Christmas is almost here, and chances are that most of you will have bought all of your gifts by now. Perhaps you even made your gifts yourself. But there are almost always last-minute gifts to get. You’re down to the wire, and you only have a couple of days left to buy them a present. What do you do? If the person you buy for is a gamer, you’re in luck.
There are a number of gifts you can pick up in no time at all. Thanks to Amazon, you can get gifts delivered to you within hours. Lots of gifts are also available in retail stores, if you know what you’re looking for. Finally, thanks to the rise of digital gaming, you can purchase gift codes in an instant that you can deliver to your gamer in a card.
So here are some quick gift ideas for the gamer in your life.
One of the most convenient gifts for any gamer is a cash card for an online store. You have to know which console/online store they prefer, but beyond that it’s just a matter of choosing a denomination. Currently gift cards are available for Steam, Origin, the PlayStation Store, Xbox’s Microsoft store, and Nintendo’s eShop. If you aren’t sure, an Amazon gift card works as an all-purpose replacement.
What makes this gift especially convenient is that most major supermarkets and electronics retailers stock these cards. If you’re really running behind on time and need the perfect gift for your gamer at the last minute, you’ll find most of these cards at a supermarket next to the rest of the gift cards.
Games are a great gift for gamers, even at the last minute. If you know what they want, you can just find the game either online or at a retailer. You don’t even need to wait for a physical copy if you’re ordering online, as several retailers — Amazon included — offer games for digital download. You can buy a code and gift it to your gamer in less than an hour, making this an ideal last-minute gift.
If you aren’t sure what particular game to get for your gamer, consider getting them a GameFly subscription. We’ve described GameFly as the “Netflix of gaming,” because it has a similar way of operating to Netflix’s delivery service. Anyone with a membership can rent games from them for a set price on any current- or last-generation console. If you want to get your gamer the gift of games but don’t know what game they’d like, you can get them a GameFly gift certificate for a relatively low price.
Most gamers, even PC gamers, have a use for controllers. The trouble is that controllers don’t have the longest lifespan, particularly if they’re constantly in use. So getting replacements is a good quick gift for anyone.
If your recipient has a console, obviously buy them the controller that goes with their console (first party hardware is always best). However, if they have a PC, you can get them just about any controller. Just about everything up to and including a Wii controller will work with a PC.
If you want to get them a little something extra and they have an Xbox One or a PC, consider getting an Xbox Design Lab controller. When you purchase one as a gift, you’re given a digital code (no waiting at all), which you then give to the recipient, who can take it to the Design Lab website and design a controller to their liking. Best of all, the shipping is free.
A gaming headset is a must for even the most casual of gamers. Whether it’s a simple pair of headphones or a massive rig that resembles a helmet with a microphone, it’s an essential gaming accessory. Here’s the thing about headsets: while the best ones can be used with everything from smartphones to gaming PCs, they are easily lost or broken. Even if the person in question already has a headset, a backup will always be welcome.
There are a number of options all over the web that have excellent sound quality. We only have space to recommend one here, so for the sake of versatility, we recommend this HyperX headset which works with consoles, PC, and mobile devices.
The best headsets can be a little expensive, but not all of them. If you want a great gaming headset on a budget, take a look at these gaming headsets that are available for $25 or less.
There are a few other accessories besides controllers and headsets that make for good last-minute gifts. Some of them require a knowledge of what kind of games or gaming systems the gamer in question owns, but if you know then you can pick them up easily and relatively quickly.
For example, if your gamer owns a console, there are cooling stands, hard drives, and charging stations made with them in mind. If they own a PC, you can get them a mouse, a mouse pad, or glasses to protect against screen glare. Here is an older list of gaming gifts made with more specific scenarios in mind, and most of those recommendations still hold true for this season.
If you’re not concerned about practicality and want something more fun, look at things such as game-branded clothing, or posters. There are so many whimsical gifts out there made for gamers that it shouldn’t be difficult for you to find something your gamer would love. Whether it’s an Assassin’s Creed emblem necklace or this Fallout helmet coin bank, there are an unbelievable number of fun gifts for gamers out there.
Need some more last-minute ideas? Here are a few last-minute ideas for tech users that aren’t gaming-specific. Have some great gift ideas we missed? Let us know in the comments below!