You're probably thinking it's too early to shop for Holiday gifts, but it's not and your favorite gamer may have a birthday in between now and the end of the year. Though the holiday season is the one to be “jolly” and it should be fun purchasing birthday gifts, most of us (especially last minute shoppers) lose the spirit of giving when fretting on what to get our loved ones, even more so, when on a budget. Here are 5 great gifts under $100 to help you ease your shopper's anxiety:
Turtle Beach Ear Force X12 headset $60-$65
The Turtle Beach Ear Force X 12 headset not only allows you to talk to your friends (or talk smack to your enemies) clearly, but the sound is phenomenal. There's a small control “panel” integrated into the headset wire, that allows you to modify how loud you want to hear your in-game environment or listen to your friends above the sound effects, along with the traditional mute button. If you want quality and comfort without stressing your wallet, this headset is the way to go!
E-Blue Mazer 2500 DPI Blue LED 2.4 Hgz Wireless Optical Gaming Mouse $25
If your gamer is serious about winning in multi-player matches, accuracy when using a mouse can make the difference between winning and losing. The E-Blue Mazer 2500 first catches the eye with its beautiful blue light display, outlining the mouse. If your gamer is mostly active at night and prefers to play with the lights off, the blue lighting will help them see exactly where their mouse is at anytime. The lights are optional and there's a switch to turn them off at leisure. Even when not playing games, they'll love to use the Mazer mouse on their laptops instead of the touchpad, just because it's fast, the laser point used for cursor is extremely accurate and you don't need a mouse for it to work well. The design of the mouse allows comfort for even the biggest of hands and there are two convenient buttons on the side, that work as a back and forward button when browsing the internet.
A Subscription Card For Their Console (Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus) $50- $60
Why would someone need a subscription card? Xbox Live Gold affords one Xbox 360 account to play online with their friends and use apps that require internet (ex: Netflix) via a stable connection for one year. Recently, Microsoft announced that Xbox Live Gold subscribers will receive two free games a month, much like Playstation Plus but unlike PS Plus, will be playable even after the subscription ends. If a Xbox One purchase is in the plans this November, the subscription will release an expansion on the current roster of benefits including all users/gamertags on a single console are able to utilize features for Xbox Live Gold (instead of having to pay $60 bucks a year for each user) such as streaming services, Skype, OneGuide and Game DVR.
Online play is free with your Playstation 3, but at a $50 price tag, Playstation Plus offers several free games from its past as well as current consoles (such as PS One and PSVita) that vary each month, priority access to new content, discounts on most games, set up your PS3 for automatic updates and your game data/saves can be stored to its Cloud, just in case you lose/break your console. When it comes to the Playstation 4, the same subscription can be used, however in order to play online multi-player, Sony's new policy is that you will need a PS Plus subscription for the PS4. However unlike Xbox consoles, if your subscription runs out, you'll still be able to use the basic internet required apps for free.
X – Rocker V Rocker SE Wireless Gaming Chair - $95
Featuring two color schemes ( blue/black and red/black), full back support, an ergonomic design that helps you “feel” the sound, wireless transmission and two forward facing speakers with a strong subwoofer, the X- Rocker is part of any gamer's dream when it comes down to functionality. The side panel gives you full control of volume, bass control, input/output jacks (in case you prefer to wire it) and a headphone jack to plug in your headset.
Buy A Gift Card/Certificate From Their Favorite Game Shop
With a $100 gift card from GameStop/Game/ EB Games, they have the potential to rake in 2 to 6 games (depending on if your gamer doesn't mind used games) for just about any current gen consoles (including handhelds) or a few game accessories. For exclusively PC gamers, a $100 Steam card at the right “Steam Sale” could furnish months of gaming to keep your loved one busy!