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How to Find a Great Gift for a Gamer for a Reasonable Price

How to Find a Great Gift for a Gamer for a Reasonable Price

All right, so you have someone in your life who is very dear to you, and that person is a gamer. Now, if you play games yourself, then there are a lot of interesting topics you can discuss with that person, and you probably have a good idea about what you are going to buy for that person. However, what if you are not interested in video games, but you still want to surprise that person? How would you go about solving that problem?

Truth be told, you can easily buy a gift for a gamer as long as you know what types of games they like. However, gamer gifts tend to be expensive. After all, video games can cost around $60 on average during the first couple of months after their release.

So, you want a meaningful gift, but at the same time, you do not want to spend a fortune on it. Well, the following article can help you out. We are going to discuss how you can buy great gifts for gamers that will still be in the budget-friendly domain.

Find out what kinds of games they like

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    The first thing you need to do is find out what types of games or which game franchises your “target” likes. This is really easy to do. Simply check out their social network profiles. Gamers tend to follow groups that are related to their favorite games, and they tend to share content that is in some way related to their favorite games, such as gameplay footage.

    Also, your gamer friends may have room ornaments, action figures, and furniture that are also connected with their favorite game franchises or consoles. So, if you come across some game-related names or images in their room, then you have probably discovered what kind of games they enjoy.

    Of course, the next part is more difficult. Since your gamer friend probably already has those games, you still need to find something that they don’t have. Furthermore, if they do not own the game and are just hyped about it, chances are that you won’t be able to find that game at a price that fits your budget. Relatively new games are typically expensive.

    The solution will be presented later on in the text, but for now, it is important that you know what games your “target” is into. You also need to do a bit of research into the franchise to find out what kinds of merchandise are out there.

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    Look for special offers at online stores

    One way of getting a good gift at a reasonable price is by visiting online stores. For example, if the person you are buying for has a PlayStation, you can visit store.playstation.com and see what kind of discounts they have.

    These stores constantly offer some sort of discount, especially during holidays. Besides, you can always find weekly discounts for some games, and if you find one of the games your friend likes, you can buy that. Of course, you need to also find out whether they have that game already.

    Another great thing you can find at online stores is additional content for the game, such as DLCs, new themes, skins, characters, etc. These are great gift options, and chances are that your friend does not have them. Your gift can make the game they love even better. Lastly, you can always buy gift vouchers and send them to your friend’s account. This way, they get to buy what they want when it appears in the store.

    Find vouchers and discount cards

    Another option we have not mentioned are coupons and vouchers for discounts. Using these, you can buy items that are expensive but at lower prices. All you need to do is find out which of the stores in your local vicinity sell video games, gaming equipment, or other things gamers would use such as room decorations. These retailers include PC stores, toy stores, and big malls.

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    Instead of waiting for a game to be offered at a discount, you can go after coupons that are specifically designed to get you a discount at a certain store. Also, if you are not certain what your gamer friend would like, simply get your friend a gift voucher for a store where they can buy something they would like. This is a far safer gift option. You won’t end up getting something they already have.

    Besides, gift coupons give gamers choices, and gamers love choices. Here is a detailed guide to where you can get gift cards that will come in handy for these types of situations.

    Don’t limit yourself to games

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      Lastly, we have mentioned that you are not limited to purchasing games only. There are tons of products that are great for gamers and that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. One thing you should know about gamers is that many have been gaming from a young age, and they enjoy a fresh breath of nostalgia.

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      In other words, merchandise related to names like Super Mario Brothers, Sonic the Hedgehog, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, Tomb Raider, Legend of Zelda, and Pokémon will be a good choice for many gamers. Moreover, items designed to resemble older consoles or gaming equipment are also budget-friendly and great solutions for gifts.

      Finally, you can always find a wallpaper from their favorite gaming franchise and use it as a print for a mug, T-shirt, or blouse. These custom-made gifts are great because they are something that your friend probably does not have. All you need to do is find someone who provides these types of services.

      Well, we hope you found this guide useful and insightful, and that you will be able to find a perfect gift for your gamer friend or loved one. There are definitely a lot of options out there, so finding great gifts should not be too difficult. The most important thing you need to find out is what kind of games they are into. After that, it’ll be easy-peasy.

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      The founder of ISU Technologies, passionate in writing about entrepreneurship, work and technology.

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      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

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      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

      1. Work on the small tasks.

      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

      2. Take a break from your work desk.

      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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      3. Upgrade yourself

      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

      4. Talk to a friend.

      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

      7. Read a book (or blog).

      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

      8. Have a quick nap.

      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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      9. Remember why you are doing this.

      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

      10. Find some competition.

      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

      11. Go exercise.

      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

      12. Take a good break.

      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

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