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The Best Holiday 2020 Gaming Gifts to Boost Your Generosity Stats

The Boss 20 Nov 13
Holiday 2020Holiday 2020Whether you're celebrating with your loved ones in person or from a distance, The Inventory staff is dedicated to spreading holiday cheer with the top gifts to ring in the season—and maybe a few good deals to snatch up for yourself. It's okay, your secret's safe with us.

Christmas is going to be a little weird this year; let’s not make it worse by waiting until the last minute to buy gifts, especially if you have to buy them online. Shipping speeds normally get a little worse than usual during this time, and with coronavirus restrictions still squeezing everyone thin, it may be even worse for 2020's holiday season.

If you need help buying gifts for gamers, we’re certain these recommendations will have you doing a barrel roll right into your very own special corner of their heart. Whether they’ve upgraded to the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 or decided to stick it out with the older consoles, these recommendations are wholly applicable and usable for their console of choice. We also have gift suggestions tailored to Nintendo Switch owners and PC gamers, as well as games the whole family can enjoy. Check it out!

Word of warning: Our list is a little light on actual games, but our friends at Kotaku have drawn on their collective eons of gaming time to present the best games for Xbox, PlayStation, Switch, and more.

Nintendo

Ring Fit Adventure | $80

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With a Ring-Con that looks like Xena’s circular sword and a leg strap accessory, Ring Fit Adventure is a gift the whole family can enjoy. Your goal is to explore your surroundings and bop baddies in the head along the way, your only controls being several workout moves jogs, high knees, and squats. Especially if you’ve found it difficult to keep your workout-at-home sessions spicy, Ring Fit Adventure can cause all your motivation to come rushing back.

Nintendo Switch Online 12-Month Subscription | $20

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For the first time, Nintendo gamers require a premium subscription to play online. Thankfully, it doesn’t cost much at a standard $20 for twelve months, and you get great benefits like access to classic Nintendo games, cloud saves, and members-only deals.

Nintendo Switch Animal Crossing Edition | $300

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If the Nintendo fan in you doesn’t already have one, you have to get them a Nintendo Switch. It’s quickly become Nintendo’s most beloved console thanks to its pick-up-and-play-anywhere nature. With a truckload of fun games both old and new, there’s something to play for everyone, and this pastel green-and-blue Animal Crossing special edition featuring the Nook clan is perfect for those planning to emigrate for island life.

SanDisk MicroSD Card | $26

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This is the time of year many gamers regret not squaring their storage needs away sooner. It’s not an expensive endeavor to add more, so tell your recipient to stop deleting and redownloading games and just pack it all into one of these SanDisk microSD cards. Dressed for the occasion, this 128GB card features Toad on a Mario red plastic casing for $26. There’s also a yellow Mario Star model available in 256GB for $52.

PowerA Protective Switch Case (Animal Crossing) | $20

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You absolutely should be paranoid about protecting expensive things, especially daily carry-out electronics and handhelds like the Nintendo Switch. A carrying case gives you both safe and stylish transport for not just your console, but any other games, memory cards, and accessories you want to take with you. This adorable PowerA case has a sturdy handle, dual zippers, and all your favorite Animal Crossing characters for companionship on the road. Oh, and this one fits both Switch and Switch Lite.

PlayStation

PlayStation VR Iron Man Bundle | $350

For the gamer who’s seen it all, virtual reality is a great way to inject fresh blood into an old hobby. Compatible with both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, the PlayStation VR headset transports you into 3D worlds from an entirely new perspective. Get it bundled with Iron Man VR if you want something high-quality to try out of the box.

PlayStation Plus 12-Month Membership | $29

At this point, a PlayStation Plus membership is almost mandatory. Included with your time is a monthly dollop of games, online play, exclusive deals, and cloud saves, that last bit being especially important for PS5 gamers who want to preserve their saves as it’s the only avenue for doing so.

Seagate Portable Game Drive 4TB | $38

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You can’t install PS5 games on it, but no matter which console you’re on, this portable Seagate Game Drive holds tons of PS4 games with a 4TB capacity. This USB 3.0 drive has plug-and-play functionality with no external AC to deal with, so it’s easily throwable into a bag for a quick getaway weekend.

$75 PlayStation Store Gift Card | $75

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With a brand new PS5 in hand, your recipient will surely want to stock up on games. A $75 PlaySation Store gift card is just enough to buy any game they might want—whether that’s one price-hiked next gen title or several cheaper alternatives. The gift card is also usable on add-on and video content, such as movies and TV shows.

PlayStation Classic | $80

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Look, I get it: new consoles are here, and the original PlayStation isn’t getting any younger. But nostalgia is worth its weight in gold, and with a PlayStation Classic, you’ll get an abundance. It comes pre-loaded with 20 of the console’s best and most iconic titles, including Final Fantasy VII, Wild Arms, and Tekken 3. There are two controllers in the box for some couch multiplayer. You might be bummed out that it doesn’t support your old memory cards, but with a virtual replacement, that might be a blessing in disguise for those prone to losing small objects.

Xbox

Game Pass Ultimate 3-Month Subscription | $31

With Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you get online multiplayer, free monthly permanent game downloads on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC, access to hundreds more in Game Pass as long as you keep the subscription, and exclusive deals and perks. Even if your loved one isn’t much of an online gamer, an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription will have them drowning in quality games from day one.

Xbox Elite Series 2 Controller | $179

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Pro gamers can’t deal with the default buttons on the standard Xbox controller, oh no no no no no. They need extra paddles on the back, interchangeable thumb sticks and directional pads, and adjustable hair triggers. How else will they pull off the infamous 360-no-scope-Halo-jump-lean headshots? The Xbox Elite Series 2 controller—the next level of what many consider to be the best controller in gaming—has all of that (and more) for the sweatiest of sweaties.

Western Digital Black P10 Game Drive 5TB | $125