We’ve not exactly been spoilt for choice for things throughout 2021, as stock shortages dampen the holiday spirit, but that doesn’t mean you have to pay scalper prices to fill stockings to the brim. In fact, there are plenty of PC gamer gifts under $100, there’s 30% off Yeelight RGB lights, and sure enough, there are plenty of peripherals, card games, and software that would make a perfect gift for you or a friend.
Whether you’re looking for some Christmas gaming gifts for a loved one, someone that you can barely tolerate, or just need some seasonal motivation to treat yourself, we’ve assembled a roundup of the best gifts for PC gamers. Obviously, you’ll find a little mix of everything, from pocket-sized computers and gorgeous art books, to new board games, hardware, and peripherals in case there’s someone in your life whose setup needs some sprucing up.
We’re also aware that some may want to invest their time away from their rig during the festive break, so expect some game-adjacent goodies in our gift guide, too.
Trust us, there’s something in here for everyone.
SteelSeries Aerox 3 gaming mouse
Ultra-light gaming mice aren’t just in fashion, they’re crucial in giving you or your teammates a competitive edge as you flick between your enemies with lightning-fast reflexes. The SteelSeries Aerox 3 is just 57g, and with smooth PTFE skates on the bottom, it’ll feel like a cloud as it glides across your mouse pad seamlessly.
It’s the honeycomb cutouts that make it so lean, but you don’t need to worry about breaking it with an accidental spill, as it’s treated for water and dust resistance. Better yet, you can save around 46% on Amazon if you don’t mind receiving it after Christmas – sounds like a perfect treat for yourself.
A VPN subscription
A virtual private network might not seem like the most intimate gift, but it opens up a world of possibilities for the recipient, such as unblocking Netflix and other streaming services. This grants access to a wealth of otherwise inaccessible movies and TV shows from other countries, and soon-to-be games in Netflix’s case.
NordVPN is the service we’d recommend, since it offers great value for money by unblocking several services and currently chops 72% off its two-year plan for Christmas.
SteelSeries Prism pudding keycaps
Buying clothes for someone is always hit and miss, especially as you run the risk of getting the wrong size or completely misjudging their style. The SteelSeries Prism pudding keycaps don’t suffer from this because they fit on most gaming keyboards out there and /always/ look stylish – even more so if they’re paired with RGB lighting to shine through the translucent body.
Sure, they’re priced just below the best gaming keyboard on a budget, but you get a full set and they’re made of high-quality double shot PBT, which essentially means they’re durable and a joy to click. These are the perfect stocking fillers and sure to revitalise any setup.
Magic the Gathering x Dungeons and Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms
Collectible card game enthusiasts and general fantasy fans rejoice! Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons and Dragons have finally come together for a crossover game called Adventures in the Forgotten Realms, which essentially blends Magic rules with D&D settings, characters, and mechanics.
This gift bundle includes ten booster packs, one collector booster pack full of foils and rare cards, a special d20 die, foil card storage box, and more. And if this doesn’t interest you, there are plenty of Dungeons and Dragons gifts for Christmas you can browse over on Wargamer.
Razer Kishi controller
PC gaming will always be our true love, but few can deny the appeal of mobile gaming. With the quality bar for mobile games continuing to rise over recent years there’s never been a better time to start gaming on your phone, and a dedicated controller is a great way to start if you’re not comfortable using touch screen controls.
The Razer Kishi is arguably the best and most robust solution, offering proper analogue sticks, bumpers, a D-pad, and face buttons so you can refine your aim even on mobile.
Sid Meier’s Memoir!
One of the most famous game designers in PC gaming history has finally penned an autobiography detailing his four-decade career creating strategy games, 4X games, and more. Even if you’re not a dedicated Civilization player, this is a superb insight into the early days of the industry, what makes good game design, and the psychology that drives most gamers.
Art of Doom
Doom Eternal was one of our favourite games of 2020 – despite the atrocious Marauder – and while the cover of this art book might not be appropriate for the average coffee table, much like Doomguy, we’re more interested in its fleshy innards. Expect gorgeous glossy pages filled with countless concepts, plenty of lore, and glimpses into the design process.
World of Cyberpunk 2077
With Cyberpunk 2077 being set 57 years later than the world of tabletop RPG that spawned it, there’s a lot of history to catch up on. World of Cyberpunk 2077 aims to catch you up all that history, guiding you through the tech, culture, politics, and landmarks of Night City.
Razer Base Station V2 Chroma headset stand
What’s the point of sinking your money into the best gaming headset if you’ve got nowhere to store it? The Razer Base Station V2 Chroma stand is sturdier and flashier than most, an aluminium finish and RGB lighting on the base so you can proudly put your headset on display.
Even the cleanest cable management can be undone by an errant headphone lead, so a stand is a great way to tidy things up.
Cleaning Gel Universal Dust Cleaner for PC Keyboard
Let’s face it: gaming keyboards are disgusting and cleaning them is so impractical barely any PC gamers ever do it. Enter cleaning gel, a wad of putty you can slap down on your keyboard and peel away revealing just how much muck has crept between the gaps in the years since you last tried to clean it.
Whether you’re after a constantly expanding library of free games, want a better viewing experience on Twitch, or like regular loot drops for some of the biggest games around a Prime Gaming subscription is stuffed with benefits for any PC gamer.
Buying all of Ubisoft’s new releases like Immortal Fenyx Rising, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and Watch Dogs Legion is going to be pretty expensive, but with a monthly Ubisoft+ subscription you can get access to all of them, plus over 100 other Ubisoft games.