Though the holiday season is practically upon us, you still have some time to grab the perfect present for the PC gamer on your shopping list before the big day. Shopping for a PC gamer might be a bit trickier than shopping for a console gamer, as PC gamers usually have a personalized rig composed of hand-picked parts. That doesn’t mean you can’t get them something they’ll appreciate, though. Below, we’ve come up with a list of gift ideas to help you narrow down something special for the PC gamer in your life this holiday season.
PC Gaming Holiday Gift Guide
Keyboards & Mice
No PC gaming setup is complete without a nice mechanical keyboard and mouse to bring the whole thing together. Mechanical keyboards are the typical go-to for most PC gamers, as they not only offer better responsiveness during gaming, they also give off a satisfying clickity-clack feel that many find aesthetically appealing. Gaming mice also come with their own bells and whistles, such as multiple buttons to remap key binds and even removable ball bearings to customize the mouse’s weight.
One of the most intriguing features of gaming mice and mechanical keyboards are custom RGB functions, which illuminates the accessories with customizable colors that can even be attuned to the game being played on the PC. Some heavy-hitters to consider for these types of accessories are Steelseries, Logitech, Cooler Master, Corsair, and Razer, though there are plenty of others out there as well if you’re willing to shop around.
You can’t really go wrong with new games when shopping for a PC gamer. Despite the fact that they may have hundreds of unplayed titles in their Steam backlog, it’s still nice to get a new game for the holidays. Some popular PC games from 2018 include Assassin’s Creedy Odyssey, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Monster Hunter World, Rainbow Six Siege, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
Of course, we didn’t forget about Fortnite being one of the hottest games of the year. But, since the popular Battle Royale portion of the game is free, chances are the PC gamer you’re shopping for already plays the game. However, if you know Fortnite is something they love, consider giving them some cash to spend on V-Bucks so they can buy that in-game outfit they’ve been drooling over in Fortnite.
Graphics cards, also referred to as GPUs, are among the top priorities for anyone creating their own gaming PC. If you want a gift that will really impress the PC gamer on your shopping list, consider getting them a new high-end graphics card for their PC. Graphics cards help deliver high-quality visuals when playing more graphically-demanding PC games, so a good GPU is essential for those looking to upgrade their gaming rig.
One GPU to consider is the AMD Radeon RX 570. This graphics card can handle games at 1080p and higher, offering great value for the price. Shop around to find a good deal on the 8GB version if possible. The GTX 1070 and 1070 Ti from NVIDIA are also good options and are currently running a promotion that bundles a copy of Monster Hunter World and various Fortnite goodies with the GPU as well.