A card, flowers and chocolates are always nice on Mother’s Day but why not deliver action, adventure and fun for mom on her big day? The video game scene is growing across Canada and around the world, more than ever people are getting in on gaming, including moms everywhere!
Whether she’s a veteran gamer, or just looking for some casual family fun, Best Buy Canada has all the bases covered. Celebrate her hobby with experiences she’ll love to curl up on the couch with and enjoy. Let’s level up Mother’s Day and give mom a gift she’ll enjoy for years to come!
A gaming oasis
The everyday hustle and bustle moms go through can be quite daunting, she might just be looking for a relaxing break on Mother’s Day. Set up a nice quiet spot in the house for her to game with the Nintendo Switch Lite. If she doesn’t already own the handheld console, it could be the perfect gift, especially if she’s always on the go. Giving mom a nice gaming haven might be just what she is looking for a little fun and relaxation.
A virtual island getaway
Help mom escape the daily grind with an island getaway courtesy of Nook Inc. in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. This game would pair perfectly with a new Switch, offering a relaxed pace in a fun environment where mom can flex her creative muscle. AC:NH starts you off on a deserted island where you gather resources to craft items, grow crops and even party with friends. Mom could slowly upgrade her island turning into her own personal paradise, it’s a nice little escape she’s sure to love.
Celebrate mom in AC:NH
An especially nice touch by Nintendo gives you the ability to celebrate Mother’s Day with Animal Crossing: New Horizons. From May 7th – 31st you can buy a special limited edition “Thank-you Mom mug” via Nook’s Shop. Don’t forget you can also send her a nice card via the game’s Post Office, she’s sure to love it!
Nintendo offers many fun, creative worlds to explore, if Animal Crossing sounds fun for mom she might also enjoy these titles: Yoshi’s Crafted World, Kirby Star Allies and Stardew Valley.
Gaming fun for an active mom
Some moms love to keep on the move and are looking for more ways to get active. If your mom is really into fitness Just Dance 2020 makes a great gift. The Just Dance series is all about your movement and helping you find your rhythm. It will get the entire family off the couch and on their feet dancing to their favourite tracks. With a great mix of tracks and features mom will have a blast grooving with the family. Just Dance is available on the PS4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One, check out our full review for all the details on the game.
Other titles that are sure to help get you moving are Arms, Mario Tennis Aces and Zumba: Burn It Up.
Room to play!
If mom is a big gamer, she’ll love some added storage for her video game collection. A microSD memory card for her Nintendo Switch or hard drive for her PS4 or Xbox is a great gift idea.
Sandisk’s line of microSDXC cards for the Nintendo Switch features iconic characters and a variety of storage space size. There’s a 64 GB golden tri-force, 128 GB (red mushroom) and 256 GB (yellow star) each will allow mom more space for her game collection on the go.If she plays on the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 there are great options to expand storage and performance. On the Xbox side of things the 1TB External Solid State Drive (pictured left) is a great option offering up storage and blazing fast performance. The ultra fast SSD technology even cuts down on load times.
The Seagate 4TB External Hard Drive (pictured right) for the PS4 offers space for up to 100 games.
The gift of style and precision
Another gift option that she’ll love is a new controller for her favourite console. There are some dazzling designs out there, one of my top picks for mom is the Xbox Phantom Magenta Special Edition Controller.
If you are looking for a PlayStation remote the Gold DualShock 4 Wireless Controller is a sleek choice that she is sure to love. Nintendo has a wide variety of Joy Con and Pro controller options depending on how mom likes to play.
High fidelity gaming
Surprise mom with a brand-new gaming headset to help further immerse her in virtual worlds. Whether she enjoys over the ear headphones or lighter in-ear variants, there are many great options.
For over-ear I recommend the Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gaming Headset they offer great sound and bass. Battle Buds are a great in-ear audio option that are very compact and are great for gaming on the go. All the headsets above are compatible with the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. I’ve been using Turtle Beach headphones for years now and they always offer great sound quality, durability and value.
The virtual world is mom’s oyster
Assassin’s Creed Origins + Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Certain games can provide mom a great escape and there is nothing quite like the adventures you’ll find in the Assassin’s Creed series. The latest entries in the series will whisk mom away to Ancient Egypt (Assassin’s Creed: Origins) and Ancient Greece (Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey). The latter allows mothers to step in the shoes of Kassandra, a fearless warrior who never backs down from a fight.
The Uncharted saga
If mom loves globe-trotting adventures look no further than Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. This treasure hunt bonanza is exclusive to PlayStation and offers incredible Hollywood style storytelling. Uncharted is an unparalleled series if mom is a fan of incredible adventures like Indiana Jones.
Your mom is probably the toughest person you know: persistent, resourceful and a force to reckoned with. Why not introduce her to Lara Croft, her videogame equivalent? The Tomb Raider series is one of the most storied franchises in gaming. Join Croft on an incredible adventure that spans the globe in a hunt for treasure. If mom enjoys a gritty survival story Lara’s latest adventure in Shadow of the Tomb Raider might be for her.
Level up Mother’s Day!
Instead of the traditional bouquet of flowers, why not spoil mom with a video game or an accessory that will make her happy? I hope this gaming-mom gift guide gave you some fun ideas on how to surprise mom on her big day.
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