Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, a holiday, or Saturnalia, you’ve likely picked up some video game-related loot in the last month. Maybe your workplace Secret Santa has delivered and you have a mouse pad that you’ll actually get some use for? Maybe some lucky soul bought any of the games at the top of your wishlist? Maybe a distant relative sent a large sum of cash in a card that you bought yourself? Maybe someone gave you a new GPU, in which case I can be adopted by your family?
Did you receive any gaming gifts last year?
Here are our answers, and some of our answers forum.
Chris Livingston, Featured Producer: no but i did get a new Yeti mug which i think is 100% a gaming and productivity accessory because i need the coffee to function and i need to keep the coffee hot and the Yeti mug keeps the caffeinated fuel for a long time. Seriously, I brewed the first cup of coffee but drank the second and it was still hot even though I hadn’t touched it for hours. This is a very nice cup.
Robin Valentine, print editor: These days, I’ve never actually asked a friend or family member for a gaming gift. I got food and socks and things like that.This year, though, I decided to buy myself something – a Xbox Elite Series 2 controller. I’ve always been a true controller nerd and I’ve wanted an Elite for a long time but always felt it was too expensive. Well, after everything that has happened over the past few years, I don’t have to defend myself. I deserve all the overpriced plastic pieces I want, thanks.
So far, I’m loving it too – it feels very luxurious in my hands, and I do think it’s a real upgrade to my game. Granted, this is an improvement over my old Xbox One controller’s loose d-pad and sponge bumper.
Wes Fenlon, Senior Editor: i have talent This Christmas Game Coaster, I have to admit it’s not exactly my aesthetic. But it’s a great idea! And they’re nice coasters with cork backs, which means I’ll probably break them the next time I have a couple of people over and need to protect every wooden surface in the house.
This year, though, I’ve sent some gaming gifts that I’m very happy with. My partner’s cousins were full game, so I gave a hitman 3, an unlikely but successful combo of Baba Is You and Final Fantasy 9, and a riot spot to snatch funky outfits or gun buddies or kids Anything we like in Valorant days. Dress appropriately!
Katie Wickens, Hardware Writer: I finally got a Sneki Snek headrest that I’ve been craving for years. Anything that makes my Demon Chair more comfortable when I feel the need to rip and tear. Since Razer ignored my email requesting a review of the model, I eventually caved. I put it on my Christmas list and my partner bought it for me because he’s also a gamer and he’s going to have a hard time. Oh, technically I received the RTX 3060 as an early Christmas present, even though my partner paid for it about 10 months ago…and I had to give it back to him, sadly. So it probably doesn’t count.
Lauren Morton, Associate Editor: This year my partner gave it to me Steelseries Apex 7 Keyboard I have noticed. Six years later, I was about to downsize on a keyboard with 22 macro keys (which I rarely use), so I opted for the keyless version.Another relative fights to get me matching mouseI’ll admit I’ve made fun of the cheese grater mouse design in the past, but it’s the only white Steelseries mouse out there, and I appreciate the commitment to consistency. Thankfully, the texture isn’t weird when I use it, but I’m still worried about hand sticking eventually in those holes. I even spent an hour on my Steelseries app setting up both colors and effects, so I’m feeling pretty good about this year’s desk aesthetic.
Fraser Brown, online editor: Obviously, it’s hard for me to get gifts, but at least when I was younger, something gaming-related was usually a win. Not so now. The actual game is out because it’s too risky for me to get what I already have. And the things I need, like a new GPU, are too expensive for me to accept as a gift. People have mostly bought me dog stuff this year, which is more practical.
Nat Clayton, Featured Producer: I’m not sure if my family knows what to buy for me, so it’s mostly socks and pajamas. My brother did brutally give me a copy of the board game Pandemic, which I hope to be able to play without distress in about 5 to 15 years. However, like Chris, I consider coffee to be an important part of gaming equipment, so I treat myself with a kilo of grind from a local roaster.
Andy Chalk, North America News Director: I’m too old to receive “fun” gifts anymore, although my nephew who recently turned legal drinking age bought me a bunch of beers on purpose, which is lovely. I’ve thought about buying myself some new equipment – I’ve been wanting to buy a new keyboard for a while – but I’m not too eager to spend a few hundred dollars on one first, so after fiddling and fiddling with various product listings and reviews, I gave up on this idea. I guess I don’t really need anything else, and I can’t work on consumerism itself, so…maybe next year?
Morgan Park, Staff Writer: Our group of friends played a lot of Overwatch this year, so when Secret Santa came along, my friend Ian really did. This… um, pronounce The mouse pad with built-in wrist rest was actually a gift for my streamer Mercy’s buddy. For some reason, it didn’t become her favorite mousepad in Overwatch, but it’s nice to glance at it occasionally, gather dust awkwardly on the table, and laugh out loud. I tried it for a few minutes and found the wrist rest to be soft but ironically restrictive. Most FPS players use lower mouse sensitivity for precision, but putting my wrist between soft cheeks made it hard for me to move it. 12/10 gift, 3/10 mouse pad.
DXCHASE: I have a Nintendo Game Boy mug, and when heated stuff is added to the mug, it turns the Game Boy’s screen into Super Mario, so it looks like it goes from off to on, pretty neat.
McStabStab: I have a new mechanical keyboard with cherry blue switches. I have a cherry blue “equivalent” keyboard at home, but it’s not the same. Now I have my old keyboard at the office and my new keyboard with good switches at home.
Thank goodness I have my own office or I’ll drive my coworkers crazy with the clicking noises!
ZedClampet: I got a Steam gift card from my wife and my dad gave me a traditional gift card with cash. It’s always a good thing to get a boost during the Steam Winter Sale.
crude: Our Christmas has actually been pushed back to this weekend due to some kind of virus, so I’m not sure what I got.That is, I have acquired two new [to me] board game [Imhotep and Forbidden Island], a set of heavy metal dice [not Led Zeppelin-themed or anything, just literally heavy and made of metal], and the Quest-a-Day RPG calendar. However, it has nothing to do with PCs.
Edited to add: Really, once PC games moved primarily to digital download formats, the number of games as gifts dropped significantly for me, mostly because of too many non-gamers (ie, most people other than my wife I would take to gift) don’t seem to understand how gaming cards work, even though they know Amazon and Google Play well enough.
There are warlocks: It’s not Christmas, but my girlfriend gave me some Call of Duty: Warzone socks as part of our first anniversary. A nice topper for our week in Bristol. Not gonna lie, those were the most comfortable socks I’ve ever worn in my life.