Its that time of the year again and the challenge is to buy something special for family and friends at Christmas. The pressure is on as the clock ticks buy. We have all felt the pressure that we need to buy something. We cannot be sitting around the Christmas tree with no gift to present to that family member or friend. We have all been guilty at one time or another of literally buying something out of sheer desperation because we’ve run out of time, ideas or budget!
Our general advice, learn from your previous experiences:
- Write a list of hobbies and interests for each individual.
- Establish a budgeted spend for each individual.
- Do your research – the internet is a great readily accessible source of information and inspiration and bargains – use it!
- Consider the risk of your gift choice being duplicated by another family member or friend and manage appropriately.
- Consider the risk of your gift choice not being in stock if you leave things too late – manage appropriately.
Our specific advice for buying a gift for gamers is:
- Establish out what types of games the gamers plays.
- Establish whether the gamer is a PC, Mobile or Console gamer (Xbox or PS) .
- Establish what hardware the gamer already has.
Once you have established some basic facts about the gamers current situation you are good to go on the gift search!
A NEW GAME
The quick gift win is to buy the updated version of their favourite game if they haven’t already got it and you have the budget to do so. There have been a plethora of new game releases recently these include:
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- Fallout 76
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Call of Duty Black Ops 4
- State of Decay 2
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider
- Detroit: Become Human
- FIFA 19
One of the key things is make sure the game that you buy is not only of the genre that your gamer enjoys (eg fighting game; racing game; etc) but is suitable for the hardware they use ( eg Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PS4, etc).
A good destination to start your search to purchase a new game is www.game.co.uk .
A NEW CONSOLE
The most popular choices of hardware in 2018 are the PC, Xbox One by Microsoft, the PS4 by Sony and Nintendo’s Switch.
These are high budget items and should therefore be bought after careful consideration of the gamers specific requirements.
An online retailer with a good range of consoles at good prices is www.amzon.co.uk .
A NEW MONITOR/TV
When choosing a new television there are a range of well known brands offering models which cater for a broad range of budgets – the most popular brands being Sony, LG and Samsung.
A retailer with a good range of tv/monitors is www.ao.com .
A NEW HEADSET
The range of options for headphone sets is massive. The reality is that for the vast majority of headset there is very little significant differentiation between the performance of each. Our advice therefore is to let your budget determine the choice you make. It is generally accepted that the more money you spend on headsets the better the performance to get – this is not necessarily the case with other gaming accessories where it could be argued that the likes of DX Racer and X Rocker are over priced when compared to BraZen.
A good place to start looking for a new headset is www.amazon.co.uk .
A NEW GAMING CHAIR
Gamers spend a considerable amount of time pursuing their hobby. It is wise for basic comfort as well as health and safety reasons for this to be done from a comfortable and safe place. There are many chairs available to choose from. The largest UK owned brand of gaming chairs is BraZen. The number one selling gaming chair in the UK over the last four years is the BraZen Stag – the reason being – excellent quality, price and performance!
Probably the best place to buy your gaming chair when considering best price, best product and best customer service is the UK’s number one online gaming chair store www.BoysStuff.co.uk.