Holiday Gifts for the Gamer

Most people just shoot for getting their gaming friends and family members the newest, hottest titles. Anyone can do that. But can you anticipate their gaming needs with some valuable and potentially life-changing accessories? I’ll get you a great list of potential gifts in various price ranges, that will cover the many needs of the Player 2 in your life.

Gaming chairs
One of the best gifts you can give is the gift of comfort. If you and your gift recipient have to cut short some zombie-killing missions in Call of Duty, it may be time to look into a new gaming chair. Here are some of the top-rated chairs for this year.

Under $150
Essentials Racing Style Leather Gaming Chair

Respawn-115 Gaming Chair

$300-$400

Vertagear Racing Series P-Line PL6000

Vertagear S-Line SL4000 Racing Series Gaming Chair

noblechairs Icon gaming chair

Corsair CF-9010008 WW T2 Road Warrior Gaming Chair

Gaming Glasses
From budget to elite, you can grab a sweet pair of eye protection in just about any price range, so your best friend doesn’t go totally blind from all the smackdowns you’re about to dish out.

$10-$20
ALTEC VISION Gaming Glasses

$40-$60
Gunnar Optiks Intercept Gaming Glasses

And if they already wear glasses, no worries! We got that covered, too!
NoScope Golem Yellow Computer Glasses

Capture devices
Is your bud secretly yearning to start a Twitch stream, but not sure where to begin? Get them started with one of these badboys! With game capture cards, you get what you pay for. 4k options on the upper end, bare bones recording on the lower end. Here are some of my favorites, to help you decide.

4k
$350-$500
Elgato 4K60 Pro

AV.io 4K

1080p
$150-$200
Avermedia Live Gamer Portable 2 Plus

Elgato Game Capture HD60S

Headsets
One of the most important tools in a gamer’s cabinet is a great headset with a microphone that makes you sound like a person and not like a mouse stuck in a tin can. If your friend has no mic, or their headset is that janky one that came free with purchase, they’ll love it if you grab them a better one!

$50-$70
Corsair HS70 Wireless Gaming Headset

Corsair HS50 Stereo Gaming Headset

$80-$100
Logitech G Pro Gaming Headset

$100-$150
HyperX Cloud Revolver S

Astro A20

$150-$300
HyperX Cloud Flight

SteelSeries Arctis Pro

Are you ready for some of the less obvious stuff? Here are some gift ideas for your gaming friend that they probably never thought about, and will show that you support their lifestyle.

$10-$20
Finger and Wrist Acupressure Exercise Massager

What’s the top complaint for gamers? Carpal tunnel. If left untreated can be extremely painful and lead to surgery. Doctors recommend an hourly stretch break, but I know I tend to lose track of time when I’m gaming, and setting an alarm is incredibly distracting. This massager is here to help!

CopperJoint Copper-Infused Fingerless Compression Gloves

This goes *hand in hand* with the massager! Prevent your friend from developing terrible joing disorders by grabbing these gloves for them.

$20-$50
Warming Foot Massager

Those foot cramps, tho! No more worries with this heated foot massager. Your favorite gamer will thank you.

Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer and Silicone Cup Cover

One of my biggest peeves is making my 50th cup of coffee during a long night of WoW and having every. Single. One. Of those cups be frosty because I get too involved in the game to drink the brew fast enough. Mug warmer to the rescue!

Insulated Black-Out Curtains

These bad boys will keep the room the perfect temperature, while protecting the ghostly flesh of your vampiric gaming friend. Absolute must-have for every gamer.

32″ EZ Reacher and Grabber (Pick Stick)

Oh my god I need my phone but it’s just…. out…. of reach…! Problem solved.

$50-100
Ring Video Doorbell

Answer the door without having to walk across the house and waste precious minutes telling people to go away.

Kevo Automatic Door Lock

Paired with the Ring Doorbell, this can alternatively let in friends or pizza delivery guys. Answer the doorbell with “I’ll give you an extra $5 to take it to my room” and simply unlock the door. Make sure you explain that you’re deep into FFXIV so you don’t give that poor pizza dude any weird ideas.

$100-$150
Quirky PNMB1-BK01 Nimbus Customizable 4-Dial Dashboard

Long gaming sessions sometimes can keep us out of the loop for other notifications. We can’t keep whipping out our phones and not all of us have the luxury of a computer that can support two monitors. This dashboard will sync to your phone and keep you up to date in real time with all those pesky notifications, so you can see at a glance what’s up, instead of breaking from the game to check (or more likely, totally ignoring the world for a full day).

$150-$300
iRobot Roomba 690

Just because we game all day doesn’t mean that we want a mess! We just don’t have time between raids to vacuum. Keep the floor crumb-free by getting them a robotic vacuum.

Or, you know, you could always just grab them gift cards. Everyone loves gift cards.

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