These digital gaming gifts are the solution to last-minute Christmas shopping

Master Chief in official Halo Infinite art.

Oh, shoot. You just remembered someone whose gift you’ve forgotten during the Christmas shopping frenzy. “Well,” you say to yourself, “it’s Christmas Eve now. I guess there’s nothing I can do.” That may have been true circa 1983, but nowadays technology is here to save us from last-minute festive woes with a wealth of instantly available digital options. From games, to gift cards, to subscription services, there are a ton of last-minute options out there which you can even order on Christmas Day, and still get points for punctuality.

On the one hand, you could get them the download code for one of the most popular games of the year, like Halo Infinite or Life is Strange: True Colors. On the other hand, you could just get them a digital gift card so that they can download whatever games they want from the Microsoft or PlayStation stores. Or maybe you know that they’re addicted to Call of Duty: Warzone or Apex Legends and you want to get them some in-game currency to splurge as they please?

Gaming streaming services, like Game Pass Ultimate and EA Play are viable options too. Why worry about choosing something specific that might not appeal to them, when you can give them the keys to a broad selection of hundreds of games? Maybe you’ll help them to find their next favourite.

Anyway, here are our suggestions for the best digital gifts for gamers:

Want more ideas? Well, though you can’t give it to them on the day, you could also think about pre-ordering one of next year’s big titles for somebody so that they have something to look forward to. Take a look at our articles on upcoming PlayStation and Xbox games for a little inspiration.