The Ultimate Gift Guide for Gamers
The good news is that you don’t have to keep to the status quo of picking out games for birthdays, Christmas, or other special occasions – there are TONS of other awesome gaming-related gifts that any true gamer would love to receive!
Great gift ideas for gamers that we talk about further down the page include:
Gaming Chairs Gaming Headsets Streaming & Video Equipment Gaming Computers Gaming PC Components Xbox One Accessories PS4 Accessories Gamer T-Shirts and Hoodies Gamer-Approved Sound Systems Video Game Themed Figurines & Statues Strategy Guides Gamer Gag Gifts Video Game Inspired Books
Below, we reveal some of the nerdiest, most ridiculously awesome gaming accessories, figures, gadgets, and other trinkets that will bring a smile to any gamer’s face.
Where does a gamer spend most of his or her time? Parked in front of a TV or monitor for hours on end, of course! What better way to pamper your favorite gaming nerd than to get them a proper seat for their butt-fatiguing hobby?
A gaming chair is an excellent gift to snag for any diehard gamer in your life. They’re designed to be extremely comfortable, reduce stress on the body while grinding your favorite games, and some even have additional functionality geared toward making the gaming life all the more easygoing.
The type of chair you’ll want to gift will depend on the type and age of the gamer you’re shopping for. For console gamers, there are both floors and raised chair models that are ideal for playing on systems such as the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One in front of a TV.
For PC gamers, on the other hand, some great seats resemble office chairs but feature a much more casual and cool appearance, and they are tailored for gaming.
Another must-have accessory for pretty much any gamer is a quality gaming headset. In most multiplayer games players need to have the ability to communicate with their teammates to win matches and to play well in general.
To do that… they need a great set of cans on their head that provides crystal clear voice and game audio so they can hear their enemies approaching and be able to coordinate with their team for decisive victories in games like Call of Duty, Halo, and Overwatch.
Headsets are available from some different manufacturers including Tritton, Astro, Turtle Beach, HyperX, and many more. Prices range anywhere from about $30 to $200 or more. The more expensive models are typically wireless, feature surround sound, and are generally better in both sound and build quality.
Cheaper gaming headsets, on the flip-side, are fairly basic, usually wired, and are rather lackluster in terms of audio quality. Casual gamers will probably be fine with a $30-$60 headset. Competitive players and gamers that tend to spend a lot of time on multiplayer titles will benefit a lot more from a headset in the $100 and up the bracket.
Streaming / Video Equipment
Streaming and making videos to post on YouTube is an extremely popular pastime of dedicated gamers. Everyone either wants to try to be the next big thing or just have fun and show-off gameplay with other players.
Both streaming and producing YouTube videos typically require additional equipment. While consoles like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are already equipped with video-capture abilities, it isn’t as good as it gets. One thing you’ll definitely want to pick up is a decent capture card.
Ask practically anyone what the best capture card for PS4 or Xbox One is and you’ll likely get the same answer – the Elgato Game Capture HD60 – an insanely easy to use, high-quality device that produces amazing videos at the click of a button. Seriously, it’s THE capture device to get for consoles. There’s a PC version, too.
There are plenty of other options to pick from such as the AVerMedia AVerCapture HD and the Razer Ripsaw, but the Elgato is by far the most popular and most recommended for both streaming and videos.
Other necessary equipment for this side-hobby includes a decent webcam to show your face while streaming on services like Twitch, a quality PC mic for professional-level audio recordings, and more.
For streaming webcams you’ll definitely want to check out either the Logitech C920 or the Logitech C922x Pro Stream Webcam – both are excellent cams. The C922x is specifically designed for streaming which makes it a more ideal choice for Twitch streamers.
Again, there are tons of alternatives, but those two are the best in the business.
For PC mics, we highly recommend checking out the Blue Yeti, Blue Raspberry Premium USB Mic, the Razer Seiren Elite USB Digital Microphone, or the Turtle Beach Stream Mic. These are all great for capturing crystal clear voice audio.
If you don’t have the cash to drop on a premium mic, you can still get one that will provide decent audio. A popular option is the Blue Snowball. It’s more affordable than those mentioned above, is plug-‘n-play for easy use, and it’s a great starter mic. Another budget-friendly option that works well is the Samson Meteor USB Studio Microphone.