Good news for this holiday season: demigods aren’t that hard to shop for. A bottle of nectar, a mythic dagger, a mechanical dragon . . . Any gift that could help keep them alive during an epic quest would be a hit.
The Greek and Roman gods—despite their not being the most attentive parents—are expert gift-givers. Still, after so many centuries, sometimes even they can struggle to find that one perfect present for the modern demigod on the go. That’s why we’ve decided to count down the top 5 greatest gifts a demigod can receive from the gods.
5. A Cap of Invisibility
Best way to stay out of danger? Stay out of sight. Annabeth’s Yankees cap allows her (as well as any object she’s carrying) to disappear completely. Athena, in her infinite wisdom, gifted Annabeth this hat for her 12th birthday, right before the awkward teenage years. Since then, it has helped Annabeth out of countless jams.
Unfortunately, both Athena and her Roman counterpart Minerva can turn off the cap’s magical properties whenever they wish. Skipped out on Sunday dinner with Mom? Your invisibility privileges could be revoked. So much for sneaking into that Taylor Swift concert . . .
4. The Helm of Darkness
Sure, Annabeth’s hat is iconic, but we’ve had our eyes on an even better piece of headwear for a long time now. Hades’ helm allows wearers not only to become invisible but also pass through solid objects. And as a bonus, it inspires intense fear in opponents’ hearts. However, Hades claims that the helm only works for him and members of his bloodline, and it’s doubtful he’s going to give away this incredibly powerful object anytime soon. If he did, the most likely recipient is Nico di Angelo, since the boy is immune to the helm’s fear effects.
Then again, even the raw power of the helm may not be worth that annoying hat hair.
3. Winged Shoes
Not all gods are as stingy as Hades. Take Hermes, for example. Yes, he’s the kind of dad who gives all his kids the same gift every year. But when that gift is a pair of shoes that allow the user to fly, who can complain?
One of Hermes’ kids was generous enough to pass the gift forward to his good friend Percy Jackson. We’re not sure why that particular pair malfunctioned and almost dragged Percy into Tartarus—that was probably just a minor bug. We hear those shoes are still down in the Underworld, awaiting any brave soul willing to recover them. (Or would that be brave sole in this instance?)
2. A Magic Toolbelt
There’s nothing we love more than interdimensional tesseracts of infinite space and possibility. In other words, Leo’s toolbelt provides a seemingly endless variety of potentially life-saving objects. Anything from a hammer to a wrench to a chainsaw and even a cheeseburger.
But perhaps we can’t call it the “perfect gift,” because Leo didn’t actually receive this amazing belt from Hephaestus himself. Instead, he liberated it from Bunker 9. But who’s complaining? The belt was just lying there, waiting to be taken. Don’t tell us you wouldn’t have done the same thing if given the opportunity.
1. A Pen/Sword
Truly, we had no choice but to put Percy’s iconic Riptide in the #1 spot. Over thousands of years, numerous legendary heroes and hunters have wielded this sword against countless hordes of monsters. Riptide has such a long and checkered past, we can’t even account for where it’s been throughout much of our recorded history. And yet, Riptide can never be lost. No matter where Riptide is left, it will always return to its wielder. Which is handy both in battle and during the essay portion of final exams.
What gift would you give to your favorite demigod? Which of these objects would you most like to receive yourself? Be sure to let us know!