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37 Best Video Game Gifts Any Gamer Will Be Psyched to Receive

Jeremiah McNair

2018 is the year we want to escape. To a different time, to a different place, somewhere, anywhere but here. And who would blame us—have you turned on the news lately? Fortunately, there are still endless worlds out there to explore, and you can get to them all at the push of a button. Whether you’re the hero’s journey type or conquering planets is more your speed, there’s a little something out there for everyone. Here’s our guide to every new console, game, accessory, and toy a gamer could want this year.

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Nintendo Switch

target.com
$299.99

In a year of incredibly strong releases from mainstays like Mario, as well as some indie surprises, the Switch is proof that Nintendo still knows how to make console gaming fun.

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PS4 Pro

amazon.com / $524.50

Buy

PlayStation loyalists won’t find a better option than the Pro—the added processing power makes games run as smoothly as ever, especially on that new 4K TV you just scooped up. The company has discontinued the original VR headset, but it still might be worth considering for Skyrim alone.

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4est Shades Blue Light Blocking Glasses

amazon.com
$29.95

If you’re spending hours glued to the screen, get some blue light blocking glasses to protect those eyeballs. You’ll need them for future victories.

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Xbox One X

amazon.com
$467.59

4K resolution. HDR color. And yes, the most powerful console of all time. For serious gamers, nothing else comes close.

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‘Blood, Sweat, and Pixels: The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made’

amazon.com
$10.87

Developing video games is no simple task. Kotaku’s Jason Schreier went in deep to tell the stories of what goes into bringing your favorite titles to life, from Destiny to Dragon Age. It’s a must read for any true gaming geek.

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‘God of War’

amazon.com
$43.99

The God-Killer is back, this time facing off against the Norse deities with his young son in tow. The violence is intense, as is the emotional trauma. (PS4)

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HTC Vive

amazon.com
$599.99

If you’ve had enough of the real world, give the virtual one a try. You’re gonna need a powerful PC and plenty of space, but HTC’s VR headset is the best way to get there.

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‘Fallout’Shot Glass Set

thinkgeek.com
$14.99

Pick up some soda—Nuka Cola or otherwise—to chase down your shots of booze.

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Super NES Classic

amazon.com
$79.96

When Nintendo released the NES Classic, it underestimated how high the demand to return to our youths would be. The Super NES Classic can be tough to get your hands on, so act fast or find a reseller.

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Custom Xbox Controller from Xbox Design Lab

xbox.com / From $69.99

Buy

For gamers who want to add a little color, update their aesthetic, or show off some team pride, Xbox’s Design Lab offers over a billion color combinations to let them do so. The lab also offers free engraving and shipping with any purchase of a controller.

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USAopoly Super Mario Bros. World 1-2 Puzzle

amazon.com
$11.86

Puzzles: the original gaming. A thousand pieces, everyone’s favorite pixelated plumber, and endless nostalgia. You can already hear the music, can’t you?

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Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum Gaming Headset

amazon.com
$91.50

What good is online gaming without a little trash talk? The G633 immerses the wearer in the action, makes it easier to communicate with teammates (and enemies), and spares roommates worldwide from all that extra noise.

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XBox One Chatpad Keyboard KeyPad

amazon.com
$32.75

Nobody wants their voice to get lost in the noise. When you really need to get a message across, say it with your fingers using this attachable mini-keyboard.

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Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

amazon.com
$59.80

As cool as the Switch’s detachable Joy-Con controllers are, more traditional gamers might prefer the feel of an old-school gamepad. The bulkier design makes it a much comfier option for extended gaming sessions, too.

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‘The Legend of Zelda’ Collector’s Chess Set

thinkgeek.com
$59.99

Take a break from battling Ganon on the Switch to battle him across the chess board. This collector’s item has Link and Zelda leading the white team against Ganon and Twinrova on the black team.

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‘Mass Effect’ Geeki Tikis

thinkgeek.com
$14.99

Living in our “reality is worse than sci-fi” world calls for a drink. Why not honor the occasion with these Mass Effect Tiki mugs?

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Seagate Xbox Hard Drive – 2 TB

amazon.com
$79.99

The only downside to on-demand downloads? Hard drive space. With two extra terabytes, there’s plenty of room to grow a truly impressive gaming library.

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Elgato Game Capture HD60

amazon.com
$284.99

Despite what your parents told you, there are literally people making a living playing video games in 2018. Many of them built their audiences thanks to streaming, and anyone looking for a piece of that action should get to know the HD60. Gamers can go live and record in 1080p60, edit on the fly, and show off their skills to the world.

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‘Marvel’s Spider-Man’

amazon.com
$59.70

Insomniac’s open-world superhero romp is up there with Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham trilogy. It’s that good—and the best iteration of Spider-Man we’ve seen. (PS4)

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Blue Snowball USB Microphone

amazon.com
$69.00

Another one for the streamers, because audio quality should be as on point as the visuals. Blue’s Snowball doesn’t just look cool, it captures crystal-clear sound. With USB, getting started is as simple as plugging in.

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‘Mario Tennis Aces’

amazon.com
$44.99

Mario Tennis is a wild ride, made even better by the fact that you can play as Waluigi. Wahhh! (Switch)

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Nintendo Switch Carrying Case

amazon.com
$9.99

Hey, that Switch ain’t cheap. Protect your investment (and your games) when you go on the road with this travel case from OrtzGamez.

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TCL 55R617 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV

amazon.com
$649.97

$650 is a small price to pay for the beautiful picture you’ll get from this smart TV. Boasting 4K resolution and HDR, it’ll handle whatever system you throw at it. Just not literally.

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‘Monster Hunter: World’

target.com
$36.99

Hell yeah, let’s kill some dragons! This 2018 video game isn’t terribly complex, but it’s incredibly fun. (PS4, Xbox One)

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Game Boy Coffee Canister

thinkgeek.com
$34.99

The best thing you owned as a kid now holds what you need as an adult: coffee, and lots of it.

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TP-Link AC3150 Wireless Router

amazon.com
$174.86

Every gamer knows the frustration of a bad connection. It gets worse when you add multiple phones, pads, and logged-in laptops to the mix. The AC3150 has no trouble handling all of those at the same time, keeping connections reliable and teammates alive.

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‘Detroit: Become Human’

amazon.com
$54.97

Androids are everywhere, swarming the future earth as their intelligence blossoms. The twist is that you play as one of them. Moral dilemmas ensue. (PS4)

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Nintendo Amiibo

amazon.com
$24.90

While they make great desk decor for any 9-to-5, Nintendo’s Amiibo figurines integrate into games for the Switch, Wii U, and 3DS. By tapping them on systems at the right time, players can find secrets, discover power-ups, and even unlock bonus characters.

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‘The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia’

amazon.com
$21.17

True Triforce heads won’t find a better compendium in all of Hyrule. From the producer and manager of the Legend of Zelda series, consider this canon for all things Ganon.

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‘Super Mario Odyssey’

amazon.com
$44.99

When The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild won the Golden Joystick award for “Ultimate Game of the Year,” series producer Eiji Aonuma thanked Super Mario Odyssey for not having been out for long when the final votes were tallied. That’s all you need to know about the best Mario game in decades, and maybe the most fun you’ll have with a controller all year. (Switch)

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