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The best gifts for gamers 2021 - get the perfect present this Holiday

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Finding the best gifts for gamers can be tricky, especially if you're not much of a gamer yourself. But there is a plus side. Namely, you've got a huge range of items to choose from - and some of them are very affordable indeed. 

That's because the best gaming gifts don't just include games or particularly pun-ny mugs; headsets, bonus controllers, books, toys, SSDs, and merchandise are all good options for anyone hunting down Christmas present suggestions this year. So long as you know what the recipient plays on, there's no shortage of options when it comes to gifts for gamers.

To get the ball rolling, we've scooped up some recommendations that span cheap and cheerful novelties to more premium presents. Seeing as that includes gifts for gamers on PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, PC, and tabletop, so there should be something suitable for almost everyone below. Just a quick word of warning, though: if you're hoping to surprise a loved one with a new console, be warned that PS5 restock and Xbox Series X restock deals are rare (even Nintendo Switch bundles are hard to come by). Check in with our guides for the lowdown on where - and when - to look.

Want more recommendations? Be sure to drop in on our guide to the best PS5 gifts and the best Xbox gifts.

Gifts for gamers - top 5

Choose Your Weapon t-shirt | From $8.86 at Amazon

Choose Your Weapon t-shirt | From $8.86 at Amazon
The best t-shirt for gamers - If you want to keep the price down while seeking out gifts for gamers, you should start with t-shirts. This one in particular caught our eye because it's general enough to suit almost anyone no matter what they play. Just be sure to check the measurements before you hit the checkout; while the listing doesn't specify whether it's unisex or not, it seems as if it might be an adult male fit.

UK: There's no equivalent on Amazon UK, but this 'Control Freak' t-shirt is very similar

Super Mario Brothers heat-changing mug | $14.99 at Amazon

Super Mario Brothers heat-changing mug | $14.99 at Amazon
The best mug for gamers - Alright, so a lot of gamer mugs are clatteringly rubbish. But there are a few diamonds out there that make for thoughtful, endearing gifts. This Super Mario option in particular is a real gem, especially because the pattern changes to the first Mario Bros. level when hot water is added. That's a cool touch. Don't agree? Browse the full range of gamer mugs at Amazon.

UK price: Unavailable in the UK (the closest we found was this blockier alternative at Amazon)

Official PlayStation Console ugly Christmas sweater | From $39.59 at Amazon

Official PlayStation Console ugly Christmas sweater | From $39.59 at Amazon
The best Christmas sweater for gamers - 'Ugly' Christmas sweaters have become something of a grand tradition, and few of the gaming examples we've seen live up to this one (its design is amazing, the fit's unisex, and it should last for a while). If the recipient is a PlayStation fan, it'll quickly become a favorite.

UK price: £32.99 at Amazon

PlayStation Store Gift Card | $25 at Amazon

PlayStation Store Gift Card | $25 at Amazon
The best gift for PS5 gamers - Don't know what to get someone but remember they have a PlayStation? This is probably the best present on offer. Allowing gamers with a PlayStation console to buy whatever game they want on the official online store, it takes the guesswork out of the equation and sidesteps disappointment on anyone's part.

UK price: £25 at Amazon

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (3 months) | $44.99 at Amazon

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (3 months) | $44.99 at Amazon
The best gift for Xbox gamers - This is basically the Netflix of video games, and a 3-month membership allows you to play well over 100 games whenever you like (including brand-new ones such as Halo). Even if the recipient already has a subscription, this card can always be added on top of an existing membership to extend it or saved for later. In other words, it's a gift that can't fail.

UK price: £32.97 at Amazon

Gifts for gamers - instant delivery

Left your present shopping a bit late, or struggling to come up with ideas? Going digital allows you to get gifts for gamers instantly. We'd recommend prioritizing store credit or memberships like Xbox Game Pass (and even streaming services such as Disney Plus) if you're looking for a quick fix. They'll either allow your loved one to buy whatever they want or will keep them amused for the Holidays and beyond.

For PlayStation gamers

PlayStation Store Gift Card | From $10 at Amazon

PlayStation Store Gift Card | From $10 at Amazon
Store credit for the PS4 and PS5 PlayStation Store is a great gift idea thanks to a huge choice of games available on this official digital marketplace. In the USA, Amazon is the best place to buy a membership even though there are no discounts. As for the UK, CDKeys is often a better bet - many offers are actually discounted.

UK price: From £15 at Amazon

PlayStation Plus subscription (12 months) | $59.99 at Amazon

PlayStation Plus subscription (12 months) | $59.99 at Amazon
This membership allows PS4 and PS5 gamers to take games online for some multiplayer action, and it also includes a range of free games each month (plus 20 games to play on PS5 straight away). Better yet, it can simply stack on top of an existing subscription should the recipient have PS Plus already. And because most stores are simply selling a digital code for this rather than a physical product, you can get it instantly.

UK price: £49.99 at Amazon

For Xbox gamers

Xbox Gift Card | From $10 at Amazon

Xbox Gift Card | From $10 at Amazon
Not sure what to buy a loved one? If they have an Xbox, it's worth considering this Gift Card. Allowing players to get whatever they want on the official Xbox Store, it'll keep things simple and avoid any sort of disappointment if they already have the gift you bought. Want to grab the Gift Card in the UK, on the other hand ? Head straight to Amazon - it's got the goods, with offers from £10 and up.

UK price: From £10 at Amazon

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (3 months) | $44.99 at Amazon

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (3 months) | $44.99 at Amazon
This is a top-tier gift for any Xbox gamer. Basically, it gives the recipient access to a massive library of 100+ games for use on Xbox consoles, PC, and mobile, not to mention multiplayer features. Because it's delivered via digital code rather than a physical card, you'll also be able to get it as soon as possible - perfect if you've left the present-buying a bit late (don't worry, we won't tell anyone). Plus, memberships will stack on top of existing subscriptions if the person in question already has Game Pass.

UK price: £32.97 at Amazon

For Nintendo gamers

Nintendo eShop Gift Card | From $5 at Amazon

Nintendo eShop Gift Card | From $5 at Amazon
If the gamer in your life has a Nintendo Switch and you'd rather let them decide what they want, you can always get them an eShop card. This gives credit to use on the official Nintendo eStore, and prices range from $5 to $99. As for the UK, you can get the eShop Gift Cards from Amazon - it has offers from £15 and up.

UK price: From £15 at Amazon

Nintendo Switch Online subscription (12 months) | $19.99 at Amazon

Nintendo Switch Online subscription (12 months) | $19.99 at Amazon
Looking to play against others around the world or gain access to retro games? You'll need this membership. It's aggressively cheap at $19.99 for a whole year and is very easy to use, be it for a Mario Kart tournament with family living elsewhere or trips to a friend's Animal Crossing island.

UK price: £17.99 at Amazon

For PC gamers

Steam Wallet Gift Card | From $20 at Best Buy

Steam Wallet Gift Card | From $20 at Best Buy
If the gamer in question plays on PC, the likelihood is that they use Steam. This massive platform is home to almost every PC game imaginable, so getting credit the recipient can use on whatever they fancy will help avoid any "I already had that, but thanks anyway" moments. You can buy cards up to $100 in value (meanwhile, UK users can find offers on CDKeys).

UK price: From £10 at CDKeys

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (3 months) | $44.99 at Amazon

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (3 months) | $44.99 at Amazon
Despite the 'Xbox' in the title, this subscription is actually compatible with PC as well. Offering players an enormous library of 100+ games, it's excellent bang for buck and is constantly being added to over time. Well worth considering if your loved one wants access to lots of games without breaking the bank.

UK price: £32.97 at Amazon

Streaming gift cards

Disney Plus gift card (1 year) | $79.99 at Disney Plus

Disney Plus gift card (1 year) | $79.99 at Disney Plus
With so much to watch now via a Disney Plus sign-up, it's a great time to gift someone a whole year of the streaming service. It's packed with Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, and more, so these annual subscriptions are good value for money at $79.99/£79.90 (you're essentially getting 12 months for the price of 10). NOTE: Gift cards can only be redeemed by new subscribers, so make sure they're not already signed up.

UK price: £79.90 at Disney Plus

Amazon Prime | From $39 at Amazon

Amazon Prime | From $39 at Amazon
Many of us invest in this service for its quick delivery options, but Prime Video isn't a bad reason to sign up either. And don't worry, the recipient won't be stuck if they already have Prime - Amazon will let them exchange this for a gift card of equal value. The service won't auto-renew either, so you don't need to worry about cancelling anything.

NOTE: Gifting Prime is not an option in the UK.

General gift cards

Roblox Gift Card (Robux) | From $10 at Amazon

Roblox Gift Card (Robux) | From $10 at Amazon
Roblox has become one of the biggest games around (especially with the younger crowd) on Xbox and mobile platforms. These gift cards start at $10 / £10 and provide in-game items to use. In essence, this is the smarter choice over attaching credit card details to an account to avoid nightmare scenarios of accidental overspends.

UK price: From £10 at Amazon

Gaming gifts - under $20 / £20

Want to keep costs down without skimping on a cool gift for gamers? The following options are all at the affordable end of the scale, and they range from fun curiosities to useful tech.

Gamer mugs and glasses

PlayStation 5 heat-changing mug | $14.99 at Amazon

PlayStation 5 heat-changing mug | $14.99 at Amazon
We've got a lot of time for this particular gift for gamers; besides having a cool heat-changing effect that brings the iconic PlayStation pattern into focus, it's pretty subtle so far as gaming mugs go. As always, though, this is strictly handwash only. If that doesn't suit you, be sure to have a browse through the other gamer mugs at Amazon.

UK price: £9.99 at Amazon

Xbox heat-changing mug | $13.99 at Amazon

Xbox heat-changing mug | $13.99 at Amazon
If you know that your loved one has an Xbox, this heat-changing mug should be of interest as an affordable, easy-to-get-hold-of gift for gamers. It's a fairly subtle option, too; it's not tacky or over the top with its design.

UK price: £9.99 at Amazon

PlayStation Gold Controller mug | $15.99 at Amazon

PlayStation Gold Controller mug | $15.99 at Amazon
While this is definitely an acquired taste (it is very shiny), it's an inspired novelty gift for the avid PlayStation gamer. Make sure they handwash it after use, though - mugs like this often don't play well with dishwashers, and they can cause the paint to peel. If that sounds like too much of a faff, check for more mug options at Amazon.

UK price: The gold version is unavailable in the UK, but you can get the same mug in black at Amazon

Super Mario Brothers heat-changing mug | $14.99 at Amazon

Super Mario Brothers heat-changing mug | $14.99 at Amazon
This ode to the original Super Mario Bros. games is the perfect gift for gamers who either grew up with the plumber or adore the franchise. The fact that the design changes color when hot water is added is the cherry on the cake. Not for you? Don't worry, there are plenty of gamer mugs at Amazon to check out instead.

UK price: Unavailable in the UK (the closest we found was this blockier alternative at Amazon)

Animal Crossing heat-changing | $13.99 at Amazon

Animal Crossing heat-changing | $13.99 at Amazon
While gaming mugs can be a bit hit and miss, this one is just awesome. Weaving a cheerful pattern from the Animal Crossing franchise (which we've been obsessed with since the latest game came out last year), it's an adorable slam-dunk for any fans.

UK price: £11.99 at Amazon

PlayStation 5 glass tumbler | $12.99 at Amazon

PlayStation 5 glass tumbler | $12.99 at Amazon
Here's another surprisingly classy gift for gamers: a very sleek, minimalist PlayStation 5 tumbler. With a frosted white pattern featuring the famous square, cross, triangle, and circle buttons from the PlayStation controllers, it's a cool tip of the hat to the system. However, be sure you're just handwashing it rather than putting it in the dishwasher.

UK price: £7.99 at Amazon

Minecraft Creeper glass tumbler | $12.99 at Amazon

Minecraft Creeper glass tumbler | $12.99 at Amazon
Got a Minecraft-obsessed fan at home? This is a spot-on gift for gamers that will really suit them. Recreating the design of the classic (and literally explosive) Creeper baddie on a 414ml glass, it's a cheap but very cool present. As always, though, be careful when washing this one - a trip through the dishwasher will often strip off the paint.

UK price: £9.09 at Amazon

Gamer t-shirts

Choose Your Weapon t-shirt | From $8.86 at Amazon

Choose Your Weapon t-shirt | From $8.86 at Amazon
Keen to get a gift for gamers that's more than a five-minute novelty? This t-shirt is a fun, nostalgia-filled present the recipient should get plenty of use out of. Just double-check the sizing before hitting checkout; the listing doesn't specify whether it's a unisex fit or not, but the description makes it sound like it's for adult men. For a broader look at what's available, browse the full range at Amazon.

UK: There's no equivalent on Amazon UK, but this 'Control Freak' t-shirt is very similar

| $14.99 at Amazon

I Paused my Game to be Here t-shirt | $14.99 at Amazon
As with gamer mugs, t-shirts can be a bit hit-and-miss on the whole... but there are some great options out there if you take the time to look. Buried beneath the tees with questionable slogans is this one, and it's a fun option as a gift for gamers (particularly because it comes with fits for men, women, and children). Want a broader range to choose from? Browse the different gaming t-shirts available at Amazon.

UK: While it's not exactly the same, this is the closest UK equivalent we could find at Amazon

| From $14.99 at Amazon

PlayStation Vintage Icons t-shirt | From $14.99 at Amazon
Shopping for a PlayStation player? This is a fun, simple design that they should appreciate. If you're looking for low-cost gifts for gamers that provide maximum impact, you could do a lot worse than this.

UK: From £19.95 at Amazon

For Nintendo gamers

Super Mario plush toy | £13.84

Super Mario plush toy | £13.84 £12.99 at Amazon
If in doubt, go for a Super Mario plushie. For Nintendo fans, this esteemed mascot is likely to be behind many of their fondest memories, so a soft toy version of the hero will always go down well. Prefer to see what else is out there? Browse the full Nintendo plush range at Amazon.

UK price: £14.99 at Amazon

Super Mario Mushroom light | £18.99 at Amazon

Super Mario Mushroom light | £18.99 at Amazon
There are plenty of cool gifts for gamers out there, but few hit the spot quite like something that lights up. This replica of an in-game Mushroom (that makes Mario grow back to full size after being hit), gives off a soothing, soft red glow and has sound-effects pulled from the game. It's a fun collectible that's a good way of putting your gamer-cred on show.

UK price: £15 at Amazon

For Dungeons & Dragons gamers

Haxtec Antique Iron D&D Metal Dice| $19.99

Haxtec Antique Iron D&D Metal Dice| $19.99 $11.04 at Amazon
Save 44% - One thing every D&D gamer needs is more dice. They're like socks; you can never have enough of them. While metal dice are a dime a dozen online, these are some of our favorites. They have a great heft to them and are very good-looking (almost as if they've been pulled out of a ye olde treasure chest). Go careful when rolling these on a softwood table though, as they'll potentially leave a mark.

UK price: £14.99 at Amazon

Dungeons & Dragons Phunny Plush toys | From $14.99 at Kidrobot

Dungeons & Dragons Phunny Plush toys | From $14.99 at Kidrobot
If the gamer in question loves Dungeons & Dragons books (also known as D&D), these very cute soft toys are a superb choice. Besides recreating some of the most iconic creatures from the game, these plushies are really well made; we went hands-on with some and their quality (from downy fur to some posable limbs) impressed us.

UK price: Currently unavailable

Gamer books

The Game Console: A History in Photographs | $17.99 at Amazon

The Game Console: A History in Photographs | $17.99 at Amazon
Want to give a loved one a walk down memory lane? This coffee table book features pages of snaps and facts showing the journey from Atari to Xbox. Crammed with info and a breakdown of what made these systems tick, it's a great choice for fans of retro gaming systems.

UK: £14.88 at Amazon

Blood, Sweat, and Pixels | $15.99 at Amazon

Blood, Sweat, and Pixels | $15.99 at Amazon
Besides being a well-known games journalist and reporter, Jason Schreier is famous for shining a spotlight on industry issues - and he puts that know-how to good use with this tome detailing the development process behind beloved games like Dragon Age or Destiny.

UK: £9.29 at Amazon

Checkpoint: How Video Games Power Up Minds, Kick Ass, and Save Lives | $15.92 at Amazon

Checkpoint: How Video Games Power Up Minds, Kick Ass, and Save Lives | $15.92 at Amazon
GamesRadar's very own Joe Donnelly (our Features Writer) wrote a book about the positive power of video games before he joined us, and it's an affirming read that challenges common narratives of the medium being harmful. Although we understand any hesitance because we're recommending a colleague's work, positive reviews from the likes of BBC Scotland demonstrate how poignant it can be.

UK: £5.01 at Amazon

Gifts for gamers - under $50 / £50

Stretch the budget a little and you can start to get your hands on more substantial gifts for gamers like themed Christmas sweaters or the best Lego sets (including Super Mario). Although they're more expensive, these presents are definitely worth the increased cost.

General giftware

Christmas sweaters | Browse the range at Amazon

Christmas sweaters | Browse the range at Amazon
'Ugly' Christmas sweaters are all the rage now, though we don't really understand how they got that name; many of them are awesome. You can get options ranging from Fallout to Crash Bandicoot, so there's plenty to choose from. Numskull in particular is one to watch - it's made some standout designs that really hold up well.

UK: Browse the range at Amazon

Gaming cookbooks | Check for deals at Amazon

Gaming cookbooks | Check for deals at Amazon
If you're struggling for ideas, these gaming-themed cookbooks are a lot of fun and may just save your bacon this Christmas. Based on in-universe dishes you can find in franchises from Fallout to World of Warcraft, these are fun and practical gifts that are a little bit different.

UK: Check prices at Amazon

The Witcher book series | Check deals at Amazon

The Witcher book series | Check deals at Amazon
You may have seen the TV series making waves over on Netflix (especially with The Witcher Season 2 causing a stir), but the series actually started creating buzz as a video game series a few years back. Because they're sequels to the novels, getting a loved one the original Witcher books series is a great gift at any time of year.

UK: Check prices at Amazon

Lego Super Mario | Check for deals at Amazon

Lego Super Mario | Check for deals at Amazon
Got a Nintendo fan in the house? The best Lego Mario sets will be a delight, particularly the Starter Set. These are tricky to come by and Fortunately, they're also available via Walmart or Best Buy.

UK: Check prices at Amazon

Nintendo Game and Watch | $49.99 at Amazon

Nintendo Game and Watch | $49.99 at Amazon
Want to give the gamer in your life the ultimate retro console? This option from Nintendo comes with Super Mario Bros pre-installed, not to mention the tricky Lost Levels pack that fans will love. While this one's available pretty much everywhere (including Walmart and Best Buy), you can also get a Legend of Zelda version if you're lucky - it's often out of stock.

UK: Check prices at Amazon

For PlayStation gamers

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (PS5) | $59.99

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (PS5) | $59.99 $39.99 at Best Buy
Even though this game came out of nowhere with a sudden announcement and release, Guardians of the Galaxy ended up being so, so much better than you might expect. Indeed, it's actually one of 2021's best games (as we mentioned in our Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy review), and it's been available for less via Best Buy recently. If you'd prefer, you can also get it through Amazon and Walmart.

UK: Check prices at Amazon

Battlefield 2042 (PS5) | $59.99

Battlefield 2042 (PS5) | $59.99 $37 at Amazon
The newest version of Battlefield takes us to the warzones of the future, but it offers the same sort of multiplayer chaos we've come to know and love. Just remember, this is multiplayer only. (Prefer to shop elsewhere? The game is available at Walmart or Best Buy as well.)

UK: Check price at Amazon

Far Cry 6 (PS5) | $59.99

Far Cry 6 (PS5) | $59.99 $39.99 at Amazon
Thanks to an engrossing open-world design with hundreds of hours of content and a brilliant villain, Far Cry 6 is one of the franchise's best instalments for some time. Plus, that discount is too good to miss (while you can get the game at Walmart and Best Buy, this is the best offer we've seen so far).

UK:
Check price at Amazon

Deathloop (PS5) | $59.99

Deathloop (PS5) | $59.99 $39.99 at Best Buy
Despite having come out recently, there's already a very tempting discount for one of the biggest games to launch in 2021. A time-warping shooter that sees you trying to break out of a loop that's trapping you in place, it's a cool way to spend a few hours for PlayStation gamers wanting something new. And if the offer ends before you can take advantage of it, don't panic - you can get the game from Amazon and Walmart as well.

UK:
Check price at Amazon

Madden NFL 22 (PS5) | $69.99

Madden NFL 22 (PS5) | $69.99 $33.99 at Amazon
The latest version of Madden is always a good bet if you're buying for a sports-loving family member or friend, and we've seen the 22 edition drop in price pretty regularly over the last few weeks. That makes it a good choice when it comes to affordable - but still thoughtful -- gifts for gamers. While it's available for a similar price at Walmart and Best Buy, this Amazon deal is the best offer we've seen so far.

UK: Check price at Amazon

For Xbox gamers

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (Xbox Series X) | $59.99

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (Xbox Series X) | $59.99 $39.99 at Best Buy
With a fun yet heartfelt storyline that rivals the movies which inspired it, this game has proven to be one of 2021's best offerings (in fact, it got a four-star rating in our review). Don't miss it while it's available for less. And if all else fails, be sure to check in with Amazon and Walmart to see if those stores have price-matched Best Buy.

UK: Check price at Amazon

Battlefield 2042 (Xbox Series X) | $59.99

Battlefield 2042 (Xbox Series X) | $59.99 $37 at Amazon
Thanks to enormous warzones featuring dozens of players on each side, the latest multiplayer-focused Battlefield is a delight for fans of the franchise or newcomers that want something a bit more grand in scale. Don't worry if this deal sells out, either - you can get the game at Walmart and Best Buy
as well, though it may not be the same price.

UK: Check price at Amazon

Madden NFL 22 (Xbox Series X) | $69.99

Madden NFL 22 (Xbox Series X) | $69.99 $34.99 at Amazon
The latest Madden to hit store shelves is a great option as a gift for gamers that love the NFL thanks to excellent team-building mechanics and a fantastic atmosphere when you're on the field. Better still, you can get a massive amount off via Amazon right now - while it's available at Walmart and Best Buy, their prices on Madden 22 aren't as good.

UK:
Check price at Amazon

For PC gamers

Razer Cynosa V2 | $59.99

Razer Cynosa V2 | $59.99 $49.99 at Amazon
The Razer Cynosa V2 is one of our favorite gaming keyboards, and it's currently available for under $50. While a budget option, there's still super-fast keys available here, with RGB lighting and a spill-resistant design.

UK: £59.99 £54.99 at Amazon

Gifts for gamers - up to $100 / £100

Happy to push the boat out and get the ultimate gift for gamers? These are the premium options we'd recommend on every platform from PlayStation 5 to Nintendo Switch.

For PlayStation gamers

DualSense PS5 controller | Check deals at Amazon

DualSense PS5 controller | Check deals at Amazon
Yes, the PS5 comes with one of these controllers in the box. But more are always handy, particularly if you want to gift one of the alternate colors (like black and red) or allow the recipient to enjoy some split-screen gaming.

UK: Check price at Amazon

Sony DualSense Charging Station | $59.95

Sony DualSense Charging Station | $59.95 $49.95 at Amazon
The DualSense charging station has been difficult to get your hands on over the last year, so many PS5 gamers have been making do with cables. However, it's a must-have accessory that many have slept on recently, making it a solid choice for gifting this year.

UK: Check prices at Amazon

Razer Barracuda X gaming headset | $99.99

Razer Barracuda X gaming headset | $99.99 $79.99 at Amazon
The Razer Barracuda X is not only a high quality headset at a great price, but thanks to that simple USB-C plug and play connection it's perfect for Nintendo Switch, PS5 and PC players. Plus, there's excellent value for money built in here, with fantastic sound and a comfortable design.

UK: £99.99 £69.99 at Amazon

PS5 HD Camera | $59.99 at Amazon

PS5 HD Camera | $59.99 at Amazon
Know someone who wants to kickstart their streaming career? The PS5 HD camera is an official accessory that launched alongside the console last year. It easily plugs into the PS5 or PS5 Digital Edition and captures all your gameplay ready for streaming on a range of services.

UK: £51.25 £44.99 at Amazon

PS5 Pulse 3D headset | $99 at Amazon

PS5 Pulse 3D headset | $99 at Amazon
If you've got a PS5 fan in your life, the official Pulse 3D headset is an excellent gift option. The classic black and white model originally launched alongside the console, but was difficult to find in its first few months. You'll find plenty of stock at Amazon right now though.

UK: Check price at Amazon

For Xbox gamers

Far Cry 6 (Xbox Series X) | $59.99

Far Cry 6 (Xbox Series X) | $59.99 $49.94 at Amazon
If you're looking for a game that'll take dozens of hours to complete and offers almost total destructive freedom, you can't go wrong with the latest Far Cry. It's an excellent shoot-'em-up with plenty to get your teeth into, so the sixth instalment of the series comes highly recommended no matter whether you buy it from Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, or somewhere else entirely.

UK: Check price at Amazon

Forza Horizon 5 (Xbox Series X) | $59.99

Forza Horizon 5 (Xbox Series X) | $59.99 $54.99 at Amazon
Does the recipient have a need for speed? The new Forza Horizon for Xbox One and Xbox Series X will give them the rush they're looking for thanks to an open-world design that allows you to explore Mexico at will... and tear through all sorts of races while there with the car of their dreams. However, be sure they don't have Xbox Game Pass first as the game is free through that service.

UK: £54.99 £49.99 at Amazon

Halo Infinite (Xbox Series X) | $59.99 at Walmart

Halo Infinite (Xbox Series X) | $59.99 at Walmart
The latest Halo game is now out in the wild, and it follows everyone's favorite sci-fi super soldier Master Chief on an all-new journey to defeat an alien threat against humanity. It's suitably cinematic stuff so if a great gift for gamers that play on Xbox. Just make sure they don't have Xbox Game Pass, as otherwise they'll have access to Halo Infinite for free.

UK: £54.99 at Amazon

Xbox Series X controller | $59.99

Xbox Series X controller | $59.99 $49.99 at Microsoft
Want to let the Xbox fan in your family customise their gaming setup? You can get bonus controllers with a huge variety of color options on the Series X console, so they're the perfect gift for gamers that usually play Xbox. Just remember, these run on AA batteries so grabbing a few spare ones isn't a bad idea.

UK: Check price at Amazon

Razer Kishi | $79.99 at Amazon

Razer Kishi | $79.99 at Amazon
This clever controller connects to your phone and, once you've downloaded the Xbox app, allows users to play Xbox games using nothing but the internet and an Xbox Game Pass membership. That makes it a great gift for gamers who don't want to shell out for a Series X console or play on the go a lot - as we pointed out in our Razer Kishi review, it excels in both instances. However, bear in mind that there are two versions (the Android and iPhone models). Be sure to pick up the right one!

UK: £79.99 at Amazon

For Nintendo gamers

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller | £69.98 at Amazon

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller | £69.98 at Amazon
For those who prefer a more traditional gaming experience, the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is a must-have. Besides being more precise, it has a classic layout, excellent comfort, and a design that's to die for. While you can get third-party options, none can hold a candle to this official version. Check out our Nintendo Switch Pro Controller review for more details.

UK: £49.99 at Amazon

Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons | $79.99 at Best Buy

Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons | $79.99 at Best Buy
There's a range of Nintendo Switch Joy-Con color designs available at Best Buy right now, excellent news if you're buying for a Nintendo Switch fan that seems to have it all. This is one of the best gifts for gamers because of the customization options that arise from having different Joy-Con controllers at your disposal. Plus, they'll have plenty of multiplayer options in their arsenal as well.

UK: £74.99 £58.99 at Amazon

Ring Fit Adventure |

Ring Fit Adventure | $79.99 $68.99 at Amazon
More than a few of us haven't been able to hit the gym recently, so this handy offering from Nintendo is the ideal gift for gamers who want to get moving again. It doesn't often drop down in price, so be sure to check it out while it's discounted at Amazon!

UK: Check for deals at Amazon

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit | $90 at Amazon

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit | $90 at Amazon
If the Nintendo Switch fan in your life has already rinsed Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, this AR Home Circuit peripheral can get them back on the race track. We were seeing lower prices during last month's sales, but you'll still find stock available at Amazon.

UK: £85.26 £79.99 at Amazon

For PC gamers

Razer Basilisk V3 gaming mouse | $69.99 at Amazon

Razer Basilisk V3 gaming mouse | $69.99 at Amazon
The Razer Basilisk V3 is our favorite gaming mouse of the year, and a perfect gift for anyone interested in upping their PC gaming setup. There's a unique RGB lighting system rolling around the bottom of this model, with a new smart scroll wheel built in as well.

UK: £69.99 at Amazon


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Benjamin Abbott

As the site's Tabletop & Merch Editor, you'll find my grubby paws on everything from board game reviews to Lego buying guides. I've been writing about games in one form or another for almost a decade (with bylines ranging from Metro.co.uk to TechRadar) and joined the GamesRadar+ team in 2018. I can normally be found cackling over some evil plan I've cooked up for my group's next Dungeons & Dragons campaign.