2022 Holiday Gift Guide

Gift-giving presents a conundrum. Is it better to give something useful, such as a 112-bit screwdriver set, or something whimsical, such as a cat-sized iron throne? There is no right answer. That’s why our 2022 Holiday Gift Guide, curated by Post reporters and editors, includes suggestions at both ends of the practicality spectrum. With a wide range of gift ideas in nine categories — we’ve even included some that are functional and fun — this guide will make the process just a little bit easier.

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Video Games

From an immersive, otherworldly masterpiece to a brass bonanza budget title, there’s a game to please any player’s palate this holiday season. The staff of Launcher provide their picks on what’s worth picking up.

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Bandai Namco: Elden Ring

Mature | PC, PlayStation, Xbox

$49.94 | A beautiful, involved and challenging action-adventure RPG from the makers of “Dark Souls.” With lore crafted by George R. R. Martin (“A Game of Thrones”), the massive “Elden Ring” is on the shortest of lists for 2022’s game of the year. Review

Buy from Amazon

Activision: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II

Mature | PC, PlayStation, Xbox

$69.99 | The next entry of the wildly popular military shooter franchise provides players with tense, multiplayer battlefields and a campaign that follows the formation of a multinational Special Forces unit led by the fearless Capt. Price. Review

Buy from Amazon

Sony: God of War: Ragnarok

Mature | PlayStation

$69.99 | Kratos, the troll-smashing Spartan turned god, returns to help guide his son through the perilous days of Ragnarok, the prophesied destruction of the Norse gods. Review

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Annapurna Interactive: Stray

Everyone | PC, PlayStation

$39.99 | Wander the streets of a post-apocalyptic dystopian underworld in a kid-friendly story of an adorable orange cat trying to reconnect with friends on the surface. Worth it for the purr-on-demand button alone. Review

Buy from Amazon

Nintendo: Xenoblade Chronicles 3

Teen/Mature | Nintendo Switch

$59.99 | Band together characters from warring nations to break a cycle of conflict in this action-adventure RPG.

Buy from Amazon

Nintendo: Splatoon 3

Everyone | Nintendo Switch

$55.45 | A lighter, brighter paint-based shooting game puts the emphasis on players marking their own territory alongside a single-player and co-op mode. Review

Buy from Amazon

Dotemu: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge

Everyone | Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox

$34.99 | Players young and old will bask in the side-scrolling arcade mayhem as the beloved heroes in the half shell and friends face down the Foot Clan in a cartoonish beat-em-up. Review

Buy from Amazon

Nintendo: Pokémon Violet and Pokémon Scarlet

Everyone | Nintendo Switch

$119.99 (both games) | The latest mainline Pokémon games promise to spin the franchise forward by offering new, open-world dynamics among a number of other new features.

Buy from Amazon

Annapurna Interactive: Neon White

Teen/Mature | Nintendo Switch, PC

$24.99 | Ever fashion yourself as a master assassin tasked with casting out rogue demons from heaven? No? You might after playing “Neon White,” which left a big impact on our reviewer. Review

Buy from Amazon

Holy Wow: Trombone Champ

Everyone | PC

$14.99 | “Trombone Champ” blew the internet away with its meme-worthy, comical clips of players trying (and usually failing) to match the pitch of popular (?) songs. A perfect party game for family holiday gatherings, too.

Buy from Steam

About this project

Project editing by Nicole Arthur, Camille Kilgore. Illustrations by Sean Dong. Art direction, design by Katty Huertas. Development by Jake Crump. Design editing by Eddie Alvarez. Photo editing by Annaliese Nurnberg. Copy editing by Thomas Heleba. Editors and reporters: Nicole Arthur, Christina Barron, Matt Brooks, Emily Codik, Mike Hume, Yun-Hee Kim, Stephanie Merry, Marylou Tousignant, Chris Velazco, Mari-Jane Williams. Editorial aides: Kelsey Ables, Helen Carefoot, Olivia McCormack, Becky Meloan, Anna Luisa Rodriguez, Sophia Solano. Photographers: Carolyn Van Houten (‘The Original’ Cat Backpack, PupFlask Water Bottle, Small Pet Wooden Fruit Assortment), Ericka Wadleigh (Cranberry Orange Caramels), Melati Citrawireja (Chai Kit), Mandy Lamb (HappySeed Boxes), Erick Tosco (Mushroom Self Watering Glass), Vanessa Vlandis (V2 Lightning), Zion Stone (Campo Utility Hammock + Poncho), Amy Chaplin and Anson Smart (“Whole Food Cooking Every Day: Transform the Way You Eat With 250 Vegetarian Recipes Free of Gluten, Dairy, and Refined Sugar”); other photos from retailers and publishers.