Gamers tend to have all sorts of exotic and expensive gear. If you’re tasked with buying them a gift, it can be challenging to figure out what they need and would use, especially if you aren’t into games yourself. Even if you do get them to tell you what they need, gamers often have a different language all their own. A “keyboard” to them might be a completely different “keyboard” to us.
That’s why we put together this guide on the best gifts for gamers this holiday season. Whether your gamer has already been dropping hints or answers with a shrug when you ask them what they want, you will find something fitting for them on this list. If you’re buying for a younger gamer, you might also want to check out our buying guide on video games for kids.
Budget Gifts for Gamers
Gamers need to keep up with the date too, especially if they’re anticipating the release of an upcoming game. This stylish and incredibly popular Assassin’s Creed calendar allows them to do just that. With astonishing detail and movie-quality graphics, this 16-month calendar is sure to make every gamer pause and take in the sights.
- 16-month calendar
- Imagery from Assassin’s Creed Origin
Does the gamer in your life stay up into the odd hours of the night shooting aliens and drinking coffee? This gamer-themed coffee mug can be a wonderful companion for any gamer trying to beat that next high-score or finish that uber difficult level. It can hold 14-ounces, which is plenty for a single, large cup of coffee.
- Looks like a game controller
- 14-ounce capacity
- High-quality ceramic
- Phrase “game over” printed on the inside
This book contains ten chapters of stories about how video games are made. From the technological nightmares to the three-day programming binges, this book gives readers an intimate look behind-the-scenes of game development. Die-hard gaming fans will enjoy this fresh perspective and learn to look at their favorite games a little differently.
- Ten stories from the development of top video games
- Easy-to-read, humorous writing style
This book is about exactly what it sounds like – the influential battle between Sega and Nintendo that defined a whole generation of gamers. It describes how the small video game company Sega took on juggernaut Nintendo, revolutionized the video game industry, and won their place as one of the most influential companies of all time.
- Details a battle that waged in living rooms, playgrounds, and even the halls of Congress
- Intensely exciting
- Must-know history to understand the state of the current gaming industry
This book is an account of a fast evolution of video games from the days of Pong to some of the more modern hits like Uncharted. It details both the creators of some of the most influential games of all time and explores the innovations that made these games household names. It even includes interesting, fun facts that bring the history of video games to life.
- Describes the evolution of video games
- Includes historical trivia and Easter eggs
- Details the making of some of the most influential video games
Even gamers need a good set of salt and pepper shakers. You use salt and pepper for nearly everything; they are almost required for every meal. These salt and pepper shakers are custom designed to fit any gamer. They are made of high-quality ceramic and are the perfect size to fit all a gamer’s salt and pepper needs.
- Looks like a video game controller
- Hand-wash recommended
- Made with high-quality ceramic
This gamer bowl is a unique, affordable gift for any gamer in your life. Many gamers tend to enjoy snacking while playing their games, making this controller-like bowl particularly fitting. This bowl is huge at 22 ounces – more than enough to hold plenty of snacks and ramen.
- Holds 22-ounces
- Phrase “level complete” printed on inside
- Looks like a video game controller
Anyone who has ever owned a console knows just how easily those pesky controllers get lost. You sit down to play your highly anticipated game only to discover that the controls are nowhere in sight. You can solve that problem and also keep your controllers fully charged with this high-quality docking station.
- Fast charging
- Battery Charging Safety Function
- Dual USB ports
- LED light indicates the charge level of each controller
A mouse pad is necessary if any gamer wants precise movements from their mouse. Without one, the mouse can lurch across the desk and have difficulty properly rendering those movements. This mousepad is extremely affordable, but with all the features a gamer needs to beat that next level.
- Excellent grip and non-slip security
This 1000-piece puzzle is inspired by the original Super Mario Bros. Even the most die-hard gamers need a break from intense gaming now and then. This puzzle gives them something serene and peaceful to do while they cope with their recent death-streak.
- 1000-piece puzzle
- Inspired by Super Mario Bros.
Mid-Range Gifts for Gamers
Just like PS4 controllers, Xbox One controllers also tend to get lost and become drained. This charging station keeps all the controllers in one place, which prevents misplacing them, and ensures that they are charged whenever they need to be used. Compatible with nearly every type of Xbox One controller, this charging station is an easy way to give a gamer a practical gift they’ll use.
- Dual charging station
- 5 hours for full charge
- LED light indicates charge level
- Includes one charging dock and two battery packs
Doom is one of the most influential games of all time. It revolutionized video games, provoked national controversy, and transformed popular culture. This book tells the story of the two men that made it happen.
- Account of how Doom was made
- 368 pages
Any Minecraft fan will love this glowing diamond ore block. This Minecraft collectible has three different lighting levels: low, medium, and high. Each light level is accessed through a simple tap, making this a great bedside lamp for late-night reading or gaming. It shuts off automatically after three minutes of continuous use.
- Inspired by Minecraft
- Tap to light up
- Uses batteries
Take a trip back in time with this Pac Man game and controller. This unique Pac-Man shaped controller is modeled like the original game controllers and allows you to play the original Pac-Man when you plug it up to your TV. Plus, this game also comes with the coveted level 256, a long-awaited addition by fans.
- Comes with level 256
- No other devices needed
- Controller plugs straight into the TV
- Uses 4 AA batteries
15. Tamagotchi mini
Tamagotchis are old, handheld game devices and are a great sentimental gift for any older gamer who might want to revisit their childhood. This particular version is slightly smaller than the original but has all the usual functionality. With multiple colors available, these small games let you raise a digital pet, just like the original.
- Six colors available
- Just like the original
- Slightly smaller size for easy portability
This is an unparalleled guide to the world of The Legend of Zelda. Any gamer, whether they’re major Zelda geeks or not, will appreciate this beautiful and detailed history of Hyrule, never-before-seen concept art, and the official chronology of the games (which can get mighty confusing). The breathtaking art alone makes this book worth buying.
- Official Chronology
- Everything a gamer might want to know about the world of Hyrule
- Breathtaking artwork
Any PC gamer knows just how much effect a mouse has on their performance. A dingy, low-quality mouse can make everything just a little harder than it has to be, while a high-quality mouse can shoot up their skills to the next level. A mouse must be accurate and fast for a gamer to perform their best. This mouse is specifically designed to meet those needs. It has adjustable DPI, is completely wireless, and has seven different keys
- Power saving chip
- Seven different buttons
- Adjustable DPI
High-End Gifts for Gamers
There are very few things cooler than this LED gaming mousepad. Seven lighting modes including various solid colors as well as rainbow make this mousepad patronizable, and three brightness levels allow it to be used both in the brightness of day and the dead of night. Most importantly, a hard precision surface offers accurate mouse tracking and effective gaming.
- Seven LED lighting modes
- Three Brightness levels
- Hard precision tracking surface
This gamer-themed monopoly set is perfect for gamers who love to play all sorts of games. It includes a Mario-themed board, tokens, and characters and comes with a translucent blue and white “power up” die. Take game night to the next level with this fun and fitting monopoly game.
- Includes a “power-up” die
- Everything you need to play monopoly
- Completely gamer-themed
Every gamer needs a high-quality headset. This one is extremely lightweight to prevent fatigue and soreness and has 90-degree rotating ear cups for maximum comfort and fit. Intuitive voice control prevents feedback, and a swivel-to-mute feature makes it easy for gamers to turn the microphone on and off. You really can’t buy a headset better than this one.
- 90-degree rotating ear cups
- 50mm directional drivers
- Memory foam
- Adjustable slider
- Swivel-to-mute feature
This gift is one of the most sought-after gaming mouses on the market. It comes with an advanced optical gaming sensor, allowing it to pick up even the smallest movements and translate them accurately on screen, is weight and balance tunable, and has RGB customizable lighting. Even extremely picky gamers will find something to love in this mouse with its absurd amount of personalization.
- Advanced optical gaming sensor
- Tunable weight and balance
- Customizable lighting
- 11 programmable buttons
Gamers have a lot of gear. From laptops to consoles to hand-held games, many gamers have a lot of stuff to carry around. This backpack provides a quick, efficient way to make that happen. With multiple interior pockets and a special laptop compartment, this bag has more than enough room to carry everything a gamer might need.
- Multiple interior compartments
- Fits laptops up to 15 inches
- Integrated tablet pocket
- Adjustable chest strap
Mobile gaming is becoming increasingly popular and powerful. Now, some mobile games are just as advanced and intricate as many PC games were just a few years ago. Some gaming companies are even making their games available on smartphones. These advanced games are just crying for a gaming controller to make them easier to play and release their potential. This controller connects through Bluetooth to a gamer’s smartphone and allows them to make their own hand-held gaming device.
- Connects to Android, IOS, and PC
- Telescopic stand
Specifically designed for gaming, this keyboard is optimized for fast response and button clicking, allowing a gamer to play like never before. It is created for long-term, intense use with a lifespan of up to 80 million keystrokes. It even features an ergonomic wrist design to keep a gamer’s wrist for becoming tired after extensive playing.
- Ergonomic design
- Anti-ghosting technology
The new iPhones have made it necessary for every mobile gamer to have a good set of wireless earbuds to play mobile games. It can be tough to play games without sound, which is why no gamer leaves home without a nice set of earbuds. However, with the removal of the headphone jack, new iPhones can only be used with wireless earbuds, like this set here. These earbuds don’t even need to be plugged in to charge; they come with their own wireless charging port.
- Truly wireless
- Charging port included
- Long battery life
- Water resistant