Believe it or not, over 1.2 billion people in the world are playing video games, with a 155 million of those being Americans who regularly play video games. So, needless to say, you probably know more than a few gamers, and eventually, you’re going to be looking for great gifts for gamers at some point in your life.
But if you’re out of the loop with the video game scene, you might not have any gift ideas because there’s a lot you have to know about where video games are today, where they’re going, and what games are popular. If you don’t know any of that, you’ve come to the right place — we’re here to help.
So without further ado, here are the top 5 best gift ideas for gamers this year:
1. Xbox One Elite Controller
Trust me when I tell you that the price tag of the Xbox One Elite controller is worth it. Usually, I wouldn’t recommend buying a specialized or custom controller, but the quality of Microsoft’s latest is unmatched. And best of all, it comes in at pricetag that makes the majority of gamers not want to buy it for themselves. Each controller comes with 4 paddles on the back, a set of 6 thumbsticks, and two different D-pads. With this controller, they’ll be even better at first person shooters, thanks to the Hair Trigger Locks and allow them to fire faster.
2. Fallout Monopoly
With Fallout 4 being the most popular game of the year, one great gift idea for gamers is anything Fallout-themed, and one of the coolest bits of Fallout merch is the Fallout Monopoly. Sure, there are plenty of new board games to choose from, but any vault-dwelling, vats-using, bottle-cap collector would be proud to own a Fallout Monopoly. In this edition, players will trade their way through the Fallout wasteland. The game includes iconic Fallout locations from all four Fallout games, and properties can be forged with Vault-Tec approved Shacks and Vaults.
3. Funko Pop Vinyl Figures
These little Funko Pop vinyl toys are sweeping the geek world, and there are plenty of video game-themed Pop vinyls to choose from. There are Fallout 4 vinyl toys, Batman: Arkham Knight toys, and even Skyrim toys (like the crazy Alduin figure you see in the picture above). The best part about these POP vinyls is that they’re collectibles, and they’re cheap enough (usually under $10) that you are able to give more than one per holiday. These are our go to new hot toys of the year.
4. Any One of the Best Video Games of 2015
With Fallout 4 taking up the majority of their time over the past month, there are quite a few games that were released that they might have missed. In fact, some of the best video games of 2015 were released in the past couple of months Super Mario Maker, Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Just Cause 3 and Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain have all released in Q4 2015.
5. Xbox One or PS4 Gaming Headset
Nothing beats immersing yourself with great sound when playing games, and the best way to do that is with the best gaming headsets. This year has seen the release of many great headsets, like the HyperX Cloud II’s or the Logitech G633 Artemis headsets. You can check out our lists of the best PS4 gaming headsets and the best Xbox One gaming headsets to ensure you’re picking the right one for them. If they have both a PS4 and an Xbox One, I recommend the Logitech G633 Artemis.