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    39 Things You Might Want In Your Life If You're A Gamer

    From quirky Animal Crossing pins to a miniature arcade machine, this post is what gaming dreams are made of.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A board book inspired by the classic video games of the '80s and '90s you might want to add into your library for decor or use to teach your kiddos the essentials of gaming.

    a board book designed to look like an old school arcade machine

    Get it from Amazon for $11.94.

    2. A download of The Sims 4 to help you happily bring back your childhood obsession with building your dream home and setting up (and destroying) relationships in a community of your own making. BEST👏GAME👏EVER👏.

    thesims / Via, The Sims / EA Games

    To know The Sims is to love The Sims. You can spend hours (days? weeks?) building your perfect home before even thinking about interacting with your character. I'm a longtime fan of this game and, honestly, can't think of a better program to play when quarantined for a long period of time. The best part about this game is you can truly make it whatever you want! Want to make your Sim have 100 babies? Sure, why not? Or maybe you want to create Barbie and level up every single career and skill option. The Sim world is your oyster.

    Get a download now from EA Games for $4.99 (originally $39.99)

    3. A splurge-worthy mouse designed for serious esports gaming with special features — it's extremely lightweight, has programmable RGB lights, and is ambidextrous.

    a black mouse with light-up features

    As my husband says, this mouse is "the best you can get for the money." Enough said.

    Promising review: "The model D is everything you could ever want. If you want a lighter mouse to get those easier flicks this is for you. One thing you need to know is that this mouse is an ergonomic mouse. That means this is for fingertip players. If you play claw while gaming this might not be for you." —Rowan

    Get it from Glorious for $49.99 (available in two styles).

    4. Paper Mario Origami King for the Nintendo Switch that'll make any '90s gamer smile as they venture through an array of *very* silly levels while trying to, obviously, save Princess Peach.

    nintendo / Via, Amazon

    I've been playing this game for the last few weeks and it has been a blast! It has the feel of all the classic Mario Bros. games and the writing has me actually laughing throughout the entire game. Definitely give this one a go.

    Promising review: "The new Paper Mario game is a blast to play! I've been enjoying the bright, vibrant worlds and characters. The writing is funny and engaging like most Paper Mario games. The new combat style is a interesting concept at first, but I found myself avoiding most battles in the later game once the novelty wore thin. Despite this, I really enjoyed the overall game. Origami King is my favorite Paper Mario game in years." —Chris Gagner

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99 (available in both physical and digital copies).

    5. An HDMI splitter, so you won't need to fumble with any cables when you want to switch between your PS4 or Xbox., Amazon

    Now this is a gadget that will earn you the title of Best Gift-Giver. With a single click any gamer will be able to cycle through two different devices without having to unplug ANYTHING. Convenience is key, people.

    Promising review: "I purchased this splitter for use with my television and a PlayStation Vita TV console and Nintendo Wii U console. I ran out of ports, so a splitter seemed to be the perfect solution, much better than unplugging devices every time I needed to switch. This product is simple to use: plug the two sources into one side and the output location in the other, and you're done! It can also be used to split one device to two locations, like displaying a video game or television show on two different monitors. There is a small button you press in the center of the splitter to switch between the output selections. The video quality was good on the display even though it is going through the splitter. Overall, I highly recommend this product to anyone who runs out of HDMI ports on their television. I didn't find any flaws with the product. 5/5 stars." —Zero Ehxe

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    6. A Fortnite drawing guide book for when you find the strength to take a break from gaming to focus on one of your other many talents.


    Promising review: "Surprised how thick and big it was when I received it. I was expecting something much smaller. My son loves it and it actually shows steps to draw his favorite Fortnite characters!" —Amber

    Get it from Amazon for $3.81.

    7. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe so you can use all the downtime you now have to *finally* conquer Rainbow Road once and for all. Victory will be ouuuuurs!

    a screenshot from mario kart

    Promising review: "Do you have healthy relationships with your friends, family, and/or roommates? Do you want to ruin those relationships? Then this is the game for you! The number one most effective game for destroying civility is back and better than ever! Revel in triumph as you blast past those skilled gamers with your contemptuous bullet bill or blue shell items. Scream in unrequited rage as your perfect race is ruined by an errant green shell. Destroy lifelong relationships and burn bridges in under two minutes with the most entertaining and chaotic racing series devised by evil geniuses!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $49.94 (available in both physical and digital copies).

    8. And a steering wheel accessory for the Nintendo Switch that'll make you feel like a real racer from the comfort of your living room.

    two black steering wheels with a joycon fitted inside each

    Promising review: "I bought this after watching a review on YouTube. This item allows my wife that has arthritis to play and enjoy Mario Kart. Normal controllers hurt her hands but the motion control and these wheels make the game enjoyable to play for her. The paddle buttons on top of the unit work very well." —Charles C Coogler III

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (also available in a set of four and two color styles).

    9. A microphone to provide crystal clear audio if you're a gamer who moonlights as a YouTuber, streaming your gameplay for all to see. Who knows — maybe this'll be your ticket to internet fame!,

    Promising review: "Love, love, love it!!! I purchased this microphone when I upgraded from a laptop to a desktop gaming console (which did not have a built-in microphone like my laptop did). I needed this microphone for gaming and video editing purposes. My main concern from other reviews was that I would not have a crystal clear voice unless I was very close to the microphone. This is NOT true. I sit comfortably in my chair, a good two feet away from the mic and people online say my voice sounds crystal clear!!! I even tested playing music in the background while talking and my friend could not hear any background noise! Amazing!" —Brandon

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99 (available in black and white).

    10. A Donkey Kong-inspired fanny pack that'll keep your hands free for tossing barrels and collecting bananas — ya' know, the usual.

    a red fanny pack with patches of donkey kong icons

    Promising review: "I use it for jogging! very nice pack, gets me compliments. I safely store my phone and keys in it." —ganondorfmain

    Get it from BoxLunch for $20.79.

    11. A vinyl figure of your favorite professional gamer to keep you company on those late night Twitch stream binges.


    You'll also be able to scan a QR code to unlock an Augmented Reality version of the character. I snagged one of these for my friend for Christmas and he loves it. The figures are available as Ninja, Dr. DisRespect, Lirik, Summit1g, and TimTheTatman.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.95+ (available in five styles).

    12. A splurge-worthy gaming keyboard made by Whirlwind FX featuring a customizable rainbow backlight that'll make any gamer say "Ooooh!"


    One of my friends has and loves this keyboard! It was his first addition to the gaming computer he and my husband built, and he's had zero complaints.

    Promising review: "This keyboard has exceeded my expectations! I liked my previous keyboard which had cherry brown switches, but it was a bit loud for the house now that more people in my household are working from home due to COVID-19. The keys and the keyboard base feel very premium, yet the keyboard is light. I am using this keyboard for both work and gaming, and I'm very pleased by the experience for both use cases. It did take me about a week to get used to the different feel of the switches, but now I am typing at a similar speed and accuracy as with my previous keyboard. Overall, I am loving this keyboard and I would recommend it to anyone, especially at this price point." —Justin L.

    Get it from Amazon for $119.

    13. A coffee table book about the history of Hyrule, you'll probably consider spending all of your rupees to get your hands on it.

    a dark green cover of the book with a symbols from the zelda game in the middle in gold

    I gifted this coffee table book to my husband a few years ago and it's still one of his most prized possessions. It is filled with the history of Link's adventures as told by the creators of the game — it's a wonderful addition to any gamer's collection.

    Get it from Amazon for $20.04 or Bookshop for $36.79.

    14. Or a Zelda enamel pin, also known as the most appropriate accessory for any fan of the classic game.

    the pink circular pin with the words "you've met with a terrible fate haven't you?" around the top rim above a pastel-colored version of the character
    PinLemonade / Etsy

    Anyone familiar with the game will easily recognize the "You've met with a terrible fate, haven't you?" quote on this pin. It's pretty in pink, sports the ever-popular Happy Mask Salesman from the Zelda game, and will certainly be a conversation starter for fellow gamers once you pins this to your bag or jacket.

    Get it from PinLemonade on Etsy for $9+ (available in three styles).

    15. A mini tower with 10 outlets that'll act as a battery backup so (God forbid!) the power goes out, they won't lose all the progress they made building their mansion on The Sims.

    the tower

    Promising review: "I am the proud owner of three of these (so far). They're quiet when on AC power. They have great customization. I've muted the beeps and warnings so if the power kicks off, they just take over without distracting me further. I LOVE the two front USB plugs. I charge devices from them all the time. The LED screen is off by default until you press a button, so other than the dimly lit power button on the front, there's no distracting lights or sounds under normal use on AC power. So, how well do they work? Well, I've owned a lot of UPSes. These are by far much quieter than any I've purchased from APC. They have a true sine wave output (which is amazing!), and the 1500VA is perfect for most electronics. The front screen will tell you how much of a load you have plugged in and even an estimate for how long the unit should run given that load if you lost power. So, no surprises!" —Ramze

    Get it from Amazon for $135.95+ (available in four styles).

    16. An Oculus Quest VR gaming system so you can feel like you're venturing outside of the house without actually leaving your living room.

    Heather Braga / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    From the moment I put the headset over my eyes I thought "Wow, I never have to leave the house again!!!" From finally getting a chance to live within the Star Wars universe (for free via the Droid Repair game) adventuring in nature via National Geographic, and battling Angry Birds in a whole new way there is so much at-home fun to be had thanks to this system. I'm personally more introverted, but I still enjoy spending time with family and friends. The Quest has been a great way for me to have a good time interacting with my loved ones without feeling overwhelmed by TOO much chatter. I brought it to Thanksgiving and we had a blast taking turns playing with it. More recently my sister and her boyfriend came over and we spent hours giggling watching one another play. Super fun!

    Get it from Amazon for $399.99.

    17. A nostalgic set of Nintendo 64 coasters that won't need to be blown on in order to function correctly.

    an array of nintendo 64 coasters

    Those were the days, amiright? These coasters would make for a perfect stocking stuffer for any gamer who remembers the struggle of using these cartridges.

    Promising review: "I have had these for a while now and felt like a review is in order. I've been using these throughout my house and as an avid retro gamer these fit right in. I've been surprised how resistant they are to beverages leaving moisture, or if I need to rinse them off from a drop/spill. They don't seem to wear down or fade at all." —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of eight from Amazon for $9.99.

    18. A deck of Fallout playing cards to keep you company while you attempt to survive in the aftermath of a virtual nuclear war ... or, like, when you decide to take a break from staring at your screens.

    a model holding up four of the cards

    Promising review: "These are so cool! I thought they were just regular cards with a fallout theme but each card is actually a different 'perk' from Fallout 4. My husband LOVED it." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $11.99.

    19. A Sonic the Hedgehog device holder because even the most committed of gamers should hit pause and give their hands a temporary rest.

    sonic the hedgehog holding a video game controller
    Urban Outfitters

    This delightful accessory can hold up a controller or be used as a phone stand — so you can watch Ninja's stream without having to stop your own game.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $24.95.

    20. A 4-foot Street Fighter arcade machine to help you achieve your childhood dreams of owning an arcade — only you can do it from the comfort of your own home.


    I have one of these in my apartment and it's been SO fun to play with — especially now that we're spending more time at home than ever. My husband and I love challenging each other and feeling like we're in an old school arcade. It's a great size for an at-home arcade machine, not too big or too small.

    Promising review: "I always was terrible at this game, but my friends loved it. I saw the sale and bought it immediately. Assembly was a breeze, plugged it in, and works just fine. Solid sound, no glitches, no issues whatsoever. Even perfecting my moves. I'm not a professional gamer or anything, so I have no problem with the joysticks or buttons, but I can see how some may. My kids love it. For the price, and excitement, well worth it. Thanks Arcade1Up!" —Mo

    Get it from Amazon for $299.95.

    21. A set of Animal Crossing pins you won't even need to spend your hard earned bells on (just, uh, your real dollars).

    four pins: tom nook, timmy and tommy, kk slider, and isabelle
    Penny Arcade

    I have and love these pins! As soon as they arrived, I added them to my go-to tote bag so I can show the world how much dedicated I am to my ACNH island.

    Get them from Penny Arcade for $30.

    22. A Dungeons and Dragons essentials kit to help you expand your skills beyond screens and prepare to have creative control over all of your friends as Dungeon Master.

    the full set of dungeons and dragons starter kit

    Promising review: "Honestly, this kit is what the original starter kit should have been. The story is easier to follow for a newer DM. The adventure is a lot more streamlined. The breakdown of character creation is amazing and simplified. It doesn't just toss you some generic character that you have no connection too. It simplifies character creation and allows you to ease into more complicated characters later on. The cards that come with this kit are something I wish I had when I first started. They help with initiative, conditions, and the sidekick cards and magic item cards are awesome. I would recommend this kit over the original to any person wanting to start playing DnD." —Bryan

    Get it from Amazon for $15.59.

    If you're already a seasoned DnD pro, you should totally check out this revamped version of Curse of Strahd for some spooky fun this Halloween.

    23. Or a "Traveler Con" sweatshirt if you're too lazy to start up your own game of DnD and prefer to follow along with the Mighty Nein's adventures in Critical Role (guilty).

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    Laura Bailey — you're a queen.

    Get it from Shop Critical Role for $59.99 (available in unisex sizes XS–3XL).

    24. A Super Mario mushroom lamp that'll ~power up~ anyone's gaming environment.

    a glowing mushroom-shaped lamp

    All you have to do is press down on this lil' shroom's head to light it up. It even has the "mushroom power up" sound effect from the game! S'cute.

    Promising review: "I can’t get over how much joy this little light brings to me. Well worth a purchase!!" —Megan

    Get it from Firebox for $18.99 (available in two styles).

    25. A 1,000-piece video game-themed puzzle to give your significant other a good reason to step away from the video games and bond with you.

    the puzzle that shows a pile of video games and systems

    Do I seem bitter? I swear I'm not! But, I would thoroughly enjoy if my husband would take a break from the countless hours he's been spending on Apex Legends to work on a puzzle with me. I mean, it is video game-themed!

    Get it from Amazon for $17.50.

    26. A ceramic Bulbasaur planter any Pokémon lover will adore since it's handmade, super cute, and certainly won't ~succ~., Amazon

    Whether you typically choose Bulbasaur as their starting Pokémon or go another route with Squirtle or Charmander, as a fan of the game (and show, of course) you are certain to gush over this lil' planter.

    Promising review: "Cute! Hand-sized, with enough room to hold a succulent. Paint pens could complete the Bulbasaur look, but we like the subtleness of this that true Pokemon fans pick up on when they see it. It whispers, 'Underneath all this glitz and glam you see, I'm a nerd at heart. But a stylish nerd who understands that sometimes subtle is better.'" —Vivi Pirroni

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    27. A Kingdom Hearts Talisman board game for you and your best friend who have been playing the video game version together since it came out in 2002.

    the board game with various character pieces from the game and cards

    Game night is about to get a whooooole lot more magical.

    Promising review: "Such a great game! I have never played Talisman before and so I thought this might be really complicated to learn to play. While there are a lot of elements to gameplay, I found that the instructions make it relatively easy to start to get the hang of it! Once you start playing, it all starts to make sense. It is so much fun to play and the board is beautiful! It also shipped quickly which I appreciated. All pieces came and were not broken! It is a bit of an investment, but absolutely worth it! It is very fun!" —Faith

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

    28. A plumbob pin that'll have any fan of the classic computer game crying out in excitement in Simlish.

    green, yellow, and red plumbob pins with the word "mood" written across them
    jenaiss / Etsy

    The Sims is my all-time favorite video game. I've played it on a variety of platforms, but nothing compares to the days my best friend and I would settle down in front of my old-school, clunky computer and play for hours (mainly locking our Sims in rooms and setting them on fire, but I digress). This pin is the perfect way to honor that memory — and show people whatever your current mood is.

    Get it from jenaiss on Etsy for $9.05+ (available in three grades, colors, as a single pin, two-pack, or three-pack).

    29. A Banjo-Kazooie slipmat for your record player that'll add an extra element of classic-gaming fun to your decor.

    a slip mat featuring the banjo kazooie map

    Promising review: "If you're a fan of the game, and your turntable needs a slipmat cover, this is for you! I'm not sure if it matters, but I did think it was a little thin, compared to the slipmat I had previously. But the artwork is fantastic, you could probably have it framed or display it as an art piece if you wanted." —Lance

    Get it from Fangamer for $9.

    30. A set of Overwatch-inspired Legos you can build while giving your eyes a break from the various screens you use all day long.

    the character on a motorcycle and a sign that says junkertown

    Promising review: "Apart from the fact that I love Junkrat and Roadhog, this is an extremely fun set. Fun to build, play with, and display. The display itself has a lot more detail and can be used in your Lego city or repurposed in a number of ways and the bike is a fun easy build. My favorite part by far is the beautiful and highly detailed Roadhog Bigfig, which has skyrocketed into first place in my favorite Bigfigs of all time." —Kevin H

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    31. A sheep pillow buddy inspired by the ones that can be found roaming throughout Minecraft to snuggle with while embarking on a virtual adventure.


    Promising review: "Quote from my 10-year-old granddaughter. "I really enjoy this plushy. It adds to my big collection of Minecraft stuff. It's very fluffy and soft. I recommend this for big fans of Minecraft." She was very excited to see it in the box from Santa with other Minecraft merchandise." —TXNani

    Get it from Target for $19.99.

    32. A carrying case to keep your Switch protected when it's not sitting in the charger.

    a model taking their switch out of the simple black carrying case

    Promising review: "Great to carry around your Switch without fear of damage. I have a USB-C cable, Samsung power adapter, HDMI cable (6ft), Joycon wrist straps, and the FastSnail HDMI Type C Hub Adapter so I can play on the big screen. I think I can fit one more pair of Joycons (and straps) so i can get 4 player Mario Cart. With all that stuff in this case, there is little to no pressure on the Switch. But you can't just throw it all in, you need to purposefully place the items to make sure there is no pressure on the screen or joysticks." —DanA

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in 10 colors).

    33. A set of 100 Super Mario-themed stickers that'll leave your heart racing as if you just beat the final boss in Luigi's Mansion 3


    Promising review: "These stickers are really cool! You get a ton and only maybe five of them had duplicates! There are stickers in there that I've never seen anywhere else! Love them!" —StacieL

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    34. A Twitch hoodie you can wear to represent your favorite place to watch folks like Summit1g and TimTheTatman., Amazon

    Promising review: "Great and simple design of Twitch logo. A little too snug around my arms (I’m a little more built but even in XL it’s kind of tight from the elbow to wrist) Appealing and stylish color of pastel pink is a great aesthetic to try to incorporate into your style." —Carlo

    Get it from Amazon for $45 (available in unisex sizes XS–3XL).

    35. A 24-inch curved monitor that'll make you feel like you've left your boring corner of the house and immersed yourself right into the world of your favorite game.

    the curved monitor

    Promising review: "This 24-inch curved VA panel looks really good after playing with the colors and settings. Buttery smooth 144Hz is yours on either the DP (cable included) or HDMI 2.0 and it is amazing just like everyone says. The logo on the back glows red and the system menu is OK but not bad. The stand is very sturdy and has a good snug tilting mechanism. The bezels are a tad wider than your led to believe but still not bad. It does have speakers but they are not great. There is only one screen protector and it peels off very easy. The other layer is the anti-glare layer. Everything but the stand is plastic but if $159 gets you a clean 24-inch curved, 144Hz, 3ms, egde design, VA panel in a solid package then this is worth plugging into any budget gaming build." —Steven

    Get it from Amazon for $154.97.

    36. A Cana Kit Raspberry Pi, so you'll finally be able to build your own mini computer.

    all the pieces needed to build the tiny computer

    Promising review: "This is a fantastic little kit! Great transparent case that's easy to install the Pi into, and it looks quite awesome! Heatsinks are well-made and very easy to install, power cable is absolutely needed and excellent quality. I also love the included documentation and diagrams — very, very helpful! I would recommend this kit to anyone starting off with their first Raspberry Pi." —Ren Cosmo

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

    37. A Crash Bandicoot Funko Pop that'll bring any '90s gamer right back to their childhood every time they look at it.

    the funko pop figure

    Promising review: "One of the my favorite Funkos that I currently have. Crash Bandicoot's iconic features really standout here. The hair, smile, the shoes, and the one eyebrow that raises higher than the other — they are done perfectly. Overall, I really enjoy this product!" —Edgar O.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    38. A pair of blue-light blocking glasses, because if you're gaming as much as I think you are you should definitely have a pair of these to help prevent eye strain.,

    Promising review: "These glasses are perfect for working on the computer, playing videos games, and even watching movies! I love the pale pink color, they’re very feminine and fit my face just like I’d hoped. I recommend them for anyone that spends time on phones or computers" —Kelly Stagg

    Get them from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in 13 styles).

    39. And a splurge-worthy gaming chair co-designed by Herman Miller and Logitech, so incredible you won't know how you ever lived without it — it was literally designed with science-backed ergonomics to ensure you'll experience the utmost comfort while sitting it in for hours (and hours, if we're being honest).

    Herman Miller, logitechg / Via

    My husband had been complaining about back pain and his tendencies to slip into terrible posture habits while sitting at his desk. Now that he's working from home he's spending even MORE time in his computer chair (seriously like...13+ hours a day including working and gaming) which makes the investment in a serious chair feel a bit more justified. Since getting this chair he feels like he's sitting up straighter and not feeling stiff by the end of the day. He is forever talking about how comfortable this chair is and how much more his back feels supported since switching from his old chair. This chair is pricey but if you're someone who spends a lot of time sitting at a desk (like many of us these days) it's definitely worth it.

    Get it from Herman Miller for $1,495.

    When you realize it's almost the weekend and you can play video games uninterrupted for hours:

    The Walt Disney Company

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