Romance isn’t the first subject that comes to mind when we think of Game of Thrones. And yet the show has its moments when love shines through the warring and darker aspects of the world. (Of course, the canonical romances of GoT often have a complicated twist, and are plagued by misfortune, death, or close blood relation. This is George R.R. Martin, after all.) It’s not all gloom and doom, and with the holiday ahead, we have romance on the brain today.
Valentine’s Day is coming up in just a couple weeks. Why not make the holiday fun by adding Game of Thrones gifts to your shopping list? To make it simpler, we’ve compiled a few of our favorite ideas this year for your enjoyment.
Jewelry is always a popular choice on Valentine’s Day, and we love these Dothraki couple’s rings. This beautifully crafted set of rings display the words Daenerys Targaryen and Khal Drogo spoke to one another: jalan atthirari anni (“Moon of my life”), and shekh ma shieraki anni (“My sun and stars”). The set comes with one silver and one black ring, has different font options, and can be further engraved. ($59.00)
A more luxurious jewelry option this year is a piece from MEY‘s Daenerys line, created in collaboration with Game of Thrones costume designer Michele Clapton and inspired by the Khaleesi Handwrap made for season 6. The Dragon Storm Single Dragon Ring is a unique item, a dragon skeleton curled around the ring. This particular piece was created by modeling a full dragon, and then carving away to end with the skeleton, leaving you with a strong and modern feel. The Mey rings are available in sizes S, M and L, which are US ring sizes 6, 7 and 8. ($240.00)
Here’s a great gift to dress up shirts in a fun way for the Game of Thrones nerd in your life- the House Stark Cuff Links. Created by London designer Gallant & Beau, the cuff links feature the Direwolf sigil of House Stark. They also come in House Targaryen variety if that’s where your loyalties lie. ($35.00)
For those of you buying for a book-loving fan, check out the George R. R. Martin Quote Necklaces created by LiteraryGiftsUK on Etsy. A wide variety of beloved quotes from the A Song of Ice and Fire series are available in jewelry form. Presented on aged-style paper with a glass dome, the pendants can also be purchased as keyrings. (Keychain version, $9.04, 16-inch chain necklace $10.01, 24-inch chain necklace, $10.65)
If there’s anything universal in the Game of Thrones world, it’s the character’s love of wine. And certainly fans need a lot to drink sometimes to get through the particularly brutal episodes. That’s why the House Stark Stemless Wine Glasses (A Set of 2) are a thoughtful gift. This year, toast one another and the Starks as well, who are on the rise in the North. The wolves will come again, and they’ll be thirsty when they get there. ($14.99)
You could go for the Lannister variation of stemless glasses instead. After all, no one brandishes a cup of wine like a Lannister!
Speaking of which- this next gift features Tyrion’s most on-point quote from last season’s second episode, “Home.” The two things Tyrion does best, neatly encapsulated in the “I Drink and I Know Things Mug.” The handmade wooden beer mug comes with the notorious quote engraved on a copper plaque. The sturdy mug holds 23oz of liquid of your choice, be it beer, ale or water for the mornings after. ($29.99)
If you’re flying solo this year, no worries. Cuddle with something soft and cute- this Ghost direwolf plush! The sizable collectible plush, based on Jon Snow’s intimidating grown direwolf, is 18 inches long, and about nine inches tall. Normally Ghost will set you back $30 but right now he’s on sale for $15.00 in the HBO Store.
If your idea of the perfect Valentine’s Day is game night, go for the official Game of Thrones Clue! The classic whodunit game is transformed for GoT fans with a double-sided game board including two locations: the Red Keep in King’s Landing, and Meereen in Essos. Six people can join the game, playing as characters from the show. ($42.98 on Amazon)
4DCityscape’s Game of Thrones Puzzle of Essos is another great option for the fan who loves the intricate world of Ice and Fire. The multilayered map puzzle challenges you to recreate the geography of the continent of Essos, while 3D replicas, flags, and house sigils bring the locations to life. The puzzle includes memorable sites such as Braavos, Pentos, Meereen, Valyria, Astapor and many more. (On sale for $49.99 at the moment!)
Here’s one of my favorite pieces of Game of Thrones merch. While the ValyrianSteel full-size sword replicas are amazing, they can be a little pricey for the average fan. Instead, why not go for the nine-inch Longclaw Letter Opener? This one will only set you back $23.99, with its die-cast metal handle and stainless steel blade, while still displaying style and love for Jon Snow and House Mormont. And yes, it does actually open letters, if you want it to. Though mostly I like to play with mine, and pretend to kill miniature White Walkers.
There’s no shortage of shirt options if you’re in the market for a Thrones one this holiday, but we’re partial to the Night’s Watch (obviously). Pledge your life and honor to defending the Wall with this comfortable cotton T-shirt, depicting the Night’s Watch oath. ($12.97 on sale)
The newest addition to the Dark Horse line of Game of Thrones collectible figures this year is everyone’s favorite grumpy king, Stannis Baratheon. The 8-inch figure shows the Mannis in his flaming-heart breastplate, with all the detail we’ve come to expect from DH collectibles. ($27.99)
There’s one more option that Valentine’s Day celebrants might find intriguing- cooking for their Game of Thrones fan an authentic Westerosi meal! The good folks at the Inn at the Crossroads have researched the foods from A Song of Ice and Fire, often spotted in Game of Thrones, and produced their own recipes. Bake Sansa’s favorite Lemon Cakes for dessert, or have some of Manderly Pie for dinner..naturally with a key substitution.
Have your own Game of Thrones or A Song of Ice and Fire suggestions for the holiday? Feel free to share them in comments!