The 20 Best Gifts for Gamers in 2019

From casual to hardcore, find the best gift for gaming fanatics in your life

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Our Top Picks

Sega Genesis Mini at Amazon

"The Sega Genesis Mini is an affordable console with 40 pre-installed games that comes ready to play out of the box."

Nintendo Switch Lite at Amazon

"This Lite version will play Switch games that support handheld mode and retains the same touchscreen design of the larger system."

Arcade1up 12-in-1 Arcade Cabinet at Amazon

"This arcade cabinet comes packed with 12 different classic titles, like Asteroids and Mission Command."

Nintendo Labo Variety Kit at Amazon

"This pack includes five different builds that can be used with a Nintendo Switch and the included game cartridge."

Ring Fit Adventure at Amazon

"Compatible with the Switch, this game is controlled via two custom controllers that require you to get up and move around to play."

Xbox Game Pass Membership at Amazon

"An Xbox Game Pass membership opens up a library of over 100 games on Xbox One for about the price of two new Xbox games."

Xbox One Fortnite Edition Wireless Controller at Amazon

"If you’re looking for a great gift for the Fortnite fanatic in your life, this special edition controller is an excellent choice."

Scuf Infinity 4PS PS4 Controller at scufgaming.com

"For players who spend a lot of time on the PlayStation 4, this upgraded controller has all the features they could ever want."

PlayStation Icons Light at Amazon

"This light is a bright, neon option that will jazz up any PlayStation fan’s room."

SteelSeries Arctis 3 Bluetooth Gaming Headset at Amazon

"This high-quality headset can work across multiple platforms, including PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and more."

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    Sega Genesis Mini

    The '90s were the heyday of console gaming in several ways, and the Sega Genesis is exemplary of how great things were back then. Whether you've got a '90s baby in your family with fond memories of Sonic the Hedgehog or Comix Zone or want to introduce the younger generation to one of the greatest consoles of all time, the Sega Genesis Mini is an affordable choice with 40 pre-installed games that comes ready to play out of the box with 2 wired controllers, a power cable, and HDMI cable to get you going. Make it a retro gaming night and see who can best the more difficult Sonic levels in your home with this fun mini console. 

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    Nintendo Switch Lite

    This new iteration of Nintendo's console-handheld hybrid was created specifically for playing when undocked. As such, it's smaller, lighter, and more durable than playing with the regular Switch and Joy-Con controllers attached. It's also leagues cheaper and comes in three different color options. It will play most Switch games (the ones that support Handheld mode) and it retains the same touchscreen design of the larger system. It's perfect for children who need a cheaper way to get into the fun, and there's no reason to have to worry about them accidentally pulling off a Joy-Con here and there – everything is integrated. 

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    Arcade1up 12-in-1 Arcade Cabinet

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     Arcade1Up

    Sometimes the best gifts for gamers aren't the newest releases—they're old school, like this classic arcade set up. This 3/4-scale arcade cabinet comes packed with 12 different classic titles in one machine: Asteroids, Centipede, Tempest, and Missile Command just to name a few. With authentic controls, a 17-inch color LCD screen, and a sturdy, attractive setup, it's perfect for the entire family to jump on and play.

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    Nintendo Labo Variety Kit

    The Nintendo Labo Variety Kit is an exciting set of different projects any curious video game fan will be eager to get their hands on. It includes five different setups that can be made out of nothing but cardboard and included components—yes, cardboard. There are enough materials to create a Toy-Con RC Car, Fishing Rod, House, Motorbike, and Piano. Each project can be used with a game on the included cartridge that brings your projects to life. If you know younger gamers interested in exploring STEM or anyone who loves to tinker, this is a great option. 

    Want more ideas for kids who love STEM? Check out these top gifts for gifted children.

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    Ring Fit Adventure

    Nintendo is trying something new and innovative with its exercise sports game Ring Fit Adventure. Compatible with the Switch, this game is controlled via two physical input methods: the Ring-Con plastic ring and a Leg Strap that contains a Joy-Con controller. Both components come packaged with an RPG that's controlled by the player's movements while they're connected to the leg strap and holding the ring. It's a fun and exciting way to get in shape, and will no doubt encourage players of all ages and sizes to get up and moving while exploring a fantasy world. 

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    Xbox Game Pass Membership

    This is a gift as exciting as it is practical. An Xbox Game Pass membership opens up a library of over 100 games on Xbox One as “the Netflix of video games.” This 1-year prepaid membership will open up a world of ever-changing titles that are constantly curated by Microsoft for eager players. From Microsoft exclusives to classic titles, it’s chock-full of a variety of different games to play. For about the price of two new Xbox One video games, you can offer an entire library of games that can be downloaded and enjoyed for as long as the membership is valid. With new games always around the corner, it remains one of the best values for console players. 

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    Xbox One Fortnite Edition Wireless Controller

    Fortnite is one of the most popular video games out there right now. If you’re looking for a great, practical gift for an Xbox One owner in your life, this special edition controller is an excellent choice. It's dark purple with a black background, which sets it apart as a special Fortnite edition. It also comes with Legendary Dark Vertex skin to be used in-game as well as 500 V-Bucks, which can be spent in-game. Plus, it costs around the same price as a regular controller, making it a great value for you and a wonderful gift for anyone who spends a lot of time on this popular game. 

    Looking for games for a child? Check out our roundup of the best Xbox games for kids.

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    Scuf Infinity 4PS PS4 Controller

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     SCUF Pro

    Since Sony hasn't made a "pro" DualShock 4 controller, Scuf's wireless Infinity 4PS Pro is a fantastic option for avid gamers. With a variety of designs, a 12-month replacement paddle policy, adjustable triggers, digital switches, and special grips, it's a comfortable and rugged way to approach gaming on PlayStation 4. It's a bit more expensive than typical DualShock 4 controllers, but it's a hardy pick that's worth it for anyone who spends a lot of time playing games on their PlayStation 4.

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    PlayStation Icons Light

    Even casual gamers know the PlayStation “icons” emblazoned on the front of the controller’s face buttons: Triangle, Circle, Cross, and Square. Now, these icons can be used to light up any room from a shelf or entertainment center. This light is a bright, neon option that will jazz up any PlayStation fan’s room, doubling as a cool tribute to some of the most recognizable symbols in gaming of all time. 

    Want more gift ideas? We've rounded up the best gifts for teenagers.

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    SteelSeries Arctis 3 Bluetooth Gaming Headset

    For aspiring or current video game streamers, a headset is a necessary part of the hobby. This sleek and affordable Bluetooth wireless option will get the job done in style. It can work across multiple platforms, including PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC—even mobile titles. It offers clear voice chat with a high-quality mic, comes in two colors (black and white) and offers great comfort and style at an affordable price.

    Interested in reading more reviews? Check out our article on the best gifts for the whole family.

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    Seagate Game Drive for Xbox

    Xbox One systems come with a decent amount of storage, but given how large game downloads are these days, frequent players can always use more. This external hard drive option adds four additional terabytes of space to any typical Xbox One system. That means gamers will never have to delete downloaded games again to open up storage for a new game. Plus, this particular hard drive was created specifically for use with Xbox One systems, so it's easy to set up. 

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    WD - My Passport 4TB External HD

    PlayStation 4 games have only grown in size in terms of storage over the years. While most PlayStation 4 systems offer plenty of space, there are always situations where console owners could use a bit more. This external hard drive is an excellent option for PS4 owners looking to max out how much space they have on hand to save games and media. There are a variety of different styles and colors to choose from, depending on the gamer's personality.

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    Pokémon Snorlax Stuffed Plush

    For younger Pokémon fans, this plush Snorlax is a snuggly friend to play with off-screen. It’s huge, cuddly, and a great nod to the massive Pokémon that can always be found sleeping in the anime series or video game. You don’t need a Poké Flute to wake this massive bean bag monster up, but you can curl up with it and fall asleep. It’s also great for keeping on display or for guarding little ones’ collections of Pokémon plush toys (or their other stuffed animals). 

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    Accumulator Game Storage Tower

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    As it turns out, there can be such a thing as too many games. Help a gamer in your life get organized with this storage tower. It can hold 24 standard-sized games, including older games, Blu-ray, and DVDs. You can stack games vertically or horizontally, and best of all, it will free up shelf space and keep your messy gaming fan a bit more in control—no more sifting through piles to find that one particular game. 

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    Super Mario Bros. Warp Pipe Koozy

    Give a retro video game lover in your life a new way to keep their drink at the perfect temperature with this adorable Super Mario-themed Warp Pipe koozy. Fashioned to look just like a warp pipe as seen in the classic Mario games, it insulates your drink, keeping hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold.

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    Respawn RSP-200 Racing-Style Leather Gaming Chair

    Any serious gamer needs an ergonomically sound chair to keep them comfortable and save their back during long sessions. This Respawn pick is a race car-style gaming chair with comfortable cushioning, a reinforced mesh backing to help users stay cool, and 360 degrees of swivel rotation to enable anyone sitting in the chair to turn as much as they need to swap from monitor to monitor. Affordable and luxurious, this is a chair that anyone who spends a lot of time in-game would be glad to receive. 

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    Gunnar Optiks Intercept Gaming/Computer Glasses

    Know a gamer who spends their time training to go pro? Or maybe you know one who doesn't tear their eyes away from the screen as often as they should. These Gunnar Optiks glasses are a great way to help mitigate some of the potential eye strain that could be affecting them. They're proven to block 65% of blue light, 100% of UV, and they look quite stylish as well. Whether you're gifting someone who plays mobile games, PC titles, or games on a console, these glasses should make their eyes feel a bit better overall. 

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    Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Charging Dock

    Give the gift of never having dead Nintendo Joy-Con controllers again with this handy charging station. It can charge four Joy-Con controllers simultaneously within two hours by way of a USB Type-C port. The transparent light indicator glows green when completely charged, and will remain red when the controllers are still being juiced up. For anyone who plays a lot of multiplayer titles on the Switch (or prefers to play with controllers detached), this is an excellent and practical gift. 

    For more inspiration, check out our list of the best gifts for teen boys.

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    PlayStation Controller Alarm Clock

    If you know a gaming fan who needs some help rolling out of bed in the morning, this PlayStation alarm clock should do the trick. Shaped like a DualShock 4 controller, it's the exact size and shape of a controller sitting on a charging station. It's a high-quality novelty showpiece as well as a functioning digital alarm that shows the time, date, and what the alarm is set for. Waking up with video games on your mind is fun enough, so why not jump right in as soon as the alarm sounds?

    For more gift recommendations, check out our favorite gifts for teenage girls.

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    Game Boy Watch

    This Game Boy watch places a diminutive version of the classic handheld system right on a video game fanatic's wrist. With a comfortable rubber strap, digital display, and a Super Mario Land alarm that sounds when you set the time, it's perfect for any Nintendo fan—or anyone who wants a good conversation piece to go with their casual look. It's durable, instantly recognizable, and affordable.

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