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10 Best Gift Ideas For Mario Kart Fans

One of the most iconic gaming series of its generation and still going strong over 25 years on from its original release, Mario Kart is truly up there when it comes to the giants of gaming.

Since Super Mario Kart made its debut on the old SNES back in 1992, we’ve seen 14 additions and counting to the franchise and with even more in the pipeline, fans of this nostalgic franchise have much to look forward to.

Originating from the famous and hugely popular Super Mario universe, this franchise gives you the chance to race as your favourite characters through pulsating tracks, various obstacles, power-ups and all sorts of Mario mischief – there’s nothing else quite like it.

It’s a franchise that’s provided us all with long, lasting memories of getting one over on our friends, with this arguably one of the greatest multiplayer games ever made. And if you’re wanting to remind them of your successes or re-live some of the drama, there’s many ways to do so with our range of Mario Kart gifts.

The huge universe and sheer longevity of the franchise means that there’s some pretty epic merchandise available. So whether you’ve been a fan since the original Super Mario Kart or the modern day World Tour, there’s something out there for you.

We’ve recently returned from the Mushroom Kingdom with 10 of the best Mario Kart gifts out there, including mushroom cookie jars, question block lights, special artwork and many more.

Ideal for all Mario Kart fans – here we go!

  1. Nintendo Retro Super Mario Kart Poster
  2. Nintendo Mario Kart Mug
  3. Mario Kart Yoshi T Shirt
  4. Super Mario Question Block Light
  5. Mario Kart Jigsaw Puzzle
  6. Mario Kart Phone Case
  7. Retro Mario Kart Print
  8. Nintendo Mushroom Cookie Jar
  9. Nintendo Mario Kart Coasters
  10. Here We Go Mario Kart T Shirt
  1. Nintendo Retro Super Mario Kart Poster
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    Nintendo Retro Super Mario Kart Poster

    It’s time to go back to where it all begin. The year is 1992 and this classic has just been released on the SNES. There was plenty of hype around it ahead of its arrival, but none of us had an idea of the greatness we were about to embark on. This 2D karting classic breathed new life into the racing genre, in a way never done before. Playing as the likes of Yoshi, Toad, Bowser, Mario et al, whilst firing shells and throwing banana skins about to get an advantage, it was so much fun. So if you’re a fan of this masterpiece or have a loved one that is, then this is THE piece of merch. Featuring special retro artwork from the first entrance into this legendary karting world, it’ll make a superb addition to any room in your home, particularly when framed.

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  2. Nintendo Mario Kart Mug
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    Nintendo Mario Kart Mug

    Nostalgia is at every corner when it comes to this franchise and it’s certainly the case here with this piece of merch. No one can underestimate the importance of having a cool mug to take into work with them. It’s something you use everyday and it can say a lot about you, so when we saw this one you can imagine what our immediate thoughts were. This retro Super Mario Kart mug features some of your favourite characters along with those pesky shells and banana skins and the classic ‘here we go!’, all culminating in a fab result. Mugs are always a great gift idea and this is a must for all fans of this franchise.

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  3. Mario Kart Yoshi T Shirt
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    Mario Kart Yoshi T Shirt

    We all know how irritating those banana skins can be. Whether they’re deployed from behind or thrown in front, driving into one is super annoying and it can often lead to you dropping down the pack just before finish line! They’re something that you need to be observant about and it’s something that Yoshi’s clearly struggling with here. This official Nintendo garment features him in turmoil, fully in the midst of a banana skin trap that consists of six – he is not going to be happy. He may be dropping down the positions with this, but it’s definitely one of our favourite designs! (Sorry Yoshi)

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  4. Super Mario Question Block Light
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    Super Mario Question Block Light

    One of the things that makes this game so exciting are the power-ups. They can turn a bad race into a good one and provide the added bonus of driving your friends crazy. Shells, stars, banana skins and mushrooms are all potential game changers, but nothing can compare with the disappointment of receiving coins – devastating. These question blocks have become synonymous with the franchise and here at Zavvi we have the ultimate piece of merch for big Mario Kart fans. You can enjoy the famous question blocks in real life with these special edition lights inspired by the game. Illuminating in its iconic yellow and even making sounds from the official games, this would make a terrific gift idea.

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  5. Mario Kart Jigsaw Puzzle
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    Mario Kart Jigsaw Puzzle

    We’ve seen Mario Kart on consoles, smartphones, t shirts, posters, monopoly, you name it. But now there’s a new one to add to that list – jigsaws. This 1000 piece puzzle will leave you scratching your head, challenged, frustrated but ultimately having lots of fun. This features the likes of Mario, Princess Peach, Bowser and more, with it forming a real test of your wits. This’ll provide you plenty of entertainment whilst you’re in the pits and is another great item to add to your Mario collection.

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  6. Mario Kart Phone Case
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    Mario Kart Phone Case

    Mario Kart World Tour took the world by storm back in 2019. Released exclusively on smartphones, it gave everyone the chance to sample the karting craziness for free and it was a huge hit. In this game there are no physical buttons with it all played on a touchscreen, but it still provided lots of heart-pumping moments. We came close to dropping our phones on several occasions which means that a protective case is in order and what better way is there to keep it safe than say, more Mario? Available in a slim Snap Case or a durable Tough Case – this comic book style Mario Kart phone case looks like the answer to our problems. This classic design features the moustached hero on go-karts and motorcycles in a real quirky, unique design. What better way is there to protect your phone?

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  7. Retro Mario Kart Print
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    Retro Mario Kart Print

    As technology and graphics potential has increased over the years, we’ve seen our favourite Mario Kart characters undergo something of a face lift. Moving on from the old, iconic 2D graphics up into the modern day with beautiful high definition and 3D characters, it’s a real mismatch. But despite this you just cannot beat the original. The original Super Mario World is still a firm favourite of ours and despite it looking somewhat dated, it still provides us with so much entertainment. And for those of you that are the same, this nostalgic art print will have all those fun memories flooding back to you. Featuring the likes of Toad, Yoshi, Bowser, Luigi and more from their days back on the SNES, it’s a must for old school fans of the franchise.

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  8. Nintendo Mushroom Cookie Jar
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    Nintendo Mushroom Cookie Jar

    In-game mushrooms are what almost everyone wants. Drive through a question block, get one of these and you’re in business. They can extend your lead in first with a timely boost or if you manage to get three of them when further back, using them efficiently can see you fly up through places and get on that podium. Mushrooms are a game changer in Mario Kart and they can be at home with this insanely brilliant cookie jar. Depicting the famous mushroom from in-game, this ceramic jar would make a fun addition any kitchen, with it certainly one of the best Mario Kart gifts around. We want.

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  9. Nintendo Mario Kart Coasters
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    Nintendo Mario Kart Coasters

    If you’re looking for a colourful, nostalgic addition to your home then this could certainly be the option for you. Featuring Mario, Luigi, Wario and Waluigi on their karts and motorcycles – this coaster set will keep your desk or tables safe from stains, shells, banana skins and the threat of Bowser.

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  10. Here We Go Mario Kart T Shirt
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    Here We Go Mario Kart T Shirt

    There’s not much more exciting in the world of gaming than seeing that green light and hearing ‘HERE WE GO!’. This classic phrase gets you on the edge of your seat whether you’re playing the first ever entrance to the series in 1992 or the modern day ones – it’s great. We’re all desperate to make a fast start but you have to be careful not to burn your engine out before you’ve even got started – with this garment it’s something that you don’t have to worry about. This t shirt features that famous slogan along with Mario in what is a classic design.

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Check out our Mario Kart merchandise for more great gift ideas.

 

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Tom Burley

Tom Burley

Contributing Writer

Tom's a Sport Journalism graduate with a love for all things Rick and Morty, Westworld and David Attenborough. Often found at Blundell Park watching the famous Grimsby Town.