Buying gifts for friends and family with somewhat specialised tastes can be a daunting prospect. When it comes to gamers, the obvious temptation might be to go for the latest chart releases. But what if your recipient is of the hardcore strain, and has all of the latest software the day it comes out? Then it’s time to get a little more creative! Here we’ve collected eight of our favourite gift ideas for the joystick jockey in your life.
A great place to start is with accessories for the games they really like. Driving gamers will really appreciate a decent steering wheel (of course). So go for the best and the most up-to-date with the Steel Series S1 Steering Wheel. With more buttons than the average jumbo jet’s flight deck, this wheel is more like a Formula 1 steering paddle. This is one for the PC gamers, so make sure you know they play games on a PC. If your giftee is more of the beat-‘em-up sort, you might want to consider a good arcade stick to recreate that coin-op experience.
No, board games, but the type you might actually get a sullen teenager to happily play… because, you’ve guessed it, they’re linked to video games! Try Monopoly’s Street Fighter, World of Warcraft or Sonic the Hedgehog versions. All around $40.
For a great little stocking filler, turn their iPhone into any number of retro gaming devices with a nifty case. They’re cheap as chips, too, at only a dollar or two each, so they can make for great stocking fillers. This original Gameboy case is our personal favourite.
Who could say no to Nintendo graphics for the wall? Invoking post-modern adulation of the games of yesteryear, these vinyl stickers will delight older and younger gamers alike. They’re not cheap, at $69.99, but how can you put a price on seeing the joy on the face of someone who’s bored of receiving socks from Auntie?
OK, so Christmas in the Northern hemisphere might not be the best time to be gifting sunglasses, but these are too charming to pass up. These pixelated beauties are so ridiculously cool that you could wear them inside or opt for the
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Make university or college more fun with this very subtle gamer notepad. Featuring the original 1980s Nintendo game pad on the cover, fellow retro gamers will recognise the recipient of this as a fellow video game enthusiast and they’ll get a nod of approval.
Possibly the coolest invention ever in the history of geekdom, the Makey Makey is a clever bit of kit which allows you to make a gamepad out of anything. We won’t go into the technical side of anything. We’ll just tell you that you can play Mario Kart with bananas/a beach ball/your feet/anything you can think of. $49.95 for endless creativity.
OK, this is totally out of most people’s price range, but the ultimate computer-related present at the moment has to be the new 3D printers. If you’re willing to fork out thousands of dollar, you will be giving the gift of a lifetime. Imagine what they could make with this. Mainly a thousand mini replicas of their favourite video game heroes.
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