What would be some greats gifts for gamers? If you’re in the need for some gifting advice for any of your gamer friends or family members, you’ve come to the right place. As gaming aficionados ourselves — we’re not called GameAuthority for no reason — we know what kind of smaller gadgets make our fellow button pressers tick. Consider our selection of suggestions, when trying to surprise a gamer with a thoughtful gift or two.
First and foremost, it might be helpful to know what platform your gift receiver is (mostly) gaming on. While some of our suggestions can be universally enjoyed, others are only compatible with certain consoles and peripherals. By knowing how your friend enjoys their gaming, you can find more fitting gifts. Don’t worry, we will inform you on present’s compatibility, as they come up.
The rest is up to your fancy. As we list our recommendations, we hope to steer you towards some great gifts for gamers. Whether you’re looking for nifty gadgets, or just an endearing present, there will surely be something that your gamer friend will enjoy receiving.
Your gamer friend will need: Preferably a Nintendo Switch system + a wireless controller for another console.
If your gift receiver is an avid Nintendo Switch gamer, they’ll love this wireless adapter from 8BitDo. Through a Bluetooth connection, the small USB stick converts signals from other gamepads to work on Nintendo’s popular console. By doing so, you can hook up controllers from Xbox or PlayStation (including the new-generation models), or any other kind to the Nintendo Switch. That “shouldn’t be possible”, in case you’re wondering.
The 8BitDo adapter comes in handy for multiplayer sessions where Nintendo branded controllers are short. With this little gadget, any controller laying around, can grant another player access to the session. Besides, it’s mostly just neat for most gamers to see an Xbox One controller competing in Mario Kart. Alternatively, the adapter also works on PC, Mac and some other computer systems.
As a small downside, the Bluetooth connection and built-in emulation does add some latency to the controller’s input. It’s responsive enough for some casual gaming, but is often noticeable. Considering this nifty looking dongle ships at a more than reasonable price, 8BitDo’s cute adapter still comes in handy for many gamers.
Your gamer friend will need: A gaming PC + wired mouse + some competitiveness.
A mouse bungee isn’t a must for most gamers, but it comes in quite handy with competitive gaming on wired mice. By suspending the cable in mid-air, a PC gamer can flick around their mouse more easily. Razer grants gamers and their mice that freedom in style, with the Bungee V3.
The “regular” Razer Bungee V3 is a simple and sleek, yet sturdy mouse bungee. The base is weighted and features anti-slip silicone, ensuring it stays in place. No matter what kind of flickshots that mouse needs to make, the Bungee V3 makes sure the cables never creates any drag. In addition to that, it looks quite good on most gamer’s desks.
For about double the price, Razer offers a so-called “Chroma” edition of the Bungee V3. By hooking it up to the Razer Synapse 3 software over USB, the base can be decked out with all kinds of colorful RGB lighting. This can appear quite “extra”, although Razer usually has a slick sense of style, when it comes to their RGB lighting. In popular games like Overwatch, the lights can even visualize certain in-game events.
Some consider this type of scenic lighting useless, others crave synchronized light shows on all of their peripherals. Make sure to find out where your gamer friend stands on this scale, if you are to decide between the two options.
Your gamer friend will need: Time to kill while loading games.
The Divoom Ditoo might come at a somewhat steeper price, but it’s a solid gift for most gamers. This tiny device is part Bluetooth speaker, part alarm clock, part high-end fidget toy. The ‘console’ comes with a vibrant pixel art display, alongside a set of satisfying mechanical controls, making sure to spark interest among gamers and gadget lovers.
The Ditoo comes with more possibilities than might meet the eye. Through its smartphone app, users can load up all kinds of tiny games on the machine, as well as set up notification pop-ups or user-made pixel art. Running on its own battery, the console can be repositioned with ease, as well as used extensively when travelling. Purely as a Bluetooth speaker, it pumps out 10 Watts of bass-y audio for about 8 hours.
Divoom mostly meant for it to be an endearing addition to any gamer’s desk, but the Ditoo is probably going to be picked up and played with a lot. Asides from all its connectivity, the clicky switches easily become your go-to fidget activity. It’s a fun little toy to most gamers, while it also makes for a neat addition to the backdrops of livestreamers and content creators.
Your gamer friend will need: A mechanical keyboard.
We’ve already listed these on our custom keycaps list, but they do make for a spiffy gift too: Tai-Hao’s rubberized keycaps. You might need to find the right color scheme to match your gift receiver’s set-up, but the keycaps themselves prove useful to tons of gamers. Give them a grippy replacement for their most used gaming keys with these sturdy bad boys.
As long as the gamer receiving them has mechanical switches that fit the Cherry MX profile, you’re golden when it comes to compatibility. Not to worry: most modern mechanical gaming keyboards fit that exact profile. The particular shape of mechanical switches has all but standardized, granting you more freedom in gifting keycaps like these.
Do note that real keyboard aficionados might already have something of their own that they prefer. You can tell if they do, if they never seem to shut up about mechanical keyboards. However, for the majority of PC gamers, these keycaps deliver some neat tactility to their gaming experience, alongside a well deserved new look for their dusty old keyboard. Just make sure you pick the right colorway for your gift receiver.
Your gamer friend will need: A coffee table.
If you want to give your gamer friend the gift of knowledge, getting them a book is a great way to start. Regardless of their gaming preference or willingness to read, Virtual Cities is an atlas any gamer would welcome to their coffee table. This book features in-depth knowledge and original drawings of iconic areas from about 45 entirely different games.
The atlas itself is quite an interesting ride for gamers who are well-versed in different worlds. Virtual Cities features tons of recognizable places, while providing ample room for lore and tons intriguing maps. It’s mostly cold, hard data, but it’s delivered in an entertaining and quite immersive manner. Among all the schematics and history lessons, there are surely one or two places that bring up fond memories in even some of the most casual of gamers.
Do note: younger gamers, or those who lean exclusively towards competitive games, might not recognize all of the places featured in this atlas. Virtual Cities is a safe bet for gamers who enjoy most vast singleplayer worlds, however. If you’ve heard them talk about places like Skyrim, New Vegas, or City 17, this book might hit the right spot as a present.
Your gamer friend will need: A gaming PC as their main platform.
Mouse pads tend to deteriorate over time, especially when they host heavy gaming sessions on the regular. Having a solid back-up, is a welcome sight to any PC power user. A good mouse pad can come in many sizes and colors, but SteelSeries offers a safe middle ground. The QcK range looks slick in any set-up, with an optimized surface for any kind of gaming sensor.
As a potential gift buyer, you can enlarge or shrink the QcK to fit your budget. Depending on specific sizes, there’s also options for the thickness and stitched edges — both offering some additional durability — as well as select RGB enabled options. The usefulness of the latter is heavily up to the gift receiver, so be warned when opting for colorful lighting. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea.
In some cases, picky PC gamers have already found “their perfect mousepad”. But even then: a reliable spare can’t hurt. SteelSeries has had mousing surfaces in their blood for decades, so you know they make a mean one nonetheless. There’s a good chance the gamer receiving a QcK will thank you later for their newfound accuracy.
Your gamer friend will need: A somewhat recent Xbox controller + a gaming PC.
Most PC gamers despise Bluetooth, but do appreciate wireless connectivity. By granting them access to the Xbox Wireless protocol, you can hook up Xbox controllers (from the Xbox One generation and up) directly to any Windows computer. The Xbox Wireless Adapter feels less tethered than having to plug the controller in physically, while proving far more reliable than your regular, old Bluetooth.
The actual need for the Xbox Wireless Adapter may be somewhat niche, but the dongle is a nice-to-have gadget to most PC gamers. It proves especially helpful in gaming set-ups with some virtual reality, as well as Windows systems that are connected to living room televisions. On most systems, it probably won’t be used everyday, but it’s neat to carry the Xbox Wireless protocol in a plug-and-play gadget.
The latest Xbox Wireless Adapter does only connect to a singular controller, though — proving party games are still home to gaming consoles. Considering the often easy-going pricing, that’s all quite understandable.
Your gamer friend will need: a ‘nostalgia boner’ for good, old Nintendo.
Due to their scarcity around launch, prices have been on the rise, but the Nintendo Classic Mini is still an amazing gift to many older gamers. If you can get your hands on one, they are a surefire way to get a smile out of the early adopters of gaming consoles. If your gift receiver grew up with Mario, this all-in-one present will launch them straight back into the eighties.
This minuscule version of the Nintendo Entertainment System comes with 30 classic games built-in, and a functional replica of the original controller, while working plug-and-play on any modern television. Just hook it up to an HDMI port and a USB connector, and let the nostalgia flow freely.
For multiplayer sessions, the downsized ‘console’ offers another port, although an additional controller has to be bought seperately. Plus side: these retro gamepads actually plug into Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U systems too, granting some versatility with other platforms as well. If they still have on of those hooked up, they’re in luck.
In addition to bringing some classic gaming experiences to your modern television (complete with optional ‘scan lines’ for added immersion), the Nintendo Classic Mini makes way for some newer functions. The on-board storage lets gamers store up to four ‘save points’ per game — something that was rarely possible on the original hardware. It’s the perfect mix between old skool and modern day.
It’s a shame Nintendo’s stock on these cute machines ran dry, quickly doubling the once intended price. The same goes for the follow-up system, the SNES Nintendo Classic Mini, which sells at even higher price points these days. That one does by default come with two controllers, as well as a never before released Super Nintendo game: Star Fox 2.
That concludes our list of great gifts for gamers. Some universal, others niche, but all of them are bound to make some gamers happy. If anything, we hope these suggestions get you thinking in the right direction.
If there is anything else you would like to know, or perhaps there are even some great gift ideas you would like to suggest, feel free to reach out to us. You can ask questions or get in touch with some knowledgeable gamers through the comments down below. We would be happy to suggest some more specific gifts, should you seek further advice.