Hanukkah (or is it Chanukah?) is here, and Christmas is getting closer! Got gamers to shop for? We’re here to help with a simple Gamer Shopping Guide for all sorts of gamers on you Christmas shopping list. Here are a few ideas:
Video Game Pre-Orders: Some big name games come out just in time for Christmas, but there are a few we have to wait for like Star Fox Zero and Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD. However, thanks to the whole digital age thing, you can pre-order games from developers eShops, online game sites like Steam or GOG.com, or online retailers such as Amazon.com or Best Buy. But a receipt for a pre order is not that exciting, is it? So why not make a themed holiday card to go with it or wrap it in a creative manner? They’ll appreciate the effort.
New Controllers/Keyboard: The one you shop for loves gaming . LOVES IT. To the point where their peripherals may not be working as well as they used to. Want to help their performance? Buy them new name brand controllers and/or keyboard/mouse that gives them that refreshing boost! To make it extra special, you can always get custom made and painted ones or cool ones that can change color, like Razer’s Black Widow Chroma keyboard.
Pro Tip: Take product reviews into consideration before purchasing a new controller or keyboard. Every keyboard/mouse is different as is the preference of the player. Take note of what models your player currently has t help make the purchase.
In Game Purchases/ eShop cards: Cash is a great gift, but if your gamer truly loves a specific console or game, consider a gift card to their favorite eShop or game or in game purchases such as League of Legends. You can find them online and in major stores such as Walmart, Meijer, and Best Buy. Even your local grocery store may carry them!
Pro Tip: If your gift receiver is form another country and you want to get them a card, find a large chain store from that country or the country’s eBay/Amazon store and order it from there to send them. Due to code and area restrictions, the country you get a card from will only work in that country (yes, even Canada).
Collectors/Cosplay Items: There are plenty of places to find gamer goods: thinkgeek.com, shutupandtakemymoney.com, Insert Coin Clothing, Amazon.com, and tons more . Heck, Nintendo even has an official eBay store now. But for a unique, personal experience that supports creative and talented artists, Etsy is where it is at. From costume pieces to jewelry and replaces, Etsy has all things nerdy big and small. Just type in your gamer’s favorite franchise and you will find a plethora of products. Have an all around nerd? Try Mira Crafts and Nappin’ Kraken for great jewelry and resin work. I love my Zora Sapphire Pendant!
Help fund their favorite Kickstarter/Indiegogo/ independent game in their name: Like Etsy, this gift supports independents and their projects. And these projects help create new video games! A great way to gift is discovering a project that your gamer likes and support it under their name. They get the perks along with support for their favorite future endeavor. You’re helping create something new for the video game world as a gift: how cool is that!? And there are plenty of great video game projects to help out with such as Dragon’s Lair: The Movie, Psychonauts 2, Yooka-Laylee (from the creators of Banjoo-Kazooie), the perfectly realistic tactical shooter Ground Branch, and a psychedelic dystopia called We Happy Few. But like pre-orders, receipts and email notifications to the gift receiver are not exactly exciting, so we suggest a card or presentation just like the pre-order receipt.