December 7, 2020

The best gifts for gamers of 2020

Shopping for the gamer on your list? These are some of the most popular games, consoles, and gaming accessories this year. Get them now before they sell out!

 

For quality sound effects

soundslayer soundbar

Panasonic SoundSlayer Soundbar: $299.99 at Amazon

Video games don’t just offer impressive graphics, but also provide thrilling sound too. The gamer in your life will love the immersive quality of this Panasonic SoundSlayer Soundbar specifically designed for video games.

For impressive gaming visuals

hp omen

HP OMEN 27i Monitor: $449.99 at Best Buy (was $499.99)

This sizable gaming monitor offers users a fast refresh rate, vivid detail, and quick response time. It’s also compatible with PCs and gaming consoles so it should suit any gamer.

Handheld gaming for everyone

nintendo switch

Nintendo Switch: $299.99 at Amazon

It’s an exceedingly popular handheld gaming console, and it features some of the most popular games available. A Nintendo Switch is a convenient, all-ages device for both the casual and serious gamers in your life. 

Fan-favorite game for all ages

animal crossing

Animal Crossing: New Horizons: $49.99 at Amazon

We mentioned that Nintendo Switch has some popular games - "Animal Crossing: New Horizons" is one of those phenomena. This addictive, immersive all-ages game offers endless entertainment playing solo or with friends around the world. Also available at Best Buy.

Wacky game for the whole family

Crash Bandicoot

Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time: $39.99 at Amazon (was $59.99)

This family-friendly game is faithful to the original, beloved Crash Bandicoot series. It welcomes all ages and skill levels, with enough engagement for younger gamers and plenty of challenges for seasoned pros. Amazon restocks on Nov. 28.  Also available at Best Buy.

For gamers on the move

hp gaming laptop

HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop: $899.99 at HP

For those gamers on the go, give them this high-powered, fast-processing gaming laptop from HP. It boasts an impressive display and large storage to house a slew of popular games wherever you are.

High-quality headset

hyperx

HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Gaming Headset: $64.99 at Amazon (was $79.99)

A quality headset allows gamers to listen to every detail in their game while communicating with other players - all while drowning out any distractions in the real world. This option for PC games offers immersive 7.1 surround sound. Also available at Best Buy.

Membership perks

ps plus membership

PS Plus One-Year Membership: $59.99 at Amazon

If you’re unsure of what game exactly to get the gamer in your life, then opt for an online membership and allow them to explore the possibilities. A PS Plus subscription offers two free games for a month, plus countless discounts, perks, and other entertainment. Also available at Best Buy.

Compatible with Xbox or PC

xbox wireless controller

Xbox Wireless Controller: $44.99 at Best Buy

An Xbox controller is not only compatible with Xbox consoles past and present, including Xbox One, but it also allows you to play on Windows 10 on a PC. An additional controller for the gamer in your life will allow others to play along, too. We also like the color of this option. 

For board game lovers

eldritch horror

Eldritch Horror: $47.64 at Amazon (was $59.99)

For those who enjoy tabletop board games, we recommend this cooperative, immersive fantasy game inspired by Lovecraftian lore. Battle monsters, travel through portals, and explore the world in this card and dice adventure.

A gamer’s best friend

logitech gaming mouse

Logitech G502 Hero High Performance Gaming Mouse: $39.99 at Amazon (was $79.99)

PC gamers need a versatile, sensitive, and quick-acting mouse to be successful in the virtual world. We recommend this option that features adjustable weight, color options, and customizable buttons. Also available at Best Buy.

A fascinating game suited for adults

the last of us

The Last of Us Part II, PS4: $29.99 at Amazon (was $59.99)

An incredible follow-up to one of the most unforgettable games from the last ten years, "The Last of Us Part II" is tense, stunning, and utterly compelling. This is for the adult gamer in your life who wants an emotional story with terrific gameplay. Be warned, it does get violent and terrifying. Also available at Best Buy.

Explore the Watch Dog series

watch dogs

Watch Dogs Legion, Xbox One: $29.99 at Amazon (was $59.99)

There’s plenty for gamers to love about the latest open-world adventure from Ubisoft. This entry into the Watch Dog series allows you to recruit and play as any character in a faithfully recreated London, England. It’s an ideal option for teens and adults who love to customize and control how they go about their adventures. Also available at Best Buy.

A popular PS5 game

spider man

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, PS5,: $49.88 at Amazon

Whether or not the gamer in your life will have a PS5 upon release, you can give them one of the most anticipated games for the console. The follow-up to the highly rated 2018 Spider-Man finds Miles Morales in the title role, taking on new and familiar enemies as he swings around New York City in the winter. Also available at Best Buy.

 

On every gamer’s wish list

call of duty

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Xbox Series X: $69.99 at Amazon

The gamer in your life can wear in their new Xbox console with the latest entry in the long-running Call of Duty series. In addition to a lengthy solo campaign, it also features an expansive online multiplayer world. And of course, it brings back its popular zombie mode. Also available at Best Buy.

For fast, reliable internet

netgear nighthawk

Netgear Nighthawk Pro Gaming Wi-Fi Router: $219.99 at Amazon (was $299.99)

For anyone who plays online games, a fast and reliable internet connection is vital, lest they drop their connection in crucial moments. We recommend this trusted, powerful option from Netgear that won’t just benefit the gamer in your life, but anyone who shares an internet connection with them. Also available at Best Buy.

 

For competitive gaming

respawn gaming chair

 

Respawn Racing Style Gaming Chair: $169.49 at Amazon (was $224.99)

Every serious, competitive gamer needs a high-quality chair that offers comfort, support, and dexterity when playing. We like this breathable option that offers several incline positions and adjustable armrests.

Convenient game storage

game storage case

AmazonBasics Nintendo Switch Game Storage Case: $10.02 at Amazon

Nintendo Switch users embrace the portability of the console, but it’s not always easy to safely moving games. Invest in this inexpensive and protective case that holds up to 24 games securely.

Munchies for all nighters

hangry kit

Hangry Kit Gaming Kit: $25.00 at Amazon

We love this delicious  assortment of snacks and goodies for the gamer who may get too involved in playing to remember to eat. It comes with some fresh treats as well as a classic NES game.

Fun throw for gaming marathons

casofu

Casofu Burrito Blanket: $27.99 at Amazon (was $40)

For the gamer who likes to be cozy and doesn't take themselves too seriously, opt for one of these amusing food-based throws. They are soft, warming, and come in some funny choices: our favorite is the burrito.

For the true Nintendo enthusiast

bioworld throw

BioWorld Nintendo Throw: $25.99 at Amazon (was $29.99)

If food-themed blankets aren’t the right style, then look to this Nintendo-inspired option instead. This terrific gift idea is a comfy addition to any gamer’s setup.

A gaming lightshow

paladone

Paladone PlayStation Icons Light: $34.99 at Amazon

We love this cute lighting option, featuring the four iconic buttons from the PlayStation controller. It features three different lighting modes, including a music reactive setting where the lights will respond to audio in the room, a great choice when playing with the sound turned up.

Stocking stuffer for the avid gamer

popcrew socks

PopCrew Retro Gaming Socks: $19.99 at Amazon

We can’t get enough of these colorful and amusing gaming socks. This set features four unique pairs, offering a comfy, and occasionally sassy, addition to any video gamers wardrobe.

A comical addition to any gamer’s wardrobe

ann arbor gaming shirt

Ann Arbor Gaming T-Shirt: $13.95 at Amazon

This funny shirt makes for a great stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift for the gamer you know - especially the one who is hard to pull away from the screen.

A must-have for the serious gamer

dualshock charging station

Power A PS4 DualShock Charging Station: $14.99 at Amazon (was $24.99)

A convenient and useful accessory for any PS4 gamer is a charging station, especially for those who play regularly. This inexpensive, officially licensed option offers a fast, reliable charge for two controllers simultaneously so they’re never out of juice when they’re ready to play. Also available at Best Buy.

Keep valuables safe on the go

acer backpack

Acer Predator Utility Gaming Backpack: $109.99 at Amazon (was $149.99)

For anyone who travels with their games, a safe and convenient backpack is essential. This high-quality option from Acer is large and waterproof while still breathable, providing secure spots for a laptop, controllers, adapters, and other personal items.

 

For Funko fanatics

funko

Funko Pop! Games Mortal Kombat: $11.90 at Amazon

The wildly popular, and incredibly adorable, Funko figurines tackle every part of pop culture and life, including gaming. There's a good chance Funko makes one for your loved one's favorite character. We’re partial, though, to this cute Scorpion figure from the very violent Mortal Kombat franchise.

Iconic video game art

pyramid video game art

Pyramid America Donkey Kong Video Game Decor: $12.99 at Amazon

Help a gamer adorn their room with some popular video game art. Pyramid America offers a range of officially licensed wall art depicting favorite games at low prices. We like this scene from the first level of the iconic Donkey Kong.

 Play new games

Xbox Series X

Xbox Series X: $499.99 at Amazon

The next generation of the popular Xbox consoles arrived in early November. It’s a powerful device that will support brand new games and favorites from past consoles, but it’s also going to be a hot commodity that may be hard to get right away.  The console is currently sold out, but we're keeping an eye out for restocks and will update you when it's back in stock. Also available at Best Buy.

Sure to sell out fast

playstation5

PlayStation 5: $499.99 at Amazon

Not to be outdone, Sony is also releasing their much-anticipated new PlayStation console at the same time, promising impressive graphics, improved controls, and lots of exciting games. Pre-orders have sold out. This console will also be hard to acquire immediately, so check in on its status regularly. Also available at Best Buy.

 

 

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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