The Best Gifts for Gamers, According to Gamers
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It’s always hard getting gifts for people that are related to their hobbies, especially when you’re not into the same thing. Are you getting them something good? Is it a good brand? Luckily, we know the answers to those questions and more — at least as they relate to gaming. Keep scrolling for our top (and constantly updating) gifts for gamers. No matter what console they play on — even mobile — there’s something here that will level up their next gaming session.
Xbox Digital Gift Card
Got an Xbox player on your hands? Xbox Digital Gift Cards on Giftoon start at $15 and go all the way up to $100, and can be spent on Xbox and PC games as well as anything from the Microsoft Store, including consoles, Game Pass subscriptions, and custom controllers.
Nintendo Gift Card
Nintendo eShop gift cards are only available from stores like JB Hi-Fi, where they start at $15 and go up to $60. Alternatively, you can get physical gift cards for a 12-month membership to Nintendo Switch Online ($30).
PlayStation Store Gift Card
You can never go wrong with giving a gamer a gift card for their platform of choice. Not only can PlayStation Store gift cards (from $15) be used to buy games from the PlayStation store, they can also be put towards a PlayStation Plus subscription to unlock access to hundreds of games. And best of all for you, they’re digital — which means no waiting around for postage, and no risk of it arriving late.
Steam Gift Card
Steam is the biggest digital marketplace for PC games, so a Steam Gift Card (from $5) is always one of the best gifts for gamers. If you’re friends with the lucky giftee on Steam, you can send the gift card directly to their account. Otherwise you can get a physical gift card from Big W, EB Games, JB Hi-Fi, Woolworths and 7-Eleven stores.
A good quality keyboard is the unsung hero of any good gaming — or office — setup. Mechanical and optical keyboards use physical switches under the keys, which are nicer to type and play games on. Our pick for a great keyboard is the Roccat, Vulcan II Mini ($259). It features Titan II optical red switches, which are super smooth to press, fast to actuate, and optimised for gaming but still comfy to type on. Vibrant LED lighting options on each key allow you to customise the look and feel, and it’s smaller than most conventional keyboards so it fits on even the most minimalist desks.
Dual Charging Station for Xbox
The same deal but for Xbox wireless controllers! The PowerA Dual Charging Station ($141) works with the standard Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One controllers, and eliminates the cost of replacement batteries. It also comes in a white version ($142).
DualSense Charging Station
This DualSense Charging Station ($50) lets them charge two PS5 controllers at once without plugging them into the console. It’s convenient, saves space, and cuts down on the number of cables cluttering up their gaming space.
Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
Level up your gaming with the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller ($99.95)! It’s wireless, comfy for long sessions, and packs motion controls, HD rumble, and amiib magic. The ultimate gift for gamers wanting an epic upgrade.
Nintendo Switch Sports Peripheral Pack
If your giftee loves to break out “Nintendo Switch Sports” at parties, this Peripheral Pack ($60) is a great gift. It comes with two attachments for every mini-game, including swords for chambara, rackets for tennis, leg straps for football, and clubs for golf.
Razer Firefly v2 Mouse Mat
The Razer Firefly v2 ($78) is one seriously high-tech mouse mat. The edges light up and the colour, effects and patterns can be customised using the Razer Chroma software, even syncing up with games, like flashing red when a character is low on health. It also features a micro-textured surface for super smooth movements, an anti-slip base, and built-in cable management for your mouse.
Razer Kishi Gaming Controller
Got a mobile gamer in your life? The Razer Kishi is a controller that snaps onto the back of their phone to give them more control in-game, which is especially great if they play fast-paced shooters like “Apex Legends Mobile” or “Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile”. The Razer Kishi V2 for iPhone ($169) is compatible with iPhone 6 and up (or every iPhone running iOS 15.4 or later) and the Razer Kishi V2 for Android ($159) works on most popular Android smartphones including Samsung Galaxy and Google Pixel.
2TB SSD for PS5
The best way to increase the number of games that can be installed on a PS5 at once is by installing an SSD. The Samsung 980 Pro ($438) is our top pick — with read speeds of up to 7,000 MB/s and write speeds that can reach 5,100 MB/s, it keeps up with newer models while being significantly cheaper, and the dedicated heatsink keeps it cool even as it hits top speed. If you’re looking for something a little less, the WD Black 500GB ($168) is only a little slower but still a solid choice.
Meta Quest 2
The Meta Quest 2 (from $630) is one of the easier way to get into VR gaming. The headset can be used wirelessly, making it super easy to jump into games without spending ages setting everything up first. It can also plug into a gaming PC via USB to play more demanding games like “Half-Life: Alyx”.
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