The Best Gifts For Competitive Gamers
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Esports is a massive part of gaming these days, but it can be hard to pick out gifts for gamers with an affinity for esports, or the perfect gift for a first-person shooter fan trying to get their game up to a competitive level. With Christmas right around the corner, we've collected some great gifts for gamers that can put your special somebody on the right path to esports stardom--as long as they practice, that is. Playing well means having the right keyboard, headset, controller, fight stick, or gaming monitor to excel at your game of choice, so here’s our video game shopping guide for the aspiring competitive gamer.
Need more gifts for gamers? Check out more of our 2019 holiday gift guides below for more cool gifts across gaming, entertainment, and tech.
Holiday Gift Guide 2019
Note that prices are accurate at the time of publication but subject to change without notice.
Logitech G502 Mouse
Gaming mice make excellent gifts for gamers with a PC bias, and one of most popular is the G502, thanks to its accuracy, comfort, and customization. It has 11 extra buttons for mapping functions to and features weights that can be added or removed depending on how heavy the user wants it to be, making it the perfect gift for long gaming sessions where you need can let your wrist wrest.
Razer Hunstman Elite Keyboard
A stocking stuffer for the first-person shooter fan, the Razer Hunstman Elite is a deluxe gaming keyboard best suited for players who want all the bells and whistles in addition to great performance. The keyboard utilizes an optical sensor for each key, in addition to the mechanical switch to ensure a fast and smooth response time. It also features RGB lighting and a digital dial that can be used to adjust volume, brightness, and more. To enhance your gaming experience, you can pair it with Razer's Deathadder Elite mouse.
Xbox One Elite Series 2 Controller
Xbox One and PC gaming fans alike can get a lot of use out of the Elite Series 2 controller, especially on Microsoft's console where they'll have extra paddles, grip, and customization over the typical gaming controller. It's a pricey video game accessory, but it's one of the best gifts for any gamer who wants to play hard.
SCUF Vantage 2 PS4 Controller
The Xbox One has its Elite controller, which is hard to beat, but SCUF makes an "elite" PS4 controller of its own. The SCUF Vantage 2 features four rear paddles, two side buttons, and adjustable triggers, making it an easy choice for competitive gaming. It also features a different stick placement, one more similar to the Xbox One's than what the DualShock 4 has (which is more comfortable for some video game fans). GameStop has a Modern Warfare-themed version for $220 and a plain black model for $200.
HyperX Revolver S Headset
The HyperX Revolver S headset features surround sound audio, which makes it easy to hear enemies approaching from any direction--a must in tense gaming situations. It's also pretty comfortable, making it perfect for console and PC players who prefer headphones to sound bars.
Xbox One - Hori Real Arcade Pro Stick
The Xbox One's Hori Real Arcade Pro stick is a perfect gift for fighting game fans looking to get a little more serious about their gaming, or just play a few rounds of arcade games with their friends. Dragon Ball FighterZ, Tekken 7, and the console-exclusive Killer Instinct will all take great advantage of this particular gaming controller.
PS4 - Hori Real Arcade Pro Stick
If your gaming fan is playing on Sony's console, the PS4 version of the Hori Real Arcade Pro stick is exactly the same as the Xbox One's aside from console compatibility--this fight stick will work with PlayStation systems in addition to PC, which is perfect for those who like to game on different platforms. PS4 console exclusives such as Street Fighter V, King of Fighters XIV, and Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 make the PS4 edition of this stick especially useful.
Secretlab Titan Gaming Chair
The idea of gaming chairs may sound a little silly, considering you can sit in any chair while you play, but the comfort is no joke. One of the most thoughtful gifts for gamers of all stripes, they're built for extended periods of sitting, and the support they provide is second to none--that's why the price tag is often so high. The Secretlab Titan Chair is one of the best gaming-themed chairs on the market.
Logitech C922x Webcam
Many non-gaming accessories can make great gifts for gamers, and The Logitech C922x webcam is one of them. Many competitive video game players are looking to broadcast their sessions on Twitch or any other streaming platform, and a webcam is one of the best ways to do that, whether they're playing a role-playing game or an esport. This gives them the ability to show off their facial reactions and game at the same time--a must for anyone looking to stream.
Elgato Stream Deck
Streaming can be complicated and frustrating, especially when gaming and switching scenes at the same time. The Elgato Stream Deck is a perfect addition to any gaming streamer's toolkit. It makes it easy to transition to different scenes, pull up specific sources, or anything in between. It's one of the best tools a video game streamer can have if they're serious about streaming.
Audio Technica AT2035 Microphone + Interface Bundle
This bundle has everything you need to broadcast fantastic audio while gaming. The AT2035 is a fantastic microphone, and Focusrite Scarlett interfaces are solid for podcasts, streams, and even music recording. Add on the boom arm, pop filter, and XLR cable, and you have yourself a great gaming and streaming setup.