Because the best spending spree is a worry free one.
Though it's hard to believe, 'tis the season to be spending again. Almost, at least. In not much time you'll need to deck the halls of your game cave (or somebody else's) with the coolest kit available. At the very real risk of ruining our own bank balances, we've crafted a list of must-own items to tempt any gamer of taste.
Better yet, we've also identified a great way to pay for such a precious haul.
If you're going to secure some goodies, you can do it via an Australia Post Everyday Mastercard®. It's essentially a reloadable prepaid affair which enables you to shop online or instore and only spend the money you’ve allocated to it.
The benefits here are many. Firstly, the Australia Post Everyday Mastercard® offers tighter control over your finances as you can’t spend more than you've loaded onto it. Also, should the merchant experience a security breach—and clearly these things do happen—the card is not linked to your main bank account. Any loss is limited.
Speaking of, you'll also be protected by Mastercard’s Zero Liability against fraud and other unauthorised transactions. If there is unexpected drama, 24/7 global assistance is available should your card go walkabout or get stolen.
Lastly, there's the benefit of being able to reload your card anywhere, anytime via online, in-app or at a participating Post Office. For example, you might use card-to-card transfers to quickly funnel funds from one Everyday card to another. That could be a great way to dispense pocket money to your kids, thus preventing them from sinking your life savings into Fortnite V-Bucks.
With all that said, let's get to hooking you up with the hottest hardware, software and game cave accoutrements available…
2022 Gaming Gift Guide
Table of Contents
- Must-Have Console Gaming Gifts
- Hottest PC Hardware Gifts
- Amazing Game Cave Accessories
- Gifts for the Big Kids
Must-Have Console Gaming Gifts
Be it Xbox, Nintendo or PlayStation, we've got you covered for the best console SKU to buy and a great game to get started with.
Elgato 4K60 S+
On The GamesmenAs a frequent user of this capture solution, I’m more than happy to rave about my experiences. Recording in glorious UHD, HDR is one thing. Being able to do that on-the-go to separate storage, without a PC, is the game-changer.See It
Switch OLED Pokémon Edition
On AmazonThis fetching special edition console features the legendary Pokémon Koraidon and Miraidon on the system dock, plus scarlet and violet Joy-Cons. Pretty!See It
On AmazonSplatoon 3’s campaign features a fresh take on an open hub world design, mixing in short but satisfying missions to let you experiment with different weapons and abilities.See It
DualSense PS5 Controller
On AmazonThis controller offers some next-gen swagger: Beautifully implemented next-gen haptics and adaptive trigger resistance create opportunities for more immersive experiences.See It
FIFA 23 Mbappe Edition
On AmazonFIFA 23 brings The World’s Game to the pitch, with both men’s and women’s FIFA World Cup tournaments, the addition of women’s club teams, and new ways to play.See It
Xbox Series S Console
On AmazonThis is a little beast. It’s tiny and quiet, with snappy load times, and can play games at 120 frames per second if your TV can support it.See It
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Subscription
On Xbox.comMicrosoft has expanded its stable of first-party studios and bolstered its Game Pass offerings significantly. This is now the gaming subscription service to beat.See It
Hottest PC Hardware Gifts
Have you've built yourself a gaming beast whose specs rival the batcomputer? All that raw power is wasted if you're not complementing it with the best experience-enhancing accessories.
Meta Quest 2 VR Headset
On AmazonThe Quest 2 improves over its predecessor in a lot of little ways. Its wireless nature, ease of use, and accessible price still make it a killer VR headset.See It
Logitech G502 Wireless Mouse
On AmazonAn outstanding gaming mouse that's fast and accurate without the need for a cable. Its excellent ergonomics and weight will quickly win you over.See It
HyperX Quadcast S
On AmazonAfter tons of hands-on experience, I can report this is a phenomenal microphone. In every metric – be it sonic quality, aesthetics, build quality and RGB swagger – it’s a top-tier bit of kit for any serious podcaster or streamer.See It
Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max
On AmazonTake it from somebody who has done their time in the (literal, on-screen) trenches with this headset. The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max is a major refresh of one of the best wireless headsets around. Better yet, it's mighty multi-platform too. See It
Roccat Vulcan Pro Optical Keyboard
On AmazonWelcome to the high-end of gaming keyboards. It took very little time for me to fall in love with Roccat's Titan Switch Optical actuation and responsiveness. And the per-key RGB is my kind of showpony.See It
Xbox Elite Wireless Series 2
On JB Hi-FiThis apex controller is re-engineered for ultimate performance, customization, and durability, and includes 30 new and improved features.See It
Amazing Game Cave Accessories
Whether you've got a corner of a room, a whole room or half a house to play in, we've got the flair needed to truly make that space a mecca of gaming.
Xbox Series X Replica Mini Fridge
On JB Hi-FiImpress visitors to your game cave with beverages that have been “next-gen” chilled by the Xbox Mini Fridge, a cool addition modeled after Microsoft's mightiest console.See It
Red Bull Energy Drink, 24 x 250 ml
On Amazon“Sometimes a guy's gotta ride the bull, am I right? Later, skater.” – Creed Bratton, The OfficeSee It
Echo Dot (4th Gen) Smart speaker
On Amazon“Alexa, order me some pizza so I don't have to get my lazy butt up out of this gaming chair.” What an age we live in. Smart homes/game caves are the best.See It
LEGO Sonic the Hedgehog Set
On LEGO.comSet #21331 is a homage to Green Hill Zone 1, and it comes with the cutest LEGO minifigure in years.See It
Pop Culture Lights
On JB Hi-FiGame caves are only allowed a certain amount of dank. To prevent eye strain, you need to push some of it back with classy nightlights. Like these ones.See It
Gifts for the Big Kids
Welcome to the deep end of the pool. For those of you looking to sink some serious money into your hobby, here are the items many of us dream about and drool over.
On The GamesmenArcade1Up is known for releasing high-quality recreations of your favorite arcade games. Better yet, there are a bunch of these 3:4 replicas to choose from. See It
Playseat Alcantara + Logitech G923 Wheel
On The GamesmenA fantastic racing seat bundled with a good, mid-priced wheel for newcomers who want to take a punt on a serious sim setup.See It
GeForce RTX 3090 Graphics Card
On AmazonWe're talking overclocked performance powered by NVIDIA Ampere with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, 24GB GDDR6X, Raytracing and DLSS support. This is a visuals dispensing beast.See It
Apple iPhone 14
On AmazoniPhone 14 features a new dual-camera system, Crash Detection, a smartphone industry-first safety service with Emergency SOS via satellite, and the best battery life on iPhone.See It
LEGO Atari 2600
On LEGOSet #10306 is a time warp to 1982, when Asteroids, Centipede, and Pac-Man dominated the video game landscape. Expensive, but massively worth it.See It
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