Christmas Gaming Gifts Buyer’s Guide 2016
For most human beings with a pulse, this time of year tis the season to be jolly, yet as most gamers will know, Christmas is also yet another convenient opportunity to stock up on new swag, video games and maybe the odd console or two. So, if you’re struggling for gifts to put on your Christmas list this year and are craving something nerdy, be sure to maintain your gaming diet with a few of these treats, collectibles and gear as featured in IGCritic’s 2016 Christmas gaming gifts buyer’s guide:
Loot Crate Subscription
It’s important to never underestimate the power of surprise, especially at Christmas, and no gamer’s gift idea encapsulates this better than a good old fashion loot crate subscription. You’ll never know what you may find inside when opened be it a new desk-buddy, gaming tee, coffee mug or maybe even all three. You’re always guaranteed more value than the actual price of entry, making it an ideal gift idea for anyone who holds all things gaming and geek at heart.
NES Classic Edition Mini Console
Nintendo may have already blown us all away just a couple of weeks ago with the recent announcement of their new console gaming console called Switch being an unexpected surprise, but it’s actually the wonderful NES Classic that arrives just in time for the festive season. Allowing gamers to fall in love with over 30 classic 8 bit games all over again with just the simple input of a HDMI cable, not only is the NES Classic a great value proposition, but something that’ll easily keep you addicted!
Marvel Legends Series Iron Man Helmet
While I’d imagine that most of us do not quite have the funds to build a realistic high-flying, air-dodging, full-scale version of the Iron Man suit, we can at least complement our impressive cosplay outfits with a 1:1 wearable replica of the Iron Man helmet. Complete with 2 glowing LED eyes and a detachable front face plate, this Marvel Legends series wearable Iron Man helmet is a steal being high-quality, incredibly detailed and first class when it comes to living out our superhero fantasies.
Sonic the Hedgehog Socks
What better way to make sure you’ll be able to travel as fast as everyone’s favorite blue blur, than with this awesome Sonic the Hedgehog sock set. Whether donning the Dr. Eggman, Green Hill Zone or Blue Hedgehog variants, it’s never been easier to keep your feet warm and express the gamer geek with you when wearing these stylish stockings as you wait for a decent game in the series to truly arrive.
The Legend of Zelda Monopoly
We dare you not to start humming to yourself the song of time whilst playing this very special variant of the very famous Monopoly board game. Ever felt the need to own and charge people money for the privilege of passing through Hyrule castle or maybe even the Temple of Time? Then look no further than a session of Zelda Monopoly, sure to test the limits of your friendships all over again, so be warned when playing over the festive season.
Stan Lee (Superhero Stan) Funko POP
Guilty of cropping up in almost every pop culture-related video game, movie and comic – well okay just the Marvel ones – Stan Lee is unquestionably the king of cameos and as such, makes the ideal desk friend whether at work, home or office. The POP vinyl figure itself sees our favorite comic book creator don a superhero costume all his own, complete with mustache, glasses and a determined look in his eye that screams: “go get ‘em true believer!”
Portal 2 Aperture Science Test Subject Jacket
Whilst the idea of being trapped within an underground facility, forced to carry out test after test by lovable yet roguish tormenting enemy AI would seem like a night mare to the average person, us gamers know that nothing would be much more entertaining than a day trip to Aperture Science under the watchful eye of GlaDOS. This vibrant orange jacket successfully lets us live out this twisted fantasy in style, stepping into the shoes of Chell whilst always looking stylish.
PSOne Game Case Coasters
This set of nifty PSOne coasters masterfully replicates the original look of that console’s game packaging, ensuring that everytime you invite a guest around to yours for a nice cuppa they’ll be impressed by your choice of home furnishing. Featured in the pack are faithful recreations of the Wipeout, Parappa the Rappa, Gran Turismo and Destruction Derby box art, letting the 90’s live on through you and your friends’ caffeine addiction.
Assassin’s Creed “Leap of Faith” Statue
If you’re someone finding yourself wanting yet another statue in which to display in your selection, there are plenty awesome gaming-related choice out there. We’ve gone for this impressive “Leap of Faith” statue featured as part of the Ubisoft collectables range, which sees fan-favorite assassin Ezio midway through the legendary motion, being finely detailed and quite hefty for a relatively affordable statue option.
Borderlands Origins (Comic Series)
Taking the various vault-hunters from 2K’s wildly addictive shoot ‘n’ loot Borderlands series and thrusting them into their own comic book adventure, this limited series does a great job at fleshing out some of the backgrounds of these characters which up until now has remained relatively obscure. A must for any true Borderlands fan, this extra bit of expanded universe looks gorgeous, is well written and might just tide you over until the inevitable third game arrives.