The best Valentine’s Day gifts for gamers


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The best Valentine's Day gifts for gamers

The best Valentine’s Day gifts for gamers

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I’ve never been a fan of Valentine’s Day. Or rather, I don’t like traditional Valentine’s Day gifts like chocolates and flowers. Flowers are dead, and you might get sick of another box of so-so candy from Russell Stover or Whitman. I’m not alone; a lot of people prefer a PlayStation 5 to a pack of purple pansies. If your loved one is a gamer, why not show them how much you love them and make their hobby even more enjoyable (and no watering required)?

8BitDo Pro 2

8Bitdo Pro 2 Controller

Matt Smith, Engadget

Maybe you enjoy playing games together on your Nintendo Switch, but you’re not too fond of splitting your tiny Joy-Con controllers. Why not upgrade your experience with 8BitDo’s Pro 2 controller, which is shaped to fit most people’s hands, is highly customizable and is available in a variety of colors to suit some gamer’s styles. If your gamers like to tinker, it also works on PC, macOS, and even Raspberry Pi.

Buy 8BitDo Pro 2 at Amazon – $50

Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2

Microsoft Xbox Elite Series 2 Controller

Microsoft

When you really want to pamper your Xbox players, why not upgrade them from a standard gamepad to an Elite controller? This premium accessory looks elegant and feels great in the hand, thanks to its rubberized handle and interchangeable thumbsticks. The paddles on the back add another control scheme for your players to take advantage of, and the dual triggers even adjust for the type of game being played.

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Buy Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 at Microsoft – $140

Scuf Instinct Pro

Scuf Gaming Instinct Pro face with map pattern

Chris Nordus/Engadget

If you don’t like the paddle-style style of the Elite Controller, know that the Scuf Instinct Pro offers many of the same features, but with a difference. Two horizontal paddles on the back are great for under your fingers, and the hexagonal pattern on the grip is great for perspiration. Professional gamers will especially appreciate the instant trigger, which switches to a mouse-like click when flipping a switch.

Get the Scuf Instinct Pro at Amazon – $230

SteelSeries Arctis 1

SteelSeries Arctis 1

SteelSeries

Wireless headphones are a dime a dozen these days, but headsets that work seamlessly with Nintendo Switch and Android phones are still rare. Of these, the SteelSeries Arctis 1 is probably still the best. Stylish, comfortable and highly portable, it connects to devices via a simple USB-C dongle. Even if your loved one already has a wireless gaming headset in their arsenal, this is a headset designed for travel and worth buying.

Buy SteelSeries Arctis 1 – $100 at Amazon

Razer Siren Kitten

Items from Engadget's 2021 Holiday Gift Guide.

Razer

Not every gamer accessory has to be intimidating and hardcore. Razer makes a great line of products for gamers who don’t want all black — or those who really like pink — and they don’t compromise on quality. Known for its cute design, Kraken Kitty looks great, feels great, and is perfect for long hours of streaming on Twitch or YouTube. If the marshmallow look isn’t your thing, the earphones are also available in black for a cooler style.

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Buy Kraken Kitty at Razer – $150

Logitech Litra Glow

Logitech

Mark Anthony Reyes/Logitech

Streaming is a hot thing for a lot of gamers these days, whether they’re doing it for entertainment or for profit. But it might take some investment to get started, so it’s a good idea to give them some gear. A camera is essential, of course, but good lighting is also key, and Logitech’s new Litra Glow will create bright, even light thanks to the company’s expertise and software.

Buy Litra Glow at Amazon – $60

Logitech StreamCam

Logitech Streamcam clipped to a computer monitor with cork board in the background.

Valentina Palladino/Engadget

If your gamers are in the market for a new webcam, preferably one that works on both PC and mobile, the Logitech StreamCam is right up their alley. Sure, it’s easy to use, but the real appeal is that it can be shot in landscape or portrait mode, making it perfect for creating content for YouTube and Twitch, as well as TikTok and Instagram.

Buy Streamcam at Amazon – $150

Elgato Stream Deck Mini

Elgato Stream Deck Mini

El Gato

Aside from webcams and microphones, one tool that’s becoming more common for streaming is the Elgato Stream Deck. The plethora of customization options might seem a little intimidating at first, but the company has made a smaller “mini” version with six buttons for triggering various actions, set up via extremely simple software. If your gamers already stream easily, you can upgrade to the larger, more expensive Stream Deck MK.2, which has more buttons and a customizable panel.

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Get the Stream Deck Mini at Amazon – $80

animal Crossing winter collection box

Animal Crossing Winter Collection Box

game station

Not every gamer gift has to be for the game – some may just be an expression of style, like this cute Animal Crossing Collection Box. For just $40, your players can get a cute winter-themed tote bag, a thermal reaction mug and coaster for their favorite hot drink, and of course a plush blanket to curl up on the couch .

Get the Animal Crossing Collection Box at GameStop – $40

Danielle Nicole Zelda Wallet

Danielle Nicole Zelda Wallet

Danielle Nicole/GameStop

Forget expensive jewelry, give your gamers a little bit of Zelda jewelry this Valentine’s Day with this new Zelda-themed wallet from Danielle Nicole. The bag features 12 card slots, a coin purse and plenty of room for cash. Best of all is its subtlety in gold and white, so your players get their geeks out on even the flashiest features.

Buy Zelda Wallet at GameStop – $30

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