Do you have a gamer on your holiday shopping list? Get them something they’ll love!
We’ve asked the gamers in our network what their top Christmas wish list items were and are bringing you tons of ideas on gifts for gamers for birthdays, Christmas, and any other gift-giving holiday throughout the year.
The Best Gifts for Gamers
The top gift ideas for gamers can get expensive, but they are guaranteed to be on most gamers’ Christmas wish lists this season.
Blow your gamer’s mind with a new gaming PC or a hard-to-find console. Be sure to find out what they already have and their preferred brand before splurging on such an expensive gift.
If you have a large budget for gifts and really want to blow your gamer’s mind, get them a gaming PC. Gaming PCs differ from standard PCs because they have better graphics cards and faster processing, allowing them to handle even the most robust PC games.
The big drawback to a gaming PC is the expense. I have an MSI GS66 Stealth Pro, which costs about $3000. It’s a top-of-the-line laptop that can handle gaming and video editing. Unless you really want to go overboard with your gifts this year, you probably don’t want to spend that much.
A New Gaming Console
Two of the biggest gaming brands in the world launched new consoles in 2020, and they’re still highly coveted three years later.
The Xbox Series X and PlayStation PS5 are the latest generation consoles and have been notoriously tricky to find. If you couldn’t get your hands on them in previous years, check again this year for a gift sure to please any gamer on your list.
An Older Console
Those two consoles are the hottest things in video gaming. As such, they might be prohibitively expensive or challenging to find. There are other consoles still on the market that would make great gifts.
Consider getting a Nintendo Switch or an older generation Xbox or PlayStation.
Meta Quest Pro
Meta Quest Pro is one of the most advanced VR headsets on the market. Meta has owned the leader in VR software, Oculus, since 2014 but recently retired the “Oculus” gear in favor of the new “Meta” offerings.
Though the name change enraged many Oculus fans, Meta insists the new headsets are superior. You can still find Oculus Rift products second-hand on eBay and Amazon.
PlayStation VR (PSVR)
PlayStation has a VR bundle that they incorporated into the PS4 system. It comes with a headset and offers full immersion into several PlayStation games.
PSVR also works with the new PS5 and all backward-compatible PS4 games.
Playstation unveiled its newest VR offering, PSVR2, in February of 2023. This iteration only works with the PS5 console.
The Hottest Games
There are a few games coming out just in time for Christmas that are on most gamers’ wish lists. A gift of any of these games is sure to please – just make sure you know what console they have before purchasing the game!
Here’s a shortlist of the hot games for each console. Note that XBOX and PlayStation often have the same games, so ensure you get the correct one.
XBOX: Dead Space, Sonic Superstars, HotWheels Unleashed, Halo Infinite, MetalGear Solid Masterclass Collection
PlayStation: Baldur’s Gate 3, Final Fantasy XVI, Crash Team Rumble, Marvel’s Spiderman 2, EA Sports FC 24
Nintendo Switch:, Super Mario Bros Wonder, Detective Pikachu Returns, Borderlands 3 Ultimate Edition, Mortal Kombat 1, Disgaea 7: Vows of the Virtueless, Sonic Superstars
At fifty to sixty dollars apiece, these new games can get pricey. Another great gift idea for the gamer on your list is opting for a used game. You might be able to find used copies of the hot games above for a few bucks cheaper, but there are quite a few fantastic games that are just a few years old that would also make good gifts.
Gamestop offers a fantastic selection of used games and has very reasonable prices. You can also find great deals on eBay.
A headset is a must-have for gamers who like to play online party games or anyone trying to become a Twitch affiliate. Headphones ensure that every group member can hear each other, preventing others in the household from having to listen to the entire conversation.
Most gamers want to be comfortable while playing, so a nice chair is essential! There are many options for great gaming chairs, but if someone special was getting me a gaming chair for a gift and the price wasn’t an option, I’d want the Killabee massaging game chair. Gaming and a massage?
A specialized gaming mouse is a great gift for avid PC gamers. These gadgets are more than just the three-button traditional office mouse – they often have the functionality of a controller built-in!
I’m not mechanically inclined enough to figure out how to use these super fancy devices, but those who have been playing computer games for a long time swear by them.
Speaking of controllers – it’s always nice to have a backup, especially if your gamer has a Nintendo Switch. Those controllers are renowned for having drift issues, making some games almost unplayable.
There are also a variety of specialized game controllers available for PC gaming. Logitech makes some great options that work with virtually any operating system, so they are a great place to start.
A fancy microphone isn’t essential for the average gamer. If most folks just talk to their friends online, they can probably get by with the built-in computer or headset microphone.
However, it’s a different story if someone wants to be a professional gamer. A good microphone with a crisp sound is essential!
I use the Blue Yeti microphone. It offers professional sound quality for gaming, podcasting, and any of your gamer’s promotional needs.
Whether your gamer needs a capture card or not depends on what system they use to stream. A capture card is essential for many.
Read this post on what a capture card does to decide if the gamer on your list needs one to start streaming.
A webcam isn’t essential, but it’s definitely nice to have. A webcam makes a stream stand out and helps viewers feel a little more connected to the streamer.
The great thing is that you can get a decent webcam for a low cost on Amazon. Mine was only forty dollars, and it’s great for streaming.
RiotPWR Wired Game Controller
The RiotPWR Wired Game Controller allows gamers to play their favorite games from their mobile devices. It’s a traditional controller that connects directly to your phone. The RiotPWR controller’s companion app, Ludu Mapp, offers a wide variety of games, but you can also play your favorite Xbox and Playstation games with the appropriate remote app.
Sculptures/Figures from Favorite Games
If you have a gamer obsessed with a particular character or game, you can get them a model or figurine from that game. These decorative pieces are generally just for display purposes, but your gamer will appreciate the thoughtfulness of such a gift.
Etsy is an excellent resource for models, action figures, and other gaming collectibles.
Game art is another thoughtful gift idea for your favorite gamer. You can get a framed picture or poster of their favorite game scene that they can hang on their wall or display while streaming.
TeePublic is a great place to look for fan-created game art, but you can also find posters at GameStop and Amazon.
A unique gift for gamers is a projector. It’s not a necessity for gaming, but it’s a cool extra that they can show off to their friends. A projector would help enhance game night experiences with the ability to project any games on an entire wall.
You can’t go wrong with stuffing a gift card into your gamer’s stocking. All the big systems have their own gift cards – Steam for PC gamers, Nintendo E-Shop for NES lovers, and Microsoft Official Store for XBOX. You get the picture.
If you don’t know their favorite console, you can also get them a gift card to a gaming store like GameStop to make it easier.
The Switch Lite is the best handheld game system out there, but at $200, it’s a little pricey for a stocking stuffer. However, you can get the previous generations, like the 3DS, on eBay or Amazon for much cheaper.
You can also get something like the Go Retro Portable gaming device at Amazon for less than thirty bucks. This handheld comes with many arcade-style retro games reminiscent of the old-school Game Boy. It’s sure to please both kids and older gamers who have fond memories of the very first handhelds.
Another excellent stocking stuffer for the gamer on your list is an online subscription to their favorite gaming community. Nintendo Switch offers Switch online for twenty dollars a year, the cheapest option. However, to get all the games the Switch offers, including access to N64 and Sega games, you’ll have to upgrade to the Switch Online Plus Expansion Pack, which costs $50 annually.
PlayStation offers a variety of subscriptions under their PS Plus offerings, which include free games and online play.
XBOX offers a few tiers of online play, including XBOX Live and gamepass. XBOX live allows you to play online, while gamepass offers online in addition to free games.
Any of these subscription services would make great gifts for any gamer on your list.
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