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59 Best Gifts for Gamers

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It’s that time of year again! The holiday season is just around the corner, and the shelves are stocked full of fantastic goodies. And you know what that means — shopping for gifts! Your favorite, right?

For our fourth annual holiday gift guide, the team here at HGG has selected the best of the best gifts for gamers, including accessories, peripherals, consoles, and more.

Feeling overwhelmed by all the different gadgetry out there? We’ve got you! We know what gamers like here. Plus, we’ve made things easy by assigning easy-to-understand labels and detailing what makes each item so special. In essence, this list of presents covers all the bases and guarantees the best holiday ever.

Ready to find the perfect gift for gamers? Let’s jump right in!

Merch, Accessories, & More

Gifts can come in all shapes and sizes… and price ranges. Gaming merchandise and apparel always makes great gifts since many people amass collections. It’s also great for smaller gifts since hardware and games can run on the pricey side. Here are some of our top picks.

1. Paladone Nintendo NES Cartridge Coasters

Paladone Nintendo NES Cartridge Coasters

One of the best retro gamer gifts

These Paladone Nintendo NES Cartridge Coasters are the perfect retro gaming gift. They come in packs of eight and don stylish designs featuring legendary characters from the most popular video games on the Nintendo Entertainment System. We bought some of these for our office a couple of years ago and they still are holding up okay!

Constructed from thick and durable cardstock, they’re sure to protect the furniture, impress the guests, and keep the games going long into the night. Simply gift the coasters, fill your cups with caffeine (or something a bit stronger), and let the retro gaming commence!

Oh, and one more thing. If you’re seeking great gifts for gamers of all ages, this set can be broken up and passed out one by one — a real party starter.

  • USERS LIKE
  • Perfect for retro gaming fans
  • Comes with a total of eight cartridge coasters
  • Features characters like Mario, Zelda, and Samus
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Relatively small, around 2 by 3 inches
  • Made from cardstock, not plastic or rubber
  • Water condensation leaves stains on surface

2. Blue Light Glasses: Gunnar Glasses

Gunnar Glasses

One of the most practical gifts for gamers. Keep your gamer’s eyesight safe this holiday.

Blue light is a health hazard, and few people know about it. What is blue light exactly? It’s a high-energy visible light generated by electronic screens, and it’s been linked to several issues ranging from headaches to insomnia to macular degeneration. The most at-risk population for exposure? Gamers.

But not anymore! Now gamers can look sharp and remain healthy with these glasses by Gunnar. The patented lenses are uniquely designed to block 100% of UV light and 65% of blue light, thus reducing eye strain and potential adverse health effects.

These glasses are used by top eSports players worldwide, and they’re a practical gift that the gamer in your life is sure to appreciate.

  • USERS LIKE
  • Unisex design
  • Reduces eye fatigue
  • Blocks UV light and blue light
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Lenses scratch easily
  • Some don’t like the design
  • Slight magnification can distort gameplay

3. Red Bull

Red Bull

One of the best snacks for video gamers

Red Bull has become synonymous with gamer culture and eSports, where staying alert can make or break your career.

This fun gift of 24-count Red Bull plays off that silly stereotype and is sure to be a hit for gamers aged 13+. Help them vitalize their body and mind with the perfect dose of caffeine, then get back in the game with a new pair of wings.

  • USERS LIKE
  • Refreshing and delicious
  • Comes in cases of 24 cans
  • Caffeine provides a boost in performance
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Lots of sugar
  • Small 8.4oz cans
  • Not recommended for children

4. Halo Hoodie

Halo Legendary Sweatshirt

For the Halo enthusiast.

Finish the fit. Any Halo veteran will know this logo, as it represents the game’s highest difficulty. A great gift for the diehard who will already own the latest in the series.

5. mClassic Graphics Processor

mClassic Graphics Processor

One of the best console gamer gifts

PC gamers get all the newest toys. Mice, keyboards, monitors, the works! Heck, PC gamers can even upgrade their graphics capabilities with a quick swap of the ‘ol GPU. Meanwhile, console gamers are locked into whatever processor shipped with the system.

At least, that’s how it used to be.

Introducing the mClassic Graphics Processor! This nifty little device plugs into the HDMI port on your console to instantly upgrade your graphics. It turns 720p into gorgeous 1080p, 1440p, or even 4K quality — all with no lag or screen tear. The mClassic works with all modern consoles, including PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, but it makes the most impact on legacy devices like the PS2, Xbox, and Wii.

If you know any retro gamers, this is an excellent gift option.

  • USERS LIKE
  • Enhances color richness
  • Noticeably better and smoother graphics
  • Works exceptionally well on retro games and DVDs
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Doesn’t work well on some games
  • Requires HDMI port or specialized adapter
  • Not as ideal for modern consoles with higher-powered GPUs

6. Genius Gamer Elite Gaming Nootropic

Genius Gamer Elite Gaming Nootropic

One of the best gifts for eSports players

Shopping for a gamer who already has the whole kit and caboodle? Perhaps they’ve got the setup, and they’ve got the skills… but something still isn’t quite right?

There’s a reason you see pro streamers and gamers taking supplements like G Fuel and Red Bull during gameplay — these formulas provide an energy and alertness boost that’s hard to replicate. Unfortunately, they’re also pretty unhealthy.

The good news? The Genius Gamer Elite Gaming Nootropic is here to save the day!

The Genius Gamer improves gaming performance and focus with a unique formula of quality ingredients. To name just a few, you’ll find Dynamine for mental clarity, L-Tyrosine for alertness, plenty of B vitamins and caffeine for energy, and even Lutemax for eye health.

Together, these provide the perfect boost for competitive gamers seeking an edge over the competition.

  • USERS LIKE
  • Enhances energy and reflexes
  • Pure ingredients w/ clinically-proven ingredients
  • Perfect dose of caffeine (~26mg) for energy w/o the crash
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Poor taste
  • Small doses per capsule
  • Some users have to take several pills for any effect

7. Goat Guns

Goat Guns

One of the best Call of Duty gifts

Do you have a special Call of Duty player in your life? Whether they prefer to play Cold War or Warzone, we’ve got the perfect gift for CoD fanboys.

Say hello to Goat Guns!

Goat Guns creates replica miniature models of the most popular gaming guns, including Call of Duty staples like pistols, snipers, and the iconic AK-47. These miniature guns are as authentic as they come — crafted from durable die-cast metal alloy and accented with wood-grain acrylic, they look and feel just like the real thing, but at a 1:3 scale!

These guns snap together in minutes and look stunning atop any gaming desk or console. Get your hands on one of these gorgeous collector’s items today, and impress the CoD fan in your life with your thoughtfulness and gaming prowess.

  • USERS LIKE
  • Snaps together in minutes
  • Looks fantastic atop gaming desks
  • High-quality die-cast metal, with an intricate design that resembles the real deal
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Poor customer service
  • Poorly written instruction sheets
  • Some parts of the gun appear less accurate

8. Monster Hunter Poster

Monster Hunter Elemental Monsters Poster

Best gift for the Monster Hunter fan!

A gorgeous poster depicting some of the coolest monster designs the series has to offer. Aesthetically pleasing and nails that sweet spot between tasteful and nerdy.

9. Super Mario Bros Boo Coffee Mug

Super Mario Bros. Boo Coffee Mug

One of the best gamer gifts for her

Meet Boo. He’s a staple of the Super Mario Bros series and one of the most iconic video game figures of all time.

He’s also extremely adorable, and this mug has captured his likeness to a tea (pun intended). Moreover, it holds tons of liquid — up to 20 ounces — meaning plenty of caffeine for a productive day in the office. Cute and practical! What’s not to love?

  • USERS LIKE
  • Adorable Boo caricature
  • High-quality ceramic craftsmanship
  • Holds 20 ounces of hot or cold beverages
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Pricey, over $25
  • Large rim can make it challenging to drink from
  • Poor packaging — inspect item carefully for chips

10. SteelSeries Mouse Pad

SteelSeries Mouse Pad

One of the best gifts for gamers under $20

This isn’t just any old mousepad. The SteelSeries mat is the best selling mouse pad of all time! That’s mainly due to the proprietary QcK micro woven cloth that tracks the slightest movement for pin-point accuracy in all major titles.

It’s also got a non-slip rubber base that keeps a firm hold on the desktop, and it comes in several sizes for easy fitting. It’s undoubtedly one of the best cheap gifts for PC gamers going into the holiday season.

  • USERS LIKE
  • Very affordable
  • Large size at 18 x 16 inches
  • QcK micro woven cloth tracks perfectly
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Fairly thin at 2mm
  • Giant logo in the corner
  • Edges begin to fray over time

Peripherals

Understandably, some gamers prefer to select their own games. However, everyone’s setup could use an upgrade. Here are some premium choices for different peripheral slots as well as some other interesting suggestions. Nothing like opening a shiny new device to make any gamer smile.

11. Razer DeathAdder Elite Mouse

Razer DeathAdder Elite Mouse

One of the best PC gaming gifts for gamers

Would you be impressed if we told you that there have been over a million of the Razer DeathAdder Elite Mouse sold? Now, what if we told you that the actual number is 10 million?

That’s right. This bad boy is a juggernaut in the gaming world thanks to its 16,000 DPI optical sensor, RGB lighting, seven programmable switches, and ultra-durable construction. It’s the perfect addition to any serious gaming setup and a real steal of a deal.

Grab it now, and make your favorite gamer’s holiday special — one of the best PC gaming gifts for gamers, hand down.

  • USERS LIKE
  • Tactile mechanical switches
  • Vivid LEDs customizable via Razer software
  • 16,000 DPI optical sensor detects the slightest movement
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Large Razer logo is front and center
  • Must register an account with Razer to use software
  • Thumb button is very far towards the front of the mouse

12. Corsair K70 RAPIDFIRE Keyboard

Corsair K70 RAPIDFIRE Keyboard

One of the best gifts for computer gamers

The Corsair K70 RAPIDFIRE Keyboard is one of the best-selling peripherals on the market, and it’s outfitted with top-notch Cherry MX Speed keys that provide an unbelievable edge in today’s top games.

Constructed from aircraft-grade brushed aluminum, the sleek design can withstand heavy usage for years on end. The RGB LEDs offer a stunning light show that’ll spice up any gaming setup, and 8MB of storage will have you locked and loaded with on-the-fly macro playback. An excellent gift for computer gamers and streamers alike.

  • USERS LIKE
  • Built-in wrist rest
  • Sleek design w/ RGB backlighting
  • Lightning-fast Cherry MX Speed keys
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Poor software
  • Requires two USB ports
  • QC issues with some keys malfunctioning

13. Turtle Beach Battle Buds

Turtle Beach Battle Buds

One of the best presents for gamers

Headphones were so last year. That’s why we’ve included the Battle Buds by Turtle Beach on our list of gifts for gamers. These gaming earbuds are the perfect present for mobile players and those looking for an easy way to play without the hassle of bulky headphones and unwieldy cords.

They’re compatible with every major gaming platform (including smartphones) and feature superb 10mm speakers for perfect immersion. Not only that, but the Battle Buds are equipped with a high sensitivity mic that makes playing games like Fortnite with friends a cinch!

  • USERS LIKE
  • Ideal for traveling
  • Stylish black or white design
  • Lightweight w/ ergonomic earpieces
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Mic tends to echo
  • Some find them uncomfortable
  • Don’t sync well with all platforms

14. GameSir Wireless Controller

GameSir Wireless Controller

One of the best gifts for mobile gamers

Seeking a top-notch gift for mobile players? The GameSir Wireless Controller is an excellent choice! It’s compatible with iOS and Android, and even syncs with Mac and PCs! Simply pair it via Bluetooth, and you’re ready to rock ‘n roll.

The GameSir T4 features a semi-transparent design complemented by RGB backlighting. Moreover, the rechargeable battery lasts up to 30 hours of continuous play, even with dual vibration activated. It’s an affordable option for any mobile gamer in your life.

  • USERS LIKE
  • Excellent battery life
  • Responsive buttons and sticks
  • Pairs perfectly with Android phones and tablets
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Feels a bit cheap
  • Lackluster lighting
  • Rear paddle buttons prone to malfunctioning

15. Controller: Xbox Wireless Controller

xbox wireless controller - best gift for gamers

Best gift for Xbox players.

While perhaps an odd addition to this list, the Xbox Wireless Controller is a fantastic gift for any PC gamer who needs a way to play games outside of using the mouse and keyboard. The connectivity to Windows is peerless, and the design absolutely gets the job done. The best new feature is a highly responsive D-Pad, a must for fighting game enthusiasts.

16. Microphone: Yeti Nano

blue yeti nano microphone

Best gift for gaming streamers and chatty players.

The Yeti Nano from Blue is a very affordable choice for crisp input sound for streaming or in-game chat. With high quality 24-bit/48kHz recording, the Yeti Nano is both premium performance and size efficient. A great gift for the gamer with a static filled mic.

17. Mouse: Glorious Model O

Mouse Glorious Model O

Best gift for PC gamers.

Developed by gamers for gamers, the Glorious Model O is a high-performance mouse designed for function and comfort. The Model O achieves a feather-light weight with its honeycomb design (which have the added benefit of looking awesome. In addition, the mouse is ambidextrous, making it a great gift for anyone, even the lefties out there.

18. Seagate Game Drive For Xbox

Seagate Game Drive For Xbox

One of the best gifts for Xbox gamers

You know what they say — you can never have too many games!

That is, unless you run out of storage space. There’s nothing worse than going to download a game, only to realize you have to uninstall other titles just to try it out! If you’re not a gamer yourself, trust us — it’s a nightmare!

But there is good news. The Seagate Game Drive For Xbox provides additional storage (up to 8TB), which is enough to support hundreds of modern titles. Moreover, this official drive is plug-and-play. Simply hook it up to the Xbox One via USB 3.0, and it works the magic for you, expanding usable space in seconds.

Oh, and if you or your gamer friend is a stickler for speed, that’s no problem. The Seagate Game Drive reads at 140 MB per second.

  • USERS LIKE
  • Expands storage space up to 8TB
  • Lightning-fast read speeds up to 140MB/s
  • Comes with 1 Month Xbox Game Pass Membership
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Comes with just under the advertised storage space
  • Some complaints of sudden malfunctions after a few months
  • Traditional HDD design is slower than newer solid-state drives

19. Camera: Elgato Facecam

Elgato Facecam

Best gift for PC gaming streamers.

The next on our list of hardware gift recommendations is the Elgato Facecam. A premium option for those looking for high quality video, the camera offers uncompressed 1080p/60fps recording resolution. Elgato opted to omit the microphone from their webcam, but since most people don’t use it anyway that’s no real loss. What you get in return is the clearest, most lag-free picture for the price.

20. Homall Gaming Chair

Homall Gaming Chair

One of the best gamer gifts for him

Gaming chairs are known for being extremely expensive. At least, they used to be… until Homall showed up!

This gaming chair from Homall is one of the best-selling gaming chairs in the world for a reason. For starters, it comes in a variety of sharp-looking colors styled after genuine race car seating! It also incorporates high-quality materials usually reserved for chairs twice the price — this includes a steel frame, high-density foam, and premium PU leather that’s as comfy as a cloud.

The Homall makes such a great gift because it helps support gameplay and postural health. And, it’s something every player is sure to love.

  • USERS LIKE
  • Supports up to 300 pounds
  • Luxurious foam and PU leather
  • Over half a dozen color combinations
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Non-adjustable armrests
  • Cushions are on the thinner side
  • Mild chemical smell that lasts a couple of weeks

21. Headset: HyperX Cloud II Wireless

HyperX Cloud II Wireless

Looking for an upgrade to your earphones? Look no further.

We went for a high-end option for the headset this holiday season. In addition to glowing reviews, the HyperX Cloud II Wireless headset provides surround sound, memory foam, and a noise cancelling microphone. It’s also multi-purpose, serving both console and PC gaming with equal efficacy.

22. Mobile Gaming Controller: Backbone One

Backbone One Mobile Gaming Controller

Best game for the mobile gamer in your life.

Got a gamer who isn’t console or PC? Gift them the Backbone One, the leading accessory for mobile gaming. A fantastic snap on skeleton for the iPhone, the Backbone provides support for games like Genshin Impact and Call of Duty: Mobile. You can even use steam link to play games from your library on your mobile device in comfort.  

23. Logitech G203 Gaming Mouse

Logitech G203 Gaming Mouse

One of the best gaming gifts under $25

Looking to gift a gaming mouse on the cheap? It doesn’t get any better than the Logitech G203!

The G203 incorporates all the essentials, including six programmable buttons and on-the-fly DPI cycling (up to 8,000). It also comes with Logitech’s legendary RGB color effects, which you can customize to your liking via G HUB software.

As for comfort? The G203 is highly ergonomic thanks to its aerodynamic shell that snaps to attention in fast-paced games, as well as its mechanical buttons that click with precision.

  • USERS LIKE
  • Classic mouse design
  • Six programmable buttons
  • Features Lightsync RGB, customizable via G HUB
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Cable prone to fraying
  • Relatively heavy at 150 grams
  • Scroll wheel has notches, which some users say feels clunky

24. Fnatic miniSTREAK

Fnatic miniSTREAK

One of the best gifts for online gamers

Fnatic is a titan in the eSports arena. The company has been involved in the pro gaming scene for over 15 years, supporting teams as they climbed the leaderboards in titles like LeagueFortnite, and Rainbox Six. Now, they’ve ventured into manufacturing gear… and you can be sure that it’s the best of the best.

The gear we’d like to highlight today is the Fnatic miniSTREAK, a tenkeyless keyboard meticulously designed to help players win more games.

How does it support players? Well, the miniSTREAK features best-in-class Cherry MX switches for top-tier tactility that responds like an extension of your fingertips. It also incorporates exceptional materials, including a PU leather wrist rest that supports your palms and keeps you ready for action.

Oh, and then there’s the style factor. This stunning board boasts full RGB backlighting with support for 16.8 million colors — all customizable via Fnatic’s free software.

  • USERS LIKE
  • Durable build quality
  • Stunning RGB backlighting
  • Responsive Cherry MX switches
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Poor-quality cable
  • Some users dislike positioning of wrist rest
  • Sparse documentation (must know what you’re doing)

25. Keyboard: GMMK Pro

Glorious GMMK Pro Keyboard

Runner up: best gift for gamers.

The GMMK Pro keyboard by Glorious PC Gaming Race takes a similar approach to the Model O mouse. Customizable, built for gamers by gamers and easy on the eyes, the GMMK Pro checks all the boxes. Reviewers also love how it’s easy to build and how solid it is.

26. Razer Kraken Gaming Headset

Razer Kraken Gaming Headset

One of the best gifts for gaming immersion

Gaming is all about immersion, and audio is one of the most critical aspects of the overall experience. That’s precisely why we recommend the Razer Kraken Gaming Headset for any serious gamer in your life.

The Razer Kraken works on virtually every platform, ranging from PC and PS5 to Nintendo Switch and mobile! It’s got powerful 50mm drivers that deliver thundering highs and creaking lows, and it’s as ideal for exploring fantasy worlds as it is for triangulating enemy positions in Apex Legends. Not only that, but the omnidirectional mic makes it ideal for playing with teammates over the airwaves (or streaming to a growing audience).

The Razer Kraken is also plug-and-play, meaning it’s as simple as slipping them on and jumping into the action. One of the best gamer gifts on the market.

  • USERS LIKE
  • Crystal clear 50mm drivers
  • Lots of sleek colors to choose from
  • Comfy and lightweight w/ bauxite + aluminum construction
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Mild bass
  • Wired configuration only
  • Sound isolating earpads lack breathability

Games

The quintessential gift for gamers, who doesn’t want to open up a new game and promptly spend the rest of the day playing it? Our list covers a wide array of genres with some of best hits and underrated gems.

27. Xbox Game Pass

XBOX game pass

For Xbox or PC Gamers, the gift that keeps giving.

Maybe the best overall bang for your buck, the Xbox Game Pass is the quintessential purchase for any Xbox owner, but also a great gift for the PC gamer. A subscription service that grants access to a bevy of great titles, the Game Pass even offers a first month for only 1 dollar. After that it’s $14.99 per month for Xbox and $9.99 on the PC. Some great titles you get include the aforementioned Halo Infinite Campaign, Sea of Thieves and Back for Blood.

28. Alan Wake 2

Alan_Wake_2_box_art

A meld of mind-bending horror with narrative depth

After a suspenseful wait of 13 years, Alan Wake 2 descends upon us, carrying the mantle of its predecessor into the realm of true survival horror. This video game masterpiece ditches the third-person action-adventure vibe for a gripping, resource-management nightmare where every bullet, battery, and bandage counts.

The sequel not only continues the eerie narrative of Alan Wake and the universe of Control, but it also draws rich, dark inspiration from cultural touchstones like True Detective and Twin Peaks. It’s a surreal, unpredictable journey through a macabre world, perfect for the gamer in your life who craves a story that thrills and gameplay that challenges.

29. Marvel’s Spider-Man 2

Marvel Spider Man 2 - Box Art

Teems with breathtaking visuals and narrative depth that punches above the typical superhero fare

Swing into the gamer in your life’s good graces with “Marvel’s Spider-Man 2,” an absolute gem for the PS5 that expands the web-slinging adventure across a New York City larger and more detailed than ever before. Insomniac Games elevates the superhero experience with stunning visuals, a revolutionary travel system including web wings for serene city explorations, and a fast-travel feature that’s as quick as Spidey’s reflexes.

The narrative weaves intricate character developments and fresh, engaging subplots, promising a rich storyline that defies the so-called “superhero fatigue.” With a plethora of suits for Peter and Miles and a meticulously crafted NYC, this title is a must-buy for Spider-fans and gaming enthusiasts alike.

30. Baldur’s Gate 3

Baldurs Gate 3 - Box Art

A masterclass in RPG excellence with a cast of characters as rich and complex as the world they inhabit

Gift your favorite gamer the chance to lead their own epic saga with Baldur’s Gate 3. This character-driven RPG from Larian Studios is praised for its deep narrative and highly reactive world. The game’s strength lies in its diverse cast of characters and how your choices shape relationships, adding layers of personal stakes to the central “save the world” plot.

Its humor shines through unexpected moments, and the presentation is cinematic, with fully voiced and expressive characters. The combat system is a flexible take on D&D’s ruleset, allowing for ingenious and often absurd tactical play. Leading up to an impactful third act, the game delivers a satisfying wrap-up of character arcs, ensuring every choice made feels weighty and consequential.

31. Diablo 4

Diablo 4 - Box Art

Diablo 4 resurrects the franchise with a dark, engrossing narrative that’s as compelling as its combat is brutal

Diablo IV is what happens when the devs take all the epic gamer feedback and forge it into something wicked. This isn’t just another run-of-the-mill dungeon crawler; it’s got a story that’ll yank you by the collar and drag you into the depths. You’re not just clashing swords with demons; you’re up against Lilith herself, with a narrative that’s as gripping as a maxed-out Grasp of the Dead (yes that’s a spell from Diablo 3). So, if you’re ready to throw down with the big bads and snag that sweet, sweet loot, this beast of a game is just your ticket.

32. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom - Box Art

Tears of the Kingdom isn’t just a sequel; it’s a reinvention

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is the epic sequel that’s got everyone buzzing. It takes all the wild exploration and puzzle-solving we geeked out on in Breath of the Wild and dials it up to eleven. You’re not just wandering around Hyrule anymore; you’re diving into a world that’s alive with secrets, transformed in ways that’ll have you double-taking your trusty map.

And the vibes? Pure Zelda magic, with a score that’s as chill as it is epic, setting the perfect backdrop for your next “just one more shrine” all-nighter. It’s the franchise’s love letter to fans, packing in all the feels and thrills you crave, with enough fresh zest to make it feel like you’re stepping into those iconic boots for the first time again.

33. Deathloop

Deathloop

A game with a fresh concept- perfect for the avid gamer.

Live. Die. Repeat. The cycle continues on and on in Arkane Studio’s Deathloop, the successful merger of the hitman genre and the plot of the movie Groundhog Day. Though there’s nothing particularly festive about meticulously planned murder, Deathloop instead makes the list by being entirely different from any other game released this year. Players take on the role of Colt Vahn, a man suffering from amnesia, who can only escape his temporal prison by assassinating the six “Visionaries” before the day ends. A deeply satisfying experience, Deathloop is a must for any gamer looking to break out of their usual routine.

34. Animal Crossing: New Horizons

animal crossing new horizons for switch

A cozy game perfect for the creative gamer.

The leading brand in cozy gaming, Animal Crossing has delivered in spades with New Horizons. Nintendo’s latest entry in the series, New Horizons truly expands on the tried-and-true formula by allowing players an incredible level of customization. Instead of just the house, the sandbox expands to the whole island, lending to an artistic experience for those who love to create. Besides, what game could be better by the fireside?

If someone on your shopping list already has the game, find out if they would be interested in the recently released DLC: Happy Home Paradise!

35. Monster Hunter Rise

Monster Hunter Rise

For any Monster Hunter fans, or newcomers.

Another Switch exclusive, Monster Hunter Rise is the latest in Capcom’s epic series, and is a follow up to 2018’s Monster Hunter World. Instead of being a sequel to World, Rise takes many of the formulas that made World great and expands on them while adding some incredible new content. A must for any Monster Hunter fan or for someone getting into the series, especially since more support is on the way. An expansion, Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak is scheduled for mid-2022 and the base game is expected to release for Windows in January 2021.

36. Age of Empires 4

Age of Empires IV

A classic that’s only getting better with time.

Sometimes you just can’t beat the classics. Age of Empires 4, developed by Relic Studios, is in many ways a refreshing of Age of Empires 2. I’m here to tell you that’s a good thing. Age of Empires 2 was an all-time great game, one that any PC gamer from the early 2000’s was at least aware of. 4 takes the series into the modern age, and for any RTS fan that’s a dream come true. Most impressive might be that Age of Empire‘s competitive scene has grown over all of this time.

37. Disco Elysium

disco elysium the final cut

An exciting plot that you’ll want to replay over and over.

Nothing can get you through those cold winter months like a good story. For the gamer who loves plot driven narratives, there’s no better RPG this year than Disco Elysium. A murder mystery game developed by ZA/UM, Disco Elysium takes place in a meticulously crafted world, rich with historical backstory and vibrant characters. Choices matter intensely, whether they be gameplay or moral decisions. Because of how many options there are, Disco Elysium has in an incredible amount of replay value. Just be careful about who you trust, Elysium is a dangerous place.

38. Mario Party Superstars

Mario Party Superstars

Perfect for holiday get-togethers and family game night.

Looking to get a new multiplayer experience for the Switch? Look no further than Mario Party Superstars. Instead of making a new formula, Nintendo took several pages out of past entries and put them together. Everything from the boards to the minigames stems from older Mario Party titles, making Superstars feel like an all-star lineup of fan favorites. This greatly benefits a series with this much history. There’s also no game quite like Mario Party to spice up an otherwise peaceful family holiday.

39. Returnal

Returnal

Third-person shooter, aliens, and constantly changing.

A PS5 exclusive, Returnal is an action third person shooter roguelike developed by Housemarque. A unique genre blend, Returnal combines rougelike gameplay elements with a time loop plot to explain why the player must return again and again to a hostile alien world. Unlike our earlier entry, Deathloop, Returnal relies on everything being different each time you play, forcing adaptation through exploration. The main draw of the game though is the sheer combat variety, with ten base weapons and over 90 weapon “traits” that can be added to them (each with three levels) no playthrough will be the same.

40. Halo Infinite Campaign

Halo Infinite

Halo is always a safe go-to for gamers.

Open world Halo. If you said that to me back when Halo: Combat Evolved was released in 2001 I would have said, “what’s open world?” Now 343 Studios has Master Chief exploring a Halo ring with full player freedom, which for many is a dream come true. In addition, the new mobility skill, the Grappleshot, isn’t a new concept in gaming but perfectly fits the game. Halo broke ground and dominated the industry for a decade, now it looks to return to form. It might not reach those heights again, but the Halo Infinite Campaign is sure to bring a smile to any FPS veteran.

41. Psychonauts 2

Psychonauts 2

This new release is a great gift grab

The long-awaited sequel to the original Psychonauts, Psychonauts 2 is a third person platform game developed by Double Fine. After spending many years in development limbo, Psychonauts 2, announced back in 2015, released in August of this year. Players take on the role of Raz, a psychic who uses his abilities to explore the mental worlds of NPC’s. A mesmerizing game, Psychonauts 2 takes platforming to new heights, and is a great gift for gamers of all ages.

42. Elden Ring

Elden Ring

An epic saga that invites you to conquer its colossal world

For the gamer who thrives on challenge and exploration, “Elden Ring” is a holiday must-have. Developed by FromSoftware in concert with legendary writer George R.R. Martin, and released in February 2022, this action-RPG offers an open world that’s vast and rich, inviting players to traverse its expansive realms. It retains the signature Souls (very hard) difficulty, but introduces a dizzying array of environments, from caverns to cathedrals, each brimming with challenges and secrets. The game’s true allure lies in its blend of familiar Souls-like combat and exploration with a fresh, ambitious open-world experience, where every enemy encounter and narrative discovery feeds into an ever-growing sense of wonder and curiosity

Big Ticket Items

Looking for something flashy to give this holiday season? We’ve got you covered. This section is for those gifts that will really change the game.

43. Secretlab Titan Gaming Chair

SecretLab Titan

One of the best gifts for gamers with gaming rooms

Gaming isn’t just a simple pastime anymore — it’s a serious hobby and sometimes even a career.

With all the time spent at the computer or console, today’s gamers need something safe and supportive to sit on. That’s why we recommend Secretlab.

The Secretlab Titan features top-notch ergonomic features like comfy cold-cure foam, 4D adaptable armrests, and built-in lumbar support! And it doesn’t stop there — the Titan is also incredibly stylish and sure to liven up any gaming room. It comes in various colors and can be outfitted with sleek Prime PU leather or classic SoftWeave Fabric — it’s your choice.

Secretlab is a titan of the gaming industry, with over 1,000,000 chairs sold. For a gift that shows thought and care, choose the Secretlab Titan. 

You can read our full review here.

  • USERS LIKE
  • Ultra-durable components
  • Sleek design w/ multiple fabric and color options
  • Comfy cold-cure foam and adaptable lumbar tension
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Over $400
  • Some users find it too firm
  • Comes with a headrest pillow, but no lumbar pillow

44. Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch Console

The Nintendo Switch is a top gift for gamers again this year!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve heard of the Nintendo Switch. Obviously, it’s been on must-buy lists since it came out, but that’s only grown truer over time. The library of the Switch is massive and contains hits anyone could enjoy. It also offers some truly great multiplayer experiences. Also available is the Switch Lite at two thirds of the price, but if you want to play on the big screen stick with the original version.

45. Sega Genesis Mini

Sega Genesis Mini

One of the coolest gifts for gamers

If you know a gamer in their 20’s or 30’s, the Sega Genesis Mini is sure to delight. This retro-inspired console is an exact replica of the original 16-bit console, reduced to a fraction of the size.

The best part? The Genesis Mini is pre-loaded with all of Sega’s most iconic titles like Sonic the Hedgehog, Toe Jam and Earl, Mega Man, and dozens more! It’s been completely overhauled to work alongside modern TV sets and monitors, and it’s guaranteed to deliver buckets of nostalgia. A cool gift for gamers.

  • USERS LIKE
  • Plug-and-play
  • Comes with two controllers
  • 42 action-packed retro titles
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Reports of sticky buttons
  • Can’t play original Genesis games
  • Only comes with three-button controllers (no six-button option)

46. Xbox Series X

Xbox Series S and PS5 Holiday Gift Guide

If you want to give the best gift ever this holiday…

A debate as old as time. Or at least as old as 2006. The real choice between the two high powered machines is game exclusivity. If you’re looking for a wider range of games the Xbox Series S probably has you covered with the game pass. The Playstation 5 though probably has the better exclusives. Which you get though might depend on what you can get your hands on.

47. PlayStation 5

PlayStation 5

One of the best gifts for console gamers

We all know that one person who can’t settle for anything less than the best. If that’s the gamer in your life, the PS5 is the ultimate gift (assuming you can get your hands on one). It has received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics and gamers alike. Does it do anything earth-shattering? Not really, but that’s okay.

It builds upon the success of the PlayStation 4 and offers better-looking games and faster load times. That said, one can’t dismiss the innovative new DualSense controller. Everything feels great — like a space-age looking controller should — plus the haptics are next level. It beat out the Xbox Series X to get on this list by just a hair, mainly because it’s got a stronger launch lineup when it comes to games.

You can read our full review here.

  • USERS LIKE
  • Supports up to 120 fps
  • Ray tracing offers insane depth and realism
  • Library of fantastic titles, including Spider-Man and God of War: Ragnarok
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Costly at $500
  • Can be challenging to find
  • Very large, with dimensions measuring 4 x 10 x 15 inches

48. Acer Predator Helios 300 Laptop

Acer Predator Helios 300 Laptop

One of the best gifts for PC gamers

Do you know any competitive PC gamers? If so, the Acer Predator Helios 300 Laptop is the perfect gift.

This powerful PC boasts an Intel i7 processor, RTX 2060 graphics card, and plenty of storage for any size game library. Not only that, but it’s packed with 16GB of the latest DDR4 RAM, ensuring lightning-fast load times and silky-smooth performance in today’s top titles.

Oh, and did we mention the sleek form factor and LED-backlit keyboard? This laptop is sure to be a major holiday hit.

  • USERS LIKE
  • Powerful RTX 2060 GPU
  • Speedy six-core Intel i7-10750H w/ Windows 10 OS
  • Excellent, tactile keyboard w/ sleek LED backlighting
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Runs hot
  • Poor customer support
  • Poor QC, with miscellaneous issues popping up for various reasons

49. Oculus Quest 2

Oculus Rift S

One of the best VR gifts for gamers

Thanks to the launch of major VR titles like Half-Life: Alyx, there’s never been a better time to invest in a virtual reality headset.

Our favorite VR gaming headset? That honor goes to the Oculus Quest 2, a PC-powered device that provides access to hundreds of incredible VR titles. No matter which game you play, the Oculus offers a glimpse of the future, with incredible optics featuring bright, vivid colors (and no dizzying headache). Use the Oculus Touch controllers to interact with the world-within-a-world and experience gaming like never before!

Whether for you or a loved one, the Oculus Quest 2 is an excellent gift for gamers, and we highly recommend it!

  • USERS LIKE
  • Stunning optics for a standalone VR
  • Ergonomic headset feels comfortable for hours at a time
  • Oculus touch controllers sync beautifully with your gameplay
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Only 2-3 hours of battery life
  • Darker scenes are hard to see; can cause motion sickness
  • Must sync with your Facebook account

50. Optoma GT1080HDR Gaming Projector

Optoma GT1080HDR Gaming Projector

One of the best gifts for gaming households

Everyone loves the big screen. Unfortunately, you can’t well play video games in a movie theater. Or, can you?

The Optoma GT1080HDR Gaming Projector transforms the gaming experience, providing a giant screen up to 120″ in diameter! And it does so without sacrificing resolution or speed — you can still play in 1080p and game with a respectable 8.4ms response time and 120Hz refresh rate.

If you’re looking for a fun, multipurpose gaming gift for the whole household, the Optoma GT1080HDR is your best bet.

  • USERS LIKE
  • Clear imagery w/ HDR10 technology
  • 8.4ms response time and 120Hz refresh rate
  • Perfect for playing the latest games and watching 4K movies
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • No lens zoom
  • Colors appear washed out
  • Inconsistent image brightness

51. Nintendo Switch Lite

Nintendo Switch Lite

One of the best Nintendo gifts

The Nintendo Switch has gone entirely portable! This mini version of the record-breaking Switch console is optimized exclusively for handheld play.

At just 3.5 x 8 inches, it’s effortless to carry and take with you on the go — whether that be on the bus, the train, or a family vacation. It’s compatible with all major Switch releases, and it boasts the same shape and sleek form factor that we all know and love.

And that’s not even the best part. This rehauled console features updated hardware, and it sells for $100 less than the original model. A genuine steal, and a great gift for Nintendo fans. Plus, you simply can’t beat the Switch’s game library right now, so many amazing titles!

  • USERS LIKE
  • Under $200
  • Play games on the go
  • Opens access to Nintendo’s library of exceptional titles
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Joy-con drift
  • 720p resolution
  • Poor battery life, roughly 5 hours

52. Alienware AW2720HF Gaming Monitor

Alienware AW2720HF Gaming Monitor

One of the top gifts for gamers on PC

The Alienware AW2720HF Gaming Monitor is one of the most popular displays in the gaming world, and it’s used by pros across the industry.

What makes it so special? For starters, it’s packed with the latest cutting-edge tech, including a stunning IPS display, a lightning-fast 1ms response time, and an unreal 240hz refresh rate.

It’s also outfitted with technology like Radeon FreeSync for a stutter-free experience that delivers a significant competitive edge. Top it all off with universal compatibility and adjustable height/tilt mechanisms — and you’ve found one of the best gamer gifts around.

  • USERS LIKE
  • Fluid gameplay on max settings
  • Lovely IPS panel w/ 1ms response time
  • Maximizes FPS with a 240hz refresh rate
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Resolution capped at 1080p
  • Some complaints of light bleed
  • Image quality drops off drastically as you inch away from the screen

53. MojoDesk Gamer Pro

MOJO GAMER PRO

One of the best ergonomic gifts for gamers

This standing gaming desk is one of the most expensive items on our list, but may very well have the largest impact on your favorite gamer. 

Tastefully styled without too much bling, the carbon fiber style desktop has a pleasant texture and looks sharp in any setup. In the above picture we took, you can see a sample of their new soft-touch desktop surface sitting on top of the carbon fiber style.

Mojo Gamer Pro is bundled with cable management accessories, a monitor arm, and a CPU hanger. Basically, you get all the bells-and-whistles for a significant discount. Another thing we like about Mojo is that all their desktops are sourced from responsibly managed forests and come complete with UL Greenguard Certification. That’s a win for the environment and your giftee!

Make sure to check out our hands-on review of the Gamer Pro Standing Desk for more information.

  • USERS LIKE
  • Sleek matte black surface
  • Motorized sit-to-stand functionality
  • Comes in 4-foot to 6-foot variants to hold all your gear
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Lengthy installation
  • Pricing starts at $900
  • Extra accessories significantly increase overall price

54. Good Game Neon Light

Good Game Neon Light

One of the best gifts for gamers who have everything

What do you get a gamer who already has everything? How about a light-up trophy that says good game in gamerspeak?

That’s what you get with the GG Gamer Neon Light. This accessory features gorgeous lettering in vibrant pink and blue colors, and it’s sure to liven up any gaming room.

That said, it’s not all for show — the GG Light is practical, too, functioning as a lamp complete with on/off switch. It’s also completely silent, cool to the touch, and sure to provide years of sweet desk swag for the player in your life.

  • USERS LIKE
  • Bright, vivid colors
  • Awesome ‘GG’ message fits perfect in any gaming room
  • Perfect for up-and-coming streamers seeking gaming-related accessories
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Pricey at over $100
  • Poor customer service
  • Does eventually die out after 8-12 years

Seasonal & Special Occasion Gifts

55. Ugly Christmas Sweater

Destiny Ugly Christmas Sweater

A holiday grab for Destiny fans

This sweater isn’t exactly tasteful. That’s ok though because that’s the point of an ugly Christmas sweater! Crafted with care, this Numskull-designed, officially licensed knit is more than just a sweater — it’s a tribute to the Destiny saga, sporting high-quality patch embroidery and an all-year-round fit. Perfect for chilly night raids or casual hangouts at the Tower.

56. Felt Logo Christmas Ornaments

Geeky-Ornaments

One of the best gamer Christmas gifts

Deck your halls with a slice of gaming glory with one of these hand made felt Christmas ornaments. This isn’t just any trinket; it’s a handcrafted symbol of your gaming passions, made with 100% Nepalese wool by women in rural Nepal, supporting their economic empowerment. Each 3.5-inch ornament is a testament to ethical sourcing and social cause, with sales aiding the fight against human trafficking in Nepal. Unique to FanFit Gaming, these logo-inspired ornaments promise to be the rare gem in your festive decorations, celebrating both the spirit of gaming and the power of positive impact.

57. Level Up Gamer Tee

Level Up Gamer Tee

One of the best birthday gifts for gamers

I don’t get older. I level up.

For those in the know, this is one of the coolest shirts around. It’s a great way to celebrate the positive aspects of getting older with plenty of levity and humor, while repping the gamer lifestyle.

The Level Up Gamer Tee sports a slim fit, cotton fabric, and machine-washable design that’s fun and stylish. Whether your gaming giftee is turning 5 or 50, this shirt comes in various sizes for all different ages.

  • USERS LIKE
  • Cute graphic
  • Features cotton and polyester fabrics
  • Comes in several sizes ranging from small to 3XL
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Men’s fit runs small
  • May not suit everyone’s style
  • Only five color options available

58. Press Start Pop-Up Greeting Card

Press Start Pop-Up Greeting Card

One of the best gamer Valentines gifts

Valentine’s Day is all about our love… for video games.

Make his or her day special with the Press Start Pop-Up Greeting Card from Fan Fit Gaming! Watch with glee as your special someone opens the card, and a classic SNES controller insert springs to life. It’ll be happily ever after with this unique gamer gift that’s sure to impress — a great Valentine’s gift for gamer boyfriends and girlfriends alike.

  • USERS LIKE
  • Uses thick card stock
  • Laser-cut for consistency
  • Pop up SNES controller is sure to impress
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Long shipping times
  • Expensive, even for a specialized greeting card
  • Smaller company means inconsistent customer support

59. Fortnite Llama Loot Piñata

Fortnite Llama Loot Piñata

One of the best Birthday gifts for Fortnite players

Fortnite is among the most popular games in the world, especially among younger players. And we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than a Fortnite-themed party complete with the iconic Fornite llama piñata.

This piñata stands just under 2 feet high and has enough room inside to stuff over 2 pounds worth of goodies! Load it up with dollar store treats that replicate the Fortnite experience (things like little toy guns, miniatures, poppers, candy consumables), and this gift is guaranteed to knock it out of the park!

  • USERS LIKE
  • Lots of fun at parties
  • Bright colors and paper
  • Resembles the llama piñata found within the game itself
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Reports about fragility
  • Must buy extra goodies and stuff it yourself
  • On the smaller side (around 20″ tall by 12″ wide)
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rachel frampton

My sister is a gamer, which is why I’m thinking of gifting her with a CD key since most of the gamers in this generation would love this. Although, I’m glad you shared this; I’ll make sure to look for a Nintendo since it’s portable. I’ll also keep in mind to look for a Corsair K70 RAPIDFIRE Keyboard because this will be able to withstand heavy usage.


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