20 Next-level gifts for the gamers in your life
The world of gaming has so many different subjects. You’ve got the gamers who always buy the latest release. The gamers who love the classics. The gamers who love a story. No matter who you have on your list, make sure the gift is as next-level as they are.
We all have that gamer in our life, or maybe even a few. They always know the release dates for upcoming games, could talk for hours about a variety of games, and somehow know an entirely new language that is foreign to the rest of us. They’re pretty extra, which means they require next-level gifts.
When it comes to gamers, they know what they want and certainly what they don’t. Rather than another gift card for another game, you should tap into gamer gadgets and devices that they could really use.
Whether you’re an avid gamer yourself or you can’t tell the difference between an Xbox and PlayStation 4, we’ve got a gift guide full of next-level gifts for all the gamers in your life.
HyperX ChargePlay Qi Wireless Charger Base
There’s no greater bummer than running out of mouse or headphone battery in the middle of a competitive game. The HyperX ChargePlay is a wireless charger that delivers up to 15 watts of power for fast and easy charging while you’re not conquering virtual worlds or leading your team to a close victory online. It’s made with two pad chargers that are equipped with LED lights to indicate that your Qi-compatible device, be it your mouse, smartphone, or headset, is charging. It was also constructed with a clean design so it looks great on any gaming desk, as well as help eliminate the cable clutter that comes with wired chargers.
Xbox DPM X019 Exclusive Wireless Controller
Who says style doesn’t matter when gaming? The Xbox DPM X019 controller won’t just give you a competitive edge, but also a confidence boost knowing you’re holding one of the cleanest looking controllers out there. In fact, this exclusive release will only have 1,000 copies, so if you manage to snag one, it’s sure to be a next-level gift for a special gamer in your life. The controller communicates over Bluetooth and comes with custom rubber grips to ensure you don’t lose your grip in the midst of a competitive game.
Logitech Pro X Switch Kit Customizable Gaming Keys
When it comes to gamer gadgets that elevate your skill level, the keyboard is an unsung hero. Sure, getting a sharper monitor and a more powerful headset will up your game, but finding the right keyboard feedback style can give you that edge you’ve been looking for. The Logitech Pro X Switch Kit gives you tons of customization options, with different keys offering different feedback styles. For example, the blue keys click audibly to give you feedback with each tap, but the red keys provide a smooth, linear experience. Then the brown keys give you tactile feedback like that of a mechanical keyboard. Go ahead and customize your keyboard down the responsiveness of each key.
HyperX Pulsefire Dart Precise Gaming Mouse
The HyperX Pulsefire Dart Precise Gaming Mouse isn’t just a precision gaming mouse. It’s also wireless to help declutter your gaming desk and make charging easier. The mouse is compatible with Qi wireless chargers, and a full charge gives you 50 hours of battery life, so you won’t find yourself needing a charge too often. It was designed ergonomically so that you can game for hours without your hand getting tired, and the Pixart 3389 sensor is extremely precise for more accuracy in-game.
SteelSeries Arctis 1 All-Platform Gaming Headset
SteelSeries is known for its high-quality gamer gadgets, and its Arctis 1 headset will blow you away at such a reasonable price. The headset works with almost any platform, including PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox, and Switch. Their versatility and compact construction make them a great option for anyone with multiple gaming systems, or for those who like to travel to a friend’s house every now and then to play on their gaming setup. It also comes with a detachable microphone for the times you’d rather roll solo than communicate with your team. In any case, these high-quality headphones will last you a long time, proving reliable for many gaming sessions to come.
Cooler Master SK621 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard
If you haven’t tried a mechanical keyboard, you’re truly missing out. The Cool Master SK621 offers crisp, delightful mechanical key feedback and comes with tons of options for customization, starting with its hybrid wireless capability. You can set the keyboard up wirelessly via Bluetooth, or keep it wired if you’d prefer to not deal with charging it routinely. It also comes with backlit keys that can be customized into different color combinations and brightness levels. Simply put, it’s a keyboard that looks as good as it functions.
Google Stadia Game Controller
If you’re ready to share your gaming experiences with the world, Google’s Stadia controller lets you direct your streaming experiences with ease, built specifically to simplify tasks related to game streaming. It even comes with a button that enables you to get help from developers, and another that makes it easy to capture and share your most insane video game clips with friends. It comes with a microphone and a built-in Google Assistant so you can Google things while you play, like how to beat that level you’ve been stuck on for the last hour.
Elgato Stream Deck XL Live Content Creation Controller
If you want to be the next big Twitch streamer, you’re going to have to have the hardware to crank out high-quality content at a fast clip. The Elgato Stream Deck is one such tool that can help turn your gaming setup into a full-blown content studio. It comes with 32 customizable keys where you can assign static or dynamic icons. It rests on a magnetic stand and a non-slip surface so while it sits upright, you won’t have to worry about knocking it over as you press the buttons to create your next great clip. The Deck XL also makes it easy to make adjustments mid-stream, like adjust the sound, light, or your cameras.
SteelSeries QcK Prism Gaming Mouse Pad
This isn’t one of those boring mousepads you’d find at your old high school library. This is the SteelSeries QcK Prism, coming at you with a slim cloth design and up to 16 million color options to enhance your gaming experience. The QcK Prism Cloth illuminates in step with your game to take you to new levels of immersion. You can also set up the mousepad to light up to your notifications. It’s easy to set up and the cloth is optimized for both low and high DPI movement tracking. The base is made of non-slip rubber to it stays in place while you game.
Logitech G915 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
The Logitech G915 Keyboard lets you game nonstop for 30 hours if you’re up for such a task. And when it’s time to recharge, you can plug it in and keep using it while it charges. Even though these switches are lower-profile than most mechanical keyboards, they still give you accurate speed and precision. The keyboard itself is also impressively thin, so it maintains a low profile on your desk. It offers a one millisecond response time thanks to its LIGHTSPEED wireless technology.
Wicked Lasers LaserCube Laser Projector
Sometimes the best gifts for gamers don’t have a whole lot to do with gaming itself, but rather how you spice up the game room. The LaserCube turns ordinary game rooms into a bonafide light party. Built with powerful RGB lasers, the device has a ton of compatibilities. If you like to make electronic music, the LaserCube is compatible with the Maxwell Synth and has MIDI mapping capabilities so that you can create custom light shows to your own music. For nostalgic gamers, the device can also project old-school games like Pacman onto your wall. It’s the perfect luxury addition to any creative or gaming space.
Nintendo Switch Light Handheld Gaming Console
For gamers on the go, the Nintendo Switch Lite Handheld Gaming Console will follow you anywhere. The Switch Lite is the same Nintendo product you know and love, designed for gaming on-the-go. It comes in yellow, grey, and turquoise color options to match your style. And while it’s a portable gaming device, it still connects with up to seven other switch devices so you can get all your friends in on the fun, wherever you go.
Razer Raiju Ultimate Wireless PS4 Gaming Controller
The Razer Raiju was made for true PlayStation loyalists. Use the associated mobile app to customize this controller to your exact liking. You can adjust the sensitivity settings, remap multi-functions, and switch out the thumbsticks to find the right settings to take your gaming to new heights. You can also activate the Hair Trigger Mode to improve your reaction and quick-fire speeds. The controller works wirelessly, or with a wired mode for those who don’t like to deal with batteries.
Razer BlackWidow Lite Stormtrooper Edition Keyboard
The Razer Black Widow Lite Stormtrooper Keyboard will bring you endless amounts of Star Wars nostalgia whether you’re working or gaming. As a mechanical keyboard, you’re guaranteed fast and accurate response times as you type. Each compact keycap comes with an O-ring that quiets the switches on the keys, so you don’t have to worry about waking up family members or roommates as you type a late-night paper or game from dusk until dawn.
Envavo Heatbuff Personal Hand Warmer
Cold hands can be a detriment to your performance while gaming, or a nuisance if you’re hard at work on your computer. The Envavo Heatbuff Personal Hand Warmer was designed to keep your hands warm as you type, even if you’re working in a cold room. It uses LED lights and infrared technology to heat the area around your keyboard, giving you improved blood flow and comfort when using your keyboard. It’s both portable and silent, so you can bring it anywhere without fear of distracting others around you. It’s an all-around worthy gamer gadget that should appeal to anyone who’s tried to stay competitive despite cold fingers.
Hot Dox Complete Ergonomic Mechanical Keyboard Kit
If you’ve spent long hours at a keyboard, you may have noticed they’re not always conducive to long-term comfort. The Hot Dox Complete is an ergonomic keyboard that will keep your hands and arms totally comfortable during long gaming sessions. It offers a ton of customization options to make it yours, including the key switches so you can get the exact keyboard feedback you prefer. The switches are both tactile and clicky, so typing and gaming feel almost rewarding. The keyboard also features opensource hardware and software, so it’s totally programmable.
Seagate PS4 External Game Drive
If the stock PS4 hard drive isn’t quite enough to store all your games and apps, it’s worth looking at the Seagate PS4 External Game Drive. This harddrive offers either 2 TB or 4 TB storage solutions, the latter of which can store 100+ PS4 games, so you’ll virtually never run out of storage. It also uses high-speed USB 3.0, so your games will transfer over quick and easy. And setup is easy. Just plug the USB into an available port on your PS4 and the game system will recognize the Seagate hard drive immediately.
SteelSeries Stratus Duo Multi-Platform Wireless Controller
The SteelSeries Stratus Duo controller offers multi-platform compatibility and a wireless construction that works with Android, Windows, Steam, and virtual reality. And it doesn’t require any software. You can connect the controller via the USB adapter or Bluetooth. Through Steam, you can access more than 5,000 controller-enabled games. It comes with a lithium-ion battery that lasts up to 20 hours in its wireless form, which amounts to a whole lot of gaming.
Razer Phone 2 Gaming Smartphone
Tired of burning through your Android or iPhone battery while playing games on your smartphone? Check out the Razer Phone 2 Gaming Smartphone. It was built to handle your work, mobile gaming, and mobile entertainment without any hiccups. It has a powerful processor that can handle whatever mobile games you can throw its way, and vapor chamber cooling so it won’t catch on fire as you game into the night. It also has a true 120 Hz screen, which makes for wicked-fast touch sampling and refresh rates. Mobile gaming never felt so right.
Oculus Rift S High-Resolution VR Headset
Oculus is known for its high-quality VR headsets, but its Rift S headset is perhaps the most impressive yet. It features next-gen optics that create a sharper display and super-vivid colors. It also doesn’t require any troublesome external sensors, so the setup is far more user-friendly than the average VR headset. It comes with two Oculus Touch controllers for you to immerse yourself deeply in new worlds.
While you may still not know the difference between an Xbox and a Playstation, your friends and family members will think you do. These next-level gifts will be the highlight of any gamer’s holiday season. If you’re also a gamer, do you have any gift ideas we should add to our list? Let us know in the comments!
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