As sure as the sky is blue, video games will be at the top of many holiday wish lists the world over. With so many video game consoles and products on the market, it can be a little overwhelming to shop for the gamer in your life. Rest assured that this list is the answer to all your questions. The good news is that there is no shortage of gift ideas; the bad news is also that there is no shortage of gift ideas. These are our picks of the best gifts for gamers in 2019.
Nintendo Switch Lite
Everyone from the budding gamer to the frequent traveler will love the Nintendo Switch Lite. The smaller of the two Nintendo Switch devices, the Lite impresses from all angles. Everything from improved battery life to a smaller, more friendly design makes it a gift every gamer will love. While it lacks the dock-friendly design of its older sibling, the design is vastly more comfortable to hold during lengthy play sessions. The best part? There is an actual d-pad included with the Lite design. That is reason alone to pick up a Switch Lite.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
A single-player adventure, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is the latest in lengthy games centered around the Star Wars universe. Not tied to any movies, it features a character, one of the last surviving Jedi, who attempts to rebuild the Jedi order. Online reviewers quickly fell in love with the gameplay, especially the opportunity to wield a lightsaber. Available for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the game has already seen multiple discounts this month. Your best move is to wait for another price drop and then use the force to bring it to your hands.
Arcade1Up Arcade Cabinets
For some of you, the chance to relive your childhood is more than enough reason to spring for the Arcade 1Up series. These old-school arcade-style cabinets are introducing an entirely new generation to old-school games. From Street Fighter 2, Mortal Kombat to the original Pacman, these are the perfect gift for the retro gamer. With prices starting around $149 on sale, these are not the least expensive ideas, but they sure are worth every penny.
Corsair K63 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard
Every PC gamer knows that computer gaming can be made or broken by the quality of the keyboard. Corsair, one of the best names in the industry, unsurprisingly offers the best wireless mechanical keyboard on the market. The Corsair K63 is reasonably-priced around $100 and is universally praised for its quality and good looks. Compatibility is abundant as well, with every Windows software since Vista supported. At the end of the day it is hard to find something not to like with this mechanical masterpiece.
Sega Genesis Mini
Retro gaming is continuing to have its moment in the sun. Sega’s Genesis Mini is the latest entrant in the refresh of retro game consoles and it just might be the best product yet. Drawing universal acclaim for its design, this console will bring flashbacks of playing games thirty years ago. Full of 42 classic hits, the Genesis Mini is plug and play, so there is no install time. That is good news for parents, as they, too, will spend plenty of time gaming after the kids are in bed.
If the price tag does not cause sticker shock, the Oculus Quest will bring plenty of joy to the whole family on Christmas morning. Arguably the best virtual reality headset on the market, the game library may be small, but it is mighty. Face down Darth Vader with no phone, console or PC required. The virtual reality future we have been promised by Hollywood is here, and it delivers in style. Even with its high price tag, the Oculus will deliver family fun for years to come.
Controller Charging Station
The last thing any gamer wants to deal with is a dead controller just as the final boss battle arrives. That is why a controller charging station should be at the top of any gift list. With fantastic options for the PS4 like the PowerA DualShock 4 charging station and Fosmon dual-controller charging station for Xbox One, there is something for everyone. Nintendo Switch owners are not left out either, as the HORI Joy-Con charge stand takes up little room and is officially licensed by Nintendo. Say goodbye to the days of dead controllers and hello to day-long gaming sessions.
There is no question that gaming gifts of all types will be hot this season, it is only a matter of which one you will buy. Hopefully, this list makes things a little easier. No matter which product or console you select, you cannot go wrong. Can you resist the temptation to buy something for yourself?