Do you have a gamer on your shopping list this holiday season? You want to get them something they will really love, right? Well, I asked a ton of my best gaming friends what they would be thrilled to get for Christmas (or birthdays, or any other gift-giving holiday) and came up with the best gifts for gamers for this holiday season and beyond. Find out what’s hot, what’s thoughtful, and what your gamer friend will absolutely adore!
The Best Gifts for Gamers
Let’s start with the best of the best. These top gift ideas can get expensive, but they are guaranteed to be on most gamer’s Christmas wish lists this season. Be sure to check to see what systems and consoles they have before splurging on a new one.
If you have a large budget for gifts and really want to blow your gamer’s mind, get them a gaming PC. Gaming PCs are different than normal PCs because they have better graphics cards and faster processing, so they can handle even the most robust PC games.
The big drawback to a gaming PC is the expense. I have an MSI GS66 stealth pro, that cost about was $3000. However, 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.
However, you can get a mid-line gaming laptop for between $1300 and $1800 on Amazon. If that’s still too pricey and you are deadest on getting your gamer a PC, you can go with a desktop, which is generally cheaper. You can get a decent gaming desktop PC for around $1000, but you can often find deals to get them for less.
Remember, the prices generally don’t include peripherals, like a monitor, mouse, and keyboard. If you plan on getting the entire setup, you should take those costs into account. However, if you know others are going to also get this person a gift, maybe you can ask them to get those cheaper items while you get the PC.
Mac users might be interested in the Mac M1, the newest generation of Mac computers that have robust gaming capabilities.
The Newest Gaming Console
Two of the biggest gaming brands in the world both came out with new consoles in time for Christmas last year. Xbox debuted the new Series X, and PlayStation launched the new PS5, so if you weren’t able to get your hands on them last year, getting one as a gift for your favorite gamer this year is great option.
The PS5 was highly anticipated last year, and unfortunately, that led to a short supply. This shortage of Playstation 5 consoles continued into this year, and it’s still tough to find.
If you’re willing to pay top dollar, you might be able to purchase the PS5 on Amazon. If you want to pay retail price, it’s best to search the Gamestops and Walmarts near you to see if they get any of these rare systems in stock.
XBOX Series X
The XBOX Series X is the newest XBOX console, also released at the end of 2020. XBOX hasn’t had a new console since 2013 either, and the Series X is just as hard to get as the PS5. Microsoft is making serious moves to be at the top of the gaming industry, and it shows with the new system.
Either console would be an amazing gift for any gamer on your list.
An Older Console
Those two consoles are the hottest things in video gaming right now. As such, they might be prohibitively expensive or tough to find. There are other consoles still on the market that would make great gifts.
The Nintendo Switch is reasonably priced, and although it’s a few years old, it’s still the latest Nintendo console and has tons of fun games like Legend of Zelda, Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Bros 3D Allstars. The Switch just recently added a collection of retro games from both N64 and Sega to their online offerings, so it’s a perfect time to buy one if you’ve been waiting.
XBOX 1 or PlayStation 4
There’s no shame in not wanting to (or not being able to) spend three to five hundred dollars on the hottest new console. One great thing about having these new systems available is that the old ones are going to be on sale. If a close family member always wanted a PS4 but couldn’t afford it, it might now be in the budget. People are offloading them to get the new systems, so you can probably find them for reduced prices at places like GameStop.
The Coolest Gifts for Gamers
The coolest gifts for gamers are virtual reality gifts. This is still new technology, so it isn’t offered by all the consoles and systems yet, but there are two major brands experimenting with it.
The Oculus Rift’s second generation of VR technology was just released in October of 2020. This is a VR system that works with PC – so it’s only available for PC gamers.
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 a number of PlayStation games.
PSVR also works with the new PS5 and all backward compatible PS4 games.
What are Good Gifts for Gamers
Maybe the gamer on your shopping list isn’t a spouse or a child, and you don’t want to spend a few hundred bucks on a video game console. That’s perfectly valid. There are a ton of great gifts for gamers that are far less expensive.
Here are some great options.
The Hottest Games
There are a few games coming out just in time for Christmas that are on most gamers wish-list. 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 make sure you are getting the correct one.
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 amazing games that are just a few years old that would also make good gifts.
What Every Gamer Needs
Games and consoles aren’t the only things that gamers need. There are tons of peripherals that enhance the gaming experience, and these items make great gifts for gamers.
A headset is a must-have for gamers who like to play online party games or anyone who is trying to become a Twitch affiliate. Headphones ensure that every member of the group can hear each other, and prevents others in the household from having to listen to the entire conversation.
Most gamers want to be comfortable while they are gaming, so a nice chair is essential! There are a ton of options for great gaming chairs, but if someone special was getting me a gaming chair for a gift and price wasn’t an option, I’d want the Killabee massaging game chair. Gaming and a massage? Yes, please!
There are tons of other gaming chairs available, and Amazon is a great place to find them.
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 which make 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 almost any operating system, so they are a great place to start.
The Best Gifts for Gamers who Want to be Streamers
Some gamers have a goal to be Twitch Streamers, and there are a few extra items that these folks would need in order to make their stream stand out. If your gamer friend wants to pursue a Twitch career, make sure they have these key items (and direct them to this epic post on how to be a Twitch affiliate!)
A fancy microphone isn’t essential for the average gamer. If most folks are just talking to their friends online, they can probably get by with the built-in computer or headset microphone.
However, it’s a whole 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 exactly essential, but it’s definitely nice to have. A webcam makes a stream stand out a little more 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.
What to Get a Gamer Who Has Everything
It’s quite possible that the gamer on your list has all these things, or you don’t know what games they have. Here are some thoughtful gift ideas for the gamer who already has everything else.
Sculptures/Figures from Favorite Games
If you have a gamer who is obsessed with a certain character or certain 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.
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, it’s just 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.
Stocking Stuffers for Gamers
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, Microsoft Official Store for XBOX, you get the picture.
If you don’t know what their favorite console is, 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 a bunch of 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 great stocking stuff 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, which is the cheapest option. PlayStation offers PS Plus, which includes some free games, and XBOX offers a few tiers of online play including XBOX Live and gamepass. XBOX live just allows you to play online, while gamepass offers online play in addition to free games. These subscription services would make great gifts for any gamer on your list.
Give Your Gamer an Epic Holiday
Hopefully, this list offered some awesome gift ideas for every gamer on your holiday shopping list. But this list isn’t limited to holiday gifts! These gifts for gamers are perfect for any occasion. Make your gamer smile any time of the year!
Melanie launched Partners in Fire in 2017 to document her quest for financial independence with a mix of finance, fun, and solving the world’s problems. She’s self educated in personal finance and passionate about fighting systematic problems that prevent others from achieving their own financial goals. She also loves travel, anthropology, gaming and her cats.