27 Best Gifts for Gamers, As Chosen by Gamers

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Finding gifts for game fans can be a dive into an impenetrable labyrinth of terminology and options… or the easiest gift buy you’ll ever make. We’re stumping for the latter with a researched list that includes games for different consoles, PC gamer gift ideas, great options for console gamers as well as tools for streamers.

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A great gift for a gamer could cost as little as $20 or hit $1,000. We aggregated our favorite picks from across different departments at Reviewed and included options for PC gamers, Xbox gamers, PS5 users, Nintendo Switch players and more. Read on for gaming gifts that will appeal to all. 

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Video Games

Sonic Frontiers

Sonic Frontiers is for the adventure loving gamer.

The Sonic franchise is a cross generational adventure, and the newest addition to the Sonic lineup is one of the best yet. A perfect gift for the adventure hungry, Sonic Frontiers is one of the hottest titles out now. Gift it for PlayStation 5, Xbox or Nintendo Switch.

$40 at Walmart

Stray

Stray is a great gift for all—not just cat lovers.

Who hasn’t fantasized about becoming a cat? With Stray, players get to experience the lithe way in which cats move through our world as they navigate a cyberpunk robotic future. Evade robots and scale intricate environments in one of the best rated games of the year for PlayStation 4 and PS5.

$40 at Walmart

Elden Ring

Give them the keys to an epic adventure with Elden Ring.

The epic action/fantasy of 2022, Elden Ring is a collaboration between George R.R. Martin and Hidetaka Miyazaki that takes elements of classic dark souls gaming and increases the scope. Perfect for game fans who want a dark challenge, Elden Ring is available on PlayStation, Xbox systems and PC.

$53 at Walmart

Hades

Hades is simply incredible, gift this modern indie classic this Christmas.

With some of the best writing to grace the game format ever seen, Hades is a modern cult classic romp through Greek mythology. Play as Zagreus, son of Hades, on a quest to wrest yourself from your father’s influence and domain—but in an oh-so-Greek way, this cartoonish rogue-like game comes with a surprising dose of fate. Supergiant games recently announced a sequel to Hades coming to most major platforms.

$20 at Walmart

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Computer Gamers

Valve Steam Wallet Card

A great last minute gift!

If you’re looking for a last-minute gift card for a PC gamer, then consider this digital Steam Wallet Card for $50. Unlike traditional gift cards, this wallet card is all digital; give it as a gift and give them access to $50 dollars of games on the Steam store where they’ll be able to pay for and download games.

$50 at GameStop

Corsair Dark Core RGB Pro, Wireless FPS/MOBA Gaming Mouse

Surprise your PC gamer with a Corsair gaming mouse.

Our pick for the best gaming mouse out there, the Corsair Dark Core RGB Pro is an exceptional wireless mouse that uses an 18,000 DPI optical sensor to mirror every reflex. PC gaming enthusiasts will love its customizable buttons and comfortable design.

$70 at Amazon

8BitDo Pro 2 Bluetooth Controller

8BitDo is the answer for vintage controller feel and modern play.

While 8BitDo might be best known for their Switch controllers, these days their Bluetooth controllers work with all kinds of systems. 8BitDo Pro 2 Bluetooth Controller is a vintage feeling controller that’s wholly modern. Gift it to a PC gamer who loves to play old-school games. This controller is also compatible with Switch/Switch OLED, macOS, Android, Steam & Raspberry Pi. 

$40 at Amazon

Acer Predator XB253Q GWbmiiprzx

The Predator was our pick for the best gaming monitor out now.

Offering outstanding quality that won this monitor our award for the best gaming monitor out there, the Acer Predator XB253Q GWbmiiprzx delivers both speed and image quality, with a 280hz max refresh rate, good picture quality and color fidelity that hits 99% sRGB. The Predator is also both bright and crisp, with a contrast ratio that’s exceptional for an IPS panel. 

$338 at Amazon

AKRacing Core Series EX Gaming Chair

AKRacing is the best gaming chair for PC warriors.

We love the AKRacing Core Series EX Gaming Chair. Available with color trims as flashy as a race car’s or understated in classic black, it’s a gaming chair that’s as well suited matching your living room as it is for supporting your team throughout their championship esport run. Fully adjustable, it matches changing moods, and its steel frame ensures it will last for years. Read our review here.

$289 at Amazon

SteelSeries Apex Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

SteelSeries is a level up keyboard dream.

A flashy gift for a PC gaming enthusiast, the beautiful SteelSeries Apex Pro is a premium computer keyboard with everything a gamer could want. It stole the top slot on our list of the best gaming keyboards this year. Mechanical keys are perfectly timed for hotkey commands (and typing by day), and can actually have their sensitivity customized to match the user’s touch. Customizable RGB beneath every key sets the mood and can even be controlled on your keyboard—eliminating the need to hop out of game to change the mood.

$140 at Amazon

Gigabyte Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080

Supe up their hard drive with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 from Gigabyte.

If you’re shopping for a PC gamer that owns an aging custom gaming desktop, then one of the best gifts you can give them is a new GPU. A dedicated GPU like the Gigabyte Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 gives their gaming computer it’s own dedicated Leonardo Da Vinci for visuals. It delivers superior graphics that will keep up with modern games and supports raytracing. Read about CPUs and GPUs from our experts here. Make sure they have the know how or the resources to properly install the GPU before you buy—this might mean finding a computer store in your town that can help if your giftee isn’t good with a screwdriver. 

$780 at Best Buy

Flexispot Comhar All-in-One Standing Desk Wooden Top – 48″

The Comhar is one of the best Flexispot standing desks yet—save their spine.

Flexispot standing desks offer an incredible amount of adjustment possibilities, enabling you to raise and lower the top of your desk with a touch so that you can stand throughout the day and give your body a break. For the gamer who works at home this can be revolutionary, ensuring they’ll still have energy for computer fun after a long day of typing or spreadsheets. However a standing desk can also be more. For active Esports games, play while standing can make you more alert and give you the edge you need to win. The Flexispot Comhar also comes with a few special features that gamers will appreciate, like three easy access USB ports and a handy pull out drawer.

$340 at Flexispot

Meta Quest 2

Enter the new with the Meta Quest 2.

While it’s technically a standalone device, the Meta Quest 2 is a fantastic gift for PC gamers. The Quest 2 gives gaming fans a gateway into VR. With powerful, immersive graphics that place you into an adjacent reality, it’s a cutting way to experience virtual gaming that will also open the door to Meta’s VR development of Facebook. 

$399 at Amazon

Christmas Gift Ideas for Console Gamers

Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Edition Pro Controller

Celebrate Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with this special edition Pro Controller.

The Nintendo Switch only gets better with a Pro controller. With a more agile design than the Switch’s Joy Cons, the Switch Pro controller is a huge upgrade for gamers that want increased finesse, and amps up the experience with rumble. The Nintendo Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Edition Pro Controller celebrates Nintendo’s classic competitive death match—Smash Bros. Gift it to a Smash Bros fan or any Switch owner who deserves extra control.

$100 at Amazon

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate: 3 Month Membership

Give the gift of an entire library of games with Game Pass Ultimate.

If you’re looking for a great gift for an Xbox gamer, then don’t sleep on the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate: 3 Month Membership. A Simple digital code, this gift gives them access to hundreds of game titles, from AAA leviathan RPGs to competitive online multiplayers. 

$45 at Amazon

Nintendo Switch Online 12-Month Individual Membership

Nintendo Switch Online is a gateway to online fun.

The Switch universe offers one of the best prices on online subscriptions—lucky you! For the price of only a few months of some other game subscriptions, a gift of Nintendo Switch Online gives a Switch player access to online play in titles like Minecraft and Super Smash Bros Ultimate, over a 100 NES and Super NES games, cloud saves and more. Gift a whole year and give them unlimited online play.

$20 at Target

Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch is the most versatile console.

The Nintendo Switch is a wonderful and versatile gaming system. Since its release in 2017, it’s remained the preeminent handheld gaming system while doubling as a compelling and competitively affordable console for your TV. With a roster of Nintendo classics, built in Joy-Cons that support multiplayer play, console play and handheld single-player, and an ever-expanding roster of next-gen ports, Switch remains exciting. 

$288 at Amazon

Nintendo Switch Lite

The handheld Switch Lite is a great travel pal.

The Switch is even more affordable than ever with the Nintendo Switch Lite. Built for handheld play exclusively, the Nintendo Switch Lite has built in control keys. Gift it to the gamer who’s always on the go. 

$200 at Amazon

PlayStation 5

Secure the Playstation 5 and win Christmas.

A PS5 might be hard to get, but if you can score one of these new super-consoles then it’s a sure fire win at Christmas. Blistering fast gaming, visuals that feel startlingly real and top-grade 3D sound—these are just tastes of what a PlayStation 5 provides. The PS5 is only available in limited quantities. If you’re considering gifting your loved one a PS5, then put in a request to buy one now, as invites are sent out on a rolling basis. 

$500 at Amazon

Xbox Series S Holiday Console

Xbox Series S is the digital Xbox they've been waiting for.

If you’re looking for a next-gen console for Christmas and you don’t want to risk the waits and potential disappointment that surrounds the by-invitation sales of PS5 and Xbox Series X, then the Xbox Series S Holiday Console is the move. While it isn’t quite as fast or pretty as the Series X, it can still keep up, churning out 120 FPS that will keep any epsorts or shooter fan viable in competitive online play.

The Series S is all digital, meaning that it only supports games downloaded from the internet rather than physical copies. Still, at about half the price of the Series X (and the guarantee you can buy it) it’s a wonderful deal. 

From $240 at Amazon

Xbox Series X

Enjoy premium gaming with the Xbox Series X.

The Xbox Series X is a masterpiece. Blindingly fast and jaw-dropping in its graphics delivery, the Series X is a true torch bearer for next-gen gaming. However, like the PS5, it’s also hard to get. If you’re looking to gift an Xbox Series X to a gaming fan in your life, go ahead and sign up for the lottery now.

$500 at Amazon

Christmas Gift Ideas for Streamers

Logitech Brio 4K Webcam

Give the gift of a premium webcam with Logitech.

Perhaps the first gift for anybody who wants to get into streaming is a good webcam, and the Logitech Brio 4K Webcam is the best out there that we’ve found. Get this 4K video and equip them for streaming world class video. 

$134 at Amazon

Blue Yeti X

Blue Yeti X is an innovative USB microphone that kills it for streaming.

These days Blue Yeti microphones are ubiquitous enough to be recognizable even to folks outside of sound recording. The Blue Yeti X builds on the classic USB microphone with improved sound and some extra features. It lead our list of the best USB microphones in 2022. One of the Yeti X’s best streamer features is its ability to blend between monitoring sound pre and post mix, meaning that a streamer can hear what they sound like in their room, as well as on their livestream. With multiple polar patterns and a higher bitrate for better fidelity sound, the Yeti X is the best Yeti for streamers yet. 

$200 at Amazon

Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Premium Noise Canceling Overhead Headphones

Great streaming starts with premium sound.

Our pick for the best headphones out there, these wireless headphones are a perfect gift for streamers, and their built-in mics could even eliminate the need for a second dedicated microphone. With excellent noise canceling and lavish full spectrum sound, the Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Premium Headphones will take them deeper into their virtual world. Their elegant black design also looks great on camera.

$348 at Amazon

Christmas Gift Ideas for Tabletop Gamers

Wingspan Board Game

Wingspan is the bird game.

Wingspan is sensational. This fantastic board game is all about collecting birds. Players compete to create the most thriving ecosystem, drawing birds and rolling for food types, then pairing different birds together across three ecosystems. The tabletop card game features lavish art and a deep engine-building game mechanic that supports one to five players (more with the expansions) and remains fun time and again. Safe for family and compelling to play with friends, it’ll appeal to anyone who loves birds, games or both.

$45 at Amazon

D&D Player’s Handbook

Give a D&D Player's Handbook and give them the tools to play Dungeons and Dragons.

Dungeons and Dragons 5e starts with a Player’s Handbook. Whether you’re shopping for a friend who’s been casually interested in trying D&D since watching Stranger Things, upgrading to 5th edition from 3rd or 4th or coaxing a friend into your campaign, the D&D Player’s Handbook gives them the tools they’ll need to start. Containing the rules to develop a character, basic mechanics, spells, items and even a few monsters, the Player’s Handbook is the gateway to starting a D&D campaign.

$23 at Amazon

Cephalofair Games: Gloomhaven

Cephalofair Games: Gloomhaven is a serious board game adventure.

If you want to gift a game with a D&D aesthetic that still retains the board game format then go with Gloomhaven. From Cephalofair Gamers, Gloomhaven is full of RPG depth and rich illustrations, and rewards continued multi-session play. Supporting one to four players, it’s suitable for players aged early high-school and up. 

$106 at Amazon

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