Best Last Minute Gifts for Gamers in 2020

Last minute shopping panic.Maybe you have been busy at work? Maybe you have been attending concerts at school or holiday parties for work. Maybe you have been busy bringing kids to practices or games. Maybe you were just too busy preparing to host a holiday gathering at your house.

Either way, here you are, shopping at the last minute for birthday presents or Christmas gifts.

It might be too late to order some things online and have it delivered in time – especially if they are very popular and are currently out of stock. Either way, you don’t have the time to drive around town fighting crowds, searching for gifts, and standing in line, but what else can you do.

Luckily there are still several things you can get from Amazon if you are shopping for a video game enthusiast.

The Key is Getting A Digital Code

When buying any of the last-minute gift ideas on our list the key is for you to buy the digital copy and receive a digital code for the gift you are looking at.  With all of the products on our list, you will have the option to buy either a physical or digital copy. Both digital and physical versions of these products will work the same, but when you buy the digital version you don’t need to wait for it to be shipped. Instead, you will instantly receive a digital code that can be quickly and easily redeemed to receive the gift.

So when you are making your purchase on Amazon be on the lookout for the words digital copy and digital code. They will be the clues that tell you that you are not buying the physical version of the gift. Below are some images that show what you should be looking for.

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Please note that some products, specifically video games, may not have digital copies available for download or might only have certain editions of the game available for digital purchase/download.

PlayStation 4 Gift Ideas

Games

The first and perhaps easiest thing to get for the video game fan in your life is a game. If the person you are shopping for likes digital copies of games, they can be a terrific last-minute gift. While you might not be able to find a downloadable digital code to purchase for every PlayStation 4 game, you will be able to find codes for a lot of them. Here is a link to PS4 video games on Amazon.

If you aren’t familiar with what digital copies of video games are or if you want to purchase one you can learn more about them along with their pros and cons here.

If you can’t find a digital copy of the game you are looking for or would prefer to buy physical video game copies there are other PS4 gift options for you to look at.

PlayStation Store Gift Card

Getting a Playstation Store Gift Card is a great option. You can get them here from Amazon and they come in various denominations from $10 to $100.

PlayStation 4 Gift Cards can be used to buy both new and classic PlayStation games as well as game add-ons that can be downloaded. These gift cards can also be used to rent or buy movies and TV shows that you can stream or download to the PS4 console.

When you purchase one of these PlayStation Store Gift Cards from Amazon you will receive a code that allows the person who redeems it on their console to have the value-added onto their account for future purchases.

PlayStation Plus Membership

If you want to buy something that will be sure to be used by the person who receives it a PlayStation Plus Membership is the perfect gift.

The PlayStation Plus Membership gives each member several benefits. The main motivation for having a membership is that it allows people to play multiplayer games online with their friends. However, if your friends aren’t online when you are playing you can still play with random people online. The second thing a PlayStation Plus Membership gives people is access to free games each month. The third thing members get is exclusive deals and discounts in the PlayStation Store.

You can purchase a PlayStation Plus Membership for varying amounts of time ranging from 1 to 12 months. Click here to see the prices on the various options that are available. Just like with the other digital purchases for the PS4, after purchasing a membership you will receive a code that will allow the membership to be redeemed on the PlayStation console by whoever you give it to.

Xbox One Gift Ideas

Games

The most popular gift to give that Xbox One owner in your life is a new game. There are always new games coming out, which means that there are always new gift-giving options available. Plus, you can find a ton of games on Amazon that have digital copies available for purchase. Click here to browse the Xbox One games that are available on Amazon.

Not familiar with what digital copies of video games are or how they differ from physical copies? You can learn more about digital copies along with their pros and cons here.

If you don’t know what video game(s) the person you are shopping for wants, or if you can’t find a digital copy of the game you are looking for, or if the person you are shopping for prefers physical video game copies, don’t worry. There are other great gift options for you to look at.

Xbox Gift Card

Xbox Gift Cards are another great last-minute gift option. You can buy digital versions of these gift cards and redeem them instantly. They come in several different denominations ranging from $10 to $100. You can purchase them from Amazon here.

An Xbox Gift Card can be used to buy and download Xbox games, apps, TV shows, movies, and more. Unlike some other types of gift cards, there aren’t any fees or expiration dates that you need to be concerned about.

Immediately after purchasing a digital version of an Xbox Gift Card from Amazon you receive a code that allows the person you give it to redeem it on their console and have the value of the gift card added onto their account for future purchases.

Xbox Live Gold Membership

One gift that virtually every Xbox One user will use is an Xbox Live Gold Membership.

The Xbox Live Gold membership essential for Xbox One owners to have for several different reasons. First, it allows members to play multiplayer games online with friends as well as with random people. Second, it gives members access to free games that are available to download and play. A third benefit given to people with an Xbox Live Gold Membership is that they will be given access to exclusive discounts in the Xbox Store up to 50-75% off regular prices.

It is also worth noting that some games can ONLY be played online and therefore REQUIRE an Xbox Live Membership in order for you to play them, which makes this gift even more valuable.

You can purchase an Xbox Live Gold Membership in various subscription lengths that range from 3 to 12 months. Click here to see the prices on the various options that are available.

Just like other digital purchases for the Xbox One, you will receive a code immediately after making your purchase that will allow the membership to be redeemed on the Xbox One console by whoever you are giving it to.

Nintendo Switch Gift Ideas

Games

Just like the other gaming consoles out there the most popular gift option for Nintendo Switch owners is a new game. And like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, there is a multitude of Nintendo Switch games that you can buy a digital copy of on Amazon. You can see them here.

If you don’t know what a digital copy of a video game is or how it differs from a physical copy you can click here to learn more about digital copies along with their pros and cons.

Like the other video game consoles, if you purchase a digital copy of a Nintendo Switch game you will receive a code that allows a digital copy of the game to be downloaded onto the user’s console.

What do you do if you can’t find the game you are looking for or don’t know what game the person you are shopping for wants? Don’t worry Nintendo has other great options for last-minute shoppers who are looking for gift ideas.

Nintendo eShop Gift Card

When you don’t know what game(s) the person you are shopping for would like a Nintendo eShop gift card is the perfect gift. An eShop gift card allows the user to purchase and download new games and apps directly from their Nintendo Switch console.

Just as with all of the gift options on this list, when you buy a digital version of a Nintendo eShop gift card you will get a digital code that can quickly be added to the recipient’s Nintendo eShop account in seconds so they purchase new games or apps right away.

You can buy Nintendo eShop gift cards from Amazon here. They are available in denominations that range from $5 to $99.

Nintendo Switch Online Membership

The Nintendo Switch Online Membership is pretty much what you expect. It is a subscription service that allows you to play multiplayer games online. In addition to online gameplay, it also gives you access to play classic NES games and saves your game data to the cloud so you don’t have to worry about losing your progress.

It should also be noted that online gameplay isn’t a part of some Nintendo Switch games. However, a lot of games do include online gameplay and the number will continue to increase as game developers continue to make use of this functionality.

You can buy the Nintendo Switch Online Memberships here. Memberships can be purchased for both individuals or for families (where multiple people play on the same Switch) and range in duration from 3 to 12 months.

Conclusion

Hopefully, this has helped you see that there still is time to get a great gift for that video game player in your life. Plus, if you stick to the ideas on this list you can rest assured that whatever you get them it will be something that they will be sure to use.