7 Best Gifts for Gamers to Buy on Black Friday
As a fellow holiday shopper, I get it. There are all different types of gamers out there so choosing the right gift can be tricky. You have your PC gamers, console gamers, and those who like mobile gaming on Steam Deck. And we can’t forget the all-around gamer who spends their leisure beating final bosses on every platform. No matter what kind of gamer(s) you have on your holiday shopping list, my gift guide will help you find the perfect token of appreciation for your beloved gamer.
1. HP Victus 16 Gaming Laptop
The HP Victus 16 is an excellent gaming laptop that doesn’t cost a small fortune. Although it’s among the most affordable gaming-specific machines, it doesn’t skimp on performance or aesthetics. Starting from $799 ($500 off) right now in HP’s Black Friday sale, the customizable HP Victus 16 is one of the best gaming laptops around. It packs a 16-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) 144Hz display, Intel Core i5-13500HX 14-core GPU, 16GB of RAM, Nvidia RTX 4050 GPU, and 512GB SSD. In our most recent HP Victus 16 review, we gave it a solid 4 out of 5-star rating for its snappy gameplay, color-rich display and elegant, durable design. We were also impressed by its clean sound, which audiophiles will approve of. See our full HP Victus 16 review.
2. Xbox Wireless Controller
Microsoft’s Xbox wireless controller is one of the best gifts for gamers. Firstly, it’s always good to have a spare controller or two on hand. Secondly, Xbox controllers come in array of colors and awesome special edition designs that are collector’s items. Lastly, the Xbox controller is the most comfortable gamepad for playing games across all genres. And thanks to universal compatibility, it works with Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, Windows PCs, Android, and iOS. Pricing typically starts at $49.99 for the core controller and $69.99 for special edition models like the Storm Cloud Vapor, Gold Shadow, and Sunkissed Vibes Opi. The top tier Xbox Elite Series 2 controller cost $179. Luckily, during the holiday season, you can save up to $30 on an Xbox controller at several retailers. See our top picks for best PC controllers.
3. HyperX Cloud III Gaming Headset
That gamer you know will love the enhanced gaming experience the HyperX Cloud III Gaming Headset provides. Priced at $99, they’re super-comfortable, output excellent gaming audio with spatial sound. What’s more, it’s universal design works with today’s gaming platforms. In our HyperX Cloud III review we loved its incredibly comfortable design and impressive gaming and music playback performance. We also like that it employs DTS: X and is multi-platform compatible. As our reviewer states: “With dynamic 53mm with Neodymium-magnet drivers and DTS:X Spatial Audio, the HyperX Cloud III blew away my expectations.” See our full HyperX Cloud III review.
4. Razer Basilisk V3 Gaming Mouse
That gamer in your life will love defeating enemies with lightning-fast gaming mouse. Even when they’re not gaming, they will benefit from the precise, smooth performance of the Razer Basilisk V3. Typically $69 and now $30 off for Black Friday, it’s one of the best RGB gaming mice around. In our Razer Basilisk V3 review, we praise its fast performance, comfy design and smart scroll wheel. It’s powered by Razer’s excellent Synapse software. The Basilisk V3 earned a high rating of 4.5 out of 5-stars and our Editor’s Choice award. During testing, the Razer Basilisk V3 performed well from blasting werewolves with…