When choosing the perfect gift for a gamer, there are so many accessories, components and new technologies being launched each day that it can feel overwhelming. However, when you consider the gamer in your life it is easier to narrow down your search, whether they are an old-school Gen X gamer, a Gen Z nephew or a Boomer who took up gaming in retirement as a way to connect with the youngsters.
Upcoming gaming titles
Gift upcoming games due for release in 2022. Nintendo is offering Splatoon 3, Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Project Triangle Strategy and Bomb Rush Cyberfunk. For PC gamers consider titles delayed from 2021 including Ghostwire: Tokyo, Rainbow Six Extraction, Warhammer 40K: Darktide, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake and Sifu. There are also games due in 2022 across PC, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch and Xbox such as Blood Bowl 3, Evil Dead: The Game and Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong.
For Switch owners: Sandisk Ultra 400 GB microSDXC Card
The 400 GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC card is like gold for a Switch owner. This makes it a fun gift for grandparents that have been enjoying gaming on Switch and makes for one of the best golden anniversary gift ideas for them. This is because the Switch only has 32GB of internal storage whilst the top games can take up to 15GB, so a microSDXC card means that games do not have to be constantly deleted and reloaded.
Most gamers spend a lot of time in front of a screen for long gaming sessions. Whilst most start using a standard office chair, consider a serious gaming chair that offers support in all the right places, with adjustable armrests, headrest and lumbar support so they will remain comfortable during gameplay. You could also consider gifting a gaming desk or a gaming keyboard.
Reclaim your television with the gift of a gaming monitor, particularly for competitive-minded players using next-gen consoles from both PlayStation and Xbox that offer 120 frames per second gameplay in stunning 4K resolution. This means that even a 60Hz 4K TV is not high-performance enough and the new HDMI 2.1 standard is what most gamers wish for.
Blue blocking glasses
Protect their eyes from the computer’s blue light with a pair of clear BLPF (blue light protection factor) 35 glasses. Choose frames that suit their style. If you need help you can try the glasses on virtually through the manufacturer’s website, just upload a photograph of the gift recipient and get started.
Charger and stand
A headphone stand keeps their gaming desk tidy but can also charge devices with several USB ports and a couple of power outlets so that a phone, watch or laptop can be charged or plugged in during gaming. Choose a color that fits in with their gaming table décor.
If you want to keep away from tech gifts, search out a vintage icon T-shirt that links them to their favorite console or otherwise honors their love of gaming over the decades. You can find vintage shirts that honor the Spectrum ZX logo, the original 1978 arcade version of Space Invaders or perhaps a rare vintage Sonic the Hedgehog T-shirt with the Gildan mosaic design.
Adapter for Windows 10
Gift a wireless adapter for Windows 10 so that your recipient can game in comfort on a PC using an Xbox controller. Choose an adapter that can support multiple controllers so they can play team games with friends, with the ability to remap buttons to create different profiles.