7 Gifts For The Gamer In Your Life

Apart from those new consoles you might have heard about

You, statistically, have a gamer in your life. If you do, you, overwhelmingly likely, will have to buy some Christmas presents for him or her this year. Maybe, though, you don't know anything about games.

Solution No. 1: just absolutely lose it _and buy the first thing you can find from a garage sale and you think maybe it's some kind of sham hand-held Nintendo product that never left Japan but whatever it's, like, December 22 and you're out of ideas. _Or, Solution No. 2: stick to smaller stuff you know they'll like because, chances are, if they wanted it they'd already have it.

Here are some such alternatives. (If you still need more ideas, here's last year's list.)

Game Boy Flask

Usually I think gaming accessories like this are tacky, but, ha, Game Boy Flask. Classic. Send it to the of-age non-alcohol-dependent person you care about. $20AthenasWink

DIY Gamer Kit

What do you get for the gamer with every game? A way for them to make their own games. The DIY Gamer Kit, an Arduino-based way to create hand-held games, might be better for people who spend a lot of time tinkering in the garage, but if the person you're buying for falls in the middle of that gamer/maker nerd Venn diagram, then go for it. $82 (converted from pounds)Technology Will Save Us

Retro Console Players

These aren't totally new, but they're a great idea, especially if you know someone who's hankering to play old-school games but doesn't have a system that supports them. This, the Retro Duo, plays both Super Nintendo and Nintendo Entertainment System games. If you want to go nuts, here's one that also plays Sega Genesis games. Prices varyRetro Duo

A New Mouse

For the PC gamers, might we recommend a handsome accessory: the Best of What's New award-winning Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M Gaming Mouse. Fast, comfortable, and actually looks lovely. $99.99Sam Kaplan

Game Covers

I love my games. My game covers? Eh, not so much. These custom covers, available for a couple bucks a piece, are a simple solution. $2JamesBit

Indie Game: The Movie

Ah, this movie. I could write for a while about why the documentary, which follows a few teams of designers through the frustrations of making low-budget games, is great, but suffice to say most other gamers will enjoy it, too. And if they've enjoyed it already, maybe they'd appreciate a hard copy. From $7.99Indie Game


Last but not least, the NVIDIA Shield: a new thing to play games on that isn't a new console. It's a simple but powerful handheld gadget that you can download games for, and it is awesome. $300NVIDIA