosplays. It get expensive after a while, and I rarely wear them outside of conventions. Getting shoes as a present, may not be the most thrilling gift a person can get, but it's better than having to buy them myself.

btw, tell your friend I said

04-26-2011, 09:04 PM
My brother goes out of his way to get me rare to find video games that I want/am missing or any RPG that scores higher than an 8 on sites. I personally think, aside from Fabricville coupons, it's the best *cosplay related* gift.
Personally, I'd rather blankets and toys, haha.

04-27-2011, 03:09 PM
Thanks guys.

So far, I bought her a red wig that's pretty long and she likes to cut hair so she can cut it into any style she wants.

Bought some sewing books as mentioned by ADA.

And thanks Sonic, I will pass on the message. *points for the Kamen Rider OOO Kougami and Satonaka pic, he's actually the first thing that came into mind when thinking of a B-day Greeting*

Otaku Gunso
04-29-2011, 07:27 AM
I'd say gift cards to micheals, jo anns or something if they have them I mean.