best video game gift ideas for mom

Mom’s love video games too and this holiday season it’s time to show mom just how much they mean to you. While there is no way to thank mom for all they have done over the years, you certainly can try. Check out our list of the best video game gift ideas for mom this holiday season.

Nintendo Switch Lite

Why not surprise Mom this holiday season with their very own Nintendo Switch Lite. It’s available in several different colours and is perfect for any mom. Whether mom has only a few minutes or on rare occasions an hour or two to play, you can’t go wrong with giving mom a Nintendo Switch Lite. It’s completely portable and doesn’t require a TV to play. With over 4000 games available, there are games for all types of players to enjoy! Imagine the smile on mom’s face when they unwrap their very own Nintendo Switch lite Christmas morning!

Purchase Nintendo Switch Lite in Coral, Blue, Turquoise or Yellow

Pikmin 4 on Nintendo Switch

This holiday, surprise your mom with the gift of Pikmin 4, the latest gem from Nintendo’s beloved franchise. Even if mom is a casual gamer, Pikmin 4’s accessibility and captivating gameplay make it an ideal holiday present. Pikmin 4 marks a significant leap forward in the series, addressing concerns and refining gameplay based on player feedback. As per usual, Nintendo hits the ball out of the park by creating a game that not only caters to longtime fans but also invites newcomers into the charming world of Pikmin.

One of Pikmin 4’s features that will make this game great for mom is the game’s gradual introduction of mechanics through tutorials. This ensures that players of all ages and skill levels can easily learn and enjoy the Pikmin experience. Additionally, mom will love the diverse range of Pikmin types, each with unique abilities, which adds an engaging layer of strategy and puzzle-solving to the game. This, along with the removal of stressful time constraints from previous games and the addition of the lovable companion Oatchi, all add up to a more enjoyable and less frustrating gaming experience.

Pikmin 4 introduces exciting new gameplay elements, such as exploration tunnels and Dandori battles, expanding the overall experience. These additions add both challenging and competitive aspects to the game, but not too much, making it more dynamic and stopping it from becoming repetitive. The ability to rewind the game and undo mistakes is a game-changer. This means moms all over the world can experiment and strategize without the fear of irreversible consequences.

For moms who may not be hardcore gamers, Pikmin 4 strikes a perfect balance between difficulty and accessibility. The captivating graphics, accompanied by great music, create an immersive experience that is sure to captivate any mom’s attention. The two-player story mode, while having room for improvement, still offers a cooperative experience that you and your mom can enjoy together.

Purchase Pikmin 4 for the Nintendo Switch family of systems

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A microSD memory card for more storage on her Nintendo Switch

The internal storage of both the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite is 32GB. Typically, this isn’t enough for most people. With saved games, videos, and system updates the storage fills up quickly.

If mom wants to download games on Nintendo Switch, they’ll quickly run out of space. I recommend getting a 256GB or 128GB memory card for her Nintendo Switch. It’s designed to allow you to store and download up to 15 games. Game sizes vary, but it should fit around 10 to 15.

Both the Switch and Switch Lite support memory cards up to 2TB in both SDXC and SDHC formats. You don’t have to use a branded card to use these cards. At Best Buy, we carry a wide variety of memory cards that are compatible.

Purchase a memory card for Nintendo Switch family of systems

Mom’s very own controller

Everyone likes to have a controller to call their own and mom is no different. Here at Best Buy we have a variety of controllers for all of the gaming consoles. Wither it’s a pair of Neon Purple and Neon Orange Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons, a controller for PS5 or Xbox Series X, mom will be happy to have a controller that’s uniquely theirs.

PlayStation 5 DualSense controller

The PlayStation 5 DualSense Wireless Controller features haptic feedback, which offers a whole new level of immersion. With haptic feedback, you now have a variety of powerful sensations that you actually feel when you play. And, if mom loves to play games on PS5, there are a wide variety of DualSense controller colours.

There are a variety of colours and designs to choose from such as Galactic PurpleGrey Camouflage and Midnight Black. However, my personal favourite is the Volcanic Red, which is part of the new Deep Earth collection.

Purchase your favourite PlayStation 5 DualSense Wireless Controller for mom

Xbox Wireless controller

The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S controller retains the classic Xbox layout that we’ve come to know and love over the years. It features many tweaks such as a redesigned d-pad, a share button and some new textures and finishes. Additionally, the Xbox Wireless controller remembers multiple devices that you connect to and switches between them seamlessly.

There are a wide variety of colours to choose from but my personal favourite is the Stellar Shift Special Edition controller.

Buy an extra Xbox Wireless Controller for mom

Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers

The Joy-Con controllers for Nintendo Switch have a pretty good battery life, about 20 hours. And, you can charge them by sliding them onto each side of your Nintendo Switch while it is docked. If mom loves to game on the Nintendo Switch, we have a large variety of Joy-Con controller colours to choose from!

Buy and select from a wide variety of Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controller colours

best video game gift ideas for mom

PlayStation Portal remote player for PS5

The PlayStation Portal Remote Player for PS5 is the perfect holiday gift for your mom, who has a PS5, bringing the joy of gaming to mom’s fingertips. This dedicated device lets mom seamlessly stream PS5 games using a Wi-Fi connection. This means when other people are using the TV, mom can play her favourite PS5 games without worry! The PlayStation 5 has an 8-inch screen that provides a vivid and smooth gaming experience.

What makes this gift truly special for mom is the inclusion of key features from the DualSense wireless controller, like haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, enhancing gameplay immersion. Whether Mom’s at home or on the go, the PlayStation Portal allows mom to enjoy her favorite PS5 games with the convenience of a portable device. It’s a thoughtful present that lets her escape into the world of gaming without being tethered to the TV, making this holiday season extra special for your mom.

Purchase a PlayStation Portal Remote Player for PS5

Gift cards

You can’t go wrong with a gift card to mom’s favourite platform! If you’re not sure what game to get mom, why not surprise mom with a gift card! Mom can use a gift card to purchase games, renew their Nintendo Switch Online, Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus subscription and more. These can be used in the Nintendo eShop, Xbox and PlayStation stores.

Purchase a Nintendo eShop Gift Card
Buy a PlayStation Store Gift Card
Get an Xbox Live Gift Card

Best video game gift ideas for mom

That about wraps up the list of the best video game gift ideas for mom this holiday season. As you can see, here at Best Buy, we’ve got a wide selection of video games, consoles and peripherals the gamer mom in your life.

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Jon Scarr
Jon is the Gaming Editor and is based in Toronto. He is a proud Canadian who has a serious passion for gaming. He is a veteran of the video game and tech industry with over 20 years experience. You can often find Jon streaming the latest games on his YouTube channel. Jon loves to talk about gaming and tech, come say hi and join the conversation with Jon on Threads @4ScarrsGaming and @4Scarrsgaming on Instagram.