It can be rather difficult to find ideal gifts for your friends and family who play video games during the holiday season. Sure, there are plenty of overpriced trinkets and novelty t-shirts available on store shelves, but so many of these items are nothing more than mass-produced clutter. They lack the love and care of a gift that is tailored to a loved one’s personality.
For those of you who are looking to create an amazing gift for those who game, we here at GIMMGP have an excellent suggestion and how-to article from December 2011.
My friend Grant is a bit of a genius. A few years ago, he found himself in a predicament many 20-somethings do: you have a bunch of awesome friends, Christmas is around the corner, and the economy is in a bit of turmoil. Undeterred by this quandry, he came up with a novel gift idea, as well as a way to productively utilize his old video game magazines: turn them into gorgeous video game collages.
First, he went about the task of harvesting useful images and screenshots from most of the magazines he owns. Many of you may take issue (hah!) with mutilating your magazine collection. But let’s be honest: the classic articles are only good for reminiscing, while most modern magazines are only good for toilet reading. Take some scissors to that pile and recycle the rest.
Once he had a sufficient amount of material (several folders worth), Grant used scrapbooking and double-sided tape to apply these cutouts to posterboard in very artistic and methodic fashions. As you can see from these photos, there is true love in these creations. Every collage he made had different characters and screens depending on the receipient of the gift. He did this for SEVERAL of our friends. Each one is unique and equally fantastic.
Since receiving such a great gift, I have shredded several of my own magazines to craft little collages for friends and relatives, and I encourage you to do the same. Trust me, your friends will appreciate the gift, and your significant others will be glad to have more closet space now that the boxes of EGM are put to better use.