Attention dear readers! It’s that time of the year again. The weather gets warmer, the beats get fatter, and an even fatter guy from the north-iest region on Earth decides to play the role of God of All Creation by getting all judgemental. Relax Santa dude, naughty or nice is just a state of mind.
Thankfully though, we can bypass all of that nonsense and cut -- as a Hollywood producer might say -- to the chase. With this handy list of great gift ideas for that special someone in your life. Or if you’re simply looking to spend a little of that hard-earned holiday money on that devilishly good-looking person you see each and every day in the mirror -- me! I mean, you.
From the best PC tech to the best games and lots of cool toys and other goodies, welcome to the AusGamers Holiday Buyer's Guide: 2021 Edition
To quote the infamous Yoghurt. “Merchandising, merchandising, merchandising. It’s where the real money from the movie is made.” Spaceballs reference
aside, the dawn of the digital age, online shopping and access to an information superhighway means that not only has our propensity to post our thoughts on the latest Star Wars
cinematic thing risen drastically. But also, our access to cool stuff.
ARTCADE - The Book of Classic Arcade Game Art
A coffee table book packed with the awesome artwork found across classic arcade cabinets over the years. A treat for fans of retro gaming and for those that remember spending their free time heading to the local Timezone.
$56.99 AUUD | Link
At The Mountains of Madness Volume II
A few years back we highlighted Volume I of this stunningly illustrated adaptation of the H.P. Lovecraft classic by François Baranger and Free League Press. Now Volume II has landed to twist your worlds just that little bit more, with this one not only topping the initial release, but actually trumping it. At least as far as illustrations go. A perfect gift for fans of art, Lovecraft and combinations of both.
$58.95 AUD | Link
Minecraft Block Building Light
A themed desk lamp is one thing, but making sure that your Minecraft lamp is a fully customisable set of blocks from the iconic game is another.
$78 AUD | Link
Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set
Every genre has a beginning. And for the RPG fans out there it begins here, with Dungeons & Dragons. Explore fantastical locations, do battle with all manner of strange monsters, work together or go it alone. All from the comfort of a snack-packed table with friends. The Starter Set contains everything you need to kick off your first adventure.
$30 AUD | Link
Wickerpunk - Folk Horror Supplement Rules for D&D
Wickerpunk is a first-of-its-kind handbook detailing the worlds of the wyrd and industry, and how those can clash in unique ways in folk horror and dark fantasy. Written as a supplemental handbook for D&D, it can also serve writers and creators with its ideas and extrapolations of what crafts wickerpunk as a -punk genre. Written by Australian author, Christian D. Read, who has worked in TTRPG and videogame spaces, alongside novella and comic books, for years, this is an engaging deep-dive into nature versus colonisation and progress. Where faeries and boot-strapped soldiers fight for different ways of life.
$50 AUD | Link
Halo Infinite - Master Chief with Grappleshot 10" Vinyl Statue
With the release and success of Halo Infinite it’s safe to say that Halo is back in a big way. One of the ways the series has been brought forward is with the addition of gadgets, namely Master Chief’s new Grapple Hook. So good that we wouldn’t hesitate putting up this highly detailed figure immortalising the latest addition to the Chief’s arsenal.
$119 AUD | Link
WizKids Adult Red Dragon Premium Figurine
There’s an old saying that goes something along the lines of “if you’re going to put a dragon on display, make it a dragon from Dungeons & Dragons”. Anyway this imposing and iconic red dragon has been the part of countless adventures and stories over the years, and looks awesome in premium figure form.
$123.35 AUD | Link
Say what you will about Cyberpunk 2077, it still nails that neon. In the world of gaming and modern geek culture, nothing beacons your life-choices as much as colour options that hue in the millions, emanating from your geek den of choice. And while so many PC devices now come with lighting baked in, there’s nothing better than creative control. Nanoleaf lights, and their modular design and different shapes and sizes means there’s a starting block for all, and building out from your own vision is super-easy. Its latest offering, Nanoleaf Lines, offers an elegant lighting option that fits nicely into any space while the signature modular nature of Nanoleaf’s offerings allow you to think as far outside the box as you like.
$399 AUD | Link
LEGO Ideas Seinfeld
Like a tasty pretzel, putting all 1300 pieces together is sure to make you thirsty. Oh, and as for putting it on display make sure the surface is sponge worthy – as in clean. A LEGO set about nothing is something for every Seinfeld fan.
$129 AUD | Link
Headsets, Keyboards, Mice, and More
Technology. It surrounds us, binds us. For my ally is a good WiFi connection, and a powerful ally it is. Ahem. Well there you go, first Yoghurt and now Silicon Valley Yoda. Gaming and technology. Enough said.
SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless Gaming Headset
One of the most critically acclaimed and sought after wireless headphones is this very cool offering from SteelSeries. The Arctis 7 is all about comfort, sound quality, and going the distance. For gaming sessions that last a few minutes or a few hours, it’s hard to look past this headset.
$299 AUD | Link
Logitech PRO X SUPERLIGHT
For the aspiring esports competitor, or someone who’s serious about going online and making their mark in a competitive round of Rainbow Six Siege or Apex Legends. Logitech’s Pro X Superlight is a mouse without compromise. Light, comfortable, and wireless.
$279.95 AUD | Link
HyperX Alloy Origins 60 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
HyperX Alloy Origins 60 is a 60% form-factor keyboard. It’s basically a small TKL albeit with all of the build quality and great HyperX mechanical feel you’d find in the more bigger keyboards. The compact size isn’t something to take lightly, in fact it’s hard not to immediately fall in love with just how cool and compact it is.
$129 AUD | Link
HyperX QuadCast Microphone
Having a dedicated microphone in 2021 is a fairly common idea, thanks in part to both the recent working from environment and the rise of streaming, broadcasting, and just straight up catching up with people on Discord and Zoom. The HyperX QuadCast is a great choice, and comes packed with some added RGB goodness alongside its high-end features.
$169 AUD | Link
Seagate FireCuda Gaming Hub
Coming in 8TB and 16TB versions the FireCuda Gaming Hub from Seagate is all about having your PC game collection in one place, ready to fire up. And with front-facing ports for USB peripherals it also doubles as a great way to go from desktop to laptop with your entire collection.
From $359 AUD | Link
For Your Console
Are you one of the lucky ones to snag the rarest of technomoligcal treats? Got a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X perched up next to your 4K TV of choice? Well, like anything in this world of ours it’s still a work in progress. From new controllers to cool little peripherals, it’s time to treat that console with an add-on.
8Bitdo Arcade Stick
Bring a slice of classic arcade to your Nintendo Switch and PC with the very cool 8Bitdo Arcade Stick. Some games, like the Street Fighter series, just shine when paired with a great arcade stick. Featuring excellent build quality, full modification support, button customisation via an app, and both Bluetooth wireless and direct USB connectivity it’s the
way to get your arcade on and quarter-circle-fireball the right way.
$169.00 AUD | Link
Razer Kaira X for Xbox Gaming Headset
It’s hard to go past Razer when it comes to quality, and its headphone offerings across the board are always a reliable bet. Sporting Razer’s 50mm Triforce Drivers for optimal audio, these wired headphones for Xbox Series X | S are also usable in any device with a 3.5mm audio jack, ostensibly making them cross-platform. They’re also available in a variety of colours, which is kind of unique in the Razer market. Best of all, though, is they sit in the affordable camp coming in at around 100 dollarydoos with all the high-end comforts of other top-end devices.
Around $100 AUD | Link
An adaptor that lets you connect a keyboard and mouse to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Bringing a slice of PC-like precision to couch-based FPS action. Compatible with next-gen consoles, when paired with DOOM Eternal on the Xbox Series X you’re looking at a brand-new level of control.
$149 AUD | Link
OtterBox Xbox X|S and Xbox One Power Swap Controller Batteries
With the Xbox controller still powered by two AA batteries there are a number of rechargeable solutions out there. One of the most versatile comes from OtterBox, as it comes with two rechargeable batteries you can hot swap. Bringing true meaning to the idea of play and charge. Having tested these extensively for the team at AG we doubt we’ll ever buy another 10-pack of AAs again.
$99.95 AUD | Link
OtterBox Xbox X|S Easy Grip Controller Shell
Putting a protective cover over tech is nothing new, though doing so on a gaming controller might seem a little strange at first. That is until you give it a go and take advantage of the great feeling rubberised grips included in OtterBox’s offering. Which come alongside a sturdy and protective shell.
$59.95 AUD | Link
KontrolFreek Performance Thumbsticks and Performance Grips
Like modding gear in a game the KontrolFreek range is all about improving performance and accuracy through science – and some funky peripherals. The Performance Thumbstick not only improves accuracy but creates a much more fluid FPS experience. The Performance Grips are self explanatory in that they add some much needed grip for those moments where everything is on the line. Winning a round that is.
$39 AUD (Thumbsticks) $54 AUD (Thumbsticks and Grips) | Link
Toys For All
Trick question, is there a moment or where you’d consider someone simply too old putting together a brand-new Lego set? The answer is no of course. Sure, the whole ‘trick question’ part should have clued you in. Anyway, toys!
LEGO Super Mario - Adventures with Luigi Starter Course
With the success of LEGO Super Mario, a fun interactive build-you-own-course set from last year, comes the best known brother in the videogame business. Luigi. The Luigi Starter Course is similar in that it allows you to create any number of stages using its blocks, this time with a fully interactive Luigi. And a cute little pink LEGO Yoshi.
$89.99 AUD | Link
Created in Switzerland with 100% renewable energy and recycled plastics, the Geomag range of toys are both award-winning and STEM-certified. And they’re all about fostering the inner scientist inside everyone. Plus, the addition of magnets make them a treat for all kids. And with various construction sets to catapult creating kits, the Geomag range makes for the perfect gift.
From $30 AUD | Link
The Platinum Club
Welcome to the most exclusive corner of the buyer’s guide, where off-shore bank accounts housing cash, gold, stocks, and crypto are conveniently located alongside sunny beachside resorts. These be the items you can spend that hard-earned holiday bonus on, or treat yourself by flexing your credit rating.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
Whenever the holiday season arrives it’s also a time to sit back and relax with a few games. And for PC players, there’s just nothing quite like the experience you get from equipping a rig with one of the best GPUs in the biz. The GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is the flagship in the Ampere range and it’s a 4K powerhouse. Which is why you can’t go past the MSI Geforce RTX 3080 Ti SUPRIM X or the Zotac GeForce RTX 3080 TI AMP Holo.
$2,699 AUD | MSI
BenQ MOBIUZ Ultrawide Curved Gaming Monitor
Cinematic immersion, it’s one of the things we all look for in the games we play on PC. Plus, having enough screen real-estate to manage all of the open tabs and apps and Discord dealies going on. This is why UltraWide displays are some of the most sought after and on that front the latest model from BenQ features an excellent panel, great features, and even an impressive in-built speaker.
$1399 AUD | Link
LG 48-inch C1 OLED
The LG OLED range offers up premium 4K not only due to the amazing OLED technology that makes up the panels but the forward thinking design that has seen LG fully embrace the high-end TV range as something for gamers. And that includes both PC (where the 48-inch model works a treat) and next-gen consoles. From low latency tech to NVIDIA GSync support to 120 Hz of pristine image quality, it doesn’t get better than this.
$2,576 AUD | Link
Samsung 75-inch QN900A Neo QLED 8K
Samsung’s dominant out-of-the-gates run at the 8K market hasn’t slowed down, despite there still not being a lot of native 8K content out in the wild. This is largely because the panels employ a smart AI upscaling technology that makes the most of that “8K” selling point, making even 4K content look better on the tech giants’ more impressively-sized screens. And the newer Neo range, which feature some pretty incredible blacks, are the top of the range. In addition to all of this, the Neo series is also Samsung’s best ‘game-ready’ range yet.
$4495 AUD | Link