There are two ways to buy gifts for gamers: load them up with games, or think outside the X-box. Since the gamers in your life have probably already given you a list of video games and consoles they are itching to get their hands on, if you’re looking to go all out, this Gift Guide will help you level-up your holiday shopping.

The Other Vinyl

Pop! Vinyl via
Pop! Vinyl via
Dragons Den, Poughkeepsie.

Pop vinyl figures feature some of pop culture’s coolest characters in a cartoonish figurine form, and range from game icons, to TV and movie actors, and others. These small collectibles make a great budget gift item or stocking stuffer, too.

Games – and Beer!

Dave & Buster's Hollywood & Highland Grand Opening
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Dave & Buster’s, Nyack.

When the gaming chair is starting to sink in due to overuse, it might be time to get out of the house. Send them over to the Palisades Mall with a gift card to Dave & Busters, where they can still get their game on with friends and a tasty brew.

Caffeine Buzz

2 Alices Coffee Lounge, Cornwall or Newburgh.

Why load up on energy drinks from a can when you can enjoy delicious coffee concoctions served up by a friendly staff? Give a gift card and your game enthusiast can run out and grab an espresso to go, or log in to the Wi-Fi and sip while they play.

Go Retro

Atari via
Atari via
Dragons Den, Poughkeepsie.

Video game graphics are unbelievably realistic these days, but vintage systems are still coveted items for both collectors and newbies alike. Availability varies, but you can often find refurbished Nintendo, Atari, and other consoles and games at the Dragons Den.

Computer Clean Up

Clint Spencer
Tech Smiths, Kingston.
Services and prices vary.

When you game on your laptop, it’s frustrating when your favorite hobby is delayed by slow computer speeds, especially when you don’t know the cause. Gift a diagnosis, system upgrade, performance tuning, or other service from the Apple Certified Maintenance Technicians at Tech Smiths.

Stellar Sound


Standup speakers – Starting at $179

Hudson Valley Hi Fi, Florida, NY.

When the headsets come off, epic games call for epic sound systems, and bonus points if you can find funky retro speakers that provide top-notch audio. Give great sound for as little as less than $200, or go big with futuristic-looking speakers at this sales, service, and restoration shop.

King for a Day

Female Wood Elf Recurve Bow Arrow Fantasy Character Costume LARP
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Wayfinder Experience, Kingston.

Live Action Role Playing (or, LARPing) is a fun way to bring fantasy to life in a fun-yet-challenging environment. Wayfinder has programs for youth that span from one-day activities to weeklong camps where participants can act out magical legends, pirate themes, alternate history scenarios, and other guided adventures. They also host an annual retreat for ages 18+ with improv theater workshops, sword fighting lessons, and more.

Screen Break

Disney Acquires Marvel Comics For $4 Billion
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October Country Comics, New Paltz.

Although not all comic book characters crossover to video games, some (like Marvel characters) have gained a huge following. This two-floor shop has more than just comics and graphic novels, you can find posters, apparel, and other items that show off your gamer’s favorite characters.