So we are all surfing the interweb these days to either drool over things we want or to look for cool things to get friends. Remember before the internet (I’ve already lost half of you) when you had to go to stores and just look for some random crap to get someone and it always was weird. You’d end up at Sharper Image wondering if your friends and family would like an automated juicer/dildo with a built-in radio.
BUT NO MORE I SAY!!
Now, this is my list. 99% of you don’t know me so I don’t expect a gift from you… or do I? Instead, use this list if you have a male gamer from the age of 21 – 25. Something on this list will probably appeal to them.
1) XBOX LIVE POINTS
Guys love Xbox live points (girls probably do too, but fuck them lol, this list is for me). If you don’t know what these points are, let me fill you in. Xbox Live is the online service your child/friend/family member uses to play Call of Duty or Halo on (or other games). Remember how annoying it is for them to spend all their (or your) money to buy stuff for their games? Well, if you get them Xbox Live points they can use them to buy their new map packs, digital games, etc. And buy them at least 1200 Microsoft Points. Any less and you look like a cheap ass.
2) A gift card for Movie Trading Company (Vintage Stock in some areas)
Movie Trading Company sells good movies, games, cd’s, and accessories for the former, for damn cheap. A gift card for 30$ could go a long way, let your loved ones pick their own entertainment without you insulting their taste, and be more thoughtful than just a few dollars in an envelope.
3) Energy drinks
This might seem like an odd gift, but chances are high that your gamer friend has had many an awesome all-nighter with his friends that were fueled by energy drinks and video games. The trick to this gift is finding an inside source to tell you which energy drink they hate. For some reason, individuals love Red Bull and hate Monster, or love Monster and hate Red Bull. Some sidestep both completely and drink Bawl’s. If you can find out what they prefer, feel content knowing you have helped the recipient get together with friends and make new memories.
4) A gamer headset
This one is like a gift to yourself if you have a husband, child, or room-mate who plays games really loud. With a headset, all the music will play through the ear pads giving them a better sound system for gaming then they most likely have (they will be able to hear what direction people are sneaking up on them with) and giving you the gift of silence (other than them screaming obscenities into the mic lol). You would imagine these are really expensive, but not really. I have a great pair of TekNMotion that I got for thirty dollars and sound great and are comfortable. They aren’t wireless, but I only play a few feet from my Xbox so it isn’t an issue. People toss around certain names like Turtle Beach or Astro, but those are really the sports cars of headsets. If they don’t have a headset then they will be more than pleased with a sedan, so to say. If they want the Ferrari they can shell out on their own for one down the line. Be sure you buy a headset for the correct system (Xbox, PS3, PC).
5) An arcade stick
If your beloved gamer plays a lot of fighting games like Street Fighter, Tekken, Dead or Alive, Soul Calibur, etc they will greatly appreciate an arcade stick (if they don’t already have one). You could end up shelling out seventy to 100 dollars for a good one though (they will be called Tournament Edition), so only look into this purchase if you have the cash. The alternative is if they have a special panache for fixing electronics, modding (taking out the parts and replacing them with better ones), or customization. If so, then get them a MadCatz arcade stick as they are easily customizable and don’t require any soldering to change the parts. Be sure you buy an arcade stick for the correct system though (Ps3, 360, PC, Etc).