14 Great Gift Ideas for Gamers

'Tis the season, gamers, when the leaves start to turn and the store shelves fill up with exciting new releases. Friends and families gather around the dinner table to enjoy each other's company and to celebrate the joy that comes from being together. Oh, and they also get together to exchange a mountain of gifts. We're not saying one is more important than the other but we'll leave it to you to make nice with your loved ones and concentrate on offering up some awesome gift ideas instead. Whether you're shopping for yourself or for a loved one, the following games, gadgets and gear will make their holidays a holly, jolly time indeed.

And on that note, let us take the time to wish you all a wonderful holidays. Regardless of how you celebrate the upcoming holiday season, we hope it's full of fun and joy. Also, be sure to stop by GamePro.com as we will have an expanded online Holiday Gift Guide with even more gift ideas!

Nintendo Wii

Nintendo's lovable console has something for everyone, from family hits to mature games for the hardcore gamer. As we went to press, there were even rumors circulating about a possible price drop to $199. Regardless of whether that's true or not, the Wii is going to be a must-have item on every gamer's wish list; but then again, considering how well it sold, there probably aren't many families who don't already own a Wii.

www.nintendo.com
$199

5 Must Have Wii Games

- A Boy and His Blob
- New Super Mario Bros. Wii
- Red Steel 2
- Dead Space Extraction
- Silent Hill: Shattered Memories

Microsoft Xbox 360

The Xbox 360 is going strong with a sexy new price tag (the Elite version clocks in at $299), a robust library of games and a slick online service that lets you play games, watch Netflix movies and manage your Facebook profile. A new Halo title heads the list of Xbox 360 must-haves but there are plenty more to choose from thanks to the deep back catalogue of games.

www.xbox.com
$299 (Elite)

5 Must Have Xbox 360 Games

- Halo 3: ODST
- Modern Warfare 2
- Dante's Inferno
- Splinter Cell: Conviction
- Mass Effect 2

Sony Playstation 3

Armed with a new slim form factor and a reduced price, the time is right for the PS3 to gain some ground on its competitors. Sure, having God of War 3 ready in time for the holidays would have been a major coup but PS3 owners have some incredible offerings to choose from, including a slick Blu-ray compilation that packages Kratos' two previous adventures into one bundle.

www.playstation.com
$299 (Slim)

5 Must Have PS3 Titles

- Heavy Rain
- The Beatles: Rock Band
- Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
- The Saboteur
- God of War Collection

PC Gamers Unite!

The PC is often overlooked but there's no shortage of amazing holiday titles on the store shelves. PC gamers also have some fantastic 2010 titles like Starcraft 2 andDiablo 3 to look forward to as well as amazing online services like Steam and GoG.com. Oh, and see that sexy PC system there in the background? That system comes courtesy of our awesome friends at Alienware.

www.alienware.com
$3999

5 Must Have PC Titles

- Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight
- Dragon Age: Origins
- Deathspank
- Borderlands
- Left 4 Dead 2

Nintendo DSi

Nintendo continues its handheld dominance with the fantastic DSi. Not only can it play the entire DS catalogue but the DSiware service is home to some great downloadable hits like Pictobits and Base 10. Throw in the dual cameras and the Facebook functionality and the DSi might replace your iPhone as the only digital mobile device you need.

www.nintendo.com
$169.99

5 Must-Have DS Titles

- Scribblenauts
- Space Invaders Extreme 2
- The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
- Spore Hero Arena
- Cooking Mama 3: Shop & Chop

Sony PSP Go

Much like its bigger brother, the PS3, the PSP has gotten some work done and is now sporting a fresh new face and form factor. There's still no 2nd analog stick (come on, Sony!) but that doesn't stop the PSP from being one hell of a gaming platform. And thanks to some amazing titles like Gran Turismo, PSP owners will never have to worry about being bored when they're out and about.

www.playstation.com
$249

5 Must-Have PSP Titles

- Gran Turismo
- LittleBigPlanet
- Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny
- Shin Megami Tensei: Persona
- Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines

Nintendo's lovable console has something for everyone, from family hits to mature games for the hardcore gamer. As we went to press, there were even rumors circulating about a possible price drop to $199. Regardless of whether that's true or not, the Wii is going to be a must-have item on every gamer's wish list; but then again, considering how well it sold, there probably aren't many families who don't already own a Wii.

www.nintendo.com
$199

SIGG Classic Waterbottle

That old adage about needing 8 to 10 glasses of water has been proven to be false (go check outsnopes.com if you don't believe us) but you still need to take in plenty of fluids during the day to stay hydrated and healthy. And no, soda and energy drinks don't count! Instead, get a SIGG waterbottle and fill it up with filtered water. These metal bottles are sturdy and best of all, you can get your own custom graphic printed on it. Here, we've customized one with a neat graphic from Scribblenauts but you can get anything you want printed on it. It's a great way to show off your gamer cred and stay hydrated.

www.mysigg.com
$27.99 (with custom graphic)

Zazzle Skateboards

Zazzle.com is a one-stop shop for all sorts of cool apparel and gear, but what caught our eyes were their awesome skateboard decks. They have a variety of video game themed decks but our favorite is the Gamers deck with the cool homage to the classic NES controller (you can buy just the deck or get a complete board). If that doesn't float your boat, head over to their website and do some browsing: chances are, you're going to find something worth buying.

www.zazzle.com
$59.95 (deck only)

Home Movies 10th Anniversary Edition Box Set

A personal favorite of reviews editor Tae K. Kim, Home Movies was, during its brief run, one of the best animated shows of all time. With smart writing and a hilariously unique visual style, this brainchild of comedian Brendan Small (currently melting your faces with his new show, Metalocalypse) provides the perfect blend of brainy humor and silly shenanigans. This amazing box set from Shout! Factory is a fantastic package, complete with every episode and some awesome extras. We highly recommend it.

www.shoutfactory.com
$129.99

iPod Nano

Another year, another iPod: it's like clockwork, isn't it? But just when you thought the iPod was getting old, Apple has to go and update it with some slick new features that make it irresistible. Their new Nano now has a built-in camera for taking and uploading clips to Youtube; it's also sporting a bigger screen and an FM tuner. And thanks to a new and improved iTunes, the iPod just became relevant again and the Nano is the sweet spot for music lovers, as far as we're concerned

www.apple.com
$149 (8GB); $179 (16GB)

Creative Soundblaster Wireless for iTunes

Creative makes some awesome MP3 players of their own (check out their Zen line) but they also make some sweet audio accessories like this wireless receiver which lets you stream music from your PC to any set of speakers. You simply plug in a USB stick to your PC, connect your speakers to the wireless receiver and start streaming your tunes. It's a slick and elegant solution that will let you pump your vast music collection to any room in your house. What more do you need?

www.creative.com
$99.99

Star Trek on Blu-ray

There are a ton of other high-profile Blu-rays and DVDs coming out this year but we're going with an office favorite: J.J. Abrams, mastermind behind LOST and Alias, did a fantastic job of pumping new life into the classic sci-fi franchise Star Trek and we suggest you relive the adventure in full 1080p glory. Hey J.J., maybe you can work your magic on another high profile sci-fi franchise next? Not that we'd 'Force' your hand or anything (ooh, bad pun is bad).

www.startrekmovie.com
$39.99

The Graveyard Book

Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book won a Newbery Medal, a distinction which is given to "the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children." The Graveyard Book definitely deserves the honor (he should have won it for his equally amazing Coraline as well). Following the adventures of an orphan boy named Bod who is adopted by a cemetery full of ghosts, The Graveyard Book is a spooky and engaging tale that young readers and adults can both enjoy. We suggest parents read it to their children or better yet, have your children read it to you instead.

www.thegraveyardbook.com
$17.99

100 Bullets

Brian Azzarello is one of the best comic book writers currently plying his trade in the funny pages and 100 Bullets is his magnum opus. Tightly written with gritty art provided by the talented Eduaro Risso, 100 Bullets is a dark tale full of greed, betrayal and blood. Though the story does get a little unwieldy at times, Azzarello does a masterful job of keeping all the plates up in the air. The series just reached its final conclusion with the release of the 100th issue so the time is right for you to get caught up on the pulpy mess. We recommend the trade paperbacks which collects several issues into one volume.

www.dccomics.com/vertigo
$Price varies

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