Need to get a gift for a friend or a significant other who’s really into gaming but all that gaming-related stuff just seems all Greek to you?
Have no worries, we’re here to offer some recommendations! And who’s better to recommend good gifts for gamers than gamers themselves?
Well, there’s an obvious one. However, getting someone a game can be problematic, and for two reasons:
- It would have to be a game that they’d like
- It would have to be a game they don’t already own
If you’re not certain of someone’s tastes and there aren’t any specific games that you know they would want, then it’s best to not try picking out a game yourself. Of course, if you are familiar with their tastes and wishes, then the right game would make for a very thoughtful gift that is bound to be thoroughly appreciated!
However, if you’re not sure about which game you’d get, then there’s an easier and more convenient way to go…
A Gift Card
This is the easiest, simplest, and most straightforward gift that you can get any gamer. This way, you’re easily allowing them to pick out a game (or multiple) on their own.
Just keep in mind, there are different platforms that they might be using, so make sure that you’re buying a gift card for the right one:
- If they play on a PC, get them a Steam gift card. Even though there are other platforms such as Origin and GoG, the vast majority of games are found on Steam, so a PC gamer is bound to use it.
- If they play on a PlayStation, get them a PlayStation Network (PSN) gift card.
- If they play on an Xbox, get them an Xbox Live gift card.
- If they play on a Nintendo console (3DS, Switch), get them a Nintendo eShop gift card.
Below is a table listing all the aforementioned gift cards and places that you can find them.
Peripherals are various types of devices used for data input and output such as keyboards, mice, speakers, headphones and so on. These can be a bit tricky to pick out, seeing as you might not be familiar with the specs of certain peripherals that your friend already has. But if you know that your friend or family member already has a headphone, a headphone stand is not a bad idea either.
Because of that, we advise going with this a more narrowed-down selection of the very best peripherals that you just can’t go wrong with – keyboards, mice, controllers, and, if your pockets are deep enough – a VR headset.
Every gamer loves a good keyboard, especially a mechanical one. If whoever you’re getting the gift for doesn’t already have a high-end mechanical keyboard with RGB lighting, they are bound to appreciate either of the following two keyboards:
|Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum|
|Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2|
The first keyboard made by Logitech is one of the best gaming keyboards around, coming with pretty much all of the features that would appeal to any gamer. It is more affordable than Razer’s, but the fact that it doesn’t sacrifice any major features still makes it a top-quality gift.
Razer’s keyboard (seen above) has some extra functionality that a hardcore gamer is sure to appreciate, but that’s not all – the brand is also highly recognizable. Think of Razer as the Apple of gaming peripherals – not everyone needs them and some think they’re overpriced, but as far as sheer quality is concerned, there is no one better.
So, if money is not an object, then we suggest going with the BlackWidow V2, as it will be a thoroughly appreciated gift.
Then there’s the keyboard’s eternal companion – the mouse. Needless to say, a good mouse is important for any gamer, but especially for someone playing fast-paced games where precision is of the essence.
|Razer DeathAdder Elite|
Once again, we have a Razer and a Logitech product, although the Razer is actually the cheaper one this time around.
The Razer DeathAdder Elite is an excellent all-around mouse: well-built, equipped with stylish RGB lighting, highly ergonomic, and coming complete with mechanical switches. All in all, it would be an ideal choice for the majority of gamers.
The Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum is a bit more expensive, but not without justification. Its primary advantage is the many programmable buttons that it comes with. This makes a top choice for anyone who likes playing MOBA games (Dota 2, League of Legends, Heroes of the Storm etc.) or MMOs (World of Warcraft, EVE Online etc.) since players can easily map complex actions to a single button of the mouse. And it might be useful for the (perhaps) upcoming Warcraft 4 game.
Even if you’re buying gifts for a PC gamer who prefers a keyboard and mouse over a controller, there are simply some games that are better played with a controller – that’s something nearly every gamer will agree on. Here are some suggestions for good PC controllers:
|Xbox 360 Controller|
|Xbox One Controller|
|Xbox One Elite Controller|
|Sony DualShock 4 PlayStation Controller|
An Xbox 360 controller is quite dated, but it is still a good gift if you’re on a budget and the person you’re buying it for doesn’t already have a controller.
The Xbox One controller is newer and is widely regarded as the best controller for PC, mainly because of how easy it is to set up and use with Windows. On top of that, they are available in many colors and designs. So, if you’re buying a controller for a PC gamer, this would be the surest way to go.
Xbox controllers don’t stop there, though – if you’ve got the money to spare on a more premium variant, there’s the Xbox One Elite controller. This is essentially just a beefed-up version of the regular Xbox One controller, as it adds some useful extra features and offers an overall better build quality.
And finally, there’s the Sony DualShock 4. While it is arguably better than the standard Xbox One controller in some aspects, it can be a bit of a hassle to set up with a PC. Because of this, we only advise getting it for someone who already owns a PlayStation 4 and who might need an extra controller to use on both their PC and the console.
It goes without saying that, if whoever you’re buying the controller for has both a PC and a console, get them a controller that can work on both. In case that they only use a PC, an Xbox controller would be the safest bet.
Virtual reality is the next major thing in gaming. It can bring an unprecedented level of realism to pretty much any game, but best of all: VR headset prices are at an all-time low, making them much more accessible then they used to be only a year or two ago.
There are several VR headsets currently on the market, but we have opted to narrow down the selection to the following three:
|Sony PlayStation VR|
The Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive are on relatively even terms now. The Vive used to be quite a bit more expensive, but considering the recent price cuts, the cost difference between the two headsets is much smaller than it used to be. Not only is it more affordable than ever, but the Vive is also technologically superior and has better integration with Steam, thus making it easy to use with Steam games.
Granted, the Oculus Rift can still be used with Steam after some minor tinkering, but we only recommend it over the Vive if you’re looking for a better bargain.
The PlayStation VR, while it can also be used on PC with the help of some third-party software, is now only a truly good choice for PlayStation 4 owners. True, it is the most affordable VR headset out there, but the limited PC compatibility, especially when it comes to motion controls, only makes it a worthwhile investment if it is meant to be used with the PlayStation 4.
If peripherals are just too much money, there’s always the option of a getting a more affordable accessory. These are non-essential accessories that aren’t exactly necessary for any gamer but can improve the gaming experience in certain ways.
Without further ado, here are some accessories that would make good gifts!
Mouse pads are not as important today as they were in the time of trackball mice. However, even an optical mouse can benefit from the consistent surface that a mouse pad offers – not to mention that they are very comfortable!
We highly recommend the SteelSeries QcK mouse pad. It is by far one of the most stable and comfortable mouse pads to use, and on top of that, it comes in a number of variants that differ in terms of size and design.
Using a mouse and keyboard for a prolonged period of time can be tiring, which is precisely why wrist rests were invented – they make gaming and typing far more relaxed!
In this category, we recommend the Gimars wrist rest set. Not only is it a high-quality product made with extremely comfortable memory foam, but it is also a full package, including two wrist rests: one for the keyboard and one for the mouse.
If you want to buy a wrist rest, then see our guide on the best wrist wrists here.
A mouse bungee is a simple product designed to help with cable management for mice, all the while allowing for free mouse movement. They are very affordable and any gamer who uses a wired mouse is sure to appreciate having one!
The Cougar Gaming Bunker mouse bungee is the best one currently available, at least as far as we’re concerned. It is reasonably priced, easy to transport, and is incredibly stable – all the qualities that a good bungee should have.
Controller Charging Station
Charging stations for controllers are a great way to minimize cable clutter, and they are especially convenient to have for gamers who own more than one controller.
|Xbox One Controller Charging Station|
|PlayStation 4 Controller Charging Station|
Both of the above charging stations are made by the same company, PowerA, that’s known for delivering high-quality, licensed accessories and peripherals for consoles. The charging stations are well-built and are bound to make a gamer’s desk more organized.
Just keep in mind: the primary appeal of a charging station is its ability to charge two controllers simultaneously with no cable clutter. As such, a charging station is largely unnecessary if someone only has a single controller.
External Hard Drive
Think of an external hard drive as a regular USB drive on steroids. They are pretty much exactly the same as regular hard drives, only they are designed for data storage and data transfer between multiple devices.
The best external HDD that you could get someone is the Western Digital “My Passport”. It’s available in 1, 2, 3, and 4 TB variants, as well as in a total of eight different colors.
When choosing the storage capacity, 1TB should be more than enough for most people. However, if you’re getting it for someone you know to be an avid hoarder, the higher-capacity versions would probably be a better choice.
Nobody owns all the consoles, but many would sure love to! Here are some suggestions as to which consoles you could get someone:
The most popular console currently on the market, the PS4 is leading this generation of consoles for a good reason: it has some truly amazing exclusive games that aren’t available on PC or on other consoles – Bloodborne, Horizon: Zero Dawn, God of War… the list goes on, and even more are on the way.
There are two PlayStation 4 models to choose from right now: the Slim and the Pro. So, how to pick? It’s actually quite simple. If you’re buying it for someone who has a 4K TV, get the Pro. If they only own a regular Full HD TV, a Slim is the better choice.
Also to keep in mind, if you’re buying a PlayStation 4 Slim and are not sure whether you should get a 500GB or a 1TB storage variant, we suggest going with the 1TB version, just to be safe. After all, it is not that much more expensive and the extra storage can mean a lot in the long run.
|PlayStation 4 Slim|
|PlayStation 4 Pro|
This handheld PlayStation console is nowhere near as popular as the PlayStation 4 itself, but it still has some good games of its own. We can wholeheartedly recommend getting a Vita, especially for someone who already owns a PlayStation 4, and for two reasons:
- The Vita can act as a companion for the PS4, allowing them to use it as an extra controller or to play PS4 games directly on their handheld console’s screen
- There are many PS4 games which are also available for the PS Vita itself, so they probably already have a couple of games that they could play on it.
Not to mention that the Vita, like the PlayStation 4, has a very expansive selection of games.
The Nintendo 3DS is one of the best handheld consoles ever made. It has some features that distinguish it from the Vita, mainly the fact that it comes with two screens and that one of them supports 3D, as the name implies.
Furthermore, while it may not have a game library as varied as that of the Vita, the Nintendo 3DS has a sizeable selection of excellent exclusive games and it is overall very appealing for younger gamers.
The Nintendo Switch is yet another excellent console from Nintendo that is revolutionary in that it can be used both as a regular console and as a handheld one, hence the name.
Much like the 3DS, it has some truly excellent first-party exclusive games, the most famous of which (and arguably, the best) would have to be The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild. Once again, it would also be an ideal gift for a young gamer, but the outside-the-box thinking behind the console’s design is the key to its success.
A Gaming Chair
Sitting at a desk for hours on end can get uncomfortable, to say the least. As such, it is no wonder why many gamers decide to get a gaming chair at some point, or at least a regular office chair. If you’re getting a gift for someone who doesn’t already have a comfortable chair and money is not much of an object, consider one of the following two chairs:
The IKEA Markus is widely regarded as the best budget gaming chair around. It’s highly adjustable, durable, and will make an excellent chair for gaming, even though it may not be branded specifically as a gaming chair.
And then there’s the ICON from the company Noblechairs. Naturally, it comes at a greater price but the extra features and the extra comfort justify it. With layers of extensive cushioning, quality leather, and unmatched adjustability, the Noblechairs ICON chair is everything that any gamer could wish for! As such, it would make a more than worthy gift, provided that you can afford such an expensive one.
Big, profitable games come, and all kinds of merchandise inevitably follow. If you know what games or game franchises your gamer friend is into, then there’s a range of branded merchandise that you could get them: clothing, mugs, jewelry, posters… the list goes on.
Amazon is a great way to get ahold of such merchandise, but other stores, online or not, are an equally viable option. Moreover, some big AAA titles also have their own official online stores.
Samuel is GamingScan’s editor-in-chief. He describes himself as a hardcore gamer & programmer and he enjoys getting more people into gaming and answering people’s questions. He closely follows the latest trends in the gaming industry in order to keep you all up-to-date with the latest news.