‘Tis the season to shop for your gaming friends – and maybe grab a little something for yourself. There is an assortment of great games that you can pick up, but sometimes you just want to go the extra mile and find that gift that really signifies a gamer at heart.
So we’ve come up with a list of five gaming essentials that will make anyone’s Christmas, Hannukah or Kwanzaa, allowing them (or you) to show off gaming style when there’s not a controller in hand.
Some might be a bit on the pricey side, but there’s no question that these gifts are absolutely worth it when it comes to spreading gaming cheer this holiday season!
We mentioned these a few days ago, and they’re the ultimate way to show off your love for Overwatch. There are several different hoodies available to choose from, including D.Va, Widowmaker, Roadhog (my favorite – sorry D.Va), Genji and so many more. The line of hoodies will also expand next year with a ton of new characters, in case your favorite isn’t available yet.
The hoodies are going for $59.99 (less if you apply the discount code “TheDCD_952” – yes, my code), and will ship in time for the holidays, so you can show off just how much of a D.Va fan you are. They’re going quick, so pick them up while you can, or be Nerf’d!
While some people may prefer the comfort (and convenience) of a good set of headphones, there’s something stylish about Atari’s speakerhat. Being able to wear a baseball hat and blare tunes out of it through Bluetooth connectivity is pretty novel – and you can recharge it pretty easily.
Atari has four different models available, including a nifty Blade Runner 2049 version, and you can get any of them right now for $99.99 with free U.S. shipping. They’re that perfect gift for folks that just love to blare tunes while they walk around, but prefer not to haul a big boombox with them. You can get yours here.
While most music-oriented gamers are probably already getting down with other Harmonix offerings like Super Beat Sports on the Nintendo Switch and Rock Band 4 for Xbox One and PS4, they probably don’t realize that Harmonix made a fun little board game as well. Titled DropMix, the game, made in collaboration with Hasbro, allows you to mix various tunes featuring a number of rock, hip hop and pop artists.
There’s a good pack of cars already included in the game (with a number of tunes to choose from), but you can buy additional packs to mix things up even further. It’s actually a lot more fun than you may realize – and may have you longing for a video game edition. Check out more details about the game here.
It seems everyone is doing the mini-arcade game approach these days, particularly with these guys running a successful Centipede KickStarter campaign. But while you’re waiting for that machine to roll around, you can take advantage of ThinkGeek’s Tiny Arcade machines, which are available for sale here.
For $19.99 apiece, you can relive the glory of hits like Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man or Space Invaders through miniature, and fully playable, machines, which you can attach to your keychain or simply have at your desk to distract you from your job. Collect them all and create your own mini-arcade. You don’t even need quarters.
Vinyl albums seem to be making quite the rounds in the video game community, with everything from The Adventures of Bayou Billy to The Witcher III: Wild Hunt getting that treatment. But hardly anything will beat the impressive 4 LP set for Cuphead, featuring over 50 songs from the hit shoot-em-up game for Xbox One and Windows 10. The soundtrack is quite memorable, and the set’s design is unspeakably cool, like something you’d find out of the 50’s. Plus, you also get a digital download code, in case you wish to listen to the album more conveniently.