What XR gifts to buy for Christmas?

Browsing for the right virtual reality, mixed reality or augmented reality gift to get for the holidays is an unenviable task. With all of the tech buzzwords and products flying across your virtual domains and lining brick and mortar shops, there is thankfully a range of appropriate gifts to please any tech enthusiast, VR beginner, gamer and kids, and at great affordable prices!

Aniwaa holiday gift guide - find VR-AR-MR for christmas and other occasions.

Virtual reality gift ideas for beginners



Standalone VR: Oculus Go ($199)

The most popular standalone VR headset currently available, Oculus Go is easy for beginners to use and comes with an affordable price tag. The all-in-one virtual reality headset has tons of content available (some free and some paid for), is portable and great for VR games, watching movies and social VR. Read our blog on 3D printing your own Oculus Go accessories.

Merge VR Goggles ($29)

The Merge VR Goggles is a virtual reality headset for smartphones aimed primarily at kids (aged 10+). Child-friendly features include the headset being water and shock resistant. The mobile VR headset is also compatible with Android and iOS smartphones making it easily accessible. As an added bonus It is also possible to enjoy augmented reality (holograms in the real world) with the Merge VR Goggles.

VR gift ideas for gamers and enthusiasts

PC VR HMD: Windows Mixed Reality headsets


PC VR HMD: Windows Mixed Reality headsets (from $206)

A range of Windows Mixed Reality Headsets have seen price reductions for the holiday season, and because these headsets are seeing generation 2 HMDs being released. That doesn’t mean users should miss an opportunity to grab a great deal and enjoy VR with these tethered headsets.


Premium VR headset: HTC VIVE Pro ($799)

For a premium VR headset from a well-known manufacturer, users can opt for the HTC VIVE Pro which offers a professional-grade virtual reality experience. With access to both SteamVR and VIVEPORT content platforms, 6DOF, controllers and optional VIVE Pro accessories available, this is a VR setup to cater for all VR needs. Ongoing HTC software updates have seen additional features become available such as the HMD being AR-enabled.


VRGE VR docking station for HTC Vive ($125)

With a range of fantastic VR accessories becoming more readily available for VR enthusiasts and gamers, in particular, there are some perfect gifts to please fans of VR. These premium looking VR docking stations (desktop and wall-mounts) are suitable for a range of VR headsets including the HTC VIVE, Oculus Go, and Sony Playstation VR. The docking stations feature elegant walnut wood tops and can store the headset and controllers.


Virtual reality gift ideas for kids and teens

Although some VR products are advertised as designed specifically for kids, we believe that using any VR, AR or MR devices should always be done under close adult supervision. Virtual reality is not advised for children under the age of 8 years old, however, there are some products designed with kids in mind and can be more appropriate to introduce kids to the realm of virtual reality. Here’s our selection!

  • Age: 7+
  • Price: $13.99

MERGE Cube ($13.99)

A perfect partner for the Merge VR Goggles or as a standalone gift, the MERGE Cube allows kids to play and interact with holograms and interact in a world of augmented reality. There are free apps and educational and fun experiences suitable for kids aged 7 years and older. The MERGE Cube is compatible with iOS and Android.


Mattel View-Master Deluxe (VR Viewer) ($39.99)

Another fantastic kid-friendly VR headset, the Mattel View-Master Deluxe is a VR Viewer suitable for kids over 7 years old. The headset is designed without straps so it must be held up to a users face, specifically to avoid extensive screen exposure. For ease of use, the viewer is compatible with all smartphones with a maximum screen size of 6 inches.


  • Price: $14+

VR headset skins ($14+)

If you are looking to accessorize and pimp out your VR headsets, there are some amazing options from mightyskins. With customized and ready to buy ‘skin covers’ for VR headsets from Oculus Go, HTC, Samsung and Lenovo, users can select from a range of selections which will make any VR HMD standout and personalized.

Cheap VR-AR-MR gifts: Cardboard VR-AR-MR headsets

There are now affordable options for virtual reality, mixed reality and augmented reality wearables through Google Cardboard type headsets. These make for great inexpensive gifts for the holiday season and as a welcome introduction to immersive technologies.



Google Cardboard (VR) ($15)

The highly popular Google Cardboard is also the name of Google’s content platform, which is compatible with many different viewers and smartphone VR headsets.


VEER VR Google Cardboard ($8)

A highly regarded Google Cardboard HMD that features in our best smartphone headsets article, the VEER is compatible with iOS, Windows and Android smartphones with display sizes between 3.5 and 6 inches.


Zappar ZapBox (MR) ($30)

The first cardboard mixed reality headset, the ZapBox is very affordable compared to other available MR devices. his budget MR headset works with Android and iOS smartphones that are compatible with Google Cardboard and a phone display size should be between 4.5 and 6 inches.


Aryzon 3D AR Headset (AR) ($35)

The affordable Aryzon 3D AR Headset offers cardboard augmented reality, thus it supports Android and iOS as well as SDK’s like ARCore and ARKit. In addition, multiple smartphone models are supported by this cardboard AR, therefore allowing for a wide range of users to experience augmented reality on a budget!


VR accessories gift ideas

  • Price: $12.99

Universal Wireless Gamepad VR Controller: Samsung Gear VR accessories ($12.99)

Smartphone virtual reality headsets are affordable and available in many styles and with a range of specifications. However, the VR experience is severely limited without a controller. Universal wireless controllers like these are fantastic to pair with headsets such as the popular Samsung Gear which allow for better interaction with the VR content.

  • Price: $49.99

Oculus Rift foam replacement hygiene set ($49.99)

Hygiene is increasingly a concern for VR users, and these universal disposable hygiene covers are a perfect affordable gift, for the Oculus Rift. A range of foam and facial interfaces can be purchased.

Are you looking for the best VR, AR or MR deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018? Check our article to get the best discounts on headsets and accessories.

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Steve Noble

Steve worked as Head of Content at Aniwaa in 2018. After studying journalism at Rhodes University, South Africa, Steve went on to work for startups and large corporations in several countries, writing on a variety of topics including sports, emerging technologies and business, before joining Aniwaa.