Christmas is almost here! Have a gamer in your life? Maybe it’s your kid, a family member, a friend, or even a significant other. While most gamers already have the console or PC gaming setup of their dream, there are still plenty of great opportunities to wow that gamer in your life with a new gaming phone, a classic gaming console, or a new tablet.
With that in mind, we’ve made a short list of just a few less conventional gaming gift ideas you might want to consider putting on the tree. Let’s jump right in shall we?
Give the gift of a gaming phone
Asus ROG Phone
If you’re looking to pick up a gaming phone for that special someone, you’ll certainly want to give the Asus ROG Phone a look. Awarded as the best gaming phone by Android Authority, the ROG Phone packs a ton of power under the hood. There’s an overclocked Snapdragon 845 processor, a 6-inch AMOLED 2,160 x 1,080 display with a 90Hz refresh rate, 8GB of RAM, either 128GB or 512GB of onboard storage, and a 4,000mAh battery. Look for a dual 12MP and 8MP rear camera setup on this gaming phone, along with an 8MP front-facing camera and dual speakers on the front.
The phone also features three AirTrigger ultrasonic touch sensors to serve as shoulder triggers when holding the phone in landscape. The phone also offers tons of unique accessories from an external fan to a game pad attachment and much more. There are few gaming phones more featured pack than this one. Period.
Razer Phone 2
Not into the ROG? The all-new Razer Phone 2 is another great phone choice for gamers. The 120hz refresh rate for the phone’s display is great for gaming as well as the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and leading in class stereo speakers.
It also has 64GB of onboard storage, 8GB of RAM, a large 4,000 mAh battery, and a 5.72-inch screen. The Ultra Motion Technology in the phone lets you play your favorite games at a smooth speed without any lags. So don’t keep those PUBG sessions waiting any longer.
Get a tablet for that mobile gamer in your life
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
Third on the list is the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3. With a 10/10 visual experience and fantastic sound coming through four built-in speakers, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is the best budget-friendly option for gamers.
The Snapdragon 820 processor exceeds CPU and GPU performance expectations. Vulkan graphics take gaming to another level and the HDR video support turns the scene into reality. The Galaxy game launcher in the Galaxy Tab S3 offers a power saver mode, along with a way to mute games.
Amazon Fire HD 8
Adding to your budget-friendly options, the Amazon Fire HD 8 offers a super gaming experience. The vibrant 8 inch HD display, 1.5 GB of RAM and Dolby Audio sound support make the Amazon Fire 8 a fan favorite. The MediaTek processor inside the tablet is just as good as the SnapDragon software. With 32GB of internal storage and 400GB or expandable storage, the device definitely worth your money.
Give the gift of retro gaming
The PlayStation Classic is definitely a dream gift for gamers. It is a remodeled version of the original PlayStation console. Available in a smaller size than the 1994 model, it comes with an HDMI cable, two wired controllers, and a virtual memory card. The PlayStation Classic comes with 20 pre-installed games such as Wild Arms, Jumping Flash, TEKKEN 3, Final Fantasy VII, Ridge Racer Type 4 and several more. Based on early reviews, the actual emulation experience is a mixed bag so hardcore PS fans might have a few issues with performance, but it’s still a heck of a gift for those want a nice healthy dose of mid-90s nostalgia.
A mini version of the original Nintendo Entertainment System, the NES Classic can be plugged into your TV and controlled by the grey controller available with the set. However, you might want to get this console now, as Nintendo has confirmed it has stopped production of the NES Classic in the US, which means once the units currently on sale have been bought, that’s it for this console.
Retro gamers have been waiting impatiently for the new SNES Classic. It reminds old-school gamers of the 1990s when the original home console was released. The only difference is that this one is smaller in size. The SNES Classic comes with two controllers, making it possible to play the legendary 2-player games just like back in the 90s. In addition to the 20 SNES games bundled with the console, it also features a new game, Star Fox 2. Like the NES Classic, the SNES Classic has also stopped its production run in the US, so you might want to get one for your gamer while you still can.
Know someone without a gaming console?
While this list was mostly about unique gifts for gamers that might not immediately come to mind, if you know someone who loves gaming but is without a modern gaming console we highly recommend the Nintendo Switch. It’s a near perfect blend of portability and home gaming and one of the most successful Nintendo game consoles in a while.