36 Unique Gifts for Gamers – Retro-themed Gift Ideas for Nostalgic Game Lovers
Video games have advanced far from their early text-based days, like it or not, you can’t help but acknowledge that fact. However, while modern games seem to be more popular than ever, many long-time players recall those original systems that shaped the industry. If you’re looking for the best gifts for gamers, modern or old-school, it can often be tricky, especially when you don’t play yourself. For a nostalgic gamer in the modern world, only creative gifts full of vintage inspiration can really impress; whereas to a modern gamer, every second in a battle means life and death.
You can’t reload a gift giving opportunity, so it’s vital that the present you choose is a guaranteed win. Lucky for you, selecting the perfect present for the gamer in your life doesn’t need to play like a single player campaign. Power up your console, grab a controller, and prepare to face the best gifts for gamers this world has ever known, from mechanical keyboard to gaming routers, Nintendo to PC, beginner to pro, there’s sure to be something for all those avid gamers out there.
Best Gifts for Gamers
Playseat Evolution Racing Video Game Chair
The best games immerse you in an alternate reality more thrilling than our own. Immersion is easily broken when your gamer’s set-up is subpar, though. And more often than not, the world disrupts their intense gaming sessions. Help your loved one recapture the joy of losing themselves in another realm with the immersive Playseat, the ultimate addition to any racer’s game room. A comfortable chair that perfectly mimics the form of a race car’s driver’s seat, the Playseat evolution racing chair transports your loved one onto the track in the middle of the action, making every race an unforgettable drive. With included supports for a wheel, pedals, and all the console’s attachments, this is a gift to the senses that your gamer will love.
1/4 Sized Mini Arcade Cabinet
Not every gamer is on the hunt for an immersive experience when they load they’re favorite games. Reminiscent gamers with a soft spot for the early arcade days will adore the colorful 8-bit charm of the Pac-Man mini arcade, from the vintage exterior detailing down to the familiar old-fashioned game play. While you can’t bring your game lovers to the days of the Arcade, you can provide them a healthy dose of nostalgia that fits perfectly in their studio. Though only a 1/4 of the size of the original Pac-Man arcade machine, this gift certainly doesn’t skimp on the details, boasting a bright array of original artwork on high-quality wood and metal inside a pristine collectors box. The fun of visiting the arcade is irreplaceable, but quarter arcades are a heartfelt callback to days past.
Tactical Master Game Headsets
Where retro arcade game machines are ideal for the gamer of yesterday, James Donkey tactical headsets are designed to cater to the needs of the modern video game doyen, and those military fans. Soundproof headphones and a noise cancelling microphone make online co-op a breeze through improved communication capabilities, and Virtual 7.1 audio delivers unrivaled sound quality that makes every cutscene a work of art. And, with incredible ergonomic design, this headsets support your gamer through long gaming sessions and short, making them the go-to gift for gamer with a tendency to lose track of time.
Sega Miniature Game Gear
While the Switch and the Nintendo DS have been game-changers in terms of handheld gaming, many gamers still hold a fondness for the early consoles. Sega game gear is just the gift for gamers looking to re-experience these consoles past. While 8KB RAM and 160×144 pixel resolution hardly compare to the capabilities of Nintendo’s newest consoles, your loved ones eager for a nostalgia kick will appreciate the simplicity of this early handheld device. Whoever said a video game need consist of more than 32 colors? This mini console promises a fun, portable gaming experience like none your gamer has experienced for many decades now.
Hyperkin SmartBoy Mobile Device
One of the most iconic early consoles, the Game Boy is not an easy device to get your hands on. However, the ultimate gifts for gamers might not be this exact console; Instead, why not share with them the innovative Hyperkin SmartBoy? This clever device transforms most any modern Android phone into the classic Game Boy, only with improved modern graphics and no pesky batteries to charge. Thanks to its classic-style tactile button set and compatibility, gamers can relive the experience of playing on their beloved games without the cost or technical issues of acquiring the genuine artifact. Simply plug the accessory into the phone’s USB port, select a game from Google Play, and prepare for an afternoon of fun!
Schylling Pac-Man Lamp
A staple of the video game industry, Pac-Man has been winning hearts for decades. What gamer wouldn’t be thrilled to welcome this iconic character into their home? A nostalgic gift complete with retro Pac-Man sounds, this kawaii lamp is sure to be the light of your gamer’s house! With the included remote control, your loved one can set their yellow friend’s brightness levels and sounds, allowing them to customize his look for their own home needs. The retro arcade light requires no batteries to run, only a socket to plug into and family in need of some brightening up. If your gamer, young or old, has a spot in their heart for the spherical protagonist, this nostalgic Lamp is a gift that they won’t want to miss. Waka-waka-wakey-wakey!
Atari Retro Handheld Console
Consoles don’t get much more nostalgic than the old-school Atari. This updated, surprisingly affordable version of the classic Atari console is an obvious gift for the long-time gamer, but that certainly doesn’t make it any less of an amazing one. With 50 built-in classic games, including gems such as Asteroids, Centipede and Pong, Atari combines the fun of early gaming with the improved technology of modern day electronics. For gamers in search of a gateway to their youth, or for the younger gamer discovering the history behind their favorite pastime, look no further than the long-beloved Atari. Some grew up with Atari in hand and pixelated aliens to kill. Now, relive that glory.
Microsoft Pro Intellimouse
Modern video games are fast-paced and action-packed. When every second can mean the difference between life and death, there’s no time for your gamer to be fumbling with frustrating, non-responsive tech. Microsoft intellimouse is an essential piece of any serious gamer’s computer setup, providing a reliable upgraded experience as well as comfortable, ergonomic design. With two thumb buttons, a PixArt tracking sensor, and a functional middle click, the Intellimouse is suited for every endless gaming session and every late night online with the community. The efficient USB plug guarantees a reliable connection, always; Now, if only your beloved gamers could prove to be quite so reliable…
Playstation Controller Alarm Clock
Just as you wake up your controller to experience fictional lives, so too will the controller wake you up to experience yours. If the familiar beeping of an old alarm clock is haunting your resident gamer’s memories, then its time they upgraded to something a little more fun. The Playstation Alarm Clock is based on the classic DualShock 4 controller, featuring all of the original buttons that gamers have come to recognize. Just be sure to hold X to pay respects to their lie-in before you gift it to them – they deserve it.
Apple Watch Stand
Feeling nostalgic for the simplicity of the original Nintendo Gameboy? As far as consoles have come over the years, gamers worldwide continue to reminisce over the days of 8-bit adventuring. This clever charging station for your Apple Watch contrasts modern tech with vintage charm, much to the delight of 80’s gamer geeks. Its time to bring the Gameboy back into their lives
Gameboy Heat Changing Coffee Mug
Maybe your nostalgic gamer doesn’t have a need for an Apple Watch stand, but people can always benefit from a new mug. And this is no ordinary mug – this is color-changing Gameboy mug straight from Nintendo itself! Empty, the screen is dark, but fill the mug with a warm drink and you’ll be dropped in the middle of a classic Mario adventure. Innovative and retro, there’s nothing not to love about this memorable mug.
Logitech G Pro Gaming Headset
Outside distractions are the bane of a dedicated gamer. A noisy world can take you out of an engaging narrative or interrupt a vital boss battle, destroying the game’s entire atmosphere. If you’ve walked in on your friend’s gaming session one time too many, you can make up for it now. The Logitech G Pro Gaming Headset is a pair of high-quality headphones with a microphone capable of canceling outside noise. The headset is compatible with most gaming systems, ensuring that any gamer can benefit from the comfortable headphones and the crystal clear surround sound.
Gameboy Dry-Erase Whiteboard Refrigerator Magnets
Anyone can construct their own Gameboy! All you need are a few well-made magnets and an unadorned refrigerator, and soon you too can have a massive Gameboy in your kitchen. These ingenious refrigerator magnets are not only fantastic decorations for any gamer’s home, but they function as convenient dry-erase whiteboards. Whether you need a reminder of which ingredients to buy or just want a space to doodle while you cook, your Gameboy: Fridge has you covered. Now, this is how you keep your home cool!
Funny Gamer Socks
When you discover your favorite gamers kicked back, feet up, eyes glued to the screen, the chances are good that they’re caught up in the latest release. If this scene is at all familiar to you, there are no better gifts for your gamers than these comical socks. Now your loved one will never be bothered by unwanted visitors or talkative guests – they’re socks can do all the talking for them. These gamer socks are a comfortable blend of cotton, polyester, and elastane, guaranteeing a comfortable fit for even the longest gaming sessions.
Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
Not everyone appreciated Nintendo’s innovative approach to the design of the Switch’s controllers. Fortunately, for those who never felt comfortable wielding the 2 separate parts, Nintendo has brought out a much more classic controller design for their new system. The Controller is completely compatible with Switch games and has a bonus feature as well: built-in amiibo functionality. Know any long-time gamers who never took to the Switch? This controller may be the thing that changes their mind.
Switch Protective Case
The Switch is marketed as a portable game system, but on its own, it’s not the easiest device to carry about. The console is too big to simply carry about, and throwing it into a purse or backpack risks damaging the screen. For serious gamers, this presents a major issue – is it worth damaging the console for the sake of portability? With the Switch Case, there is no longer a need for concern. Neatly pack away the console, controllers and your collection of games. With plenty of pockets and a handle for easy carrying, your Switch can really travel as far as you do.
Nintendo Entertainment System
We’ve discussed how gamers tend to reminisce over older systems. If your favorite gamer longs for more than just the memory of those beloved consoles of yore, the Nintendo Entertainment System (a.k.a. the NES!) can find a home next to their TV once more. The classic NES comes pre-loaded with dozens of retro games to relive. A true blast from the past, many modern gamers will be thrilled to revisit the console where their love began.
Ring Fit Adventure
While the WiiFit was definitely the butt of several jokes in its day, it truthfully was an entertaining method of promoting healthy living, especially to children. As gaming technology has continued to evolve, its no surprise that Nintendo has revisited this concept of fitness gaming for the Switch. Motion-sensing technology complements the physical obstacles you’ll encounter on your journey through this fictional world perfectly, making for an overall fun and engaging workout.
Blue Light Blocking Gaming Glasses
So many gamers share the experience of playing into the early hours of the morning that it become a permanent fixture of the gamer stereotype. Staring at screens for extended periods though, particularly as the sun sets, can wreak havoc on your optic system. Monitors dry out and strain your eyes, causing discomfort, insomnia and potentially irreversible damage to your peepers. The Game Glasses can mitigate these harmful effects by blocking the harmful blue rays of your screen. So if you can’t convince your friends to take a break once night descends, at least do their eyes a favor with some stylish protection.
Skull Gamer Sitting on Cushion
Ever get so caught up in a game that you forget to sleep? To eat? To even pause for a trip to the bathroom? A serious gamer is almost like the walking dead, existing without the need for sustenance or sunlight. There’s no need to judge; celebrate your loved one’s near-undead existence with this adorable skeletal gamer! He’s incredibly charming – more Grim Fandango than straight-up grim – and sure to get a laugh from anyone who ever shouted, “Just one more level!”
Handheld Retro Game Console Phone Case
This console themed phone case is a perfect gift for those retro gamers out there. Shaped like a Game Boy Color, this protective case comes in a choice of black or white and offers a selection of different sizes. However, not only does it keep your phone safe, but it also comes preloaded with 36 retro games—that’s right, it also doubles up as a portable console. From Super Mario brothers to Donkey Kong, there’s sure to be something for everyone.
One-Handed RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
If you’re looking for a practical gift then this one-handed mechanical keyboard is ideal for those gaming enthusiasts. This portable keyboard is great for those who find themselves traveling often, and it also comes equipped with seven programmable macro keys, allowing them to save time during those long gaming sessions. For those night owls out there, the keyboard is also fully backlit too and comes with a detachable wrist rest for comfort. If you’re struggling for ideas then this gift makes an excellent choice, and they’re guaranteed to get plenty of use from it.
Ghost Table Lamp - Change Colors to Music
Know any gamers who are afraid of the dark? This Pac-Man themed light is another great idea for those retro video game fans. This neat little present can shift between 16 different colors and is perfect for bedtime, but that’s not the only thing it can do. For all those party animals out there, the light also comes equipped with a “party mode” that reacts to whatever music you’re listening to. Setting the light up is as easy as plugging it into a laptop using the provided USB cable.
Worlds Okayest Brother Shirt
If you happen to have any siblings then this “World’s Okayest Brother” T-Shirt is a hilarious stocking filler. With a range of different sizes, this shirt also comes in a variety of colors including Green, Black, Brown, and Navy. The shirt is made from a comfortable cotton-polyester blend and your sibling is guaranteed to get plenty of use from it. The same company also sells a range of gaming-related T-shirts for all those geeks in your family.
Nintendo Switch Lite
This Nintendo Switch Lite is an ideal gift for gamers in your family and is guaranteed to put a smile on their faces no matter how old they are. This console is perfect if you want the portability of a switch but don’t want to break the bank. The console is small enough to fit in a bag or coat pocket making it ideal for all those gamers on the go, and you can also upgrade with a 128gb memory card giving them plenty of space for their favorite games and apps.
Big Joe Dorm Bean Bag Chair for Gamers
As most gamers will know, sitting on an uncomfortable chair for hours on end can be a real pain. Treat your family and friends with this comfy bean bag chair. There’s even a built-in pocket that is perfect for stashing their game guides and a drinks holder for when they get thirsty. As a bonus, the chair also comes with a carry handle and is portable, perfect for playing video games anywhere in the house, The default chair comes in black, but you can also opt for a range of colors including blue and lime.
Nintendo Switch with Gray Joy‑Con
If you have a friend that wants to upgrade from the Switch Lite, then the classic Switch console is a great idea. Unlike the Switch Lite, this model comes with HDMI capability meaning you can easily plug it into your TV and play with friends. Besides, it also comes with a dock and a pair of wireless Joycon controllers which can be used with family while gaming. With a battery life of around nine hours, you’ll easily be able to get a day’s use of it while out and about, and it’s a great gift for gamers of all ages.
Mario Odyssey Cosplay Hat
Whether they’re young or old, the one thing we can all agree on is that everybody loves Mario. This Super Mario Odessy themed hat is a perfect present for those younger gamers in your family. This stylish cap comes in one-size-fits-all so it should fit kids of all ages, and it makes a great gift when paired with a retro game consoler or similar products. This accessory is officially licensed by Nintendo so you can rest assured that it’ll be made from quality materials, and it could even make a great costume idea for Halloween.
Retro Cube Bluetooth Speaker
If you know any gaming enthusiasts who also love music then this retro cube speaker is a brilliant gift idea. Shaped like a classic gamepad, this speaker is perfect for listening to music around the home. The portable design means it can easily fit inside a bag for those long trips too, and with a battery life of around eight hours, they’ll be able to use it all day long. You can also connect it to a mobile device so they can use it with their favorite apps and mobile games.
Minecraft Light-Up Wall Torch
This officially licensed Minecraft wall torch is a perfect gift for younger gamers (or even grown-up fans of Minecraft.) The torch can easily sit upright on a table and be used as a nightlight, or you can hang it on the wall and show off to friends. This nifty little gift is also officially licensed by Minecraft and makes a great collectible for avid fans of the game. (Just be warned, these torches won’t help much when it comes to scaring monsters away in real life.)
Gaming Mouse & Wireless Charging System
Owning a wireless mouse is far more convenient than their traditional counterparts, however, as every gamer will know running out of battery midway through a match can be a nightmare. Surprise your friends this year with this gaming mouse and wireless charging system. The continuous charging technology means that they’ll never have to fumble for a pack of batteries again, so they’ll be able to game all day without any interruptions. As a bonus, the included mouse is also specifically designed for gamers meaning they can always play at their best.
HDMI Switch Splitter
This HDMI switch makes a great gift for gamers who own multiple consoles. This nifty little gadget can be set up in seconds and allows you to switch between sources on TVs with only a single input. This is especially useful for those who own a computer or laptop and need to quickly switch from their video game console. This splitter can also be used both ways, meaning it can be used to easily link a laptop to two separate monitors, perfect for multitasking while gaming.
Playstation Metal Drink Coasters
There are three things every gamer needs for an all-night gaming session: food, drinks, and a great game, but with gaming consoles and PCs costing hundreds to thousands of dollars, it has become important to make sure their systems are safe. Perfect for protecting tables, floors, or any other flat surface where they might place a drink, these metal cork-backed coasters will ensure their gaming experience is uninterrupted by condensation concerns. Depicting the triangle, square, circle, and X that have adorned PlayStation controllers since the classic console’s creation, these high-quality coasters make for unique gifts for gamers by adding a cool touch to any entertainment space.
Mini Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard Controller for Gamers
This innovative wireless controller has been designed for entertainment aficionados, world travelers, and gamers, alike. With the ability to connect wirelessly through Bluetooth, they can enjoy streaming their favorite YouTube pro gamer or play any number of games through their tablet, laptop, or mobile device. The QWERTY keyboard will make the tedious typing of console controllers a thing of the past, while the touchpad will allow for far greater control in and out of their newest game. And as an added bonus, the controller has been developed with backlighting for use in low-light areas, or night time gaming.
Deal with It Glasses
There’s no need for them to argue or fight when they can be wearing glasses that say it all. With UV protection, a protective case, and see-through lenses, these Deal With It Glasses offer all the benefits of regular sunglasses while adding an edge and attitude that will have everyone fawning over them. The classic video game design of these unique glasses will show off their love of gaming and be great for flaunting their unique charms, making it one of the best gifts for gamers on this list.
Playstation Icons Light - Music Reactive Game Room Lighting
Since Sony’s first console stole the show from Nintendo, the PlayStation has been a fan-favorite gift of all console gamers. The PlayStation icons light is perfect to help them show their support for one of the best gaming systems in the world with the funny shapes that have adorned every PlayStation controller since the PS1. Powered by battery or micro USB, this stunning light gives vibrancy to any room but looks best sharing a space with the console that it celebrates.
“Level Complete” Gamer Bowl
Game night isn’t really game night without something hot, greasy, and a little unhealthy to eat. No matter what delicious treat has been prepared, they will always be ready to dive in with this uniquely designed Gamer Bowl. The handles on either side of the bowl mimic the controller design of the popular consoles, helping them keep their fingers practiced even while they are eating. The sleek black bowl is a funny gift for gamers to use, no matter their age, and will look amazing among their other video game paraphernalia.
Super Mario Brothers Question Block Night Light
Featuring one of the most iconic symbols of the gaming industry, the Question Block Night Light has been designed to bring Mario’s world to life. Sitting on their night table, this funny light is powered by a micro USB cable or batteries. As it lights up the room, they can give it a smack and the question block will bring the experience of Nintendo’s most successful game rushing back to them as it emits familiar sounds that any retro gamer will recognize.
Nintendo Retro NES Controller Throw Blanket
Don’t let their feet get cold while they settle in for a long, winter’s day of gaming. The Nintendo Controller Throw Blanket will remind the gamers of a simpler gaming experience while keeping them warm and toasty during even the most arduous of battles. When they aren’t using it, they can toss it on their favorite chair, or let it lay on top of their bed to add a unique aesthetic to any bedroom or entertainment area. The black throw blanket features the original Nintendo controller design in all its retro glory, making this the perfect gift for game lovers.
Nintendo Super Mario Bros Lamp
The Super Mario Bros Lamp is a gift made for retro gamers. Whether they keep their reflexes sharp with a daily dose of Mario and Luigi, or their passion is kept alive with collectibles and unique decor, this lamp is sure to please. The lamp is operated using a classic Nintendo controller and features a classic scene from the iconic game. It will illuminate the gamers’ room while adding a touch of retro gaming chic to any space.
Retro Mini Arcade
As soon as they glimpse the Mini Arcade, those days waiting in line for their favorite video game at the local arcade will no longer be simple nostalgia. With the Mini Arcade, the gamers can carry the entire arcade and more. The miniature console fits in the palm of their hand and has been loaded with 200 retro games. They can take the Mini Arcade on the road, with long-lasting double-A batteries for non-stop gameplay, or bring it to the office where they are sure to share the fun with coworkers and game lovers who still long for those bygone days.
The Oregon Trail Handheld Game
Check the water, salt the food, and hope they don’t die of dysentery. The long-remembered, classic computer game is now available on its very own handheld device. The Oregon Trail has challenged classic game lovers for almost as long as video games have been in the spotlight, and now it has returned to guide the future of gaming through the perilous plights faced by the pioneers long ago. They will hold the power to shape the New World in their hands with this return to the American frontier.
Official Google Cardboard
The Official Google Cardboard VR Viewer allows gamers to immerse themselves in breathtaking virtual reality worlds without breaking the bank. Compatible with most smartphones, the Google Cardboard VR Viewer will bring their favorite game to life, breathing new energy into old games and enhancing the experience of new ones. And if they need a break between rounds, they can enjoy any number of virtual reality videos, all made capable by Google’s inexpensive design.
CopperJoint Fingerless Compression Gloves for Gamers
Aching joints and sore digits can cut the game time short, but using these Pain Relief Gloves they can hit ‘continue’ as many times as they want. Copper Joint gloves are infused with copper that both aids in the support of your wrists, hands, and forearms, while copper ions within the fabric work to stimulate oxygen delivery to their weary muscles. Perfect gift for professional streamers who are required to play for hours on end, as they switch between gaming and chatting with their viewers.