While giving gifts is nothing new, the trend has changed from impersonal to personalized gifting. Instead of giving a person what we want, we gift them something they would love and appreciate. This, of course, is not easy. It takes time and effort to understand the person’s preferences, search for an appropriate gift within the budget, and finally give it to them.
Irrespective of the occasion, finding gifts for gamers is not easy. And if you have very little knowledge of gaming, things can be even tricky. If you are in a similar predicament about finding the right kinds of Gifts for Hardcore Gamers, let us assure you that you are in the right place. We’ve collected some of the best gift ideas for gamers.
Check out the list of 51 gift ideas for varying budgets and shortlist the ones the gamer would love. The list has no particular order of priority. The ideas/ items have been listed from 1 to 51 for convenience.
The Must-Have List
1. Retro Gaming Console Mobile Phone Case
This isn’t a simple phone case that resembles a gaming console. It is a gaming console that allows the gamer to play games. Yes! While it doubles up as a phone case, it also acts like a handheld videogame console. If the mobile phone battery is low, the gamer can use this one to pass the time. They are never going to get bored.
2. Minecraft Light-up Ore
An officially licensed Minecraft collectable, this cube makes a cutesy little gift for gamers. The cube is available in with two internal colours (red and blue), which light up using 2 AA batteries. The cube is quite small (3” *3” * 3”) in size and sits well on the nightstand. It has three light modes (low, medium, and high), which can be changed with a light tap on the cube.
3. TIJN Blue Light Blocking Eyeglasses
Gamers stare at the bright screen for hours with an intensity that could harm their vision. Show them your love by getting this pair of eyeglasses specially designed to block blue light emitting from the screens. Available in different colours, the glasses will protect their eyes and make them look cool. Moreover, they come within the budget.
4. Nintendo Controller Cufflinks and Tie Clip
A gamer loves nothing more than subtle representations of their love for gaming. These adorable little cufflinks and tie clips are a super combo gift for hardcore gamers. Apart from these, you can find cufflinks in various gaming console designs and models.
5. SteelSeries Gaming Mouse Pad
Don’t scroll down yet. Talk to a gamer to understand the importance of a perfect mouse pad. The smooth, non-slippery rubber base makes this an ideal budget gift for gamers. The mouse pad ensures lightning-quick movements of the mouse, which is crucial in gaming. The last thing a gamer wants is to miss a fantastic opportunity in the game because of a non-cooperating mouse pad.
6. Level-Up Pipe Mug by ThinkGeek
What do you think about a 15 oz ceramic mug that looks like it’s part of a videogame? The gamer would love it, isn’t it? Reminding us of the classic Super Mario game, the cup can be used for hot and cold drinks. It can be used in the microwave or a dishwasher. It is cheerful and perfect for a gamer who loves a regular cup of coffee or tea.
7. Copper Compression Gloves for Gamers
One of the side-effects of gaming is the pain, swelling, and issues with fingers and wrist. But staying away from gaming isn’t possible either. Why not give them a pair of copper compression gloves? Since these are created for the people with arthritis and other related issues, the gloves provide the required comfort to prevent swelling in the fingers. The gloves are fingerless and allow gamers to continue playing.
8. Aladdin and Lion King- Disney Classic Games Set
Some games never get old. Aladdin and Lion King are sure to top the list. Manufactured and sold by the Nighthawk Interactive, this Disney Game Set is one of the best Gifts for Hardcore Gamers, especially if they are a fan of retro games and always talk about the games they played during childhood.
9. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
If there is a book a gamer should read, we urge you to pick this one. The book is about a gamer, Wade Watts, who uses his gaming skills to solve the puzzles to control the online VR (Virtual Reality) platform, Oasis. The book has received wonderful reviews and is very popular among gamers. Even if the gamer isn’t a reader, they cannot resist this one.
10. Gamer-themed Pillowcases
If you are on a tight budget but still want to pick an excellent gift for a gamer, we suggest that you go for some quirky and useful. These gamer-themed pillowcases can be used to add some spark and humour to the interiors. Whether they use the pillowcases in the bedroom or flaunt them on the couches, these are a cool gift for gamers.
11. TravelBoy Backpack
A backpack that looks like a gaming controller with buttons, switches, and screens is a splendid gift idea for gamers. A hardcore gamer is always looking for ways to showcase their love for gaming in one form or another. This backpack is not just useful but also highlights their passion for gaming.
12. PICTEK Gaming Mouse
We’ve talked about the gaming mouse pad, so it’s time to take a look at the mouse. A gaming mouse is different from the regular one. It is sleek, faster, has more controls, and even looks like a high-end electronic device. This gaming mouse costs less than $30 and functions as good as an expensive one.
13. Arcade Game- Pocket size
You do have the choice of gifting the gamer a regular arcade machine that could fit in their home. But if your budget doesn’t stretch that far, it’s okay. We’ve got this little arcade game for you. It is compact and fits in the palm of the hand. With authentic gaming sounds and controls, the gamer is going to love this one for sure. Since it is easy to carry, you will see them taking this arcade everywhere they go.
14. Monopoly Gamer Collector’s Edition
How do you get a gamer to spend time with the family? Get them a Nintendo version of monopoly and challenge them for a game. Simple, right? This is an exclusive gamer collector’s edition launched by Monopoly for hardcore gamers. Pull out the board on a Saturday night and bring the family together, including the gamer. This is a good way to make them take a break from gaming.
15. 100 Video Games Scratch-Off Poster
A hardcore gamer would have played numerous videogames until now. This scratch-off poster is a beautiful little gift they will appreciate. It also provides them with an opportunity to check the number of games they played and add the new ones to the list. With 100 video games on the poster, this gift will surely add to their list of must-play games.
16. Power-Up Arcade Light Switch Plate
Why use the boring light switch plates when you can have something as exciting and fun? Sold by ThinkGeek, the power-up arcade light switch plate can be placed over the regular switches. The buttons don’t just look like a gaming console. They also make sounds like one. Awesome, isn’t it? It is easy to install and use.
17. Logitech Gaming Keyboard
Though a gaming keyboard doesn’t come within all budgets, it still makes a good gift item for a hardcore gamer. Costing over $100, this is one of the fastest gaming keyboards in the market. The G-keys (gaming keys) are programmable and have 100% accuracy. If you don’t mind spending a few bucks for a gamer, here is a gift they will cherish.
18. 21-in-1 Accessory Gaming Bundle
For a gamer who owns a Nintendo Switch, this is a perfect gift choice. Instead of purchasing each of these items individually, why not give them a bundle? It has a travelling case, screen protector, joystick cap, protective case, switch controller changer, and many more such items a gamer requires. The best part is that the entire bundle comes for less than $40. Isn’t that a great deal?
19. TISEA Hot Game Unisex Hoodie Jacket
Does the gamer love Assassin Creed? Why not gift them a trendy hoodie that resembles a costume from their favourite game? Available in 7 models and different sizes, you can pick a hoodie that best suits their personality and showcases their love for the game. It is highly comfortable for daily wear. The sizes are mentioned in Asain measurements, so make sure to order the right one.
20. Gaming Headset
These gaming headsets by HyperX have been designed to provide comfort to gamers who wear them for long durations. With superb audio quality and sound effects, the gamer would love to wear these when in an intense battle with the gaming opponents. Moreover, you don’t have to complain about the sounds disturbing you or vice versa.
21. Cuphead Don’t Deal with the Devil
This is a digital code for the game Cuphead Don’t Deal with the Devil. The code works for Xbox 1 and Windows 10. This game is decades old (from the 1930s) and is refreshingly different from today’s games. It is both a single-player and multiplayer game. If you want to try your hand at gaming, gift this to the gamer. It’s bound to be exciting when you play together. Maybe you’ll end up becoming a gamer too.
22. Tetris Stackable 3D Night Lamp
Haven’t we all played the retro bricks/ stacking games at least once in our life? Doesn’t this stackable 3D night lamp remind you of those days? One of the top Gifts for Hardcore Gamers, this is a wonderful light lamp that also serves as a game. You can already imagine the gamer intent on creating new designs each night with this one, right? Why wait any longer? Get them this gift now.
23. Pacman Earrings
Pacman and Blinky are favourites for many gamers. They bring back memories of the good old days. These tiny earrings are silver plated (and available in 925 sterling silver) and suit just about anybody. What’s more? The earrings can be paired with formal and casual wear with ease, as these look adorable and attractive. You can very well buy yourself a pair.
24. Playstation Metal Coasters
Manufactured and sold by Paladone, the coasters are available in a pack of 4 with different symbols on each one. The symbols are marked in different colours on a black background. Now you don’t have to worry about stained tables and counters. The gamer will make it a point to use the coasters as they remind them of games.
25. Pokémon Balbasaur Planter
Sold by MONMOB, this is a sweet little ceramic succulent planter in the shape of a Bulbasaur from Pokémon. Suitable for home and office, the gamer is going to be delighted with this lovely small gift. And guess what? You can paint some funny features on the pot or let the gamer do it themselves. Either way, they are going to be proud of owning this one. Maybe you can get them in pairs to decorate the window sill.
26. Play Station Gift Card
If you are absolutely confused about what to gift a gamer and don’t want to risk buying something they may not like, this idea is for you. Simply get them a Play Station Gift Card within your budget, and that’s it. They can redeem it however they wish to. The gift cards are available for $20, $50, and $100. You can’t go wrong with gift cards.
27. Nintendo Super Mario Wall Decals
These reusable wall decals can be a fun gift for a gamer. Whether they want to remodel the home into a gaming den or add the wall stickers in different rooms to create a quirky yet mysterious effect, these wall decals make a lovely gift. And if there are kids in the house, be assured that they’ll just adore the stickers.
28. Super Mario Mushroom Night Lamp
Since we are talking about Super Mario, here is another gift idea from the same game. With two huge eyes and a red glowing mushroom bulb, it’s tough to stop admiring this night lamp. Place this lamp in the gamer’s room to see how happy they feel! All you need to do is press the mushroom bulb to turn on the light. It even makes the exact sound effect that comes in the game. We love this charming mushroom lamp.
29. 6-Month Membership- Xbox Game Pass
Here is another gift you can give a gamer if you don’t want to take too much risk. A 6-month Xbox membership allows them unlimited access to more than 100 games, including the new releases. It works on Xbox One, Windows 10, and has games from Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The best part is that the members don’t have to pay to play the games (for the first week). This way, they can try out as many games as possible without purchasing any of them. That’s sure to make any gamer happy.
30. Super Mario Puzzle Board
You might have understood by now that Super Mario is an evergreen game with billions of fans around the globe. No wonder there are as many gift ideas and collectables based on the game. This is a classic vintage-style Super Mario puzzle board with 1000 puzzle pieces. It is a great way to get the gamer to take a break from gaming and still stay connected to their favourite activity. The puzzle also improves their memory, focus, and reduces the strain on their eyes.
31. Gaming Cartridge Flasks
Sold by Ink Whiskey LLP, this is a flask designed to resemble a Drunk Hunt gaming cartridge. It can hold around 6 oz of liquid and has a rubber stopped to prevent it from spilling over. Easily available within your budget, you don’t even have to worry about the gamer liking it. Who can resist something like this? The gamer would be elated to get a gift such as this.
32. DualShock 4 Wireless Controller for PlayStation 4
If you want to gift the gamer a true gaming item and budget isn’t an issue, this wireless controller for PlayStation 4 is a fabulous choice. Available in around 15 colors (with and without patterns), you can pick any a controller in any colour. The controls are precise, and the controller also has a built-in speaker. It’s one of the best in the market.
33. Fallout Toothbrush Holder by ThinkGeek
Well, it might appear a wee bit odd to gift a toothbrush holder. But even a gamer needs to take of their teeth. This might be just a way to remind them of it without hurting them. Moreover, it looks pretty cute that the gamer wouldn’t be able to resist this gift. And when they can take their passion for gaming even into the bathrooms, it is a double bonus.
34. Sonic the Hedgehog Cable Guy Device Holder
Isn’t it the cutest of pieces? This collectable doubles up as a cable or a device holder apart from being a little showpiece! Place this on the gamer’s desk to remind them to take a break once in a while. Sold by Exquisite Gaming, these holders can be used to charge the devices. They work well with all mobile phones as well. And guess what? These belong to a limited edition. Get one before they go out of stock.
35. Naipo Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager
Gaming is never easy. Spending long hours hunched over the controls can cause pain in the neck and shoulders. Get a gamer this massager with three settings. It also has a built-in heat generator that automatically shuts off after 20 minutes. It can be used at home, at the office, or while travelling.
36. A Gaming Chair
There are many gaming chairs available in the market. Specially designed to provide comfort for the back, neck, and arms, a gaming chair easily is one of the best Gifts for Hardcore Gamers. The chairs are available in different colours and have extra cushions to support the long hours’ gamers spend sitting in one position. From the height of the chair to the position of the armrests, you can control and change the settings as per convenience.
37. Super Mario Chess Set
And… we are back with one more Super Mario gift idea. This time, it’s a chess set. Let the famous characters come alive so that the gamer can spend quality time with family and friends without sacrificing their game time. This, too, constitutes a game, doesn’t it? It is a Collector’s Edition set, and the pieces have been hand-painted for extra effect.
38. Portal 2 Sentry Turret USB Desk Defender
Fans of Portal are surely going to love this tiny toy. A USB connected desk defender, the Turret will protect the gamer’s desk and keep them company. Each time it detects a movement, it’ll open the wings and make an announcement. Every 30 seconds, it’ll ask if you’re there in case there is no movement around. Just make sure you don’t get near it in the dark and scare yourself.
39. Minecraft USB Charger with Torch
The red torches in Minecraft are the sources of energy. The same has been replicated in real life by ThinkGeek. The Minecraft torch USB charger helps the gamer charge their devices and provides enough light to not to turn the room completely dark. Not just gaming; even charging the devices can become an integral part of gaming.
40. CyberPower 10 Outlet Mini Tower
A battery backup device with ten outlets is a godsend for a gamer. Imagine having a power shortage when in the middle of a game. How would they continue or save progress? No way you can let hours of their efforts go waste. Gift them this powerful mini tower and let them breathe a sigh of relief. No matter what happens to the power, they don’t have to worry about losing their progress in the game.
41. The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia
This is the best gift for a Zelda fan. The hardcover has a bundle of information about the history of Hyrule. The beautiful cover itself is a major attraction. And when you consider the data inside, it’s a smart gift for a hardcore gamer. In fact, get them the complete collection if your budget allows the splurge.
42. Thinkgeek Portal Wheatley Led Flashlight
This is a mini gift for a gamer who likes everything in real life to represent their love for gaming. The light beam may not as strong, but who cares? The idea is to own something related to the favourite game. That said, it’ll be a handy little piece when the gamer is fumbling in the dark.
43. Game Controller Bath Bomb
Bath bombs help you relax and loosen up the muscles after a long day. For gamers who spend hours sitting bowed over the controls and playing intense games, a long bubble bath is a nice way to get rid of the sore muscles. So why not gift the gamer a bath bomb to add to their hot water tub. Let them soak away the stress and come out feeling refreshed.
44. Blue Snowball Streaming Microphone
Gaming isn’t just about playing games on the computer, mobile, or console. Gamers can interact with other gamers and live stream the games on YouTube. If the gamer has plans of live-streaming their sessions for others to watch, having a good microphone can help them improve the quality of the videos streamed for the public! This compact microphone looks like a snowball and has amazing voice clarity.
45. HDMI Splitter
The splitter is a highly useful gift item for a gamer. They don’t have to unplug other devices due to a lack of outlets. It is a simple yet efficient product that will help the gamer to switch between different devices without unplugging and plugging them each time. Moreover, it is affordable and cost-effective. When you can gift a gamer a useful gift for less than $10, there is no need to wait any longer. An HDMI splitter is useful for you as well.
46. Zelda Triforce Night Light
While it looks like a yellow triangle light for many of us, gamers will immediately understand that it’s a Hyrule logo belonging to the famous Zelda game. This soft glowing night lamp can be placed anywhere and even used as a part of the Christmas decorations. A gamer would love having this lamp adorn their room.
47. Super Nintendo Classic Mini
If you have the budget to spend more, there’s nothing like gifting a gamer this Super Nintendo Classic mini. One of the best Gifts for Hardcore Gamers is this mini device, which fits in the palm and includes 21 games. Super Mario Kart and Street Fighter 2 are also a part of this mini piece.
48. Chocolate PlayStation Controllers
There are very few people in this world who don’t like chocolates. And chocolate boxes have been a preferred gift item for decades. But we are dealing with a gamer. So why not give them a box of chocolates that resemble their gaming controllers? Personalized chocolates have become famous in recent times. Following the same trend, you can get the gamer their favourite flavour of chocolates in the shape of game controllers. Dry fruits and nuts are used to decorate the controller and add the buttons.
49. Soylent Meal Replacement In A Bottle
Gamers tend to forget that they have to eat their food on time. Binging on snacks and drinks might be easier, but it’s definitely not healthy. This Soylent meal replacement can provide them with the required nutrients and proteins to meet their daily in-tale requirements. It is easy to consume (the gamer has to sip and gulp down the contents while playing the game). That said, if you can get the gamer to have normal food, it would be a healthier option. But since you can’t always do that, this replacement meal will work as a substitute.
50. FreezerBoy Dry-Erase Refrigerator Magnets
Let’s bring some gaming items into the kitchen with these magnets. Stick them onto the refrigerator and turn it into a videogame device. While the fridge doesn’t actually become a gaming console, it does look like one. Moreover, you can write on the green screen and erase it to add new details. Turn it into a to-do list that is always visible.
51. Lubricant Eye Drops
Taking care of the eyes is important for every person. Those who work long hours staring at the screen undoubtedly need to pay more attention to their eyes. A gamer faces the same issue, in fact, with increased intensity. That’s because the games have HD colours with fast-moving visuals. Gamers can’t even afford to blink at times, as it could result in missing a rare opportunity.
A bottle or two of good quality, medically prescribed lubricant eye drops will prevent their eyes from getting dry. The eye drops will create a layer of protection in the eyes. But make sure that the gamer has no allergies to the products used to make the eye drops. Confirm with a doctor if necessary.
We hope you’ve got some interesting ideas for Gifts for Hardcore Gamers. Though we end our list at this point, there are still numerous items on the internet that would excite a gamer.
Be it the figurines from the favourite games or retro gaming keychains, Pokémon beanbags, cushions shaped like gaming controllers, quirky t-shirts and socks, or gaming books, and more. You can find a list of endless items that would make super cool gifts for hardcore gamers in your life.