The best last-minute gaming gifts

The holidays are right around the corner (or might already be here, depending on how you celebrate), which leaves you in a bit of a tight spot if you’ve still got some names to cross off your holiday shopping list. If you’re still struggling to find something special to gift to the gamer in your life, our collection of the best last-minute gaming gifts is here to help.

If you’re short on time and need something quick, it’s tough to go wrong with digital gift cards to the online storefronts for various platforms like Nintendo, PlayStation, or Xbox. However, V-Bucks seem to have quickly jumped to the top of everyone’s wish list this year, especially with the recent launch of Lego Fortnite.

For physical gifts like Xbox controllers, gaming headsets, and other accessories, we’ve picked out a few suggestions that are easy to find, and will arrive quickly to help you tackle your holiday shopping post-haste. For even more suggestions, make sure to check out our roundups of the best gifts for fans of Mario, Zelda, Fortnite, and more.


Digital gift cards and subscriptions

Gaming Controllers

Xbox wireless controller

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Compatible with PC, Steam Deck, Xbox, mobile (Android/iOS) 

The Backbone PlayStation edition for Android. The controller is advertised spread open with a phone sitting in its middle. The phone’s screen shows a user interface that’s much like a console dashboard, filled with tiles of games and other interactive features, like videos and friends lists.

Backbone One USB-C phone controller

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Whether you have an iPhone 15 or the latest Android phone, the Backbone One is the best gaming controller you can buy for it. It stretches around your phone without taking away your charging and audio port.

Gaming Headsets

Gaming Accessories

Gaming Books