Thanks to ever more impressive technology, video games have become complex, multifaceted worlds all of their own. With increasingly sophisticated environments to explore, it’s no wonder gamers are a more and more present and ever-growing breed. Celebrate this inspiring, exploding world with 16 of the coolest, most unbelievable, gaming-related gift items that every gaming nerd should have.
1. N64 Cartridge Soap
This Nintendo 64 cartridge soap is the perfect bathroom accessory for any gaming nerd. Sure to bring back nostalgia for this ’90s classic, even casual gamers will find comfort in this once familiar sight.
2. ThinkGeek Beach Boy Towel
A celebration of the best in ’90s gaming, this beach towel is a great way to enjoy the sun without leaving the essentials behind.
3. Bluetooth NES Controller
Another throwback to ’90s gaming is this incredibly helpful Bluetooth NES controller. Not only will this make you feel like you’re playing your old favorites, it connects with Bluetooth-enabled computers and mobile devices. Such versatility makes this controller highly useful, yet nostalgic in all the right ways.
4. TravelBoy Backpack
With another nod to a Nintendo favorite, this backpack is sure to drive any gaming nerd wild. Precisely designed, yet spacious enough for all your stuff, this backpack is both useful and classic. Not only that, the buttons on this gigantic Game Boy replicate real ones, making the design much more dynamic than just a printed image.
5. Retro Duo Portable NES SNES Game System
One item that every gamer has been waiting to see is this portable Nintendo game system. Letting gamers bring their retro games with them on the go, this pint-sized screen and controller finally lets you play your original, retro games anywhere.
6. Donkey Kong Shelves
Any fan of early gaming will love these Donkey Kong shelves. Replicating the classic, beloved arcade game, these easy-to-install features bring your favorite arcade style into your home.
7. Super Mario Brothers Brick Planter Box
Another incredible Mario product is this question mark brick planter box. This box allows you to expand your green space at home, without sacrificing style. Great for gaming nerds into classic and contemporary games, these 8-bit question boxes are an incredibly useful throwback.
8. Street Fighter Converse Shoes
Sure to be another favorite of the arcade gaming nerd, these specially printed Chuck Taylor Converse shoes bring the classic Street Fighter arcade game to your closet. Bringing a classic game to classic fashion, these shoes will delight any gaming nerd.
9. iPad Arcade Machine Holder
Here’s a fantastic option for nerds who love arcade gaming, this unique iPad holder transforms any Apple tablet into your very own arcade machine. The buttons and joystick actually work, letting you enjoy home arcade gaming at a reasonable price. Certainly the most effective way to bring arcade gaming home, this holder belongs in any gaming enthusiast’s collection.
10. Lightsaber Key Chain Flashlight
Calling fans of the extended Star Wars gaming universe, this sci-fi flashlight is the perfect keepsake for any nerd. Though we can’t guarantee it will be useful in the event of a rogue sand person attack, this keychain lightsaber will at least help you find your way to Mos Eisley.
11. Pac-Man Pencil Toppers
In many ways the grandfather to all modern games, every gaming nerd can appreciate Pac-Man memorabilia. A cute, portable way to show your gaming enthusiasm, these pencil toppers are an essential addition to every gaming nerd’s stationery stash.
12. Breaking Bad 8-Bit
An excellent meeting of two classic pop culture icons, this t-shirt merges 8-bit gaming with a whole new world. Fans of the show Breaking Bad will immediately recognize this pixellated hero and it’s the perfect way to incorporate your love of gaming and bad boys.
13. Plants vs Zombies
Finally, a gaming answer to flamingos for your lawn! With this Plants vs Zombies lawn ornament set, never have your favorite villains looked better than in the front garden.
14. 2-Player Gaming Mug Set
Sure to be another favorite among retro gaming enthusiasts, these mugs mimic a Super Nintendo controller. Just in case you needed another reason to drink even more coffee to get through a night of MMO.
15. Portal 2 Test Candidate Hoodie
This graphic hoodie is an impressive addition to any gaming nerd’s closet. A perfectly designed reference to the popular game Portal, you’ll be ready to tune in to GLaDOS and grab your portal gun.
16. Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device
Speaking of which, just in case you don’t have a portal gun to go with your hoodie, we found one for you. Top off your ultimate gaming geek collection with this incredible replica.