The Gamer Gift Guides: Find the Right Gift For Your Gamer
by Ste Grainer
In some ways, we gamers are easy to shop for. We have a set list of games, genres, or platforms we play and it's easy to pick the best titles from among those. But beyond actual games, there's a world of great stuff for gamers: books, soundtracks, gear, and more.
Whether you want to surprise and delight your favorite gamer, introduce family and friends to your hobby, deck your halls with swag, or fill up that new tablet or console with hidden gems, following is our gift (guide) to you this holiday season:
- 19 Gripping Books for Gamers - Fill up shelves, Kindles, or tablets with words about games and gaming, from entertaining tales to video game history to game design theory.
- 10 Family Friendly Games for the Holidays - Take control at your family holiday party and spread the game love with these great multiplayer, family friendly titles.
- 17 Sweeping Game Soundtracks - Fill headphones with the best game soundtracks and make everyday life feel as epic as the boss battles in your favorite games.
- Top 10 Tabletop Games Under $25 - Looking to spice up game night? These great games will have your friends tossing the Monopoly board to the back of the closet.
- 8 Tabletop Accessories Under $25 - Your DM may let you live if you present some of these humble offerings at your next holiday-themed dungeon crawl.
- 13 Great Pixel Games for iOS - Just because you have a shiny new iPhone or iPad, that doesn't mean you can't revel in the classic graphic styles of yesteryear.
- Deck Your Desk with Gear Aplenty - Dress up your coworker's desk in gamer style with this sweet swag.
- Handmade Gifts For Your Favorite Gamer - For truly unique gifts, nothing shows you care like an awesome handmade Boba Fett apron.
- Gifts for the Girly Gamer - Here are some great ideas to delight the lady gamer in your life.
- Games and Things To Get Ya Movin' - Get off your butt and have fun with games and gear that encourage healthy living gamer-style.
Get In On the Guides!
Surely you've got your favorite niche, so why not share that passion with the world? Help others get into your favorite games, gear, or whatnot and we'd be happy to feature it in our growing list here.
What makes a good gift guide? Include these things and you're set:
- A theme: Maybe your theme is "I like these things", and that'd be okay. The more coherent your theme, the easier it is for your reader to grasp and go along with you. (Summing up your theme in your intro or first slide helps as well.)
- The name of each item: How can I search for it or ask about it at a store?
- Images or video of each item: What does it look like? What can I do with it?
- A short description: Why'd you include this in your list? What makes it stand out from other things like it?
- Where can I buy it? Because why bother recommending something if you don't share where to get it?
Once your guide is done, link it in the comments and we'll add it to the list!Originally Published Dec. 18th 2013