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It can be intimidating to find the right gift for the esports fan in your life, especially if you’re not one yourself. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Whatever your favorite platform for climbing the ladder or whatever 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
To build or to buy, that is the question. While PC enthusiasts might urge you to build one, I’d suggest getting something pre-made for a gift. NZXT makes the process as painless as possible.
The Foundation series might be the ticket if you’re planning to upgrade components, but otherwise the Starter series is a strong choice for gamers just starting out. While the basic starter PC is a solid choice, upgrading to the Starter Plus gets you an upgraded graphics card.
Mouse: Glorious Gaming – Model O
Price: $50 on Glorious Gaming / $44
$64 on Amazon
There are four main factors to look for when buying a mouse for competitive gaming: light weight, a wired connection, button arrangement and, of course, style.
The Model O is a great all-round choice. The honeycomb design is the star, adding to the form factor as well as reducing weight. At just 67 grams, it’s no wonder Glorious Gaming is especially popular with FPS fans.
For the MMO or MOBA player in your life, you might want to consider the Model I, which has extra programmable buttons.
At the time of writing, the mouse is for sale on Amazon, but if style is an important factor, it might be worth ordering directly from Glorious. The company website has extra customization options (for a fee), such as an extra cable in your player’s favorite color.
Keyboard: Highground – Basecamp 65
Price: $135+ on Higround
Compared to other gaming keyboards, Higround’s offerings are meant to be statement pieces. Sure, they have the RBGs we all know and love, but the limited branding and flashy keycaps are the stars. It’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 style and sales practices. The company regularly releases drops and capsule collections in limited quantities.
While the Basecamp keyboard isn’t explicitly designed for experts and modders, there are features for them. The keyboards come with the tools needed to interchange keys and switches as you see fit.
Mechanical keyboards have a reputation for being loud, but fear not. Higround’s silicone damping helps the keyboard feel heavy and reduces noise.
One major drawback is that the keyboard doesn’t come with a palm rest.
Wrist Rest: HyperX – Wrist Rest + Mouse Rest
Price: $20 + $15 on Amazon
Whether you’re sitting at a desk for work or gaming, it’s important to make your setup as ergonomic as possible. Wrist pain is both extremely common and no fun. It is especially important for aspiring professionals to take preventive measures.
One of the easiest (and cost-effective) ways to do this is through a wrist rest. HyperX is a great product for both your keyboard and mouse. If you only get one I’d recommend the keyboard option, but it depends on your play style.
The keyboard rest comes in a variety of sizes, so make sure you pick the one that best fits your setup.
Console Controllers: Scuf Gaming
Price: $230 on Amazon for Xbox
Scuf gaming is legendary in console-based FPS titles. Scuf controllers are highly customizable for both aesthetics and performance. The sticks can be swapped out for different styles to maximize precision and comfort. They are performance products designed for dedicated players – perfect for an aspiring professional.
For esports fans, Scuf also makes numerous creator-branded products. FaZe Clan and Optic gaming fans can find controllers with team branding.
While 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 – Universal Arcade Fighting Stick F500
Price: $88 on Amazon
For certain fighting game fans, arcade sticks are a must-have. They allow players to use an arcade button layout that may be a more optimal setup for some – or just plain nostalgic for others.
A fighting stick can be a great gift if a player wants to try out 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 the buttons, sticks and graphics with just a screwdriver. Players can use the F500 as a platform to build from if they fall in love with it.
Mobile controller: Razer-Kishi
$99 on Amazon
Mobile gaming and mobile esports are growing. If the gamer in your life prefers mobile but loves the precise inputs of a console then Razer has you covered with their Kishi controller. The device connects to your phone via USB, eliminating the latency issues that wireless controllers can have.
The controller is compatible with the leading cloud gaming services including Nvidia’s GeForce Now, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and more.
Kishi has models for both Android and iOS, but be sure to order the right one!
Headphones: SteelSeries – Arctis 7P+
Price: $150 on Amazon
While the Arctis 7P+ is slightly more expensive than some other gaming headphones, it’s a wise long-term investment. This is my personal favorite headset and after more than a year of use I’m still in love.
The headset is relatively comfortable, but is still secure. With a battery life of 30 hours, you rarely have to charge it. The noise cancellation works well and the pass-through audio option is great if you’re not looking for total isolation.
With headphones, I prefer a wireless option for those breaks between games or meetings. You’ll need a USB-C port to connect the Bluetooth dongle (or a USB-A port plus the included converter). Plus, Xbox players will have to look elsewhere.
Overall, the Arctis 7P+ holds up as a strong gaming option as well as for work.
Blue Light Glasses: Zenni Gaming
Price: $24+ from Zenni Optical
Just like wrists, gamers should also think about protecting their eyes. Blue light goggles can help reduce eye strain for some, and they make an affordable gift for the esports fan in your life.
Zenni has partnered with several esports organizations, including the Call of Duty League and the Golden Guardians, to ensure their goggles are tested by the pros.
While glasses are a very personal choice, Zenni’s virtual fit function helps you find the right fit. Some frames are also available for prescriptions.
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