13 Great Gifts for Gamers

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Since the earliest days of Atari, video game enthusiasts have looked forward to gaming systems, software, and accessories wrapped up under their tree. If you have a gamer in your life, take a look at 13 gifts from headsets to virtual reality that are guaranteed to feed their pixelized pastime.

1. Nintendo Switch - Animal Crossing: New Horizons Edition; $300

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You may be out of luck scoring the elusive PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X consoles in time for the holidays, but you might be able to land a Nintendo Switch for the gamer you're shopping for. This handheld console hybrid can be played on a TV or on the go, and it sports a top-tier line of games. The title included in this bundle, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, is one of the system's finest. (There are also plenty of Mario and Zelda titles for the old-school gamers on your list.)

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2. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate; $60

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If your list calls for a Switch game, the latest installment in the hit Super Smash Bros. series is an absolute crowd pleaser. Video game legends from Pac-Man to Donkey Kong knuckle up in face-to-face confrontations both online and solo. An online code allows you to download the game.

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3. Oculus Quest 2; $399

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Immerse yourself in virtual reality with the latest from Oculus. The Quest 2 features 50 percent more pixels than the first-generation model and doesn’t require a PC or console to work. There's also an emphasis on easy setup with this iteration, so anyone can take it out of the box and start playing. Games like Star Wars: Tales From the Galaxy’s Edge can even be accessed from your smartphone, making things even more simple.

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4. HyperX Cloud Flight Gaming Headset; $126

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For gamers who like to tackle rivals online, this HyperX headset features a noise-canceling microphone and memory foam cushioning. Over 30 hours of battery life means players can stay unplugged but ready for marathon gaming sessions.

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5. Norton 360 for Gamers; $30

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Online gamers are sometimes at increased risk for having their personal information compromised. This special edition of Norton 360 offers real-time monitoring to ensure gamer tags are secure and that there are no viruses lurking around the corner. There’s also cloud storage for gaming clips.

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6. AmazonBasics Nintendo Switch Playstand; $10

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This inexpensive and handy stand helps keep Nintendo Switch systems propped upright, allowing gamers to play without going into handheld mode at their desk or coffee table (perfect for when the TV is occupied).

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7. Twitch Gift Card; $25 and Up

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With a Twitch gift card, gamers can subscribe to their favorite channel or use it on programs like Twitch Turbo, which allows them to watch videos and streamers without ads. If you’re having a socially distanced holiday, it can be delivered via email to the recipient.

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8. AmazonBasics PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 Controllers Charging Station; $19

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Got a PlayStation 4 addict in your life? This docking station offers a place to store their DualShock 4 controllers and doubles as a charging station. A green light indicates when they’re ready to go.

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9. HyperX Alloy Origins Core Keyboard; $99

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Many PC and console gamers rely on keyboards to execute commands. This HyperX peripheral has LED lighting, responsive keypads, and can save three different gamer profiles. You can use it on a PC, PlayStation 4, or Xbox One.

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10. Paladone PlayStation Controller Alarm Clock; $30

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Make sure gamers get sweet dreams with this officially licensed alarm clock shaped like a classic PlayStation controller. Use the controls to set the time.

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11. and 12. Marvel's Spider-Man and Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales; $26-$50

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The PlayStation game everyone is raving about is a kinetic trip through Spider-Man’s life. Soar through New York City in web-slinging action with Spider-Man: Game of the Year edition, which collects all of the game's post-release extra side missions. You can also opt for Spider-Man: Miles Morales. This sequel shifts the focus to a brand-new Wall Crawler, who you may remember from 2018's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. That title is expected to ship November 12.

Buy it: Spider-Man: Game of the Year Edition ($26), Spider-Man: Miles Morales ($50)

13. Razer Kishi Controller; $80

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Is the gamer on your list more into mobile games? This controller provides more options for commands and fits comfortably over most Android smartphones, basically turning a phone into a full-fledged handheld console.

Buy it: Amazon

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Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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11 Brilliant Gifts for the Cocktail Enthusiast in Your Life

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Cocktails are an art form. Each drink has a unique history. Why does a margarita have salt? How is the garnish chosen for each drink, especially when you’re creating one spontaneously? What’s the best way to make an old fashioned? If there is someone in your life that has the answers to these questions, they are probably a cocktail enthusiast. This holiday season, treat that person to goodies that will help enhance their craft. 

1. Cocktail Shaker Set; $18

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Whether they like their drinks shaken or stirred, amateur mixologists can make all kinds of cocktails with this kit. It includes all the essential tools: a muddler, jigger, shaker, and more. They’ll feel like an expert in no time.

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2. The Carry On Cocktail Kit—Old Fashioned; $24

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For the traveler who demands a good drink, these kits come with everything but the booze. But if they are going to pack their own mini bottles, remind them to check the airline’s regulations—rules vary on whether it’s legal to drink your own booze in-flight. Also available in Moscow Mule, Champagne Cocktail, and Gin & Tonic.

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3. The Spirit Infusion Kit; $42

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One of the best parts about making cocktails is that experimentation is rewarded. This infusion kit, including instruction and recipe book, bottle, strainers, and more, will help your cocktail enthusiast turn average vodka into a berry explosion or take tequila to the next level by infusing it with jalapeño peppers.

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4. Tovolo Sphere Ice Molds; $10

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Instead of filling their glass with plain cubes, cocktail fans can use this set of two ice molds to craft spherical, uh, cubes. Each piece will melt slowly in a drink and add flair to their home bar. 

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5. The Bitter Truth Travelers Set; $20

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Any cocktail aficionado worth their salt should have a few bottles of bitters. To spice things up, give them this sampler set that includes five complex flavors: celery bitters, classic old time aromatic bitters, orange bitters, Creole bitters, and Jerry Thomas bitters.

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6. Homemade Gin Kit; $50

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Though some home bartenders have a house cocktail, few can say they make their gin in-house. Help your loved one mix it up and make 750 ml of homemade gin with this collection that includes one tin of juniper berries, one tin of the company's secret botanical blend, one stainless steel funnel, one fine stainless steel strainer, and two 375-ml glass bottles. All that’s missing is your giftee's label—time for them to brush up on those Photoshop skills.

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7. The Cocktail Chronicles: Navigating the Cocktail Renaissance with Jigger, Shaker, and Glass; $15

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Whether the recipient is a seasoned bartender or a cocktail newcomer, Imbibe editor Paul Clarke’s book has something for everyone. From modern cocktails to obscure classics, the snapshots in this 200-page book show how far the cocktail scene has come—and where it’s going.

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8. Glencairn Whisky Glass Set; $30

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Whiskey drinkers know that the type of glass can dramatically change the smell, taste, and experience of the drink. This set of four award-winning glasses would make any cocktail enthusiast swoon.

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9. Fancy Paper Straws; $5

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Almost any drink looks fancier with the addition of a patterned paper straw. Gussy up your loved ones' bars with a box of these beauties. The stocking stuffers are biodegradable, compostable, printed with food grade ink, and available in a variety of colors and patterns.

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10. Liquid Intelligence: The Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail; $25

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This 416-page book should be a prerequisite for all science nerds who want to make better cocktails. Dave Arnold of Booker & Dax breaks down the facts and recipes to make any bar more interesting.

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11. Libbey Mixologist 18-Piece Cocktail Glass Set; $39

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If your cocktail enthusiast likes to experiment with different drinks, then they need the glasses that go with them. They can’t have a martini in a margarita glass, nor drink tequila from a whiskey balloon, after all. Libbey’s set will instantly upgrade their bar cart.

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Bonus: Vintage Fernet Poster; $50

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Bartenders call a shot of Fernet a "handshake." The bitter, minty liqueur is an acquired taste, but there's much to appreciate. Deck out the wall of the Fernet fan in your life with this reproduction vintage ad.

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