A decade ago, narrowing down the best gifts for gamers in your life might’ve seemed simple—video games—but the gaming world has expanded to include so much more than that. If the mega successes of video game adaptations like HBO’s The Last of Us and The Super Mario Bros. Movie have taught us anything, it’s that video games have segued from a niche hobby to ruling the mainstream culture. But watching Pedro Pascal fight zombies in a ruggedly handsome trucker jacket doesn’t exactly equip you with the knowledge you need to pick out the best gaming gifts if you haven’t adopted it as a hobby yourself. You might not know what kind of game console they have, or the specs of their PC, or even if they’ll be into the latest game from the May Payne creator or not.
Fortunately for you, we have compiled a list of this year’s best video games, top-of-the-line accessories, and stylish memorabilia that will appeal to anyone ranging from a professional esports athlete to a casual gamer. So level-up someone’s holiday break with one of the best gifts for gamers—whether you’re here to find something that falls well below the budget of a video game, aiming to impress with a brand new gadget on their wish list, or become “parent of the year” with a top-of-the-line present your kid will never see coming.