Best PS5 gifts for 2023: Get the perfect PlayStation present

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We're down to the wire now, so anyone hunting down PS5 gifts needs to get a move on. Those final shipping dates are coming up fast and soon we'll be limited to gift cards, so if you're after accessories, games, or merch now's the time to strike. Thankfully, there's plenty on the shelves this year - and now that the PS5 is comfortably into its third year we're also enjoying plenty of games and accessories as well. 

That means there's a lot to sift through, but there's no need to worry if you're not clued up on the latest games and gadgets. Our present-hunting experts are here to help you with suggestions and advice. Our team is full of PlayStation gamers who cover the system as their job, so we've not included anything we wouldn't be happy to get ourselves. We've also cross-referenced user-reviews and featured items we've had hands-on experience with, so you won't find any cheap tat here.

Regardless of who you're shopping for, their age, or your budget, there should be something to suit them here. This list of gifts for gamers features everything from merchandise to must-have PS5 accessories, so you're hardly short on choice. We've got hints on what to look out for when it comes to PS5 gifts, too.

Written by
Benjamin Abbott, Tabletop & Merch Editor at GamesRadar
Written by
Benjamin Abbott

Benjamin handles all of our gifting content. He's been writing about present-worthy gear for five years now, and PlayStation is his gaming system of choice.

Best PS5 gifts overall

We've gone through trending lists and our own reviews to bring you a cheat-sheet of all the very best PS5 gifts. These lead the pack in terms of quality and popularity. 

Best PS5 gifts under $30

Looking for good PS5 gifts while keeping costs down? Don't worry, we've rounded up the best small presents and stocking-fillers that won't break the bank.

Best PS5 gifts under $50

Best PS5 gifts under $100

Want the ultimate PS5 gifts? These recommendations fit right into that category, and they're worth the extra outlay.

Best PS5 gifts: Games

Although games make for risky PS5 gifts (particularly if you don't know what the recipient has already), they can also be some of the best if you get it right. You'll find a few of the system's biggest and most recent titles here. Just be sure to keep that receipt or order confirmation in case you're buying something they already own!

PS5 gifts: Accessories

Want to enhance your loved one's gaming setup? The best PS5 accessories are where you should start your search. For example, the PS5 headsets will drastically improve the wearer's experience thanks to superior audio. To point you in the right direction, we've picked out a few of our favorites below.

Best PS5 gifts: FAQ

DualSense controllers, charger, Pulse 3D headset, and the PS5 console itself against wood

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Is PS5 a good present?

If you're able to buy someone a PlayStation 5, it will almost certainly go down well. For starters, it's a shiny slab of new tech. Breaking that out of its box and setting everything up is a uniquely wonderful experience.

In addition, this new machine has only been out for a couple of years. That means it's miles ahead of the PS4 in terms of what it can do, so the games it's able to play are generally more impressive. They're bigger, more complex, and prettier.

Equally, games will eventually stop coming out for the older systems - consoles are a bit like phones, and are usually superseded after around 10 years. With that in mind, getting a PS5 is necessary unless the recipient wants to get left behind. Many of the biggest upcoming games will only land on PlayStation 5.

If you're getting someone a PS5 for the first time, we'd highly recommend grabbing the Pulse 3D headset

It has some cool party tricks as well. Besides a controller with adaptive triggers that can respond realistically to what's happening on-screen, the 3D Pulse headset (sold separately) provides superb surround sound on many games that we weren't able to enjoy on other consoles.

What is good to buy with a PS5?

If you're getting someone a PS5 for the first time, we'd highly recommend grabbing the Pulse 3D headset. Besides providing a more immersive experience and a microphone you can chat to your friends with, it packs powerful surround-sound audio that is nothing short of impressive.

In terms of games, Marvel's Spider-Man 2 is a great choice and has been very well received critically speaking. In much the same way, Baldur's Gate 3 is a must-have for fans of adventure games. 

Marvel's Spider-Man 2 suits and costumes

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How do I buy PS5 games as a gift?

Besides the usual method of grabbing a physical, disc version of the game in person or online, the only way to buy someone a PS5 game is… well, to not. More specifically, you can't transfer a game after buying it yourself. Instead, you'll need to grab a gift card and hand that over so that the recipient can purchase the game themselves.

Looking for other potential presents? Don't miss these highly-recommended Xbox gifts, the ultimate Nintendo Switch gifts, and the best D&D gifts. We also have tips on grabbing good Star Wars gifts or Disney gifts as well.

Benjamin Abbott
Tabletop & Merch Editor

As the site's Tabletop & Merch Editor, you'll find my grubby paws on everything from board game reviews to the latest Lego news. I've been writing about games in one form or another since 2012, and can normally be found cackling over some evil plan I've cooked up for my group's next Dungeons & Dragons campaign.