Looking for that perfect last minute stocking stuffer for the gamer that has it all? Want to be the cool relative, but don’t want to drop $60 on a AAA title? We’ve compiled a list of creative, relatively inexpensive video game gifts that aren’t games. Let’s take a look:
Realistic Pokémon Volume One ($24.99)-
RJ Palmer’s unsettling artwork of what Pokémon would look like in real life started circulating on social media last year, and is now finally available to purchase. You get over 70 Pokémon on 48 full-colored pages which is signed by the author himself, as well as a free glow in the dark wristband featuring additional Aztec-style Pokémon.
Console Wars by Blake Harris (ON SALE $8.79)-
Incredibly detailed, colorful writing, insightful and personal. There aren’t enough praises to be thrown at Harris’ depiction of the rise of Sega and how they battled to take on a juggernaut in Nintendo. Console Wars scrapes away at the multibillion dollar companies to find the humans that made it all possible underneath. It’s not just a good history lesson, it’s a fantastic read.
Andrew Heath’s Minimalistic Posters ($5-$20)-
Andrew Heath’s line of pop culture posters keep it simple. Cut away the clutter for a clean and concise portrait, but make it leave an impression. Best of all: they’re affordable. My personal favorites: “Class of ’99,” featuring the original cast of Super Smash Bros. and Rogue Squadron.
Mega Man mug ($9.99)- While I generally find ThinkGeek to be a tad overpriced, these are perfect. Offering five styles with three colors, what better way to start a busy day than with a reminder that if Mega Man can beat every boss in his game twice to take down a mad scientist, you can check “flip the laundry” off your To-Do list today.
iam8bit vinyl soundtracks ($25-35)- I’ve gone on record about how much I love game soundtracks (sometimes I write about them). As a vinyl collector, iam8bit puts out some of the best records I own. Soundtracks set a tone, and what better way to welcome someone to your house than with Banjo-Kazooie’s wacky theme or Journey’s ambient score.
Link to the Past map print ($19.99)- Is your relative’s house lined with white walls, family photos, and “Eat, Pray, Love” quotes? Politely help them step their game up the entire map from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. The giant art print is made of eight panels, which can be mounted on foam board for a truly gorgeous set piece.
Hardback guides (~$25)- As games go more digital and special editions get less and less love, there’s an itch to be scratched for the collector in your family. With the internet, gaming guides have become obsolete, except for making your shelves have more character. Some great hardcover collector’s items include The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Hystoria, the Borderlands 2 Limited Edition Game Guide, and Fallout 4’s Survival Guide.
Do you have any personal favorites that you’ve gotten or given? Think something doesn’t belong, or there’s a better deal out there? Let us know in the comments.