Friday, September 22, 2017
Buying gifts for gamers might seem simple: video games! But like many things in life, it's not as easy as it seems. Video games are no longer just for children. In fact, many 'hardcore' gamers see video games as a way of life, not just a hobby.
Given that, it can be very difficult to buy games for gamers. Unless you know exactly what they want, you're probably going to wind up getting them games outside their genres, or games they already own. Most hardcore gamers preorder their favorite games months in advance, so it's very hard to predict what they want but don't yet have.
Fortunately, there are some simple and straightforward ways to get great gifts for gamers without resorting to socks and ties! Check out these suggestions for some excellent gamer gifts.
Buying gifts for gamers
Here are some non-game items that any gamer is sure to love.
1. Anything related to Portal
Portal is one of those few games everyone loves. It's widely regarded as the funniest, most entertaining game of all times, and almost everyone who considers themselves a gamer has played it, usually more than once. That means it's pretty useless to buy them a copy of the game -- but as with any major success in any field, there are tons of merchandising tie ins that will make excellent gifts for gamers.
You may not recognize any of those items -- they might even seem strange or bizarre. But any gamer will know them on sight.
Many gamers enjoy other forms of technology, too, making cool and unusual gadgets a perfect gift. You can find anything from useless but interesting decorative holograms to systems designed to transform your iPad into an old-school video game console complete with joystick. Fun and interesting gadgets are great gifts for anyone into electronic media like video games.
3. Gamer clothing
Gamers have dozens of inside jokes. That means that when you buy gifts for gamers, you're probably not going to have any idea of what you're buying unless you're a gamer yourself. And that's perfectly okay!
Gamer clothing comes in many styles, from generic gaming references like Mario's 1-Up mushroom to inside jokes very specific to certain games. Unless you know what games your gamer likes, it's safer to stay with the generic stuff everyone will recognize.
Gamers have an ironic sense of humor, so anything with a bit of a sardonic edge will usually appeal to them as well. For an example check out this 'I'm a Spy' shirt.
As you can see, buying Christmas gifts for gamers isn't quite as scary as you might think. Don't worry about buying games -- let them handle that. Your gifts for gamers should be original, fun, and exciting!