Gaming Gifts

What should you get for the gamer in your life?

I always struggle when people ask me what I want for the holidays.  I'm in an interesting (and lucky) position now that I'm an adult with a decent income, if there's a game or system I want I can usually find a way to buy it.  It might require a bit of saving if it's a new gaming system, but even those aren't out of reach.

These days my limiting factor is time.  I put a lot of time into my family and into my work, so my leisure time is what takes a hit.  Of course, no one can buy me more time, so I never know what to say when asked what gifts I want for the holidays.

I usually default to saying a Kindle gift card is a good bet for me.  I mean, I'll always buy more books.  I love books.

What about you guys?  Is there anything that you're really hoping to get for the holidays?  Do you have any tips on getting good gamer gifts for people that are hard to shop for?


  1. To me, unless you really know what you are doing, you should never purchase a gift based on someone's hobby. If I knew someone who liked building model planes, I wouldn't just "take a chance" and buy them any random plane to build. They fund their own hobby and have their own expertise over it. A gift presumes a lot of my own knowledge and can often be a bit rude. For example, imagine if someone bought you the new Call of Duty because you "play games and stuff". Yay, I guess?

    I prefer gifts that aren't my direct hobby or that may go along with the things a person knows I love, but aren't anything I would necessarily purchase. For example, my secret santa got me a Final Fantasy Tactics poster. I'm in my 20's and broke, so purchasing game art isn't a high priority, but I love that game and it's awesome owning something that refers back to it. It's also the kind of thing I'd never think to purchase for myself.

    That's the sort of gifts I'd want as a gamer.

    1. That's awesome. I think you're right. It's better to buy something tangentially related that isn't actually a game, unless you know them well enough to know what they would really want.


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