Christmas is just around the corner, but if you’re anything like me you’ve procrastinated and still haven’t bought the gifts you need to get for all the special people in your life. That’s okay, I understand your situation and I’m here to help. I’m sure most of us know gamers, whether they’re of the casual variety or the more hardcore persuasion. You might not know what to get for these people, I mean, how can you know what games they own and which ones they don’t? If you’re getting them video games, you have to take their personal taste into account. Final Fantasy may be a good game, but maybe they’re not a fan of the series. Getting them a game they don’t enjoy could be detrimental to your relationship with that person. They could think you don’t know them, or worse, they think you’re angry with them because you gave them a video game they hated. This could lead to a pretty awkward Christmas.
To keep something like this from happening, we’re going to forgo looking for video games so we can instead focus on gaming related items. I’ve even separated this list of goods into three tiers, divided by price. No need to thank me, I did it because I care. I’m here to spread Christmas faster than the T-Virus spreads a hunger for living flesh. Now sit back, grab a mug of hot cocoa, click that little read more button, and start gifting.
These gifts are for someone you know is a gamer, but you’re not necessarily besties. They’re great for new friends, co-workers, younger relatives you put up with, etc.
Gears of War COG Tags ($10, get it here)
The best thing about these tags is you don’t have to pull them off the mangled corpse of a fellow soldier. That’s worth the $10 asking price right there.
Indie Game: The Movie ($10, get it here)
I watched this movie when it released back in June and loved it. If you’re an aspiring indie dev, a fan of games like Super Meat Boy, Fez, or Bastion, this is a great watch.
Diablo III Keychain ($12, get it here)
Show which side you’re on with this crazy detailed Diablo III keychain! Tyreal can suck it, I’m on the Big D’s side.
Left 4 Dead Movie Posters ($13, get it here)
Anyone who’s played Left 4 Dead or its sequel should be familiar with the movie poster-style loading screens that feature the game’s four protagonists against a backdrop taken from or inspired by the level you’re about to play. I have the posters for the original game’s four levels on my wall, and they look great. These are a fabulous addition to the wall of any game room.
Resident Evil: Damnation ($15-30, get it here)
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: this is the best Resident Evil movie I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen all of them. Granted, that’s not necessarily saying much for this franchise, which hasn’t seen much success (critically, not commercially) on the big screen, but still, this is a very entertaining movie.
Minecraft Foam Pickaxe ($20, get it here)
I really want one of these, but only if it comes with some diamond armor so I can wear it and go around calling people Creepers and poking them with my pickaxe.
Cards Against Humanity ($25, get it here)
This is hands down the best card game ever made. My previous favorite was Apples to Apples, but this one is far more entertaining. This is a fantastic game to whip out at a party, or better yet — when the family’s gathered around the campfire unwrapping presents.
Creeper Vinyl Figure ($30, get it here)
Ssssssssssssss, BOOM! That is all.
Resident Evil Welcome To Raccoon City Sign ($30, get it here)
Those who pre-ordered Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City at the Capcom store got one of these for free. The rest of us will have to purchase ours individually. I’m all right with that, because it’s just so cool.
Were those too cheap to fully reflect the love you have for the person, or people, you’re looking to buy gifts for? Well okay then. This tier of gift-giving is reserved for the special friends in your life — the people you’d call first to let them know you just pwned their score in a game.
Awakening: The Art of Halo 4 ($35, get it here)
I own several video game art books, but this is easily one of my favorites. You don’t need to be a Halo fan to enjoy the gorgeous concept art in this book.
Razer Onza ($40, get it here)
I came so close to buying a Mass Effect branded Onza when Mass Effect 3 came out, but then I realized I have several fully functional controllers at home, so there’s basically no need for a new one. That’s when I went home and immediately broke one of my controllers so I’d have a reason to get one of these. All right, so that didn’t really happen, but I still want one of these. Third party controllers usually suck, but this one looks great and it has a few tweaks to make perform better.
Assassin’s Creed III Tomahawk ($45, get it here)
I like Assassin’s Creed III, though it’s only occasionally tread into love territory (those incredible naval battles really stick out). One of my favorite weapons in the game is one you get pretty early on: the assassin’s tomahawk. In the game, I can use this to unleash death, but in real life, I’d probably just end up hurting myself.
Dead Space Ishimura Hoodie ($58, get it here)
Remember the Ishimura? Of course you do. It’s one of the creepiest video game worlds we’ve had the pleasure of exploring, so why not help it live forever with this hoodie? You can even get an extra large one so there’s room for you and I to cuddle in it.
Legend of Zelda Shield Replica ($70, get it here)
If you’ve donned your Link outfit (green garb, elf ears, pointy shoes, and all) but found yourself lacking a shield, then fear not, because Think Geek has the solution for you. This shield looks super cool, and it won’t break the bank.
Gunnar Optics Gaming Glasses ($80-100, get it here)
I have no idea if these actually work, but if you’re the type of gamer who tends to endure super long gaming marathons, you may want to consider getting one of these. Think of your eyes, all naked and abused. Give them the protection they deserve!
Assassin’s Creed Hoodie ($90, get it here)
If the Dead Space hoodie just doesn’t do it for you, this might. The assassin look has quickly become one of the most iconic character designs of this generation. Now you can take that look into the real world, and if anyone calls you a nerd you can stab them in the back with your hidden blade (Bloody Disgusting does not endorse the shanking of your fellow man)
Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device ($100, get it here)
Before you ask: no, this doesn’t actually make portals. That was my first question too, and I was sorely disappointed when I found out it didn’t. It still looks neat, and this version of the portal gun can be customized using the magnetic bits that come with it.
This is the more luxurious tier. If you have a fat wallet and a crazy generous heart, then you’ll find some great gifts to give the special people in your life. Ya know, people like me, who entertain and inform you every day.
Astro A30 Headset ($130-210, get it here)
I’ve had two pairs of Astro A30’s for three years now (both work fine, I just keep one at work and the other at home) and they’re easily the best headsets I’ve ever owned. For Black Friday, I got myself the 2013 edition, and it’s glorious. If you want a stylish, reliable headset that sounds great and works across multiple platforms (PC, 360, PS3, MP3 player, etc.), I highly recommend you get one of these.
Silent Hill Figures ($150, get it here)
When these figures aren’t busy being absolutely amazeballs, they’re haunting my dreams (my sexual ones, not the nightmares). They were unveiled at Comic-Con this past summer and assuming everything’s still on track, these babies should be jumping into gamers’ open arms sometime this month.
Resident Evil T-Virus & Anti-Virus Display Prop ($200, get it here)
When the first Resident Evil movie released back in 2002, I was obsessed with it. I loved that movie, and on multiple occasions I came close to buying a replica of the T-Virus prop used in the movie. They were charging several hundred bucks back then, but thankfully that price has since dropped to something that’s a little more affordable.
Silent Hill Sounds Box ($250-ish, get it here)
I’ve wanted this for some time now, even though I own the Silent Hill OSTs, this is just so cool. Whether you’re a fan of the series or you simply want something to counteract all the Christmas music, this is for you.
Wii U ($300-350, get it here)
I’ve come pretty close to buying one of these, but I haven’t bitten that family-friendly bullet just yet. If you’re looking to grab one of these for a special someone in your life (or yourself!) then I suggest dropping the extra $50 for the Deluxe version, which comes with four times the storage space as the basic model.
Resident Evil Nemesis Polystone Statue ($300, get it here)
If the Silent Hill figures don’t release in time, there’s always this beautifully crafted Nemesis to take up space on your shelf/mantle/pillow. It’s double the price, but really, can you put a price tag on the happiness that will wash over you after you get one of these?
Mass Effect M-3 Predator Full Scale Replica ($385, get it here)
Forget what so many people are saying about Mass Effect 3, because it’s a fantastic game. It also has one of the best video game arsenals in recent memory. Now you can take one of these babies home (there are several gun replicas but they all seem to be out of stock, except for this one) and use it to scare any Krogans that try to wander into your home at night.
Sumo Gigantor bean bag ($420-550, get it here)
I’ve reviewed a couple Sumo products, but my favorite so far has been the Sumo Gigantor. As far as bean bags go, this one is massive. This makes it the perfect place to snuggle up next to that special someone (or someones — believe me, there’s room) in your life.
Razer Blade ($2,000-2,500, get it here)
Does all of the above bore you? Do you have all the monies? Then I suggest grabbing one of these. The cleverly titled Razer Blade is the ultimate console for any gamer on the go. This is reflected in its extraordinarily high asking price. If you can afford it, this is one of the best mobile gaming laptops on the market.