$100-$300 gift ideas

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Sphero Star Wars BB-8

We haven't even seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens yet, and already Sphero's BB-8 is the coolest toy of the holiday season. This connected droid is controlled by your iOS or Android device, letting you remotely roll the big, rechargeable ball with ease — and the head hovers on top all the while. It's a magical sight.

Running Mega Man statue

How much do you love the Blue Bomber? Enough to put a 13-inch statue on your mantle? How about one that lights up? If any of those questions got you excited, point your eyes at Capcom's Running Mega Man statue: the limited edition Variant model actually lights up, although a non-illuminated version is $20 cheaper.

Street Fighter 5 Arcade FightStick

Street Fighter 5 won't be out until February, but you can gear up early by sticking MadCatz's branded Arcade FightStick on your wish list. It features Chun-Li artwork and a durable blue core, plus it opens up easily for cord and shoulder strap storage. And it works on both PS3 and PS4, so you can enjoy fighters old and new.

Astro A50: Halo Xbox One Edition headset

Astro's A50 wireless gaming headset remains one of the best on the market, and the Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound headset has a new color scheme for the holidays: a Halo-branded one that even comes with Halo 5: Guardians DLC. But other versions are available, and they all work with a wide array of devices.

Loot Crate (six months)

Why give one gift when you can give six? And it's really more like dozens of gifts, since each Loot Crate contains a handful of geeky items. Loot Crate is a subscription plan that mails a box full of pop culture goodies — like shirts and trinkets — to your door each month, and there are cheaper (or pricier) options if you please.

Sun and Moon Miyamoto watch

Smartwatches might be on the rise, but no touch screen can replicate the wonder of the Sun and Moon Miyamoto watch from Mr. Jones. This subtle tribute rotates through Mario-inspired 2D terrain with distinctive day and night cycles. While not an official product, it's a stunning timepiece for superfans.

The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyzaki is responsible for some of the finest and most affecting animated films of our time, and you can finally get them all in one set in North America with The Collected Works on Blu-ray. It includes 11 films — such as Princess Mononoke and The Wind Rises — along with bonus features and beautiful book-like packaging.

ColorWare rose gold controller

We've got rose gold phones and rose gold smartwatches ... why not a rose gold Xbox One or PlayStation 4 controller? ColorWare specializes in these custom-colored jobs, and has done a run of 18k Rose Gold gamepads on both platforms. Just 100 of each system's controllers were made, and they're individually numbered to boot.

Cage Them All paintings

Behold the power of the Internet to produce incredible, lovable nonsense: here's a six-pack of paintings that depicts familiar Pokémon… with actor Nicolas Cage's face on them. Artist Jbellzamyy has several of these, and this Cage Them All starter pack lets you pick any six from the bunch. Can you look away?

Mega Man helmet

Ever since Dead Rising showed us that a Mega Man helmet looks amazing on a human head, we've clamored for one. And now Capcom has made it: the official helmet has a clamshell hinge to fit around your head, it's padded on the inside and the red bulbs light up.

Anki Overdrive

Anki Overdrive is an app-connected blend of classic slot cars and kart-racing video games, and the mixture of real-world toys and electronic "weapons" and leveling works much better than it has any right to. Play against friends on the customizable tracks — or let the computer control the other cars for single-player games.

Nebulon-B Escort Frigate

Fantasy Flight does a great job with its miniatures, especially the pre-painted ones in the Star Wars: X-Wing Miniature Game — but they lack scale. Majesty. Sheer overwhelming size. Enter the Nebulon B, flagship to one Admiral Ackbar. Put it along the sideboard for flair during your next session, or use the included rules to set the Imperials ablaze.

Hyrule Wood Map

A lot of game art can be cheap or flimsy, depending on the source. But this Zelda map takes things to another level, using a classic design etched into wood. The level of detail and creativity here is hard to match.

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