You know what? Traditionally, game related gifts aren’t always the best way to go when it comes to Christmas shopping for your parents. But things are changing. It was just the other day, I was on the phone to my own mum and she says, “oh, what’s that thingy thing they have on the PS3, that one where you don’t need the controller. Oh, that looks nice.”
That conversation actually happened.
Here’s the thing about mums. They’re generally always threatening to do things that they don’t end up doing. Exercise for example: my mum is constantly talking about the exercise she’s going to do… whilst sitting on the couch watching Packed To The Rafters with a giant bag of M&Ms in her lap. My advice is this: pander to the fact that your mum wants to do exercise, but be prepared for the inevitability of your gift gathering dust next to the Aerobics Oz Style VHS you bought ten years ago.
Kinect plus Your Shape: RRP $199.95 plus $89.95
Kinect is a no brainer, especially if you live at home and have an Xbox 360 in the main living area. It has that gimmicky new thing about it. Just be prepared for the fact that there is definitely a breaking in period in terms of accessibility. Unless your mum is tech-savvy, it’s going to take a while before she’s used to setting everything up.
Nintendo DSi XL: RRP $299.95
This is a bit steep in our opinion. But when we see Rebecca Gibney from Packed to the Rafters, we think ‘mum’. And now when we think ‘mum’ we think ‘DSi XL. Curse you effective Nintendo advertisements. It makes sense, pretty much the only people in Australia who don’t have a Nintendo DS are women in their 40s/50s.
Wii Fit Plus (Game and Balance Board): RRP $159.95
There’s a strong possibility that your parents have a Wii gathering dust somewhere, so perhaps picking up Wii Fit Plus (even though it’s pretty old hat these days) might be a good idea, particularly if you can find somewhere selling it for a bit less than the RRP. It’s fun, easy to use, and almost every household has a Wii. No brainer really.
What do you guys think we miss anything? Should we even consider buying games for our parents? Let us know in the comments.