Great gifts for gamers that aren’t actual video games

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Delight the gaming fan in your life with a Legend of Zelda: Hylian Shield Fleece Blanket or an alarm clock that’s shaped like a PS4 controller

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If you're looking for the perfect gift for the video game fanatic in your friendship circle, here's a selection of awesome video game-themed gifts that are sure to delight. Whether they're into the latest battle royale shooter, or like to go old-school with 8-bit pixel art classics, you'll find something wonderfully fun here.

And if you happen to be the biggest gamer in your gang, why not 'accidentally' share this list of great video game gift ideas on the group WhatsApp chat? No one can blame you for an 'honest' mistake!?

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Video Games Collection Puzzle

What do you do when you can’t play a game? Put together a puzzle. Give this awesome, detailed puzzle to the collector in your life, and join in the fun as you try to piece together a little bit of video gaming history.

Price: US$18

The Legend Of Zelda: Ultimate Defence Hylian Shield Fleece Blanket

Now this is a practical gaming gifte that still appeals to a Zelda-loving crowd. It’s a fleece throw blanket in the shape of Link's iconic Hylian Shield. It’s 127-by-150cm, so your giftee can snuggle up during cold winter nights, or use it to decorate their living room. If for some reason they aren’t Zelda fans, they can crumple it into a ball and put it in their dog’s crate so their fluffy friend has a swanky new blankie.

Price: US$31

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Puma x Tetris RS Sneakers

Give the gift of fashion and classic gaming with these killer kicks. You’ll have to be crafty about getting the shoe size you need, but you can guarantee these sneakers will match with almost any outfit, and your giftee will be the most stylish person on the (Tetris) block(s).

Price: US$100

Paladone Super Mario Bros. Fridge Magnets

Who couldn’t use some new fridge magnets? There are more than 80 different characters and building blocks from the Mario universe to turn any fridge into a Mario level, including pipes, Goombas and the trusty old question block.

Won't a shopping list look way cooler if it's being held up by a Piranha Plant?

Price: US$10

Paladone Game Boy Watch

What time is it? It’s time for the gamer in your life to flash this awesome retro Game Boy watch. Set the alarm for a surprise, but mostly marvel at how many people stop the person that’s wearing it to ask them if it actually plays games. Maybe with a little bit of coding and engineering finesse, it could be modded into a mini-portable console.

Price: US$30

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The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mat

This colourful welcome mat will proclaim to all who enter your friend or family member’s home that a massive Majora’s Mask fan lives inside. Or it will sit inside their home because you can’t trust anyone not to walk by and steal such an awesome mat when they see it. 

Price: $35

PlayStation: This Is For The Dreamers Alarm Clock

What time is it? Time to game! It might actually be easier for your giftee to wake up in the morning if they get to roll over and look at a fun replica of a DualShock 4 controller. Or they might try to pry it off the “base” and wonder why their console isn’t turning on and why the touchpad is lit with numbers.

Price: US$40

100 Video Games Bucket List Scratch Poster

Know someone who never has any idea what they want to play? Help them along with this cool scratch-off poster. The idea is to scratch off a square whenever you’re ready to try something new. There are 100 squares on here, and each of them is a widely-acclaimed game that is guaranteed to be a great experience.

Price: US$15

The Game Console: A Photographic History from Atari to Xbox

Coffee table books are even better when they’re yours, and not the doctor’s office’s. So give this video game-centric photo-packed book to someone you know who absolutely loves games, and watch their face light up as they thumb through pages and pages of detailed gaming photographs of systems from the NES to the Commodore 64.

Price: US$18

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Pokemon: Pika Power Shaped Mug

Everyone uses cups. Everyone loves Pikachu. Really, this is a win-win situation. If the gamer in your life hates cups and hates Pikachu, give them coal instead. It’s what they deserve.

Price: $27