Looking for a gift for your favorite gamer? The gaming world runs deep with what feels like an endless supply of gaming gift ideas. There are so many accessories, components and new technologies that emerge daily, you might feel the stress of choosing the perfect gift is creeping in as you try to navigate the gaming accessory underworld. Take a deep breath (in with the good, out with the bad) because we’ve got you covered with our official guide to the best gifts for gamers.
We know there are 40,000 gaming headphones available, hundreds of different gaming laptops and gaming keyboards out there. Fortunately for you, we have assembled a list of the best gifts for gamers to take the crippling guesswork out of finding a gift. We’ve supplied a healthy spread of everything from the best gaming laptop to the best gaming t-shirt. Whether you’re looking for a small gift for an old-school Gen X gamer or a streaming microphone for your Gen Z nephew, we have gift ideas for everyone.
So, shed the gift-giving paralysis and pick up the best gifts for your gamer.
1. DXRacer Gaming Chair
BEST GAMING CHAIR
Regardless of whether you stream on Twitch, or you just want to be comfortable for long gaming sessions, the DXRacer gaming chair looks like a serious gaming chair and provides support like one, too. With adjustable lumbar support as well as adjustable armrests and headrest, you can get in position to kick ass and take names in marathon gaming sessions.
2. Razer Raptor 27
BEST GAMING MONITOR
If you really care about the recipient, this is one of the best gifts for gamers money can buy. This 27-inch monster is a beast, both in terms of capabilities and actual size. Gamers will rejoice as the smooth gameplay streams across the screen thanks to the 144Hz refresh rate and as the 2,560 x 1,440 resolution brings out even the most finite details. Now, this monster does weigh a whopping 25 pounds, so make sure you have a gaming desk that can support the weight.
3. Sandisk Ultra 400 GB microSDXC Card
BEST FOR SWITCH OWNERS
This may seem like the world’s most boring gift you could give to someone, but for a Switch owner, this 400 GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC card might as well be gold. The Switch’s 32 GB of internal storage doesn’t go very far when the top games often take up 10 or 15 gigabytes of space and having one of these microSDXC cards sidesteps the tediousness of having to constantly delete and redownload games. Offering up one of these to a friend or family member will be akin to saying ‘I understand your pain, and I want you to be happy.’
4. Playstation 5 DualSense Wireless Controller
BEST PS5 ACCESSORY
While couch co-op gaming has fallen off over the years in the advent of online multiplayer, it never hurts to have an extra controller laying around if you have roommates, siblings, children, significant others or friends who want to get in the action. If you’re shopping for someone who has a shiny new PS5, grab them an extra DualSense Wireless Controller, which comes complete with a touchpad, adaptive force-feedback triggers, and haptic feedback, so you can interact with and literally feel the game in your hands.
5. Cyberpunk 2077
MOST ANTICIPATED GAME OF 2020
Without question, Cyberpunk 2077 is going to be the biggest game of 2020, even if it arrives just weeks before the end of the year. Coming from the same people who brought you The Witcher 3, Cyberpunk 2077 takes the open-world RPG approach of CD Projekt Red’s previous outings and drops it right in the middle of a futuristic dystopia called Night City, complete with underground crime lords, corrupt corporations and body modifications, because what is any cyberpunk-themed work without some body mods?
The game promises to let you choose the manner in which you engage with the various aspects of Night City, packaged up with some of the best-looking graphics that the PS4 or Xbox One has ever seen. For those lucky enough to snag a PS5 or Xbox Series X, this game will also run with enhanced graphics on those consoles as well.
6. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
BEST SWITCH CONTROLLER
The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is a great solution when joy-cons just don’t cut it. Similar to the stylings of an Xbox One controller, the Switch Pro is weighty and feels just right in your hands. A premium Switch controller is the best way to go from a Nintendo Switch zero to hero.
7. Mario Kart Home Circuit
BEST GAMING TOY
With winter coming, we’re going to need all the distractions we can get, and what better way to burn dozens of hours than a fresh spin on Mario Kart? Sure, Mario Kart Home Circuit may be geared towards kids, but when has that stopped us from enjoying the occasional Kirby game?
This version of the iconic kart racing franchise takes the action away from the screen and into the real world thanks to a physical, camera-equipped RC kart that turns a living room into a race track. After setting up the track using special markers, the kart’s camera beams the action back to your Switch, which then uses augmented reality technology to overlay virtual competitors, obstacles and items to use as you control the action on your console. All the while, the kart is doing laps around your feet IRL.
8. HDMI Switch
BEST FOR MULTI-CONSOLE OWNERS
Sometimes you need an extra HDMI port for all of your devices. That’s where the HMDI Switch comes in handy. No need for an extra power supply, just plug it in and it’s ready to go. Click the center button to activate one port or the other. It’s a simple gift for a gamer, but it could be one of the most useful in their arsenal.
9. Replicade Insert Coin Keychain
BEST WHITE ELEPHANT GIFT
Show your inner geek pride with an Insert Coin Keychain. This replica looks like the quarter slots you see on classic arcade games and lets your competitors know that you don’t mess around when it comes to air hockey, skee ball or pop-a-shot.
10. Spider-Man: Miles Morales
BEST PS5 LAUNCH TITLE
If you had to choose just one game from the PS5 launch lineup to own, it would be Spider-Man: Miles Morales. It’s the followup to 2018’s Spider-Man, which was one of the best PS4 games, and the sequel does not disappoint, putting you in control of Peter Parker’s successor as he swings through the skies of New York City in beautiful 4K HDR. And if you happen to be shopping for someone with a PS4, don’t fret: This game is also available for Sony’s last-gen console as well.
11. PlayStation Backpack
BEST FOR STYLE-SAVVY GAMERS
Whether you’re shopping for a nostalgic millennial or retro-obsessed zoomer, the official Playstation backpack is a gift that’s certain to please. Featuring the original PS1 logo (nicely embroidered, no less), this backpack plays off those color schemes to deliver a look that’s playful and fun. But the craftsmanship here is nothing to overlook, as its made by Timbuk2, so you know it will be top quality and ready to endure any and all abuse you will throw its way.
12. SteelSeries Apex Pro Mechanical Keyboard
BEST GAMING KEYBOARD
Gaming keyboards are an essential piece of any computer gamer’s arsenal, and the SteelSeries Apex Pro Mechanical Keyboard might be the master sword of your gaming rig. Unlike many other gaming keyboards, the SteelSeries Apex Pro allows you to adjust the sensitivity per key. Yes — you read that right — you can literally adjust the sensitivity of each individual key exactly to your liking. This will improve your gameplay and give you an advantage over any gamer online.
The Apex Pro features a small OLED smart display in the top right corner that allows you to do things like adjust your profile, see updates and change your settings without having to tab out of what you are doing. Not a wrist rest kind of guy? You can easily detach the magnetic wrist rest if it bothers you. We think this keyboard has something to offer for all gamers. It’s the one gaming keyboard to rule them all.
13. Atlantic Gaming Desk
BEST GAMING DESK
If the SteelSeries Apex Pro is the master sword of your gaming rig, then the Atlantic Gaming Desk is most definitely your castle. The desk features a riser for a 32-inch monitor for your gaming station. On the far side of each end of the gaming desk is a small rack for speakers. These conveniently extend your desk horizontally for speakers without taking up actual desk space. There is a small rack that can hold two controllers and a handful of games in the back right corner. On the right side of the desk is a hanger to conveniently hang your headphones. Directly in front of you is a pull out drawer that can store your keyboard or other random cables and electronics. The cherry on top is the cup holder that hangs from one of the legs of the desk. This keeps liquid off the surface of the desk where it could potentially spill on your Acer Predator Gaming Laptop. This gaming desk keeps your station clean and organized.
14. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
MOST ANTICIPATED SWITCH GAME
While gamers didn’t get the true follow up to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild like they thought they would this year, Nintendo managed to surprise Zelda fans when they announced Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity and revealed that the game is a de facto prequel to BOTW. The gameplay isn’t what you’d traditionally expect from a Zelda game: It takes the core gameplay from Dynasty Warriors, mixes in notable mechanics from BOTW and delivers a story that explores Hyrule 100 years before Calamity Ganon ravaged the land. The result is something that is greater than the sum of its parts, and this game is certain to be on the wish list of any Nintendo fan you know.
15. Xbox Elite Controller Series 2
BEST XBOX SERIES X ACCESSORY
If your gamer takes their gameplay seriously, they will definitely appreciate a controller upgrade (we’ve got options for Playstation 4 controllers as well). And nothing provides precision and customization quite like the Xbox Elite Controller Series 2. Not only does it work with Xbox One, but you can also use it with PC games, and it is compatible with the new Xbox Series X. Gamers can adjust the tension on the thumbsticks for elite level control. The controller also has redesigned bumpers and triggers that feel more comfortable in your fingers and are easier to grip than stock controllers. The 40-hour battery life won’t leave your gamer without his weapon of choice after long sessions of gameplay. The Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 is a must for serious gamers.
16. Couchmaster Cycon
BEST PORTABLE DESK
Sometimes it’s nice to sit at the central command center that is your computer desk and sometimes it’s nice to just relax on the couch while you game, but with the Couchmaster Cycon, you can get the best of both worlds. This couch-like portable desk has enough room to fit a keyboard, mouse and laptop. Plus, the portable desk has a USB hub that you can use to route all of your cables to one place. It’s definitely not the most glamorous gift for your gamer, but they’ll appreciate the utility and comfort this portable couch-desk provides.
17. Oculus Quest 2
BEST VR HEADSET
This is one of the best VR headsets that you will find. We also ranked it as one of the best tech gifts of 2020. This headset allows you to paint your own boundaries and actually walk around in your game, so you can be completely submerged in the gaming experience. When we say paint your boundaries, we mean just that; while wearing the headset, you use the controller to set the allotted room space, then the game is generated within that space. When you step out of the allotted area, the passthrough cameras on the Oculus Quest 2 allow you to see the real world without having to take the headset off. And there is a bundle of games that suit everybody from sports fans to first-person action-adventure gamers. And perhaps the best part — the self-contained design means it’s portable enough to take out of the house.
18. Yakuza: Like A Dragon
BEST XBOX SERIES X LAUNCH TITLE
Yakuza: Like A Dragon may not be the most graphically impressive game, but it oozes style and like the other games from this RPG series, it has an engaging and deeply original narrative. In Yakuza, you explore Japan’s criminal underbelly, on a quest to settle some long-standing scores with rival Yakuza clans. The Xbox Series X doesn’t have the strongest launch lineup, so despite the fact this game isn’t all that next-gen, it still stands out as one of the best titles you can currently get for Microsoft’s new console (as well as the Xbox One).
19. Arctis 1 Wireless
BEST GAMING HEADSET
Leveling up your audio while gaming will submerge you in the gaming experience, and there is no better way to do that than with the Arctis 1 Wireless. This gaming headset cuts the cables but still delivers an incredible hi-fi audio experience that will work with PCs, consoles and mobile devices alike. These headphones are a must for serious gamers.
20. Razer Mamba Wireless
BEST GAMING MOUSE
The Razer Mamba Wireless is a masterpiece in the gaming world. Its ergonomic design feels comfortable to hold, and the buttons sit exactly where you want them on your fingers. It has a finish that feels soft and remains comfortable even after your hand starts to get sweaty. Now for the nerdy stuff. The adaptive frequency technology creates a wireless connection that is as stable as a wired one. For those who are non-believers, you can still wire this mouse to your computer. Just as the adaptive frequency technology provides a non-stop connection, the 50-hour battery life will allow long marathon gaming stretches before the batteries need to charge. For the real hardcore gamers out there, the Razer Mamba Wireless has a 5G sensor that produces 16,000 DPI and a resolution accuracy of 99.4%. That combination creates one of the most accurate, responsive, and comfortable gaming accessories on the market.
21. Blue Yeti
BEST MIC FOR STREAMING
If your gamer wants to take their talents global, getting them a good USB mic for their twitch streams is a no-brainer. The Blue Yeti USB microphone is great for vocals, voiceovers and podcasting. The Yeti has four recording modes including stereo, omnidirectional, bi-directional and cardioid which is best for solo podcasting and streaming. We recommend omnidirectional if you are podcasting with a group, but only using one microphone. Using the Logitech G software, you can customize the sound quality of the microphone to get great voice-overs during your gaming streams. Streaming gamers need a great microphone to sound professional, and the Blue Yeti is the ticket.
22. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Subscription
BEST XBOX GAME PASS
The Xbox Game Pass paired with the Xbox Series X/S is the perfect combo for a gamer. This pass gives your gamer access to over 100 games, and every month, new games are added to the library so your gamer will stay entertained with new games to conquer. But Game Pass is also available for older Xbox One consoles, so this gift is great for any Microsoft loyalist out there.
23. Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Charging Dock
BEST CHARGING DOCK
Anyone that owns any gaming system with wireless controllers knows that a controller that has a dead battery is among one of the most frustrating situations, especially when you are ready to play. That’s why we recommend the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Paddle Dock, so you can keep your paddles charged when you are away. The dock features LED lighting for the four paddles it can hold, so you can easily see which paddles have a full battery and which ones need to stay on the dock a bit longer. The other nice thing about this dock is it displays your controllers nicely. You really knock out two birds with one stone: organization and paddle charging.
24. Acer Predator Helios 300
BEST AFFORDABLE GAMING LAPTOP
It’s not often you find a gaming laptop, with all of the components for optimum gaming, in a slim and portable casing, but that’s exactly what is achieved by the Acer Predator Triton 500. It weighs around 4.6 pounds, which we know is heavy compared to an ultra-book, but this isn’t your standard college class laptop. The 10th-generation Intel Core i7 CPU and RTX 2060 GPU hangs with the best of them. You can play your games with settings set to ultra and still get clean and smooth gameplay that looks incredible on the 1080p, 144 Hz display. When you have your laptop cranked to ultimate settings the insides tend to get really hot. Fortunately, this laptop does a great job at heat management internally and externally, which will keep all the components inside safe and sound. As portable as it is, it still manages hours of battery life, which is great compared to most other gaming laptops with similar components. If you are looking for a high-octane engine for your war rig at a cost that won’t bankrupt you, this laptop does not disappoint.
25. Corsair Gaming Mouse Pad
BEST GAMING MOUSE PAD
Serious gamers need as much accuracy and control in their gameplay as possible, and that’s what the Corsair Gaming Mouse Pad provides. The surface of the mousepad is a sort of textile weave pattern and allows the mouse to smoothly glide across the pad. This effortless feel provides pinpoint accuracy and fast reaction times for gamers. It is also three feet long, which is almost triple the size of a conventional mouse pad. The extra real estate allows for gamers to move more quickly through large maps without having to pick up the mouse. Even after heavy use, the mouse pad won’t start to peel. The reinforced stitched edge ensures this mouse pad can handle as much gameplay as you.
26. Gunnar Intercept Blue Blocking Glasses
BEST BLUE BLOCKING GLASSES
Gaming from sundown until sun up? You’re definitely going to want to protect your eyes from all that harmful blue light. The Gunnar Intercept Blue Blocking Glasses have a blue light blocking rating for each of its lenses. Only a casual gamer? The clear BLPF (blue light protection factor) 35 glasses will be right for you. Are you the marathon gamer who plays into the wee hours of the night? Pair your frames with the Amber Max BLPF 98 lenses for ultimate protection. The frames come in dark oak, indigo and onyx, so you can match your style. If you aren’t sure how you’ll look in them, you can try them on virtually through the Gunnar website. Your computer camera will scan your face and take an image of you so you can see how they look before you buy.
27. Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter
BEST BOOK ON VIDEO GAMES
Legendary film critic Roger Ebert famously once quipped that video games could never be art. Then he turned it into an all-out debate, before admitting he was a bit out of his depth. In the years since, video games have evolved in complex and dynamic ways, definitively proving they’ve always been more than just mindless entertainment. Chances are you have a gamer in your life who is irritated whenever anyone dismisses the validity of video games, and for them, the book Extra Lives will read like gospel truth.
Writer Tom Bissell explores a handful of classic games, such as Braid, Far Cry and Mass Effect, breaking down not just the technical craftsmanship that makes them great, but the thematic and narrative expression which made them so groundbreaking.