Gift Ideas for Your Gamer; Products and Brands to Look At
Buying a gift for someone who is a gamer can often be a difficult thing, unless you too are a gamer and know what they like. I am a hardcore gamer, and have repeatedly been told by family members and my significant other that they hate buying "gamer stuff" for me, simply because they don't know what I would like. Apart from the obvious gift card or popular video game title that you know they want, there are some other ideas that I will try to help you with.
Now based on the type of platform they play on (Xbox 360, PS3, Gaming Computer, etc.) this will influence your decision, as not all products are cross-compatible with each other, though some are. I will break down the gift ideas by platform with links to specific brands. Your best bet, when buying for a gamer, is still to ask them what they want. Some are very picky about products that they use, while others simply enjoy new shiny things. If you really want to surprise them, however, these brands will not let you down.
Before we get started, I want to mention that when buying "gamer gear" NEVER follow the high price must equal better quality rule by itself. Always do a search, I usually use Amazon, to check user reviews on products before you buy them. Now let's look at what to look for, how to recognize good brands, and what to buy for that gamer close to you.
PC Gift Examples
Computer Gamer Gift Ideas
- Razer | For Gamers. By Gamers.
Razer specifically makes products for gaming. All of their products have features that are used by gamers and are hard to find from any other brand. Some products are quite expensive, but are usually well worth it. Razer is the Ferrari of gaming.
- Logitech Gaming - Mice, keyboards, wheels, headsets, joysticks, & gamepads for gamers
Similar to Razer, but at a more affordable price. I personally use several Logitech products at this time, and have not had any complaints with any of them.
If you happen to know a specific piece of hardware that your gift-receiver wants, Newegg is the place to go. They have the best prices and ship extremely fast. All PC gamers know this site, and if they don't they should.
- iBUYPOWER Custom Gaming Computers | Step-by-Step Walkthrough
Computers and laptops custom-built for PC gamers. They have a 5-star rating on Google and I have used them several times. If you want to surprise your gamer with a new computer, here is where to look. Building a PC couldn't be any easier.
Console Gift Examples
Console (Xbox 360, Playstation3) Gamer Gift Ideas
- Turtle Beach | Gaming Headset & Audio Peripherals
If your gamer plays any type of shooter, these can be a huge advantage, or maybe you are tired of hearing their games throughout the house in the middle of the night? Turtle beach produces quality headsets for reasonable prices.
- Astro-Gaming Headsets
Often considered the "best" headsets in the console world. They are quite pricey, however.
- Buy Razer Gaming Controllers | Official Razer Store
Custom console controllers by Razer. Currently only for Xbox 360, but they offer a new level of customization. And of course, Razer quality.
- PlayStation 3D Display Bundle
PS3 gamer in your household? This new product by Sony could be a great gift. It's a 3D screen that has a groundbreaking new feature. It allows two people to play together on the same screen, each having a full screen view. Split-screen no more!
- Amazon.com: Video Game Chairs
Gaming chairs are become more and more popular, if you have the space for them. They are basically a media center built into the chair. They come in a wide range of prices and functionality. Definitely worth a look.
Universal Gamer Gift Ideas
Universal Gift Ideas for Gamers
- Computer Gamer Gifts, T-Shirts, Stickers, & More - CafePress
Large selection of Computer Gamer gifts, t-shirts, posters and stickers starting at $5 . Unique Computer Gamer designs. Fast shipping. Let them unleash their inner-geek!
- Rechargeable Batteries
Gaming accessories in today's world are often wireless. This requires batteries and a ton of them. The solution to constantly buying packs of batteries would be to buy rechargeable ones. A higher upfront price, but saving in the long run.
- Game Informer Magazine
You could also get them a subscription to Game Informer,one of the best gaming magazines around. They can get either the traditional magazine hard copy or an online magazine that is e-mailed to them monthly.
Now I don't want this article to seem like a walking advertisement, I am not sponsored by any of these companies. I simply wish to help out those who have gamers in their families that want to surprise them with a gift, and may not know what to look for. I know first hand that this can be difficult as I get told so every holiday and birthday season.To my fellow gamers out there, feel free to share this article with your friends and family if you wish to use it as a "hint-hint" sort of thing.