Ah, the holidays. Time to stuff oversized socks with toys and knick knacks.
We don’t know about you, but here at GameSpew we love the holidays. We also love gaming tat. It brings our lives brief joy and keeps us sane in the hellfire year that is 2020. Something we also love is stocking stuffers. And that’s normally because tat and stocking stuffers go hand-in-hand. Or hand-in-foot, if you will.
If you’re looking for some random stuff to shove into your gamer kid’s oversized sock hanging above the mantle, we’ve put together a great list of items you can get for under $10. That’s right. Shove these items in among the toothbrushes and floss they’ll never use and your kids won’t even care what’s under the tree. Okay, that’s a lie, but it’ll be fun nonetheless. Here’s our picks of the best gaming-themed stocking stuffers for 2020.
Pokémon Watch for Kids
If your kids wanna be the very best like no one ever was, then this stocking stuffer is probably the perfect gift for them. Especially considering no Pokémon trainer is ever gonna get to the top by being late. The watch face features Pikachu and Ash, of course, but some of the series’ other most recognisable faces like Bulbasaur, Squirtle and Charmander decorate the strap. It even has a digital clock for quick and easy reading.
If you’ve ever wanted to build your own Mario levels, or know someone who does, don’t steer them towards Super Mario Maker. No! Gift them these decals and they can make their own Mario levels on the bedroom walls. Want to make Luigi the hero who will save the princess? You can do that. Want Bowser to get the girl? Sure! These stickers are removeable and replaceable so you can use your characters in tonnes of configurations. This makes it one of the most fun gaming-themed stocking stuffers on this list.
Nintendo Power Mints
Not that gamers totally need breath mints, but after drinking Mountain Dew and eating Doritos all day, we kind of do. And what makes these mints special is that they come in an awesome case that looks like a Nintendo controller. Not only that, but they’re peppermint flavour which is great for the holidays. Okay, maybe I’m pulling at straws here, but we’re talking stocking stuffers; it doesn’t all have to be gold, okay?
Do Not Disturb, I’m Gaming Socks
Cooler weather during the winter means pulling out lots of socks to wear on your cold little toesies. These socks, which are especially geared towards gamers, say what we wish we could really say out loud. For the gamer that isn’t shy about saying it like it is, these socks that say “Do Not Disturb, I’m Gaming” are a great stocking stuffer. Maybe they’ll help you keep away those unwanted guests out of your gaming area.
Tom Nook Key Chain
Animal Crossing: New Horizons was all anyone was talking about back in March. Let’s face it, we were talking about it in April, May, June and July too. Things have died down a bit for the game, no doubt it will pick back up around the holidays, but those purist Animal Crossing fans never even put it down. This shiny Tom Nook keychain is a great stocking stuffer for those players, like many of us, who have hundreds of hours dedicated to their deserted island.
If you’re looking for more Animal Crossing themed gifts, we’ve got a guide here dedicated to the game.
PlayStation Key Ring
Another keyring for those gamers that have keys – i.e. practically everyone – these are a must-have. Rep either your age or your appreciation for times past with this keychain that looks like the original PlayStation with a controller. No matter who has this on their keys, you know they’re cool and appreciate a glorious relic like the original PlayStation. Throw this in someone’s stocking and you’ll be the most popular gift-giver this holiday season.
Learned to Drive on my PS Sticker
We love witty bumper stickers. Who doesn’t? It gives other drivers on the road an idea about who you are as a person without you having to actually talk to anyone. Which is why this “I Learned to Drive on my PlayStation” bumper sticker is perfect for your gamer friends. Although the fact we learned to drive on games like Need for Speed or The Simpsons: Hit and Run probably isn’t good to advertise to the universe. Still, it’s a great stocking stuffer for your gamer friends who aren’t afraid to rep their mad driving skills.