There’s never been a better time to be a gamer
The gaming world is bustling in 2020, with constant updates arising in almost every area. Whether you’re a PC gamer, a console nerd or a fan of handheld treasures, there are bound to have been some incredible developments from your favorite companies in the last year.
A downside of this constant innovation and development in the gaming world is that it can be hard to keep up with. This is especially true if you’re unfamiliar with gaming and technology as a whole. How on earth are you supposed to keep the beloved gamers in your life happy without having a good understanding of what it is that they like?
There’s always a new console coming out, a new tool to use or a new company to get involved with. It can feel dizzying even for the most experienced of gamers, and incredibly confusing for people who are simply trying to buy a gift for someone that they love who likes to game.
That’s why we’re going to be taking a look at the gaming world in more depth today, and exploring some creative ideas for gaming-related gifts. More specifically, we’re going to be taking a look at some creative gift ideas for gaming-obsessed college students- as younger people make up a huge portion of the gaming community.
Personalized gaming merchandise
To start off with, personalized gifts are always a great bet. No matter whether you’re buying for a best friend, a partner or a family member, personalization is a surefire way to make the gift memorable and enjoyable. There are plenty of different types of merchandise that you could get personalized, like t-shirts, mugs, wall hangings or prints.
If you’re searching for somewhere to get personalized gifts and presents, Etsy is a wonderful place to do this. It’s full of creative and innovative small businesses that thrive off of custom orders for personal work like this.
A brand new headset
Headsets are incredibly practical for gamers to have, as they make games more immersive and social events. If you’re buying for a college student who loves to game, they may not have the funds to get themselves the type of headset that they truly want- so why not get one for them? It’s a practical yet fun gift idea that you can be sure they’ll be grateful for.
It’s important to do your research before buying this sort of gift though, as there are lots of different places that stock headsets and plenty of different sites to consider. Researching this can be made easier by watching unboxings on YouTube or reading some Reddit reviews.
Light installations or lamps
If you’re looking to get a gamer something fun yet practical, a piece of room decor could be a great gift. Light installations or quirky lamps are always great here. Nowadays, it’s easy to find products like pixel art light installations online, especially on websites like Amazon, Not On The High Street or Firebox. One of our personal favorites is this Paladone PlayStation light.
Comfortable gaming-themed clothing
If someone is sat at a computer or hunched over a screen playing their favorite games all day, it’s important that they’re comfortable and can move around easily. So why not get them some comfy, nerdy clothing? You can find everything with gaming iconography emblazoned on it- from t-shirts and hoodies to sweaters and beanies.
Shopping second-hand could be great here, as thrift shopping opens up the opportunity to find more unique items. Additionally, looking for vintage items means that you’re more likely to come across retro gaming-themed items- which the person you’re shopping for is bound to appreciate. Shops like Depop and eBay can be great for this.
Useful pieces of technology
A final gift idea to consider is a piece of handy tech, to enhance their gaming experience according to Kate Huber at NJGamblingFun. “This is obviously a pricier option in most cases, but if you’re purchasing for a gamer who loves their technology then it would be worth your while. Audio equipment and enhancing technology always go down well, especially if it’s a product like an Amazon Soundbar.”
Always make sure to do your research before buying a piece of technology as a gift. Check whether it needs any software or add-ons, and don’t be afraid to shop around a little to make sure that you’re getting the best value for money possible.
How could The Nerd Stash help you today?
As you can see, there are a number of creative ways to lighten up the day of the special gamer in your life. No matter if you want to get them something functional like keycaps or a piece of Amazon tech, or something fun like a personalized t-shirt or PlayStation light, they’re sure to appreciate the time and effort you’ve put into the gift.
If you’re looking for more inspiration, why not check out some posts on social media? Places like Pinterest, YouTube and Instagram can be wonderful places to grab inspiration for gift-giving, as there are a lot of communities dedicated to crafts, gaming, and DIY online. YouTube tutorials for personalizing gifts would be an especially good place to start, as would this helpful post.
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Visual journalist/Graduating student, University of Missouri-Columbia. Lover of everything in the gaming industry and an avid fan of all films!