The 24 Best Gifts for Gamers of 2023
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We’ve updated our recommendations for 2022 with new games and new accessories.
Picking the right gift for the gaming enthusiast in your life is like navigating a minefield of preferences and past purchases, and finding high-quality, compatible accessories can be just as difficult. That’s why we put together this crowd-pleasing collection that includes practical gear for dedicated players, funky throwbacks for old-school arcade lovers, and a curated selection of our favorite games. In addition to top picks from our expert-informed guides, we’ve found a few unique gifts that any gamer would love to receive.
- Audio gear
- Better controls
- Miscellaneous gifts that gamers will appreciate
- Retro gaming
- For DIY-ers
A sound upgrade for couch gamers
People who enjoy playing games on a TV and want to hear rich, enveloping sound without having to wear a headset will appreciate a speaker upgrade that won’t break the bank. The JBL Bar 2.1 Deep Bass is the best soundbar you can get for under $400 (and often much lower). It has clearer voice reproduction and deeper bass than any of the other sub-$400 models we’ve tested, and though it’s only a 2.1-channel system, it produces impressive wraparound audio that feels surprisingly close to surround sound. It also keeps things simple with a remote that allows for only subwoofer adjustment, which we think is just the right amount of control.
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A great headset can make all the difference for gaming, offering the player a deeper level of immersion than basic speakers. Gaming headsets can also enhance voice chat and online gaming, eliminating some of the pitfalls and mediocrity of cheap earbuds or headphones. The HyperX Cloud Alpha has been one of the most comfortable headsets we’ve tested for multiple years in a row, and this set also produces some of the best sound quality we’ve heard for the price. And thanks to the Cloud Alpha’s 0.125-inch headphone adapter, this headset works with any game console or computer.
Game space for a Nintendo Switch
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When you download games on a Nintendo Switch, the built-in 32 GB storage can fill up pretty quickly (some individual titles take up even more space than the internal capacity). The Switch player in your life will probably need to store more games at once, making the 128 GB SanDisk microSDXC Card a welcome gift, even if it’s not the flashiest of the accessories we recommend. It’s speedy when saving or loading games, and it’s one of the most cost-effective cards you can buy. If you’re feeling generous, SanDisk also sells a 256 GB version for double the storage.
The best option for external storage
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To add storage for more games on an Xbox, PlayStation, or PC, we recommend the Western Digital My Passport SSD. Xbox One and PS4 games are playable directly from an external SSD (or hard drive), but Xbox Series X|S and PS5 games can only be stored there—be prepared to transfer those games back to your console to play them. The My Passport is a fast and reliable drive, and Western Digital backs it with a five-year warranty. The drive is also compact enough to squeeze into almost any nook in a crowded entertainment center.
A controller for mobile gaming
The Backbone One is a controller that wraps around an iPhone, turning it into a portable game console that’s as comfortable to hold as any PlayStation or Xbox controller. It’s a great option for anyone who is always playing games on their phone. It features all the typical buttons you can find on any modern controller, as well as buttons for recording game play and launching the free Backbone app, which offers a unified way to open all your mobile games. The Backbone controller connects to iPhones through the Lightning port, so there’s no need to connect to Bluetooth, though the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max do require a special adapter, which ships free when you order (or, if you have a 3D printer, you can create it at home).
Make their console controllers rechargeable
Xbox owners and PC players who use Xbox controllers will appreciate never having to open yet another drawer just to find all their AAs missing, thanks to PowerA’s Dual Charging Station. The pack comes bundled with a charger cradle for two controllers and two battery packs, and it’s a far less wasteful and longer-lasting option compared with single-use batteries (though you can buy standard rechargeable batteries, as well).
A heroic gaming mouse
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A gaming mouse offers faster response times, ergonomic and customizable buttons, and better precision, making it a great gift for anyone who spends a lot of time playing on a PC. We love the Razer Basilisk V3, and we recommend it in our guide to the best gaming mice because it’s comfortable for most hand sizes and grip styles, and it offers plenty of buttons and excellent build quality. It also has lighting underneath, on the scroll wheel, and on the Razer logo that can be synced to match different dynamic colors in-game or simply customized to suit anyone’s color preference.
Fantastic and flashy keyboard
For gamers who haven’t yet invested in a good gaming keyboard, an upgrade will let them take advantage of customizable backlighting, a more-ergonomic design, and macro keys that they can program to carry out any keystroke sequence with the push of a single button. We like the HyperX Alloy Origins Core for its tenkeyless design (which allows for mouse placement closer to the body, reducing shoulder, neck, and back strain), as well as for its dedicated media buttons, including volume and mic mute keys. We also like its vibrant backlights, which your gift recipient can customize with simple software.
Excellent desktop sound
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When it comes to game immersion, it’s not just about the graphics. Modern games have cinematic sound design, but many people have speakers or headphones that don’t do it justice. If it’s time to upgrade, the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX is our favorite set of computer speakers that includes a subwoofer. The speakers have a small on-desk footprint, and the subwoofer effectively adds more bass, which can give a little more oomph to video game effects.
A custom controller for any preference
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If you know someone who uses an Xbox controller for Xbox or PC gaming, you can tailor a controller to match the color scheme of their cherished sports team, their favorite video game, or even their desk setup through the Xbox Design Lab. You can customize almost every part of the controller’s appearance, with options for different colors, finishes, and patterns on its body and buttons. The website’s design tool is easy to use and a ton of fun, too.
For family gaming
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Pokémon Legends: Arceus for Nintendo Switch ($45 at the time of publication)
We like Pokémon Legends: Arceus because it takes the beloved creature-catching formula and sets it in a time before the modern era of Pokémon games. The result is something closer to a true open-world game, with an intriguing prehistoric and dangerous feel.
A legendary co-op game
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge for Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation, and Xbox ($25 at the time of publication; also on Game Pass)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was one of the most popular arcade games of its time when it came out nearly three decades ago, and Shredder’s Revenge, the newest iteration, keeps the classic art style and gameplay mechanics. It’s one of the best arcade beat-’em-up games you can play right now, and it features seamless co-op gameplay for those who like to team up with friends.
A challenging game in a beautiful fantasy world
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Elden Ring for PC, PlayStation, and Xbox ($60 at the time of publication)
Those who appreciate the fantasy genre and dark world-building of George R.R. Martin may enjoy Elden Ring, which was an early contender for the best game of 2022. It’s a difficult game with little direction to follow, and it’s not for the faint of heart—only those who fancy a challenge should attempt a playthrough. But those with patience will find the world absorbing to get lost in.
One of the best kid-friendly shooting games
Splatoon 3 for Nintendo Switch ($55 at the time of publication)
Splatoon is one of our favorite kid-friendly shooting games because it offers a fun, nonviolent alternative take on multiplayer shooters where you shoot and spray other players with paint rather than bullets. The most recent installment, Splatoon 3, is the most refined and expansive version yet, with more solo and cooperative options than in both of the games before it.
One of the best games of all time, remade
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The Last of Us Part 1 for PlayStation 5 ($70 at the time of publication)
The Last of Us was already a masterpiece, but it’s even better now that it has been remade with the improved technology that powered 2020’s game of the year The Last of Us Part 2. Established fans and newcomers alike will appreciate the chance to play The Last of Us Part 1 on their PlayStation 5, as this edition enhances the visuals, integrates the DualSense controller’s haptic capabilities, and expands its accessibility options. The whole experience feels modern all over again, and it’s shipping just in time for folks to play it before HBO’s upcoming series.
For Xbox and PC players
Xbox and PC players alike will light up when you give them an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership, which grants access to a growing library of games on console and PC and provides deals and discounts on certain titles, free monthly games, and multiplayer capabilities on Xbox consoles. (Yes, it’s like Netflix for video games.) This has been a big year for Game Pass proving its worth, with huge releases including Psychonauts 2, Hades, Back 4 Blood, Forza Horizon 5, and Halo Infinite all hitting the service since August. Game Pass Ultimate also allows players to stream more than 100 games to their Android phones or tablets, and it includes an EA Play subscription. And if it turns out that your gift recipient already has a subscription, they can add the gifted months to their current account.
For PlayStation owners
Nearly any PlayStation gamer will appreciate a membership to PlayStation Plus for its access to online gaming across all games on the platform—an essential for multiplayer titles such as Destiny 2, Fortnite, and Call of Duty: Warzone. Every month, PlayStation gives away two different games for free to Plus members, and it offers extra discounts on certain games purchased in the digital store. And if your gift recipient already has a subscription, they can add your gift to it. You can also give the subscription in one-month and 12-month increments.
For Switch gamers
Nintendo Switch Online is required if you want to play Animal Crossing, Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros., and more with friends. It also has a growing collection of classic NES and Super NES games, which is great for those who want to relive their old-school Nintendo days with titles like Super Mario World and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. For those who want to try it out on a shorter basis, a three-month subscription is available, too.
Miscellaneous gifts that gamers will appreciate
A novel video game vinyl
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You can find a range of video game soundtracks on vinyl from Turntable Lab, and they make unique gifts for gamers who also treasure their record collections. This particular pressing of the music from Pokémon Gold & Silver doesn’t feature the direct soundtrack from the games but rather a stunning orchestral arrangement. The half-black, half-white vinyl and the elegant outer sleeve are pretty enough to double as a piece of artwork for people who like to display their records, but Turntable Lab also has a lot of other fun and colorful options to choose from— some of our favorites include the Doom soundtrack pressed on blood-red vinyl and the marbled purple and orange pressings of the Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart soundtrack.
For the crafty gamer
Stardew Valley is a wildly popular farming game—and one of our favorite games to relax with—and there’s a good chance you already know someone who’s hooked on it. For the person on your list who likes to keep their hands busy when they’re not gaming, this beginner’s cross-stitch kit comes with 25 different Stardew Valley patterns featuring adorable creatures and icons from the game. It also includes cloth to sew on, embroidery needles, and all the matching threads necessary to bring the pixelated patterns to life.
For the arcade gamer with a Switch
Those who frequently play arcade games on their Switch—such as Pac-Man in Namco Museum or Donkey Kong from the Nintendo Switch Online library—will appreciate the ability to enjoy the classics the way they were intended for original arcade cabinets. The Flip Grip allows players to reorient their Switch tablet so that the screen is taller than it is wide, without sacrificing any space on the tablet’s display. It’s a simple accessory that slides right onto the Switch, making it easy for players to set up and hold. Not all games are compatible with the portrait-style orientation, but you can find a list of flippable games on the Does It Flip? website. A quick warning: The existing version does not work with Nintendo’s new Switch OLED Model (and it doesn’t work with the Switch Lite, either).
A classic ornament for their tree
A few of Hallmark’s video-game (and sci-fi) ornaments caught our eye this year. The collection skews retro, with a handful of Mario characters and even some Sonic the Hedgehog ornaments, but the lineup also has a few other options—like Pokémon, Minecraft, and Fortnite—for a younger appeal. They offer a fun chance to get away from the standard Christmas themes, and Hallmark also covers some related sci-fi ground with Star Trek and Stranger Things ornaments and collectibles. You’ll almost certainly find something for the fan you’re shopping for (even if that happens to be you).
Build your own console
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Gaming consoles will remain nearly impossible to find this year, so why not build your own? You can do so with a Raspberry Pi, a cheap computer that’s about the size of a deck of cards. With a little technical know-how and about an hour’s worth of time, you can turn the Raspberry Pi into a capable little game console, a project that’s perfect for DIY-ers, tinkerers, or anyone who doesn’t mind futzing about with different settings.
Help them keep what they have
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Once again, pretty much all electronics are tough to find this year, which is a great excuse to repair the consoles you already own. But in order to do so, you often need special tools. If you know someone who will take care of and fix their own gear, we recommend the iFixit Mako Driver Kit, which provides all the bit drivers necessary to repair modern electronics. If you can spend a little more, the iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit packs in even more helpful tools, such as spudgers to safely pry away cables and a handy opening pick to separate cases. For someone new to repair, iFixit has guides for repairing every major game console, including repairing the infamous Switch Joy-Con controllers. Some projects are more complex than others, but one of the easiest tasks is to do a battery swap for an old controller (Switch Pro, DualShock 4, DualShock 3), which can extend the life of the controller so you don’t have to buy a new one.
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This article was edited by Arthur Gies and Jason Chen.
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With Father’s Day just around the corner, it’d be mighty useful for there to be a list of the best gifts for gamers. And as it just so happens… well, here we are.
Although hunting down a suitable present can be difficult because there’s so much choice (particularly if you aren’t a gamer yourself), the flip-side is that you’ve got lots of options. And fortunately enough, the best gaming gifts aren’t limited to tat and pun-ny mugs. There’s a whole host of high-quality, low-price gifts out there from accessories to merchandise. The trick? Knowing where to look. That’s where we come in. To get the ball rolling, we’ve scooped up some recommendations that span cheap and cheerful novelties to more premium presents. Seeing as that includes gifts for gamers on PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, PC, and tabletop, there should be something suitable for almost everyone below.
We’ve been sure to include options for every budget as well, so don’t worry about breaking the bank to get a decent present – you don’t need to spend a fortune to secure the best gifts for gamers.
Best gifts for gamers overall
1. I Paused My Game t-shirt
The best t-shirt gift for gamers
+ Generic enough to suit anyone
+ Available in multiple fits and sizes
– Not very personal
‘Gamer’ t-shirts are often naff and tacky, but this one breaks the trend with what is actually a cool design. Available in multiple sizes for men, women, and kids (not to mention multiple color options), this is the perfect gift for gamers of any age. It’s generic enough that you don’t have to worry about what the recipient plays, either.
2. PlayStation Icons light
The best PS5 gift for gamers
+ Eye-catching and atmospheric
+ Classy design
– Adaptor plug not included
Paladone is one of the biggest names in giftware, and its PlayStation Icons light is an example of why. This fun curiosity brings the console’s iconic symbols to life with an atmospheric glow, and that eye-catching yet simple design will really enhance the recipient’s setup.
3. Xbox Icons Light
The best Xbox gift for gamers
+ Won’t take up loads of space
– Doesn’t come in green
There’s also an Xbox version of the PlayStation lights we mentioned earlier, and it’s the ideal gift for gamers who play on Microsoft’s console. As well as being well-made official merch, it looks as if it’s been pulled from straight from a Twitch streamer’s studio.
4. Mushroom Light
The best gift for Nintendo gamers
+ Iconic design
– Relatively small
Nothing says ‘Nintendo’ more than Super Mario, and one of the most iconic things from that series is its oversized mushroom power-up. That’s why getting a novelty light version to sit on the recipient’s desk, shelf, or coffee table makes such a decent gift for gamers. Its soft glow sets a really atmospheric mood that’s ideal for an evening of gaming.
5. Blood, Sweat, and Pixels
The best book for gamers
+ Covers big-name games
+ Intriguing insights
– Might not appeal to more casual gamers
Besides being a well-known games journalist and reporter, Jason Schreier is famous for shining a spotlight on industry issues… and he puts that know-how to good use with this tome detailing the development process behind beloved games like Dragon Age or Destiny. It’s a fascinating peek behind the curtain.
6. Numskull gaming locker
The best practical gift for gamers
+ Neat and tidy
+ Themed versions available
– Needs more space for games
If you’re looking to get a more practical gift for gamers, this locker from Numskull is a great shout. Along with storage space for a few games, it can hold controllers and headsets as well. Seeing as it keeps the recipient’s gear neatly packed away in one place, this is also a good way of keeping your setup tidy and organized.
7. PlayStation Store Gift Card
The best last-minute gift for PlayStation gamers
+ Delivered instantly
+ Recipient can choose
Credit for the PS4 and PS5 Store is a great gift idea thanks to the huge choice of games available on this official marketplace. In the USA, Amazon is the best place to buy cards even though there are no discounts (it’s easy and reliable). As for the UK, CDKeys is often a better bet; many offers are actually discounted.
8. Xbox Store Gift Card
The best last-minute Xbox gift for gamers
+ Instant delivery
+ Recipient can choose
– A bit impersonal
Not sure what to buy a loved one? If they have an Xbox, it’s worth considering this Gift Card. It allows players to get whatever they want on the official Xbox Store, helping you avoid any disappointment if they already own the present you bought. It’s simple, but effective.
9. Nintendo eShop Gift Card
The best last-minute Nintendo gift for gamers
+ Delivered right away
+ Gives recipient choice
– Quite impersonal
If the gamer in your life has a Nintendo Switch and you’d rather let them decide what they want rather than trying to find something you aren’t sure they’ll like, you can always get them an eShop card. This gives credit to use on the official Nintendo eStore, and prices range from $5 to $99.
Gaming gifts – under $20 / £20
Want to keep costs down without skimping on cool gifts for gamers? The following options sit at the affordable end of the scale, and they range from fun curiosities to genuinely useful gear.
1. PlayStation playing cards & tin
+ Fun twist on playing cards
+ Console tin
– Need to like card games
If you want to get a good but cheap gift for the PlayStation gamer in your life, this is a really fun novelty option that should go down well. It replaces the deck’s normal suites with PlayStation controller icons (square, triangle, circle, and cross) and also comes in a snazzy tin based on the original PS1.
2. Xbox Heat-Changing Mug
+ Subtle but stylish
– Pattern flakes off easily
Alright, so a lot of gamer mugs are clatteringly rubbish. But there are a few diamonds out there that make for thoughtful, endearing gifts. This Xbox option in particular is a real gem, especially because the color changes to Microsoft green when hot water is added. It’s classy, straightforward, and clever – one of the better gifts for gamers, in other words.
3. PS5 Heat-Changing Mug
+ Striking design
+ Heat-change is neat
– Pattern chips away easily
Not sure what to get someone, but know they have a PlayStation? This is probably the best ‘playing it safe’ present on offer. A sleek and minimalist mug that displays the PS5 symbols when filled with coffee, tea, or hot chocolate it’s a cool tip of the hat to the console while also being practical. Perhaps they can use it to fuel their next late-night gaming session.
4. Lego Minecraft: The Creeper Ambush
+ Iconic characters
+ Really affordable
Looking for something cheap and cheerful for the Minecraft fan in your life? This is a really cool novelty that offers a slice of the video game for display or as a toy, making it perfect for all ages. It brings together the most iconic parts of the franchise too, so it’s one of the best kits in terms of gifts for gamers.
5. Fortnite toys (4in)
+ Generally cheap
+ Lots of accessories
Buying for a Fortnite fan? Even though they’re inexpensive (for the most part, anyway), these toys are of a surprisingly high quality. Boasting more than 20 points of articulation and plenty of accessories, they’re cool presents regardless of whether they’ll be going in a toybox or sitting on a desk.
6. Choose Your Weapon t-shirt
+ Available in lots of colors
+ Retro designs
– Hard to get in the UK
Keen to get a gift for gamers that’s more than a five-minute novelty? This t-shirt is a fun, nostalgia-filled present the recipient should get plenty of use out of. Just double-check the sizing before hitting checkout – it’s unclear what kind of fit it has.
7. Mario Heat Change Mug
+ Brilliantly retro
– Hard to find in the UK
This ode to the original Super Mario Bros. games is the perfect gift for gamers who either grew up with the plumber or adore the franchise. The fact that the design changes color when hot water is added is the cherry on the cake. Not for you? Don’t worry, there are plenty of gamer mugs at Amazon to check out instead.
8. Super Mario plush
+ Very cute
+ Lots of personality
– Quite small
If in doubt, go for a Super Mario plushie. For Nintendo fans, this esteemed mascot is likely to be behind many of their fondest memories, so a soft toy version of the hero will always go down well with gamers.
9. Glow in the Dark dice
+ Cool novelty, but also practical
+ Sturdy metal design
– May mark wooden tables
Here’s another great gift for D&D gamers; dice. Speaking from experience, players can never have enough of these… and the fact that this particular set can glow in the dark makes them one of the cooler novelty presents on this list. A must-have.
10. D&D plushies
+ Lots of fun designs
– Can be hard to find
These soft toys are adorable takes on D&D’s best-known monsters, so they’re ideal gifts for gamers who like to play Dungeons and Dragons. We’ve been hands-on with the first wave and can vouch for them as desk buddies, and their quality impressed us.
11. PlayStation coasters
+ Classy design
+ Subtle fan-service
– A bit boring
This is a simple but awesome gift for gamers; besides looking great thanks to that PS5 color-scheme with the PlayStation symbols in a snazzy metallic style, these coasters are also practical. They’ll look great on any desk or coffee table.
12. PlayStation controller mug
+ Novelty design
+ Controller handle
This light-hearted novelty gift is spot-on for the avid PlayStation gamer; while its handle may not be entirely practical, it’s a lot of fun. Just make sure they handwash it after use, though – mugs like this don’t play well with dishwashers.
13. Gameboy Heat Changing mug
+ Holds 10oz
+ Officially licensed
– Not dishwasher safe
This nostalgic coffee mug is a great choice if you’re hunting down retro gifts for gamers. Plus, the ‘screen’ activates when hot water is added, displaying a scene from Super Mario Land. It’s a very cool party trick – metaphorically, at least.
14. PlayStation Tumbler
+ Classy design
– Not dishwasher safe
Here’s another surprisingly classy but cheap gift for gamers: a sleek, minimalist PlayStation 5 tumbler. With a frosted white pattern featuring the famous square, cross, triangle, and circle buttons from the PlayStation controllers, it’s a cool tip of the hat to the system.
15. Checkpoint book
– Won’t be for everyone
GamesRadar’s own Joe Donnelly (our Features Writer) wrote a book about the positive power of video games before he joined us, and it’s an affirming read that challenges common narratives of the medium being harmful.
Gifts for gamers – under $50 / £50
Stretch the budget a little and you can start to get your hands on more substantial gifts for gamers. Although they’re more expensive, these presents are definitely worth the increased cost.
1. PlayStation ‘Ugly’ Christmas Sweater
+ Stylish fan-service
+ Embroidered symbols
– Hard to get alternative colors
Wearing your finest ‘ugly’ Christmas sweater over the Holiday is practically mandatory these days, so why not give your loved one a jumper celebrating their console of choice? This one features intricate embroidery and premium material for a very cosy piece of kit.
2. Xbox ‘Ugly’ Christmas Sweater
+ Comfortable and cosy
+ Covered in fun details
– Garish colors
‘Ugly’ Christmas sweaters are a godsend if you’re struggling to come up with gifts for gamers, and this beauty from Numskull would be our jumper of choice for anyone hunting down Xbox presents. It’s cosy, covered in fun little details, and of a high enough quality that it won’t wear out after a single season.
3. Charmander ‘Ugly’ Christmas Sweater
+ Absolutely adorable
– No alternate colors
Zavvi offers an entire range of ‘ugly’ Christmas sweaters based on Pokemon, and they’re all utterly adorable. If your loved one likes these pocket monsters, they’ll probably be happy with any of these, but our favorite might just be the Charmander variant. It’s too cute!
4. PS5 headset stand
– Takes up a USB slot
This particular PS5 present looks awesome and will make any setup cooler, but it’s also practical – it helps keep your home tidier and avoids headsets getting tangled up with other accessories.
5. Xbox headset stand
– Takes up a USB slot
We’re really keen on this particular gift for gamers. Yes, it looks fantastic and will add a cool ambience to your setup. But it keeps everything tidy as well by stopping your headset getting tangled in your other accessories.
6. Lego Super Mario Starter Kit
+ Hours of replayability
+ App support plays Mario in real life
– Can be difficult to get out and pack away
Is there anything better than playing on the Switch? Yes – making Mario courses in real life with Lego. Duh! This starter set will get you going with a short ‘level’, a villain in the form of Bowser Jr, and Super Mario himself. What’s more, you’ll be able to ride this one out for a few birthdays yet… there are plenty of expansion packs to pick up.
7. God of War cookbook
+ Themed Norse recipes
+ Stuffed with lore
– Some dishes lack punch
As we mentioned in our feature on making Tyr’s stew, this is ideal for any God of War fans out there. Along with delicious Norse-themed recipes, the book is absolutely crammed with lore that should enrich the recipient’s love of the game series itself.
8. Elder Scrolls cookbook
+ Lore-accurate recipes
+ Entries from all Tamriel
– Some dishes are a bit bland
Being able to lose yourself in the world of Skyrim is one of gaming’s greatest pleasures, and this cookbook brings that joy into the real world with recipes based on those seen in the game itself. And yes, there are sweetrolls.
9. Heroes’ Feast cookbook
+ In-universe recipes
+ Excellent presentation
– Finding ingredients can be a hassle
Themed cookbooks are a solid novelty present, at the best of times, but this D&D version is better than we’d expected. It’s crammed with delightful recipes from that tabletop world, yes, but it’s also got options based on the game’s fantasy species like elves and dwarves.
10. The Game Console 2.0
+ Fascinating gaming history
– Won’t appeal to younger gamers
Want to give a loved one a walk down memory lane? This coffee table book features pages of snaps and facts showing the journey from Atari to Xbox. Crammed with info and a breakdown of what made these systems tick, it’s a great choice for fans of retro gaming systems.
11. Venom Twin Charging Dock
+ No need for more AAs
+ Decent battery life
– Not very exciting
Fed up of having to buy AA batteries for your loved ones? Good news! This gift for gamers bypasses all that hassle with rechargeable packs. While they have a decent lifespan, getting the charging station is a definite bonus.
12. Charging Station
+ Can charge up to two controllers
+ Sleek design
– Practical, but dull
It’s a little dull in terms of gifts for gamers, but that’s not to say it isn’t a very useful present – especially as an add-on to a console purchase. This lets you charge two controllers quickly and at the same time, which is obviously handy.
13. Game & Watch: Super Mario
+ A slice of retro joy
+ Features a classic game
– Can’t get more games
Want to give the gamer in your life the ultimate retro console? This option from Nintendo comes with Super Mario Bros pre-installed, not to mention the tricky Lost Levels pack that fans will love. While this one’s available pretty much everywhere (including Walmart and Best Buy), you can also get a Legend of Zelda version if you’re lucky – it’s often out of stock.
14. Campaign Case: Creatures
+ Lots of variety
– Could do with more heroes
It can be tricky to picture where your character is during combat in D&D, so this pack of reusable icons is a real help. It’s also a clever system – the stickers can be stuck onto plastic pucks, peeled off, and returned to the sticker sheet good as new and without damaging them.
15. Campaign Case: Terrain
+ Can be reused
+ Easy to set up scenes
– Not enough variety
This is a companion piece to the creatures case listed above, and it’s equally good in terms of bringing your D&D encounters to life. Modular tiles snap together to create the basic scene, and reusable stickers can then be put down onto them for any scenery you need.
Gifts for gamers – up to $100 / £100
Happy to push the boat out and get the ultimate gift for gamers? These are the premium options we’d recommend. Cool merch is also highlighted below, including some entries from the best Lego sets.
1. Lego Sonic The Hedgehog
+ Perfectly captures the game
+ Looks amazing
– Not interactive like Mario
This is the perfect nerdy crossover – one of the most recognizable video game characters of all time in Lego form. An ode to Sonic’s first adventure in the Green Hill Zone (complete with Doctor Eggman ready to cause chaos), it’s a slice of old-school heaven that comes highly recommended.
2. Lego Horizon Forbidden West
+ Excellent details
+ Simple instructions
– Not very poseable
Lego’s been knocking it out of the park with gaming-themed sets recently, and this is one of the best ones it’s made to date. As we said in our Lego Horizon Forbidden West: Tallneck review, this design is the perfect nod to the games and is magnificent to look at. Ideal for Horizon fans, in other words.
3. Mario Kart Live
+ A really cool idea
+ Make your own tracks
– Expensive for what it is
If the Nintendo Switch fan in your life has already rinsed Mario Kart, this AR Home Circuit peripheral can get them back on the race track. It’s like a cross between video games and Scalextric, so it’ll go down very well as a gift for gamers of all ages.
4. Sega Genesis Mini 2
+ Attention to detail
+ Decent selection of games
– Controllers don’t hold up
The Genesis is one of the most beloved games machines of all time, and now you can relive those glory days with a pint-sized version of the console. This recreation includes 60 of the best games, and it connects to your modern TV via HDMI.
5. PlayStation Classic
+ Full of nostalgia
+ Perfect recreation
– Only has 20 games
Party like it’s 1994! This remake of the classic PlayStation console is going to delight any gamer who’s been there from the very beginning, especially due to the fact that it includes 20 of the system’s best games (ranging from Metal Gear Solid to Final Fantasy VII).
6. Xbox Mini Fridge
+ Funny and unexpected
+ Actually works
– Expensive for a joke gift
This might be the most ridiculous gift on the entire list, but if your budget can stretch that far, it’s actually an amazing present. What began as a joke turned into a fully-functional mini-fridge from Microsoft, and setting it up beside the TV for on-demand drinks results in the ultimate gaming setup.
Want some more present ideas? You can drop in on our guides to the best Star Wars gifts, must-have D&D gifts, or these ultimate Disney gifts.
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a list of original and inexpensive options for gifts for a boyfriend, boy, teenager on his birthday, New Year and other holidays
Even at the beginning of the millennium, people were afraid of computer games, they saw only bad things in them. Now virtual worlds are treated more loyally. The concept of e-sports has appeared, unrealistic financial flows run in this area. There are communities (communities) of a specific game or players, a show business was born within the industry with its own secular news, devices are regularly updated, a lot of new things are constantly happening. This is us to the fact that between the disparaging “toys” and modern video games, only the root of the word remained from the common.
In this article we will tell you what you can give a gamer in honor of any occasion.
Top 15 gift options for a guy, boy, teenager, man
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If you are very far from the world of video games, but you want to please your loved one, do not rush to run to the hardware store and ask for the coolest device. It may turn out that it simply does not suit your gamer. Take a look at our selection: for the material, we have selected only those options that can be considered universal.
And yet, it’s always worth making sure that you don’t go wrong with a present: what if your loved one just got the newest headphones – why does he need an older, albeit good, model?
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Traditional budget keyboards are membrane. If you pick up the key, under it you can see the same film. Mechanical keyboards are designed differently. Due to this, they have a shorter response time and a more pleasant stroke of the keys. These are what professional players use. On sale you can find models with a bright design, backlight, subtle customization options “for yourself.”
2. Headphones with 7.1 audio class support
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If the essence of the 7.1 standard is as simple as possible, this is surround sound. It turns out the most realistic effect: if in the game someone takes a step behind the back of the gamer’s character, then the player himself hears it as if the sound is coming from behind him. And in epic scenes with powerful sound and action, it’s like sitting in a movie theater.
But all this is possible only in headphones with excellent sound isolation, noise reduction and other useful options.
3. Gaming mouse
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These are equipped with a highly sensitive sensor: the cursor on the screen instantly responds with a wave of the hand. Often, gaming mice have a number of programmable keys, the functionality of which can be set by the player himself. Top models work both from cable and wirelessly via Bluetooth.
4. Mouse pad
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It would seem that in the world of office workers this accessory is not in demand at all these days. Back when mice had a physical control wheel, the litter made sense. But in conditions when everything is run by a laser, a pad is not needed to work on a PC. However, in the gaming world, the accessory is still in demand. First, aesthetics: there are backlit models and different designs. Secondly, the pad makes mouse movements even more precise, which is important for some games. Finally, modern models are equipped with wrist support or USB ports for easy connection of wireless mice.
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If a gamer just plays with teammates and maintains a dialogue with them in some voice messenger, then a standard headphone microphone will suffice. But if a player is fond of streaming or recording videos, then without a high-quality microphone, nowhere. One thing is bad: the models are expensive, after all, these are almost professional audio equipment. But if you are ready to invest in a gift for a gamer, choose a condenser microphone.
6. Gaming chair
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The attitude towards this piece of furniture among gamers is ambiguous. Someone does not like the “too childish” artsy design. Others say that these chairs are not so comfortable. In fact, the problem with gaming chairs is that they are being made by so many brands. And often the ergonomics of such furniture tends to zero.
Therefore, again: if you choose an armchair as a gift, do not save. Expensive models really perfectly support the lower back and cervical region.
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Slang for keyboard keys. Why donate buttons? First, if you know a specific model of input device and have heard from the user dissatisfaction with the movement of the keys or the tactile sensations from them, then you can choose a new set – more convenient. Secondly, keycaps come in interesting colors, stylized for different games. And this is the notorious aesthetics.
8. Audio amplifier
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This is another name for a sound card. Suitable only for gamers who play on PC. It makes sense to give if you know that the player has good headphones. Since without a high-quality headset, there is little sense in such a device.
This part is installed on the motherboard (the part inside the system unit that integrates all other components: processor, video card, memory, etc. ). Headphones are connected to it and the sound becomes better: faster and clearer.
9. Headphone stand
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Modern headsets for gamers are bulky devices. Just like that, leaving them on the table is not always convenient, because they take up space. Therefore, coasters were invented – a kind of columns on which “ears” are hung. The most expensive models are equipped with backlight.
10. Wire holder for mouse
Another good gift idea for a gamer. A special latch helps to organize the working space on the player’s table. This is a compact stand that “pacifies” a naughty wire, and some can also serve as pedestals for beautiful mouse storage. Models are universal, suitable for all devices.
11. Computer desk
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The tables for gamers have the most elaborate design. There are holes to thread the wires and collect them, putting them in order (this is called “cable management”). The height of the tabletop is adjustable, as is its inclination. There is also an adjustment of the legs – for leveling the structure on any floor covering.
12. Battle pass
In another way – “game pass”. This is a virtual item. It is available in a number of popular games and services with games. In simple words, this is a subscription that gives the player certain privileges: in-game currency or items, the ability to play at a level inaccessible to others, and so on. And if we are talking about a battle pass inside some service with games, then this is akin to a subscription to a service with music or movies. Only here you can, for example, play games for a month.
13. Cloud gaming service
This is a new trend in the industry. Not all players have powerful hardware. And I want to play games with typical settings and without brakes. That’s what cloud gaming is for. It works like this: the game is launched not by the player himself, but by a remote service. The gamer receives only the image on the screen. This technology loads the computer many times less than the direct launch of the game.
14. VR glasses
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They are also called virtual reality glasses. The cheap version is essentially a box in which a regular smartphone is placed. And the expensive ones already have a built-in screen and speakers for surround sound. With such a device, you can play games or watch special movies.
15. Eye massager
Looks like a mask. You put it on and the gadget starts light vibrations, heats up and cools down. This increases blood flow and, as a result, helps the eyes to relax. There are also models with built-in magnets and speakers with relaxing music.
Original gift ideas for a gamer for New Year, birthday and other holidays
- Branded merch (things) for his favorite game.
- Dakimakura (cuddly pillow featuring a video game character).
- Neon interior sign.
- 4K monitor.
- Portable hard drive.
- Retro attachment.
- TV with OLED display.
- Certificate for eSports arena or club.
- Joystick for mobile gaming.
- Gaming smartphone.
- Certificate in the online store of video games.
- Notebook cooling pad.
- Massage chair cover.
- Subscription to a multimedia service with music or movies.
- Game station for smartphone.
- Antistress toy.
- Heated thermo cup.
- Smartphone triggers.
- Webcam for streaming.
- Backpack with display.
- A large set of drinks (coffee, lemonade) in cans.
- Desktop mini fridge.
- New video card.
- RAM sticks.
- Portable speaker with voice assistant.
- Fitness bracelet with reminders to get up and stretch.
- Certificate in the gym.
- Watch screwdriver set.
- Smart lamp.
- Smart glasses.
- Ready-made play station.
- Collector’s edition of the video game.
- Tabletop collectible figurine with the hero of your favorite game.
- Steering wheel or steering wheel for playing simulators.
- Pillow of an unusual shape.
- 3D printer.
- Neon night light.
- RGB tape.
- Plush character from the game.
- The flag of your favorite esports team.
- Puzzles based on games.
- SSD drive.
- Wire holder.
- USB hub.
- Monitor arm.
- Sticker set.
- Decision ball.
- Certificate in the hall of arcade machines.
- Coffee station.
How to choose a gift for a gamer
We made a small guide that will help you choose a gift for a gamer.
The most obvious solution is to donate parts to upgrade your gaming computer. A good option would be a processor, a video card, a little cheaper – RAM sticks or a hard drive. However, donate components only if you know the exact characteristics of the player’s PC: they may not be combined with each other. A good gaming monitor can become a relatively universal solution: here the chance to make a mistake and not guess is lower.
Gaming is a delicate sphere. Outsiders may think that the games are not very different from each other, while those who are passionate about eSports play everything in a row. It’s a delusion. Most often, gamers concentrate on any one title (from English – “title”, in slang – “the name of a particular video game”). And if the power of the PC or the model of the set-top box allows, they play other new items. Therefore, if you don’t know exactly what the player is passionate about, then just give a certificate to a hardware or video game store.
Presents from another sphere
Although games often take away all the thoughts of a person, he does not stop being a person with his own set of hobbies, hobbies and tastes. Therefore, when choosing a gift for a gamer, remember what else the person is interested in. Maybe you will be able to pick up a win-win presentation from a completely different area.
Popular questions and answers
RuHub esports studio commentator Vladimir “EZh2K” Georgievsky was asked about the nuances of choosing gifts for everyone who is passionate about video games .
What can not be given to a gamer?
I do not recommend making gifts with the thought: “We need to give something that will sometimes distract him from the games.” Also, do not make “pass-through” gifts like socks and shaving foam.
If you want to organize a gift related to video games, don’t assume that all gamers play everything. Take an interest in the player’s preferences so as not to inadvertently give him an item related to another game.
What cool gifts can you think of for a gamer?
Custom devices, that is, with a nickname or player’s name. You can also donate books on his favorite game. Or household items with the symbols of his favorite game.
What kind of surprise can you give a gamer?
I offer three options:
1) gather his friends and celebrate in a computer club;
2) turn his room into a streamer/game room;
3) if he is a fan of esports: ask his favorite team to record a video greeting.
Top 10 Gifts for Gamers, Geeks and Nerds
If you love a weird guy and don’t even try to change him, then you’re either a saint or his mom. Make a level up: learn how to make cool gifts for him.
1. Game as a gift
World of Warcraft game art
then a gift will definitely be on topic.
Please note that some games are not suitable for all gaming platforms: some are only available for game consoles, while others are only for computers. System requirements should also be taken into account.
What you can buy from already released games:
Before buying, make sure that your man does not have such a game yet.
- NHL 23 – hockey simulator pleases with even cooler graphics and new features – so now the players themselves decide who to pass the Cup during the celebration, and the goalkeeper has more advanced AI. We will not spoil, just say that the game has become even more realistic and dynamic.
- Doom Eternal is Doom! The best shooter released by people at its best.
- Crusader Kings III – your man dreams of ruling the world? A calm and reasonable fan of global strategies will be delighted.
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – a fearless warrior will have to lead his clan from icy Norway and conquer the fertile lands of England.
- Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is the perfect gift for fans of the saga. The player will engage in cinematic battles using the very lightsabers and the Force, which are designed to convey the full intensity of the exciting battles from the Star Wars films.
- The Outer Worlds – The player awakens after decades of sleep on a settler ship that has gone missing on its way to a distant colony at the edge of the galaxy, and immediately finds itself in the center of a large-scale conspiracy.
- Total War: Warhammer III — the dramatic finale of the Total War: Warhammer trilogy. The games in this series just can’t be bad.
- Mass Effect Legendary Edition is a relaunch of the super popular series, where the visual component was elevated to the absolute.
- Resident Evil: Village – If you like to spend cold winter evenings watching horror movies together, the Resident Evil series will suit your taste. She is very atmospheric!
2. Collector’s Edition Game
Collector’s Edition or Special Digital Edition is the same game that includes additional gifts. They can be both in-game and include physical objects: artbooks, figurines.
You can find collectible versions of old, but insanely popular and loved by many games on resale sites. Now these boxes are worth quite an impressive amount.
If your man is a fan of a certain game or is waiting for the new , then the collector’s version is the perfect gift.
Example of the collection publication of the game 9000
3. Intra-game gift
In many online games there are microtransactions that imply the purchase of virtual goods for real rubles: heroes, gaming, weapons, premium-accense.
If your man plays this game, then a gift in the form of an infusion of real currency is not a bad idea. Usually, many do not want to spend money on this, but if you receive it as a gift, this is a pleasant help in your favorite toy.
4. Accessories for the game
Buying a good game accessory is a good and practical gift. A good example is a gaming mouse pad, which often reaches impressive sizes. Yes, it’s hard to go wrong when buying it.
It is much more difficult to find a gamepad, a special mouse, a keyboard, a headset, but you can think about them, especially if you take someone who understands this with you to the store.
There are even special versions of gaming peripherals for computers, made in the same style.
An example of a similar version for Battlefield 4 fans
useful little things that can show off a reference to your favorite game .
Assassin’s Creed Printed Mug
An iPhone case that Skyrim fans will love
The players are divided into factions to fight for. No one wants to receive a souvenir with the symbols of their enemy as a gift!
Implacable opponents in the game are representatives of the Alliance and the Horde. They are indistinguishable from each other in life… But T-shirts can fix everything!
6. Useless gizmo
In contrast to the useful – useless, but no less pleasant: replicas of weapons from the game, items of clothing of favorite characters, soft toys .
Maybe a real copy of a game sword is expensive and complicated. And where to find a blacksmith?
But a small copy of the famous Frostmourne is even nothing! Woo-way!
New WoW Mascot Pepe
Warhammer 40000 Charms
7. Figurine? Well, yes, figurine
The figurine is a completely special “useless thing” . What’s so special about her? Figurines are collectibles, they often cost a lot of money, they allow you to literally touch your favorite hero, and besides, they bring great aesthetic pleasure to people who are seriously interested in games.
The main thing is to find out what your loved one’s favorite toy is, and then everything is simple – order a gift via the Internet. Collection figurines of characters from the game Mass Effect
In addition, the figurine is one of the best options for MOBA lovers: Dota2, League of Legends, Heroes of the Storm, etc. Among them, you can find a lot of budget, but cute things.
Dota 2 stylized figures of Slark, Tiny, Doom and Wenga
ads, Mario, Ninja Turtles, Pac-Man
. .. Now the heroes of these games are not only not forgotten, on the contrary, with the legendary characters of these games you can buy a bunch of both fun and useful gizmos.
A real gamer who remembers the golden age of the gaming industry will endlessly rejoice at the characters from a distant childhood.
Pac-Man Ghost Night Light
Characters from famous games that you can build yourself
Cake. Such a gift is not only very cool, but also very tasty!
No, we are not talking about modern consoles (although this is a good gift, only very expensive). We propose to continue the idea of nostalgia – to buy from your hands or from various Chinese sites the same prefix from childhood. And, of course, a set of cartridges for it.
There is nothing better than to plunge into your childhood for a couple of evenings, forget about problems and worries, becoming a 10-year-old boy who again goes through the ninja turtles.
By the way, another funny and cute gift is Tetris. Yes, yes, the one that was so popular in the 90s.
10. Keeping a company is also a gift!
Probably the most sincere and sincere gift for your favorite gamer on our list is to try to share his passion. At least for one evening. Most likely, he will be pleased to tell a loved one about his hobby, to feel like a more experienced player, to show you a piece of his world.