Let’s be honest: 2020 has been a rough year. In a year ravaged by a global pandemic, video games have become more important that ever as a source of socially distanced refuge and entertainment.

Thankfully this was also a huge year for games, with the launch of the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X ushering in the next generation of console gaming.

Big game releases include Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Cyberpunk 2077, The Last of Us Part 2, and Final Fantasy 7 Remake, alongside wonderful indie titles like Hades, Spelunky 2, and Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout.

Despite a relatively quieter year, the Nintendo Switch continues to dominate as the best gaming platform for families, especially younger kids with the handheld-only Switch Lite. But few joys will compare to receiving one of the brand new consoles this holiday.

Below you’ll find links to our 2020 holiday gift recommendations across PC and consoles, as well as tabletop board games. Guides are organized by Younger Kids (under 10), Kids and Teens (10-16), and Mature Teens and Adults (17+) so you can find the perfect gift.

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Eric has been writing for over nine years with bylines at Dicebreaker, Pixelkin, Polygon, PC Gamer, Tabletop Gaming magazine, and more covering movies, TV shows, video games, tabletop games, and tech. He reviews and live streams D&D adventures every week on his YouTube channel. He also makes a mean tuna quesadilla.