It’s that time of the year again – Secret Santas, Christmas movies, and turkeys all in the name of merrymaking. For gamers, it’s a very important date, one that’s filled with cheap sales, bundle packs, and too many games for too little time. Yes, we’re referring to the much-anticipated Steam Christmas Sale, every gamers’ wallet’s nightmare next to the Summer Sale.
Gaming enthusiasts know that gifting a Steam game to their fellow gaming buddies is easily one of the most foolproof method of passing on the spirit of Christmas. But therein lies the issue: Steam games aren’t exactly tangible. There’s the thrill of playing them, sure, but why not settle for something practical that can be used on a regular basis? A piece of fandom merchandise that’s practical, and yet still can keep the spirit going?
Here are 8 gift suggestions that are both physical and sure to be a hit:
Let’s be honest, Superhero-themed apparel will never die. With the recent release of Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League, there’s no better time to grab some themed shirts and socks from the likes of RIPT Apparel. That way, the receiver of your gift can turn up at the next superhero movie with a fan t-shirt. Geekiness at its finest.
You don’t need to be a Mario fan to appreciate this quirky and creative design from Nintendo. Standing at 47cm, this desk lamp looks like an exact replicate of the evil ball and chain. With a pre-order price of S$68 from ThinkGeek, it’s the ideal choice for that additional touch of geekiness on your table.
Protect your data with this steampunk-inspired USB that sports beautiful craftsmanship and a unique packaging design. It comes with a space capacity of 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB, which are priced at approximately S$55, S$65, S$79, and S$92 (shipping fee included) respectively. Saving files has never been cooler.
Sony WH-1000XM2 Bluetooth Headphones
A good pair of headphones is what we all need in our lives. Noise-cancelling, sleek, and wireless, the M2 was voted as the Editor’s Choice in an earlier review for its top-tier quality and pleasing aesthetics. A retail price of S$549 may be a little too steep, but it’s undoubtedly one of the best buys on the current market.
Logitech G903 Wireless Mouse (with optional choice of POWERPLAY)
Also an Editor’s Choice for another review, the G903 is the perfect gift for gamers with its outstanding performance, elegant appearance, and highly-customisable elements. Selling for S$249 and an additional S$199 for the POWERPLAY mousepad, nothing quite compares to the feeling of receiving this for a Christmas present.
A boo-tifully cheeky innovation, the Super Mario Boo Mug is for that jester of a friend, or that one person who keeps using King Boo in Super Mario Kart. Selling at a price of S$20 (without shipping), it makes for an affordable and simple gift for both gamers and non-gamers alike.
No more eating out of conventional, boring lunch boxes. With the recent launch of Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon, buying a Pokemon lunch box as a gift is nothing more than timely. It’s iconic, simple, and relatively affordable at S$32 (free shipping) – plus, the kids will definitely like it.
There isn’t going to any legendary skin when this lootbox is opened up, but cookies and other goodies in its place instead. Retailing at a price of S$39.20 (free shipping), it’s just as iconic, simple, and affordable as the Pokemon lunch box – totally practical, too.
Si Jia is a casual geek at heart – or as casual as someone with Sephiroth’s theme on her Spotify playlist can get. A fan of movies, games, and Japanese culture, Si Jia’s greatest weakness is the Steam Summer Sale. Or any Steam sale, really.