Most people have at least one hardcore gamer in their life. Whether they’re a poker guru who preps non-stop for the next tournament or a League of Legends Top Lander for a local eSports team, they’re often dedicated and passionate about their chosen game.
This can make gifting for a dedicated gamer difficult. After all, there’s incredible variety and nuance in every gaming circle, which often includes further niche interests. And then there’s the technological aspect, as the most popular titles today are played online.
There are various platforms and subscriptions, and a new rollout of hardware each year to keep up with. However, it’s often difficult to gauge how evolved a gamer’s tech setup is, which new game would be a good fit for them, and what sort of equipment they’d actually use.
Despite this, there are a few tricks that make it easier to find a unique and useful gift for the gamer in your life while saving money—even if you have no experience with any type of gaming. Keep reading for four helpful tips suitable for a range of gamers.
Vouchers & Prepaid Cards for iGamers
As one of the most popular forms of gaming, giving a voucher or prepaid card that can be used at an online casino is a great option for iGamers. Though not every company will offer a top-up voucher for online play, more brands are pivoting to let their loyal users share the love.
If a voucher isn’t available, then keep a lookout for a prepaid card. These can often be used for any type of game, from blackjack to roulette to poker. They’re also popular for slots players; given most sites have dozens of available titles to choose from, a voucher will go a long way towards providing hours of entertainment and introducing someone to new releases.
Team Merch for eSports Fanatics
For the uninitiated, gifting for an eSports fan can be incredible difficult. There are dozens of active leagues around the world for various titles, as well as popular teams and players that often vary on a regional level. As such, branded merchandise is a simple and memorable gift that any eSports fan will appreciate.
Just ask a few questions to hammer down which leagues, teams, and/or players a gamer likes, then head online. Today, most teams like fnatic and G2 Esports have their own co-sponsored retail lines, often with big name brands from Adidas to Gucci. Those with a tighter budget can always opt for a simpler item; most larger chain stores now have an eSports retail section.
Options for Valve’s Steam
For those who don’t know anything about gaming, Steam is an application that distributes various gaming titles, provides updates, allows in-game private chats for players, hosts cloud storage, and more. In the last five years, it’s become an invaluable aspect of gaming.
It’s particularly relevant for PC gamers, rather than Xbox or PlayStation users. Around 75% of all PC gamers are already using Steam. Given its free to download, one giftable element is a pre-paid Steam Card. These allow users to make in-app or in-game purchases when they play titles through Steam. They can be purchased online or at a local gaming retailer.
Play Up Nostalgia
One of the easiest categories to gift in is nostalgia. Though some old games and equipment can be quite pricey, the idea behind nostalgia is to play on the fond memories someone has—even if it’s just through a decorated mug. Those who have a bit of background knowledge to work with can easily draw on a gamer’s first passion to build a great gift.
Today, most nostalgia is geared toward arcade games and early Nintendo and Sega titles stretching from the 1970s to the 1990s. These cover games from Pac-Man to Zelda, from The Oregon Trail to DOOM.
However, the early 2000s are quickly coming into focus as a unique period in gaming that helped launch eSports. Things like the second disc in Final Fantasy VIII or even a copy of the old Official Xbox Magazine will bring back fond memories, and can be found online or adapted into other gifts.