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Classic Mother's Day gifts are fine — and even great for certain recipients. Most everyone loves flowers or chocolates or a nice scented candle. But if you're buying for someone who has a strong affinity for something specific, why not go the extra mile and surprise her with a Mother's Day gift that says "I see you"?
To wit: Got a gamer mom in your life? Have we got gift ideas for you! Beyond the obvious (though great) option of treating her to an actual video game, we have themed carry-alls, adorable credit-card holders and an impressive array of other gaming-adjacent items (Poke-ball shaped mug, anyone?).
A good game-themed gift will thrill her and will last a lot longer than a bouquet of roses (and probably cost a lot less). Take a look at the options we pulled together for you below.
Style, beauty and decor
OPI Xbox Spring 2022 Collection
If you hear the word gamer and think of some unshowered young man living in a basement... well, throw that idea out of your head right now! Gamers come in all shapes, sizes, genders and ages. And some of them like to be quite stylish! So stylish, in fact, that OPI now makes custom nail polish for Xbox players, in a number of colors like "Pixel Dust" and "You Had Me at Halo." Not sure what hue to get for your mom? There's a four-piece set of 3.75-ounce bottles with a selection of colors so your gamer can try out a few to narrow down her style!
Hot Topic Pokémon Sleeping Starters Makeup Bag
When your mom's all gussied up for a fancy party with her best makeup on, she doesn't have to leave her gamer side at home. Not with this cute makeup bag from Hot Topic printed with adorable OG Pokémon sleeping peacefully amongst the flowers. It's 10 inches across and six inches tall, so there's plenty of room for lipstick and eyeshadow, and the outside features fave friends like Pikachu, Eevee and Bulbasaur!
Loungefly Pokemon Eevee Spring Flowers Cardholder
Mom doesn't need a big honking wallet to secure all her cash and cards these days — a slim cardholder can do the job nicely. An especially nice option? This utterly fetching Pokémon holder featuring the adorable (and highly versatile) Eevee? The flower print will ensure it matches her full spring ensemble, while the Eevee peeking out from the buds will make her smile every time she takes something out from one of its three pockets!
Super Mario Princess Peach Crown Wallet by Danielle Nicole
But what if mom really does need that big honking wallet, you ask? Well, GameStop carries this absolutely fetching Princess Peach wallet with two big pockets, a coin purse and 12 — that's right, 12 — card slots. That's plenty of room for all her cash, cards and receipts, and we bet she'll be delighted by the look on the cashier's face next time she pulls this out to pay for video games for the grandkids...or herself! (PS: It also matches the backpack below.)
Super Mario Princess Peach Crown Mini Backpack by Danielle Nicole
If you've got a "fun mom," why not get her a matching bag that tells everyone? Gamer moms will love carrying around their wallets, phone and other accessories in this Princess Peach backpack. It'll keep her stuff nice and secure, while the white, pink and gold design doesn't exactly scream gamer if you're not in the know, making this great for work, school or maybe even a fancy-ish dinner.
Controller Gear Nintendo Animal Crossing Mint Leaves Crossbody Bag
For moms who like their purses to be a bit more traditional, this Animal Crossing–themed crossbody bag is sleek and tastefully decorated with a soothing mint-colored leaf pattern. The cute factor is supplied by a pic of island shopkeepers Timmy and Tommy on the front. It's great for holding a wallet and keys, though gamer moms will also discover its the perfect size for toting around a Switch for playing on the move. The strap is detachable, too, for moms who'd rather use it as a clutch or want to slip it into a larger bag.
Razer Animal Crossing: New Horizons Outdoor Pattern Mini Backpack
For Animal Crossing players who need something just a wee bit bigger than the crossbody bag, we recommend this lovely blue backpack printed with the faces of some of your mom's favorite characters, like town manager Isabelle and island rock star K.K. Slider. The vegan leather is bright and easy to clean, and the inside has plenty of purpose-made pockets for her Switch, accessories and games.
Official Pokémon Poké Ball Molded Mug
Your mother doesn't need yet another mug proclaiming her to be "#1 Mom." But she can still be the very best with this Poké Ball–shaped mug that holds up to 12 ounces of hot or cold liquid. It's not dishwasher safe, but its rounded shape makes it super easy to clean. Just don't try to trap any Pokémon in it — this is for catching caffeine only!
Nintendo Switch Lite
Maybe your mom is a newbie who's been content to borrow your Switch for the occasional gaming sesh. Unfortunately, that means you don't get to play, and it sucks when she unwittinly erases hours of work in a game like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The best way to fix this is to just get her a system of her own, and the Switch Lite is a great gift for an active mom, aunt or grandmom. It's smaller than the standard Switch and doesn't come with a dock, but it's $100 cheaper and comes in super cute colors like teal and coral.
Nintendo Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros.
We know your mom loves to talk about how gaming was back in the day, so why not bring some of the past into the present with this reproduction Game & Watch. Do you remember the tiny G&W system from the '80s? Well, this is like that but way powered up, with a color screen and a selection of three games: the original Super Mario Bros. from the NES, Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (a harder sequel not originally released in the United States) and an exclusive Mario-themed version of the G&W classic Ball. And when it's not being played it makes a great digital clock, which is super lovely for her desk.
Logitech G435 Lightspeed Headset
Your mom really deserves better than the built-in speakers on her laptop or television. Why not upgrade her to a nice, comfortable headset with great audio? With Logitech's G435 ultra-light gaming headset, she can now have one that fits her unique style. This Bluetooth set comes in white with lilac or blue and raspberry, in addition to a more traditional black and yellow design. The fabric cups will feel light on her ears while the wrapped headband won't pull on her hair. And the sound? It's Logitech, so of course it's amazing!
Logitech G305 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse
If you're tricking out your mom's battle station with accessories that are cute and colorful, you might as well add in this sleek, stylish mouse from Logitech. The G305 has an easy-to-use receiver stowed right inside — just plug it in and you're ready to game. Even more impressive is the mouse's 250 hours of battery life off a single AA battery, so your mom is unlikely to be caught off-guard mid-game. Grab it in a standard black or white, or go a little more springtime with blue, lilac or mint.
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