Most serious gamers might seem easy to buy for at first: games! But they probably are buying most games they really want right when they're released. So you've got to be a bit more creative than that.
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Modern Warfare 2 Controllers: These controllers add mappable buttons on its back, allowing you to do things like jump and reload without taking your thumb off a stick. And as anyone who's been thoroughly humiliated by 13-year-olds online knows, every little advantage helps. $50 [Link; Amazon (PS3), Amazon (Xbox 360)]
Nyko Charge Base IC: This thing make charging up your Wiimotes as painless as humanly possible. Just place them on the tray, that's it. No plugging in, no swapping batteries, no nothing. Now you'll never sit down to play and find a dead controller again. $35 [Link]
Ear Force X41 Headset: It's pretty amazing how much of an advantage spatial audio can give you. These awesome headphones will let you hear people sneaking up on you from all sides with excellent audio quality. They're also wireless, which ditches the annoying cable between the headset and your controller. $180 [Link]
Xbox Live Points/Wii Points/PlayStation Network Cards: All three current-gen consoles have virtual stores that let you buy games, game add-ons, movies, shows and all sorts of other stuff. The Wii and Xbox 360 use a proprietary points system, while the PS3 lets you pay in dollars. All three will let you buy gift cards that will work specifically on their systems, however, and no gamer will be upset to get those in their stocking. Price Varies
Mad Catz Street Fighter IV FightSticks: Any fighting game aficionado will tell you that playing with a normal controller is for suckers. An arcade stick gives you much more control over your moves and combos, allowing you to thoroughly destroy the competition. And while this particular stick is branded with Street Fighter IV graphics, it'll work with any game. $70 [Link]
Microsoft Sidewinder X8: For PC gamers, the mouse is an important accessory. For years, wireless mice have been ignored thanks to lag, but the current crop of mice finally has the goods to hang with their wired cousins. The Sidewinder X8 is one of the best, offering up speedy response time, long battery life and comfy ergonomics. $75 [Link]
Arkeg: The Arkeg is an arcade cabinet with a kegorator inside. Yes, arcade games and beers. If you can swing the pricetag on this bad boy, I'm pretty sure you'll make anybody with a pulse really happy. $4,000 [Arkeg; Link] Thanks to the people who mentioned the correct Arkeg link!
DON'T BUY Ultimate Game Chair: A chair with speakers is a stupid idea. No self-respecting adult would have this in their home, and kids would get bored with the gimmick quickly. If you're going to clutter up your living room with video game related crap, it might as well be plastic instruments and skateboards. $570 [Target]
All Giz Wants is our annual round-up of favorite gift ideas, including amazing attainable objects and a few far-out fantasies. We'll be popping guides catered to different interests several times per day for the next week, so keep checking back.