PSUni’s 2011 Half-Assed, Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

You totally forgot

You made your list and you skimmed it twice — you’re done! Then you wake up in a cold sweat that same night because you just realized that you forgot someone. Well, crap. Er, how about …

Long forgotten limited edition swag

If you’ve bought a lot of limited editions for games over the last few years, chances are you’ve accumulated an impressive pile of trinkets, tchotchkes, knickknacks, and gewgaws that, frankly, you don’t really care that much about. Sure, plunking down an extra $30 on a game seemed like a good idea at the time, but now all that stuff is just cluttering your desk.

The solution, then, is to pass all of this crap on to someone else! So take your Grand Theft Auto IV lockbox and stuff it with your Street Fighter IV Ryu figure, Resident Evil 5 Chris Redfield, Resistance 2 Chimera soldier, and anything else you can shove in there. That’s already over $50 worth of stuff, technically speaking!

PSN Cards

OK, so you forgot to buy someone something and you want to give them something that they’d like (or at least make them think that). Cards good for money on PSN fill that quota quite nicely.

Normally when you buy someone a gift card, it’s interpreted as “Here’s some money, get your own damn gift.” When a PSN card, though, you can at least work under the guise of wanting them to expand on the games that they already own and love with DLC, or to try that obscure indie game. For 20 bucks, they might just believe you.

You can’t be bothered to think about it

So you’ve been roped into having to buy something for that dink at work as a Secret Santa. Let’s just get this over with, eh?

USB thumb drive

The great thing about USB drives is that you can never really have too many of them. It’s not uncommon to find yourself needing to move files to and/or from your game machine, either without a thumb drive or one that isn’t big enough to fit your content.

More importantly, you can buy these things literally anywhere, and for dirt cheap. Break a ten-spot and pick of 8 GB of storage on Amazon. Or Best Buy. Or Walgreens, probably. If you’re feeling extra festive, throw some neat-o burrito files on there. Some Christmas music, Christmas movies, Christmas porn — whatever you think they’d like. Well, the porn might get you in trouble, but it’s the thought that counts.

DualShock 3 Trigger Attachments

If you’ve played racing games on a DualShock 3 for any length of time, than you know that the L2 and R2 triggers are less than ideal for extended play sessions. Feathering the throttle and brake get difficult after your sweaty fingers start slipping on the oddly shaped inputs. Thus, the so-called “Real Triggers”.

Now, it’s hard to pinpoint a brand since there are quite a few of them now, and they all serve the exact same purpose — make it so that the DS3’s triggers curve in the right direction. With just two tiny pieces of plastic you can improve the way the controller feels exponentially, and you can’t put a price on that kind of comfort. Well, you can, but the price is hardly high — about five bucks a pair.

That’s pretty much all I’ve got. If they don’t like it, remind them that it’s better than nothin’. Yep, that’ll learn ya for waiting ‘til the last minute.