December 15, 2021

The best gifts for gamers of 2021

Shopping for the gamer on your list? If you'd like to level up your gift-giving this holiday, take a look at this list featuring 2021's best gifts for gamers.

A handheld gaming console

Nintendo Switch Lite

Nintendo Switch Lite

Given its compact, lightweight design, the Nintendo Switch Lite is ideal for gaming on the go. It's compatible with all Switch games that support Handheld mode, including many new releases like The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.


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For impressive gaming visuals

hp omen

HP OMEN 27i Monitor

This gaming monitor is appreciated for its true-to-life color, speedy 165Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time. It’s compatible with PCs and gaming consoles, making it suitable for all types of gamers.

 A high-quality PC gaming headset


HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Gaming Headset

A quality headset, like this wireless Hyper X model, allows gamers to hear every audio detail in games, including faint sounds like wind or footsteps.  The headset delivers immersive 7.1 surround sound and up to 17 hours of battery life per charge.


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A Pokémon bedding set

Pokémon, "Kanto Favorites" Twin Bed in a Bag Set

Pokémon Kanto Favorites Twin Bed-in-a-Bag Set

This official Pokémon bed set features colorful characters like Pikachu, Charmander and Squirtle. It comes with a cozy, heavyweight comforter, sheets and a pillowcase, all of which are machine-washable for easy cleaning.

A gaming laptop

Omen Laptop

HP OMEN Gaming Laptop

Well-suited for casual gamers on the go, this 16.1-inch HP laptop is equipped with a fast processor and upgraded display for better visuals. It has a full-size keyboard and cooling technology.

A Final Fantasy-inspired soundbar

soundslayer soundbar

Panasonic SoundSlayer Soundbar

The Panasonic SoundSlayer Soundbar, designed in part by Final Fantasy's sound engineers, is a Dolby Atmos-powered to deliver a 3D sound experience. It has a low-profile design that blends in seamlessly with gaming setups.


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A smart light strips kit

Phlips Hue BLE Lightstrip

Philips Hue BLE LED Lightstrips Kit

Customize a gaming setup with mood lighting with this smart lighting kit by Philips. Once the kit is connected to a smart home hub, such as Alexa, Google Assistant or IFTT, it's easy to transition between favorite lighting modes.

A special-edition basketball game

NBA 2K22 75th Anniversary Edition - Xbox One

NBA 2K22 75th Anniversary Edition

This collectible NBA 2K game celebrates 75 years of basketball, including both the NBA and WNBA. Players have countless gameplay options. They can build dream teams, live out their very own pro journeys or flex their executive skills in team management.

An exciting superhero game

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy - PlayStation 4

Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy

As Star-Lord, players get to lead the Guardians of the Galaxy as they battle it out with ferocious monsters. While the game is unpredictable and immersive, there are several funny and lighthearted moments — plus there's an '80s mix tape to keep players grooving while they play.

A colorful Sonic adventure game

Sonic Colors Ultimate- Launch Edition - Nintendo Switch

Sonic Colors Ultimate: Launch Edition

Explore six new, colorful worlds in Sonic's latest adventure. As beautiful as each board looks, don't let it fool you — there are plenty of challenges, mazes and sticky situations Sonic will need to get through.


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An essential gaming tee

ann arbor gaming shirt

Ann Arbor Gaming T-Shirt

This funny shirt resonates with many gamers, including those who find it hard to peel themselves away from exciting dungeons, matches or boards. It's made with a mid-weight cotton blend that gets progressively softer when washed.

A guide to gaming history

The Game Console 2.0- A Photographic History from Atari to Xbox Hardcover

"The Game Console 2.0" by Evan Amos

The full-color guide with stunning photography, now updated for 2021, chronicles everything gamers need to know about the early days. From Atari 2600 to PlayStation 5, it's safe to say that pretty much all systems, games and pop culture are covered in it.

A premium gaming mouse

Razer Naga Trinity Gaming Mouse

Razer Naga Trinity Gaming Mouse

Look no further for a gaming mouse that can keep up with intense gaming sessions. This high-precision Razer mouse has a true 16,000-DPI 5G optical sensor and features ergonomic access to 19 programmable buttons.

A retro gaming-inspired LEGO set

LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System 71374 Building Kit

LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System Building Kit

Build your own classic NES and '80s television in this unique LEGO set. It's well-received for its fine details, right down to the on-screen Super Mario Bros. game and a game cartridge — and yes, you can blow in it. 

A Mario Monopoly game


Hasbro Monopoly: Super Mario Celebration Edition

Players will enjoy classic Super Mario artwork, characters and game pieces with this licensed board game. It comes with a Question Mark Box that plays iconic sound effects from the games, including Bowser's cackle and the Power-Up sound.


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Anthony Marcusa is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money. 


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