Quirky Christmas gifts for gamers
Are you running out of ideas of what to buy the gamer who has everything? Well, here’s a list of a few quirky products that they most likely haven’t got their dextrous hands on. After all, what is gift-giving for if not to provide the things our friends can’t justify buying for themselves, the things they most certainly don’t need, but which will provide them with oodles of fun.
If you’re buying for a fan of arcade games, check out the Pac-Man Pixelated Lamp, which will bring a touch of retro style to any bedroom. Alternatively, there’s an even more colourful Nintendo Playstation Icons Light which can also be set to react to music. Another bedside accessory for the night owl gamer who struggles in the daylight is the Nintendo Game Boy Alarm Clock, fashioned to look exactly like the 90s handheld console, or a Playstation Alarm Clock, which looks exactly – and perhaps disorientingly – like the controller. For a more modern touch, you might consider an art print from Displate, who create high-quality posters of a huge variety of iconic games including Pokemon, Halo, Zelda and Mario from metal.
Fans of live gaming might appreciate a personalised headphone stand, which is customisable in various shades. If you have kids, for those with a Switch, the most exciting option is Nintendo Labo, a series of weird and wonderful cardboard extensions for your Joy-Cons (referred to rather adorably as “Toy-Cons”), which range from a fishing rod to a piano, enabling you to interact with your console in wildly inventive ways. If you’re buying for a fan of online mobile gaming for a bit of fun try gifting them the PinBall Magic for iPhone or iPod Touch, which transforms their device into a mini pinball machine for a small-scale arcade experience.
For fun gaming fashion designs that can be printed onto a variety of products, check out Redbubble or Society 6. Both have many options from independent artists, so it’s the perfect place to find something they don’t sell on the high street. Etsy also offer lots of custom jewellery such as dice earrings for dungeon masters, pokemon ball pendants and roulette wheel rings. Failing all else, if your friend would prefer to dress their avatars rather than themselves, you could settle for a gift card with online credit, available for both Xbox and PlayStation.
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