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8 Great Gifts for Gamers Under $50

If you’re shopping for a gamer, especially if you can pin down their preferred platform, these cheap but fun accessories are guaranteed winners.
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8 Great Gifts for Gamers Under $  50

It can be hard to shop for gamers if you aren’t one. Every gamer has their own particular tastes, libraries, and platforms. Get a game in the wrong genre, and you’ll disappoint them. Get the wrong version of a game, and you’ll inconvenience them. Get a game they already have, and, well, you get the idea.

Don’t despair, though. You can still get a gamer gift that’ll be appreciated, and one that’s more personal than cash or a generic gift certificate to a big-box retailer. You can also stay within your budget, which can be hard to do when most major game releases are $ 60. That’s where we come in.

If you’re shopping for a gamer, especially if you can pin down their preferred platform, these gifts are guaranteed winners. They’re broadly functional, or at least pleasantly unconventional. They’re all $ 50 or under, too, so they won’t break the bank.

  • Cougar Revenger S

    If you’re a fan of PC shooters, you want an accurate mouse. And if you don’t want to spend a lot of money, the Cougar Revenger S is your best choice. It’s the only pick on our list of the top gaming mice to come in under the $ 50 mark, and it offers extensive customization options and excellent response for the price.
  • Razer Cynosa Chroma

    Let’s be real, mechanical keyswitches and bulletproof build quality are common in the realm of $ 150-and-up keyboards, but you won’t find those features in the $ 50 range. What you will find is the Razer Cynosa, an excellent budget gaming keyboard with an MSRP of $ 59.99, but can be found for closer to $ 40. It might not have mechanical switches, but it’s quiet, has programmable RGB lighting, and works with Razer’s Synapse software for customization.
  • 8Bitdo SN30 Pro+

    8Bitdo keeps stepping up its game with wireless gamepads. The SN30 Pro+ takes the basic SNES-inspired design and dual analog layout of the excellent SN30 Pro and packs even more into it. It has big, comfortable grips, analog triggers, and plenty of software adjustments like remapping and tweaking stick sensitivity, all for under $ 50. And it works with both PCs and the Nintendo Switch.
  • PowerA Enhanced Wired Controller

    Programmable buttons and levers on the back of a gamepad are usually reserved for high-end wireless controllers. The PowerA Enhanced Wired Controller for the Xbox One and PC offers that kind of convenience for a fraction of the price. It only has two programmable buttons and its direction pad is a bit smaller than the standard Xbox One gamepad, but it’s still a functional, flexible controller for its price.
  • Retro-Bit Sega 8-Button USB Arcade Pad

    If your tastes lean more towards the retro, especially retro Sega, then Retro-Bit has the controllers for you. The 8-Button Sega Collaboration Arcade Pads reproduce the six-button layouts of the Sega Genesis and Saturn controllers, then add shoulder buttons and USB connectivity. They’re ideal for using with the Sega Genesis Mini, and are just as good fir playing classic collections on your computer. And, if you have the original consoles or an Analogue Mega Sg, there are six-button Genesis/Saturn-compatible versions, too.
  • Hori Fighting Stick 4

    Proper fight sticks are an investment in space and money, but Hori has you covered if you’re low on either. The Hori Fighting Stick Mini 4 is the non-Street-Fighter-branded version of the Hori Fighting Stick Mini: Street Fighter Edition we reviewed, and it’s every bit as good. This is a tiny arcade stick with responsive controls and solid build quality (even if it doesn’t use Sanwa Denshi parts like in much more expensive sticks), all for less than $ 50.
  • Turtle Beach Atlas One

    You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get a solid gaming headset. The Atlas One is Turtle Beach’s entry-level wired PC headset, and at $ 50 it’s a pretty strong budget contender. Its earpads are plush and have channels to reduce pressure on glasses, its microphone is clear, and it’s just comfortable to wear and use.
  • Digital Game Store Cards

    Digital Game Store Cards

    You don’t need to pick out a game to get a thoughtful gift for a gamer. If you know the recipient’s preferred platform, you can get a specific gift card that’s both personal and functional. Nintendo eShop, PlayStation Network, Steam, and Xbox Live gift cards translate directly into whatever games they want, without the need to go through their library to make sure you’re not doubling up.

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