First things first: If your favourite gamer has yet to nab a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X|S and you see one in stock, we suggest buying it quickly as these consoles have been selling out fast. It’ll be the best present they get all year. But if one of the new consoles isn’t available, don’t worry: We still have loads of great gaming gift ideas, from peripherals and accessories to game-themed clothing and toys. This list of the best gifts for gamers is handily categorized so you can quickly find what you need—and make your loved one’s holiday extra special.
Sometimes it’s safest to let gamers pick their own present. This $25 gift card opens a world of PlayStation possibilities, from buying games to subscribing to services like PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now.
Want to buy a specific game? Check out our roundup of the hottest PlayStation 5 games of the year.
The best games on Switch get kicked up a notch when played on this new deluxe model, which features a vibrant seven-inch OLED screen, enhanced speakers and 64GB of onboard storage. It’s also available with neon red and blue Joy-Cons.
The Switch is the only console that can be played in traditional TV mode, handheld mode or tabletop mode with the detachable Joy-Cons becoming discrete controllers for two players. It’s the most popular game system on the planet for a reason.
Keep your family’s Switch safe while on the move with this durable travel case. It has slots for four games and a built-in stand for tabletop mode, plus it comes with a screen protector and cleaning cloth.
This colourful Switch headset lets your favourite gamer add their voice to the fray. It’s the final piece of the puzzle for competitive and team-based multiplayer games on Switch.
Your Nintendo fan will also love our top 18 Nintendo Switch games.
These lightweight Walmart-exclusive cans mean business. Precision 40mm drivers, noise isolation and a flip-up mic—not to mention a stylish tonal camo print—are bound to help up your favourite gamer’s K/D ratio. They work for multiple platforms including Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5 and PS4.
There’s no more affordable way to get into the current generation of consoles than the Xbox Series S. With support for ray-tracing, lightning-quick load times and a super speedy refresh rate, it’s truly a next-level gaming experience. Also check out the Blu-ray-equipped Xbox Series X.
How do you improve upon Microsoft’s robust and reliable Xbox wireless controller? By giving it a transparent body and an artistic dribble of spray paint in celebration of the Xbox exclusive racer Forza Horizon 5.
Xbox owners who also game on the go will appreciate this handy controller clip, which physically attaches an Xbox wireless controller to smartphones for a vastly improved interface in many mobile games.
And for all the games your gamer will love, check out our roundup of the biggest Xbox games of the year.
Durable in the heat of battle and a delight for the eardrums, these SteelSeries cans have a steel frame, wired and wireless connectivity and a high-quality detachable mic. Bonus: With its detachable mic this headset is stylish enough to use outside of gaming.
Powered by EA’s Frostbite engine, NHL 22 offers the most lifelike simulations of elite players the franchise has ever seen—not just in terms of models and animations, but also skills and on-ice personality. Get it for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox Series S|X as well.
Whether playing in the NBA or WNBA modes, NBA 2K22 has more strategic offensive and defensive options, bigger and more rewarding season play, and a more robust career mode than any previous game in the series. It’s also available for PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Switch and PlayStation 4.
Massive near-future battlefields plagued by natural disasters play host to up to 128 players in both classic modes and the brand new Hazard Zone. It’s all-out multiplayer mayhem! Battlefield 2042 is also available for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows PC and PlayStation 4.
Mixing an action-packed single-player campaign with an explosive multiplayer format, Vanguard takes the series back to World War II with a focus on key conflicts in France, North Africa, Russia and the Pacific theatre. It’s also available for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 4.
This spiritual follow-up to the hugely popular Left 4 Dead cooperative shooter series pits your favourite gamer and up to three of their friends against an army of parasitic monsters at the end of the world. You can also get it for PlayStation 5, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Players step into Star-Lord’s boots to lead the Guardians of the Galaxy on an original, action-packed interstellar adventure. This one’s a bit less intense than many other games on this list, making it a good pick for younger teens and tweens. It’s also available for Xbox One, PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4.
Give your gamer the gift of intrigue with this kung fu detective adventure set in hyper-realistic Japanese settings. Players take on the role of a lawyer-turned-detective out to solve a mysterious murder connected to a slew of other cases. It’s also available for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4.
Help your Call of Duty–obsessed man get dressed for service with this Cold War sweatshirt. Whether he wears it while streaming on Twitch or on weekend walks, it’s the perfect shooter gamer gift.
Recreate iconic Super Mario Bros. scenes in the real world with this starter Lego set. It features special pieces that light up and play sounds from the games when placed near special NFC bricks.
Big games demand big screens. This 65-inch set from Sanyo takes full advantage of modern gaming console features such as 4K resolution and HDR lighting. And as far as quality TVs go, it won’t break the bank.
Interested in more gift ideas? See all of our holiday gift guides.