Best Gifts for Gamers of 2017

Best gifts for gamers this year

Finding the best gifts for gamers (or the gamer) in your life can be tricky. This includes gifts for a gaming chick, gamer girl, not just for the guys! Something that a non-gamer thinks is cute, useful or functional could be utter garbage to a gamer. Not that they would tell you to your face though. That’s what Twitter is for. There are so many products on the market that are aimed at the gaming sector too, with peripherals, decorative and commemorative articles as well, it can be tricky to find out exactly what a player may want.

Figuring out if they are a PC player or a console player is the first bit of advice that we can give you. The look of confusion on the face of a PlayStation devotee as they unwrap an Xbox game is funny, but also a little mean.

Likewise, if you present a PC player with such gifts as a PSN voucher, similar looks of confusion and anguish may result. Funny, but mean. So we would like you to avoid any gifting faux pas by first finding out what it is that they use for their playing kicks, and what it is that they want.

So, fear not, dear reader, for you have wisely come to us for some solid advice on gifts to steer you in the right direction. While this isn’t exactly scientific, and you are at the mercy of a reviewer who may or may not be of sound mind, there is much to learn here. So come with me as we trawl through the offerings that we have deemed worthy of finding their way into the hands of that someone special in your life.

Power-Up Light Switch Plate

Power Up light switch

Light up your loved one’s life with this funky retro gaming inspired light switch. If you’re buying this for that special geek in your life don’t forget to make inappropriate “turn off” puns to brighten their day.

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PAC-MAN Desk Clock 

PAC-MAN Clock

Finally, a clock we don’t mind watching. PAC-MAN, the legendary arcade game from the 1980’s, is back with this epically animated digital display that features additional characters from the game Including Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde.

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Super Mario Night Light

Paladone Super Mario Night Light

Night Lights are great for people that are afraid of the dark, or for avoiding obstacles in the middle of the night if your room is a filthy mess. Either way, this is a great example of a nocturnal illumination unit. Don’t try to uppercut it like Mario though, there are no coins inside (trust me).

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X Rocker 51396 Pro Series 

X Rocker 51396 Pro Series

Gaming chairs are a dime a dozen these days, mainly because gamers need added lumbar support for extended sessions. But gaming chairs that are also rockers? Now that is a sweet idea. Add speakers to the mix and you’ll be fighting grandpa for dibs every time you feel like playing Call of Duty.

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Assassin’s Creed 3 Hoodie 

TEENTAGE Assassin's Creed 3 Hoodie

Let’s get one thing straight, stabbing people is NOT cool, but if you happen to be an Assassin’s Creed fan, then maybe this hoodie is for you. It features a smart fabric pattern and an ominous hood that will make feel pretty badass.

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ThinkGeek Minecraft Ore

ThinkGeek Minecraft Light

This is a cool Minecraft conversation piece from ThinkGeek that would be at home on top of your coffee table, or nestled deep within your fortress of solitude, or man cave. Simply tap it to light it up for a few minutes, or tap it repeatedly to adjust the brightness.

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Tetris Heat Changing Mug

Paladone Tetris Heat Changing Mug

If you are like me (my condolences, by the way) then Tetris probably left an indelible mark on your childhood. What better way to pay homage to this revolutionary game than to drink a hot adult beverage from its capacious reservoir while watching the Tetris pieces appear magically.

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Super Mario Chess

Super Mario Chess Collector's Edition

Say what you want about being a chess nerd, but it is not an easy game to master at all. Wage battle and force a checkmate against your foes by taking up arms as either Mario and his team mates, or hatch your sinister opening moves as Bowser.

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Assassin’s Creed Gauntlet

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Assassin's Gauntlet

If you like collecting fantasy swords and other such artifacts, then this could be just the item for you! It is a life sized, wearable replica of Jacob Frye’s gauntlet. It also has a retractable blade for authenticity. Just don’t wear it to the mall, unless you like the taste of pepper spray from mall security.

 

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Portal 2 Bookends

Portal 2 Bookends

The cake may be a lie, but these Portal bookends certainly aren’t. They are constructed from sturdy materials that will have your books propped up and secure. As conversation starters these sure are fun and effective, so thanks, ThinkGeek!

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BigMouth Inc Mug

BigMouth Inc Ceramic Mug

If you’ve ever been stuck at work, lamenting your time spent away from your trusty gaming console, then this is the coffee mug for you. You could enhance your muscle memory while bashing out pretend Tekken combos during your coffee break, all while two handedly sipping coffee.

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KEEP OUT Wall Sign

KEEP OUT At Play ENTER Sign

This is novelty sign that will keep everyone out of our room while you’re “gaming”. Woe betide those that heed not the sign, you have been warned.

 

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Choose Your Weapon T-Shirt

Choose Your Weapon Console T-Shirt Tee

If you want to pick up chicks with your superior gaming console knowledge, then this shirt will help you do it. Looking back at the previous iterations of gaming controller should make you more thankful for the wireless, ergonomic, motion controller that you’re holding in your grubby mitts.

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KOVOT “Level Complete” Bowl

KOVOT “Level Complete” Bowl

If you drink soup competitively, then this could be a great training bowl for you to practice with. The ‘LEVEL COMPLETE’ notification that greets you after slurping down a bowl of hot soup is a worthwhile reward. Oh, and there are game controllers on each side for you to hold, presumably so you don’t burn your hands.

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104 Keys Mechanical Keyboard 

104 Keys Mechanical Keyboard

Serious gamers will love this keyboard as it features a full RGB array of LEDs as well as mechanical switches for more precise key strokes. Your loved one will disappear for days on end after receiving this keyboard, emerging only to feed.

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LeRage Lag T-Shirt

LeRage Shirts Men's LAG T-Shirt

This shirt would be funny if it wasn’t true, high latency can turn a normally calm gamer into a raging ball of fury. This is a great gift if you feel like trolling that one friend that rage-quits every time you play Rocket League with them.

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EatSleepTee Eat Sleep T-Shirt 

EatSleepTee Men's Eat Sleep T-Shirt

More of a mantra than a clever gaming tee shirt, this item of clothing sums up many people’s time when they take annual vacation, and what a great vacation that would be indeed. It’s available in many colors and sizes.

 

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DualShock PS4 Controller

DualShock 4 Wireless Controller for PlayStation 4

This is a great gift for anyone that already owns a Playstation 4 and needs a backup controller for when the primary one needs a charge. It’s also a great way to settle an argument without having to dig out the dueling pistols from the attic.

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Funny Baby Bodysuits

Baby Bodysuit

If you have just had a little one and announced his or her arrival to your friends and family on Facebook with one of those “Player 3 has entered the game” signs, then you will probably want to grab some of these gaming inspired baby outfits too.

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ASUS 24″ Monitor

ASUS VG248QE 24

Asus really knows how to make high quality gaming hardware, and their 144Hz refresh rate model monitors are sure to put a smile on any gamer’s face. The 1ms response times mean that games are displayed with no ghosting, so the overall gaming experience is a superb one.

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Razer DeathAdder Mouse

Razer DeathAdder Chroma Mouse

Razer peripherals have long been seen as some of the most sought after peripherals on the market, and Razer DethAdder Chroma is no exception. Chroma lighting is a great touch, and the DPI levels are insanely sensitive.

 

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Logitech G602 Wireless Mouse

Logitech G602 Wireless Mouse

Gifting any gamer with a Logitech G602 is likely to elicit a backflip out of them, so this is a great way to see some amateur acrobatics in your living room. The mouse features lag-free wireless performance, Delta Zero sensor technology and 11 programmable buttons.

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Razer BlackWidow Keyboard

Razer BlackWidow Chroma,

This is one pretty keyboard. The Razer BlackWidow Chroma is a mechanical keyboard with macro capabilities and a fantastic RGB show off. Don’t be surprised if you see less of the person that you gift this keyboard to, as it has made more than a few gaming widows in its time.

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Corsair K70 Keyboard

Corsair K70 RGB RAPIDFIRE

Corsair doesn’t play games when it comes to creating accessories, and the proof is in the proverbial pudding with their K70 RGB mechanical keyboard. Cherry MX switches offer some of the finest tactile response on the market, perfect for playing.

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LOGITECH G430 DTS Headphone

LOGITECH G430 DTS Headphone:

Gamers appreciate DTS headphones because of the virtual field of depth that they create, which means that sounds can really immerse players into the world that they are playing in. These headphones feature 7.1 surround sound and 360 degrees of sound field.

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HyperX Cloud II Headset 

HyperX Cloud II Headset

Neodymium magnets are really good for strong speakers, and the Cloud II Headset shows off just how good they can be when used inside the right sound housing. This headset ships with an inline sound card that also features echo cancellation, great for in game comms.

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HTC VIVE – VR System

HTC VIVE - Virtual Reality System

Virtual Reality has made a huge comeback in recent years, largely due to huge advancements in graphical and computational components that have surfaced lately. The Vive is a class leader in many ways, and any gamer that picks up a set is sure to play for a very, very long time.

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PlayStation VR

PlayStation VR

Sony really knows how to make high quality accessories that pair with their PlayStation line of consoles. The Sony PlayStation VR kit is not the most technically advanced on the market but it is great fun to play. This will be a hit with any gamer that owns a PlayStation 4.

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Samsung Gear VR Headset

Samsung Gear VR

Samsung Gear VR is a cost effective VR solution that turns a smartphone into a portable VR Station. The Samsung Gear VR is a headset that goes over the eyes and gives the illusion of 3D environments to whoever wears it.

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Freefly Virtual Reality Headset

Freefly Mobile Virtual Reality Headset

The Freefly Mobile Virtual Reality headset borrows *cough* *cough* quite heavily from the Samsung VR, but still manages to put its own spin on things. The package comes with a blue tooth controller that can be waved around by the user during operation. Looks silly but works great.

 

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Xbox One S

Xbox One S 500GB Console

Microsoft’s current flagship console just got a whole lot better with the inclusion of EA’s AAA title, Battlefield One. Players will find themselves in the trenches of World War One, all rendered perfectly by the performance model Xbox One S. A great gamer’s bundle if ever there was one.

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PlayStation 4 Slim

PlayStation 4 Slim 500GB Console

Sony sent their PlayStation 4 to fat camp and when it returned it was the mean slimmed down compact version that you see before you. It offers all the performance of a standard PS 4 in a smaller package and with lower power consumption.

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New Nintendo 3DS XL Black

New Nintendo 3DS XL Black

Nintendo digs deep with a reboot of its 3Ds, in the looks department anyway. It features all the latest technologies that you would expect to find in a Nintendo device, including face tracking and NFC support. Gamers that still have their old 3DS games will be happy to know that they can pop them into the 3DS XL to relive the good old days. Sigh.

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PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB Console

PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB

That shiny new 4K TV that you got yourself is looking lonely. Real lonely. Why not pair it with a 4K console like the PlayStation 4 Pro then? Experience next gen graphics at face melting frames per second and you won’t remember how you coped with dusty old FHD resolutions.

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Nintendo Switch Console 

Nintendo Switch Console

Nintendo came to the market with this unique console a while back, and it has seen some positive reviews and consumer uptake for all of its trouble. This package ships with a docking station, carry case and charger for gamers to make use of.

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Nintendo NES Classic Console

Nintendo NES Classic Mini EU Console

Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be, and here is a case in point. If you have children and wish to punish them, then lock their next gen consoles away and leave this out for them to play instead. This is an effective way to get your children to complete their chores in record time. For the rest of us this console is a trip down memory lane. (Memory lane is 8 bits wide, if you were wondering)

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Sega Genesis Classic Console

Sega Genesis Classic Console

If using a game emulator offends your moral fiber (and if it doesn’t, shame on you!) then this official Sega Genesis Classic Game console could be the salve to your moral dilemma. Simply pop in your old Sega cartridges and away you go, old school at its finest is back in your living room.

 

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Atlantic Desk

Atlantic Pro

If your current desk doesn’t have a cup holder for your Slurpy Cup, then you need to reevaluate your life choices my friend. The Atlantic Desk has this, plus much more, including individual storage platforms for your peripherals and gadgets.

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DXRacer Formula Series Chair

DXRacer Formula Series DOH/FD01

If you’ve ever been sitting at your desk and suddenly wished that you were sitting in your car instead, then this MX product is just for you. This office chair has all of the ergonomics and lumber support that you would expect from a high performance sports car seat, but with wheels.

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ROG Strix Laptop

ROG Strix GL502VM

Gamers with a desire to play the best titles on a premium device would do well to get their hands on the ASUS ROG GL702VM. This is a 17” laptop with a GTX 1060 and an Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU shoe horned into its slim laptop body. Did I mention that its VR Ready as well? Awesome

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CyberpowerPC Desktop

CyberpowerPC Ultra GUA3400A

PCs are a difficult item to shop for at the best of times. This is due in part to the fact that there is a mountain of peripheral choices to be had at any given time, with newer and better parts always around the corner. Choose wisely.

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CYBERPOWERPC Desktop PC

CYBERPOWERPC GLC4200A

This is a modern PC that can run 2017’s titles with very little limitations. If you are a fan of Ultra high detail with all settings maxed out then you might be disappointed here, but this is a great mid ranged PC that will game with no issues.

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Disguise Master Chief Helmet

Disguise Men's Master Chief Adult Full Helmet

Halo fans are notorious for dressing up, and this little number is a firm favorite in their circles. The helmet looks great and is sure to be the pride and joy of any fan of FPS cosplay. Don’t expect much head protection though, as it is just a novelty item. And Jill from Human Resources wants to see you.

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Blue Snowball USB Microphone

Blue Microphones Snowball

If you have a webcast or a YouTube channel that needs a unique looking little microphone, then this could work out quite well for you. It features a tripod stand and is quite sturdy. As it is a condenser mic, expect great voice quality with minimal background noise.

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SteelSeries Mouse Pad

SteelSeries QcK XXL

If the gamer in your life has told you that they “need more space” then they could have been subtly hinting at a gift idea, like the SteelSeries QcK XXL Mouse Pad! The area that it provides is huge, and poor mouse response is sure to be a thing of the past.

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Razer Firefly Mouse Pad

Razer Firefly Chroma

Have you ever looked at your mousepad and wondered why there is no RGB lighting on it? Razer has, so they made the Firefly Chroma Custom Lightinh Hard Mouse Pad. The mousepad provides a smooth surface for your mouse to glide over, and the lighting adds to your existing RGD. Rad.

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Xbox One Elite Controller

The Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller is a serious implement of carnage, designed to show your enemies who’s boss. The controller features interchangeable components and even comes in its own carry case. Showing up to an Xbox Tournament with your own controller also looks pretty cool.

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Logitech G920 Racing Wheel

Logitech Driving Force G920

Having a steering wheel and pedals is the ultimate driving sim controller for many, so it should come as no surprise that peripheral masters, Logitech have a tasty trick up their sleeves with the Driving Force G920 Racing Wheel. It is a quality controller with excellent responsiveness.

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TCL 55″ 4K TV

TCL 55S405 55-Inch

4K Smart TV prices have started to plummet in recent months, but their feature sets keep growing and growing. This fine example comes with a built in Roku player, taking care of all of your streaming IP TV needs. Couch potatoes rejoice.

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Samsung Curved 49-Inch 4K Tv

Samsung Electronics UN49MU7600

Ever wondered what it means to be ahead of the curve? Me neither. But anyway, here we have a 4K Curved 49-Inch TV from Samsung. It offers fantastic viewing angles and unparalleled viewer immersion, making you feel like you are inside the action on your screen.

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The Legend Of Zelda

The Legend Of Zelda Collector's Edition Chess Set

Link and Zelda team up as king and queen and try to take on the dark forces of Ganondorf and Twinrova on the battlefield. Fans of the video game series will be right at home on the chess board, adding a modern twist to this age old game of skill.

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Halo Warthog Figure

Halo 12

Remember everyone, it’s not a toy, it’s an action figure. This particular one is a 21” scale Warthog Vehicle and Master Chief that both come together as a set. This is a collectable item and could be a worthy addition to your collection.

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Monopoly Fallout

Monopoly: Fallout Collector's Edition

This is a clever adaption of the classic board game Monopoly. Fallout’s 1950’s styling lends itself quite well to the format of table top games such as Monopoly, so you can expect a few modern twists to the classic game. Play in a nuclear bunker for maximum authenticity.

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Gunnar Optiks Glasses 

Gunnar Optiks PHA-05601 MLG Phantom Full

Gunnar Optiks are leaders in the eyewear field when it comes to events and gamer wear. The amber tint of these glasses helps to relax the eyes and prevents eye strain and headaches. It also provides superior contrast and can help players by improving their performance

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HORI Real Arcade Pro 4 

HORI Real Arcade Pro 4

If you were a video game rat back in the day, then this item is sure to bring back some memories. Officially licensed by Sony, the Hori Real Arcade Pro 4 is a high quality controller that brings all the analogue charm of a coin op game.

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Laser X Laser Set

Laser X 88016 Set

Laser tag was really popular and it still has a big fan base in some parts, but finding a venue can be tricky. This Two Player Laser Set from Laser X can bring a bit of fun to your living space, and can be a great way to decide who has to do the dishes after dinner.

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Sonos PLAYBAR Speaker

Sonos PLAYBAR TV Soundbar

This soundbar puts out some serious noise without distorting or sounding flat. Perfectly balanced, the Sonos PLAYBAR TV is perfect for your entertainment area and is bound to be the center of your TV setup. Wireless transmission and a beefy subwoofer are just a few notable features that come with this unit.

 

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AmazonBasics Bluetooth Sound Bar

AmazonBasics 2.0 Sound Bar

This is a Bluetooth soundbar that offers great sound quality and stereo. This is a basic device but is more than enough for devices such as TVs, mobile phone and anything else that can be paired via a Bluetooth connection. If your TV is under 42” then this soundbar could be for you.

 

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Top Gifts under $1000

The PC gamer that is worthy of such a gift has surely been very, very good. Enter the HTC VIVE – Virtual Reality System. Arguably one of the best VR systems currently available on the market, this system features some of the best tracking and visual systems that have yet to be devised by a VR company. Make sure that their system is VR ready first though, as this system needs quite a beefy hardware setup to allow for the full potential of the visual VR goodness to be realized.

 

Top Present under $500

The Nintendo Switch Console fits the bill quite nicely here, as it offers a unique experience on the go, or plugged into the TV for a HD experience. Nintendo has some brilliant

 

titles as well so you can expect a fun filled experience on this new and nifty handheld device.

 

Top Gifts for Gamers under $100

The Razer DeathAdder Chroma Mouse is a must have peripheral for any keen PC player. Its high DPI, smooth gliding operation and superior, snug fit make this an excellent choice. Razer make some of the best components and accessories on the market, so it will be hard to go wrong with a choice like this.

 

Best Gaming Gifts under $20

LeRage Shirts Gamer T-Shirt makes for a good sub $20 gift. It is a gag gift, for sure, but a gift is a gift in our books! This shirt is available in all sizes, so no matter how big the worthy recipient is, they’ve got you covered. (Haha)

 

Recommend Stocking Filler

If you can find a big enough stocking, KEEP OUT Sign is a cheap and cheerful option for the room that needs a sign. Just stick it up and they can enjoy the privacy that they so richly deserve.

 

We hope you have found our selection of gifts to be useful, especially if you are looking to play games at Christmas that are too tech orientated. If you have a suggestion for other gifts, games or tech, please let us know in the comments below. Happy hunting for gifts! These gifts apply for both 2016 and 2017 searches.

Power Up light switch

Top Pick

PAC-MAN Clock

Premium Choice

Paladone Super Mario Night Light

Great Value

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