8 affordable gifts for the PC gamer in your life
With the holiday season upon us, how about these great gifts for the PC gamer in your life?
PC gaming continues to grow in popularity as it becomes more accessible to more people. From the very young to the very old and everyone in between, all can enjoy PC gaming in some capacity. If you're looking to bring a smile to the face of your favorite PC gamer this holiday season, why not take a look at this little lot!
Xbox Game Pass gives you access to over a hundred games for one monthly fee. It's the easiest way to start playing games for a small amount upfront. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate also adds Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass for PC to the package so you can play online with your friends and on the console as well as PC.
UnaMela 80 In 1 Professional Computer Repair Tool Kit
If the gamer in your life is a true PC owner, they'll want to pop inside their rig every now and then to perform some upgrades. This 80 in 1 toolkit is just what they need with all the essentials for taking apart the chassis, installing upgrades, or even starting from scratch with a new build.
The new controllers from Microsoft for Xbox Series S|X are amazing. They're also fully compatible with Windows 10 out-the-box, so you can play your favorite games on PC using a console controller. Some prefer this over a mouse and keyboard, and I've often found times where a controller is a better experience.
Gamer Insulated Stainless Steel Tumbler
There can be times when you're so focused on the game you're playing that you simply forget there's a hot drink sat right next to you. No one enjoys a lukewarm brew, which is where this insulated stainless steel tumbler comes into play. It'll help keep any hot beverage warm for longer, allowing you to better focus on losing yourself in a virtual world.
A good headset is essential in any setup, so why not help your favorite gamer get an upgrade with the superb Arctis 1 by SteelSeries. Well made, extremely comfortable, and very well priced, it's perfect for PC and console. It has a removable microphone, allowing you to enjoy a clutter-free audio experience when not yelling at teammates.
A good mouse is what every PC gamer needs, and there are a heap to choose from. The Razer Viper strikes a great balance between features, build quality, and price. There are a great sensor, programmable buttons, and a range of DPI settings to choose from, not to mention RGB lighting.
G Fuel is fuel for gamers, and you can find it everywhere within the esports industry. Streamers, pro gamers, and even amateurs can be seen enjoying the caffeine-enriched beverage. It's full of caffeine to keep you awake during long gaming sessions and doesn't come with much of the bloat found in canned drinks from the store.
No one wants to throw their headphones atop of their PC or on the desk when not in use. A headphones mount like the NZXT Puck is a great way to keep these cans out of the way. It's sturdy, utilizes magnets to hold against your desk legs or PC case, and can even be split into two smaller mounts.
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It's important to find out what's required by the PC gamer for whom you wish to purchase a gift. They may have recently bought a new monitor, mouse, keyboard, or even some GFuel. If we were to make a recommendation, it would be Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. There are simply so many games to play through for such a small monthly cost.
I'd steer clear of internal component upgrades like processors and graphics cards unless your budget can stretch to cover the cost. It can also be a personal choice, attempting to match up the GPU design to match the chassis or pick the right processor for the installed motherboard. Accessories and services we've highlighted here are a safer bet.
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.