The 11 best gifts for PC gamers to buy in 2021

Computer game enthusiasts. If you’ve ever shopped, you already know how hard it can be to track down the best gifts for PC gamers. Dirty and moderate PC gamers are usually familiar with the latest hardware and know what they like, which can make shopping more difficult than it has to be.

We collected 11 gifts that PC gamers are happy to find under the tree. Of course, PC gamers have different needs and prefer different brands of peripherals, so we’ve divided our guide into two parts. Our top five recommendations work for any player on PC, while our bottom six recommendations are our favorites in different categories. If you want to choose a keyboard, mouse, or something similar, we recommend checking to see what the PC gamer in your life needs before you hit the trigger.

Steam Gift Card

If you don’t know what to buy for the PC games in your life, choose a Steam gift card. Surrounding the holiday season are two huge sales on Steam each year: the fall sale, which arrives on Black Friday, and the winter sale, which typically runs into the last week of December and the first week of January.

Steam is the largest marketplace for PC games, and the platform has made a name for itself with its massive sales. What we do not recommend is buying a computer game as a gift. Most PC games are only available digitally through Steam, and you’ll generally spend more elsewhere. $50 may only buy one PC game from a retailer. A $50 Steam Gift Card, though, can buy three or more games.

Corsair MM700 RGB Extended Mouse Pad

Corsair MM700 mouse pad on a desk.

The Corsair MM700 tablet makes the most ordinary PC peripheral exciting again. It’s an extended mousepad that can hold a mouse and keyboard at the same time, and features RGB lighting around the edge that gamers can sync with the rest of their components. There are other cheaper RGB mouse pads out there, but none quite as good as Corsair’s offering.

Although the lighting is the main attraction of the Corsair MM700, it is a great mouse pad in its own right. It’s 4mm thick, perfect for most setups, and includes two USB ports so gamers can connect their mouse and keyboard without the clutter of cables. A mouse pad might not normally excite PC gamers, but the Pirate MM700 will.

Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate logo.

What’s better than a few computer games? More than 300 computer games. Xbox Game Pass may be labeled Xbox, but it works across consoles and PCs. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate includes a PC version, which will automatically unlock somewhere between 300 and 350 games. It’s a subscription service, so your PC gamer will have to keep up. The monthly price is worth it, though.

Game Pass has a lot of games, but most importantly it has a lot of games good games. Games at $60 cost the service about every month, and there’s a huge backlog of titles for players to search through. We recommend a three-month gift card as it carries a solid discount. However, you can spend one month as well.

velcro cable ties

Velcro cable ties.

Although it is not the most exciting gift, most PC gamers can enjoy a tidy battle station. We like the Velcro Brand One-Wrap Cable Ties for cleaning up messy cables. They come in a variety of colors so your PC gamer can match the color to the rest of their device, and they make tidying up loose cables a breeze.

When building a gaming PC, there is a lot of emphasis on cable management inside PC, while the cables on the outside are usually forgotten. Any computer gamer can tell you they have a dozen or more cables running to and from their computer, and a couple of reusable cable ties can turn this bird’s nest into clean cable paths.

compressed air duster

Compressed air duster package.

Like cable ties, compressed air may not sound exciting, but it’s a must for any PC gamer. Dust is the plague that all PC gamers try to avoid, and it requires regular cleaning. Instead of an endless pile of Dust-Off, we recommend choosing a reusable compressed air duster that players can use for years to come.

The device we chose is cordless and comes with a long, thin nozzle. This is great for getting into computer crevices and blowing dust, crumbs, and pet hair off the keyboard.

Logitech G915 TKL keyboard

Logitech G915 TKL keyboard on an orange background.
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It’s pricey, but the Logitech G915 TKL is a marvel of a keyboard. In our Logitech G915 TKL review, we called it the gaming version of Apple’s Magic Keyboard, and that’s an apt description. While other gaming consoles are large and noisy, the G915 TKL has a simple design that looks great in an RGB battle station and in a home office alike.

The keyboard comes in several types depending on the mechanical switch. As with all the computer components and peripherals we recommend, you should ask the PC player you’re shopping for which switch they prefer. As long as the key is correct, the Logitech G915 is easily one of the best gaming keyboards out there.

WD_BLACK SN850 1TB NVMe SSD Solid State Drive

Close-up of a Western Digital SN850 SSD.

More storage space is never a bad thing, especially as games continue to grow in size. Although standard hard drives offer more storage for a lower price, the best SSDs, such as the WD_BLACK SN850, are much faster. That means two things: faster install times and faster load times.

We highly recommend asking before picking up this hard drive. You will need to make sure that your PC gamers can install it on their PC and that they have space to open it. This drive uses the PCIe 4.0 connectivity standard as well, which is much faster than the previous version. However, some computers do not support the standard, so it is best to check again.

Steelseries Arctis Pro Headphone

A man wearing a Steelseries Arctis Pro headset.
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We crowned the Steelseries Arctis Pro as the best gaming headset on the market three years ago, and that hasn’t changed. It comes in wired and wireless versions, both of which support a higher range of frequencies than you normally find in gaming headsets. This allows players to capture the smallest of details, which can make the difference in a heated firefight.

If it’s in your price range, we recommend choosing the wireless version. It comes with two batteries to keep the headset constantly turned off, and it includes a receiver with a range of volume adjustment controls. Most importantly, the Wireless Steelseries Arctis Pro supports Bluetooth, allowing gamers to use the headset while gaming or listening to music on the bus.

Scuf Instinct Pro . Controller

Hands holding the Scuf Instinct Pro Controller.

A keyboard and mouse is the go-to for PC game lovers, but there are some games that work best on a console. You shouldn’t just pick up any old console. The Scuf Instinct Pro is the perfect complement to your keyboard and mouse, and while it’s pricey, the price is well worth it.

The main difference between the Instinct Pro and other consoles is the addition of four back buttons. Computer gamers are used to using all of their fingers to play games, but standard consoles make use of only their thumb and forefinger. Additional back buttons allow the PC gamers in your life to use all their fingers, making switching from keyboard and mouse even more comfortable.

Corsair Saber RGB Pro Wireless Mouse

Corsair Saber Pro RGB mouse on a black background.
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Corsair is a giant in the world of PC peripherals, and the Saber RGB Pro explains why. It is a wireless gaming mouse that can outperform the competition in specifications while reducing the price. It’s the complete package, which is why we gave it a rare Editors’ Choice award in our Corsair Saber RGB Pro Wireless Review.

Although cheaper than the competition, the Saber RGB Pro is still around $100. If you’re on a tight budget, we recommend looking at wired options. Corsair offers a wired version of the Saber Pro for around $50, and Logitech G502 Hero It is an excellent alternative at roughly the same price.

Asus ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QNR

Asus ROG Swift screen on a desk playing Destiny 2.

If you’re looking for something more pricier, then the Asus ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QNR is for you. It’s one of the best gaming monitors you can buy right now, and it fits with the latest technology from graphics card giant Nvidia and a refresh rate that helps games run as smoothly as possible.

It’s a little pricey for a Full HD screen, but the PG259QNR is expensive for a reason. It can produce more images every second, making it ideal for competitive games like valuationAnd the League of LegendsAnd the Note and watch. As with all of our terminal options, we recommend asking if this is something the PC gamer in your life needs.

Notorious for shopping

A computer player who plays games.
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PC games are hard to buy. We’re a hard-edged group, and with so many great options on the market, it’s not as easy as picking something out from our buying guide and calling it daily. If you don’t know what to buy, ask. Ask which brands they prefer, what peripherals they need for their setup, and what type of device they are looking for.

If you’d rather keep your gift a surprise, the best course of action is to get a Steam gift card or an Xbox Game Pass subscription. There is no one for PC gamers who would be disappointed to see additional Steam credits or access to hundreds of games in their storage.

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