Game Tech: Great gamer gifts for Christmas

Game Tech: Great gamer gifts for Christmas

If you have a gamer to buy for this Christmas, here are some suggestions about suitable presents.

Nintendo Switch Lite (Price: €200)

There will be plenty of Christmas Lites this year. The Switch Lite is a fully handheld version of the classic Switch at a lower price point.

The screen is slightly smaller than the classic version, and Lite doesn’t come with a hub that connects to TVs, making this the perfect gift for people who prefer to play mobile or those who travel a lot.

Pokemon Sword and Shield will be among the biggies on Switch.

Steam Gift Card

Watch your money evaporate. Steam is the primary vendor for digital PC games online, with a library of countless games for sale.

Even if your giftee has an older machine, there will still be plenty of games for them to choose from. And yes, giftee is a word.

Virtual Reality (VR) unit

While Jamiroquai’s prophecy is yet to befulfilled, you can edge it closer by purchasing a VR unit for Christmas.

They range from the relatively affordable Oculus Go (€200) and PlayStation VR (€300) to the pricier Oculus Rift with Touch Controllers (€1,000) and Valve Index (€1,000).

Only the Oculus Go operates independently of other machines, so check that your loved one has the right equipment to match the VR unit.

Gaming merchandise

Pokemon Sword and Shield is expected to be the most popular Nintendo Switch game over the Christmas.
Pokemon Sword and Shield is expected to be the most popular Nintendo Switch game over the Christmas.

This one takes a little more detective work, but is well worth the effort. Do a little digging to discover your loved one’s favourite games — then buy them some gear to match.

Most successful games have merchandise for sale online, ranging from character models to plushies to t-shirts.

Even if your gamer doesn’t want to admit it, they’ll nerd out over the right poster or coffee mug.

Sega Mega Drive Mini

The Mega Drive has a beloved spot in Irish gaming history, even more so than Nintendo’s equivalent SNES.

If your gamer was one of those Sega kids, then they’ll get a proper kick out of the Mega Drive Mini (€70).

It comes with a whopping 42 games, including some of the best titles of their generation.

The Mini is also a great gift for kids, who can explore the past with their parents on Christmas Day.

Cosmetics

No, L’Oreal didn’t release gaming eye-cream. Although we wish they did.

If your gamer plays online, there’s a good chance their favourite title will sell cosmetics, extra purchases which change the appearance of characters or equipment.

Fortnite is the most lucrative example of this model.

You could offer to fund your gamer’s cosmetic shopping spree — better yet, log into their game and place the funds ahead of time as a surprise.

Twitch subscriptions

If your gamer is an enthusiast, there’s a big chance they have a favourite streamer — so give them a Twitch gift card and they can become a patron.

Twitch is the place where Fortnite legend Ninja became a multi-millionaire, but there are thousands of other streamers who only have limited followers and rely entirely on subscriptions to stay active.

Super Mario Bros Encyclopedia

It’s-a-me, in a book-a! Even if your gamer isn’t a Nintendo fan, this history of Mario makes for a fun read and cool insight into just how many adventures the Italian plumber has been on. (The answer is 17, according to the book).

The Super Mario Bros Encyclopedia (€20) cameout a few years ago, so it’s missing MarioOdyssey, but it’s still a great gift for any fan of the series.

Custom controller

Gamers spend countless hours with a controller in their hand — it’s their loyal steed, their sword and shield.

Standard controllers are great, but they all look the same. Get online and buy your gamer a customised controller, choosing everything from personalised colour schemes to imagery on the plastic.

Green, white and gold, perhaps?

Games

The most dangerous choice on the list, but potentially the most incredible. Buy your gamer something different, something they don’t know and would never try otherwise.

Don’t buy that Call of Duty, that FIFA, that Mario. Ask a shop attendant for a personal recommendation, or do some research online, and broaden your gamer’s horizons.

You’ll never know — you might open up a whole new world.

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