Gifts for Gamers

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What do you give the picky gamer on your list who already has all the latest games and systems? The ideal present is a gift that's personal and, if it's also helpful, we'll chalk it up to being an added bonus. Here are eight suggestions that are a little bit nerdy, a little bit stylish, and a whole lot of fun to open Christmas morning.

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Retro-Bit NES System

It's very difficult (and pricey) to get your hands on the classic Nintendo Entertainment System that was a popular Christmas item back in 1985. The ideal way to deliver that same magic nowadays is with the Retro-Bit NES system which can play classic NES games for less than $20.

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Minecraft Magnet

The smash hit game Minecraft has proven that good gameplay and a unique retro art style are more marketable than ultra realistic graphics. What better gift to give the addicted virtual miners than housewares like mugs, bottle openers, Cookie Cutter Set, or these magnets, which look amazing on the fridge.

Mario Lamp

Imagine a Mario block that lights up when you give a light bump underneath it. That's exactly what 8 Bit Lit has brought to life and I can see this being an amazing present for the budding gamer (a.k.a in baby's room.)

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Pac-Man Shot Glasses

Another cool retro touch comes in the form of a set of shot glasses that pay homage to the legend himself, Pac-Man! You don't need to be an avid drinker to enjoy these sleek black glasses that have the arcade sprites printed on them (but it certainly helps with drinking games games!)

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Neo Geo X Gold System

Neo Geo released a sleek, elegant handheld that has their classic games digitally on board via the data card slot. It looks just like a stylish smartphone and is sure to wow gadget nerds with its additional feature. Included is an arcade style controller that the Neo Geo plugs into, while the controller hooks up to the TV, emulating the classic arcade feel.

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Hyrule Historia

As a coffee table book, the Hyrule Historia is a curious and dazzling read, full of interesting tidbits and detailed artwork. Nintendo fans already know the revelations from the revered Legend of Zelda franchise from this epic piece of video game history.

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Companion Cube Plush

Is your gamer's couch a little bare? Maybe a little companionship is what they need during gaming sessions or a Netflix marathon. Who else better than the Companion Cube from the Portal games in a squeezable, huggable plush form that would make an adorable addition to the living room.

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Video Game Storage Rack

For the cluttered gamer with more peripherals than organization sense, the Video Game Storage Rack from Atlantic is an amiable solution. Capable of storing numerous consoles, games, controls, and gaming peripherals, it may not be very subtle but perhaps it'll get them on the right track.

(Image credits: Nintendo / SNK Neo Geo / Valve / Namco Bandai / Mojang; Retro-Bit; Mojang; Namco Bandai; SNK Neo Geo; Nintendo; Valve; Atlantic Inc.)