2020 was a terrible year for everything except gaming

Gift experiences, not things. Generally speaking, it’s a good mantra. But as we hunker down for a long, COVID-19 winter, there’s a way to do a bit of both. Give the gift of video games—a socially distant form of entertainment and communication, and an excuse to get together with friends in something other than a Zoom room. We might not be able to hang together, but at least we can play together.

It helps that 2020 was an exceptional year for the gaming industry. Between Nintendo’s Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, which proved a gaming giant could finally nail augmented reality, and the sleek industrial design of the new Xbox Series S, gaming has proven it’s a category of maturity that’s still open to experimentation.

Here are some of our favorite gifts for the gamer, or soon-to-be gamer, in your life. Is it minimal design? No way. This stuff is overt, glowing, and vying for your attention. It invites play.


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