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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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18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

1. Understand Yourself Better

Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

2. Keep Track of Small Changes

I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

3. Become Aware of What Matters

As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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4. Boost Creativity

The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

6. Process Life Experiences

When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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7. Stress Relief

In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

8. Provide Direction

Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

9. Solve Problems

Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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10. Find Relief From Fighting

Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

11. Find Meaning in Life

Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

12. Allow Yourself to Focus

Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

14. Let the Past Go

I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

15. Allow Freedom

Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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16. Enhance Your Career

Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

18. Catalog Your Life for Others

No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

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