Stuck for inspiration for the PC gamer in your life? Our list of top picks will ensure a smile on the face of anyone lucky enough to score these PC gaming gifts.
What can we say about the Oculus Rift that hasn't been said before? We could say that if you covered it in cheese and Neapolitan sauce it'd make a fine Oculus Parmigiana, but that would be a flat out lie, and a waste of a perfectly excellent VR headset to boot. What the Development Kit 2 version of the Oculus Rift does offer is a higher resolution display than the original kit, as well as inbuilt head tracking. It's not perhaps the cheapest Christmas gift, but it's one with a bright and shiny future.
Price: US$350 from Oculus
There's a simple rule with PC gaming: You can never have too much power. Ever. Intel's K-series Core i5 and Core i7 processors put the power question into the hands of whoever you gift it to, because they're designed with gamers in mind, and engineered specifically for overclocking. All that power can make it a doddle to run multiple programs simultaneously, whether you're building a dedicated racing rig with many screens, or plan to stream your PC gaming adventures out via Twitch. If you're really keen — and can handle the heat — the 8-core Intel Core i7-5960X is also worth consideration.
Price: $276-$295 everywhere
To make the most of your PC's racing games, you need a solid wheel. Logitech's G27 Racing Wheel combines two motors to provide accurate and realistic force feedback along with solid steel gear shifters to handle even the roughest of drivers. Plus, it's a lot cheaper than buying an actual F1 car.
Solid state drives combine performance and power-efficient operation that should be at the top of any PC gamer's wish list. Intel's 730 series offer a range of storage capacities to suit most budgets, providing optimised performance — thanks to Intel's enterprise skills being brought into the consumer space for maximum performance and the best possible reliability thanks to inbuilt power loss protection. If you want to give a gift that'll make your PC-gaming recipient's computer really fly, this is a good choice.
Razer sells its Goliathus Control Edition pad in a variety of sizes to suit the hands of just about every gamer, but the core mission is the same no matter the size difference, and that's improving accuracy in-game. In the control edition's case, it's done with a fabric surface that adds friction, and therefore pro-level control precision to your mousing action.
Every PC gamer is different, which means that there's no such thing as the "perfect" gaming mouse, because everyone's tastes will differ. That's precisely where the Logitech G502 Proteus Core gaming mouse shines, however, as its adjustable weight and balance means that you can change it up until it's as close to perfect as possible.
If you'd rather give a gift that can show how much the PC gamer in your life shines, consider the Razer Blackwide Chroma gaming keyboard, which combines Razer's highly regarded mechanical switches for gaming precision along with a spectrum of visual effects to show off to your real world foes.
Mechanical keyboards can by their nature be noisy critters. Logitech's Orion Spark gaming keyboard combines quieter — but no less accurate — switches along with a range of 16.8 million colours to pick for each and every key on display. That makes for a bright Christmas gift, but one that won't send you deaf when they get to heavy play on Boxing Day.
Gone are the days when PC games sound was a bunch of 8-bit bleeps. Which is great if you've got space for a full surround sound setup, but if you share a small space with the PC gamer in your life, make them very happy indeed with Astro's wireless, 7.1 surround sound headphones, which also offer adjustable equalisation so you can fine-tune the audio to your own preferences. There's plenty of choices when it comes to PC headphones, but few that match up to the Astro A50. (http://www.kotaku.com.au/2012/07/review-the-astro-a50-wireless-gaming-headset/)
Headphones are great for isolating game noise, but they're also rather isolating, which might make them a less than stellar Christmas gift. Plantronics' RIG offers a solution to this problem, with multiple inputs hooked to one headphone/microphone combo, so the PC gamer on your Christmas wish list can stay in the game, but have a smartphone hooked up so you can stay in touch with the outside workat the same time.