‘Tis the season to be merry… and look for gifts in utter panic. Mana to the rescue! We picked quite a few ideas bound to make a spot-on present. Here’s the gift guide to make the gamers (and not-quite-gamers) in your life holiday-happy!
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Gift Ideas for the Retro Gamer
Let’s kick off with goodies guaranteed to dazzle the fans of retro gaming! Who knew Kohl’s had such a wide variety of classic arcade gems? If you’re looking to make a statement, Arcade1Up has you covered. Full-size pieces straight out of the 80s, like this Super Pac-Man 1-Player Countercade or Marvel X-Men Arcade with Stool & Riser, are the next level kind of gifts! For something a tad smaller, the classic PlayStation and incredible handmade art pieces (like in this Etsy store) will always be a hit.
Gift Ideas for the Mobile Gamer
For a more modern recipient who likes to game on the go, Nintendo takes the gold – their Switch consoles are the definition of pocket entertainment, and come in different variants. Another idea: Backbone One to transform a smartphone (be it an iPhone or an Android) into a full-blown portable console. It comes with handy subscriptions too, like Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Apple Arcade!
Gift Ideas for the Grandparents
Touch screens can be quite infuriating, so if there’s someone who struggles with typing on one, a pretty little stylus can make all the difference! Grandparents or people with a different level of hand mobility will appreciate a make-life-easier token like this 4-in-1 universal pen. Another great way to show care to the older family members is getting one of the Jitterbug phones – they’re designed with seniors in mind and come with a readily accessible Urgent Response button.
Gift ideas for Adaptive Gaming
Gaming is for everyone and everyone should have equal access to enjoy it, period! If that’s a cause close to your heart, the AbleGamers Charity offers multiple ways to give back this holiday season, as well as help in figuring out what equipment the adaptive gamer in your life might need. Thankfully, there’s a lot of great gear out there, like the Xbox Adaptive Controller, One-Handed Joy-Con Grip For Nintendo Switch or Tap Strap 2 - Wearable Keyboard, Mouse & Air Gesture Controller.
Gift Ideas for the Forgetful or the Traveler
Too busy living the many lives gamers do? Frequent traveler? TV remotes and controllers mysteriously disappearing? Get them the Sticker tracker. It works with both Apple and Android devices and supports voice-assisted search through Alexa, Google and Siri. Decent-sized power banks will always come in handy as well, such as this one for Nintendo Switch or the eco-friendly, dual-device charging Nimble.
Gift Ideas for Gaming Setup
If there’s anyone in your life looking to create the ultimate gaming setup, you can’t go wrong with ambiance and functionality enhancements. RGB smart LED lights or neon rope lights with music sync can turn any room into anything but basic, especially if paired with unique, personalized accessories, like the glowing headset and controller stand. Throw in a cable management kit so all the cool decor isn’t disrupted by ugly cords!
Gift Ideas for Streamers
Set the future MrBeast up for success with the essential streaming equipment. Elgato Stream Deck spares a ton of effort, optimizes workflow and simplifies the multitasking of going live, and makes it a favorite among beginners and pros alike. For top-notch quality microphones that are still budget-friendly, Blue Yeti is one to try; and finally, let them show off that dripping setup with any of the infallible Logitech webcams!
Gift Ideas for Cozy Gamers
There aren’t too many things in life that beat getting cozy and gaming during the holiday season. Tap into the spirit with sweet little things like candles (our favs are Gaming in My Slippers and Cold But Happily Gaming), hoodies (Arcane fans will go crazy about this one), blanket-like throws that won’t obstruct gaming, ridiculous slippers (FNAF, anyone?) and plenty of gift cards to give away – like those you can get in Mana Shop 😉