It's almost Christmas, and if you're lucky, you've got several people in your life as enthusiastic about games as you are. Of course, you could always resort to buying them the usual bag of, uh, wood shavings, but perhaps we should all try to get more into the gift-giving spirit this year.
So without further ado, here are some pretty cool gift ideas we've found – and at the time of print, they should all make it to Australia before December 25. We've tried to avoid overly expensive presents – so don't expect gaming laptops – though as a rule of thumb we've put a limit of AU$200.
So let's get gifting!
PC gaming hardware and peripherals
HyperX Cloud Alpha Gaming Hedset | AU$138.48
Have a friend who never has a bloody headset in Siege? Here's a trusty, award-winning headset with a detachable microphone and aluminium frame. Get at Amazon.View Deal
Razer DeathAdder Elite | AU$49.52
An affordable yet widely adored gaming mouse, this one boasts a 16,000 DPI optical sensor, 99.4% resolution accuracy and a 99.4% IPS rating. And it looks pretty good, too. Via Amazon.View Deal
Battlefield 5 | AU$28
If you've got a friend you'd like to spend more time in-game with, less than $30 for DICE's latest warfare sim seems like a cheap way to facilitate that. Get from Amazon.View Deal
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 | AU$39
It's not the most recent Call of Duty, and it has no singleplayer component, but if you're keen to get a friend into Infinity Ward's take on battle royale, this might force their hand. Via Amazon.View Deal
Books and magazines
World of Warcraft by Daniel Lisi | AU$19.91
An instalment in the excellent Boss Fight Books series on video games, this is a breezy history of the biggest MMO that ever MMOed. Get from Amazon.View Deal
Masters of Doom by David Kushner | AU$22.52
id Software's Doom celebrated its 25th anniversary this month, so now's a better time than ever to read this meaty (and eye-opening) account of id Software's rise to fame and fortune. Get from Amazon.View Deal
Toys and board games
Descent: Journeys in the Dark Second Edition | AU$112.41
A card-oriented dungeon crawler. As meaty as it is, if you must have more there are several expansions to collect. Get it at Amazon.View Deal
Pandemic | AU$55.38
A cooperative table top game about thwarting civilisation-threatening viruses. We couldn't think of a better token of one's Christmas time love, to be honest. Get it at Amazon.View Deal
Pop Five Nights at Freddy's Pizza Sim Rockstar Freddy Vinyl | AU$17.91
For some reason this utterly terrifying survival horror series is much beloved by kids, so... Get from Amazon.View Deal
LEGO Minecraft: The Creeper Building Kit | AU$103.20
The marriage of two block-based building mainstays - one digital, one flesh world - is probably a gift most younger kids would be very pleased to receive. Get from Amazon.View Deal
LEGO Overwatch Various Characters | starting from AU$20
There sure is a lot of Overwatch LEGO, and most of it pits two characters against one another. For example, the one pictured to the left (and accessible from the link above, features Tracer and Widowmaker. See links for more below, via Amazon.
D.Va and Reinhardt - AU$49
Bastion - AU$90
Junkrat and Roadhog - AU$60
Wrecking Ball - AU$30
Hanzo and Genji - $40
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