When it’s time to purchase gifts for a gamer, it can be a frustrating endeavor. Games are expensive, so you don’t want to buy the wrong one. At this point, it may be tempting to give up and go with a Baby Yoda Chia Pet. For the betterment of all mankind, please resist this urge.
Instead, focus on hardware. Because many gamers are also cord cutters, taking full advantage of high speed online gaming, as well as television and movie streaming services, the hardware you select for the gift may serve multiple purposes. That’s a winning gift.
Here are the 7 best cord cutting gifts for gamers.
(Note: Availability and prices below are accurate at the time of posting, but are likely to change throughout the holiday season.)
Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless Gaming Headset
A lot of advantages exist when you give a gamer and cord cutter a high quality set of headphones. The gamer is able to receive crystal clear audio for gaming or for watching movies and TV shows. The BlackShark even ships with a (detachable) microphone, which is ideal for online gaming.
For those who don’t want to listen to the noise of gaming and movies from a roommate or child, giving a gift of headphones ensures that you will have peace and quiet. It’s almost like a gift for you too (but no one else needs to realize that).
These headphones are capable of creating surround sound quality, which is ideal for gaming and watching movies.
Mpow H12 Bluetooth Headphones
If you prefer wireless headphones to the wired BlackShark model, these Mpow headphones have impressive responsiveness and noise cancelling capabilities.
These headphones require about 3 hours to charge, but you’ll receive about 30 hours of performance after the charge, so you can undertake a long day of gaming or an all-day TV binge watching session without needing to recharge them.
You’ll appreciate the padding on the ear cups, meaning they’re comfortable to use for long periods of time. Additionally, these headphones have a built-in microphone for online gaming or Zoom calls.
Razer Nommo Chroma Gaming Speakers
Don’t let the small size of the Nommo speakers fool you. These speakers have plenty of audio power, giving you that immersive feeling you’re seeking when playing games or when streaming movies, thanks to highly accurate positional audio. These tiny speakers have hidden bass ports on the back that give them a greater ability to generate deep sounds than you may expect.
As an extra feature for gamers, the base of these speakers delivers LED lighting with up to 16.8 million colors available to match the moves you’re making in the game or the action going on in the movie.
Corsair K95 RGB Platinum Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Gamers need a high quality keyboard that delivers responsiveness for achieving quick reactions while playing. Cord cutting streamers also can use a keyboard to communicate with the Internet, entering data far easier than with a remote control.
This K95 Corsair keyboard is extremely durable, offering an aircraft grade frame consisting of brushed aluminum. It has LED lighting that you can set up to match the action in games or movies, or that you can use to create your own lighting patterns.
Few other keyboards can match the impressive responsiveness of the Cherry MX keys in the K95, providing the feedback gamers want from a keyboard.
Ficmax Ergonomic High Back Gaming Chair
Whether your gift recipient is planning to dedicate several hours to a marathon online gaming session or to binge watching a streaming television series, he or she should be able to do so in comfort.
The Ficmax gaming chair has a design based on what race car drivers use, giving them comfort and support they need for multiple hours behind the wheel.
This chair has several ergonomic benefits, including a lumbar massage bar for your lower back. Use the retractable footrest to keep the lower half of your body comfortable too. The legs resemble an office chair, including multiple casters, so you can roll around without having to stand up.
Western Digital 4TB My Passport Ultra External Hard Drive
Gamers can make use of portable storage to enhance their console and online gaming storage. For cord cutters, it may be possible to connect a portable hard drive to the streaming service to serve as a DVR.
This Western Digital hard drive has 4TB of storage capacity, giving it a good value. It is compatible with multiple different devices, giving it the versatility to serve gamers and streamers equally well. It has USB 3.0 and USB-C compatibility to create the high speed data transfers you want.
The hard drive looks great too, delivering a sleek, metal case that can stand up to rough treatment.
SteelSeries Large Mouse Pad
Whether you’re using a mouse for gaming or for communicating with your streaming service, having an extra large mouse pad is a nice option. If you’re making sudden movements with the gaming mouse, a larger surface ensures the mouse will remain on the pad.
With a micro-woven cloth surface, this SteelSeries pad delivers tracking accuracy from your mouse movements without causing unwanted friction. At 4 mm in thickness, it provides the support you’re seeking for using the mouse away from a traditional office desk.