‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year!’ chimes the classic holiday tune over the in-store speakers, but you know better. You have a mottled bruise on the left side of your ribcage that says that shoppers at this time of the year are rabid, vicious and will gladly shove you in the side to get the last copy of Battlefield 4 and you’ve had painful shin splints for the last 48 hours from making a mad dash around the aisle in a last ditch attempt to get a half decent gift for your gamer friend who probably has it already anyway. But you don’t want to go through all of that do you? We thought not, which is why we’ve put together this 2013 holiday gift guide for the gamer who has it all.
1. NTW’s net-Lock Patch Cords
We’re kicking this gift guide off with a practical solution to a problem that has many sources: cat, dog, baby, angry mother, girlfriend or respective other – they’ve all been there, accidentally (or on purpose, depending on how they feel about you that day) ripping out the Ethernet cable from your game box of choice. That Call of Duty: Ghosts kill/death ratio? Gone. That game download? Ended with a halt. This is where NTW’s net-Lock Patch Cords come in, bringing you the gift of secure cabling, preventing your Internet tubes from being needlessly yanked out of their sockets in this era of the PS4 and the Xbox One where a network connection is as important as ever. Pick them up from B&H here for less than $10.
2. The Question Block Lamp
No matter how many games we have, or shiny next-gen boxes we have gathering dust on their beautifully designed boxes under our TVs, nothing will ever quite satisfy our curiosity like real life versions of our favourite gaming landmarks. Bring on The Question Block Lamp then, giving us all a taste of those famous Super Mario item boxes, albeit in lamp form. A lamp that can be switched on or off with a little fist bump, just like Mario himself, The Question Block Lamp is perhaps the single coolest way to to illuminate your home. Oh, and did we mention that it even plays 8-bit sounds too? Buy one from The Question Block Lamp’s official website for $59.00 (if you order within the next two days you can get it before Christmas).
3. Officially Licensed Dual Charge ‘n’ Stand (PS4)
Been getting some good use out of your PS4? Next-gen gaming all round then! Unfortunately, unless you have a tendency to sit with your controller plugged into the machine, you’ll find that those play sessions will quickly be cut short as you wait for your Dualshock 4 to charge up. It might be a good idea to welcome the Dual Charge ‘n’ Stand in to your online shopping cart then, because as well as being incredibly useful, it also happens to be officially licensed and recommended in the very guidebook that the PS4 comes with. You can buy one from Amazon for £10.
4. ORB Kinect Camera TV Clip/Wall Mount (Xbox One)
If you have an Xbox One, or are planning on getting one for Christmas, you can’t really avoid its Kinect 2.0 camera. Quite literally, as it comes packaged with every Xbox One that’s flying off store shelves at the moment. With that in mind, you’ll at least want to the piece of hardware it properly, or make use of it in a way that won’t have the Xbox register the corner of your sofa as a verified Xbox One user, hence why the ORB Kinect Camera TV Clip/Wall mount makes this list, as it gives you a chance to hoist the thing in the air and put it where you want it, without it getting too much in the way. Pick one up from Amazon for £17.99.
5. PSN £20 Wallet Top Up
In this day and age where the ’future is digital’ (and rather expensive), this is an invaluable gift to those who have a strong love of the indie and downloadable (a movement that Sony are embracing in a big way with PS4) or to those who just have an aversion to boxed copies. It covers everything on the PlayStation Store, including PSP, PS Vita, PS3 and PS4 titles, so while we certainly have our recommendations of what to spend the voucher on (Contrast, anyone?) that’s fully up to you or your giftee – which is the beauty of it. Buy the £20 voucher for exactly (you guessed it) £20 from Amazon.
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