NES Classic Edition, $60

NES Classic Edition, $60

If you know what "up up down down left right left right B A" refers to, you'll appreciate Nintendo's reissue of its classic game system from 1985. Equipped with full-size controller and palm-size console, NES Classic comes packed with 30 nostalgia-inducing games like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Tecmo Bowl and more.

Telestrations, $20

Not all games require screens. Telestrations is a board game mashup of Whisper Down the Lane and Pictionary. Pick a card, sketch the prompt, pass it down and let your friends guess what your horrible stick-figure mess is supposed to depict. Laugh, rinse, repeat. (Four to six players, ages 8 and up.)

Google Daydream View VR headset, $79

Before shelling out $600 for Oculus Rift or another virtual reality system, check out Google's affordable new virtual-reality headset - a plush, comfy-looking product that pairs with a Daydream-ready phone like Google's Pixel. In addition to a selection of immersive games in the Daydream app, users can take in movies, concerts and sporting events.

Makerbot Replicator Mini+, $999

For someone who wants to get into 3-D printing but doesn't have a lot of space (or thousands of dollars), the portable Makerbot Replicator Mini+ is a good introduction. Plus, once you master the printer, you can make all your other holiday gifts.

DOOM, $40

Bethesda Softworks and id Software released this reboot of the groundbreaking 1993 first-person shooter in May to rave reviews. There's perhaps no better way to release pent-up aggression than by annihilating hordes of demons at a hellish research facility on Mars.