As we all know, the holidays will be here before you know it. With less than a month to go, you need to get the gamer or tech-enthusiast the perfect gift and fast. Luckily, New Gamer Nation has compiled a short list of our favorite gaming tech to make sure that when the time comes to exchange presents, you’ll see nothing but satisfied smiling faces.
If you are trying to do some holiday shopping on the cheap take a look at some of these options.
Check out the review link above for a more detailed look at this piece of tech, however this little package provides a ton of gaming fun for a low price. It connects to most Bluetooth enabled devices and makes playing board games fun again on a digital platform. New software is coming out all the time and new licensing deals are in the works. Within no time, you’ll see this device with your favorite board games everywhere.
Get it: If they love board games or if you take road trips
Skip it: If you’d rather stick to the real deal
Always out and about with your cell phone, tablet, or portable gaming device and running out of juice? The myCharge AMP 6000XT is a rugged power bank with a 6000 mAh lithium polymer battery that can charge three things at once via USB. Easily recharge it by plugging it into a wall outlet and in about 4.5 hours its fully charged again. The unit is encased in rubber to keep it safe from being dropped, splashed, and lots of dirt or dust. Throw it in your bag, take it on a plane, wonder the woods during the zombie apocalypse, and don’t worry about running out of power for a while.
Get it: If you constantly find yourself needing to charge your devices, especially in harsher environments.
Skip it: If you find yourself never away from a power outlet.
$100 to $200
If a mid-range gift is in your loved one’s future, check out these options for possible gift ideas.
If you are looking for something a bit different, but something very versatile, look no further than the Sphero 2.0. There is a lot to love with this little sphere including its ability to played with in a number of new and exciting ways. There are several games designed to use the Sphero as a Bluetooth controller, however, there is always the radio-controlled elements which make the Sphero that much more fun to play with. To top it all off, the retail packaging comes with a few different ramps to perform some awesome tricks on. If you want something that is going to deliver some bang for your buck, consider the Sphero.
Get it: If they love radio controlled devices, party games or are into unique tech. Younger children may also enjoy this device for the RC elements provided.
Skip it: If they are hardcore gamers
Most gamers don’t always think about Plantronics when they are chosing their gaming peripherals, but they are sorely mistaken for not doing so. This year, Plantronics released a very cool headset that allows you to play game and talk on your phone at the same time. The RIG includes a specialized module that allows you to plug-in your phone and switch between gaming or talking on the fly. The module also lets you mix the two together and adjust each level independently. This is a cutting edge idea and if you love a gamer out there, this is a great gift to consider.
Get it: If you want new, exciting features that just aren’t found in other models
Skip it: If you don’t game long enough to miss a few phone calls.
Logitech has been a staple in gaming for a very long time and naturally they should have several new products that would be great for the gamer in your life. We particularly liked this headset from Logitech because it featured wireless functionality, a great range and low-cost to form a very solid gaming headset. Unfortunately, this headset is only for the PC gamers out there, but if your PC gamer needs some equipment this holiday season, take a look at the Logitech G930, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Get it: For an inexpensive entry into the wireless headset market.
Skip it: If you are looking for a device that works on more than just one platform
$200 to $300
If you want something more flashy and more functional, look at some of our favorites from this year.
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX (MSRP $229) – Buy it here.
The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX is a great tablet at an affordable price. If you are looking for a device that is flexible and fun, look no further than the Fire HDX. This table is capable of playing HD movies or running the latest games which is sure to please just about any electronics connoisseur. While other options in this category can go higher than $350, this tablet hit the sweet spot at under $250 which makes it irresistible. If you have a gamer in your family or just someone who loves technology, get them the Kindle Fire HDX, they will be sure to love it.
Get it: If you are shopping for someone who loves technology or games
Skip it: If you are not a fan of Amazon or already have a tablet.
If you have a hardcore gamer to shop for, this headset is the perfect gift for them. It provides an amazing balance of sound quality, customization and flexibility. You can use this headset with the Xbox 360, PS3, PC or any other multitude of devices. It is one of the finest headsets we’ve had the pleasure of reviewing and we know that any gamer is going to love this headset as much as we did. All gamers know that a good headset is extremely important to their performance, so why not help them, help themselves by giving them the ultimate piece of gaming audio tech with the XP Seven.
Get it: If you are shopping for a hardcore gamer
Skip it: If they are moving on to the next generation of gaming
$300 and Above
If you want the ultimate gift and money is no object, these gift ideas are guaranteed to make a splash.
Arguably, one of the best headsets we’ve ever looked at and definitely the best headset you can buy for the Mac. With a stylish look, amazing high-end features and great wireless connectivity, the i60 has it all. This is a PC/Mac exclusive headset but it performs on another level and is truly something unique. Especially, if you are into movies and you want a true DTS experience, this headset is the only one that can do it. If you want to make a splash, get this headset and your gamer will have a great holiday season.
Buy it: If you are into movies, games or any other interactive media. Especially buy it if you have a Mac.
Skip it: If you plan to use it with a PC. It isn’t a bad purchase for the PC, but some of the features are Mac exclusive.
PlayStation 4 or Xbox One (MSRP $399.99 / $499.99 respectively)
The next generation of gaming is here and just in time for the upcoming holiday. If you want to make your gamer squeal with glee, getting them the next generation console is definitely the way to go. However, which console is for them depends on a number of factors and this choice can be an incredibly personal decision. However, to get the one that best suits them, go with the brand they play with now. Chances are they will carry that loyalty to the next generation. No matter how you slice it, this is definitely the ultimate gaming gift this year. Parents be warned, these consoles are not easy to get and Microsoft has already announced that holiday stock is limited. Sony parents will have an easier time getting the console since Sony has announced that holiday stocks are still in good supply. Either way, pound that pavement and good luck!