With Christmas only weeks away, it’s definitely time to start thinking of gift ideas for your nearest and dearest. But, what do you get for your gamer friends? Buying for geeks and video game enthusiasts might seem a little confusing, especially if you aren’t into that sort of thing yourself.
If you know where to look, there’s a huge selection of game-related merchandise available to suit every taste. Searching through it all to find the perfect gift can be a lot of fun! Here are our top suggestions to get you started.
Just because you’re a gamer, it doesn’t mean you can’t have style. There’s a huge array of video game and geek culture clothing available, from the wacky to the stylish. A cool video game t-shirt is a great gift idea, and there’s a massive selection of characters and designs available online, from cute and colorful classics like Mario and Sonic to modern cult favorites like Five Nights at Freddy’s or Dark Souls.
The only thing to watch out for is making sure you get a shirt featuring a game or character your intended recipient actually likes. A super slick Assassins Creed shirt is only a thoughtful gift if your friend actually likes Assassins Creed, so it’s always worth checking!
Of course, the range of gamer clothing isn’t limited to shirts. An awesome beanie is a neat gift for the colder months, and, once again, you’ll find all major game franchises (and plenty of obscure ones) represented in the online market. Nothing says geek-chic like an Angry Birds beanie complete with frowning bird face and beak. If your friend isn’t ready to fully advertise their geek status to the world with a gamer-influenced wardrobe, there are plenty of subtle accessories around. A nice Mario belt buckle or a Triforce pattern wallet are wonderful smaller gift ideas that no-one will be too embarrassed to wear in public.
Everyone loves a bit of old-school gaming. Whether it’s classic early games like Street Fighter and Super Mario Bros or legendary handheld adventures like the first Pokémon games, retro gaming is still big business. You don’t have to trawl through second-hand stores and yard sales to find a SNES or Atari that still works. You can buy brand new versions of classic consoles.
Whether your gamer friends are old enough to have enjoyed the early years of gaming first time around or not, a classic retro console with a sleek new look is a fantastic present from which they’ll get hours of enjoyment. Nintendo has recently launched a brand new miniature version of the SNES, complete with 30 games built in, including timeless favorites like The Legend of Zelda, Kid Icarus, and Final Fantasy. Likewise, you can get your hands on a newly made Sega Megadrive with a whopping 80 games built in for less than $50.
Comics Based on Games
If you like games, there’s a pretty high chance you’re into comic books and graphic novels, too. Why not unite these two worlds with a video-game inspired comic? A surprising amount of big-name games has their own official comic adaptations. Iconic game series’ like Resident Evil, Tomb Raider, Uncharted, and Metal Gear Solid have all been given the graphic novel makeover with original stories and killer artwork.
An awesome hardback graphic novel of their favorite game would make a fantastic and highly original gift for any gamer. It’s definitely not something they’re likely to have or even know exists.
If you’re really trying to impress your special someone this Christmas, and you’re lucky enough to have a special someone who shares your passion for gaming, then some ultra-stylish gamer jewelry might be just the thing. The internet is brimming with beautiful custom made designs featuring logos and characters from every game franchise under the sun.
For the ladies, there’s no shortage of game character earrings and necklaces, covering everything from Mario mushrooms to Minecraft Creepers. For guys, there’s an equally expansive selection of cuff links and even watches with designs, including Pokéballs, game controllers, and pixel hearts. A custom-made and one-of-a-kind jewelry piece really is the gold standard for gamer related gaming and is sure to please any style-conscious gamer.
Gaming culture is all over the internet, and the range of unique gift ideas is limitless. Hopefully, our list has given you some good ideas, so get out there and get searching for the perfect gift to let your gamer friends know how much they mean to you!