Buy a Christmas Present for a Gamer
Edited by Batkingnz, Eng, Lynn, estrella sacragon and 4 others
It's almost that time of year again and the Christmas rush is just beginning. Everybody has that hard-to-buy-for person in their family or group of friends with the particular tastes who is always difficult to shop for. The gamer is one of the hardest types of people to shop for because of how many different types of games and gamers. Most gamers tend to be picky about what they want from their games and accessories, and unless you understand exactly what they are talking about, it can be easy for a non-gamer to get lost when a gamer tries to explain gaming related things. For parents, relatives and friends who just don't get "the gamer", this guide is for you. Gamers don't have to be as hard to buy for as you thought, and gift ideas aren't limited to just video games. Check out the How To below to get started on choosing the perfect gift for the gamer on your list.
Understanding the Gamer
Buying a present for a gamer doesn't have to be as hard. Sure there are the obvious gift choices like video games themselves, but there is really a lot more to the average gamer than just games.
Most gamers are geeks at heart - not the reclusive, awkward software engineers stereotyped in the past, but well rounded individuals who are interested in gaming, sci-fi, technology, computers, films, TV and music. Check out the average teenage gamer's bedroom or the adult gamer's games room and note the game collection, the character figurines, posters, vintage game consoles and film posters. You can usually find novelty tech as well - things like USB heating mats for coffee as an example. You will begin to see there is a lot more to their world than you thought.
The main thing you should do is talk to them. Ask what kind of games they have been playing lately, get specific genres and titles, what movies they have seen or ones that they are waiting for to come out and be sure to check out their game collection. This will all start to build you a better idea of that perfect gift. Once you're an expert on their interests, read on below for some starter ideas and all the do's and Don'ts.
The Perfect Gift
- 1Games. The most obvious choice. This is not a bad option, especially if you know there's a particular game they've been wanting. Once you have an idea of the genres and titles they're interested in you could head on over to MetaCritic to see the recent games reviewed and the scores they're getting. If they've asked for a specific game but the reviews aren't too hot, then it may be a good idea to avoid it. Check the genre for other recent games with higher rankings instead. Or if you're not confident in using your own judgement, then check out some of the other titles they've been mentioning.Advertisement
- 3Vouchers. A voucher doesn't have to be a thoughtless gift. In the case of someone who really is too hard to buy for, a voucher might be your only option. Most gamers are very particular with their setup and want control of their purchases. In that case, a voucher can actually be the best option because they can get exactly what they want, or be able to save the voucher for a game or accessory that may not be available until after Christmas. Any major games supplier like Walmart or EBGames will offer gift vouchers in the store. You could even go a bit further and buy them some months or a year towards a subscription gaming service like Xbox Live. Sending gift credit through Amazon is also a nice idea simply for the variety of products available.
- 4Outside the Box. Think about something novel or collectible related to a gamer's interests without having to go in to specific games or accessories that you might not be too knowledgeable about. A great place to start looking (and possibly the only place you will need) is ThinkGeek. This is an online store targeted specifically towards geek culture and gamers. You can expect items like Pacman ice cube trays, an alarm clock that displays the time with falling Tetris pieces, and life sized Minecraft character costumes, just for starters. This is a great site to find items for the gamer who already has everything and you can find good items at almost any price point to keep within your budget.
- 5Money is No Object? Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are pricey gifts but you can also think of them as an investment, as with current generation cycles we should see new games available over the next eight years.
How to buy Christmas Present for a Gamer: Shopping for Gamers' Gifts Doesn't Need to be Costly
Who said games are just only for kids? As a matter of fact, online and video games are considered as the new toys for boys. However, it seems the gaming world is not only dominated by boys, because there are even girls who can play the same way as male gamers.
Now that Christmas is fast approaching, there are several people, particularly the parents, who are weary about what to give to gamers. Yes, it is true that there are a lot of gift items that can be seen over the World Wide Web however; the reality prevails that those items are quite heavy for the pocket.
- 1Before buying Christmas presents for gamers, givers need to know them very well. Selecting gifts for gamers is as intricate as the game systems themselves. It seems as if gamers have their own system, thus, they truly know what they really want. If givers can't accommodate pricy gadgets, then at least the accessories, as well as the games that they're going to choose would certainly meet the taste of gamers.
Below are additional tips and tricks that givers can consider in order to ensure that they'll grab the right Christmas present for a gamer. They don't have to worry about their budget, since these tips are crafted to meet the budget limit for Christmas presents for gamers.
- 1It is possible to find game systems for as low as $60. Proper planning is the key to ensure that givers will snag the right game system for the receivers. They should look for game systems that have been in the market for quite some time, and see if the cost has already dropped. In majority of cases, publishers offer discounts for those game systems that belong to best-selling lists. This is their way to thank their fans for patronizing their products,
- 2If the giver wants to give a supplementary gift, especially if he/she is able to get a cheap deal for a game, they could consider reasonably priced prepaid cards for a certain game or accessories. Gamers will definitely appreciate any of these.
- 3In an event that the giver prefers to purchase some sort of online game, they have to ensure that the game they'll choose doesn't entail monthly subscription charges. However, in case the game the receiver wants entails monthly subscriptions, the giver may opt to chip-in.
- 4Video gamers would surely appreciate if they'll receive an exhilarating video game. However, givers should take note that the price may differ depending on the system. Givers should also consider how the video game is played. For instance, it is possible for givers to find games for Nintendo DS which may only be available for $30 or lesser, for Wii, game could cost $50, whereas an Xbox 360 (which will be played with button controls, as well as conventional analog-stick) could cost at approximately $60.
- 5Givers can also consider apparels designed with online or video game characters. Mugs or glasses designed with online or video game characters or commonly used gaming terms will also do.
Tips, Tricks & Warnings
- Do your research. Don't buy a game or accessory on a whim. Be sure to get to know the interests of the receiver. The best way is to talk to them about their gaming interests.
- Bargain bin games might be tempting, as you can pick up a lot for a little money, but there is usually a reason these games made it to the bargain bin in the first place. Unless there's an older game there that you know your gamer has been looking for, then be sure to avoid this option.
- When buying games make sure that you are buying them for the correct platform. Games for the PC, Xbox, Wii, PlayStation, etc., are not interchangeable with each other, so make sure you're buying the right version.
- If you're buying online, get in early. You don't want Christmas to roll around without having the goods already delivered. Always check the shipping policies and shipping times to avoid disappointment.
- If you're planning on visiting a physical store, make sure it's a dedicated gaming store like EBGames. The staff in these specialty stores are usually gamers and can give you good, educated advice on what to buy.
- Most of all, don't fear shopping for a gamer. As with any type of interest, you will just need to learn a little about it to make sure you choose a gift they will love.