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:

  1. Loot Crate Subscription

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Subscribe to Loot Crate

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.

  1. NES Classic Edition Mini Console

Mini NES Classic Edition

Buy a 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!

  1. Marvel Legends Series Iron Man Helmet

Marvel Legends series wearable Iron Man HelmetBuy a Wearable 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.

  1. Sonic the Hedgehog Socks

Sonic the Hedgehog socks

Buy 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.

  1. The Legend of Zelda Monopoly

The Legends of Zelda MonopolyBuy 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.

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