Best Gifts for Gamers of 2017
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.
Super Mario Night Light
X Rocker 51396 Pro Series
Tetris Heat Changing Mug
Assassin’s Creed 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.
Choose Your Weapon T-Shirt
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.
Freefly Virtual Reality Headset
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.
PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB Console
Nintendo NES Classic 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)
Sega Genesis Classic Console
DXRacer Formula Series Chair
Disguise Master Chief 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.
Razer Firefly Mouse Pad
Xbox One Elite Controller
Logitech G920 Racing Wheel
Sonos PLAYBAR Speaker
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.
AmazonBasics Bluetooth Sound Bar
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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.