Christmas Gift Guide 2016: 12 gift ideas for Xbox gamers

Microsoft fan in your household? Gift them one of these accessories for a happy Xbox Xmas

It was easy, at first: you just bought them a console, put them in front of the TV and left them to it.

Now, though, things have changed. That starter pack of games has grown old. One controller simply isn't enough. Even the broadband isn't quick enough.

Fend off a festive Xbox nightmare with these gaming gifts - guaranteed* to put a smile on the face of any Xbox gamer.

*Not guaranteed

Xbox One Digital TV Tuner (£11)

Make that Xbox One work for its under-telly space by turning it into a media centre. Stick this USB tuner into the back and you'll be able to receive live broadcasts through your console - no more faffing with switching the input.

It's no dumb box, either: it'll do 'live pause' - for those urgent coffee breaks - and it's also possible to 'snap' the TV streaming app whilst gaming, so you can enjoy Fallout 4 and re-runs of The Great British Bake Off at the same time. Need we say more?

Buy Xbox One Digital TV Tuner here

Custom Xbox One Decal (from US$20)

Beauty might be skin deep, but the Xbox One is hardly a looker alongside the sleekeness of the Sony PlayStation 4.

Redress that boxy inbalance with a custom decal from DecalGirl. Simply create a design or select one of the pre-rendered skins, then have it shipped straight to your door. It beats a brown paper bag, any day.

Buy a custom Xbox One decal here

Razer Wildcat (£120)

Razer has long produced some of the best peripherals in the PC gaming market - and their effort for Xbox is no exception.

If you fancy custom gaming kit without the price-tag of the official Elite controller, give the Wildcat a go. With four programmable buttons on the rear, as well as a built-in control panel for switching profiles, it's also been sculpted to be as comfortable as possible to hold during those long button-mashing sessions.

Buy Razer Wildcat here

Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 800X headset (£230)

Want cable-free, 7.1 surround sound for your gaming cave? Turtle Beach's Stealth 800X cans are truly opulent. Foam cushions mould to your head while complex drivers deliver 360-degree sound to ensure you get the jump on enemies coming from any direction. 

Chat volume also automatically adjusts itself to be heard above oscillating levels of gameplay noise and you can even hook up your mobile phone in order to take important calls while simultaneously smashing the competition. It's not cheap - but then luxury rarely is.

Buy Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 800X headset here

Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter (£16)

We'll be frank: adding this adapter to the list didn't fill us with joy. How come? Well Microsoft really ought to have included a standard stereo port on the Xbox One controller rather than its own non-universal port.

But it didn't, which means if you've already invested in a premium pair of headphones and don't fancy splashing out on another set specifically for your console, this is a must-have. Pop it in the underside of your controller and the magical stereo port that should have been there now will be. Thanks for nothing, Microsoft.

Buy Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter here

Venom Twin Charging Cradle (£14)

"Two at once? You've got to be joking!"

We're not - and neither is Venom. Put paid to Dualshock 4 envy with this power solution for your controllers. With two rechargeable battery packs included, it's as easy as sticking your handheld friends in the space-efficient dock. They'll be juiced before you know it.

Buy Venom Twin Charging Cradle here