Buying the best gift for gamers in your life is a tricky proposition, especially if you don’t know your Apex from your PUBG.
Of course, it would help to know roughly what type of gamer you’re dealing with beforehand. Are they PC or console? And if the latter, PS4, Xbox One or Switch?
Even then, it might be best to leave your beloved gamer to make the big tech decisions and you can supplement their hobby with accessories and other handy bits and pieces for all-day-long gaming sessions.
UPDATE:We've added the Nari Ultimate wireless gaming headset from Razer to our best gifts for gamers list. Packed with Razer's new HyperSense technology, it converts sounds into touch feedback, which basically means you can 'feel' gameplay like never before with vibrations. This haptic headset isn't cheap, but it's a fantastic and forward-thinking piece of tech if you're looking for a special gift for a gamer.
If you are willing to spend more and know exactly what your gamer friend, partner or family member wants, then check out our best games console test.
Not in the position to splash the cash on a console? Here are some other, much more safe, gift ideas for gamers.
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Best gifts for gamers
1. Fnatic miniSTREAK keyboard
You might only use your keyboard to tap out emails and write reports, but to a PC gamer it’s an essential piece of gaming equipment. Standard keyboards aren’t really up to the job when it comes to responsiveness and durability. That’s why there’s a lucrative market in pricey game-ready mechanical keyboards.
The Fnatic miniSTREAK features high quality Cherry MX Red key switches, an adjustable wrist rest, dedicated media keys, and clean software for customising key bindings. And yes, it also has customisable RGB lighting.
2. HORI Switch Compact PlayStand
One of the key appeals of the Nintendo Switch is that you can play high quality console games without tying up the TV. It’s quite a hefty piece of kit to wield for lengthy periods, though.
This simple plastic stand solves that, supporting the weight of the Switch while tilting it towards your face in one of three preset angles. You can then detach and use the Joy-Con segments as a separate controller - or better yet, use the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller mentioned elsewhere.
3. SteelSeries Arctis 7
A decent set of wireless headphones boosts immersion and gives online shooter players a competitive advantage. Being able to pinpoint where the enemy is through directional sound instantly gives an edge over all those players who rely on mono or stereo speakers.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 is one of the best sets of gaming headphones on the market for PS4 and PC users. They sound outstanding, they’re comfortable, they’re extremely flexible, and they pack an excellent mic.
4. SteelSeries Arctis 9X
For the Xbox One gamer who demands every advantage when taking to the online battlefields, we can wholeheartedly recommend the SteelSeries Arctis 9X.
This is a high-class set of wireless headphones that will help the lucky gamer to zone in on their targets with freakish accuracy based on audio alone. They’re also built beautifully, and will fit on the most lumpy of heads with the utmost delicacy. The SteelSeries mic is famously crisp and clear, too.
5. Turtle Beach Recon 70
Available in red, blue and green, depending on your gaming taste, the Turtle Beach Recon 70 range is one of the cheapest and best budget gaming headsets out at the moment. Offering a flip-up mic, decent-sized 40mm over-ear cans and because they are nice and light these are ideal for those who want decent personal audio on a budget
6. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
The Nintendo Switch is a wonderful console that comes bundled with the most ingenious controller imaginable. While the detachable Joy-Cons are extremely flexible, though, they don’t combine into a particularly accomplished stand-alone controller to match the PS4 and Xbox One equivalents.
That’s why the classically proportioned Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is one of the best gifts you can give a Switch owner. It’ll improve any Switch game by a surprising amount, especially in docked mode.
7. Razer Deathadder Elite
A new mouse might sound like an odd gift to buy for a gamer. But if they are a hardcore PC player, it makes perfect sense.
In the world of competitive online shooters, especially, mouse precision and reliability is everything. And they don’t come much more precise or reliable than the Razer Deathadder Elite. It packs a high-precision 16,000 DPI sensor, seven programmable buttons, and precise mechanical mouse switches. Oh, and it also features a colour-changing RGB logo, which the PC gaming crowd seem to dig.
8. Turtle Beach Battle Buds
In-ear gaming headphones aren't as common as their over ear bedfellows but Turtle Beach has come out with a low-cost pair that are ideal for those gaming on the go. Although they also work for the PS4 and Xbox One, these are our preferred choice for the Nintendo Switch - with 10mm speakers and decent chat capabilities.
9. Razer Nari Ultimate
The Nari Ultimate wireless gaming headset from Razer is the latest addition to our best gifts for gamers list.
Packed with Razer's new HyperSense technology, it converts sounds into touch feedback, which basically means you can 'feel' gameplay like never before with all kinds of different vibrations. But don't worry, it's smart. It's not just going to rumble randomly, it tailors sensations to whatever is going on in the game, so the low, all-round vibration or a plane passing overhear or the very targeted powerful vibration to the side of your head in a fight.
Now admittedly, this haptic headset isn't cheap, but it's a fantastic and forward-thinking piece of tech if you're looking for a special gift for a gamer.
10. Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller
This gift represents the very height of specialist luxury for the Xbox One gamer in your life. It’s an incredibly well constructed, impressively customisable, and really rather expensive controller.
The Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller features interchangeable controls (because different genres have different requirements), hair trigger locks, and a premium chassis that incorporates metal components. You also get the potential to attach four control levers, which can act as alternative inputs to the regular buttons. The overall result is a competitive edge for committed gamers.
11. PlayStation VR Mega Pack
Sony’s PlayStation 4 is the most successful console of its generation, with an unbeatable library of games and solid hardware. But it has another potential string to its bow in the form of PlayStation VR, which is one of the most accessible and well-supported VR gaming platforms on the market.
Buy this generous Mega Pack (complete with five brilliant games) for your PS4-owning acquaintance, and you’ll literally be opening up a whole new dimension of gaming for them. Satisfaction, wonderment and gratitude guaranteed.