Good morning! We lived through the end of the world. Which means those of you who were counting on the apocalypse because you forgot to Christmas shop need some last minute gifts. Wow. you were really betting on the longshot here, weren’t you? Relax, because things aren’t completely dark and bleak just yet. As long as the people you’re shopping for are gamers, you can easily grab some last minute gifts.
Let’s say you want to buy someone an actual gift. Get up and get out of the house. Target is running a last minute sale where the iPod nano 16GB are $149 and come with a $20 gift card, the 3DS XL is $165, the $269.99 PS3 Uncharted bundle comes with PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, the 4GB Xbox 360 is $179.99 and comes with a $20 gift card and if you buy any two Skylanders characters or accessories, you get a third free. It’s weekly sale ad is also still in effect until December 22, 2012, which means you can still get some major releases cheap. Toys R Us also has some major last minute deals. If you go out now, it shouldn’t be too crowded and you could still get some great gifts at a discount.
Maybe you want a physical copy of something for someone, but don’t want to leave your house. I can respect that. I mean, I can appreciate that! It’s now cold and snowy here in Chicago and I can guarantee I’d much rather shop from home. Amazon’s here for you. It has a whole section of video games that qualify for free one-day shopping to make life easier for people hoping to grab a last minute gift. As long as you’re shopping before 11:59pm PST on December 22, 2012, you get one-day shipping on games like Assassin’s Creed III (PS3, Wii U, Windows, Xbox 360), Far Cry 3 (PS3, Xbox 360, Windows), Just Dance 4 (PS3, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360) and Lego Lord of the Rings (3DS, DS, PS3, PS Vita, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360).
Of course, you don’t have to rely on physical tokens of affection when grabbing last minute gifts. We’re living in a digital age and many gamers would appreciate video game downloads of the hottest titles. And, thanks to two sites, you can get them great games for ridiculously low prices.
The Humble Indie Bundle 7 is a reputable option where you can get up to six games for someone, so long as you pay more than the average price. You decide where your money goes (you can send it all off to the charities Child’s Play and Electronic Frontier Foundation if you’d like) and get copies of The Binding of Isaac, Closure, Dungeon Defenders, Legend of Grimrock, Shank 2 and Snapshot for Windows, Mac and Linux computers. That bundle is available until January 2, 2013.
Then there’s Steam. Everybody loves Steam right now because it’s holding its annual Steam Holiday Sale until January 5, 2012. Almost every game listed in the store is on sale, with extra cheap daily deals, flash sales and community choice discounts available. You can easily find major releases for at least 50% off their normal price, not to mention a vast assortment of indie games can be found for between 99¢-$5.
In conclusion, hurry up! Hesitating is what got you in this mess in the first place. Go to Target, Toys R Us or some other local store or bring up Amazon, Steam or the Humble Indie Bundle site in your browser and grab your last minute gifts.