The holidays are among us yet again. Holiday shopping can be difficult. And holiday shopping for a gamer can be quite challenging, especially for non-gamers. This gamer gift list includes options from fun gaming toys to high performance hardware.
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1.) Toy or collectible from favorite game.
One of the best gifts for a gamer is a collectible or toy from their favorite game. Overwatch Pachimari plush was one of my favorite gaming gifts!
2. Console or Gaming Laptop Carrying Case
A console or laptop carrying case is perfect for the gamer on the go. The pictures below link to best (or better) selling cases for xBox One, Nintendo DS, Playstation 4, Laptop (ASUS Republic of Gamers Messenger Bag ), and Nintendo Switch.
3. Gift Cards.
Gift cards are a great idea if you’re not sure what to get. Can’t go wrong unless the wrong platform is picked.
4. Board Game
Who says all gaming has to be video gaming? Board games can be just as fun! Suspicion is a board game that everyone plays as jewel thieves trying to hide their identity from other players while “stealing” as many jewel sets as possible before a jewel pile is empty. Requires strategy (similar to clue) and best when played with 4-6 players (but can be played with 2-6). Highly recommended and fun to play! Collector editions of board games or games themed after another game (Mass Effect Monopoly or Risk) also make great gifts.
5. Classic Consoles
6. Mug or Cup with Logo of Favorite or Liked Game
Let’s face it, while gaming everyone is either keeping hydrated or drinking something. A mug or cup is a practical gift that will get used or collected. There are also sites that can customize a cup as well. Zazzle has the best printing in my experience so far and frequently has coupon codes to save money. Plus it’s easy to click customize, add your own image, and put it in a gift bag. gg ez
7. Gaming Chair
A gamer needs to be comfortable when gaming! Give the gift of good posture.
P.S. – The Herman Miller Aeron Chair is on my wishlist so if you are feeling super generous, I am accepting donations. xD
8. Gaming Themed Throw Pillow or Blanket
Another practical gift. Pillows and blankets always come in handy at some point. Bonus points if the gift recipient has a room with a gaming theme.
9. Gaming Mouse Pad
Precision and control are necessary in all games. A gaming mouse pad can be a game changer for mouse control for PC gamers.
10. Gaming Headset
Surround sound gaming headsets can give gamers an advantage in games, especially games that require knowing the location of other players. Plus headsets with mics allow players to communicate with each other easily (or tell tales of nights with another player’s mother). The HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset can be used with PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
11. Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller
This controller can be used for Xbox One or PC and can be customized. To be used on PC, this controller will need a USB Cable or Xbox Wireless Adapter.
13. Gaming Controllers
A controller in good condition is a must have for all gamers. A backup controller is a gift that can come in handy. Xbox One has a fully customizable controller options via the Design Lab. A Playstation 4 DualShock 4 controller is a good option for PS4 consoles and Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is an option for the Nintendo Switch.
14. PlayStation VR
Virtual reality games are becoming a reality for gamers. The PlayStation VR was designed for the Playstation 4 and the PlayStation Camera precisely captures natural movement in virtual space.
15. VR Headsets
The Samsung Gear VR provides a virtual reality experience for Samsung Galaxy Note8; Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy Note5 devices. The HTC Vive is a Windows and SteamVR compatible Virtual Reality System.
16. Gaming Router
Routers that can help provide a reliable network connection are key to preventing lag and sluggish connections. The Netgear Nighthawk X4 Ultimate Gaming Router and the ASUS AC5300 Wireless Tri-Band Router have game routing and prioritization options.
17. External SSD Storage
A portable Solid State Drive is a great idea for any gamer or anyone on the go with important files. External SSDs are a more dependable local backup solution. Fast transfer speeds can allow a gamer on the go to play games from the external device if needed. Samsung T5 Portable SSDs come in multiple sizes perfect for any type of usage.
18. Xbox Game Drives
A Xbox Game Drive is a gift idea for any Xbox gamer that needs more storage. The Seagate SSD Game Drive for Xbox is a solution for speed and extra storage. The Seagate Game Drive for Xbox Game Pass comes with 2TB of storage and is a better option is storage needs is an common issue.
19. Gaming Tablet
A tablet is can be a good gift option for mobile gaming. Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 is an Android Tablet is a higher performance tablet with an estimated 15 hour battery life. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4-Inch Tablet is another Android Tablet that can handle Android games and also includes multiple user options and kid modes.
20. Phone or Tablet Controller
A controller for a phone or tablet can make a mobile gaming experience much more enjoyable. There are options for bluetooth phone controllers such as the BEBONCOOL Android controller or the MYGT bluetooth controller that is compatible with Android or Windows PC. The SteelSeries Nimbus controller works for Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
The ultimate gift of for gaming. Choose from The Xbox One X, Playstation 4 Pro, or Nintendo Switch. Due to the recent launch of the Xbox One X, Xbox One S bundles have dropped in price with most merchants.
22. Gaming Laptop
Gaming laptops are a practical gift idea for the PC gamer that needs to be mobile or needs to use a laptop for multiple purposes. Lenovo Legion Y720, Acer Predator Helios 300, and The Razor Blade have specs that can handle most (if not all) current PC games.
23. PC Monitor
With gaming, seeing is more than half the battle. PC gaming is best on monitors with higher refresh rates. The LG 34UC79G-B is a 34-Inch Curved monitor with 144Hz Refresh rate. The ASUS ROG SWIFT PG278QR is a 27-inch monitor with Eye Care gaming monitor.
24. Gaming PC
For the best desktop gaming experience, high performance hardware is a must have for any gamer. This Corsair One Compact Gaming PC is liquid cooled with high performance components. The Lenovo Ideacentre Gaming Y900 Desktop also is built with some high performance components to run newly released titles. ibuypower PC components and prices provides a more-bang-for-your-buck gaming experience
25. 4K Smart TV
Seeing a game as clear as possible is important for gaming. A TV with low input lag and less motion blur is ideal for a good gaming experience. LG Electronics OLED55B7A 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV and Sony XBR49X900E 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV are options for gaming if you are in the market for a new TV or TV as a gift.