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Gifts for Gamers – Holiday Shopping Guide

by Bryan Dawson

The holidays are upon and it’s the time of year when you need to determine what kind of gifts you’re going to get your friends and relatives. If you have a friend or relative that’s a gamer, you’re in luck because we’ve compiled a list of great gift ideas for gamers.

You can always buy that special someone a game for their system of choice, but we’re trying to get a bit more creative with our suggestions. Some of these gifts are more mainstream, while others are a bit more obscure. We’ve also got gifts in every price range because we all know the price of the gift determines how important the person is to you. All joking aside, let’s dig into the best gifts for gamers this holiday season.

Under $30

Health and Mana Potion Earrings
Price: $15

While many of the items included in this guide work for both males and females, this one is probably best for the female gamer in your life. Whether your lady friend plays World of Warcraft, The Legend of Zelda or Final Fantasy, these earrings will go well with her nerdiness. You never know when she’ll be out and about and need to replenish her health or mana.

Zelda Key Hanger
Price: $17

Everyone needs somewhere to place their keys, even a gamer. If your gamer friend is into classic games or just loves the Legend of Zelda, this is the perfect holiday gift. Taking one of the most iconic moments in the original Zelda game and turning it into a key hanger is the perfect blend of nerdy and fun. For less than 20 dollars it’s hard to go wrong with this one.

Fallout 4 Collector’s Edition Vault Dweller’s Survival Guide


Price:  $40

This Premium Hardcover strategy guide is a must have for any Fallout 4 and comes with the added bonuses of seven lithographs and a poster size world map. This staggeringly complete guide is stuffed with all the information you’ll need to survive and thrive in Fallout 4 including walkthroughs, detailed maps, reference data, and more. This guide is the ultimate Wasteland companion for the Fallout fan on your list.

Game Boy iPhone Case
Price: $18

It seems everyone has an iPhone these days, and while iOS may not be as customizable as Android, there are a plethora of cases you can find to turn your iPhone into almost anything. For your gaming friends and family, this iPhone Game Boy case makes it look like Nintendo’s classic handheld gaming device from the back.

Assassin’s Creed Hidden Blade
Price: $27

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is all the rage right now, and if you’ve got a friend who loves some Creed, this is a great gift for a fairly cheap price. While this is the hidden blade from Black Flag, any Assassin’s Creed fan would be happy to get this gift, whether they plan to dabble in cosplay or they just want to run around fake stabbing people.

Portal Bookends
Price: $30

Portal isn’t a new game but there are a ton of Portal fans out there. These bookends are great for the avid reader in your family or friend base. It’s a fun little nod to your geeky side while still serving a practical purpose in your room. For under $30 they’re fairly well-made and should hold up throughout the test of time.

Star Wars Battlefront Collector’s Edition Strategy Guide


Price: $40

This limited edition hardcover guide will only be printed once. When they are sold out, they will be gone forever! You can give the gift of strategy. This guide is packed with expert tactics for multiplayer matches and co-op play.

$100 – $300

Pikachu Hoodie
Price: $105

Onesies are all the rage these days and this Pikacu hoodie has the feel of a onesie top that’s a bit more fashionable. While it may be more appealing to women, there are more than a few men that would likely don this Pokemon top. Not only will it draw the attention of the ladies, it will show your nerdiness off to the world!

The Legend of Zelda Box Set


Price: $115

The box set coveted by all Zelda fans, this treasure chest of Zelda guides includes 6 hardcover books printed on high quality paper with gilded edges, individually numbered certificate of authenticity for collectors, 2-sided laser etched metallic bookmark with protective sheath, and magnetic closure chest.

Astro A40 TR Gaming Headset
Price: $150
Recommended Accessories: MixAmp

Headsets are becoming more and more common for gamers. While both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have some form of headset either included or sold separately, this Astro A40 TR offers high quality sound for a decent price. You can pick up the optional MixAmp for increased fidelity, but in most cases you can get away with just picking up the headset. If you’re willing to spend a little more you can pick up the Turtle Beach headset listed below for even higher quality sound, but for basic gaming purposes this Astro A40 TR will be superior to the Microsoft and Sony branded headsets without spending too much.

$299 and Up

Xbox One or PlayStation 4

Link (X1), Link (PS4)
Price: $299.99
Recommended Accessories: Xbox One Play and Charge Kit

Chances are you gamer friend already have at least one next generation console, but now is a great time to get a second one. If your friend hasn’t picked one up yet, now is the perfect time to do so. Both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are on sale for 50 dollars off their normal price, and that includes multiple bundles. The Xbox One bundle of choice will likely be the Gears of War bundle linked above, but you also have a LEGO Movie Videogame Console bundle for a younger gamer.

When it comes to the PlayStation 4, the Star Wars Battlefront bundle is linked above, which includes classic titles such as Super Star Wars , Star Wars: Racer Revenge, Jedi Starfighter and Star Wars Bounty Hunter alongside Battlefront. However, if Star Wars isn’t your thing, the Uncharted bundle is also available at the same price which includes the Uncharted Collection (the first three games in the series).

Turtle Beach Ear Force Elite 800

Price: $299

If your gamer friend is also a bit of an audiophile, you can knock out two birds with one stone by picking up this Turtle Beach headset. It’s not cheap, but you’ll get high quality sound, plus enhanced DTS 7.1 surround sound modes which makes this gift ideal for playing games or watching movies without disturbing anyone around you. They also feature noise cancellation so they make for a great travel headset while on the plane.

Bryan Dawson

Bryan Dawson has an extensive background in the gaming industry, having worked as a journalist for various publications for nearly 20 years and participating in a multitude of competitive fighting game events. He has authored over a dozen strategy guides for Prima Games, worked as a consultant on numerous gaming-related TV and web shows and was the Operations Manager for the fighting game division of the IGN Pro League.