Gifts For the Gamer Who Has It All

Here’s what else you can buy to still impress the gamer in your life.

The holiday season brings on a barrage of blockbuster titles for gamers. It’s the best time of year for that demo, but also the worst for those who give gifts—because gamers don’t wait to open neatly wrapped packages to play. Here’s what else you can buy that’ll still impress them.

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NES Classic Edition

NES Classic Edition

This pint-size piece of nostalgia calls back to the 8-bit glory of the ’80s. It ships with 30 preinstalled retro titles, including Super Mario Bros., Final Fantasy and The Legend of Zelda. Start searching now, as the system is pretty tough to find. $60,
nintendo.com/nes-classic

Scuf Controller

Scuf Gaming designs custom-built controllers that are the industry standard in the professional e-sports scene, and a godsend to gamers. Personal touches include everything from the “Venom” snakeskin print to the addition of paddles on the back of the controller to remap key buttons (for good ol’ pub-stomping advantages). From $119.95, scufgaming.com

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Scuf controller

Kingston HyperX Cloud Headsets

Behind every good gamer is a great headset, and you can’t go wrong with the HyperX Cloud series. Not only are they compatible with the holy trinity of gaming (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC), but they also feature microphone detachment, so players can turn their headsets into high-end headphones on the fly. The pillowy ear cups allow for lengthy play sessions, and the sound levels will keep gamers at the top of the leaderboards. From $70, hyperxgaming.com/us

Online Memberships

It’s all fun and games until your Xbox Live or PS Plus membership runs out. If you want your gamer to enjoy any or all of the previously mentioned gifts, consider renewing their membership that allows them to play online. Yearly subscriptions will remind them why they love you. $60, gamestop.com

Hard Drives

The Xbox One and PS4 systems only hold an average of 500 gigabytes of storage. That seems like a lot, but when you consider most titles fall between 20 and 50 gigabytes, 10 installed games cap it off. A number of external and internal hard drives are available to remedy this issue. Some respected brands include Seagate, Western Digital and Toshiba, but there’s plenty of other options. Prices vary, amazon.com

Game Soundtrack Vinyl

Some developers enclose a CD of their games’ musical scores in special editions, but others go the extra mile and release the music on vinyl. You’ve got a beautiful collection of LPs to choose from, with the game’s artwork spilling from the sleeves and onto the records themselves. Recommendations include the ethereal cadence of Fallout 4 ($100), the eclectic jams of Grand Theft Auto V ($150) and the aural adventure of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End ($35). store.bethsoft.com, amazon.com, store.iam8bit.com 

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