Some people have an innate knack for gift-giving, somehow pinpointing the perfect presents time and again. But for many, choosing the right gift for a friend or family member is often a frustrating and time-consuming experience. Whether you’re out of ideas or have way too many options to consider, it can be a real struggle to make a choice.
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Fortnite is everywhere right now … including all over the iconic board game.
Get the lowdown on loads of seemingly unbeatable gaming records.
Loved the original Xbox's bulbous gamepad? It's back, now for Xbox One and PC.
Stare into those creepy, beady eyes as Ditto embodies Pikachu, Snorlax and more.
Drop into the holidays with one of these delightfully tacky Fortnite sweaters.
Polygon's Final Fantasy 7 retrospective article gets a gorgeous, expanded print edition via publisher Read-Only Memory.
Recall the Dreamcast classic with Sega's dynamic new giclée print from Cook & Becker.
Bitmap Books' stunning tome captures the beauty and legacy of the classic genre.
Dig deep into Capcom's legacy with these aggressive Bionic Commando, Demon's Crest and Dino Crisis shirts.
Get a monthly selection of anime and game-themed candy and treats, straight from Japan.
Nintendo's manga adaptation is almost as much silly, raucous fun as the game itself.
Perfect for those cold, winter nights spent dying incessantly in Dark Souls Remastered.
This headset is subtly designed, super comfortable and your best option for the Switch.
Give the gift of 15,000+ digital comics and graphic novels from all across the spectrum.
The Saturn cult classic's soundtrack gets a stirring redux, with dreamy packaging to boot.
The original PS1 gets the pint-sized, plug-and-play treatment with 20 built-in games.
Squash Super Mario baddie Boo (and get cozy) with this enormous bean bag chair.
This book takes charts a unique path based on key games, hardware, tech and trends.
A programmable, neon-lit, waterproof robot ball that you can control with a phone or tablet.
Basically the PS4's Elite Controller, it's ultra-customizable with extra buttons and premium perks.
From Leia and Rey to Iden and Maz, Star Wars' women take the spotlight with loads of new artwork.
Some are creepy, others fun, but there's nothing quite like any of these elaborate narrative experiences.
Dig into the stories of classic Mac gaming thanks to 60+ interviews with those who shaped it.
It's "real" Rocket League, played with app-controlled cars on a plastic pitch.
You can't play Ooblets yet, but you certainly can wear the shirt.
Swap your left Joy-Con for one with a proper d-pad – and a Mario or Zelda skin, to boot.
Relive the horror of Thumper's "rhythm violence" with this sleek little lapel pin.
Memorize every last Pokémon – all 800+ of them – with this comprehensive guide.
Now you're cooking with power with these NES Power Glove-inspired oven mitts.
Build Overwatch's heroes brick by brick with officially licensed Lego kits.
Get a fresh box of video game-inspired merch delivered each and every month.
One of 2018's most charming indie games commits its synthy chiptunes to vinyl.
Here's one grub that you didn't find scattered around Hollow Knight's world … and it's chatty, too.
Get prepped for Marvel's next big flick by reading this 2014 graphic novel.
One of last year's best comics is weird and wonderful, and a delight to look at too.
Build – and then test – a relationship in this role playing-heavy, romantic comedy board game.
This new card game skips deck-building and booster packs, as each complete deck is unique.
The best new D&D campaign in years is also one of the best-ever introductions to the RPG.
Celebrate Magic's 25th anniversary with this impressive new expansion's Planeswalker decks.
This family-friendly riff on a German classic has you shine a real light on dwarves in the woods.
Dude? Dude. This party game just has cards with different variations of "dude," and it's super fun.
This asymmetrical strategy game pits adorable forest creature factions against each other.
Paulette Jiles' novel is a beautiful and melancholy Western novel that pairs well with Red Dead Redemption 2.
The McElroys' hit D&D-inspired podcast gets a hilarious graphic novel adaptation.
Get immersed in Cyberpunk 2077's world well ahead of time with a dazzling giclée print.
Relive the technical allure of the Nintendo 64 with this sleek schematic print.
Zac Gorman's comic is years old now, but this Earthbound tribute remains immensely heartwarming.
Put one of the year's most memorable games on your wall with these official art prints.
Kendrick Lamar's powerful Black Panther soundtrack gets a dazzling translucent red vinyl rendition.
Perfect for kids: build and customize an electronic gauntlet, and then dig into coding activities.
The PS4 game's Spider-Man and his nemesis get the ultra-poseable, 3.75in toy treatment.
The HBO hit's iconic characters are a perfect fit for these fortune-telling cards.
Got an incredible dad? This shirt really sells itself ...
The iconic Harry Potter locale comes to life thanks to a whopping 6,020 pieces.
Uniqlo's arcade-inspired collection features sprite-adorned shirts with Pac-Man, Galaga and more.
Anyone spending a lot of time in Stardew Valley might enjoy having this 16x20" map in view.
This officially-licensed, 3/4-scale arcade cabinet packs in Asteroids, Centipede and other classics.
Fans of the legendary anime will adore this first manga book—a beautiful, hardcover volume.
From the NES original to Twilight Princess HD, this official book is an exhaustive 30-year resource.
Mei's adorable companion comes with glow-in-the-dark jets and swappable facial expressions.
Charge the Switch's Pro Controller and both Joy-Cons with one handy, compact dock.
More than 300 pages of gorgeous concept art, process pieces, and more from the first six games.
It's like Super Mario Maker for a totally new platform: your fridge.
You can't actually play this tiny cabinet, but it does light up and make authentic sounds.
Give the gift of … a monthly hunt to solve a grisly (fictional) murder.
This cozy-looking hoodie was made for a skeleton, but probably fits humans too.
For those who like their video game t-shirts odd and obscure.
These two pop culture sensations have paired up with a plethora of cute vinyl figurines.
Put a little Red Dead flair in your pocket with this nicely detailed brass lighter.
It might sound ridiculous, but the smoke comes out of his nostrils.
Perfect for housing a strong cup of brew to power late-night Fallout 76 adventures.
This Destiny 2-themed bag is both functional and beautifully designed.
Dig deep into Mario history with this official guide that runs from Super Mario Bros. to 3D World.
This Commodore 64 throwback comes with 64 games, plus you can add more via USB drive.
Bear McCreary's stirring, choir-driven soundtrack can add ample atmosphere to anyone's day.
Nearly four hours of orchestral bliss from Square Enix's excellent original Switch RPG.
This murder mystery, in which a protagonist that repeats one day through the eyes of different guests, is an unintentional celebration of inhabiting video game avatars.
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