The Future is Female (Gamers): A Gift Guide to earn the most XP this season
Written by Jazzlyn Stone:
Hey! I’m Jazzlyn Stone, COO of Bombsheller and an avid casual gamer. I’m passionate about printed spandex and playing games! To me, video and board games are the warm fire where I gather my community; a chance for us to come together and have a good time. What better time to celebrate your community than during the grey winter months? With 48% of gamers being female identified, chances are some cool lady in your life is leveling up on the down low. Double up your friendship XP with the perfect gift! Here are ten items I’m giving to my own gamer girl gang this season.
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The Super Nintendo was the first console I cut my teeth on. This pin brought a smile to my face and a tear to my eye. Remember your first love, remember where you came from; Superb Nostalgia.
Get it for: Your siblings and remind them of all the fights you had over controllers.
Why use another dice app when you can whip out these beauties and impress your campaign? Make every toss of the dice a beautiful critical hit! Get a dice mat too ‘cause these ladies roll hard.
Get these for: The friend that just got REALLY into Dungeons & Dragons this year.
I like wearing this design to the gym, while pretending to be an unstoppable tank working on my massive lats. A girl can dream. Designed by Nerdstrong Gym in Los Angeles, the fabric is moisture wicking, squat proof, and available in XS-6X!
Get it for: Your dungeon master – because a comfortable DM, is a merciful DM.
Just when you think Espionage Cosmetics can’t get any better, they roll out new genius! This compact is perfect for the retro gaming make up lover in your life. It sells out with every restock, so get it when you can!
Get it for: The friend learning to properly blend eyeshadow and hobbies.
I’ve played this with my nieces, my friends, my pseudo-mother-in-law, coworkers, and strangers. This game is the Yaya Sisterhood of traveling party games – it fits all types and moods! Available for PC, PS4 and the Xbox One.
Get it for: The matriarch in your family and that one friend willing to host every party.
Retro consoles in soft pink. *HEART eyes* Heather Curfman is an incredible designer who makes you feel seen. Her webstore is one giant add-to-cart experience. This tough lil clutch holds my heart, but it can also hold your sharpies, Wacom pen, extra cables, or even your old DS.
Get it for: The friend that carries a big purse and even bigger opinions.
This is the necklace I would have rocked in school, had it been available. Designed by Stream Queen Geeky Glamorous, this “Retro” grey and purple glitter necklace was designed by and for the modern gamer. Also available in “Sweet” pink and white.
Get it for: The little gamer in your life and stoke those fangirl flames for a lifetime.
If you know anyone that plays Stardew Valley, chances are they have a notebook with hastily scribbled notes detailing their paramour’s preferred gifts and crop plans for the upcoming season. This book gives your farmer a 1up and comes with beautiful art to boot!
Get it for: The new farmer on your couch!
Listen, I have never felt as cool as I did for the ten minutes during New York Comic Con when I tried this vest on. I work in fashion; I have high standards for clothing construction. The zippers glide like butter. The clasp by the neck? That’s magnetic! This vest is fully loaded with hidden pockets so you’ll never need a purse, but won’t look like a pair of cargo pants. This is the biggest ticket item on my list, but it’s worth it. Invest in your friends by investing in their confidence.
Get it for: The effortlessly cool, fashionable friend.
The Konami code is one of the first flexes you learned on the playground. Now you can subtly flex on ‘em while you’re activating power-ups all across the con. Available in XS-6X.
Get it for: The friend that works in games and needs to be agile while running around PAX.
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