Game Front’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide
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Toys and Gifts for Gamers
This section authored by Phil Hornshaw
Lots of gamers love gaming beyond just buying new consoles, controllers and titles for themselves — they also go crazy for little bits of memorabilia, props, t-shirts and toys from their favorite games. If you’re in the market for something gaming-related but not actually a game, you’re in luck, because there’s no shortage of great gaming-related gifts.
It should be noted that all the stores and products listed below are just the tip of iceberg, and it’s worth shopping around in each listed store to check out a number of other potential gifts.
T-shirts and Apparel
Usually the best places to shop for clothes for gamers is in the official store for the game in question. The stores of developers like Valve, BioWare, Bethesda and Ubisoft are where you’ll find lots of awesome clothing options.
Dota 2 Emblem Hoodie
Buy It From: Valve Store
Great for showing off your Dota 2 obsession without, you know, looking obsessed, this dark gray hoodie sports only the red Dota 2 emblem on the left breast. At only $40, it’s relatively cheap for official gear, and ranges in sizes from small to 3X-Large.
Find it at the Valve Store, along with other Dota 2 apparel, and gear from Portal, Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress and of course, Half-Life.
Ladies N7 Armor Stripe ANGL Hoodie
Buy It From: BioWare Store
For the FemShep in your life, check out BioWare’s official Black N7 hoodie, which is 80 percent cotton, 20 percent polyester. Another bit of gaming clothing that combines a beloved franchise with understated fashion, the hoodie includes the N7 armor stripe on one arm, the N7 logo on the left hip, a cross-body zipper with a custom N7 zipper pull, and an oversized hood that can double as a neck warmer.
Like all the stores on this list, you’ll find lots of other great shirts, hoodies, and other apparel at the BioWare Store, as well as collectibles and other gift ideas.
Assassin’s Creed III Connor Belt
Buy It From: Ubi Workshop
More for wearing your love of Assassin’s Creed on your sleeve (or, I guess, waist), the Assassin’s Creed III Connor Belt is an exact replica of the belt worn by protagonist Connor in the game of the same name. The belt is made in nubuk and doubled 2x2mm thick, and comes in the same shade of brown as is seen in the game, while the Assassin’s Creed logo buckle is colored in silver. It ranges in size from X-Small to 2X-Large.
The Ubi Workshop also includes collectibles and apparel from Ubisoft’s other franchises, like the Tom Clancy Universe, Watch_Dogs, and A Mighty Quest for Epic Loot.
World of Warcraft Horde Spray Zip-Up Hoodie
Buy It From: Jinx.com
Only slightly less subtle than shouting “For the Horde!” wherever you go, Jinx.com’s WoW Horde Spray hoodie carries a giant Horde logo on black. The hoodie is 80/20 cotton-polyster and carries a slightly fitted look, and is available in sizes from X-Small to 3X-Large.
Meanwhile, even if WoW isn’t what you’re looking for, Jinx is a great place for gaming-related clothes from games such as StarCraft, Star Wars: The Old Republic, League of Legends and more.
Batman: Arkham City Play Arts Kai Batman Action Figure
Buy It From: Square Enix Store
If you’re looking for gaming action figures, there’s only one real choice: the hyper-detailed work of Square Enix’s Play Arts Kai. You’ll find tons of action figures on in Square Enix’s online store, including Batman here — sporting the skin from the comic book “Dark Knight Returns.” Standing at 9.8 inches tall, Batman comes with interchangeable weapons and hands for different display poses.
You’ll find tons of other action figures in the Square Enix store, across a number of franchises — like Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy, Metal Gear Solid, Devil May Cry, Mass Effect and Halo.
Minecraft 7″ Plushes
Buy It From: ThinkGeek
What we all really want is to cuddle up with a creeper or an enderman when we go to sleep at night, which is why ThinkGeek took four different Minecraft characters and turned them into officially licensed 7-inch plush toys. For the base cost of $15, you can choose either the creeper, the enderman or a baby pig. All three toys are 100-percent polyester, and range in sizes — the creeper stands 7 inches tall, while the enderman pushes up to 9 inches and the pig is 5 inches tall.
Portal 2 Miniature Replica Portal Gun
Buy It From: ThinkGeek
Perfect for any gamer’s desktop, this replica Portal 2 portal gun is based on NECA’s life-sized portal gun replica, but scaled down to be handheld or good for display. The gun features orange and blue LED effects and sound effects from the game, and its front claws are also extendable and posable. The 1-pound gun is officially licensed from Portal 2 developer Valve, includes four Aperture Science decals, and also comes with a display stand.
You’ll find lots of other cool toys at ThinkGeek, as well, from Minecraft and Portal as well as other franchises, including Mass Effect, so it’s definitely worth shopping around.