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Top 10 Gift Ideas For Gamers

Top 10 Gift Ideas For Gamers

Mainstream society seems to find it fascinating to mock gamers. “Gamers have no lives” is perhaps the most over-used cliché in modern comedies. But the truth is, gamers are wonderful people. I should know, because I’m one myself. But jokes asides, the number of gamers in our society is on the rise.

There are more gamers today than there have been ever before and everybody has at least a few of them in their social circles. Chances are you do too and for some of you, they might even be someone very close to you. Looking for an interesting gift idea for your gamer pal? Well, as a gamer myself, I’m here to present to you ten wonderful ideas.

1. A legacy gaming console

One thing is true for every gamer. They grew up as gamers, meaning they’ve been playing video games in every generation of consoles available ever since they were kids. Chances are they were very attached to their old Gameboy or PlayStation or Atari and have very fond memories of them.

Any of these legacy gaming consoles could help them dive in nostalgia and would therefore make a great gift. Most dealers selling these legacy consoles sell them along with hit games for the particular platform. So give your pal this gift and watch the child inside him/her jump with joy.

2. Geeky stuff

It’s no secret. Most gamers are geeks. And one thing about geeks is that they love geeky stuff. Everything they own needs to be special and unique. And above all, needs to be perfect. Every detail matters.

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Good thing is there are plenty of great “geeky” items you can find online, anything from a bed for cats to a fusion pool table and dining table that make great gifts for geeks. Any gamer with a quirky sense of geekiness will love these and appreciate these. And above all, they will love you for giving it to them. God I wish I had friends like you!

3. An eighth generation console

A legacy console may be a good way to tune your pal’s nostalgia gears, but nothing quite beats a new generation console. There are more games coming out these years than ever before and what gamer wouldn’t appreciate being able to play what they love?

Make sure you find out what consoles they already own because I can’t quite think about what one would do with a second PlayStation. But there are a lot of consoles out there and any one of them added to their existing collection could prove invaluable. They won’t cost you too much but they will make your gamer friend very happy.

4. A gaming laptop

The phrase “PC Master Race” is prevalent among gamers for a very accurate reason. Most PCs aren’t fixed models like gaming consoles. You have a wide variety of options to choose from and with that option comes the availability of very powerful machines, lot more than their console counterparts.

Although there are some games that are made specifically for consoles, most games are made for PCs as well. And there are many games made specifically for PCs. A gaming laptop may be more expensive compared to a console but there is no better way to show a gamer your love. Trust me.

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5. Gaming keyboard/mouse/gamepad

Most gamers already own a gaming rig so powerful that you can’t possibly afford to buy them something more powerful. But even in this scenario, there are gifts that your gamer friend might love.

Consider gaming controllers like gaming keyboards, gaming mouse or gamepads/joysticks. Each model of these available in the market have a specialty about them, something every gamer would appreciate. These are possibly the cheapest entry in this list but they’ll still make great memorable gifts never the less.

6. A VR headset (wearable)

VR headsets may still have a long way to go in terms of advancement but from the day they came out, it has felt like the future is here. If you’ve ever put on a VR headset, you’ll know what I’m talking about. They come in different shapes and configurations; some come with a built-in display, others use your mobile phones for displays.

With Google’s cardboard project, you could even build a DYI VR for you pal. May not be as effective as manufactured VR sets, but will hold a greater sentimental value for them. Anyway VR is the future and if your gamer friend is missing out on what fun is already available, you need to give them a VR headset as gift.

7. Posters of their favorite video games

Every gamer has a favorite video game or games. Mine are the Half-Life franchise and Red Dead Redemption. And if anyone gives me a poster of one of these games, I’d give them a big fat kiss.

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Find out what games your friend loves. Even if he points out several games, there will be one or two they’ll mention specifically. Gamers are very attached to the games of their likings, many at a religious level.

And what better way to show appreciation for what they love than to have a poster of it hanging in their bedrooms, or in their mom’s basement, as every boring stand-up comedian of this century would put it. (Ha ha)

8. An old video game

Like the old gaming console I mentioned earlier there are some games every gamer played as child that they were very fond of. If you look up popular games for any specific year, there’s a good chance your gamer friend loved it.

There are retails that deal in these old games, and as for the platform, if you can’t get a legacy platform to go with the game, just find an emulator. There are emulators for pretty much every old generation console available for PC, and just the fact that you found a game they loved as a child would mean the world to a gamer.

9. The latest video games.

Again, like the new gen consoles, nothing quite beats getting a new game. There are many major titles coming out every year, every month. Every week! If you know what games your friend loves you could select a new game that’s similar.

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Or if you don’t know what they love, well it’s okay. Just buy them the most popular new game available. We gamers aren’t naturally too picky about the games we play and even if it’s a really horrible game, we still love the idea of installing a new game and playing it for the first time.

10. Game related merchandises.

There have been many games made through the years. But some are just so epic that their fame creates a whole franchise around them. Leagues of Legends, Half-Life, Dota, Portal, Grand Theft Auto etc. are some examples. And each of these franchises deal in merchandises from the game’s fictional universe.

Every gamer has at least of few of these from his/her favorite game decorated in their rooms. So find out what games your gamer pal is really into and buy them a unique and quirky merchandise. Believe me, they will love it.

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Last Updated on July 28, 2020

14 Low GI Foods for a Healthier Diet

14 Low GI Foods for a Healthier Diet

Diet trends may come and go, but a low-GI diet remains one of the few that has been shown to include benefits based on science. Low GI foods provide substantial health benefits over those with a high index, and they are key to maintaining a healthy weight.

What is GI? Glycemic index (GI) is the rate at which the carbohydrate content of a food is broken down into glucose and absorbed from the gut into the blood. When you eat foods containing carbohydrates, your body breaks them down into glucose, which is then absorbed into your bloodstream.[1]

The higher the GI of a food, the faster it will be broken down and cause your blood glucose (sugar) to rise. Foods with a high GI rating are digested very quickly and cause your blood sugar to spike. This is why it’s advisable to stick to low GI foods as much as possible, as the carbohydrate content of low GI foods will be digested slowly, allowing a more gradual rise in blood glucose levels.

Foods with a GI scale rating of 70 or more are considered to be high GI. Foods with a rating of 55 or below are considered low GI foods.

It’s important to note that the glycemic index of a food doesn’t factor in the quantity that you eat. For example, although watermelon has a high glycemic index, the water and fiber content of a standard serving of water means it won’t have a significant impact on your blood sugar.

Like watermelon, some high GI foods (such as baked potatoes) are high in nutrients. And some low GI foods (such as corn chips) contain high amounts of trans fats.

In most cases, however, the GI is an important means of gauging the right foods for a healthy diet.

Eating mainly low GI foods every day helps to provide your body with a slow, continuous supply of energy. The carbohydrates in low GI foods is digested slowly, so you feel satisfied for longer. This means you’ll be less likely to suffer from fluctuating sugar levels that can lead to cravings and snacking.

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Let’s continue with some of the best examples of low GI foods.

1. Quinoa

GI: 53

Quinoa has a slightly higher GI than rice or barley, but it contains a much higher proportion of protein. If you don’t get enough protein from the rest of your diet, quinoa could help. It’s technically a seed, so it’s also high in fiber–again, more than most grains. It’s also gluten-free, which makes it excellent for those with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance.

2. Brown Rice (Steamed)

GI: 50

Versatile and satisfying, brown rice is one of the best low GI foods and is a staple for many dishes around the world. It’s whole rice from which only the husk (the outermost layer) is removed, so it’s a great source of fiber. In fact, brown rice has been shown to help lower cholesterol, improve digestive function, promote fullness, and may even help prevent the formation of blood clots. Just remember to always choose brown over white!

3. Corn on the Cob

GI: 48

Although it tastes sweet, corn on the cob is a good source of slow-burning energy (and one of the tastiest low GI foods). It’s also a good plant source of Vitamin B12, folic acid, and iron, all of which are required for the healthy production of red blood cells in the body. It’s healthiest when eaten without butter and salt!

4. Bananas

GI: 47

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Bananas are a superfood in many ways. They’re rich in potassium and manganese and contain a good amount of vitamin C. Their low GI rating means they’re great for replenishing your fuel stores after a workout.

They are easy to add to smoothies, cereal, or kept on your desk for a quick snack. The less ripe they are, the lower the sugar content is! As one of the best low GI foods, it’s a great addition to any daily diet.

5. Bran Cereal

GI: 43

Bran is famous for being one of the highest cereal sources of fiber. It’s also rich in a huge range of nutrients: calcium, folic acid, iron, magnesium, and a host of B vitamins. Although bran may not be to everyone’s tastes, it can easily be added to other cereals to boost the fiber content and lower the overall GI rating.

6. Natural Muesli

GI: 40

Muesli–when made with unsweetened rolled oats, nuts, dried fruit, and other sugar-free ingredients–is one of the healthiest ways to start the day. It’s also very easy to make at home with a variety of other low GI foods. Add yogurt and fresh fruit for a nourishing, energy-packed breakfast.

7. Apples

GI: 40

Apple skin is a great source of pectin, an important prebiotic that helps to feed the good bacteria in your gut. Apples are also high in polyphenols, which function as antioxidants, and contain a good amount of vitamin C. They are best eaten raw with the skin on! Apples are one of a number of fruits[2] that have a low glycemic index. Be careful which fruits you choose, as many have a large amount of natural sugars[3].

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8. Apricots

GI: 30

Apricots provide both fiber and potassium, which make them an ideal snack for both athletes and anyone trying to keep sugar cravings at bay. They’re also a source of antioxidants and a range of minerals.

Apricots can be added to salads, cereals, or eaten as part of a healthy mix with nuts at any time of the day.

9. Kidney Beans

GI: 29

Kidney beans and other legumes provide a substantial serving of plant-based protein, so they can be used in lots of vegetarian dishes if you’re looking to adopt a plant-based diet[4]. They’re also packed with fiber and a variety of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and other beneficial plant compounds. They are great in soups, stews, or with (whole grain) tacos.

10. Barley

GI: 22

Barley is a cereal grain that can be eaten in lots of ways. It’s an excellent source of B vitamins, including niacin, thiamin, and pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), fiber, molybdenum, manganese, and selenium. It also contains beta-glucans, a type of fiber that can support gut health and has been shown to reduce appetite and food intake.

Please note that barley does contain gluten, which makes it unsuitable for anyone who is Celiac[5] or who follows a gluten-free diet. In this case, gluten-free alternatives might include quinoa, buckwheat, or millet.

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11. Raw Nuts

GI: 20

Most nuts have a low GI of between 0 and 20, with cashews slightly higher at around 22. Nuts, as one of the best low GI foods, are a crucial part of the Mediterranean diet[6] and are really the perfect snack: they’re a source of plant-based protein, high in fiber, and contain healthy fats. Add them to smoothies and salads to boost the nutritional content. Try to avoid roasted and salted nuts, as these are made with large amounts of added salt and (usually) trans fats.

12. Carrots

GI: 16

Raw carrots are not only a delicious low GI vegetable, but they really do help your vision! They contain vitamin A (beta carotene) and a host of antioxidants. They’re also low-calorie and high in fiber, and they contain good amounts of vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants. Carrots are great for those monitoring their weight as they’ve been linked to lower cholesterol levels.

13. Greek Yogurt

GI: 12

Unsweetened Greek yogurt is not only low GI, but it’s an excellent source of calcium and probiotics, as well. Probiotics help to keep your gut microbiome in balance and support your overall digestive health and immune function. Greek yogurt makes a healthy breakfast, snack, dessert, or a replacement for dip. The most common probiotic strains found in yogurt are Streptococcus thermophilus[7] (found naturally in yogurt) and Lactobacillus acidophilus[8] (which is often added by the manufacturer). You can also look into probiotic supplements for improving your gut health.

14. Hummus

GI: 6

When made the traditional way from chickpeas and tahini, hummus is a fantastic, low-GI dish. It’s a staple in many Middle Eastern countries and can be eaten with almost any savory meal. Full of fiber to maintain satiety and feed your good gut bacteria, hummus is great paired with freshly-chopped vegetables, such as carrots and celery.

Bottom Line

If you’re looking to eat healthier or simply cut down on snacking throughout the day, eating low GI foods is a great way to get started. Choose any of the above foods for a healthy addition to your daily diet and start feeling better for longer.

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