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Finding gift ideas for video game enthusiasts can be a daunting task. Actual video games and gaming accessories are tough to guess, especially if you're not sure what games or game systems your giftee already has. And sure, gift cards are always an option, but unless you really don't know the person you're shopping for, it's always worth the effort to find that perfect gift. These unique gifts for gamers are high quality, functional, can't-miss gifts for almost anyone who has even a casual interest in video games or gaming culture. From the the Atari to the Nintendo Switch, this list has you covered.
Halo Spartan Softshell Jacket
There are a plethora of clothing items inspired by video games in stores across the internet, so they are rarely a good choice if you're in the market for gifts for gamers. This Halo Spartan Softshell Jacket, however, is a notable exception. Whereas most video game hoodies and jackets are gaudily-designed and poorly constructed from cheap materials, this high quality jacket features tasteful homages to Master Chief's MJOLNIR armor and a small UNSC symbol on the left chest pocket. Practical features such as numerous pockets and adjustable wrist cuffs make this officially-licensed Halo Spartan Softshell Jacket the perfect gift for any fan of the Halo series.
Fallout Pip-Boy Auto Mat Set
This useful but subtle Fallout Pip-Boy Auto Mat Set is one of the most unique gifts for gamers I've ever seen. Auto mats are one accessory that often go overlooked. I mean, when's the last time you changed the mats in your car? These auto mats feature iconic images from the Fallout games, including the Fallout logo and the Fallout mascot, Vault Boy. These mats are also high quality, and will last in your loved one's car for years to come while maintaining their tasteful Fallout-themed design.
Super Mario Day 2017 1000pc Puzzle
No list of unique presents for gamers is complete without something related to the greatest video game franchise of all time. This Super Mario Day 2017 1000pc Puzzle is the perfect gift for hobbyists and video game enthusiasts alike, featuring a great image of the titular hero that can be framed upon completion. The high piece count and one-note red background make finishing this puzzle a task as daunting as Wendy's Castle, but it's the perfect excuse to take a break from the console.
Zelda Breath of the Wild Robe
If your Legend of Zelda-loving friend is a particular fan of the series's latest Nintendo Switch release, Breath of the Wild, which was 2017's game of the year, this robe is the perfect gift for them. The Zelda Breath of the Wild Robe is modeled after Link's iconic outfit and is decorated with imagery from the game, such as the master sword and the Sheikah symbol. There are a lot of gifts for gamers that end up not being used because of their impracticality, but a comfortable robe like this can be used throughout the year, whether it's to dry off after a shower or to keep warm in the dead of winter.
Atari Black Katakana Backpack
Backpacks are an indispensable piece of everyday equipment, especially for students, but they don't usually make for the most unique gifts for gamers. A lot of gaming backpacks end up looking looking the same, with ugly or inaccurate colors and poor workmanship, but this Atari Black Katakana Backpack breaks that mold by keeping its design simple and efficient. Featuring the iconic Atari logo on a tasteful, high quality black canvas bag, this backpack is subtle enough for day-to-day use, while still repping the original video game company that created Pong, Pac-Man, and more.
Portal: The Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game
There's only so much time you can spend playing video games in one sitting before the blue light from your computer or TV screen takes its toll, forcing you to take a break. If you don't have blue light-reducing glasses, your best option is to switch over to one of the oldest game systems in existence: the board game. If you're looking for something to give the gamer in your life, why not just give them another game? This Portal-themed board game lets you do just that. Featuring original gameplay based on themes from the Portal and Half-Life games, Portal: The Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game let's the fun continue, even after the screen turns off.
Overwatch Loot Box Ceramic Cookie Jar
Loot boxes are one of the most controversial developments in modern gaming. Providing a random assortment of skins, items, or power-ups, paid loot boxes have been criticized as a form of gambling, as well as just an unsavory way of treating customers. To get your mind off of those crummy vibes, give your friend this crumby gift. The Overwatch Loot Box Ceramic Cookie Jar gives you the opportunity to provide loot that everyone will enjoy in the form of cookies, making this one of the best tasting gifts for gamers money can buy. This officially licensed ceramic container is modeled to look exactly like the loot boxes from the PC gaming powerhouse Overwatch, but designed to protect much tastier contents.
Zelda Wingcrest Sunshade
The Legend of Zelda series of video games has been a mainstay of Nintendo's lineup since the original Nintendo Entertainment System, and has inspired many unique gifts for gamers. Whether the gamer in your life is new to the series or has been a fan since the classic game days of the Super Nintendo, there's a Legend of Zelda gift for everyone. This particular offering is the perfect gift for car owners, especially during the summer months. A sunshade is a convenient accessory for anyone wishing to keep their car relatively cool on sunny days, as well as anyone who has leather seating or other features that may be damaged by prolonged sunlight. This Zelda Wingcrest sunshade features iconic LoZ iconography, making the gamer's vehicle easier to find and displaying their love of the historic franchise for the world to see.
Fallout 76 Pip-Boy 2000 Construction Kit
If you know a hardcore Fallout fan, this product is the ultimate gift for them. The recently-announced Fallout 76 is already creating quite a stir in the video game community, and this high quality construction kit is sure to be in high demand. The Pip-Boy is an in-game technology central to the entire Fallout franchise, and a limited edition commemorative Pip-Boy model usually accompanies each new release, making them some of the most sought-after gamer gifts around. This particular iteration is actually a kit, allowing the giftee to assemble the Pip-Boy for themselves using the provided tools. Fallout 4's Collectors Edition even came with a real Pip-Boy, but if you missed out on that, here's your chance!
Abstergo Industries New Hire Kit
Have you ever had to pick out a gift for that one person who seemed to have everything? Or maybe you're partnered in a gift swap with someone you barely know. In situations like these, you must call in the biggest guns and the absolute most unique gifts for gamers out there. The quirky Abstergo Industries New Hire Kit inspired by the Assassin's Creed franchise is one such item. The kit includes a personalized ID card and a "New Hire" letter welcoming the giftee to Abstergo Industries—the villainous company that serves as a major antagonist in the series. The Abstergo Industries New Hire Kit also includes decals for electronics and even a vehicle (in the form of an Abstergo Industries "parking pass"), letting the gamer in your life display their villainous affiliation proudly.