It’s holiday season and no matter what you celebrate, it’s always the perfect time to buy that gamer in your life some awesome gifts. For those that are maybe having trouble deciding what to get (or perhaps you’re struggling to come up with ideas), we’ve dug through some of the goodies we’ve checked out over the year and have a comprehensive gift guide just for you. Below you’ll find everything from computer peripherals and table top games to figurines, collectibles, and more!
Use the following links to quickly jump to a gift guide section that suits your needs:
- Video games
- Board games, card games & tabletop games
- Headsets & Audio
- Mice & Keyboards
- Action Figures, Figurines & Toys
Let’s start off with the obvious and easy picks. This year had a lot of incredible games released across multiple consoles and platforms. Here are some of the standouts from this year that you might consider purchasing:
- Elden Ring
- Horizon Forbidden West
- Pokemon Scarlet & Violet
- Pokemon Legends: Arceus
- Nintendo Switch - $47.75
- Kirby and the Forgotten Lands
- Nintendo Switch - $53.00
- Splatoon 3
- Nintendo Switch - $57.08
- God of War Ragnarok
- Bayonetta 3
- Sonic Frontiers
- LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
- Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands
If you don’t want to get them one single game, there are some other options including Xbox Game Pass and PlayStation Plus. These are Netflix-like subscriptions that grant the special gamer in your life access to a vast library of titles. Nintendo also offers subscriptions to Nintendo Switch Online with options for individual and family packs, as well as the Expansion Pack add-on that grants on-demand access to additional games from the past and select DLCs for top first-party Nintendo titles.
Board games, card games, and tabletop games
Whether you’re playing board games with family, card games with friends, or whipping out some other type of tabletop game, you’re always in for a good time. There are certainly a couple of great options for this year’s holiday season.
- Deep Rock Galactic - Kickstarter
- This is a board game about being dwarves, mining resources, and killing giant bugs
- Pan Am board game – Amazon $24.95
- Grab this for the person in your life who loves flight simulators or has an interest in American airlines
- Pokemon TCG: Sword & Shield Ultra-Premium Collection Charizard - Amazon $119.99
- The Pokemon Trading Card Game remains a hot ticket item for both players and collectors. Sword & Shield Charizard has been particularly sought after and is currently in surprising abundance.
Shacknews had the pleasure of checking out some fantastic chairs this year, but three stuck out. If you know that your friend, kid, or partner needs a new chair, consider one of these:
- Secretlab TITAN Evo 2022 Series (Review)- $449
- DXRacer Craft Series (Review)- From $287
- AndaSeat Jungle 2 (Review) - $199.99
Make sure you read over the reviews as the additional information will help inform your purchase. You may prefer the features of one over the other!
Headset & Audio
A gamer isn’t going to get far without decent audio. In fact, even someone who enjoys a spot of video games every now and again can benefit from a comfy headset. Some of the best-in-class headsets come from SteelSeries. Shacknews checked out two wireless version this year, both of which raved about:
Alternatively, why not opt for a speaker setup for those times when you don’t want to wear a headset? SteelSeries also offers a range of speakers from a 2.1 setup to 5.1 surround sound.
If you need a more portable audio solution, but one that doesn't demand the high cost of an official Apple product, there are some strong earbud sets out there. We have a few selections that you may want to add to your collection, whether you're taking them for a jog or getting a few games in on your phone, tablet, or gaming console. (Okay, sure, we'll include Apple AirPods here, too.)
- Apple AirPods (2nd Generation) Wireless Earbuds with Lightning Charging Case Included
- EPOS Audio GTW 270 Hybrid True Wireless Closed Gaming Earbuds with USB-C Dongle (Review)
- Edifier NeoBuds Pro Hi-Res Bluetooth Earbuds
If you're getting into virtual reality, we have some audio accessories to help suit your VR needs.
- Logitech CHORUS Off-ear integrated audio for Meta Quest 2 - $99.99
- The CHORUS is a great option for Meta Quest 2 players who want to bring better sound out of their VR experience, but don't want something resting directly on their ears. Playing off the design of the sound system on the Valve Index HMD, the Logitech CHORUS connects pretty easily into the Meta Quest 2 whether you've got the standard fabric strap or Pro Strap. It then provides a solid, touch-free sound ecosystem, custom-tuned to get the most out of your games. In games like The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners, it really brings an extra layer of life to the game while leaving your ears comfy and untouched. All-in-all it's an excellent option for sound connoisseurs in the VR space.
As with the chairs, make sure you check out the reviews. They will help you weigh up the differences between each headset and speaker system!
Mice & Keyboards
Anyone who plays video games on a PC will eventually need a new mouse and keyboard. Nowadays, even console players can plug a mouse and keyboard into their system and play some titles using this tried and true method. Here are some of our picks for keyboards and mice:
- SteelSeries Pro TKL (2023) - $219.99
If you're a console gamer, we have some recommendations for you, too. Here are some of our controller choices.
- PDP Nintendo Switch 1-UP Glow in the Dark REMATCH Controller - $27.99
- The PDP Nintendo Switch 1-UP Glow in the Dark REMATCH is a wired gamepad in the style of an Xbox Elite Controller, but built for the Nintendo Switch. It's wired, but features a very long cord for play from most anywhere in a standard living room, and it also features buttons on the bottom end of the controller which can programmed for quick use or turned off entirely. It's a very low-cost option for the Nintendo Switch that performs admirably in comparison to standard Joy-Cons or the wireless Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. We'd even argue the D-Pad feels better than the official peripherals. A solid pickup if you want Pro Controller gameplay without paying Pro Controller prices.
- Victrix Pro BFG Wireless Controller
- The Victrix Pro BFG wireless controller is a high-end gamepad built for both the competitive FPS player and the competitive fighting game player. With a slew of customizable modules at the ready, this controller will be your peripheral of choice whether you want a leg up on Call of Duty or the latest Street Fighter.
Action Figures, Figurines & Toys
Is your mantelpiece looking empty? Perhaps some more conversation starters are needed to adorn your barren shelves or coffee tables. To help break the ice and get your friends talking during a party, pick up one of these gifts.
- LEGO The Mighty Bowser - $269.99
- This is a 2,807 piece LEGO build of Bowser from the Mario franchise. The perfect gift for any Nintendo fan.
- Q*Bert x RepliCade - $159.99
- The Q*Bert x RepliCade is an adorable, 1/6th replica of the iconic arcade game from the 80s. You can also plug this directly into a TV!
- 1942 x RepliCade - $149.99
- Like above, this is an exact replica of the ROMSTAR/Capcom 1942 Lowboy arcade machine. This one comes with two games: 1942 and 1943: The Battle of Midway.
- Pixel Frames
- Don't leave blank walls in your house. Hang up some of these pieces that use scenes from retro games to create 2.5D artwork.
- Tiny Tina on Butt Stallion - $199.00
- Got a Borderlands fan? This is a statue of Tiny Tina riding Butt Stallion from the spin-off, Tiny Tina's Wonderlands.
- Transformers Toys Generations Legacy Core Optimus Prime - $11.99
- No matter how old they get, a fan of Transformers will always appreciate an Optimus Prime action figure. There's more to be found on the Hasbro store too!
Sometimes a gift can lie outside of the typical bounds of traditional gift giving. These might be major purchases or something that’s not really a toy or video game but would otherwise appeal to a gamer. If you’re still looking for gift ideas, one of these might be the one you were searching for.
- Nintendo Switch - OLED Model - GameStop
- The Nintendo Switch - OLED Model improves upon the already great hybrid-handheld with its vibrant screen.
- Steam Deck
- Spoil someone (or yourself) with what is essentially a portable, handheld PC. Check out Asif Khan's review!
- Play Date
- This little handheld is pretty unique, and not just because of the hand crank controller. It features several indie-games that unlock over several weeks as you play with it.
- Sega Genesis Mini 2
- This tiny Genesis replica is packed with a ton of home console classics and this newest version features a number of Sega CD classics as well including Sonic CD and Night Trap.
- Arcade1Up Home Arcade Cabinets
- New Wave Toys Q*Bert x Replicade
- This fully-functioning 1/6th scale replica of the original Q*Bert arcade machine is sure to look snappy on the desk of the retro gaming fan in your life.
- SEGA Astro City Mini V Cab
- Styled after Japanese cabs, this tabletop arcade machine comes packed with a plethora of iconic shoot em-up games and more.
- Samsung 980 Pro 2TB with Heatsink
- Upgrade the capacity of a PlayStation 5 with this super fast hard drive.
- Victrix Pro FS-12
- The perfect gift for the fighting game aficionado. Check out TJ Denzer's review!
- The Galaxy Projector 2.0
- Add some ambiance to your room by projecting galaxies and stars onto the walls and ceiling.
- Street Fighter x CASETiFY collection Smart Phone Accessories
- If you're a fighting game fan and looking to style up your phone to show it, CASETiFY recently launched a collection of Street Fighter-inspired smart phone accessories in partnership with Capcom for iOS and Android devices.
- Wick & Skull candles
- Ease your significant other into the realm of candles with Call of Duty scents, Dead by Daylight aromas, and more!
- Halo: The Official Cook Book
- Got a Halo fan that wants to learn to cook? This book is full of interesting meals each themed after something in the Halo universe.
- God of War: The Official Cookbook of the Nine Realms
- If you're more of a PlayStation user, you can learn dishes from across the nine realms of God of War.
- Reebok x Street Fighter footwear and apparel
- As part of Street Fighter's 35th anniversary, Reebok is releasing a new line of shoes and apparel to honor its growing roster. Take a look at the Zangief Instapump Fury 95s, the Akuma Furylite 95s, the Street Fighter-colored Classic Slides, and much more. These items will be available starting on December 15.
- RiotPWR Cloud Gaming controller for iOS (Xbox)
- The Cloud Gaming controller from RiotPWR allows users to firmly secure their iPhone into a controller with a similar design to the traditional Xbox Series X controller. It's a more enjoyable way to experience games for those that don't want to tap buttons on a screen or do any swiping. The small cable connects from the controller to the iPhone's lightning port, and is an optimal way to play Game Pass titles through Xbox's Cloud Gaming service. As an added bonus, the controller comes with a code for one month of Xbox Game Pass.
As the holiday season draws near, it’s never too early to start buying gifts for those you care about. Be sure to check back as we’ll be added to this holiday 2022 gift guide. We’re constantly discovering more exciting products that we love that we think your gamer friends, children, or partner might also enjoy. Found something cool? Drop a link in the comment thread below.
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