2013 was a good year for gaming. It wasn’t jaw dropping, but we did enjoy a number of major game releases. We got Grand Theft Auto V, The Last of Us, Battlefield 4, and Call of Duty: Ghosts, among many others.

Oh, and we got two new next-gen consoles.

Christmas 2013 gives you plenty of opportunities to buy great gifts for the gamer in your life – or yourself. I don’t care. Get what you want. Here’s a list of some of the cool stuff you can and should buy this 2013 holiday season:

Standing desk

Sitting all day is bad. Like, it’s really bad for you. If you’re the type of PC gamer who spends a lot of time sitting on your comfy office chair, then you’re doing your body absolutely no favors.

standing desk advantages

That’s why more and more office workers and gamers are switching to standing desks. Instead of sitting at a traditional desk in your traditional office chair, you stand up and work on your desk with your keyboard around chest height.

It’s a small change that can make a big impact on your health. You don’t have to look far on Google to find positive success stories from people who’ve switched to standing desks. If you’re looking for a creative gift to give your gamer friend this year, then a standing desk is an excellent idea. You can also get standing desks that can retract to become sitting desks. Everyone wins!

A mechanical keyboard

Mechanical keyboards, like standing desks, are a tech trend that has skyrocketed in popularity over the last year. Mechanical keyboards have unique switches beneath each key that provide a more satisfactory click with the perfect amount of ‘give’.

mechanical keyboard

It sounds like a silly gift until you actually try one. They’re exceptionally popular among gamers and typists and can make a big difference in terms of typing speed, control, and the number of simultaneous key presses allowed.

Cherry MX Blue and Brown models seem to be the most popular switches among first-time mechanical keyboard buyers, although it all comes down to personal preference.

Steam gift card

If you have a PC gamer in your family, then you might have one of the easiest gift purchasing decisions ever. Thanks to Steam, gamers can easily set up a wishlist of their favorite games. And since Valve periodically decides to give gamers everything on their wishlists, most gamers keep these lists relatively up-to-date.

steam wallet gift cards

Check out your loved one’s Steam account and look at their guest list. Or, if you don’t feel confident buying them a game directly from Steam, then go the safe route and buy a Steam Wallet Card (it’s just a gift card).

Popular games this holiday 2013 season include:

-Bioshock Infinite (PC)

-Battlefield 4 (PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4)

-Tomb Raider (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)

-Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox 360, PS3)

-Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4)

Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Graphics Card

If you have a PC gamer in need of a new graphics card but don’t want to spend over $300 on that card, then the GTX 660 is one of the best options you’ve got. The GTX 660 is an excellent budget card (if not the best on the market today).

gtx 660

You’ll find the GTX 660 for under $200 at most retailers. At that price, you’ll also find it bundled with cool new games like the ones mentioned in the list above. Not bad!

Nvidia GeForce GTX 780

The GTX 660 is a good graphics card if you don’t want to spend over $550 on a gift. If you do want to spend over $550 on a gift, then you’re a really nice person and you should get your lucky friend the GTX 780.

gtx 780

The GeForce GTX 780 is virtually the best video card on the market today. It retails for between $550 and $600, making it a luxury card I there ever was one. But if this is really a special person and they’re in need of a graphics card at this time of year, then you can’t go wrong with the GTX 780. Unless you don’t have $550, of course.

Honorable mentions

-Chromecast (Google turns your stupid TV into a smart TV with a tiny USB stick-shaped device that costs about $30. You can stream YouTube videos onto your TV along with Netflix, Hulu, and more).

-Nexus 7 tablet (The best Android tablet in terms of price, performance, and features. It costs just $200).

-Headphones or earbuds

-A good monitor

-A good gaming mouse

Do you have any other gift ideas for the holiday season 2013? Or the discount sale specials at the start of 2014? Let us know in the comments section below!

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