60+ Gifts for Gamers to Level Up Their Experience

Give the gamer in your life a gift that'll make them jump for joy like Mario.

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From a gaming keyboard to the latest and greatest VR headsets, and even a one-of-a-kind video game platform that involves a folding cardboard, we've rounded up the best gifts for gamers.

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SCUF Vantage Wireless Controller
gamestop.com $199.99

If you're familiar with the Xbox One's Elite wireless controller, the Vantage is the PlayStation equivalent. This controller gives you a competitive edge thanks to its back paddles, two additional side buttons, and remapping capabilities.

The controller doesn't come cheap, though. It starts at $170 for the wired model, and $200 for the wireless variant. However, if you want the ultimate gaming controller for your PS4, it's an easy price to pay.

More: Other Must-Have PS4 Accessories

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AmazonBasics Controller Battery Charger
amazon.com $19.99

This nifty accessory sits flush to the left side of your Xbox One S's optical drive and serves as an easy way to recharge your wireless controllers' batteries. It plugs directly into the Xbox's built-in USB port, comes with two battery packs, and has LED indicator lights so you know when recharging is complete. 

We like to always keep one battery charging while the other is in our controller to ensure a low battery never gets in the way of gameplay.

Holiday Gifting Made Easy

This Amazon e-gift card makes the perfect holiday gift for the person on your list who has everything. You can even send this by email and schedule it so it arrives exactly on time!

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Fully Charged T-Shirt
amazon.com $24.99

Lets be real, gifting gaming gadgets and accessories can get expensive. We promise they'll love this affordable t-shirt just as much as any fancy gaming device, so you don't have to go over your budget.

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Xbox Wireless Controller Sport White Special Edition


This newly launched wireless controller from Microsoft features a fresh white base color complemented by mint green accents, plus some gray and silver patterns spread throughout. It has a gray, rubberized diamond grip on its backside, and it comes packaged with 14-day trials for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass.

More: These Are the Must-Have Xbox One Accessories

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Anker PowerPort with 1 PD and 4 PIQ
amazon.com $49.99

This powerful charger from Anker is capable of simultaneously charging your Nintendo Switch, a Pro Controller, and your smartphone at full speed — with two ports to spare! It has five ports in total (one USB-C PD port for fast charging and four PowerIQ USB-A ports that boast charging speeds up to 2.4A per port), plus a power cord that's 5 feet long.

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DJI Spark
amazon.com $288.00

The DJI Spark is one of the most portable but capable drones you can buy. It's incredibly easy to fly, and it has sensors that allow you to control it with gestures. Just wave your hand to send it 15 feet away, raise both your hands for it to come back to you, and place your open palm underneath it and it'll land right in your hand. The Spark will follow you, record videos, and even take selfies!

More: Our Full Review of the DJI Spark

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NES Classic Edition
amazon.com $59.99

You've probably heard of the hot-selling NES Classic Edition already. If not, it's a mini version of the original NES that lets you play old-school games. This cute console is filled with 30 total games — including all three Super Mario Bros. titles, The Legend of Zelda, and more!

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
amazon.com $59.99

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the long-awaited return to the popular franchise. New fighters like Inklings from the Splatoon series and Ridley from Metroid will make their debut. During E3, Nintendo said the game will feature every single character from the series' history. 

It's sure to have plenty of new stages filled with extremely fast combat, new attacks, and defensive options. If you're the ultimate gift giver, consider splurging for the Ultimate Special Edition variant which comes with a Pro controller.

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Tryone Gooseneck Stand
amazon.com $19.99

The possibilities are endless with this Switch stand. You can clip it to your bed frame, a desk, your child's carseat, a chair — you name it. Its clamp grips onto surfaces up to 3 inches thick, and the stand's aluminum arm is sturdy but flexible.

The stand works with devices that have a 4- to 10-inch-sized screen, making it a great option for the Switch or a standard-size iPad. If you want to play Zelda in bed while laying down flat, this stand has your back!

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Epic Games
Fortnite Four Llamas T-Shirt
amazon.com $24.99

Llamas are the loot boxes in the popular game Fortnite. Only three supply llamas appear in each match, making them extremely rare. While this T-shirt won't give you any traps, ammo, or help you spawn in random places, it'll definitely make for an awesome gift for the Fortnite fan in your life.

More: The Video Games You'll Want to Play ASAP

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Jeremy Soul
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Vinyl
amazon.com $59.96

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was awarded Game of the Year by several publications for its beautiful open world, numerous quests, and excellent combat. This collectible vinyl will help you relive Skyrim in a whole new light. 

Although you won't be able to blare it while slaying dragons like you would in the game, it'll definitely make doing the dishes a lot more epic.

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Ortz Carry Case for Nintendo Switch
amazon.com $9.99

The best part about the Nintendo Switch is its portability, so you'll probably want a case to carry everything in that protects your $300 console. 

During our testing, we found that this case from Ortz holds 29 games and two MicroSD cards, and it has a mesh pocket for stashing charging cables, ear buds, a portable battery or two extra Joy-Con. It'll keep your Switch snug, secure, and safe against scuffs, scratches, and spills.

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Furmax Gaming Chair
amazon.com $69.99

If you're looking to upgrade your gamer's battle station, consider shopping for this racing-style office chair. It's a faux-leather chair that comes in several different colors to match your desk and RGB gaming keyboard, including blue, red, black, and white. It offers a high backrest to support your spine and neck, a tilt mechanism that lets it rock, and an adjustable design for maximum comfort.

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Arozzi Arena Gaming Desk
amazon.com $399.00

This computer desk is the ultimate gift for gamers. It offers plenty of room for their rig — including a gaming computer, mouse, keyboard, and more. It's available in five colors to match any setup. We're big fans of its integrated cable management system and built-in mousepad. It's adjustable, too, so you can find the perfect height. Its surface is large enough to accommodate three monitors.

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Oculus Go Virtual Reality Headset
amazon.com $249.00

Virtual reality is still slightly out of reach for some people because some headsets require an expensive gaming computer or an Android smartphone to run — but not the Oculus Go. It's a standalone virtual reality headset with a built-in display and motion tracking.

It has a 3-hour battery, so you can stay immersed in your favorite games, movies, and experiences much longer than you'd be able to with competing mobile headsets like the Gear VR or Google Daydream.

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Santa Monica Studio
God of War
walmart.com $59.94

God of War is one of those games that after you spend hours upon hours of playing it, you still want more. So far, it’s the best game of 2018. The story picks back off with Kratos, the Spartan god of war, after he lost his wife. He and his young son Atreus must continue their journey through the world of Midgard.

The game offers unique melee combat, plenty of side quests, puzzles, and extra challenges you can take along the way while you're completing the absolutely brilliant main storyline.

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Monster Hunter World
walmart.com $32.97

Monster Hunter: World is an RPG where you take the role of a hunter to slay ferocious beasts in intense battles. From a chameleon-bird that pukes poison, to a wolf-fish hybrid, and everything in-between, there's plenty of bizarre beasts to defeat, plus a slew of weapons and armor to help make battle a little easier.

The game will provide hours of entertainment, and its cooperative multiplayer offers an excellent way to learn from other players and tackle quests together

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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
amazon.com $44.99

Believe it or not, this "new" Donkey Kong Country game was actually released a few years ago on the Wii U. It's a 3D side-scroller port where you play as DK or one of his many friends to help save their home from Vikings. It features the same barrel-blasting, mine-cart racing, banana-collecting gameplay as before — but now you can play it anywhere on the ultra portable Nintendo Switch.

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amFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Nintendo Switch (2-Pack)
amazon.com $7.99

This affordable screen protector is crystal clear, scratch-resistant, and easy to apply. Fingerprints wipe right off, and it doesn't cause a glare on your screen either. Best of all, you get two of them with your purchase! It even includes a handy guide and all the tools you need to apply it.

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YTEAM PS4 Controller Charger
amazon.com $16.98

This convenient accessory is an affordable, quick, and easy way to recharge your PlayStation 4 controllers. It'll fully recharge two controllers in just 2 hours. Our only complaint is that its bright blue LED lights can be a bit obnoxious at nighttime, so you may not want to use it in a bedroom.

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Nintendo Labo
amazon.com $69.95

Labo is an innovative, exciting, and zany new video game platform from Nintendo. It's a line of DIY toys — typically made from cardboard — that you fold and attach to either the Switch or a Joy-Con controller.

There are several games and accessories to build an experience, from a music simulator (where you’ll construct your own instruments), to a fishing game, vehicles, to even one that lets you become a robot. Nintendo Labo is a great gift for kids or their parents, and it's a fun way to bring the whole family together.

More: Read Our Full Review on Nintendo Labo Here!

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Nintendo Pokemon Go Plus
amazon.com $38.99

Surely you've heard of Pokémon GO. This nifty little bracelet lets you "catch em all" without looking down at your smartphone in the process. It'll blink and vibrate whenever you're within range of a PokéStop or are near a Pokémon. It's one of those gifts that a player would love to have, but probably would never buy for themselves.

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SteelSeries Arctis 3 Gaming Headset
amazon.com $65.99

The Arctis series of gaming headphones by SteelSeries is a perfect gift for gamers of all ages, and it's also a great option for someone who needs a good pair of headphones for work. This headset delivers excellent sound quality, supreme comfort, and an ultra sensitive microphone that's great for both in-game trash talk and making Skype calls.

SteelSeries offers several variants of the headset — Arctis 3, Arctis 5, Arctis 7, and Arctis Pro, with the latter being a range-topping wireless model with a $150 price tag.

More: The Best Gaming Headsets for Every Console

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nintendo switch
Nintendo Switch

from $299.00


Nintendo's newest gaming console features a unique design that offers one of the most versatile gaming experiences. The console is simply a 6.2-inch tablet with small controllers called Joy-Cons that attach to the sides of the screen (or they can be removed to use as wireless controllers).

When you place the Switch in its dock, it automatically switches to allow gaming on the big screen. The Switch offers entertainment in any environment thanks to its portability.

More: 12 Nintendo Switch Games to Start Playing ASAP

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Gaming Gift Cards

Xbox, $50.00


PlayStation Store, $50.00


Nintendo eShop, $50.00


Steam, $50.00


If you're not certain what game to gift to your friend or loved one, get them one of these gift cards instead. They come in $10-$100 quantities for every console. We recommend the $50 cards because most video games cost between $50-60. Although a gift card may feel like a cop-out, it's a sure way you don't accidentally gift a gamer a game they already have.

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PDP Pixel Pals
amazon.com $9.99

We are big fans of gifts that give a nice dose of nostalgia. These awesome light-up displays are inexpensive, impressive-looking, and look great on any desk. You can pick from all your favorite 8-bit characters, including Mario, Luigi, Vault Boy, Mega Man, Master Chief, Batman, and even characters from Street Fighter. They're powered by AAA batteries and are officially licensed.

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Xbox Elite Wireless Controller
amazon.com $117.64

The Elite wireless controller is the ultimate Xbox controller. It has swappable thumb-sticks, D-pads, and paddles, and it comes with a cool case to carry them around in. You can customize the controller and its buttons to your exact liking via an Xbox app. In addition to wired PC connectivity, the Elite controller can also connect wirelessly via an optional adapter. It's a must-have for serious Xbox or PC gamers.

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Razer DeathAdder Elite Gaming Mouse
amazon.com $49.99

If you have friends or family who are obsessed with eSports and PC gaming, keep the Razer Death Adder mouse on your short list of potential gifts. 

The mouse features one of the fastest and most sensitive optical sensors in the business, as well as an ergonomic design and customizable buttons and lighting. The mouse is comfortable and accurate, and it works fantastically during both fast- and slow-pace gameplay.

More: Read Our Other Reviews of Top Gaming Mice

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Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2
amazon.com $242.68

This keyboard from Razer offers gamers customizable lighting effects, macro recording, and a compact, but comfortable, layout. Its keys are responsive and feel good to push down. The keyboard has a "gaming mode" that deactivates the Windows, alt, and tab keys, so an accidental keystroke won't quit your game. Its included wrist rest is comfortable, and it makes long gaming sessions a lot easier on your wrists.

Related: These Gaming Keyboards Will Help You Become the Ultimate Victor

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The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia
amazon.com $21.17

Some claim that the Legend of Zelda is the greatest video game series of all time, and for the ultimate Zelda fan, we recommend getting them this coffee table book. It offers a full history in chronological order of every Zelda game, and it explains to readers how each game is connected. The artwork and illustrations are stunning, and we loved the book's opening letter from Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Zelda.

If the gamer in your life already has this book, consider getting them The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts instead.