Going back to school after a summer of sleeping in and playing video games can be a bitter pill to swallow, but it doesn't have to be. Sure, your gaming time may have been drastically reduced by the return of school, but that doesn't mean you have to stop enjoying your gamer lifestyle.
We've put together a handy back-to-school guide for the gamer in your life, to show that preparing for the latest school year doesn't have to just be about books and supplies. We'll cover a variety of gamer gift options for adult and youth gamers, while also focusing on how these products can assist you in your upcoming year without abandoning the gamer aesthetic.
10 "LEVEL COMPLETE" GAMER BOWL
It's important to get a good start to your day with one of the most important meals of the day, potentially served out of KOVOT's ceramic bowl that is shaped like a game controller. Why not use your already developed mastery of the controller to assist you in meal times as well?
Besides, more bowls should have handles, as anyone carrying a full bowl of cereal back to the living room couch can agree with. At the very least, the KOVOT "Level Complete" gamer bowl is a visually pleasing dish that can be displayed to showcase anyone's love of gaming... and cereal.
9 "I PAUSED MY GAME TO BE HERE" T-SHIRT
Clothes shopping is always a big part of any back-to-school routine, so we decided to help the hunt for gamer wear with a few gamer-inspired T-shirts. The Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company has created a hilarious shirt for the gamer that wants you to know they are a gamer.
Nothing says you are excited for school like the "I Paused My Game To Be Here" T-shirt, which comes printed on soft fabrics with high thread counts that use top-quality inks that won't crack or fade. And believe it or not, this T-shirt can also be worn to places other than school.
8 FORTNITE BIG MULTIPLIER BACKPACK
There's arguably no bigger game right now than Fortnite among younger fans, and the battle royale shooter is likely to maintain its popularity throughout the school year at the very least. So when picking up school supplies for the little gamer in your life, it might be time to upgrade their backpack to hold all of their new gear as well.
The Fortnite Big Multiplier Backpack features more than enough pockets and compartments for any student, but what's really important is how cool the backpack looks. The checkerboard design features silhouettes of the Fortnite characters in various dances and poses, with a sleek interior that really pops when they have to dig in to find that always elusive writing utensil.
7 FORTNITE BITTY BOOMER SPEAKER
Any Fortnite backpack is gonna need to come with some usable gear as well, ad the Fortnite Bitty Boomer wireless speaker is a perfect accompaniment or great gift on its own. Bitty Boomers are miniature wireless speakers that are available in a variety of fandoms from NFL to Fortnite.
This particular Bitty Boomer is based on the Fortnite Boogie Bomb, which causes players to dance uncontrollably for five seconds if caught in the blast radius. So basically the best possible design to use for a miniature wireless speaker. Oh, it can also be used as a selfie remote as well as triggering uncontrollable dance parties.
6 ALIENWARE VINDICATOR BACKPACK
Obviously, not every gamer has a huge interest in Fortnite, but if you're a PC gamer chances are you've heard of Alienware, which is a leading manufacturer of PC's and accessories that are specifically devoted to gaming and well, looking really cool.
The Alienware Vindicator Backpack drops some of the flair of their more flashy products but reinforces the sturdy construction and understanding of a gamers needs. The Vindicator backpack features a durable shell, padded laptop and tablet compartments, headphone toggle strap, and much more!
5 8-BIT TMNT T-SHIRT
It can be hard to choose between our love for next-gen games that test the limits of our technology and abilities, or our love for the classic games from our youth that did the same thing, twenty years ago. We love that 8bit has become an aesthetic as opposed to a graphic limitation, which this TMNT T-shirt celebrates.
Recreating the iconic login screen from 1989's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game, this T-shirt features Leonardo, Donatello, Michaelangelo, and Raphael along with their individual life bar from the game, which any fan of either retro gaming or the Turtles would be lucky to own.
4 CHARIZARD LOUNGER
Now, we would be remiss if we didn't include types of clothing other than T-shirts for the gaming fans out there, as it's important to look your best when heading back for the school year. That doesn't mean you can't let your fandom flag fly proudly though, and fans of Pokemon may be very interested in this design choice.
The Pokemon Charizard Lounger lets you evolve into the fiery dragon we all coveted back when Pokemon Red and Blue first popped into our Game Boy. You'll definitely be the talk of the school if this is your first-day outfit, but as it's probably just as comfortable to game in at home this is a great gift for any Pokemon fan.
3 GAMING GLASSES
Digital eye strain is a serious issue that is affecting gamers and non-gamers alike, as our society spends increasingly larger amounts of time in front of electronic screens every single day. Thankfully gamers can now limit some of that eye-strain with these functional and fashionable gaming glasses.
GUNNAR Optiks has created a line of gaming glasses that block the blue light that has been connected with digital eye strain. The Maverick Gaming Glasses feature amber lenses in stylized aviator frames that will keep your eyes safe, and they are designed to fit comfortably with most headsets.
2 NINTENDO SWITCH LITE
Obviously, when it comes time for back-to-school, students should be focusing more on their studies while in school. But with the release of the Nintendo Switch Lite, which takes the hybrid console/mobile device and streamlines it further for a fully mobile experience that you really can take anywhere!
The Switch Lite is available for pre-order now and isn't expected to make it to stores on time for the first day of school, but that just gives students a bit of time to impress their teachers with their work ethic before the Lite lets them pick up their favorite Nintendo game quietly and unknowingly at their desk. We won't tell.
1 OCULUS QUEST
While the Switch Lite might be a good way to get lost in a game while at school, the Oculus Quest system should still probably be used in a safe environment. Of course, Oculus' new all-in-one VR gaming system has now made it easier and safer to explore the world of VR almost anywhere.
The VR headset features a pair of highly responsive controllers that translate your movements to the VR world with realistic precision. The headset features positional audio, insight tracking, and the Guardian system, which keeps track of your playspace and warns you if you're about to trip over a coffee table, or that kid's desk in front of you...
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