In this list of 25 perfect Christmas ideas for gamers, I’ll go over some things to consider as well as guide you through some of the more complicated products.
An absolute must for anyone using a computer. A mouse intended for gaming normally has extra settings and buttons that can give you a serious edge over your opponent, making it a great Christmas idea for gamers. The extra buttons allow you to keep your keyboard hand in one place instead of fumbling around for distant keys. Another important aspect to consider when buying a mouse is whether to choose wired or wireless. The differences: A wired mouse has less delay while a wireless mouse gives you more freedom to move around. The delay isn’t normally too noticeable, and wire problems can be solved with a proper setup. If you are unsure which to get, you can ask them their opinion on a wired vs wireless mouse. Clicking on the pictures below will take you right to the product.
One of the less expensive items on the list, a mouse pad is a great gift if you don’t want to spend too much money. It can add color and personality to a desk while providing a smooth surface. The kind of mouse pad you get doesn’t matter too much, so you can focus more on the design and color that the receiver might like.
Headsets can provide a great sound experience and a mic to talk with. They help keep out unwanted noise and give you the immersion of surround sound without a complex speaker setup. If they are living with people, privacy might also be something they desire. There are 2 kinds of headsets: on-the-ear and over-the-ear. This comes down to personal preference. I don’t like on-the-ear because having something pressing on your ear for an extended period can become painful. What your friend or family member likes may be different, so you should ask them. Great gaming headphones pictured and linked below!
Monitor or TV
Nothing is better than a crisp, clean image. A new monitor or TV is a great choice for a gamer. Depending on whether the receiver plays PC or console will determine whether you’ll want to get them a TV or monitor. A proper monitor is best for PC players while a TV is good for people that prefer console. Any kind of upgrade in pixels is generally good, so if your friend or family member is using 1080p, a 4k monitor would probably be a great gift. There are also curved and flat screens. This comes down to preference. I have heard of people getting headaches when using a curved screen, so make sure to keep the receipt in case they need to trade it back after trying it out.
Good Desk or Chair
Unfortunately, playing games for an extended period without proper posture can be detrimental to your health. Making sure your friend or family member has furniture that promotes comfort. A good setup and proper posture can go a long way. Finding the best choice may require a bit of research. Overall, an adjustable chair can do a lot of work.
Not as crucial as a good desk but good for anyone that uses console. A TV stand not only provides a place for your TV but also gives space to organize tech and games. If your friend or family member has their TV mounted on the wall, a small shelf might be better.
Much like the desk and chair, compression gloves promote health. Too much gaming can cause a variety of wrist and hand problems, especially when using poor posture. Compression gloves can improve circulations, so even if the receiver doesn’t have any pain and problems, the gloves can still help keep them healthy. There are a whole bunch of different options, a few of them linked below, just click on the pictures!
Another healthy addition for anyone using a computer. A wrist rest can help with hand posture while using a mouse and keyboard. There are many different kinds, some meant for the keyboard hand and other meant for the mouse hand. Normally, the most important one is the mouse. A mouse pad may come with a wrist rest built-in, but I wouldn’t recommend it for gaming. Having an object right next to your mouse that you can’t adjust may get in the way moving it.
If your friend or family member has a lot of different consoles, an HDMI splitter can save a lot of time and trouble. Instead of fumbling around with cables on the back of the TV, just flip a switch.
External Hard Drive
Nothing’s worse than wanting to play a game but not having the hard drive space for it. This problem shows up on both console and PC. Having the disk space to keep multiple large games can save a lot of time since they take so long to download.
VR provides the ultimate immersion experience. It has unique games that you can’t play anywhere else and is a lot of fun to play with. There are many different options for VR now, so you don’t need to break the bank or have a top tier computer to use it. There are headsets that run independently such as the Oculus Quest which is made for playing games. If you want to get your friend or family member a high-level VR experience and access to all of the Steam VR games, the HTC Vive is the one you want. For a smaller price, there is the Oculus Rift. The HTC Vive and Oculus Rift both require a computer, so make sure the receiver has a machine that can meet the spec requirements.
Game Optimized Phone
Mobile games have become more intense, and there are phones being made with high specs specifically to be able to run games. If your friend or family member travels around a lot or likes hand-held consoles, this may be the perfect gift. The ASUS ROG Phone II and Razor Phone II are made for gaming.
Nintendo Switch Console and Controllers
The console lines by Microsoft and Sony are nearing the end of the generation and are releasing new consoles in late 2020. Nintendo, on the other hand, is sticking with the Nintendo Switch and even released a lite version of it recently. With exclusives and a huge selection of games, all of which can be played on a TV or in handheld mode, I would go so far as to say the Nintendo Switch is the best modern console.
If your friend or family member that you are buying a gift for already has one, don’t worry. The Nintendo Switch has a variety of controllers and is very multiplayer friendly, so having more never hurts. Be careful though; there is a known problem with the JoyCons—their joysticks are prone to drifting (a phenomenon where the controller thinks you’re moving it when you are not). I suggest getting a pro controller to solve any problems that the receiver might run into or be running into.
As I mentioned earlier, the next generation of consoles is coming out in 2020, but that doesn’t mean that the PS4 should be overlooked. The PlayStation 5 is in the works, and Sony is slowly releasing details. This means that the PS4 is going to keep getting cheaper. The console also has a ton of exclusives such as Marvel’s Spider-Man and God of War that make the console worth getting before the next generation hits.
A New Game
With the holiday season in full swing, there are plenty of new games coming out. The highlights: Pokemon Shield and Pokemon Sword are great for kids or any Pokemon fan. Luigi’s Mansion is another good gift for kids and anyone with a sense of adventure. Outer Worlds was just released, and anyone who liked the Fallout series or Skyrim will like this role-playing game. Borderlands 3 is a popular first-person shooter role-playing game. There is also the latest instalment of the Call of Duty series: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare for anyone who is a fan of the series. If the receiver doesn’t have Super Smash Bros Ultimate yet, I highly suggest it; the game is great, especially if there will be a lot of people around for the holidays. Check to make sure the person you are buying this game for has a compatible console.
Water Bottle with a Tight Seal
All gamers have heard of the horrors of spilling their drink all over their computer. Giving your friend or family member a water bottle with a tight seal that can also be opened and closed easily is a great and less thought of gift for gamers. It also encourages health!
Back-pack or Bag
This one’s a bit more specific. If the receiver moves around or goes out to play with friends, a bag that can fit all of their gaming gear can be very useful. Consider asking your friend or family member how they normally travel around with their gaming gear to see if there is anything you can get to make trips easier.
T-shirts, mugs, figures, and decorations make great gifts as well. They can decorate desks and gaming stations or show off your favorite game when you wear or use them. You just need to know a game that the receiver likes and you can search for products that feature it.
Gift Card for Main Platform
Finding good gifts for gamers can be hard. Gift cards make a great gift if you really don’t understand anything about games or you don’t know the specifics of what the person likes. They are less personal but better than effortless cash. Gift cards are very straightforward; you only need to consider what platform the receiver primarily uses. For PC, a Steam gift card is your best bet. Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony each have gift cards for their respective stores. Links to the gift cards through the pictures below!
Xbox Game Pass
Xbox Game Pass is a subscription-based game library similar in nature to Netflix that instantly grants you access to over 100 games for as long as you are subscribed. Unlike Google Stadia, you need to have the hardware to play the games. The Xbox Game Pass can give the receiver a large variety of new games to play. All you need to do is make sure the receiver has an Xbox One.
Nintendo Online Subscription
If the receiver has a Nintendo Switch, a Nintendo Online Subscription may be just what they need. The subscription allows you to play online games and gives you access to a huge library of retro games that were on older Nintendo consoles.
Amazon Prime Subscription
An Amazon Prime Subscription? What does this have to do with gaming? This gift is a bit different; an Amazon Prime subscription comes with Twitch Prime, and that’s the part of the gift that gamers will really be interested in (the free shipping is a bonus). Twitch Prime gives out free games, loot, and allows you to subscribe to your favorite streamer for free. That’s a lot of variety for one gift.
Every December, Humble Bundle has a special holiday bundle for the Yogscast Jingle Jam with a game for each day of the month leading up to the 25th. This is a great gift for people looking to expand their game library. The money goes to charity, and there are different levels of pay-what-you-want. The Humble Bundle won’t be giftable until it releases though.
Sometimes a gamer just wants to sit down and play some games for an extended period of time. Not having to make food can help with this. A gift card that allows your friend or family member to order food can help give them some time to enjoy their hobby.
I hope this list/guide helps you find the perfect gift! Be sure to be on the lookout for more gaming news and information on Gamezo.