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Top Christmas gifts for PlayStation gamers: from the PS5 to cool merchandise

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We're bringing you a tech-focused Christmas gift guide every day up to the big day itself, to help fuel your present buying inspiration.

Day 1: Apple fans | 2: Photographers | 3: Nintendo fans | 4: Xbox fans | 5: PlayStation fans | 6: Retro gamers |7: PC gamers

Struggling to think of the best Christmas gifts for PlayStation gamers? When you eventually get a wish list from your family or friends that love all things Sony, you'll undoubtedly see one thing at the top: a PS5

With the game-changing new DualSense wireless controller, striking peripherals, and arguably a better launch library than the Xbox Series X with a Demon's Souls remaster and Spider-Man: Miles Morales, there's plenty to be excited about with Sony's new console. The problem is, getting one is almost impossible (check out our guide on where to buy PS5 if you want stock updates). 

If you’re buying for the gamer in your life – or yourself – we have all the best Christmas gifts and holiday items for PlayStation fans right here. And that includes one of the best PS4 games released this year and other cool stuff, if you're struggling to get a PS5 right now.

PS5

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PS5 825GB console

Sony ushers in the next console generation

Reasons to buy
+Innovative, comfortable controller+Much faster and more powerful+Solid launch library
Reasons to avoid
-Too large for some entertainment centers-Limited backwards compatibility-Good luck finding one...

The last console generation was dominated by the PlayStation 4, and the PS5 is primed to do the same again. With its striking design, new and exclusive games that will load significantly faster and the revolutionary new DualSense controller, Sony's next-gen machine is a tasty prospect.

Like its big rival in the Xbox Series S and X, the PS5 comes in two variants. However, the only difference here is one comes with a disc drive: the other is digital only. If you're considering the latter, remember that with the size of today's game downloads, the 825GB SSD storage space will fill up fast. 

Whatever you choose, this is the ultimate present to put under a PlayStation gamer's tree. That's if you can actually pick one up: keep tabs on where you can pick one up with our PS5 pre-order guide.

ps plus

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PlayStation Plus: 12-month subscription

Get multiplayer and monthly games

Reasons to buy
+Includes monthly games+Additional archive of games on PS5
Reasons to avoid
-Monthly games aren't always great-Debatable value if you don't play online

A PS Plus membership is required to play most multiplayer games on PS4 and PS5, plus you get monthly free games to download and keep (while you're subscribed, anyway). If you're a PS5 owner, you also get the cool extra of the PS Plus collection, a selection of PS4 games you can enjoy on your new console that includes many of Sony's big hitters.

Since PS Plus membership stacks, too, this is a pretty evergreen gift, even for people who are already subscribed to the service. 

Ghost of Tsushima

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Ghost of Tsushima

A beautiful open world PS4 game

Reasons to buy
+Incredible world to explore+PS5 patch makes it run loads better
Reasons to avoid
-Too much open world busywork

Sony kept the PS4 exclusives coming in 2020, with another extremely popular open world offering in developer Sucker Punch's feudal Japan-set adventure, Ghost of Tsushima. Expect a lot of sword-fighting, and to frequently be blown away by gorgeous vistas as you ride around the island of Tsushima, fending off a Mongol invasion. 

This game has also been wonderfully future-proofed for PS5, too, with a free patch unlocking an option to enjoy the game's incredible world at 60 frames per second. This is a great way to kill time across the next few months, however you play it. 

Crash Bandicoot Official Ugly Christmas Sweater

Crash Bandicoot Official Ugly Christmas Sweater

Merry Crashmas

Reasons to buy
+100% knitted+Available in eight sizes
Reasons to avoid
-Literally nothing

What do you get the PlayStaton gamer who has everything?

This classic Crash Bandicoot themed Christmas jumper puts a fun spin on usual holiday attire, combining the best of festive cheer with the novelty of Crash's contorted face on your torso.

For maximum effect, couple that with the remastered Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy or Crash Team Racing, both remixed classics from PlayStation days of yore.

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Apex Legends Coins

In-game currency: the best addition to a free game

Reasons to buy
+Empty List
Reasons to avoid
-Empty List

Respawn's Apex Legends is the underdog compared to battle royale titan Fortnite, but it's still a solid game - though it's free to play, so your giftee is probably playing it already. Thankfully, you can pitch in by buying in-game currency called Apex Coins. 

These coins buy weapon skins, character outfits, and season-long battle passes - all items that customize your character. The same goes for Fortnite, by the way, which has its own V-Bucks that you can buy instead, if your giftee prefers that title.

PlayStation Classic

PlayStation Classic

Replay those good ol' PS1 memories

Reasons to buy
+Plug and play so easy to set up+Preloaded with 20 games
Reasons to avoid
-A lot of classic titles missing-Harder to find for its retail price in 2020

Sadly, the Sony PlayStation Classic wasn't as big a hit as the Nintendo NES Classic and SNES Mini, despite the popularity of the original console. But, strangely, in 2020, it's become a sought-after item, with the average price now creeping above its retail price. If you can still get one, it's a great gift for a long-time PlayStation fan. 

Like the other retro consoles, the PlayStation Classic looks remarkably like its inspiration, the very first PlayStation - only smaller - and is packed with gems from that console.

There are a lot of big names missing, likely due to licensing issues and the existing remastered collections of Spyro the Dragon and Crash Bandicoot games. But for a PlayStation fan wanting to revisit the likes of Rayman, Tekken 3, Metal Gear Solid, or Final Fantasy VII, and some other lesser known titles from gaming history, this mini PlayStation console could make a fantastic gift under the tree this Christmas.

Read: PlayStation Classic review

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Funko POP Vinyl Figures: Spyro, Crash Bandicoot, and Aloy

The gang's all here

Reasons to buy
+Cute collectible+Kratos' cold, dead eyes
Reasons to avoid
-Useless in actual combat

Holy iconic PlayStation characters, consumers! These are the cream of the PlayStation exclusive crop, from old school to new instant classic. True, some of these characters have appeared elsewhere, but they either got their start or are only found on Sony's consoles.

Choose from Spyro, Crash Bandicoot, Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn and PS4 Spider-Man - iconic characters all, though some are harder to get hold of now than others.

POP! make a stunning array of tie-in figurines across film, TV, comic book, games and geek culture in its own signature style. Big head, tiny body, and a whole lot of heart.

So whether you're buying for a serious Spyro, Crash, Aloy or fan, or just someone with an eye for well-made toys, these figurines are sure to go down a treat.

Playstation Icons Light

PlayStation Icons Light

Light up your gaming setup

Reasons to buy
+Stylish gaming gift+Three distinct lighting settings
Reasons to avoid
-So unnecessary

This USB-powered PlayStation Icons Light turns the mundane shapes on your controller buttons into stylish lighting fixtures. Perfect for a bedside table or overhead shelf to look fondly down on your gaming setup.

There are even three lighting settings: one standard, one that lights up individual shapes in a random sequence, and one that lights up in response to music – the last clearly made with those late night gaming sessions in mind.

PS5 Pulse 3D headset

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PS5 Pulse 3D headset

A headset fit for next gen

Reasons to buy
+Striking design matches the PS5+Comfortable for various head shapes+Immersive surround sound
Reasons to avoid
-Wireless battery not amazing-Hard to find in stock

Playing the latest games on a cutting-edge console on a top-of-the-range TV is wonderful and all, but won't deliver its full potential without great audio. The PS5 3D Pulse headset gives you just that, whether your gaming at midday or deep into the early hours.

Matching the high concept white-and-black aesthetic of the PlayStation 5, the 3D Pulse headset comes with advanced, customized surround sound, noise-cancelling dual microphones, and all for a very reasonable price of $99.99 (£89.99 / AUS$159). If your loved one's PS5 pre-order is already locked in, this will be a welcome accompaniment. But like the main console, it's hard to find it in-stock.

Spyro Incense Burner

Spyro The Dragon Incense Burner

Spyro-technics

Reasons to buy
+Breathes incense smoke out of its nose+No mess
Reasons to avoid
-Cheap-looking-Fire hazard, we guess?

Spyro! Incense! Merchandising! If you're after a neat novelty gift with a practical use, this could be the one for you. This Spyro The Dragon Incense Burner perches the loveable purple mascot on a stone pedestal with room for a small incense stick inside.

It's not the sharpest-looking toy out there, but for the sake of seeing incense smoke blowing out of Spyro's nostrils, this Activision-approved product may be the one for you.

Official Sony PlayStation Games Coasters

Official Sony PlayStation Games Coasters

Coast to an excellent Christmas

Reasons to buy
+Retro aesthetic+Felt grip on underside
Reasons to avoid
-Not a substitute for actual games

These retro PlayStation coasters look just like those square plastic disc cases we used to love. With designs featuring Parappa the Rapper, Wipeout, Gran Turismo, and Destruction Derby, there's plenty of PS1 nostalgia to reminisce over while you sip a can of beer or mug of coffee.

There's great attention to detail, while the coasters feature a high-grip felt on the underside to stop it from sliding around the table. Great as coasters or just to have on display.

David Lumb

David J Lumb is Mobile Editor, US for TechRadar, covering phones, tablets, and wearables. He still thinks the iPhone 4 is the best-looking smartphone ever made.