The gaming industry continues to grow at an insanely impressive rate. Year after year, more kids, teens, and, yes, even adults get reeled into the increasingly realistic fantasy worlds of video games on either PC or console. Hence the reason your holiday shopping list may seem to be focused heavily on games, consoles, and gaming accessories every single year. Below we talk about what some awesome gifts for gamers are.
Gifts for Gamers – Best of 2016
There’s no doubt that outside of picking up games specifically outlined by your friends, family, and co-workers – it can be a little hard to figure out exactly what to get that special gamer in your life.
The good news is that you don’t have to keep to the status quo of picking out games for birthdays, Christmas, or other special occasions – there are TONS of other awesome gaming-related gifts that any true gamer would love to receive!
Great gift ideas for gamers that we talk about further down the page include:
- Gaming Chairs
- Gaming Headsets
- Streaming & Video Equipment
- Gaming Computers
- Gaming PC Components
- Xbox One Accessories
- PS4 Accessories
- Gamer T-Shirts and Hoodies
- Gamer-Approved Sound Systems
- Video Game Themed Figurines & Statues
- Strategy Guides
- Gamer Gag Gifts
- Video Game Inspired Books
Below, we reveal some of the nerdiest, most ridiculously awesome gaming accessories, figures, gadgets, and other trinkets that will bring a smile to any gamer’s face.
Where does a gamer spend most of his or her time? Parked in front of a TV or monitor for hours on end, of course! What better way to pamper your favorite gaming nerd than to get them a proper seat for their butt-fatiguing hobby?
A gaming chair is an excellent gift to snag for any diehard gamer in your life. They’re designed to be extremely comfortable, reduce stress on the body while grinding your favorite games, and some even have additional functionality geared toward making the gaming life all the more easygoing.
The type of chair you’ll want to gift will depend on the type and age of gamer you’re shopping for. For console gamers there are both floor and raised chair models that are ideal for playing on systems such as the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One in front of a TV.
For PC gamers, on the other hand, there are some great seats that resemble office chairs, but feature a much more casual and cool appearance and they are tailored for gaming.
Shopping for a PlayStation 4 gamer? Check out our list of the best PS4 gaming chairs to find a great seat they’ll love.
Want a chair for an Xbox gamer instead? Be sure to look over our list of the best Xbox One gaming chairs to get an idea of what to look for.
Another must-have accessory for pretty much any gamer is a quality gaming headset. On most multiplayer games players need to have the ability to communicate with their teammates to win matches and to play well in general.
In order to do that… they need a great set of cans on their head that provides crystal clear voice and game audio so they can hear their enemies approaching and be able to coordinate with their team for decisive victories in games like Call of Duty, Halo, and Overwatch.
Headsets are available from a number of different manufacturers including Tritton, Astro, Turtle Beach, HyperX, and many more. Prices range anywhere from about $30 to $200 or more. The more expensive models are typically wireless, feature surround sound, and are generally better in both sound and build quality.
Cheaper gaming headsets, on the flip-side, are fairly basic, usually wired, and are rather lackluster in terms of audio quality. Casual gamers will probably be fine with a $30-$60 headset. Competitive players and gamers that tend to spend a lot of time on multiplayer titles will benefit a lot more from a headset in the $100 and up bracket.
Need help picking one out? Check out our guide to the best gaming headsets or read through one of our articles such as our list of PS4 compatible headsets to learn more about what to look for and how to narrow down your choices.
Streaming / Video Equipment
Streaming and making videos to post on YouTube is an extremely popular pastime of dedicated gamers. Everyone either wants to try to be the next big thing or just have fun and show-off gameplay with other players.
Both streaming and producing YouTube videos typically requires additional equipment. While consoles like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are already equipped with video-capture abilities, it isn’t as good as it gets. One thing you’ll definitely want to pick up is a decent capture card.
Ask practically anyone what the best capture card for PS4 or Xbox One is and you’ll likely get the same answer – the Elgato Game Capture HD60 – an insanely easy to use, high-quality device that produces amazing videos at the click of a button. Seriously, it’s THE capture device to get for consoles. There’s a PC version, too.
There are plenty of other options to pick from such as the AVerMedia AVerCapture HD and the Razer Ripsaw, but the Elgato is by far the most popular and most recommended for both streaming and videos.
Other necessary equipment for this side-hobby includes a decent webcam to show your face while streaming on services like Twitch, a quality PC mic for professional-level audio recordings, and more.
For streaming webcams you’ll definitely want to check out either the Logitech C920 or the Logitech C922x Pro Stream Webcam – both are excellent cams. The C922x is specifically designed for streaming which makes it a more ideal choice for Twitch streamers.
Again, there are tons of alternatives, but those two are the best in the business.
For PC mics, we highly recommend checking out the Blue Yeti, Blue Raspberry Premium USB Mic, the Razer Seiren Elite USB Digital Microphone, or the Turtle Beach Stream Mic. These are all great for capturing crystal clear voice audio.
If you don’t have the cash to drop on a premium mic, you can still get one that will provide decent audio. A popular option is the Blue Snowball. It’s more affordable than those mentioned above, is plug-‘n-play for easy use, and it’s a great starter mic. Another budget-friendly option that works well is the Samson Meteor USB Studio Microphone.
Does your favorite gamer need a PC from the modern age? Or maybe someone on your list wants to join the PC Master Race, upgrading from the role of a console-peasant? Either way, there are some fantastic, pre-configured gaming PC rigs out there that are definitely worth taking a look at.
A pre-built system is a great way to get started with PC gaming or even get a premium rig without having to spend hours putting one together yourself. There are models available for everything from a basic setup that will run most games on low to moderate settings to mega rigs that can run graphic-intensive titles on the highest settings and even accommodate virtual reality headsets.
The system you select will depend greatly on the needs of the person receiving it and, of course, on the budget you set for purchasing the rig.
CyberPowerPC is a superb brand to check out if you’re interested in buying a pre-built gaming PC. They have rigs available for every budget and need possible. They put together some great PCs that are reliable, powerful, and aesthetically pleasing as well.
Other reliable manufacturers of pre-configured gaming computers include SkyTech, iBuyPower, CybertronPC, and Computer Upgrade King (CUK).
Gaming PC Components
Shopping for a PC gamer that already has a decent rig, but could maybe use a hardware upgrade? There are plenty of opportunities for great gift ideas here, too!
Dedicated PC gamers will love getting an upgraded graphics card, bigger hard drive, a lightning fast solid-state drive, a low-latency gaming mouse, or any other gaming PC related peripherals. They’re essentials for gaming and, in the eyes of a gamer, beloved treasures.
For something like a graphics card you’ll either need to know what their current rig supports or get suggestions directly from the person you’re buying for.
Nevertheless, models like the GeForce GTX 1060, VisionTek Radeon 7870, Sapphire Radeon R9 390, and the MSI R9 380 are all superb graphics processors that are suitable for playing just about any game on higher graphics settings without stutter or loss of frames (providing their system is up to the task).
Gaming mice also make incredible gifts for gamers. Personal preference plays a big role when it comes to peripherals such as mice and keyboards, but, generally speaking, most PC gamers won’t complain if you get them one of the popular mice such as the Razer DeathAdder, Logitech G502, or the Corsair Gaming M65 Pro.
Xbox One Accessories
Searching for gift ideas for someone that owns an Xbox One? One of the first things that comes to mind is the coveted Xbox One Elite Controller. This is a special controller, similar to the popular Scuf controller, that is meant to give gamers an edge by providing a newly designed paddle-based layout that gives players more control, accuracy, and speed.
The Elite Controller works with both the standard Xbox One and the Xbox One S. It has a sleek design, improves player control, is outfitted with rubberized diamond grip, and it comes with a carrying case, paddles, thumbsticks, d-pads, batteries, a USB cable, and more.
Other awesome accessories you may want to consider include the Energizer 2x Charging System, which is an officially licensed Microsoft charging station that can hold and charge two Xbox One controller simultaneously and the Xbox One Media Remote.
The Energizer 2x Charging System comes with rechargeable battery packs, has a sleek appearance, and even feature indicator lights that explain when controllers are fully charged or when charging is in progress.
The Xbox One Media Remote is geared toward people that want to utilize their Xbox console as the Windows-based media powerhouse it is. Rather than having to result to awkwardly using your controller to navigate entertainment apps, this remote control is both intuitive and simple. It makes browsing services like Netflix and Hulu a breeze, plus it’s perfect for Blu-Ray movies, simultaneously controlling TV volume, and a lot more.
Have an anti-Xbox, PlayStation 4 gamer you need to find a gift for? No problem! There’s plenty to choose from that is compatible with the PS4.
If you’ve got a decent size budget and really want to wow someone, a great idea would be to snag the PlayStation VR headset. This is the official virtual reality headset from Sony. It allows gamers to experience certain titles in an advanced virtual reality setting with a 5.7 inch, OLED 1080p display that run VR titles up to 120 frames per second.
Another great gift to get for PS4 gamers is a vertical stand. One of the best available is the DOUBI PS4 Vertical Stand with Cooling Fans. This stand is well-made, allows you to stand the console up vertically to save space, is equipped with fans to help keep the system cool while in use, can hold two DualShock 4 controllers, and is even able to charge 2 controller simultaneously.
Another useful and awesome PS4 accessory to get as a present is the CBSKY Tower and Charger. This is a slick-looking game tower that can hold up to 10 PS4 games, plus it’s outfitted with a controller holder and charging station that sits atop the tower. It can serve as a resting place and charging unit for 2 PlayStation 4 controllers and hold 10 games at the same time.
Looking for more gamer gift ideas involving accessories for the PlayStation 4 console? Be sure to check out our post about awesome PS4 accessories for even more ideas!
Gamer T-Shirts & Hoodies
A quick and easy gift to give your favorite gamer is gaming-related clothing. Whether it be a t-shirt with the logo of their favorite series, a hoodie with their most-beloved video game character, or even a pair of socks with controllers on them – clothes are a simple, affordable item to get a gamer.
T-shirts are the most commonplace. There are hundreds, perhaps thousands of designs available. You’ll find everything from shirts with the Call of Duty and World of Warcraft logos, to simplistic designs with a gamer-related statement on them, to tees with characters such as Master Chief and Mario imprinted on the front or back of the shirt.
A lot of the hoodies are very similar in design to the t-shirts and also make great gifts for gamers. They’re usually a little pricier than a tee, but are perfect for fall and winter when it’s a little too cold out. Plus, gamers typically love hoodies anyway. They’re super comfy and easy to throw on!
Gamer-Approved Sound Systems
If you’re shopping for a dedicated gamer that thoroughly enjoys his/her games and is always looking for the most immersive experience possible you may want to check out some of the surround sound and audio systems that have been raved about by gamers.
The vast majority of this section is intended for PC gamers as it focuses heavily on speaker systems for computers. Gamers that stick to consoles will likely want to look into home theater setups to enhance their auditory experiences.
One of the highest-rated options is the Genius SW-G2.1 45W Gaming Speaker System. This is a great looking, powerful little setup that pumps out clear highs and booming lows. It’s compatible with practically anything including Android devices, Apple gadgets, tablets, laptops, and, of course, Windows-based PCs.
Another popular choice is the AVerMedia Ballista Unity Gaming Speaker System. This is a 40 watt rig designed specifically for PC gaming. It’s a 2.1 system so you get two speakers and a sub. Like the Genius, it features crisp high ends and rich, deep bass. The speakers are mountable with this system, too, which is awesome.
For PlayStation and Xbox gamers that want to up their audio game, a fantastic and affordable option is the Yamaha NS-SP1800BL 5.1 Home Theater Speaker Set. This is one of the least expensive surround sound systems available for home configurations. Despite being nearly a third of the price of similar systems, this Yamaha set is superb for getting clean, rich audio from games. It’s a seriously awesome setup for an incredibly low price.
All of the aforementioned stereo systems make fantastic gifts for gamers.
Video Game Themed Figurines & Statues
Perhaps one of the coolest and most unique items that you can gift to a gamer is a statue or figure that represents their favorite video game titles and characters. There are some seriously awesome-looking statues that are perfect for a dedicated gaming room or even an office desk. There are figurines of nearly all major game characters from popular franchises, too.
Diehard fans of the God of War series will appreciate the Gaming Heads Lunging Kratos Statue, a 19 inch tall, highly detailed, fully colored replica of Kratos himself posed in an attack stance, with his iconic dual-swords unsheathed.
For Elder Scrolls fans, both the Heroes of Tamriel: The Breton Statue and the Skyrim Nightingale Statue will conjure up huge smiles and blessings of immense gratitude. Both stand 16 inches tall, have immense detail, and are in color. These sorts of statues are rare to come across and are definitely meant for hardcore fans only. They aren’t cheap at all, but they look incredible!
A much cheaper alternative lies in the Funko Pop series of collectible action figures. These are smaller and much more cartoonish in appearance, but have become a beloved collector’s item for gamers, nonetheless. This manufacturer makes figures for pretty much every major game title including Fallout 4, Skyrim, Overwatch, and beyond.
Did you buy the latest RPG or major FPS title for your gift receiver? These games are often multi-faceted and, in some cases, require a bit of guidance to get through the entire game. To help your friend, kid, co-worker, family member, or whoever you got the game push through it you may want to consider buying them the accompanying strategy guide.
A strategy guide typically provides a step-by-step walkthrough that explains exactly how to complete a game. In RPGs this often means providing guidance for completing the primary quests, giving detailed maps for major areas within the game, and more.
For multiplayer FPS titles such as Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare or Battlefield 1 the strategy guides tend to be split into two halves. The first half is usually dedicated to a full walkthrough of the single-player campaign missions. The second half, however, is geared toward providing tips, tricks, and assistance with improving gameplay in online multiplayer.
Many gamers love having the official strategy guide on-hand to help them through the more difficult and confusing quests and missions that games throw at them. There are some people, however, that like to go in blind without a guide simply because strategy guides also tend to be loaded with spoilers that may ruin the story-telling of the main storyline of the game.
Gamer Gag Gifts
Looking for something silly, stupid, or just gimmicky to get as a gag gift or a stocking-stuffer for a gamer? Good news! There are tons of awesome little things from cool coffee mugs to decorative pillows and beyond available that fall into this category.
We found many different gaming-related coffee mugs. There’s one that has handles that resemble the left and right grips of a console controller. There’s another that has a design resembling artwork from The Legend of Zelda Hyrule. Yet another mug is painted to look like a classic NES gamepad.
Another nifty thing we found was a throw blanket with the NES controller and “Nintendo Entertainment System” logo.
The options here are practically limitless. Seriously… there’s everything from a key with a Grunt from Halo on it to platinum-plated rings with the Horde or Alliance faction icons on them from World of Warcraft.
Go check out all of the cool gamer gifts available on Amazon to see what’s available yourself.
Video Game Inspired Books
Have a gamer on your list that enjoys entertainment both virtual and in print? There are a lot of great books available that are based on famous video game series. These books fall into several different genres, too, including fantasy, action, thriller, and more.
Some great reads that have transferred game lore to print include Alan Wake by Rick Burroughs, Halo: The Fall of Reach by Eric Nylund, and Bioshock: Rapture by John Shirley.
Below we’ve provided a list of other excellent books that are video game related.
- Baldur’s Gate: A Novelization (Philip Athans)
- Bioshock Infinite: Mind in Revolt (Joe Fielder / Ken Levine)
- Borderlands: The Fallen (John Shirley)
- Crysis: Legion (Peter Watts)
- Deus Ex: Icarus Effect (James Swallow)
- Diablo: Legacy of Blood (Richard A. Knaak)
- The Corroded Man; based on Dishonored (Adam Christopher)
- Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne (David Gaider)
- Fable: The Balverine Order (Peter David)
- Gears of War: Aspho Fields (Karen Traviss)
- Guild Wars: Ghosts of Ascalon (Matt Forbeck / Jeff Grubb)
NOTE: This is, by no means, an exhaustive list. There are hundreds of books based on all kinds of games from Halo to EVE Online to Doom and more.
That wraps up our list of awesome gifts for gamers for now. We’ll update this every year to include the hottest and most desired gaming-related products of the current year!