Graduation season is upon us, which means that it's also time to start thinking about graduation gifts if you haven't purchased them already. Whether you're a seasoned gamer or you've stumbled across this article in a frantic Google search, you know that meeting a gamer's high standards can be a daunting task.
In order to take some of the anxiety out of gift giving, we here at GameSkinny have compiled a list of 10 awesome gifts that will show the gamer in your life how proud you are of their accomplishments.
Where to Buy: Etsy
This Legend of Zelda key holder would make a great gift for a new grad who's a fan of the classic NES game. For someone headed to a college dorm or moving into an apartment soon, this will prevent a lot of lost key situations -- and calls to the locksmith.
You can get a custom key holder from AbandonedReality's Etsy by following the link above. But if you're pressed for time, you can get this one that's ready-to-ship for $15. It just doesn't have your favorite person's name printed on it.
Subscription services like Nerd Block and Loot Crate are an awesome way to congratulate your gamer grad. These boxes are packed with curated items that are hand-picked by dedicated gamers, making sure that subscribers always get awesome gear. Items range from collectibles to gaming accessories, and they always come with an exclusive T-shirt designed for gaming enthusiasts.
Another great thing about these services is that they fit almost any budget: choose between one, three, six, and 12-month subscriptions, depending on how much you're willing to spend!
Where to buy: ThinkGeek
Maybe your grad already has a class ring from his or her alma mater. But maybe they also need this Star Wars class ring, emblazoned with the Jedi Academy logo on the side. (Or to wear when Battlefront 2 comes out in November.) Any fan of the Star Wars game franchise would be proud to wear this class ring after graduation.
Price: ~ $151
Where to Buy: WalMart
Console and PC gamers alike can all appreciate a new chair, it's a great way to tell the gamer grad in your life, "you've worked really hard, you deserve to sit back and relax for a little." There are a lot of gaming chairs out there, and some can get very pricey. If you're not savvy on specs, it's always safe to go for comfort over fancy abilities. Most gamers will just be glad to have the improved lumbar support.
The chair pictured above would probably be better for console gamers. It has speakers in the headrest and vibrates with your game.
Where to Buy: Halo
This officially licensed, snap together model of Master Chief is an awesome collectible for any Halo fan. This 1/10th scale model measures at 8 1/2 inches tall when complete and comes with a magnetic stand. It features removable armor, magnetic feet, and articulation for the arms, chest, and head. You can also purchase additional armor to further customize your Master Chief. It does not require any paint, so it would be a good gift for novice builders.
Where to Buy: Amazon
This chessboard is a great gift for gamers who play chess. Instead of traditional chess pieces, it features some of the most iconic characters from the acclaimed franchise. This is a fun collector's item for any Mario fan and will provide your gamer grad with hours of entertainment. Plus, it comes in a cool tin which looks nice if you want to display it.
If you really want to make your gamer grad feel like a pro, a gaming headset is a good way to go. Astro Gaming makes some awesome headsets that a lot of the pros use. Like gaming chairs, headsets can get a little pricey, but if you go with a good company, the less expensive models will still be great.
If you don't know a lot about peripherals, it can be a little intimidating to choose a headset. Check out these tips for buying a gaming headset on GameSkinny!
Where to Buy: Amazon
The job market out there is hard. You can help your new grad try to earn some extra cash streaming games on Twitch or making YouTube videos with a game capture device like this one from Elgato. This specific device works for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Wii U, and is definitely worth considering if you have a hardcore gamer in your life.
Where to Buy: Amazon
If your gamer grad doesn't already have this game, it could be worth purchasing! Prey was just released earlier this month, and so far, it has very positive reviews. This sci-fi thriller appeals to a broad range of gamers and has action, puzzles, and an exciting story. Check out this review of Prey for a more in-depth description of the game.
The game is available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Where to Buy: Blizzard Store
Construct additional Pylons for the gamer grad in your life! With all the hype around the Starcraft remaster, this would be a great time to gift this to a Starcraft fan. The USB charger has two ports and can connect to your laptop or outlet. It stands at about 7 inches tall and has an on-off switch in case the recipient wants to keep it on their night stand.
That concludes our list of 10 gamertastic gifts for your new grad. There's a little bit of something for every type of gamer to enjoy here, so hopefully, you found something to get excited about.