The holidays are just around the corner, and several retailers offer tons of deals for the upcoming shopping season. Now, shoppers looking to find that perfect holiday gift for their gamer friends or family members here's a roundup of the best items that would suit gamers of all kinds, whether on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, or PC.
Updated on November 24, 2021, by Ramon Hara: With Black Friday just a few days away, shoppers are probably on the hunt for the perfect holiday present for their gamer loved one. Luckily, 2021 brings tons of new games on next-gen platforms, alongside new accessories and other tech items to purchase. However, given the tons of options available right now, browsing through all of them can be challenging, which is why here is a roundup of the 20 best holiday gaming gifts of 2021. For this list, 2021's Biggest Games were counted as one entry, as well as the various subscriptions available to readers.
2021's Biggest Games
Of course, nothing can beat this year's biggest video games as the perfect holiday gift to gamers. Players on the PS5 would appreciate games such as Kena: Bridge of the Spirits, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, and Deathloop. Meanwhile, Halo: Infinite and Forza Horizon 5 would be great gifts for Xbox Series X/S players alongside cross-platform titles such as Resident Evil Village and Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.
For those looking for the perfect Switch game, one couldn't go wrong with the recently released Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, which are remakes of Pokemon Diamond and Pearl. Additionally, other first-party Switch games available right now include Metroid Dread and Monster Hunter Rise.
Nintendo Switch OLED
Although the PS5 and Xbox Series X are still pretty difficult to secure right now, players would probably have a better chance of getting the new Nintendo Switch OLED. However, it is worth noting that the Switch OLED may also be going in and out of stock due to the holiday rush. For the uninitiated, the Nintendo Switch OLED is the latest variant of the hybrid console that sports a bigger OLED screen, longer battery life, and bigger internal memory. Overall, it is the perfect gift for those who still do not have a Switch, though it would also work for players looking to upgrade to the OLED screen.
Gaming headphones remain one of the most popular video game accessories right now. However, with so many designs and colors to choose from, it could be challenging to select the perfect pair to give to a gamer friend or loved one. Luckily, Corsair and Razer are offering the best gaming headphones in the market right now. The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless Gaming Headset is equipped with Razer HyperSpeed Wireless technology that features a clear-sounding microphone and superior audio that delivers richer trebles, brighter sound, and powerful bass.
On the other hand, the Corsair HS70 provides players with exceptional comfort, superior sound quality, a fully detachable microphone, and a battery life of up to 16 hours. Equipped with 50mm neodymium speaker drivers, the Corsair HS70 delivers immersive audio and low-latency wireless performance.
Controllers and Accessories
Controllers are one of the most popular accessories for console players, especially with all the different colors and designs available right now. While there are a lot of third-party controllers in the market, PS5 and Xbox Series X/S players can't go wrong with the standard DualSense and Xbox Series X controllers. However, for Switch players who usually use their console docked, Power A offers the Enhanced Animal Crossing: New Horizons Wireless Controller, perfect for fans of the popular social simulation game.
SSD and External HDD
With games taking up tons of space with massive file sizes, players on the PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC would greatly benefit from an excellent SSD drive. The Samsung 980 Pro SSD is one of the most popular in the market right now, thanks to its solid performance that delivers read speeds of yo to 7,000 MB/s. However, those who prefer external hard drives can pick up either the Seagate Firecuda External Gaming Drive or the WD_Black P10 External Game Drive.
One of the best parts about being a PC gamer is the ability to choose just about every single component that goes into the setup. As a result, PC parts manufacturers currently offer a wide range of accessories and building kits that allow players to build their dream PC, such as the Origin PC Neuron Corsair 4000 D Airflow and the NZXT Pro BLD Kit. As far as gaming keyboards and mice are concerned, players couldn't go wrong with the Logitech G G915 TKL Keyboard and the Razer DeathAdder V2 Mouse, which are some of the most popular PC peripherals right now. But, of course, the perfect PC build would be nothing if the player isn't comfortable using it during long gaming sessions, which is why players should also take a look at SecretLab's latest gaming chair, the Titan Evo 2022.
Game subscriptions are probably one of the best gifts to give this holiday season since console players are probably looking to renew their gaming subscriptions on the PlayStation, Xbox, or Nintendo Switch. Currently, Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo are offering discounts on a 1-year subscription on the PS Plus, Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Game Pass, and Nintendo Switch Online.
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