Gamer Gift Guides  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Gamer Gift Guides  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Top 10 Gifts for Fortnite Fans for the 2018 Holidays https://www.gameskinny.com/qsxsx/top-10-gifts-for-fortnite-fans-for-the-2018-holidays https://www.gameskinny.com/qsxsx/top-10-gifts-for-fortnite-fans-for-the-2018-holidays Tue, 11 Dec 2018 14:17:55 -0500 Victoria B.

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Consider adding these gift ideas to your list as you start a shopping spree for that special Fortnite Fan this holiday season, and let these top 10 choices inspire you as you sneakily find your loved one's favorite in-game content. 

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Check back at GameSkinny for more nerdy gift guides and Christmas news.

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Fortnite Squad Mode Action Figures

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Price: $39.97
Buy it at: Walmart

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Looking for more traditional toys? Consider these figurines. This pack comes with four of the most popular characters in the game along with interchangeable guns. Whether you’re a young fan or a collector, this would be a great toy to receive this year.

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This gift is only 12 years or older though, so keep any of these tiny pieces away from toddler curious grasps.

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Fortnite Llama Plush

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Price: $9.99
Buy it at: Target

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Another great option are some cute plushies to bring a smile to your loved one’s face. One of the best cuddly toys to consider is this Pinata Llama, a fan favorite from the Fortnite universe. This wide eyed stuffed animal is about 7 inches tall and the perfect huggable size. If you're looking for a cute and inexpensive toy, this is a one of the best options.

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Fortnite Game Guides

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Fortnite: The Ultimate Guide to Dominating Fortnite Battle Royale by Supreme Game Guides

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Price: $9.73
Buy it on: Amazon

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Fortnite For Kids: 5 In 1 Book: The Complete Guide To Becoming A Fortnite God With A Fast And Flawless Victory by Pro Gamer Guide

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Price: $19.76
Buy it on: Amazon 

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If the person you're gifting to is both a gamer and a reader, a strategy guide book is one of the best gift options you can go for. Players are always trying to find ways to improve their chances of winning in battle royale modes. Some even go to the extent to hire coaches to help them improve their skills, but you don’t have to.

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Use this Christmas as an opportunity to give a gamer some useful tips about how to improve their strategy and win ratio. Here are just a few options to choose from depending on the age and skill level of the reader.

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Controller Skins

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Price: $7.46
Buy it on: Etsy

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One of the best gifts you can go for with any gamer is a skin/sticker. These removable skins add a form of customization to an otherwise carbon copy controller. 

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Check out KO Custom Creations AU for some really awesome Fortnite skins for PlayStation and Xbox controllers that fans have highly rated. One of the most popular is the Slurp Controller, a reference to the slurp power up juice available in the game. You can find this and more awesome skins for players on Etsy. Check them out to find the best fit.

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Fortnite Fan Hoodies

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Llama Hoodie Sale Price: $27.95
Lamma Hoodie Regular Price: $50.99
Buy it on: Gearrora

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Straight Outta Tilted Towers Price: $26.98
Buy it on: Amazon

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You can keep your friends and family warm this winter by opting for clothes that reflect their love of Fortnite. One of our favorites is this hoodie that has one of the most iconic figures from the game, the pinata llama. Another popular choice on Amazon is the Straight Outta Tilted Towers youth hoodie, a reference to one of the locations in the game.

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You can find all kinds of cozy hoodies that have the Fornite logos and references. Do some subtle research to find their favorite character or items from the game before buying.

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Fortnite Backpack

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Price: $25.89
Buy it on: Amazon

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A practical gift for any Fortnite players who are in school is definitely a backpack. This bookbag not only has the logo for the game but also glows in the dark. It has plenty of pockets and is made from a sturdy canvas material as well, making it the perfect gift for any fan to carry their gear in. It is fitted for elementary to middle school students. This could be a great gift before everyone returns to their studies in January.

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Light-Up Boogie Bomb

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Price: $14.99
Buy it at: Spencer's

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One of the best and most recognizable explosives from the game is the Boogie Bomb. Fortnite fans won’t be disappointed with this disco light up grenade that also comes with sound effects. It's the perfect decor for any player and is definitely a cool one to add to the shopping list.

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Funko Pop Figures

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Price: $7 - $11
Buy it on: Amazon

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It seems like everyone has to have at least one Funko Pop figure, and if you know someone who is an avid Fortnite player, you can’t go wrong with any of these adorable figurines. It’ll be a cute addition to place next to their PC or console.

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Be sure to snoop and check if your friend or family already has started a collection so you avoid buying a figure they already own. You may also want to do some digging to discern which character they like the most. This will help you decide which of the many figures to choose from.

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All of the traditional figures range from $8 - $11. Another option in the $7 range are key chain figures that can be used as stocking stuffers.

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Monopoly: Fortnite Edition

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Price: $15.88
Buy it at: Amazon

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If your Fortnite player likes both video and board games consider getting them the monopoly version of Fortnite. This edition of Monopoly for ages 13 and up has elements inspired by the popular royale mode, including the storm, map locations, and loot chest cards.

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Players earn and take away health points instead of money and every time a player passes go, the storm is unleashed. Fortnite fans will love you for bringing this to family game night as long as no one flips the table from losing.

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Gift Cards

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Price: $10 - $100

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(PlayStation) Buy it on: Amazon
(Xbox) Buy it on : Amazon

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Good ol’ fashioned money is sometimes your best bet, so why not go with a gift card? In order to obtain in-game cosmetics in Fortnite or battle passes for access to skins, weapons, emotes, and more, players can use money available on their account. If you want to add funds to a player's account and let them spend how they please, you should snag them a gift card.

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Know what system your loved one is playing on before you by them a card though. This will only work for those who are on consoles. PlayStation and Xbox gift cards can range from $10 to $100 and are a great choice for console Fortnite players.

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Epic Game's Fortnite is one of the most played and streamed games this year, so it's no surprise that it's no surprise that wish lists will be filled with Fornite themed gifts. You likely have someone in your life obsessed with this battle royale-style game. With the holidays quickly approaching, it’s time to hurry and find that perfect gift for your friend, family, significant other, or secret Santa.

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Scroll through our top 10 picks to find the perfect surprise to give your loved one this year with these Fortnite gifts.

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Full disclosure: This article contains Amazon affiliate links that directly benefit GameSkinny. Just letting you know!

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Best Last-Minute Gifts for Gamers Under $30 https://www.gameskinny.com/wd8hu/best-last-minute-gifts-for-gamers-under-30 https://www.gameskinny.com/wd8hu/best-last-minute-gifts-for-gamers-under-30 Tue, 26 Dec 2017 14:41:08 -0500 Sarah Elliman

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Now you have an entire list of perfect gaming gifts for under $30! You can get someone a truly special gift for practically nothing. Personalized and thoughtful gifts show you care about that person. What better way to show that then engaging in their interests?

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What did you think of our gaming gift list? Are there any items you are dying to have? Let us know in the comments below. 

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WOW Mug
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Price: $23.85
Buy it on: Etsy

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If the Gamer Mug wasn't quite doing it for you, then this beautifully stylized World of Warcraft mug is sure to do the trick. It looks incredibly authentic and is well made to boot. 

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The inside consists of stainless steel, and the mug is made from oak. If that wasn't enough, then you can have a personalized engraving on the bottom. It makes it perfect for wedding gifts, birthdays, and the holidays -- any occasion. This gift is sure to be a winner.

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Nintendo T-Shirt
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Price: $17.88
Buy it on: Redbubble

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This is by far my personal favorite item for this list. The design is so vivid, and the comic book style creates a sense of movement within the image. It is a wonderful shirt with key Nintendo characters gracing its design. 

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The artwork is beautiful, and it will take you right back to those days when you were a kid trying to figure out what to do in Zelda. It's a brilliant way to bring classic games back into your life, especially with the recent additions to the Zelda, Mario and Pokemon series.

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Sonic Poster
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Price: $12.47+
Buy it on: Etsy

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This retro and elegant poster will have any gamer's heart skip a beat when they open this up. The design is simplistic, but it has incredibly authentic and iconic Sonic imagery that make for an essential gift. This one's not just for those who are Sonic fans, but for gamers across the board. 

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The poster comes in a variety of sizes, and the price depends on what one you go for. It doesn't come in the frame, but the beauty of the image means you could frame it or just simply hang it above your bed. 

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Gamer Mug
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Price: $9.01
Buy it on: Etsy

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It doesn't matter what game you're playing and for how long, sooner or later you're going to need to drink something. So, why not have a gaming-themed mug to match all the other collectibles you have dotted around. The design is incredibly simple but well made, with a lot of components and colors, but they don't seem invasive. 

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This is a perfect gift if you're not sure what games someone is into, or if you don't know their size for clothing merchandise. You can always be sure that a mug is a safe bet when looking for a gaming present. 

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PUBG Helmet & Pan
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Price: $12.95+
Buy it on: Etsy

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PUBG has become massive: With an insane amount of gamers frequenting the servers every day, it is an unprecedented success. With this success ultimately come merchandise and cool knick-knacks to dot throughout your home. 

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The creator has purposely designed the helmet and pan to look worn, as if they had been bought directly from inside the game. They are small items, and the helmet is not wearable, but they are an amazing collectible set to be able to put on your desk or on a shelf next to all your other gaming merchandise. 

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Gamer Socks
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Price: $11.89
Buy it on: Etsy

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Have you ever been in a really intense match or that moment in the story where everything is coming together? Then suddenly someone tries to have a conversation with you, and it's enraging? I'm sure it's happened to every gamer at some point, and when you're concentrating, it can be hard to relay your message to someone else.

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These socks are a perfect way to tell someone that you're gaming and want to be left in peace. That is, assuming you don't need to move your legs too high. They're super cute and comfortable -- also, if you're over at someone's house, they will be dying to try and read the message as you walk through their home. 

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Video Game T-Shirt
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Price: $19.99
Buy it on: Amazon

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If you want to scream from the rooftops that you're a gamer, then this is the shirt that will do it. Plus, it's also an intriguing conversation starter with someone about what kind of games you're into. 

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It comes in a range of sizes for men, women, and children, so every one of your gamer friends can have an awesome T-Shirt to let people know they are in love with video games. Either that or, if you have a really intense gamer friend, then this is a hilarious way to remind them of that. 

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If you're trying not to break the bank when picking up those last-minute gifts for the gamers in your life, then fear not! The truly fantastic gifts we've included in our lineup are just what you're looking for. From T-shirts to cookware to posters, why would you spend more when you can choose an awesome gift from these options?

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Gift Guide: Best Gifts for World of Warcraft Fans https://www.gameskinny.com/9ap3d/gift-guide-best-gifts-for-world-of-warcraft-fans https://www.gameskinny.com/9ap3d/gift-guide-best-gifts-for-world-of-warcraft-fans Tue, 05 Dec 2017 12:38:27 -0500 Robert Kazmierczak

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Hopefully, this list of World of Warcraft themed gifts will make it a bit easier to shop for any gamers you know. There's a ton of World of Warcraft paraphernalia out there, so let us know in the comments if you've come across any other awesome WoW gifts.

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Fine Art

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Price: $20+

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Buy it on: Blizzard Store

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Finally, if you're looking for some nice decorations for the house, the Blizzard Store offers posters and canvases with amazing World of Warcraft art for each expansion. If the Blizzard Store doesn't quite have what you're looking for, then you can always find a freelance artist to create something unique on commission. For the player that wants to plaster the walls with their obsessions, there is an untold number of paintings to be found for World of Warcraft. 

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Accessories

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Price: $10+

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Buy it on: Blizzard Store

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If you're looking for something a little smaller you can always aim for World of Warcraft accessories. The Blizzard Store has got some awesome key chains with the different faction logos, as well phone cases decorated with World of Warcraft artwork. If you can't find anything on the Blizzard Store, then you should check out websites like Etsy or Amazon, where you can often find handmade items or even contact someone directly for a personalized World of Warcraft accessory.

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Clothes

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Price: $15+

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Buy it on: Blizzard Store

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World of Warcraft themed clothing makes a great gift option, with plenty of different styles and designs to choose from. I know, younger players don't tend to enjoy receiving clothes as gifts, but if you plaster their favorite World of Warcraft insignia across the front of a hoodie, they'll love it forever.  You can find a lot of great options for World of Warcraft clothes on the Blizzard Store. In addition, there are a ton of great choices across the internet, even handmade items like scarves and hats on websites like Etsy.

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World of Warcraft Trading Card Game

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Price: $10+

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Buy it on: Amazon

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No gamer sticks to just one game forever. If the World of Warcraft player in your life is looking to branch out, but doesn't want to stray too far from their favorite MMO, you might want to consider getting them a deck of World of Warcraft trading cards. A separate game from the well-known MMO, the World of Warcraft trading card game features many of the same characters and creatures giving a familiar feel to a whole new game. 

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World of Warcraft Media

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Price:  $10+

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Buy it on: Amazon

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World of Warcraft is filled with a rich in-game history, and many players are incredibly fond of the stories and characters involved. There are a ton of books written by various authors, and more recently, a movie. These alternate forms of media delve into some of the events of the world, often filling in gaps that the game might have skipped over. If you've got a lore hound player in your life, you might consider picking up one of the many World of Warcraft books. 

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Stuffed Animals

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Price: $10+

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Buy it on: Blizzard Store

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If your World of Warcraft player is a fan of plushies, there are plenty of options, modeled after various animals from the World of Warcraft games such as Murlocs (a kind of cross between a frog and a fish), Dragons, and even the different pets that players can tame. Since there are a ton of plushies modeled after pets, they're a great gift for any player that enjoys playing as the "Hunter" class. While the Blizzard Store has a lot of options for stuffed animals, it wouldn't hurt to check out some other websites and look for some more personalized plushies. 

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Subscription Continuation and Game Services

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Price: $10+

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Buy it on: Blizzard Store

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If you're not sure what World of Warcraft swag to get, you can always head to the Blizzard Store and grab some in-game rewards. When players have put in hundreds of hours of gameplay on characters, sometimes they want to just skip all the effort and jump to the end of the game. For players that are looking to skip ahead there are level boosts that will bring you all the way to the maximum level. Alternatively, since World of Warcraft requires a monthly subscription, you can always purchase an extra month of play time.

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Aesthetics and Mounts

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Price: $25

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Buy it on: Blizzard Store

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In massive multiplayer games like World of Warcraft, mounts and certain aesthetics can act like status symbols. They show other players that you've put in the time and the money to get the most impressive stuff. Mounts especially are a great gift, since they have practical use, helping players get from place to place a bit faster. If you're looking for a good gift for a World of Warcraft player, head over to the Blizzard store and look at some of the items available as in-game gifts. 

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Peripheral Devices 

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Price: $100+

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Buy it on: Amazon

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For a lot of players, the peripherals they use are just as important as anything in the game. If you're looking for a truly practical gift for the World of Warcraft player in your life, picking up a new keyboard, mouse, or headset could be an excellent option. There are a ton of options when looking at peripherals, and a lot of it boils down to the gamer's personal preference, but if you can figure out what they're looking for then you're in the clear. Once you pick something out you can start looking at getting some World of Warcraft designs added to it.

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Custom 3D World of Warcraft Figures

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Price: $129.99

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Buy it on: FigurePrint

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While it's not uncommon for players to have multiple playable characters, everyone always has a favorite. And they'll spend weeks getting together all the best-looking armor and weapons to make that character look as incredible as possible. If you're looking for a great gift for a World of Warcraft player, then think about immortalizing their favorite character as a 3D miniature. With just a few pieces of information, sites like FigurePrint can take a snapshot of a character and turn it into a 3D replica of that character. 

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Merry Christmas, Azeroth! Christmas time is closing in, so it's time to start shopping. We know that it can be hard shopping for gamers, especially for people who aren't all that interested in games themselves. Not to worry though, we've come up with some great ideas for World of Warcraft themed gifts.

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Gift Guide: Best Board Games Based on Video Games https://www.gameskinny.com/ak7kg/gift-guide-best-board-games-based-on-video-games https://www.gameskinny.com/ak7kg/gift-guide-best-board-games-based-on-video-games Thu, 30 Nov 2017 15:04:15 -0500 Robert Kazmierczak

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Hopefully this list leads you to some excellent gifts. Let us know in the comments what you think about these games and if there are any others out there that are even better.

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Starcraft: The Board Game

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Price: $64.99
Buy it on: Amazon

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Coming in with a much more expansive board game experience, Blizzard's Starcraft: The Board Game comes with over a hundred figures, a modular board, and a ton of cards for combat and unit upgrades. Players can choose any one of six factions, each with its own special win conditions, and even unique units for combat. Players travel from planet to planet, gathering resources and slowly expanding their area of influence until they can wipe the competition through clever strategic play or the infamous "Zerging." 

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Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game 

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Price: $53.48
Buy it on: Amazon

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Based on the successful video games, Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game uses a number of the video games' mechanics to propel its analog version forward. With different civilizations to play as and different paths to victory, no two games will be the same. The game board comes in multiple pieces that can be moved around and fit together in a variety of ways, making the game even more unique every time you play it. Take control of your favorite empire, and embark on a quest for world domination. 

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Batman: Arkham City Escape 

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Price: $49.00
Buy it on: Amazon

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In Batman: Arkham City Escape, players take part in an epic fight for Gotham. One player becomes the Dark Knight, while the other takes control of up to 20 of Batman's most impressive villains. While Batman moves around the city, he must stop the Arkham inmates from escaping while dodging the villains that swarm around him.  Each villain has its own special abilities, forcing Batman to remain cautious as he plots his next moves. Each time Batman comes into contact with a villain, a fight breaks out. Using combat cards, the Dark Knight can work to capture his rival and return them to their jail cell. 

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Bioshock Infinite: The Siege of Columbia

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Price: $39.99
Buy it on: Amazon

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The legendary Bioshock Infinite embraces the world of analog games in The Siege of Columbia. Players must take objectives and earn points on their way to victory, all while dealing with characters from the original game. With only two factions to choose from, players can go head to head with just two players or pair up into two-person teams and start their war for control. The first team to reach 10 points wins the game, so pick your faction and use whatever means necessary to take control of Columbia. 

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Assassin's Creed: Arena

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Price: $38.99
Buy it on: Amazon

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Assassin's Creed's introduction of competitive multiplayer gave rise to a pretty interesting board game, similar to other adventure games. In Assassin's Creed: Arena, gameplay, from fighting to sneaking, requires the use of cards, and only through clever management will you find a way to outwit the other players. Your objective is to find and assassinate a target, but guards and players abound to interfere in your schemes. With each turn, the city changes as guards make their rounds and players attempt to outmaneuver one another. If you're looking for a tense strategic battleground of deception and stealth, Assassin's Creed: Arena might be the game for you. 

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Portal: The Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game

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Price: $35.26
Buy it on: Amazon

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The Portal series is an unforgettable entry in the world of video games, and its board game counterpart, The Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game, is equally unforgettable. Up to four players take part in a quest for scientific progress by performing various experiments around Aperture Laboratories. As you attempt to survive the experiments, the lab falls apart around you, forcing you to claw desperately for survival. Try to be the last man standing, and earn the most cake for your hard work. 

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The Witcher Adventure Game

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Price: $84.99
Buy it on: Amazon

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Based on CD Projekt Red's phenomenal series of Witcher games, this adventure-style board game lets players utilize four distinct characters from the series. Each character has its own strengths and weaknesses that help to determine how you interact with the tons of unique quests that you'll run into. With development cards and custom dice for each character, it's possible to specialize your character and create an entirely new experience every time you play. 

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Sometimes gamers need a break from their screens to enjoy games the old-fashioned way. Classic board games like Monopoly might not always appeal to traditional video game players, but there are plenty of options that involve some of the more well-known digital games out there. For this holiday season, we've taken some time to put together a list of board games with video game counterparts.

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Best Stocking Stuffers for Gamers under $5 https://www.gameskinny.com/6hfnl/best-stocking-stuffers-for-gamers-under-5 https://www.gameskinny.com/6hfnl/best-stocking-stuffers-for-gamers-under-5 Fri, 24 Nov 2017 15:06:43 -0500 Stephanie Tang

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That's it for now!

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Happy holiday shopping, and hope you've found something perfect for the special gamer friends in your life!

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(Yes, the above image includes a pretty incredible-looking 8-bit stocking, but unfortunately I don't think Think Geek makes these anymore. Sorry!)

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Horizon Zero Dawn Watercolor-style Game Art Poster

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Price: $5 - $27 (shipping charges may vary)
Buy it on: Etsy

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For the fan who firmly believes that video games are art, this is the gift for their living room wall. Gorgeously rendered, and printed on thick photo paper and ink quality.

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(Only the 4.1" x 5.8" size fits our price tag, but if you're feeling generous, you can always size up. The store also has an ongoing buy 3, get 1 free deal, so if you've had a fairly well-behaved gamer this year...)

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Still Loading Gamer Wall Decal / Sticker

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Price: $1.99 various colors (free shipping)
Buy it on: Aliexpress

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Ah, waiting. The bane of our existence. For the gamer that always needs a reminder what kind of hellhole they've accepted into their lives, this is the stocking stuffer for them. Waterproof, non-fading colors, it'll stay on their wall longer than their flat-screen. 

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Xbox One Elite Controller Vinyl Skin Wrap Decal Sticker

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Price: $4.10 (shipping charges may vary)
Buy it on: Etsy

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While the Destiny franchise finally made it to PC this time around with Destiny 2, we still know and remember it first as a console game. For the fan who's currently running raids in the living room instead of in front of the monitor, this is for them! 

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A controller skin to wrap around their existing controller, ideally if they're running a warlock (don't worry, this store also has the other classes available in controller skins too). Don't give this to anybody who can't handle a hairdryer or heat gun for application, though. Just sayin'.

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Legend of Zelda Piece of Heart Soap

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Price: $2/piece (shipping charges may vary)
Buy it on: Etsy

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This is for the gamer friend who isn't nearly as interested in digging through graveyards and/or mucking about with Skulltulas just to get to the good stuff. Let 'em take a pass on the questing this season with a handful (two counts as a handful, right?) of these lightly scented beauties.

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Bonus points? These are made with glycerin, which is gentler than regular soaps and helps your skin retain more of its natural moisture. 

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Kirby Laser-cut Character Pins 

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Price: $3.99 each / $10.99 for a set of 3 (shipping charges may vary)
Buy it on: Etsy

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If nothing else, Kirby has taught us that you can make a long, star-studded career out of stuffing your face with everything in sight. Choose from one of these super-cute laser-cut pins (Kirby, Waddledee, or the Metamato), made from two layers of 1/8"-thick opaque and mirrored laser-cut acrylic. The piece is hand assembled and features a tie-tack and clutch-style pin affixed to the back plate. 

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Overwatch D.VA-inspired Mini Candle

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Price: $4.11 (shipping charges may vary)
Buy it on: Etsy

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For the Overwatch fanatic who possibly doesn't have as big of an addiction to butts but does have an affection for burning things!

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This mini D.VA-inspired candle comes scented like Parma Violet, which, okay, is a little bit of an odd stylistic choice since that particular scent doesn't scream Korean StarCraft badass to me, but I can't say it's not a nice scent!

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This is also made of soy wax instead of the more commercially available paraffin wax, which means less fumes and longer burning.

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Pokemon's Vulpix with Stainless Steel Stud Earring 

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Price: $2.60
Buy it on: Etsy

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So cute! Fab baby fox Vulpix has always looked like the most cuddly Pokemon in the world. She isn't nearly as cuddly when she comes in a set of stainless steel stud earrings, but she is nickel and lead-free for that gamer friend who has metal sensitivities. The designs are 8mm in width and height, and the hypoallergenic posts are backed with a butterfly stopper. 

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(Note: Bonus! There's a Christmas sale going on right now, so if you spend $5+ you can also get 10% off. Heck yeah!) 

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Overwatch BUTTon set

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Price: $2.02/pin; $8.89 for the set (shipping charges vary)
Buy it on: Etsy

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This is for the gamer who likes to get a little (ahem) cheeky. Overwatch femme fatale Widowmaker may have the most canonically asstastic official artwork, but that hasn't stopped the fandom from trying to help even up the score. 

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This set does go over the stocking stuffer cash limit if you want to spring for the entire set, but it certainly doesn't stop you from picking your two favorites out of the five.  

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Pokemon 5-inch Plush Cyndaquil PokeDoll

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Price: $5 (shipping charges may vary)
Buy it on: Etsy

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Yeah, you read right. Fire-type Cyndaquil is one of the three Generation II starter Pokemon in Johto and (in my completely and utterly unbiased opinion) the cutest of the bunch. 

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Any Pokemon lover is bound to go crazy over this little guy in their stocking on Christmas morning. But if Fire Types just aren't your thing, this seller has over 200 different plushie designs (many of them Pokemon) in a similar price range. Go crazy! Buy ten!

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League of Legends Red Hair Miss Fortune Mouse Pad / Play Mat

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Price: $1.65 - $3.31 (free shipping)
Buy it on: Aliexpress

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You'd probably know better than I do what the perfect size for your gamer friend's mouse pad should be -- and that's only right, isn't it? Bigger may be better these days, but not everyone has the desk space to sport the giant play mats that have jumped in popularity. (Everyone always has room for a redhead though, right?) 

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This is for the League of Legends gamer in your life -- a durable anti-slip rubber mat with non-overlocking edges, available in several different sizes. 

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(And hey, you don't need Miss Fortune if you don't want her; this seller has a ton of other character mats that might be more suited to your lane.)

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Legend of Zelda Rupee Bags - Adult Wallet (Silver) / Giant Wallet (Gold)

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Price: $3.95 / $4.95 bag only (shipping may vary)
Buy it on: Etsy

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Breath of the Wild may have taken Zelda fans by storm, but there's a damn good reason why Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask just keep coming back. For the fan who waited to get a limited-edition Zelda 3DS for one of these games, these are small wallets intended to hold shiny glass Rupees, but they're also great for money, pins, jewelry, keys, or other small items as well.

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Kawaii Pastel Gamer Controller Phone Charm

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Price: $1 (shipping charges may vary)
Buy it on: Etsy

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It feels like phone charms have fallen a little to the wayside in the last few years. First, our phones lost the telltale holes to hang them from, and then the cases that went on over top disappeared too. It's hard to believe that it was a decade ago that I had about four different charms and a fur bobble hanging off my flip phone.

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For the gamers who still love having cute danglies on their phones and who still prefer controllers to mouse and keyboard, this controller charm is the cutest.

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Besides, if your giftee simply doesn't have anywhere to hang it, you can also get it as a dust plug -- and in four different colors.

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PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS Battle Royale Gaming Key Chain / Charm

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Price: $2 (shipping charges may vary)
Buy it on: Etsy

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If you're an FPS player at heart, it's not difficult to have gotten swept up into the PUBG craze. This gaming key chain is made in the USA from high-quality birch panel board and comes engraved with a helmet and the game's winning headline Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner! in Battle Royale-inspired vector design. 

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The backside comes blank, but for an additional fee, you can customize it with your giftee's gamertag so that they know it was made just for them. Not a bad way to take your gamer cred on the go!

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With Thanksgiving nearly upon us, most holiday shoppers (especially online shoppers) are already well aware that Christmas is only five weeks away.

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In this passionately frantic time of "Will it or won't it ship soon enough?" the earlier you start, the better. And if there's anything the Humble Bundle's taught us over the years, it doesn't have to be expensive to be awesome.

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If you want to get a head start on shopping for the video game crazy in your life, here are some pretty nifty gift ideas for the gamers at heart.

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Gift Guide: Best Gifts for RPG Fans https://www.gameskinny.com/8xpwx/gift-guide-best-gifts-for-rpg-fans https://www.gameskinny.com/8xpwx/gift-guide-best-gifts-for-rpg-fans Fri, 24 Nov 2017 15:00:02 -0500 ThatGamersAsylum

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Alas, our list has come to an end. From Pokemon to Dark Souls (what a natural segue that was) to World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy, I have covered all types of RPGs. Western and Eastern RPGs are represented in equal measure. Easy to Souls-crushingly brutal. Social to leave-me-alone-for-a-week-while-I-soak-in-every-last-bit-of-this-game! From "Dude, you expect me to drop nearly $200 on a Snorlax beanbag chair?" to shirts off of clearance, I got your back, fam. Almost every facet of the RPG experience has been covered as far as I can tell.

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To finish things off, I leave you with the cutest RPG -- no, video game -- enemy of all time: Dragon Quest's Slime. Its design is simple and so is its brain. Its face is cute and wide-eyed like a child yet smashable like a pumpkin made out of jello. It's the perfect plush for a certain author writing a list of items you might love for the holidays, and it's only $23.99 ($39.99 for the large version).

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Final Fantasy

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Final Fantasy isn't just one of the oldest ongoing video game franchises, it's also one of the most popular RPG franchises of all time. Regardless of how you feel about that, the series has always been driven by its art, and that's why there is perhaps no better place to start discussing products for this game than chocobos.

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That's right, there are not only traditional playing cards that are ridiculously expensive at $12 just because there are chocobos on them, there are also whole board games dedicated to the crazy adventures that I never knew chocobos went on, which are available for $19.99. Even better, there is an expansion game that builds further upon the (hopefully) crazy adventures I never knew they had, which only costs an extra $9.99.

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Past that, we have some great shirts featuring Final Fantasy mashups. First, we have "Fellowship of the Fantasy," which is very clearly a reference to a scene from Lord of the Rings that I am completely drawing a blank on. Not only is it a cool-looking shirt, but it is also on clearance right now, so it is only $9.95.

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Then we have an epic series of shirts that mash up various Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy logos. Pictured below is Skyward Sword x FFVIII (left) and Majora's Mask x FFVII (right). There's also a Link's Awakening x FFXIII shirt and an Ocarina of Time x FFX shirt. Each of these shirts costs $19.99. 

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Last up is in service to all those dank meme lords out there, the brilliantly named "Ha ha ha ha" for $19.99. Enjoy. 

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World of Warcraft

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If you're a fan of WoW, then you are already well aware of the upcoming expansion -- Battle for Azeroth -- which is set to pit the Alliance and Horde factions against one another. This means there is no better time than now to start investing in some merch to show off your side's colors. Thankfully, I've been able to find just what you're looking for in the form of sharply discounted faction-themed gamer merch. 

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First up are these two WoW Faction banners. While I don't actually play WoW, these are some of my favorite items on the entire list. Despite currently costing only $6.99 (down from $24.99), they perfectly encapsulate your dedication to your chosen faction while looking awesome, being unique, and costing little. There's not a lot else you could ask for from a gift. 

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Next is a pair of WoW chests: one for the Horde, and one for the Alliance. They're basically identical except for their theming. They both currently cost $23.99 after being discounted down from $40.00. They also both contain the same contents: a mug, lanyard, leather bracelet, keychain, and wax seal marker for all those letters you're sending all the time.... Overall, it is a decent price, considering that the mug alone would often set you back $15 - $20.

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A couple other faction-themed items are these lounge pants ($12) or this bi-fold wallet ($10), both of which are down from their usual $30 price point. 

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Dark Souls

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If you're a fan of Dark Souls' music and you also love vinyl, then ThinkGeek has the perfect gift for you: selections of music from each Dark Souls game available on vinyl. There are 3 sets of Double LPs, one for each Dark Souls game, with each one setting you back $34.99. 

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Next up we have a couple of really nice Dark Souls-themed shirts, both of which cost $19.99.

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On the left is the "Flask Ale" shirt, which functions as an old-timey ad for an Estus flask. On the right is "The Great Wolf," featuring one of the most beloved bosses from the franchise's history. 

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Last but not least, we have the extremely pricey Dark Souls board game.Yes, it costs $119. But it also comes with absolutely gorgeous miniatures, which somewhat reduces the sting while you're getting your ass kicked.

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Mass Effect and Dragon Age

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Look, I know these games are vastly different from one another, but the fact of the matter is they are made by the same studio, and frankly, that is enough for me to put them on the same slide together. 

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With that out of the way, I know that Mass Effect: Andromeda was one of the largest video game flops we have seen in recent years. But despite that, the franchise itself is still a beloved one and for good reason. 

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The first item on this slide is actually specific to said flop: the Nomad, or, in this case, a remote-controlled 1:18 scale version of the Nomad, which can be seen above. While it is a bit pricey (usually it costs $199, but currently, it has been cut to $179), it's also really cool to have a functional recreation of an item from a game as opposed to the tradition of completely useless video game statues. In this way, it has a bit of life.

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It should be noted that this also comes with a limited-edition SteelBook case for Mass Effect Andromeda, which is also part of the reason the price is so high; SteelBook cases are always expensive.

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The second item is perhaps one of my favorites: a replica omni-blade that costs $29.99. Sure, it is meant for cosplaying, but my inner ten-year-old is screaming out, yelling at me to buy this so I can pretend to kill things with it. 

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Lastly, we have a Dragon Age adult coloring book that costs $14.99, which honestly isn't that bad of a price for a high-quality adult coloring book. And from the looks of the preview images, I would have to say that this is definitely high quality.

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Pokemon

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That's right, to start the list off we are going to delve into perhaps one of the most popular RPG series of all times. A series that is beloved by children and adults alike across a generation or more. And the first item on our list is ...

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... a giant Snorlax beanbag chair. As one would expect, this is not particularly cheap, as it will set you back about $149.99 prior to taxes and shipping charges (which GameStop listed as $30). But it's also awesome.

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Continuing with the Snorlax theme, we have his pre-evolution: Munchlax. Except in this situation he is actually in lunchbox form. Not only is this little guy adorable, but -- unlike his evolved form-- he won't do nearly as much damage to your wallet since he only costs $19.99. Even better, he is currently on sale for $11.99, which is practically a steal. 

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Lastly, I present to you an awesome, if completely novel and useless, Pikachu piggy bank that costs $29.99. Is it useful in any sort of way? Well yes. It holds your coins, or more accurately, snatches the coins you place in front of it and stores them away for you. Does it accomplish anything that a normal box wouldn't? Well, that depends on how much value you place on 200 unique, presumably adorable, Pikachu noises. 

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Ultimately, these are merely a few of the thousands of pieces of Pokemon merchandise. When you are one of the world's largest, most child-friendly brands, especially as it pertains to video games, being included here is just an inevitability. 

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The RPG Gamer Gift Guide -- or RP-Quadruple G -- is here to help bring you all the goodies you need this holiday season for the gamer in your life. Whether it's Pokemon, World of Warcraft, Dark Souls, or Final Fantasy, we've got you covered. 

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Each slide will have a few different items from a series, culminating in the best gift on the list (aka the one I want someone to buy me). Gifts range from T-shirts, which are sort of the low-hanging fruit, to more unique items such as vinyl LPs, board game adaptations, and adult coloring books. All in all, we tried to gather unique items that you might not find every day. So here's a list of some of the best items we found.  

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Gift Guide: Best Gifts for Xbox One Owners 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/z9vy4/gift-guide-best-gifts-for-xbox-one-owners-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/z9vy4/gift-guide-best-gifts-for-xbox-one-owners-2017 Thu, 23 Nov 2017 10:00:02 -0500 Kengaskhan

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Xbox Gift Card

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If you feel like you're not familiar enough with Xbox One gaming, or you're just not sure what Xbox One games and accessories your intended gift recipient already owns, there's always the gift card.

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You can buy an Xbox gift card from the official site.

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Hopefully, you found something on this list to gift to your favorite Xbox One gamer!

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If you're interested in some of our other gift guides for gamers, you can find them here.

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Xbox One Games

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A new game is probably a pretty obvious gift for a gamer, but if you're not familiar with the Xbox One's full gaming library, it can be pretty overwhelming deciding which one to choose for them.

Consider how the gamer in your life enjoys spending their free time when not playing their Xbox One. Do they enjoy watching or playing sports? Are they sci-fi or horror buffs? Do a little Googling based on what you know about your intended gift recipient, and chances are good that the Xbox One's extensive library has something right up their alley.

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You can find most Xbox One games on Amazon.

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Xbox One Kinect

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The Kinect is an Xbox peripheral that is best known for its motion-sensing capabilities, which several Xbox One Kinect games take advantage of. The Kinect also features a camera, accepts voice commands, and even brings Microsoft's Cortana to your Xbox.

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While the Kinect was originally bundled with all Xbox One consoles, they have since been separated, meaning plenty of Xbox owners won't already have this useful gadget.

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You can buy an Xbox One Kinect from Amazon for $59.99.

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Xbox One Media Remote

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Microsoft has marketed the Xbox One as a multimedia device -- as being more than just a gaming console. However, most Xbox One consoles only come with a gaming controller. And while the gaming controller is perfectly capable of navigating the Xbox One multimedia landscape, there's a better option: the Xbox One Media Remote.

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If you know anyone who likes using their Xbox One as a Blu-ray player or to binge-watch television shows on Netflix, the Media Remote might be the thing for them.

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You can buy the Xbox One Media Remote from the official website for $24.99.

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Western Digital Elements -- 1TB External Hard Drive

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One of the biggest disadvantages of console gaming is how small the native hard drives tend to be, and as games get prettier and prettier, they take up more storage space and become harder to fit on a console hard drive. 

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Fortunately, there's an easy fix -- just buy a bigger hard drive. At 1TB, the WD Elements hard drive offers over twice the storage space of the standard Xbox One hard drive, and it has a very affordable price.

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You can buy a WD Elements hard drive from Amazon for $54.99.

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Xbox Controller Chatpad

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The use of voice chat in gaming has pretty much become the norm for online gaming, but there are plenty of reasons one might want to stick to traditional text chat while gaming.

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If you happen to know any quieter gamers, this detachable Xbox One controller keyboard might be just what they've been looking for.

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You can buy the Chatpad from Xbox's official website for $34.99.

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Xbox One Play & Charge Kit

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While Xbox One controllers do tend to make good, long-lasting use of the AA batteries you put in them, in the long run, it'll definitely be cheaper to use a rechargeable battery pack.

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As a bonus, there's no need to worry about having to swap out batteries in the middle of a gaming session since you can charge the battery pack while playing (as the product name suggests).

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You can buy the Play & Charge Kit from the official website for $24.99.

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Xbox Design Lab Controller

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If you want to gift someone a personalized controller, the Xbox Design Lab is what you're looking for. You're able to customize around 10 parts of the controller, ranging from the colors of the buttons and thumbsticks to giving the D-Pad and triggers a metallic sheen.

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You can even have a name (or a really short 16-character message) engraved onto it.

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You can design your own controller on the official Xbox website. Design Lab controllers start at $79.99.

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Xbox Elite Controller

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Although the Xbox Elite Controller may seem excessively priced for what it does, it will get a ton of use for its cost. While the games they play may change, the controller they use won't -- unless they're upgrading it.

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The Elite Controller is the best on the market for the Xbox One, and it features numerous advantages over the standard Xbox One controller, including a superior grip, additional buttons, and customizable controls.

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If you know any hardcore gamers, the Xbox Elite controller is the perfect gift to support their competitive needs.

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You can buy the Elite Controller from the official Xbox website for $149.99.

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Xbox One X

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The Xbox One X is the most powerful console on the market, and while the price is certainly nothing to laugh at, it's a huge upgrade over the regular Xbox One, making it one of the best things you can buy for a dedicated Xbox gamer.

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It's also a great gift for anyone you want to introduce to gaming, as it has all the functionality of a standard Xbox One console but with all the bells and whistles.

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You can buy an Xbox One X from the official Xbox website for $499.99.

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The holiday season is nearly upon us, and it's time to start shopping for gifts. You've probably got a few gamers in your life, so why not get them something for their beloved Xbox One? Check out these great gifts for Xbox One owners.

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Gift Guide: 10 Clothing Items for Gamers https://www.gameskinny.com/bx5py/gift-guide-10-clothing-items-for-gamers https://www.gameskinny.com/bx5py/gift-guide-10-clothing-items-for-gamers Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:53:58 -0500 ReadyPlayerPaige

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10. STREET FIGHTER BEARDED RYU T-SHIRT
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Buy now from Hot Topic for $14.63

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This Street Fighter shirt shows off Ryu's bearded look, and for a fighting game icon like Ryu, all it takes is a beard to show off his battle experience. This shirt is the ultimate gift for fighting game fans!

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If you're interested in our other gift guides for gamers, you can find them here!

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9. TWISTED METAL SWEET TOOTH T-SHIRT
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Buy now from Hot Topic for $14.63

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He's sick, he's evil, and most of all, he's twisted. Grab this retro-style T-shirt depicting the trademark character of the Twisted Metal racing game series: Sweet Tooth. This shirt is the perfect gift for anyone that loves metal, clowns, racing games, or all three of them!

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8. Mario & Luigi Slippers
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Slip on some slippers with attitude! You can keep your friend's or family member's feet warm with the iconic Nintendo brothers, Mario and Luigi -- as slipper shoes!

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Buy now from StylinOnline for $29.99.

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7. Phantom Panic
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Spooky and devilish, the Mario villain, Phanto, is probably the cause of many childhood nightmares. However, Phanto has probably never looked quite as stylish as it does on this T-shirt!

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Buy now from Fangamer for $24.

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6. Windjammers - Jammin'
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If you live in the northern hemipshere, the holiday season probably isn't the best time to time to go to the beach and throw some frisbees around -- but you can still show off your style and attitude with this retro WindJammers T-shirt!

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Buy now from Fangamer for $24.

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5. Super Mario Jumpmen at Work T-Shirt
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This T-shirt will make you feel like a constructor and get you to work hard! The stylized Super Mario art shows off a slightly different side of the Mario franchise. You can get this Jumpmen at Work shirt from FanGamer.

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Buy now from Fangamer for $24.

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4. Prototype 2 Leather Jacket
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Feel like the ultimate hero with the leather jacket worn by the protagonist of Prototype 2. It probably won't grant your gift recipient the shapeshifting powers of Alex Mercer, but it certainly can't hurt to dress like him!

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Buy now from Stylowears for 99£.

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3. Super Mario Pajama Pants
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Buy now from Hot Topic for $15.60

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Get warm and cozy with these Mario pajama pants -- a perfect gift for the chilly holiday season! Available in all sizes for girls and guys.

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2. Star Fox 2 Cover T-Shirt
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Buy now from ThinkGeek for $14.99

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Letting you fly through galaxies in a spaceship and take down your enemies as a heroic fox is probably one of the coolest things Nintendo ever let you do as a kid (or adult). If anyone you know is a Star Fox fan, you can surprise them with this T-shirt depicting the cover for the Star Fox 2 game.

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1. The Legend of Zelda "Be Prepared" T-Shirt
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Buy now from ThinkGeek for $19.99

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This holiday season, bring this shirt home for that Zelda fan you know. With a reference to one of the most memorable quotes from the NES classic, this 8-bit styled Zelda T-shirt is sure to please.

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There is nothing like a store for nerds and gamers. ThinkGeek, Hot Topic, and other great retail stores have some of the best gifts for gamers, nerds, and more. If you know anyone like that, you'll also probably know that they sometimes like to show it off in how they dress.

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Here are some of the best nerd culture apparel you can buy for your friends and family!

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Gift Guide: Best Gamer Gifts for Tricking out your Desk https://www.gameskinny.com/0mnd3/gift-guide-best-gamer-gifts-for-tricking-out-your-desk https://www.gameskinny.com/0mnd3/gift-guide-best-gamer-gifts-for-tricking-out-your-desk Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:14:25 -0500 Lauren Harris

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When you get a gift for a gamer it can't be just any gift, it has to be the best gift out there. With over a million and counting gifts for gamers to buy for their desks, its possible for anyone to get the best product from any of these reputable sites. Go ahead, go on a gaming shopping spree and trick out your desk. 

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Vault 111 Steel Series Headset and Mouse
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Price:$59.99-$99.99

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Available on ThinkGeek

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Fallout 4 brings gamers the Vault 111 Steel Series Headset and Mouse. These accessories are perfect for those long nights of gaming and listening to your game with clear surround sound. The mouse and headset are compatible with Windows and Mac (mousepad not included). The mouse has rubberized coating for better grip so game hard and get through the wasteland with these amazing accessories for your gaming cave.

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Resident Evil: Jill Valentine Pop Toy
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Price:$8.98

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Available on Walmart

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Resident Evil fans would love the Jill Valentine PopToy. At only 3-3/4 inches tall it's a perfect desk buddy, sitting neatly on any gamer's desk. The vinyl toy is one of many collectibles so collect as many as you can.

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Nier Automata Bring Arts 2B and Lifeform Machine
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Price:$80.99

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Pre-order on Square Enix

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Nier Automata Bring Arts 2B andLifefrom Machine set and she is crafted thoroughly with every detail. The statue can do multiple poses and has a variety of accessories like different heads, swords, and pods. Save the Earth with this delicately durable figure, available to buy on May 2018.

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Logitech G502 Proteus Core Tunable Gaming Mouse
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Price:$44.90

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Purchase on Amazon

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Logitech G502 Proteus Core Tunable gaming mouse is a gamer's best friend and right or left hand man for gaming. It has an optical sensor for the best tracking performance. There's eleven programmable buttons and very comfortable. This is an excellent gift for any gamer looking to upgrade their mouse.

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Pokemon Pikachu Coin Bank
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Price:$29.99

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Available to purchase on ThinkGeek

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This Pikachu coin bank is a cute and simple gamer gift. It actually saves the gamer pennies and dimes so it's a 2 for one deal. On top of the adorable money grabbing, Pikachu says up to 2000 different phrases.

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Wooden Engraved Gamer Coasters
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Price:$22.00

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Available to purchase on Etsy

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Need somewhere to place your gamer juice? Look no further, these wooden engraved coasters are the perfect accessory to your gaming lifestyle. Made from bamboo for increased durability, you can purchase these handmade coasters as a six piece set.

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Legend of Zelda Master Sword Letter Opener
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Price:$19.99

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Available to purchase on ThinkGeek

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With this Legend of Zelda Master Sword Letter Opener you can wield its magic as you open your mail. It can save you from the darkness of evil and also paper cuts. Fans of Zelda will enjoy opening their mail like heroes, all while wielding the holy power of the sword.

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Fire Emblem Clay Portrait
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Price:$75.00

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Available on Etsy

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This cute Fire Emblem clay portrait is a nice accessory to your desk.  Bring your favorite characters to your desk. This handmade portrait can fit anywhere in your home. You can also contact the seller if you want him to create different characters; just message him with what you want and he can create your own personalized clay portrait. 

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Size: 3.5 x 3.5

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BB-8 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Desk Lamp
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Price: $39.99

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Purchase it on GameStop

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This BB-8 lamp brings a piece of Star Wars: The Force Awakens home. There are three different lighting modes: natural white, warm white, and amber. The product is felt based so it won't scratch your desk. Touch and hold to dim the light or tap BB-8's head to turn it on/off. Bring a piece of The Force Awakens home and bring the right atmosphere to your gaming desk with this cool BB-8 desk lamp.

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Ergonomic Computer Desk Extender
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Price: $5.00

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Available on: Amazon

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Being an avid gamer sometimes means you'll need comfort and support. Look no further, this Ergonomic Adjustable Computer Desk Extended Arm support is here. It reduces pressure on the wrist and minimizes strain to the muscles and tendons on the neck, arm and shoulder. Any gamer would enjoy this stress-reducing gift for the holidays. 

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Gamers need their own space and they also need gaming merchandise to spice up their lair. Like most gamers, the collectibles and the limited edition merchandise is what drives them to keep buying what they want. Merch is important, so upgrading that computer or improving your desk is a big deal to a lot of gamers everywhere.

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Here's a list of some game gifts to purchase for gamers who want to trick out their desk.

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Gift Guide: Best Gifts for Minecraft Fans https://www.gameskinny.com/1m83b/gift-guide-best-gifts-for-minecraft-fans https://www.gameskinny.com/1m83b/gift-guide-best-gifts-for-minecraft-fans Sat, 18 Nov 2017 15:49:12 -0500 Kieran Desmond

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Minecraft Dirt Block Lunch Bag 

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Rating: 4.9 out of 5

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Price: $20.28

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Buy it: Amazon

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This insulated Minecraft lunch bag is styled akin to a Dirt Block from the game and is a great gift for any fan, young or old.

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There are two hook-and-loop closure tabs featured on the back side that allow the lunch bag to attach to any backpack configured with Gear Hangars, making it an ideal pairing with the Diamond backback from earlier in the list.

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And that'll do it! Those are some of the best gifts to buy for a Minecraft fan this holiday season. I hope the recipient enjoys whatever you get for them, regardless of whether it came from this list or not. Happy Holidays!

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Minecraft Creeper Mug 

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Rating: 3.7 out of 5

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Price: $11.50

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Buy it: Amazon

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Enjoy getting the ultimate revenge against the relentless Creepers -- by drinking a nice, hot drink from one of their heads. This creepy, green ceramic mug is officially licensed and created by JINX.

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This is a perfect decorative piece for any Minecraft fan's desk or for use as an actual functioning mug. The creeper face is also printed on the opposite side of the mug, so you can never escape that terrifying gaze.

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Minecraft Enchanted Bow & Arrow 

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Rating: 4.3 out of 5

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Price: $27.67

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Buy it: Amazon

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Take aim with this pixelated bow & arrow based on the Enchanted Bow from Minecraft. This isn't just a cool collectible to display -- the arrow can actually be loaded and fired up to about 20 feet.

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You only get one arrow, though, so it might be best if you save it for a tough enemy or an annoying friend.

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Minecraft Exploding Creeper

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Rating: 3.7 out of 5

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Price: $24.95

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Buy it: Amazon

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This Exploding Creeper toy is so simple yet so satisfying to use. Just one press of the button on the Creeper's head and it springs up, breaking into pieces. It's super easy to reassemble, making it great to keep on a shelf for a quick smile whenever you walk past or for a younger fan to continuously play with over and over again. 

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This is the closest you'll get to a real exploding Creeper without losing everything in your inventory. 

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Minecraft Wall Torch

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Rating: 4.2 out of 5

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Price: $24.99

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Buy it: Amazon

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This is an awesome, functional torch inspired by the torches in Minecraft that players heavily rely upon to light up dark areas and keep the monsters away.

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This officially licensed torch can hang up on your wall or stand up on a table, just like in Minecraft. Wherever you decide to put it, it's sure to add a touch of style to the space.

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You'll also feel safer at night knowing that no monsters will spawn in your bedroom.

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Minecraft Diamond Backpack

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Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Price: $19.99

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Buy it: Amazon

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This fully licensed Minecraft Diamond Backpack by JINX is the perfect school backpack for any young Minecraft fan. The subtle yet stylish design is inspired by Diamond Ore from the game, which is a very highly coveted and rare material.

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This high-quality backpack features a ton of compartments and pockets to keep your things nice and organized, and most consider it to be very comfortable to wear and sturdy when stuffed full of heavy items.

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Gameband for Minecraft

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Price: $29.99

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Buy it: Amazon

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This nifty wristband isn't just a fashion statement -- it allows you to save your Minecraft Worlds and carry them around with you wherever you go. It's only compatible with the PC version, but it means that you can play your Minecraft Worlds on any PC, even if it doesn't have Minecraft installed.

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Whenever you save your Worlds, the Gameband automatically backs up your save to the cloud. So if you lose or break it, all is not lost, as you can get a new one sent out to you fully loaded with all your data.

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You can also fully customize the LED display using some clever built-in software. You can set it to just tell the time or display an elaborate animation that you have created. It's totally up to you.

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Minecraft Story Mode: Season Two

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Rating: 4.3 out of 5

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Price: $29.99

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Buy it: Amazon

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Most Minecraft fans will already be aware of the fantastic Minecraft Story Mode: Season One Telltale game. But what they might not know is that Story Mode: Season Two has just been released.

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Continuing the adventures of the bizarre but wonderful cast of characters, Minecraft Story Mode: Season Two should be at the top of every fan's list of games to play.

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Minecraft Pig Xbox One Controller

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Rating: 4.9 out of 5

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Price: $70.88

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Buy it: Amazon

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Along with the Creeper controller, which can also be bought separately for around the same price, Microsoft also released this super-cute pink controller based on the pigs in Minecraft

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Complete with a little curly tail on the back, this adorable controller is sure to put a smile on the face of any Minecraft fan.

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Limited-Edition Minecraft Xbox One S Bundle

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Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Price: $499.99

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Buy it: Amazon

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This is the creme de la creme of Minecraft gifts. It's not a cheap purchase, but it's a beautifully designed 1TB Xbox One S made to resemble a Dirt Block, complete with a Redstone circuitry design on the bottom of the console. 

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If you have 500 bucks to spend on that huge Minecraft fan in your life, and they haven't upgraded from a standard Xbox One, this is guaranteed to make you their new favorite person. 

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Here's what's included in the bundle:

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  • Xbox One S with 1TB hard drive
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  • Creeper Gamepad
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  • Minecraft digital code
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  • Minecraft Redstone Pack bonus content digital code
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  • Xbox One S Vertical Stand
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  • 1-month Xbox Game Pass trial
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  • 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial
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The holiday season is upon us once again, wrapping up a sensational year of gaming. And what a year it’s been for Minecraft fans.

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In February it was announced that Minecraft had sold over 121 million copies across all platforms. That makes Minecraft the best-selling PC game of all time and second only to Tetris in all-time sales across all platforms.

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So to help you and that special blockhead in your life celebrate a great year in Minecraft, here are some awesome Minecraft-inspired gifts!

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Gift Guide: Best Gifts for Pokemon Fans https://www.gameskinny.com/peo73/gift-guide-best-gifts-for-pokemon-fans https://www.gameskinny.com/peo73/gift-guide-best-gifts-for-pokemon-fans Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:34:18 -0500 Allison M Reilly

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First Partner Power Fleece

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Rating: No reviews

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Price: $39.95

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Buy: Pokemon Center

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The First Partner Power Fleece is for Pokemon fans of the current generation, Sun and Moon, as it features Decidueye, Incineroar, and Primarina from the Alola Region. It's a comfy blanket suitable for all genders that will keep Pokemon fans warm during the cold winter nights.

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The fleece measures 50" x 60" and is made of 100 percent Polyester. It's machine washable and dryer friendly.

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Hopefully, this gamer gift guide gave you a few ideas for the Pokemon fans in your life. It's best to have ideas now and to get started on the shopping early. Don't hesitate to pick anything from the list!

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Galaxy Mew Tote Bag

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Rating: 4/5 stars (44 reviews)

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Price: $20 to $28, depending on size

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Buy: Redbubble

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Who couldn't use a good, new tote bag? A Pokemon fan who already has the Galaxy Mew Tote Bag, that's who. For those fans who don't, this tote bag would make a fantastic addition to their tote bag collection. For those fans who don't have this bag and don't have a tote bag collection? Well, they just need this particular tote bag.

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The Galaxy Mew Tote Bag comes in three sizes: 13" x 13", 16" x 16", and 18" x 18". The design is printed on both sides and the bag is made out of  Polyester poplin fabric. The strap is 1 inch wide and is 14 inches in length.

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Eeveelution Wallet

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Rating: 4.5/5 stars (20 reviews)

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Price: $15.99

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Buy: Amazon

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So, we may have already included the Eeveelution Stone Soaps for the Eeveelution Pokemon fan, but soaps aren't really for everyone. Nearly everyone uses a wallet. Also, the Eeveelution wallet will make an excellent gift for younger Pokemon fans who are just starting to handle their own money for the first time.

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The wallet is a bi-fold wallet made of 100 percent vegan leather. It has five card slots and an additional windowed ID holder. It isn't machine washable.

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The Unofficial Pokemon Go Tracker's Guide

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Rating: 4.3/5 stars (7 reviews)

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Price: $11.70

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Buy: Amazon

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For the Pokemon fan who enjoys traveling and playing Pokemon Go, the "Unofficial Pokemon Go Tracker's Guide" is an adventure guide describing notable sites around the world where players can catch Pokemon. The book does more than pointing out popular tourist spots like the Pyramids of Egypt and the Pentagon. It also showcases cool places that are home to gyms and rare Pokemon, like Area 51, famous mountain tops, and abandoned mental asylums.

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It can seem like we've found all the hacks for catching rare and legendary Pokemon, but this book gives fans a new challenge and an interesting way to find new Pokemon.

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Pokemon Eeveelution Stone Soap

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Rating: 5/5 stars (2,446 reviews)

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Price: $3.50 each

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Buy: Etsy

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Clearly, the Pokemon Eeveelution Stone Soap isn't for the Pokemon fan who needs a shower. Although the soap can be used for cleaning, it's best if the soaps are given to a Pokemon fan who loves Eeveelutions or wants the soaps for cosplay.

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Each soap is made with a glycerin soap base and has a unique scent. Each one weighs about 2 oz. and is about the same size as a normal bar of soap.

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Pokedex iPhone Case

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Rating: 5/5 stars (195 reviews)

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Price: $38.99

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Buy: Etsy

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For the high-tech, crafty, particular Pokemon fan, this unique Pokedex iPhone case is sure to please. Yes, it's not the only Pokedex iPhone case out there, but this one is the coolest because it has both the design and the functionality. Just have the giftee download a Pokedex app and it's good to go.

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Note: the Etsy purchase is just for the raw 3D case. Sanding, painting and decorating are up to you or the giftee. When purchased, the case is made to fit any iPhone from the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 7+.

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Pokemon Winter Sweater

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Rating: N/A

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Price: On sale for $29.99, usually $49.99

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Buy: ThinkGeek

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Sure, the Pokemon winter sweater isn't the most "Pokemon" gift out there. But, if you know a Pokemon fan who needs an ugly holiday sweater, then you're set. The winter sweater is also a decent choice if you really don't have any other good ideas i.e. a new significant other or a Secret Santa in the office.

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The sweater ranges in size from XS to 3X. The pattern is on both sides and features Pikachu, snowflakes and pine trees. The sweater is 55 percent cotton, 45 percent acrylic. If green isn't the right color, then check out the red winter sweater.

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Pokemon Gym Badges

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Rating: 4.7/5 stars (159 reviews)

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Price: $11.98

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Buy: Amazon

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For the Pokemon fan who loves the anime or is dead set there are only 150 Pokemon, then these Pokemon Gym Badges are a good choice. The lapels each come with a gold trim and a butterfly pin attachment. They're an awesome collector's item as well as a nice detail to a Pokemon trainer cosplay.

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If the Indigo League badges aren't enough, then consider the 58-piece set, which includes the gym badges from Generations one through six.

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Koffing-Themed Coffee Mug

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Rating: 5 stars (14 reviews)

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Price: $15.99 (11oz); $18.99 (15oz)

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Buy: Society6

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Koffing isn't the most appetizing Pokemon around, but the pun is just too cute. You read the word "koffee" and you can hear it in Koffing's voice. This "Koffee Mug" is great for the Pokemon fan who loves coffee, who loves Koffing, and/or who just needs a new Pokemon-themed mug.

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The mug is available in two sizes: 11 oz. or 15 oz. It's also dishwasher safe and microwave safe. Even if the Pokemon fan in your life only likes tea or hot cocoa, nearly every Pokemon fan will enjoy or find a use for this coffee mug.

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Crocheted Gyarados Scarf

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Rating: 5 stars (78 reviews)

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Price: $30.00

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Buy It: Etsy

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The crocheted Gyarados scarf is the perfect gift for Pokemon fans young and old. It's approximately four feet long and is made entirely of yarn. With colder weather on the way, even Pokemon fans could use another scarf.

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As the picture shows, you can get the traditionally colored, blue Gyarados scarf or the shiny variant, red Gyarados scarf. But wait there's more! If that wasn't already cool enough the scarf is customizable and custom-made upon ordering. So, if you'd like different colored eyes or a different colored Gyarados, then ask away.

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It's that time of year again, where we make our lists and check them twice, so we don't forget to give anyone a present. And just about everyone has a Pokemon fan on their list, whether kids aged one to ninety-two, a friend, coworker, or significant other.

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It may seem like there's plenty of time before Christmas, but since some of the items in this gamer gift guide are made-to-order or running low in stock, you won't want to wait until the last minute. Here are some of the best and most practical gifts for Pokemon fans!

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Gift Guide: Best Gamer Gifts Under $20 https://www.gameskinny.com/n6ln8/gift-guide-best-gamer-gifts-under-20 https://www.gameskinny.com/n6ln8/gift-guide-best-gamer-gifts-under-20 Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:45:29 -0500 Kieran Desmond

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Those were ten of the best gamer gifts to buy for under $20 this holiday, but they are by no means all of your options. So if something on this list seems like something the gamer in your life would enjoy, awesome! But if not, just keep looking. You're bound to find something that they'll love sooner or later. 

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Make sure you take of advantage of Black Friday this November 24th, and don't forget about Cyber Monday a few days later. You never know what kind of deals you may find.

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Lamicall Playstand

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Price: $18.99

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Buy it on: Amazon

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There's no doubt about i t-- the Nintendo Switch is an amazing console. However, it's not without its flaws. In this case, I'm specifically referring to the built-in stand and its location in relation to the charging port.

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The issue that arises is that when you want to play your Switch in tabletop mode, you can't charge it. This is a big problem in games such as Super Mario Odyssey, which encourages you to play in this mode.

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This stand solves that problem and is a cut above most of the other stands on the market in terms of build quality, flexibility, and portability. A must-have for any Switch owner.

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Retro Pong Tee

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Price: $15.99

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Buy it on: Amazon

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Show off your love for video games history by wearing this T-shirt tribute to Pong, one of the grandfathers of gaming.

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Released in 1972, the table tennis-inspired Pong is credited as being the first commercially successful video game, arguably kicking off the gaming world as we know it today. Never forget where it all started by picking one of these up this holiday season.

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DreamGear Retro Machine

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Price: $19.88

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Buy it on: Amazon

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This miniature throwback to the glory days of arcade cabinets is packed with 200 video games. There's nothing licensed on the Retro Machine, so it's mostly clones of popular games, but when you get games similar to classics like Galaga, Space Invaders, and Dig Dug, this mini-machine is nothing to balk at.

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This is a great item to keep on your desk at work for some quick gaming when you get a break ... or when the boss isn't watching.

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Donkey Kong-Themed Amiibo Display

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Price: $19.99

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Buy it on: Amazon

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If you know someone who has a bunch of Amiibo characters just sitting on a shelf, they'll go bananas for this Donkey Kong-inspired Amiibo stand. Not only does does this stand tidy up and organize Amiibo, it's also just a really cool design.

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The stand holds up to nine Amiibo figures and is super easy to assemble. This is a no-brainer gift for any self-respecting Amiibo collector.

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Aloy Stubbins 6" Plush

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Price: $12.99

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Buy it on: Amazon

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Pluck Aloy out of The Frozen Wilds and into the warm home of a Horizon: Zero Dawn fan this holiday season. She may not be able to fight giant robot dinosaurs, but she can bring a smile to the face of even the most stone-hearted gamer.

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The adorable Stubbins Sony Plush line features other iconic Sony video game characters such as Uncharted's Nathan Drake, both of the titular characters of the Ratchet & Clank series, and many more. So if Aloy isn't the right character for your gift recipient, you should check out the rest of the Stubbins toy line.

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Ocarina Replica

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Price: $13.99

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Buy it: Amazon

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If you thought that the ocarina from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was an instrument created for the game, then think again.This totally playable ocarina is a recreation of the titular wind instrument.

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The ocarina is fairly easy to pick up-and-play, and it even comes with a songbook and finger chart to help you learn to play classic songs from The Legend of Zelda series.

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Disclaimer: Be wary of causing storms, sudden shifts in time, or the random appearance of horses.

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BlueFire Gaming Headset

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Price: $19.99

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Buy it on: Amazon

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This headset is great for the price you pay. It's a given that it won't be the best headset you can buy, but if you're on a budget, it'll do the job.

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With a removable microphone for when you just want to relax with a movie, a lightweight frame for more comfort during longer play sessions, and a nice seven-foot cord length, this BlueFire gaming headset is a great gift for any gamer.

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Super Mario Odyssey Joy-Con Grip

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Price: $19.99

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Buy it on: Amazon

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This Super Mario Odyssey-themed Joy-Con Grip is an awesome addition to any Switch owner’s collection. Released in conjunction with the game, this grip is the perfect accessory with which to embark on Mario's latest adventure.

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Gameplay-wise, this Joy-Con Grip doesn’t add anything to the Switch experience, but let’s face it -- we all love owning stuff that has Mario’s face plastered over it.

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BEBONCOOL Bluetooth Phone Gamepad

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Price: $19.99

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Buy it on: Amazon

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Most gamers don't enjoy phone games because of the less traditional control method of using a touchscreen. It's not hard to see why, as touchscreen controls can be clunky and unpleasant when your fingers are covering half the screen.

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With massively underrated phone peripherals such as this BEBONCOOL controller, you can change the way you play games on your phone forever. All it takes is a Bluetooth connection and some compatible games, and you're all set.

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Pixel Pals - Mega Man Lighted Figure

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Price: $14.99

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Buy it on: Amazon

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The Pixel Pals Lighted Figure Collection hosts many popular video game characters as well as popular characters from other mediums. But this Mega Man figure in particular really captures the essence of the classic Capcom character using awesome pixel art.

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At 6 inches tall, this figure would look great on a desk to add a little fun to your workspace or on a shelf to instill some nostalgic personality into the room.

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As the holiday season rapidly approaches, now is a better time than ever to start buying gifts for your friends and family. If you're looking for a budget gift for that gamer in your life, then you're in the right place.

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Being a gamer doesn't mean enjoying just the games themselves; gamers also love collectibles associated with their favorite games as well as other aspects of gaming culture as a whole. So this list is video game-free, looking instead at some items the average gamer is less likely to buy for him or herself.

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Whether you're on a budget or you're after some cool stocking-fillers, there's sure to be something on this list for any gamer to enjoy.

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Gift Guide: The Best Gifts for YouTubers and Streamers https://www.gameskinny.com/efvrl/gift-guide-the-best-gifts-for-youtubers-and-streamers https://www.gameskinny.com/efvrl/gift-guide-the-best-gifts-for-youtubers-and-streamers Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:49:54 -0500 Sarah Elliman

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There was our gift guide that will suit your YouTuber or streaming buddies perfectly! 

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What did you think of the guide? Are there any gifts you think are perfect for content creators? Let us know in the comments!

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Razer BlackWidow Mercury Edition Keyboard

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Price: $149.99
Buy it on: Amazon

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The price tag does jump significantly with this piece, but if the person you’re purchasing for is serious about gaming or about their online platform, then this keyboard is perfect. This keyboard offers maximum response times, so you can play your best every single time. However, it does mean if a match doesn’t go well you can’t blame the keyboard.

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The most beautiful part about this item is the programmable back-light keys -- so many pretty colors. Side note, if your friend doesn't use Razer than it is best to stick to the equipment brand they use.

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Razer DeathStalker Keyboard

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Price: $43.31
Buy it on: Amazon

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Once again, every aspiring YouTuber or Streamer needs good equipment, no matter what content they are creating. This is one of the lower-end Razer keyboards, but all their keyboards are expertly made. Whether you’re editing videos or filming your gaming content, having a good keyboard is key to your success. It would be hard to work without them.

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Recon 320 Gaming Headset

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Price: $39.95
Buy it on: Turtle Beach

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Having a good headset is key to getting the audio on your videos perfect and for fine-tuning the audio on your streams. Even if your friend isn’t a gaming content creator, a good headset goes a long way. This headset focuses on clarity of sound, both in games or in chat. It is easy to set-up and you don’t need to be exceedingly techy to understand how it works.

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Glitch Pillow Plush

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Price: $25
Buy it on: Amazon

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If your friend is going to get thirsty while streaming, then they are definitely going to get uncomfortable. Sitting in the same position for long periods of time is something nobody wants to do. You can make their streaming lives easier with this adorable pillow, so they can stream in style and comfort.

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Eat, Sleep, YouTube, Repeat Unisex T-Shirt

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Price: $19.50
Buy it on: Redbubble

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The motto printed on this shirt couldn’t be more adequate in explaining the hectic lives of most YouTubers -- you may have already heard from your favorite channels how much work goes into making one video. The work load can be exhausting, and it's realistic to expect all they have time to do is 'Eat, Sleep, and YouTube.' Also, they may have some very angry subscribers if they're late with content when they don't stick to your schedule. This T-shirt is perfect for your hard-working YouTuber friend.

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Pac-Man Pinky Ghost Plush

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Price: $15.99
Buy it on: Amazon

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Nobody likes to be alone all the time, and when you’re streaming or creating videos sometimes it may feel that way. That is why you should gift your friend an adorable desk buddy, like the cute little pink ghost shown above. You can get creative with this and find an item that suits your friends interests and hobbies. Gaming wise, Pac-Man inspired gifts are always a safe bet. Plus they're always super adorable!

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Twitch Tumbler Cup

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Price: $15
Buy it on: Etsy

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Streaming is not the easiest activity in the world -- the constant commentary for hours on end can take its toll while streaming. So, why not invest in a cup sporting the Twitch logo? Streamers can keep themselves hydrated through those five-hour streams while supporting the very platform they use! There is no doubt that this tumbler cup will be useful for anyone who is an avid streamer.

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Cell Phone Camera Lens ZPTONE

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Price: $11.99
Buy it on: Amazon

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We are all aware that vlogging has taken the internet by storm and many YouTubers have already incorporated this style of video into their channel. Your friend could be out in the world and spot a perfect vlogging opportunity, but perhaps they don’t feel their camera is up to the job. This easy clip-on lens can turn a wide variety of devices into a vlogging machine, able to capture more content at a more consistent quality.

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Twitchin': The Basics of Twitch Streaming for Beginners

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Price: $3.51-$9.99
Buy it on: Amazon

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This book is the closest you'll get to a Twitch for dummies. Well it’s a bit nicer than that, but you get the point. This is an ideal item for someone who is starting out in the streaming scene and wants to understand the platform. It can be tricky when you’re learning the ins and outs of something new, so having a guide can be really beneficial. Furthermore, if your friend own a Kindle, or has the app, it cuts the price down to $3.51!

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Retro Vintage YouTube Poster

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Price: $5.45-$12.28
Buy it on: Etsy

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Etsy is a wonderful site to find unique and handcrafted items that suit your interests. This expertly-made poster is a fantastic way to inspire your friend to get up and make some videos. In addition, if they love what they do, then this poster is a great reminder that they have found something that makes their time worthwhile.

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YouTube boasts a following of over one billion people, with most users watching hours upon hours of content created for the site. Furthermore, the popular streaming medium, Twitch.tv, boasts 15 million active users daily! These entertainment mediums have become ingrained in our culture and many people use these platforms to replace watching TV.

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So, there is a fair chance you know an aspiring YouTuber or streamer trying to make their way in the digital realm. Or, you know someone who has already "made it" and you’re looking for the perfect gift for them. Look no further as our gift guide will present you with the perfect presents for your YouTuber or streaming buddies.

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Kitchen Must-Haves for Gaming Fans https://www.gameskinny.com/hvq6v/kitchen-must-haves-for-gaming-fans https://www.gameskinny.com/hvq6v/kitchen-must-haves-for-gaming-fans Tue, 14 Nov 2017 07:00:01 -0500 spacechaser

Want to show off your love for games in all areas of your home? We've rounded up 10 kitchen items that'll help you do just that! 

1. Poké Ball Pizza Cutter from ThinkGeek - $14.99

You probably shouldn't use this in an actual Pokémon battle... just saying.

2. Tetris Sandwich Cutter by Fred & Friends - $8.51

Send your kids to school with a puzzle in their lunch bag.

3. Star Wars Death Star Waffle Maker by Pangea Brands - $39.99

Unlike its evil counterpart, this waffle's weak point is... all of it.

4. Triforce Emblem Cheese & Sushi Cutting Board by LetsEngrave - $22.00

If you combine that cheese with other ingredients, I bet you can make something yummy!

5. Overwatch Grill Master 76 Inspired Apron by SewGeekAustin - $24.00

Team, drink up here!

6. Pikachu Reversible Apron from ThinkGeek - $14.99

Pikachu'll catch 'em all so your clothes won't have to!

7. SuperMario Hexagon Coasters by PiDesignPrints - $8.00 

These'll give your tables and countertops a 1-Up, for protection!

8. Overwatch Tracer Mug from Blizzard Gear Store - $20.00

They also have Winston and Widowmaker ones, if they're more your style.

9. GameBoy Inspired Fridge Magnets by Swagasaurus Rex - $19.99

A neat and practical way to add some flair to your fridge!

10. Super Mario Ice Cube Tray by Paladone - $9.99

If only that star would give you invincibility in real life...

These are just a few of the many treasures sites like Etsy hold. Treat your gaming loved ones to some silly yet functional knick-knacks this holiday season! 

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11 Force Sensitive Star Wars Gifts for Every Christmas https://www.gameskinny.com/wl1t0/11-force-sensitive-star-wars-gifts-for-every-christmas https://www.gameskinny.com/wl1t0/11-force-sensitive-star-wars-gifts-for-every-christmas Thu, 02 Nov 2017 11:53:01 -0400 Jonathan Moore

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X-Wing Miniatures Game

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Price: $24.99
Buy it on: Amazon

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When it comes to Star Wars gifts, Fantasy Flight Games’ X-Wing Miniatures tabletop experience might just be the most involved -- and ultimately, the most expensive. If your favorite Star Wars fanatic is a tactician and strategist alongside a connoisseur of all things science-fantasy, you can’t do much better than this in-depth tabletop experience.

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This starter set will get you two Tie-Fighters and an X-Wing, as well as the necessary cutouts and dice needed to get your first matches off the ground. And don’t think that aerial combat in a tabletop setting isn’t frenetic and stressful; X-Wing Miniatures is one the most fun, yet most strategic tabletop games currently on the market. Games can be lightning fast or develop over the span of an hour. Sure, there are tons of (worthwhile) expansions that can get relatively pricey, but the rush of commanding your fleet in galactic combat or running missions as Han Solo or Poe Dameron more than make up for it.  

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While this definitely doesn't cover the gamut of Star Wars gifts that you can get your special someone this holiday season, these are some of the most unique and interesting ones they'll see all year. 

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Which one do you plan on picking up? Let us know in the comments below! 

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Star Wars: Darth Vader Volume 1

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Price: $13.59
Buy it on: Amazon

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When Disney bought Lucasfilm and did away with the old Expanded Universe, millions of Star Wars fans cried out in terror. Countless critically acclaimed stories were seemingly struck from the record and banished into the unknown regions of space. But then something somewhat unexpected happened: Marvel started producing new Star Wars comics. Good Star Wars comics. And one of the best of that initial lot is Star Wars: Darth Vader.

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Taking place between the events of Episode IV: A New Hope and Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader Volume 1 finds Vader in a peculiar place following the events of A New Hope. On a solo mission to defeat the Alliance, Vader finds himself in the company of new companions on a very dangerous mission. Collecting issue 1-6 of the eponymous Marvel comic, Vader Volume 1 comes in at 160 pages and shows Vader in all of his dark power. This collection shows Vader for the menacing Sith he truly is.

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Star Wars Battlefront 2

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Price: $59.99 (Standard Edition)
Systems: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Buy it on: Amazon

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 is one of the most-anticipated first-/third-person shooters of 2017. Developed by DICE and published by Electronic Arts, BF2 expands on the formula of 2016’s Battlefront, letting players experience all current Star Wars eras. From the Clone Wars to the Galactic Civil War and the struggle between the Resistance and The First Order, players will fight for the future of the galaxy on an unprecedented scale.

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On the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, Star Wars Battlefront 2 is available is two separate editions. The Standard Edition will get you the base game … and that’s about it. But the $79 Deluxe Edition will get you the base game plus exclusive skins and powerful unlockables for weapons and more. What Star Wars fan doesn’t want be a stormtrooper on the forefront of a 40-man skirmish, pit Rey against Darth Maul, or pilot a Trade Federation Droid Fighter?

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Star Wars Crochet (Crochet Kits)

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Price: $19.96
Buy it on: Amazon

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The Star Wars franchise is one of the most robustly creative and imaginative franchises on the planet. Outside of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, you’d be hardpressed to find another mythos so full of life and color.

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This Star Wars crochet kit is one of the more unique gifts on this list, but it’s also one of the more creatively challenging gifts you might buy this holiday season. This full-color paperback comes with everything you need to get started crocheting, from in-depth instructions and patterns to yarn, a needle, stuffing, and more. With a dozen Star Wars characters to create, this gift is sure to keep giving well after its been gifted.

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Millenium Falcon Decorative Night Light

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Price: $18.00
Buy it on: Amazon

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What Star Wars fan hasn’t dreamt of piloting the Millenium Falcon? Sure, she’s a hunk of junk, but that didn’t stop Han from outrunning dozens of Imperial frigates and completing the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs. And although this night light won’t technically get you into the pilot’s chair, it is a sleek accent piece for work or home.

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Powered by a USB cable, this night light is capable of illuminating in seven different colors and alternating between single color mode and multi-color mode. The best part is that it won’t take up too much room no matter where you put it: measuring in at 12” tall and 3” wide, you’ll be able to fit this between your Chewbacca coffee mug and Luke Skywalker bobblehead without a problem.

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Air Hogs -- Star Wars X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter Drone Battle Set

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Price: $84.85
Buy it on: Amazon

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There’s something that doesn’t get enough attention when people talk about Star Wars -- the franchise’s epic dogfights. George Lucas studied the devastating aerial combat of the Second World War to construct some of the most exhilarating space battles the movie world has ever seen. Up until now, fans of those epic Rebel and Imperial naval conflagrations had to get their fix through video games such as EA’s Star War: Battlefront II and LucasArts’ X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter. And although those games are heralded as some of the best Star Wars games of all time, nothing compares to getting that rush in the flesh.

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While you may not be in the cockpit, this Air Hogs Star Wars set is one of the only ways to experience a true Star Wars dogfight IRL. Sporting (mostly) authentic SW detailing, this drone set uses 12 AA batteries, an infrared tracking system (which helps you keep track of your hit tally), and state-of-the-art gyro stabilization. And the best part is that this set has crazy-good range: you can take your battle up to 200ft in the sky. That’s ⅔ of a football field of tactical aerial combat.

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Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View

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Price: $24.48
Buy it on: Amazon

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Forty years ago, Star Wars: Episode IV -- A New Hope revolutionized film and storytelling for a generation of moviegoers. Over the years, that mythos has grown to encompass some of the very best fantasy stories ever told -- and it only helps that the lore surrounding Star Wars is full of memorable, endearing, and tragic characters. But until now, audiences and readers have predominantly seen the Star Wars universe through the eyes of its primary heroes and villains.

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Enter From a Certain Point of View, a new Star Wars anthology that brings some of the very best science fiction and fantasy writers together for a celebration of A New Hope. Told through the eyes of supporting characters such as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Greedo, Aunt Beru, and even a stormtrooper, From a Certain Point of View retells key moments from Episode IV in new and sometimes poignant ways. This anthology is a must-have for any Star Wars fan, and just as the original film reshaped the way we tell stories, From a Certain Point of View reimagines everything we already thought we knew about this watershed film.

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Vinyl Star Wars Clock

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Price: $22.00
Buy it on: Etsy

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Coming in on the cheaper side of things, this Star Wars vinyl wall clock is the perfect gift for that special someone who loves music and a galaxy far, far away. Understated, yet elegant, each of these clocks is handmade from a discarded record, measures 12” in diameter, and runs off a single AA battery.

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The perfect home or office accent, this unique clock will help you keep track of the parsecs, err, hours, in style.

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Prodigal Son Lightsaber

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Price: $199.00
Buy it on: Saberforge

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There’s no other way to say it: If you’re looking for an authentic lightsaber, you want to shop Saberforge. Since 2008, their engineers have been manufacturing some of the best, most realistic lightsabers on the market. And this particular model is, of course, a replica of Luke’s saber from The Return of the Jedi.

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Made with meticulous detail, Saberforge’s lightsabers make perfect display pieces -- and are sturdy enough to wield, too. The Prodigal Son lightsaber is only one of over 60 different models you can purchase from Saberforge’s eclectic catalog that has many of the blades found in world of Star Wars, as well as those fashioned after real-life weapons such as katanas, broadswords, and battleaxes. And the best part for Star Wars lovers? You can customize everything from the hilt to the blade length and the blade color. Give your chosen one an elegant gift from a more civilized age this holiday.  

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A Dark Jedi and a Renegade Princess Digital Print

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Price: $30
Buy it on: Etsy

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Etsy has some of the best Star Wars art on the planet. I can attest to that because I’ve spent more time than Grand Admiral Thrawn staring at pages and pages of dazzling, awe-inspiring Star Wars prints. But in all my ogling, I’ve not seen a print more entrancing than A Dark Jedi and a Renegade Princess by ArtofJeronimoGomez.

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The colors and lighting are absolutely spectacular and exude a seedy vibe not often seen in the mainline Star Wars films -- especially for characters like Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, C-3PO, and R2-D2. But what is particularly stunning about this Star Wars print is that it’s the perfect melding of two sci-fi/fantasy powerhouses: Blade Runner and Star Wars. Not only is it reminiscent of the neo-noir fluorescence of Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi drama, but it makes you wonder if Han Solo was really Rick Deckard all along.

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Star Wars: The Complete Saga Episodes I-VI

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Price: $87.00
Buy it on: Amazon

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Sure, this is an obvious choice for any Star Wars fan, but no Star Wars gift list would be complete without the films that started it all. You won’t get The Force Awakens or Rogue One in this package, but you’ll get Episodes I-VI, as well as a menagerie of extra goodies, including documentaries, deleted and extended scenes, Star Wars spoofs, and 40 hours of special features.

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Coming in at nine discs and 805 minutes, this Blu-ray set is the penultimate theatrical Star Wars experience. Even better, some of George Lucas’ most derided changes to the franchise don’t make an appearance here -- including Vader’s infamous (and objectively chuckle-worthy) “Noooo” from Revenge of the Sith. That in and of itself is a gift to any true Star Wars fan.

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It’s not quite the holidays yet, but as Black Friday and Cyber Monday quickly approach, it’s the perfect time of year to snag the perfect gift for the scruffy-lookin’ nerf herder or rebellious princess in your life. Although these gifts come from a galaxy far, far away, picking them up just in time for Christmas, a holiday birthday, or that much-anticipated midnight showing of The Last Jedi is no more than a click away.

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From lightsabers and air hogs to books and art, this list of stellar Star Wars gifts is strong with the force, whether that special someone is a fan of the original trilogy, the new trilogy, or even the prequel trilogy. Strap in, kid, we’re going to light speed.

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Gift Guide: Super Cool Hoodies for Every Type of Gamer https://www.gameskinny.com/ths10/gift-guide-super-cool-hoodies-for-every-type-of-gamer https://www.gameskinny.com/ths10/gift-guide-super-cool-hoodies-for-every-type-of-gamer Tue, 13 Dec 2016 11:00:01 -0500 chopchamen

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With these items you can make any gamer happy! We hope you enjoyed this and found it useful, for any other gift guides, gaming news, or tips stay tuned to GameSkinny!

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Brothers Zipped Hoodies
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Rating: 4/5 stars 

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Price: $54.60

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Buy it on: redbubble

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This Overwatch hoodie showcases an epic image of the two Shimada brothers fighting, with their dragon's also battling each other. It is made of cotton and polyester with fleece, and it comes in a variety of different colors and sizes.

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Vault Fiction Zipped Hoodies
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Rating: 4/5 stars

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Price: $52.42

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Buy it on: redbubble

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Another crossover parody hoodie, this one makes a play on the Fallout series and Quentin Tarantino's movie Pulp Fiction, featuring Jules and Vincent in a PIP-Boy style cartoon skit. The jacket itself is made of cotton and polyester with fleece, and it comes in a variety of sizes and colors.

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That's Nito Zipped Hoodies
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Rating: 4/5 stars

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Price: $51.32

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Buy it on: redbubble

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With a humorous pun referring to Gravelord Nito from the first Dark Souls , this hoodie is made of cotton-rich fleece, providing comfortable warmness in the cold. Being from redbubble, you can choose from either a zip-up or pull-over hoodie and a variaty of colors. 

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Dark Souls Hoodie Pullover Sweatshirt
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Price: $23.33

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Buy it on: Amazon

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Featuring an awesome paint-splatter image of Artorias the Abyss Walker in front of the Great Grey Wolf Sif, this hoodie is made of cotton & polyester and also features a kangaroo pocket. It is available in other colors if you send a note to the seller.

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Adventure Souls Zipped Hoodies
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Rating: 4/5 stars

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Price: $52.42

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Buy it on: redbubble

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This hoodie, bearing an awesome crossover image of Dark Souls and Adventure Time, is also made of cotton and polyester. One caveat, though: In order to preserve the image, you can not dry this in the dryer, and it must be cold washed.

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Other than that, this is great gift for those who love both the Cartoon Network classic and From Software western-inspired JRPG. 

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MCA Final Fantasy Logo Hooded Sweatshirt
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Rating: N/A

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Price: $31.85

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Buy it on: Amazon

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This hoodie is comfortable and stylish, with the classic kangaroo pocket in the front and the Fenrir logo from Cloud's pauldron on the back, which is of course, from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. You'll love this if you're a big fan of Final Fantasy

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GEEK TEEZ Mass Effect Inspired "Fear the Reapers" Hoodie
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Price: $44.95

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Buy it on: Amazon

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Do you like Mass Effect? You feel like a Blue Oyster Cult pun may be in play here? Then you ought to love this! These hoodies have nice, soft fabrics, similar to that of high-end department store clothing. Each design is created by screen printing, giving each a slightly unique, non-cookie-cutter touch. 

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Elegant Men's Full Zip Fleece Hoodie -- Mass Effect N7 
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Rating: 3/5 stars

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Price: $47.88

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Buy it on: Amazon

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All those hours playing Mass Effect and noticing Shepard occasionally wearing an N7 hoodie around the ship has always made me want one in real life. Discovering that you can actually buy one for under $50 totally justifies the purchase! Especially when considering it's a fleece.

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It's no secret that gamers love hoodies. I mean, do you know a gamer who doesn't have a hoodie or two that they like to wear often? Well, if you're looking for a new hoodie to gift a gamer (or if you want one for yourself) then you've come to right place! We're going to show you a collection of gaming hoodies that any gamer will love.

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7 Virtual Reality Headsets Core and Casual Gamers Can Buy Right Now https://www.gameskinny.com/w6j33/7-virtual-reality-headsets-core-and-casual-gamers-can-buy-right-now https://www.gameskinny.com/w6j33/7-virtual-reality-headsets-core-and-casual-gamers-can-buy-right-now Mon, 12 Dec 2016 08:16:03 -0500 Jonathan Moore

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There's no question about it. The virtual reality revolution has begun. 2016 was a watershed year for the industry -- and it's only going to get bigger and better in the coming years. 

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And it won't just be headsets that will be taking into video game worlds. From increasingly state-of-the-art haptic controllers to the evolution of haptic VR rigs like the Virtuix Omni (pictured above) and the crazily futuristic Teslasuit (which provides real-time full-body feedback for VR environments), we'll soon be entering what Ready Player One calls, The Oasis. And boy, will it taste oh, so good. 

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Which VR headset are you planning on picking up? Do you already have one? Or did we leave one of the list? Let us know in the comments below!

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Google Cardboard
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Rating: 3.8/5 (138 reviews)

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Price: $15.00

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Buy it on: Google Store

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No virtual reality headset list would be complete without taking a (real) look at Google Cardboard. Sure, on the outside it may not look like much, and it might have a small (and more physical) barrier to entry in that you actually have to "build" the darn thing, but hear me out: You'll want to know why Google Cardboard could be the perfect entry point for anyone wanting to try out virtual reality.

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Google has a pretty stellar offering of apps that let you experience virtual reality right from your phone for about the price a decent afternoon meal. From Youtube to InMind to Star Wars VR and Google street view, Google Cardboard is an awesome little gadget(?) that gives you a lot in return -- for cheap. Most of the games come in under $5. 

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And wouldn't you know, this thing actually works fairly well for what you're paying to get it -- the field of view isn't bad and it's not terribly uncomfortable. 

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Problem is: Google Cardboard doesn't have a lot of games right now. Mainly, the VR experiences are apps and well, experiences. 

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Now, there are games like Proton Pulse, Wizard Academy VR, End Space VR and Hardcode that are smashing fun, but the number of out-right games on the device(?) comes in at a small handful. 

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And, we shouldn't have to say (just look at the picture above), but Google Cardboard has ZERO bells and whistles. It's as minimalist as you can possibly make your VR-game. 

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Who's Google Cardboard For? 

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ANYONE curious about VR that also has some cash to burn. There are some truly amazing things you can do with Google Cardboard; you're just not going to get anything like the Oculus or PSVR here. This is foot-in-the-door only. Only the casual of the casual VR enthusiast need apply. 

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  • It lets you see VR with your phone
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Homido V2
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Rating: 3.8/5 (74 reviews)

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Price: $79.99

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Buy it on: Best Buy

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Another budget model for mobile devices, this virtual reality headset offers a 100-degree field of view, and, unlike the Samsung Gear VR, is compatible with iPhones (the latest version of the headset is compatible with iPhone 6S Plus and older). 

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But what really sets the Homido V2 apart from the Samsung Gear VR is that it's more lightweight, can be played on smaller mobile screens (a 4.0" minimum screen width vs the Gear's 5.1" minimum screen width), has Inter Pupil Distance controls, and is almost $50 cheaper than the Gear VR -- with negligible differences in graphical prowess. 

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The downside? The Homido V2 doesn't sport some of the flashier bells and whistles (at least not of this writing) that the Gear VR does, like USB-Type C functionality and a standard control system. What's more, it doesn't have the catalog of games and apps that the Gear VR does -- although that seems to be changing as more developers embrace the hardware. 

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Who's the Homido V2 For? 

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As it stands, the Homido is a great VR headset if you're looking to get your feet wet in the virtual reality space. Really, it's no more than a glorified phone-holder with lenses right now. But the company is steady at work to change that, as a slew of new peripherals is set to hit the system in the very near future.

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But, if you're looking for a more tech-savvy headset, pay a bit extra and pick up the Samsung Gear VR. 

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Specifications

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Oddly, very few specifications for the Homido V2 can be found. However, here's what we were able to dig up: 

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  • Refresh rate: Smartphone refresh rate
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  • Field of view: 100 degrees
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  • Sound: Smartphone sound
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  • Controller input: Conductive button
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Razer OSVR HDK 2
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Rating: N/A

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Price: $369.99

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Buy it on: Newegg

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This headset is a bit different than the others we’ve showcased on this list so far. Why? Well, the Razer OSVR HDK 2 is an open-source VR headset. That means it’s super game-developer friendly.

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And one the very best things about this headset is that its display is on-par with that of the Oculus and Vive, something that developer Razer is very proud of, as the company is aggressively pushing the open source virtual reality movement in hopes to empower game developers across the board, both large and small.

The newest version of the headset, the HDK 2 improves on the original’s design in many ways, including adding a second screen (one for both of your eyes) and boosting the frame frequency to 90 FPS from 60 FPS.

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Essential reading: How Game Developers Can Win in the Virtual Reality Market

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However, if you’re looking for a VR headset that’s comfortable, you probably want to look somewhere else, because while the HDK 2 is highly customizable, its current features make donning the headset an obtuse affair. 

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Who’s the Razer OSVR HDK 2 For?

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At its heart, the Razer OSVR HDK 2 is for the game dev community. Whether you’re a game dev noob or a seasoned veteran, this headset, while certainly not as powerful as the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, is a great entry point to the technology.

With a relatively low price and sporting such easy-to-use development tools (games and apps developed for the HDK 2 can also be ported to other VR platforms, making the HDK a great device to get your feet wet), the Razer OSVR HDK 2 can get you up and running in considerably less time than its cohorts.

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What’s more, if you’re just an average-Joe gamer, this headset is worth checking out, too, especially at its current price point. Many of the games found in the Vive's content catalog can be found for the HDK2, too. 

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Specifications

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  • Resolution: 2160x1200
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  • Refresh rate: 60-120hz
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  • Field of view: 110 degrees
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  • Connection: Sensor hub with accelerometer, gyroscope
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  • Sound: Surround sound audio codec
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  • Controller input: Third-party
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PSVR
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Rating: 4.6/5 (469 reviews)

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Price: $399.99 (headset); $459.98 (with PlayStation camera) 

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Buy it on: BestBuy

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At a decent price-point, the PlayStation VR is one of the (very) few consumer-centric virtual reality headsets that gives gamers a relatively high-end virtual reality gaming experience for an affordable price. In other words: While the PlayStation VR is cheaper than the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, it still packs one hell of a punch. 

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One thing that sets the PlayStation VR apart from the previous two entries on our list is that it was pointedly made with gaming in mind, specifically the plug-and-play culture that surrounds console gaming. As such, the PSVR is one of the easiest-to-set-up headsets on this list. 

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Essential reading: PS VR Bundle Review: A Whole New (Virtual) World

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What's more, it's also one of the most comfortable virtual reality devices on the market today. Looking like something straight out of Star Wars, the PSVR is ergonomically friendly in almost every possible way. From the way it shifts weight to the back of the head to the easy one-button release, the PSVR is leagues above the competition in comfort. 

And the best part? This sucker's got one of the absolute best content developers in the gaming world behind it. Already, Sony has some truly amazing games and experiences out on the PSVR. 

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The downside is that the PSVR doesn't have the same resolution or field of view that the Vive and Rift offer. However, it's a small price to pay for saving about $300. 

Note: If you're planning on buying a PSVR, make sure you already have or plan to buy a PlayStation camera. The PSVR requires the camera to operate. 

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Who's the PSVR For? 

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If you're a console elitist, or have a console and are looking to get a damn good virtual reality headset for a reasonable price, you can't go wrong with the PSVR -- or it's content lineup. 

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Specifications

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  • Resolution: 960x1080
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  • Refresh rate: 90hz
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  • Field of view: 100 degrees
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  • Connection: Tracking via the PlayStation camera
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  • Sound: 3D audio via headphone jack
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  • Controller input: Dualshock 4 controller of PlayStation Move
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Oculus Rift
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Rating: 4/5 (3 reviews)

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Price: $599.99 (for the headset); $789 (for the headset and controllers)

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Buy it on: Newegg

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Alright. So we're coming down in price (sort of), but we're not coming down in badassery. At the end of the day, the Oculus Rift is another amazingly cutting edge piece of virtual reality technology.

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Developed and manufactured by the geniuses over at Oculus VR, the Oculus just went on sale to the public back in the summer. And although it supports about half the number of games that the HTC Vive does (more than 250 to 106), the Oculus Rift is much easier to set up than the Vive; sports more ergonomically sound controllers; has better, crisper sound; has a greater field of view; and has a much sleeker overall design. 

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Who's the Oculus Rift For? 

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If you're keen on getting a relatively high-end virtual reality gaming experience -- without all the hassle of set-up -- you're going to want to seriously consider the quickly growing Oculus Rift. 

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What's more, with solid developer support and a recent acquisition by tech and social media giant Facebook, the future for the Rift doesn't look to just be a flash in the pan. 

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Specifications

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  • Resolution: 2160x1200
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  • Refresh rate: 90hz
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  • Field of view: 120 degrees
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  • Connection: HDMI 1.3; USB 3.0; USB 2.0
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  • Sound: Integrated 3D audio headphones
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  • Controller input: Xbox One game controller or Oculus Touch (sold separately)
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HTC Vive
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Rating: 4/5 (39 reviews)

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Price: $799.99

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Buy it on: Newegg

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Developed by Valve, the makers of Half-Life 2 and Team Fortress, and manufactured by hardware giant HTC, the HTC Vive is a VR headset meant for near-total immersion. In other words, like the Oculus Rift (which we'll get to shortly), the Vive is built for serious virtual reality gaming. 

Since its unveiling in 2015, the Vive has won more than 22 awards for everything from innovation to design. What's more, it won Wareable's inaugural VR Headset of the Year Award just a few weeks ago, meaning its performance and design have a lot of people talking. 

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Who's the HTC Vive For? 

This one's for the serious virtual reality aficionado. Setting up the Vive can be tricky as it's a whole-room affair. Using more than 70 sensors to generate it's truly immersive virtual reality experience, the Vive is best played in an area that's at the very least 5 feet by 6.5 feet. That's not to mention that the light towers (the devices that track your real-world movements in a virtual space) cannot be more than 16ft apart -- and need to be at least 6ft in the air, pointing down into the play space ... 

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Still with us? 

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Ok, good. Because the trade-off is truly incredible. The HTC Vive is one of the absolute best VR headsets on the market today. It's the only VR headset to let you go full-room-scale and punch, kick and duck about a virtual space right out of the box. And the rendering capabilities of this bad boy are just off the charts. 

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So if you're serious about VR gaming (and diving into more than 200 games and virtual reality experiences), this is going to be a headset you're definitely going to want to check out. 

Specifications

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  • Refresh rate: 90hz
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  • Field of view: 110 degrees
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  • Connection: 1x HDMI; 1x USB 3.0
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  • Sound: 3.5mm audio input jack
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  • Controller input: SteamVR wireless motion controllers
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Let’s face it: Virtual reality is here to stay. From treating PTSD in veterans across the globe to helping architects remodel cityscapes and whisking tourists away to unbelievable virtual vacations, VR technology is quickly reinventing and reshaping our world – whether we like it or not.

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Needless to say, applications for the technology are steadily growing. In 2015, virtual reality technology earned more than $2 billion for companies worldwide, with that number set to increase to more than $5 billion in revenue in just two short years -- by 2018.

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One of the biggest markets for emerging VR technology is gaming (obviously). From Microsoft to Google to Sony, technology and gaming giants, as well as several indie powerhouses, are jumping on the paradigm-shifting bandwagon – and holding on tight.

Earlier this year, GameSkinny found out how gamers really feel about VR gaming (spoiler alert: They're really liking it).

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So what does that mean for you, fearless consumer? It means that virtual reality technology, and specifically virtual reality gaming, is only going to (keep) getting better in the months and years to come. Like a fine wine, most technology only gets better with age, which means if you have yet to buy one of the many virtual reality headsets currently on the market, you’re in luck. Not only are prices waning, but capabilities and experiences are getting better – and there’s more and more software coming into the market to support the cost of one of these bad boys, too.

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Essential reading: Tips for Building a VR Ready PC

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So without further ado, let’s strap in and take a look at the 7 best virtual reality headsets you can buy right now with your hard-earned cash, and still have some left over to buy some snazzy virtual reality games, too!

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Gift Guide: 9 Ultimate Gaming Keyboards for Under $100 https://www.gameskinny.com/mtz18/gift-guide-9-ultimate-gaming-keyboards-for-under-100 https://www.gameskinny.com/mtz18/gift-guide-9-ultimate-gaming-keyboards-for-under-100 Mon, 12 Dec 2016 06:00:01 -0500 Pierre Fouquet

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Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2016

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Razer makes pretty look good! And with Razer's own, and proven, mechanical switches to be almost as good as Cherry's, you know that you will be getting a durable and nice-feeling gaming keyboard.

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As with the Corsair STRAFE there are a number of different switches you can pick from here. The Clicky is Razer's version of the Cherry MX Blue (which is also an option); the Stealth, which is similar to the Cherry MX Red, and the Clicky - Metal, which is the same keyboard with a metal construction.

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Featuring 10-key anti-ghosting, as well as dedicated headphone and mic jacks in the back and striking Green backlighting, and of course all the customizability of the lighting, you would expect this gaming keyboard to exceed $100. But it doesn't. So while Razer hasn't made their keyboard as bloated with features as Corsair or Logitech, it still stands next to them.

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That's about all the typing my keyboard can manage today -- I need to buy myself one of these. Which, if any, are you picking up? Are there any great typers you think should have been included in this list? Let us know in the comments below!

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Corsair STRAFE

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Being the bigger brother to the K65, the STRAFE offers a very similar feature set, but with the added bonus of having red LED backlighting. However, this does mean it lacks dedicated media keys (they are useable by using the function key).

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This, and the next on this ist, are the only mechanical gaming keyboards that allow you to pick which Cherry MX switch you want. Is it the smoothness of the Red you are after? Or the very tactile feedback of the Blue? Maybe you want the audible click of the blue, but the speed of the red so opt for Brown? What if you want the feel, but not the sound and go Silent? It doesn't matter. You can choose whichever fits you best.

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On top of that, you get textured keycaps (W, A,S, D, Q, E, R, F) you can swap out, as well as a USB passthrough that can be used for any device. This all means that once again, Corsair has made another "Best of Gaming" keyboard -- just make sure you don't buy the RGB backlit version if you want to stay under $100.

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Corsair Vengeance K65

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The Corsair K line may not be the cheapest when you go up the range, but when you start right at the bottom, you still have one of the best gaming keyboards on the market. With Cherry MX Red mechanical switches, an anodized aluminum frame, standard key spacing with a tiny body and a detachable braided USB cable (with built-in cable management), this is a tiny powerhouse.

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You also have full anti-ghosting, dedicated volume controls (with the other media keys being on a dedicated function key), and the ability to lock the Windows and Context Menu keys from working when gaming.

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So while there is no backlighting, we couldn't ignore this gaming keyboard for being one of the most compact, yet feature rich, keyboards out there.

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Logitech G213 Prodigy

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  • Rating: 4/5 Stars
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Having RGB is lovely, but it does cost. Really, though, who cares when you have 5 zones from which you can make a whopping 16.8 million colors, matching your gaming room perfectly with your gaming keyboard?

So while this isn't a mechanical keyboard, Logitech are very good at making keys that still feel really great to the press, and are very good at cramming features into a sleek product.

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Dedicated media keys that don't overstate themselves and the F-keys able to become dedicated macro keys (if you wish them to be), as well as being spill resistant and having the durability to withstand even the messiest gamer, the G213 Prodigy is a great gaming keyboard that shouldn't be overlooked (unless you need to have mechanical switches).

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Logitech G105

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  • Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
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  • Price: $34.99
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You can't get more budget than the G105, yet, it is still one of the best gaming keyboards on the market. It doesn't have fancy backlighting that does eleventy one different things. It doesn't even have full anti-ghosting (at only a 5 key rollover).

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But what you do get is the durability of Logitech keyboards, as well as media keys on the function key, a soft blue backlight and 6 customizable G-keys with macros that can be recorded on-the-fly. Oh, and you also get a fancy button that turns off the Windows and Context Menu keys

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G.Skill RIPJAWS KM570

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This compact keyboard is made by the same people, G.Skill, who make some of the best RAM in the business, so you know that this keyboard will last a long time. Alongside this, you have Cherry MX Red switches, giving you smoothness with each key press. And if you want customization, you can do that here, with the very relevant red LED backlighting, too.

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While you don't get full dedicated media keys -- play/pause are on the function keys -- you do have dedicated volume controls, as well as on-the-fly macro support, with each key being customizable. The KM570 might feel a little light on features, but being made by G.Skill, it's bound to last you for a long time.

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HyperX Alloy FPS

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This is a compact keyboard, so it's easy to transport (and fit on your desk). It also has a detachable cable for when you transport it. And, I almost forgot the mention: This is a mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Blue switches, so each press has an auditory and tactile feedback for the press -- they are very loud.

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Along with this, there is also an extra USB port on the back of the keyboard for charging your phone -- or anything else. But don't worry about the keyboard breaking, the frame is a metal alloy, as the Cherry MX switches will keep you gaming for years to come. And on more thing: The anti-ghosting is on every single key, so every key press is registered.

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Roccat Isku FX

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RGB lighting is all the rage, and this Roccat Isku lets you set them at 6 different brightness levels, making lighting customization high on this keyboard's list.

Along with this, there are 5 completely customizable keys to the left of the keyboard and 3 under the spacebar, as well as 5 profiles that store lighting and macro information, meaning you can have 40 different macros on these keys at any one time.

This is one of the most customizable keyboards out there, so while it's not mechanical, it still has a medium key height, making each press feel great.

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Along with all of this, there are 8 different media keys (which are also programmable), and non-slip rubber feet, meaning those quick music pauses when you thought you heard someone won't make your keyboard run away from you -- and yes, there is also full anti-ghosting.

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SteelSeries Apex M500

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  • Rating: 4/5 Stars
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The Apex M500 features mechanical switches, Cherry MX Red, so you have a nice smooth press without a loud audible click. You also get blue LED backlighting and full anti-ghosting (a full 104-key rollover).

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Along with durability that lasts for more than 50 million clicks, as well as each click always feeling the same no matter how many times it happens, the backlighting LEDs are placed directly underneath the keys so no matter what you can always see them.

On top of that, every key can be programmed, and you just need to use the function key (the SteelSeries logo) to use the media keys.

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SteelSeries Apex 350

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  • Rating: 4/5 Stars
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  • Price: $99.89
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SteelSeries are well known for a lot of reasons, mostly because they make quality products -- and that is evident here. With low profile keys that still have a good feel to them, 16.8 million color backlighting (RGB),and looks that could slice through the most competitive of environments, this keyboard would look great next to the rest of yourself.

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With the Apex 350 you get 10-key anti-ghosting located around the WASD area -- which also just happen to be textured -- the RGB backlighting has 5 independent zones, which can be set, as well as 22 macro keys -- which can be recorded on the fly-- and dedicated media keys. You can also swap out the keyboard's feet if you want a flatter or more tilted gaming experience.

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As a PC gamer you interact with your entertainment via your mouse and your keyboard -- for those who are able to do so. Not everyone is able to.

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But with so many options out there, and for a wide range of prices, what do you buy if you are on a budget?

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There are three main types of keyboard: membrane, mechanical and a mix of the two. The membrane keyboard is similar to the one you might find on your laptop; they don't have much feeling when you click, and their buttons can often get stuck if you are a messy gamer. Suffice it to say, these types of keyboards will not be found on this list.

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Mechanical keyboards, on the other hand, will. These come in a wide range of types. Some are harder to press, while some are easier, some click when pressed, some depressed when pressed and some just don't click at all. Arguably, the best mechanicals are made by Cherry with the MX range (there is also the ML range for low profile [laptop] keyboards).

Then, the mix-type keyboard marries the height and the (overall) feel of mechanical keyboards with the cost effectiveness of the membrane types. These don't feel as good, but they also don't cost as much. 

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And of course, it's all about finding the perfect middle ground between functionality and comfortability. 

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So which gaming keyboard is the best keyboard? Lucky for you, here is a list of sub-$100 keyboards that might sound budget, but definitely aren't in quality.

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Just make sure you also have a good gaming headset too.

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Gamer Gift Guide 2016: Gifts for the Aspiring Streamer https://www.gameskinny.com/aix0m/gamer-gift-guide-2016-gifts-for-the-aspiring-streamer https://www.gameskinny.com/aix0m/gamer-gift-guide-2016-gifts-for-the-aspiring-streamer Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:00:01 -0500 Clayton Reisbeck

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XSplit Broadcaster
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  • Price: $39.95 for a 12-month Personal License
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  • Rating: 3/5
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I debated putting a paid streaming software in this guide. There are plenty of free offerings that a beginning streamer can get ahold of. But, if you're looking to take your stream to the next level, XSplit Broadcaster is the program for you.

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The program itself is free and offers a robust suite of easy-to-use tools to get your stream up and running. With the paid subscription, though, you are given even more tools to make your stream top notch. Some of the features included in your premium personal license are the ability to stream your games in full HD at 60 FPS, in-game overlays that provide you with a live subscriber counter and live chat feed, and even more video editing tools to make your stream stand out among all the others.

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If you're looking to get serious with your streaming, this program feels like a no-brainer.

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That wraps up this list of good gifts for aspiring streamers. If you're a streamer already, what else would be good for beginners looking to get into the game? Let me know in the comments!

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Soundproofing Foam
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  • Price: $15.99 for 12 panels
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Chances are, the room you will be streaming from probably doesn't have the best acoustics. Echoey sound coming through your microphone is a good way to get your viewers to complain.

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If this is a problem you see yourself running into, soundproofing foam can save your life. The foam will absorb any sound that is trying to escape to make an echo, and keeps it around where you are speaking into your microphone. Panels are cheap -- and a must for creating a good recording area.

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Fancierstudio H69G 6x9-Feet Chromakey Green Screen Kit
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  • Rating: 4/5
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Another big trend in streaming that I've seen are the green screened backgrounds that people use for their facecams. This isn't a necessity, and you can even make your own green screen. But I've included this screen kit here because it comes with everything you need to make that green screen look good. You get the screen, the mounting stands to set it up and two lights to properly light the screen so the image behind you looks as good as possible.

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Logitech C922 Webcam
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  • Rating: 4.5/5
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Honestly, cameras are not a necessity for streaming, but it seems that a majority of streamers do use them. If you are wanting to go down the face-cam route, it seems that the Logitech C920 is the one to go with. This camera offers 1080p video capture at 30 FPS and 720p at 60 FPS. It can also be mounted to your monitor or put on a tripod.

I personally haven't used this camera -- but after looking at reviews, it seems that this is the camera to buy.

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Adobe Creative Cloud Suite
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The Adobe Creative Cloud suite of programs is what I would classify as the standard for any form of creative editing. With the programs included in the suite, you will be able to edit any video or audio, and make your own graphics with Photoshop.

I will say that there is a bit of a learning curve to using any of these programs, but thankfully we live in a day and age where YouTube exists and you can find some great tutorials there on how to use any of these programs.

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Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma
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Here's another product that I really like. I've been using these for a couple years now, and I think that they are awesome. They are extremely comfortable, especially for long periods of time. The audio quality is really good and the surround sound works really well.

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There is a microphone in this headset as well, but I'm not a fan of the audio quality that it puts out. Paired with the Blue Yeti, you'll be set for your audio equipment.

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Blue Yeti Microphone w/ Pop Filter
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I love this microphone. I've been using it for about a year now and have had no issues with it. It's extremely easy to use, and the audio output is really good. All you have to do is plug the USB into your computer and you are ready to record.

The only issue I have with this microphone is that it is USB powered, so you won't be able to have multiple microphones if you want to get mic input from multiple people. Luckily, the Yeti has multiple microphone settings that provide an array of different recording setups you may be in.

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Video game streaming has quickly become one of the biggest forms of entertainment in recent years. People just love watching other people play games. I know I've spent plenty of time watching various people play through a wide variety of games on Twitch.

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Now you may be that person watching and thinking, "I can do that! I should really get into this whole streaming thing, but I have no idea what kind of equipment I need. If only someone made a list of things I need to get started."

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Fear not, for this is the guide for you.

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Now before we get into the guide, let me say that I am basing all of these picks off of having a PC on top of whatever you are streaming from. I feel that this is the best way to run a stream, as you have more control over what your end product is going to look like.

If you don't have a PC to run everything through, I highly recommend reading up on why you should build your own gaming PC, and then following this guide to building a PC for under $500.

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Gift Guide: 9 Awesome Gaming Headsets for Under $100 https://www.gameskinny.com/fmxnr/gift-guide-9-awesome-gaming-headsets-for-under-100 https://www.gameskinny.com/fmxnr/gift-guide-9-awesome-gaming-headsets-for-under-100 Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:00:01 -0500 Auverin Morrow

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SteelSeries Arctis 3 & 5

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Maybe you want that sleek Arctis 7 that SteelSeries recently released, but the mere thought of hitting "Buy Now" is making your wallet weep. That's okay -- the Arctis 3 and Arctis 5 sets are still pretty freakin' sweet. 

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Compatible with basically any type of device, both these headsets feature full 7.1 surround sound, a high-quality and high-comfort design, and inline controls. There isn't much difference between the two models themselves. Aside from a slight upgrade in the type of 7.1 surround sound you're getting (SteelSeries 7.1 on the 3 and DTS X 7.1 on the 5), the only notable advantage of the 3 over the 5 is the addition of RGB illumination. 

No matter which one you pick, you're sure to be getting a great sound experience. 

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That wraps up our list of the best gaming headsets you can buy this holiday season! Planning to pick any of these up? Got others you think should be included here? Let us know in the comments!

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Sennheiser GSP 300

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Coming in just under our budget cap is the brand we all knew would eventually make an appearance on this list. In addition to the standard broadcast quality mic and inline audio controls that you'll find on pretty much any Sennheiser set, the GSP 300 comes with extra-cozy memory foam ear pads as well. 

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These cans use the standard size headphone jack, and they're compatible with all PCs, plus Xbox and PS4. Though the product page doesn't explicitly say so, we also imagine they'll work with mobile devices as well. To top it all off, reviewers say that they're highly durable as well -- which is always a plus for a raging gamer. 

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MSI DS502

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MSI doesn't just make great gaming laptops. They also have some good peripherals that you can get to make your play experience even better -- and this headset is one of them. With 7.1 virtual surround sound and a lightweight design, these headphones will see you through even the most intense of raids. 

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Most reviewers say this headset is incredibly comfortable, with sound quality that's right up there with Turtle Beach and Logitech. (Some even compared it to Bose.) It does use a USB connection, so that's something to keep in mind when purchasing -- it'll work with PCs and consoles, but not any mobile devices. 

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Sades A60

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The first (and only) "off brand" headset on this list, the Sades A60 is a PC/Mac-only headset that has great reviews and a shockingly cheap price tag. In addition to the comfort-padded earpieces and high quality mic, this headset has external audio controls and high magnetic NDFEB drivers that offer clear sound with powerful base. 

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Sades has tons of highly-rated headsets on Amazon at all price points and specs. So even if this particular set of cans isn't for you, there are plenty of other options you can check out. 

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Razer Kraken Pro

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  • Rating: 4/5 Stars
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According to Razer, this is the most popular gaming headset among eSports players. Compatible across PC and current-gen consoles, the Kraken Pro has all the features you'd expect from quality cans -- lightweight body, noise-cancelling ear pieces, inline controls, and a fully retractable mic. 

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Reviewers say that this headset is great overall, and delivers great sound at a good price. But some cited complaints with the overall fit of the headset and said the bass left something to be desired. For all the FPS fans out there, though, lots of folks said that the bullet sounds with were spot-on with this set. 

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Logitech G231 Prodigy

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  • Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
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  • Price: $69.99
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When it comes to great gamer gear, it's hard to beat Logitech. Whether you're using their high-end gaming line like the G900 Chaos Spectrum mouse, or the Prodigy line designed for gamers on a budget, you're guaranteed to get a great product that performs beyond expectation.

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This headset is no different. I've personally used the Prodigy G231 as my secondary headset for console, and I've loved it. It's comfortable and very durable, even if it's not as flashy as some of the other entries on this list. It's compatible with PC, consoles, and mobile -- so you can use it regardless of what type of player you are.

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Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 50

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  • Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
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  • Price: $38.99
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  • Where to Buy: Amazon
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Turtle Beach has lots of great headsets for consoles. In fact, their Ear Force X line is the best-selling brand of Xbox/PlayStation headsets on the Amazon marketplace. And this model is another great entry in the brand's affordable lineup. 

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Compatible with PC, Mac, Xbox, PlayStation, and mobile, this Recon headset packs high-quality speakers, a removable mic, and a lightweight body with inline controls. While some reviewers say that it's not the best mic out there for listening to music and getting a wide range of exceptional sound, most agree that it's hard to beat the overall quality of this set for the cheap price tag. 

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Corsair Void 

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  • Rating: 4/5 Stars
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  • Price: $69.99 - $99.99
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  • Where to Buy: Amazon
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Would this list truly be complete without a Corsair in the mix? We don't think so. 

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The Corsair Void headset comes with a variety of options at different price points. The standard, non-illuminated, wired version is the cheapest, at $69.99. For $79.99, you can get exclusive colors and deeper Dolby sound. And at $99.99, you can get a wireless version of this set that also comes with Corsair's well-known RGB capabilities. 

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Reviewers of this headset have cited its comfort, sound quality, and durability as its best features. A few complained about its smaller size and the fact that the mic doesn't mute when it's flipped up, but usually agreed that these were minor complaints given how great the rest of the headset was. 

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HyperX Stinger

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  • Rating: 4.4/5 Stars
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  • Price: $49.99
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  • Where to Buy: Amazon
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I'm kicking this list off with a personal favorite of mine. All of us here at GS are big fans of the HyperX line, and the Cloud Stinger is no different. The sound quality in this set is excellent, and it also boasts the long-lasting comfort that HyperX is known for. The microphone is a standard swivel-to-mute rig with noise cancellation as well. 

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This headset is compatible with pretty much any platform -- PC, Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, and mobile devices. So no matter what you're playing on, you can plug the Stinger in and enjoy. For more info, you can check out our review of the HyperX Cloud Stinger. (Spoiler Alert: It's a 10/10.)

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A great gaming headset can be hard to find -- especially if you're on a tight budget. Getting good audio quality, a decent mic, and a comfortable fit can seem impossible when you're trying to score a gaming headset for less than $100. 

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But with enough dedication -- and time to waste perusing the depths of Amazon -- you'll find that there are a lot of great options out there which won't make your wallet cry. And luckily for you, we've compiled the best of the best gaming headsets right here so that you don't have to do any digging. 

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From "off-brands" to iconic names, PC-only to universally compatible sets, there's something on this list for every gamer to pick up this holiday season. 

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