As you prepare for your holiday shopping, Paste will post a series of new Gift Guides—offering suggestions for the Movie-, Music-, TV-, Videogame- and Book-Lovers you hold dear.
This year has been a huge year for gaming, having launched a new 3D handheld system, a whole array of flagship triple-A titles, and the most financially successful launch of any piece of entertainment ever (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3). While there’s plenty of excellent individual games to pick up this holiday season, there’s also a ton of stuff ranging from nerdy accessories to excellent bundles available that you won’t want to miss out on. Check out our recommendations below:
1. Falling Blocks Mug
Perfect for sipping hot choco by the fire, these Tetris mugs feel just retro enough to not get laughed at for owning. This one’s especially good for those old-school gamers who might be a little thrown off by all the new games and technology displayed in the rest of this list.
2. Portal 2 Warning Sign Coasters
Much like the game itself, these Portal-themed coasters are so well-designed that if you didn’t know better, you’d have no idea how nerdy they actually are! Using that same great “safety guide” art style, this set of coasters are not only a great conversation piece, but also will go great with your Tetris mugs!
3. Ico & Shadow of the Colossus HD Collection
So maybe you’re buying for that “serious” gamer in your life; the one who’s always trying to convince that video games are “art” and getting you to play weird games with him. If so, this HD re-mastered collection of these two “art gamer” favorites for the PlayStation 3 is a must-buy.
4. Gameboy Shirt
There are a lot of retro shirts out on the internet attempting to capture the awesomeness that is this Gameboy shirt. The simple depiction of everyone’s favorite brick-sized handheld system is so good that one inspired Etsy crafter even created a female tube-dress version for the ladies
5. 4GB Xbox 360 Kinect Bundle
$199 (only available at Walmart)
If you’ve been waiting for the right time to dive into this whole Kinect thing, now’s the time. Although you’ll have to brave the electronic aisle of Walmart, you won’t find a better deal on the popular motion-censoring device and Xbox 360 bundle.
6. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Deluxe Set (with soundtrack)
If you’re buying for a gamer, chances are they like Zelda. This deluxe set is great buy for any Zelda fan looking to pick up the newest entry in the series as it includes a CD of fully-orchestrated pieces from the Zelda saga included in the set. The set also includes the Motion Plus Wiimote add-on that is necessary for the game.
7. Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Smartphone
$400 (no contract)
When we heard that Sony had bought the Ericsson phone-making company, the Xperia Play is totally what we had in mind. This Android smartphone looks like almost any other Ericsson phone—that is, until you slide out the bottom that actually includes a full-fledged D-pad and four PlayStation buttons.
8. 8-Bit LED Holiday Wreath
Now all the previous gifts have been great and all, but how could a Gift Guide for Gamers be complete without spreading a little 8-bit holiday lovin’? This LED Holiday Wreath looks almost too good to be true, but if it looks half as good as it does in the pictures, this one is an absolute must.
9. iPad Joysticks
$17.99 – $29.99
With all the growth in mobile gaming lately, the one complaint many hardcore gamers have had was that touch sensitive controls without any buttons or a stylus always feels sloppy. Sure it looks a little ridiculous and nerdy—but hey, that’s what this list is all about anyway right?
10. Nintendo Black 3DS Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Bundle
After reporting how poorly the 3DS’s launch performed, Nintendo has seriously invested in their 3D portable. Not only releasing a host of stellar first-party titles, Nintendo also dropped the international price of the system by a third. That together with the beautifully-rendered trip down memory lane that is Ocarina of Time 3D and you’ve got our ultimate gamer’s gift this holiday season.