Best gifts for gamers, from the new Nintendo Switch to inexpensive headphones

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Level up your Christmas shopping with this handy gamers gift guide. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the joystick jockey in your life we’ve got you covered, with a retro pocket platform game, the best Nintendo Switch console yet, winning game accessories and the latest in VR headset technology…

Gaming headset

Compatible with PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Nintendo Switch consoles, these good looking gaming headphones from Turtle Beach, available in livid red from Currys for £27.99, feature big 40mm drivers for punchy stereo audio, comfy earpads and versatile 3.5mm audio jack.

Buy it: Turtle Beach Recon 7ON 2.0 | £27.99 from Currys

There’s also a flip-up to mute microphone so you can chat when you need to, but go silent when you want to shout out for a cuppa.

Retro Nintendo console

Relive the classic days of portable gaming with this 35th anniversary handheld featuring the classic Super Mario Bros action. Available from Amazon for £45, this Game & Watch edition sports a full colour screen and comes with Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels, a Mario version of Ball, and a themed digital clock.

Buy it: Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. | £45 from Amazon (was £46.99)

The original Game & Watch was released back in 1980, this special lookalike is no less fun.

Xbox controller and docking station

Designed to match the Xbox Series S, this white wireless Xbox controller and matching Venom Twin Docking Station is a big hit with gamers on Currys, where it’s selling for £69.99.

Buy it: Xbox Wireless Controller & Venom Docking Station | £69.99 from Currys (save £4.99)

The new look Microsoft controller boasts better trigger placement and sculptured grips, making it easier to hold and use, and when not in play, sits neatly in the docking station, charged and always ready for action.

If you don’t need the new controller, you can buy the Venom docking station solo for just £19.99.

VR headset

Why play a game when you can live inside it? This next generation Oculus VR headset, available from Currys for £299, doesn’t require a PC or console to run, just a smartphone app, giving you complete wireless freedom. VR worlds look sharper too.

Buy it: Oculus Quest 2 VR Gaming Headset | £299 from Currys

The LCD display on the Quest 2 has twice as many pixels as the original Oculus, and there’s immersive audio too. Supplied with Oculus Touch controllers, this iteration features 128GB of storage, but there’s a more captious 256GB version, for £399, if you need to space.

Nintendo Switch OLED

The Nintendo Switch OLED is the latest addition to Nintendo’s family of consoles, and it offers a best-in-class portable gaming experience, thanks to a spectacular 7-inch OLED screen. Available from Amazon for £309 with stylish white Joycon controllers, the upgraded screen vivid colours and superior contrast, really elevating the gaming experience.

Buy it: Nintendo Switch OLED | £309 from Amazon

This new Switch also has a revised TV dock with a wired Ethernet connection to support Wi-Fi. There’s no better console for festive family game nights.

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