13 of the Worst Tech Gifts You Shouldn’t Buy (and What to Buy Instead)

Trying to guess what a gamer wants (instead of getting them a subscription to Xbox Ultimate or PS Plus)

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Gamers are a tricky bunch to buy for. So asking works best. Ask them if they want a particular game, or a console for the holidays. If someone’s into casual gaming, get them a Nintendo Switch.

But if you know someone who already has an Xbox, PlayStation, or a gaming PC, the best surprise gift you can get them is a gaming subscription. Xbox Ultimate Game Pass includes access to more than 100 games, including Microsoft’s own flagship titles like Halo Infinite and Forza Horizon 5. Plus, it enables online multiplayer. This pass works for PCs as well. On the PlayStation side, the PS Plus membership includes access to new games every month, and online multiplayer.

Even if they are already subscribers, they will appreciate it if you pick up the tab for six months or a year.