Audiophiles. We all know one, and they can be a right pain to buy presents for! Fortunately, for those who’re into both gaming and music, there are plenty of great gifts to listen out for this holiday season. So if you’ve got a friend who wants to level up their melodies, our holiday gift guide for the music-loving gamer is sure to provide something sweet enough to satisfy their ears.
Holiday gift guide for the music-loving gamer
Vinyls are the true domain of the audio elite, and there’s little a music-lover enjoys more than showing off their collection. So if your gift recipient is a gamer who owns a record player, why not merge their worlds this holiday by gifting a gaming soundtrack!
Whether you’re after the heavy orchestra of The Elder Scrolls or high-paced indie beats, there are tons of quality vinyl soundtracks on offer these days, both official and in tribute. Online suppliers like iam8bit, Black Screen Records, and Fangamer feature many official and unofficial vinyl video game soundtracks. So long as you know which games they love, you'll find plenty to keep their ears happy in the year ahead.
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Headsets and Earbuds
We’re not always afforded the pleasure of enjoying music out loud on a quality set of speakers. The next best thing is an excellent pair of headphones. If you don’t mind splashing out a bit there are plenty of great choices for PC gamers. The HyperX Cloud II Wireless is designed specifically to give PC and PS5 gamers freedom, delivering pristine audio quality without any cables keeping them tethered to the desk. Great for gaming and enjoying favorite soundtracks while tackling household chores or prepping food in the kitchen.
Xbox owners can enjoy the same level of freedom with the HyperX CloudX Flight, an officially licensed Xbox headset compatible with both the Xbox Series X/S and the Xbox One.
Switch players and mobile gamers haven't been forgotten about either! The Cloud Earbuds II deliver top-notch audio in a small package. Their low-profile, 90° plug reduces the chance of snags and damage during transport, and they come with four ear tip sizes to ensure there's a match to those unique holes in your gift recipient's head.
Think they'll prefer to go wire-free? The Cloud Cirro Buds Pro connect via Bluetooth and deliver true, immersive wireless thanks to hybrid active noise cancellation. Anytime they need to stay aware of their surrounds, all they'll need to do is trigger ambient mode. And when it's time to stop enjoying tunes and get down to gaming, activating the low-latency game mode will ensure the action in their ears matches up with what's on-screen.
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Most major video game soundtracks – and plenty of smaller ones too – make the jump onto premium streaming services like Spotify very quickly these days. As such, a subscription gift card can be a great present for someone looking to enjoy their favorite scores and a whole lot more music too! It's not the most exciting gift to give, but don't underestimate its value to the right person.
For an added personal touch, put together your own playlist of tracks from some of their favorite games! Once they've opened the gift, send a link their way and watch a smile burst onto their face as they start listening.
If they really love their video game music, why not encourage them to learn how to play it? Nintendo has some great resources with beginner piano sheet music from series like The Legend of Zelda. There are plenty of unofficial sheet music packs for other series too if you check general online retailers.
That's it for our holiday gift guide for the music-loving gamer. Seen any other great choices? Share them with us in the comments below! For all other holiday guides, click here to head to our gift guide hub.