Affordable gaming-themed holiday gifts and stocking stuffers

How to spread the gaming love this holiday season without breaking the bank.

We don’t know about you but the new generation of consoles has left our bank balance looking somewhat undernourished this year. We’re not going to let that stop us from getting into the spirit of giving, however. Below, we’ve put together a list of affordable gaming holiday gifts to wrap up or pack into stockings of your family and friends. So if you're on a budget and need the perfect gift, we've got stocking stuffers under $50, $25 and $10 for every range of wallet size.

Gaming gifts under $10

Our aim for this affordable gaming-themed holiday gift guide was to cover a range of budgets, starting at the lower end for the cost-conscious gamer. We’ve ordered our suggestions roughly in terms of price, so scroll down to the price bracket you’re after and see what piques your interest!

HyperX Mouse Pad or luxury Cloud headset cushions

Price: <$10

A medium-sized HyperX Fury S cloth mouse pad can be wrapped up and gifted for less than the cost of a season pass for most games, and some extra luxurious velour ear cushions for the HyperX Cloud headset are equally affordable. Treat the HyperX fan in your life to something special at the bottom of their stocking this year. Check out all the potential holiday gifts you can get from HyperX for under $10 here.

Among Us plushies or key rings

Price: $9 - $20

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For a game about sci-fi betrayal and murder, Among Us sure has some cute little characters. Remind your friend or loved one about that time you lulled them into a false sense of security only to impale them on your alien tongue with these cute little plushies from Amazon. Alternatively, check out a backpack hangar for anyone who'd want to prove their innocence to someone walking behind them.

Gaming gifts under $25

If you're looking for an easy place to find loads of great HyperX options in this price category, then check out this HyperX collection for gifts under $25.

Gaming-themed coasters

Price: $10 - $25

Gaming gifts under 10 25 coasters

For an affordable and cheery gaming holiday gift, consider grabbing a selection of themed coasters. There are plenty of options available including NES cartridges, PlayStation symbols, or stretch that budget just a little more for these engraved wood Zelda coasters. Don’t get the wrong one or you might inadvertently start another console war!

Fall Guys toys and plushies

Price: $10 - $25

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With their myriad outfits and adorably squeezable design, the beans of Fall Guys were made for merchandise. Amazon has its own Fall Guys page, and gifts available include figurines for just $10, or sizable plushies, some of which even come with their own crowns! A great choice if they're struggling to secure one in-game. 

A gaming cookbook

Price: $20-25

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Video games are no strangers to taunting us with delicious food, so it only makes sense that people would eventually turn to cooking the dishes from them. Our collection of gaming-themed cookbooks will sort you out with drinks and dishes based on Overwatch, Pokemon, and more. We’d recommend scanning the whole lot, but for a latest addition, you can find the official Destiny 2 cookbook (yes, really) on Amazon here, or go medieval with the Skyrim cookbook here.

A Tom Nook kigurumi hat

Price: $24

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Not many of us are still playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but that doesn't mean we don't still love its characters. For an unusual (an unusually comfy) gift this holiday season, consider getting the Tom Nook fan in your life a Kigurumi Hat. Yes, it does look like the debt-loving racoon has gobbled your head whole, but somehow it still manages to be cute. The Tom Nook version is on Amazon here, but you can also find an Isabelle version here or a K.K. Slider hat here.

HyperX Pudding caps

Price: $25

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Purchasing for a PC gamer? If they’re rocking one of HyperX’s excellent mechanical keyboards, then these pudding keycaps are the perfect way to add some extra polish to their setup. Available in black or white, the dual-layer, semi-translucent style brings a clean sense of playful vibrancy to the keyboard. Find them and others in the HyperX collection for gifts under $25.

Hyrule Historia or the Super Mario Encyclopedia

Price: $20-22

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If your gaming gift target is up for a spot of reading, Nintendo’s official Hyrule Historia and Super Mario Encyclopedia make for great holiday presents. Both are packed with history of development details and gorgeous pieces of concept art for series fans to ogle. Grab a Zelda lover the Hyrule Historia from Amazon here, or a Luigi-leaning friend the Super Mario Encyclopedia here on Amazon.

Amiibo and Amiibo cards

Price: $13 - $30

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Nintendo’s Amiibo line of quality figurines remains a brilliant choice for a cheaper holiday gift option. There’s a frankly staggering number listed on the Nintendo website’s line up, with plenty of third-party characters for those less Nintendo inclined folks you know. We’re big fans of the new Metroid Dread amiibos or the Skyward Sword Zelda+ Loftwing but there are some older classics like Isabelle that are fantastic as well. Prices vary based on rarity, so check through a range based on your budget.

Alternatively, any Animal Crossing: New Horizons fan would be eager to receive a pack or two of Amiibo Cards. Thanks to the game's 2.0 update these randomized packs allow the owner to invite the included villagers to their cafe or even to the Happy Home Paradise DLC. Grab a standard pack on Amazon, here.

LEGO Mario expansion sets

Price: $16 - $30

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LEGO’s Super Mario collection is gorgeous and an utter blast to play with. Unfortunately, it’s also really, really expensive. The Starter course will set you back at least $60, but if you know someone who already owns that, then several of the expansion packs can be picked up for a lot less. The Whomp's Lava Trouble set costs around $25, the Sumo Bro Topple Tower is just over $20 and the Boomer Bill Barrage pack is priced at $30. For cheaper options, there are also several character packs available as well as Mario Power-Up Packs. They’re great gifts for kids, and if Mario isn’t their style, LEGO Minecraft is also an option.

Gaming gifts under $50

For those with a little more spending power, the world really opens up to some brilliant gear from HyperX, including keyboards, mice, mousemats and charging stations. For a look at all the great options for HyperX gifts under $50 check out this handy collection.

HyperX Chargeplay Quad

Price: $30

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If you know a Nintendo Switch owner overflowing with Joy-Cons, the Chargeplay Quad station is one of the most elegant ways to keep them powered up. Available via HyperX directly here, the Chargeplay Quad is perfect for that one friend who never keeps their controllers topped up when you visit a game of Overcooked or Smash. No more excuses!

A Fall Guys christmas sweater or T-Shirt

Price: $30 - $35

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© Numskull, Mediatonic

Ugly christmas sweaters are a thing of monstrous beauty. We love them, and we won’t be convinced otherwise. This new Fall Guys design from Numskull is arguably the pinnacle of the art, combining huggable pastel colors into a gaudy mess  that is utterly in your face and screams Christmas cheer from the snow-covered rooftops. You can grab it with US, EU, and Worldwide shipping from the Numskull store.

If you’re after something a little more tasteful, the Devolver Digital merch store has a small range of rather lovely Fall Guys pins and patches, if they’re more your recipient’s style.

And that’s everything we’ve found for our affordable gaming-themed gifts and stocking stuffers, but if you’ve got any other ideas then please do share them in the comments below! And finally, click here to see our full list of holiday gift guides for 2022, so you needn’t worry about those last-minute panic buying sessions.

Associate Editor

Henry Stenhouse serves an eternal punishment as the Associate Editor of AllGamers. He spent his younger life studying the laws of physics, even going so far as to complete a PhD in the subject before video game journalism stole his soul. Confess your love of Super Smash Bros. via email at henry.stenhouse@allgamers.com, or catch him on Twitter.

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