Starting out as a streamer, YouTuber, podcaster, voice actor, or any other content creator role can be both daunting and challenging. So why not lend a hand? Our content creator starter kit holiday gift guide will help you pick out the right equipment to give if you want to encourage their passion or push them to professionalism. Whether it’s gear like microphones and webcams or extra decorations to step up a streamer’s set up, we’ll help you find the gifts to suit their content creation aims.
Content creator starter kit holiday gift guide 2023
A key thing to identify for a new content creator is what they’re aiming to produce. Podcasters, for example, need an excellent microphone, but they might not need a headset or plan to appear on camera. To that end, we’ve included a quick summary for each gift idea below to let you know what kind of role it’s great for. We’ve also been as budget-conscious as possible, because not everyone can afford to drop hundreds on a fancy DSLR camera for their Twitch streams.
Microphone: HyperX QuadCast S or SoloCast
Great for: Streamers, podcasters, YouTubers, voice over artists.
Whether you’re buying for a streamer, podcaster, YouTuber, or voice over artist, a quality microphone is essential. Poor audio quality is one of the biggest put offs for a potential audience, but HyperX has plenty of solutions.
The HyperX QuadCast S is the microphone that does it all. It features four polar patterns suitable for solo, one-to-one, group, and even musical recordings. That’s enough versatility to match any kind of content your gift recipient plans to make. It also features a built-in anti-vibration shock mount, manual gain control, and a tap-to-mute sensor to quickly prevent unintended recordings.
It’s also a looker. The QuadCast S is an RGB masterclass, with stunning effects and colors that can be tailored using HyperX’s Ngenuity software. Want the mic to light up as they speak? You can do that! If your giftee is planning to appear on camera, then the QuadCast S will help their setup ooze style and professionalism.
If the QuadCast S sounds like a bit of a deep dive for someone just starting out, consider the SoloCast instead. This easy-to-use USB mic is built for high-quality, single-person recordings. It’s the ideal (and affordable) entry point for beginner content creators. It also features a tap-to-mute sensor, comes on a flexible, adjustable stand, and can be swapped out onto a boom arm or mic stand.
Webcam: HyperX Vision S
Great for: Streamers, YouTubers, anyone planning to appear on video.
If good sound is sorted, the next step is visuals, and it’s here that the HyperX Vision S webcam excels. This compact webcam can clip onto the top of a monitor before being tilted or swiveled to the perfect perspective. It supports 4K capture at 30fps or 1080p at 60fps, and the Sony Starvis 8-megapixel sensor works great in low-light conditions too. Ideal if your content-creator-to-be loves working in a neon-lit dungeon.
The HyperX Vision S also captures a wide 90° field of view, which is great for showing off more of their studio. They’re free to move about that space too, as the responsive autofocus will keep them in clarity. Finally, the Vision S comes with an LED activity indicator and a magnetic privacy cover. All they have to do is clip it on the front and no unwanted footage will make it into the broadcast.
Personality: HX3D keycaps and headset accessories
Great for: Streamers, YouTubers, people who like fun.
HyperX’s HX3D line is crammed full of fantastic affordable gifts for gamers. They’re a great way for content creators to bring some personality to their setup too, whether they plan to appear on camera or not. HyperX’s 3D printed keycaps for mechanical keyboards come in all kinds of standout designs like Sally the Succulent for plant parents or Patty the Pumpkin for those who refuse to acknowledge the end of Halloween.
The Streaming Hot Keys set is particularly handy for content creators. It includes keycaps to indicate important functions like starting the broadcast or enabling the camera. Once they’ve assigned those actions on their keyboard, your giftee can swap in these keycaps to make it far easier to find the appropriate action while they’re live.
The HX3D line also includes fun headset accessories like dragon wings, bear ears, and horns. There’s no practical purpose here, but if they have a suitable HyperX headset, why not add a spritz of fantasy to it?
Headset: HyperX Cloud III
Great for: Streamers, YouTubers, voice over artists.
HyperX headsets are built to bring out the best from gaming, so if your content creator has plans in that field, there’s no better place to equip their ears. The Cloud III is the latest in HyperX’s signature line of headsets, and creators won’t find it wanting.
Angled 53mm drivers deliver pristine audio while gaming, but they’ll also help voice over artists listen back to their recordings and ensure their quality is up to scratch. Comfort is just as crucial for streamers or YouTube video editors working long hours. And you guessed, the Cloud III excels there too. It features memory foam in the ear cups and headband – extra padding which reduces the risk of headset-induced headaches building up over time.
PC users will be able to make use of DTS Headphone:X Spatial Audio, but the Cloud III is also compatible with PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, Mac, and mobile, too. In short, they’re covered for audio no matter where they like to stream and/or play. If they’re a fan of wireless tech, consider upgrading to the Cloud III Wireless (compatible with PC, PS5, and Switch) instead.
Monitor: HyperX Armada
Great for: Streamers, YouTubers, competitive gamers.
Content creators are usually the ones appearing on our screens, but they need something to look at as well! HyperX’s Armada line of monitors delivers for both gamers and content creators by pairing breathtaking visuals with high-speed and practical designs.
Both the Armada 25 and Armada 27 come with desk mount arms included. By clamping onto the edge of a desk and ditching a bulky stand, they save crucial desk space that streamers need for other bits of kit. It’s a design style that makes it easy position monitors exactly where they’re needed, and also to add a secondary monitor down the line.
The Armada 25 is a 24.5-inch FHD (1920x1080) IPS monitor, while the Armada 27 is a 27-inch diagonal QHD (2560x1440) IPS widescreen gaming monitor. If your gift recipient plans to stream competitive games like Counter-Strike 2, the monitors support for 240Hz and 165Hz, respectively, giving them a visual edge in online matches. Streamers and content creators spend the bulk of their time staring at a screen, and gifting an Armada monitor will make sure their eyes are always in for a treat.
That’s everything from our content creator starter kit gift guide, but if you head over to our holiday gift guide hub you’ll find loads more gift suggestions to suit all budgets and gaming giftees!