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Finding the right gift for the esports fan in your life can be daunting, especially if you’re not one yourself. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Whatever your preferred platform for climbing the ladder or your budget, here are some ideas to add to your shopping list this holiday season.
Gaming PC Build Services: NZXT Starter PC
Price: $949+ on NZXT
Build or buy, that is the question. While PC enthusiasts might point you towards building one, I recommend buying something pre-built for a gift. NZXT makes the process as painless as possible.
The Foundation Series may be the ticket if you’re considering upgrading components, but otherwise the Starter Series is a solid choice for players just starting out. While the basic starter PC is a solid choice, upgrading to the Starter Plus will get you an upgraded graphics card.
Mouse: Glorious Gaming – Model O
Price: $50 on Glorious Gaming / $44
$64 on Amazon
There are four key factors to look for when buying a mouse for competitive gaming: light weight, wired connection, button layout and, of course, style.
The Model O is a great all-around choice. The honeycomb design is the star, both adding to the form factor and reducing weight. At just 67 grams, it’s no wonder Glorious Gaming is particularly popular with FPS fans.
For the MMO or MOBA gamer in your life, you might want to consider the Model I which has additional programmable buttons.
At the time of writing, the mouse is for sale on Amazon, but if style is a major factor, it might be worth ordering direct from Glorious. The company’s website offers additional (paid) customization options, such as an extra cable in your player’s favorite color.
Keyboard: Higround – Basecamp 65
Price: $135+ on Higround
Compared to other gaming keyboards, Higround’s offerings are meant to be statement items. Sure, they’ve got the RBGs we all know and love, but the limited branding and flashy touches are the stars. That’s part of the reason why esports organization and lifestyle brand 100 Thieves bought the manufacturer in 2021.
Higround is influenced by streetwear and sneaker brands both in terms of style and sales practices. The company frequently releases drops and capsule collections in limited quantities.
Although the Basecamp keyboard is not explicitly designed for experts and modders, there are features for them. Keyboards come with the necessary tools to swap out keys and switches as you see fit.
Mechanical keyboards have a reputation for being loud, but never fear. Higround’s silicone damping helps the keyboard feel heavy and reduces sound.
A major downside is that the keyboard doesn’t come with a wrist rest.
Wrist Rest: HyperX – Wrist Rest + Mouse Rest
Price: $20 + $15 on Amazon
Whether you’re sitting at a desk to work or play, it’s important to make your setup as ergonomic as possible. Wrist pain is both extremely common and not fun. Especially for budding pros, it’s important to take preventative measures.
One of the easiest (and most cost-effective) ways to do this is with a wrist rest. HyperX is a great product for both your keyboard and your mouse. If you only get one, I recommend the keyboard option, but it depends on your style of play.
The keyboard rest comes in different sizes, so be sure to choose the one that best suits your setup.
Console Controllers: Scuf Gaming
Price: $230 on Amazon for Xbox
The Scuf game is legendary in console FPS titles. Scuf controllers are highly customizable for both aesthetics and performance. Sticks can be swapped out for different styles to maximize accuracy and comfort. These are performance products designed for dedicated gamers, perfect for a budding pro.
For esports fans, Scuf also offers plenty of designer branded merchandise. Fans of FaZe Clan and Optic games can find team-branded controllers.
Although Scuf’s Xbox products are available on Amazon, PlayStation users should check out Scuf Gaming. Additional customization options are also available for both platforms.
Arcade Stick: Mayflash – F500 Universal Arcade Fight Stick
Price: $88 on Amazon
For some fighting game fans, arcade sticks are a must. They allow players to use an arcade button layout which may be a more optimal setup for some – or simply nostalgic for others.
A fighting stick can be a great gift if a gamer wants to try a new way to play their favorite fighting games. The Mayflash F500 is a great starter option. The stick works on consoles and PC – although PS5 players will need to purchase an additional adapter.
Even better for some, the F500 is highly customizable. You can replace buttons, sticks and graphics with just a screwdriver. Players can use the F500 as a platform to build from if they end up falling in love with it.
Mobile controller: Razer – Kishi
$99 on Amazon
Mobile games and mobile esports are growing. If the gamer in your life prefers mobile but would like the precision input of a console, Razer has you covered with its Kishi controller. The device connects to your phone via USB, eliminating latency issues that wireless controllers might have.
The controller is compatible with major cloud gaming services, including Nvidia’s GeForce Now, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and more.
Kishi has templates for Android and iOS, but be sure to order the correct one!
Headset: SteelSeries – Arctis 7P+
Price: $150 on Amazon
Although the Arctis 7P+ is a bit more expensive than some other gaming headsets, it’s a wise long-term investment. It’s my personal headset of choice and after over a year of use I’m still in love.
The helmet is relatively comfortable, but remains secure. With 30 hours of battery life, you rarely need to recharge it. Noise cancellation works well and the audio pass-through option is great if you’re not looking for total isolation.
With headphones, I prefer a wireless option for breaks between games or meetings. You will need a USB-C port to connect the Bluetooth dongle (or a USB-A port plus the included converter). Also, Xbox gamers will have to look elsewhere.
Overall, the Arctis 7P+ presents itself as both a solid gaming option and for work as well.
Blue light blocking glasses: Zenni Gaming
Price: $24+ from Zenni Optical
Just like the wrists, players should also think about protecting their eyes. Blue light glasses can help reduce eye strain for some and make an affordable gift for the esports fan in your life.
Zenni works with several esports organizations, including the Call of Duty League and the Golden Guardians, to ensure their goggles are tested by the pros.
Although glasses are a very personal choice, Zenni’s virtual try-on feature will help you find the right size. Some frames are also available for prescriptions.
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