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Make love, not console war.
Buying for the gamer in your life is harder than playing Tetris blindfolded. Make one false step and they might disown you for life. Gaming is serious business, after all. So if you’re a civilian who can’t tell a Grand Theft Auto from an Angry Birds, we’ve got you covered.
Below, are presents to please every manner of gamer, from Nintendo fanboys to PC diehards and every clique in between.
A must-have for super immersive gaming.
The latest (and perhaps greatest?) Zelda comes packed with a handy explorer’s guide that helps you dive deep into all of Hyrule’s endless lore.
The recently discontinued Minecraft bundle isn’t sticking around for long, but it’s one of the cheapest ways to get your next-gen game on.
Turn your Samsung phone into a working Game Boy and Game Boy Color. Slide in your phone, pop in a cartridge and relive that early ’90s portable gaming magic. Tetris on the toilet, here I come!
Price: $39.99 (regularly $42.57)
Thimbles, cars and even kitties can go jump in a lake. Play one of the most celebrated board games of all time the way it was meant to be played: like your favorite gaming icons. Play as Mario, Peach, Yoshi or Donkey Kong as you battle for high scores in the cutthroat world of real estate.
Price: $17.77 (regularly $24.99)
The spunky punk bandicoot made a big comeback this year, so getting the Funko treatment is only natural. Crash is available, but so is his fat-headed nemesis Neo Cortex.
Price: $8.78 (regularly $10.99)
Your laptop and other fragile pro gaming tech couldn’t be safer if you locked it in a Vatican vault. If the Brotherhood of Assassins had a regulation carrying case, it would surely be this one.
Nintendo isn’t using the word “Ultimate” lightly here. The upcoming Switch title will have every fighter from past entries, including all of the DLC from the Wii U version.
Finally: a desk built with PC gaming in mind. Two levels allow plenty of space for laptop and desktop computers. Plus, there are special slots for speakers, controllers, accessories and even a cup holder for your favorite game fuel.
Price: $98+ (regularly $149.99+)
Gaming in a lousy chair or an uncomfortable position not only affects skill but physique, too. Keep cramps, stiff muscles, and spasms at bay by upgrading their gear to something like this ergonomic leather bestseller.
Price: $89.99 (regularly $120)
Learn about the history of the gaming industry, the console wars, the masterminds and every decade spanning Atari to Pokémon Go.
Price: $12.52 (regularly $18.99)
Play your favorite songs from Ocarina of Time with this kitschy electronic instrument. Don’t worry, it comes with a songbook just in case you forgot all those button combinations.
Cut down space and keep your powerful console running smoothly even in the dead of summer with this handy stand. There are even slots for two controllers to help you cut down on console clutter.
One of the more underrated points of video games is their soundtracks. Bump it up a notch with crisp, clean, audio from Polk Audio’s wireless soundbar and subwoofer bundle.
Price: $139.99 (regularly $199.95)
Hide real-life treasure in this awesome Overwatch loot box. Cookies count as treasure, by the way. Cookies always count as treasure.
16) Nintendo Switch
If you happen to live with a gamer, this headset is undeniably a gift for you too. Because now you won’t be stuck listening to ambient alien-crushing noises while you’re trying to do something important (like cook dinner).
Price: $37.95 (regularly $39.95)
The cast of cutest game in the world just got a whole lot cuter in plushie form!
It’s time to party like it’s 1989. This arcade stick lets you button mash in modern titles on your Nintendo Switch, Windows, Mac, Android and most every other Bluetooth enabled device.
Price on Amazon: $79.99
Become the next Pewdiepie, only hopefully without the racism. This baby is all you need to stream on any modern console.
Don’t drop nearly $70 on a new Nintendo Switch controller. After all, no other controller is bright red and covered in sweet, sweet Mario aesthetics.
Price: $24.99 (regularly $29.99)
By far the chicest statement you can make about being a blue shell slinging maniac. And yes, it lights up.
Price: $47.99 (regularly $79.99)
Boost your Pop! collection with this New York Comic Con exclusive from Namco’s arcade classic Dig Dug. This is from Funko’s 8-bit line, so keep an eye on that if you love all things retro.
Not only is the ghost light the ideal retro item to add to a room, but it changes colors. It also has a party mode that makes it change color in time with your music. TUBULAR.
Price: $16.78 (regularly $23.97)
As you stack it, it lights up. This ought to come in super handy when you just need to fidget for a few minutes and not pay attention to work.
Price: $20.98 (regularly $29.97)
What’s even better than playing all your favorite old SNES games in HD? Playing them sitting more than 2 feet away from your TV, of course.
If you’re worried about purchasing a specific Switch title, buy a gift card for the Nintendo Switch eShop instead. Not only will the gamer be able to download whatever game they want, but they’ll also earn points (that they can later turn into discounts) just for using the eShop!
Price: $10 to $70
Follow the adventures of heroes from Pokémon Red/Green all the way through Black/White in these celebrated manga series. Catch the stories behind heroes like Pokémon Trainer Red against the forces of evil. Never look at Pikachu, Jigglypuff or even Gym Leader Pryce the same way again.
Price: $27.21+ (regularly $59.99+)
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Jaime Carillo is a writer for Pure Nintendo and a plucky YouTube cook. He specializes in writing about console gaming and kitchen gadgets. It comes naturally, considering he's either wielding a massive cleaver or Switch Pro controller at any given point. When he's not cruising through a drive-thru at 2am, he's baking shokupan or whipping up a big pot of Japanese curry. He enjoys retro gaming, geopolitics, and Vic Berger videos.
Marisa Losciale specializes in NSFW culture, audio gear, and photography. A former editorial and photo director for Spoon University at SUNY New Paltz, her work has been featured in the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, Post-Trash, the New Paltz Oracle, and the Legislative Gazette.