Microsoft Monday Inspired Holiday Gift Guide

xbox holiday gift guide

Ho-ho-ho! Brocky Claus is here with some gift-giving tips! Stay tuned all week for some great Brockstar approved gift ideas to get your loved ones this year.

Today let’s take a look at what Microsoft has for gamers and tech enthusiasts this holiday season. Pour yourself some rum and top it with eggnog and get online shopping.

All prices are in Canadian unless otherwise specified.

Cuphead – $21.99 CAD

Cuphead is one of the best games of the year and a must-own for PC and Xbox owners. I loved it so much I got it tattoed on me. It’s brutally hard but the reward is worth the frustration. It won’t break the bank but it might break a controller.

Cuphead 4xLP Deluxe Vinyl Soundtrack – $100 CAD

The Cuphead soundtrack is one of the best of the year and this boxset is a must have for audiophiles. It features 1930s era-specific packaging, 3 hours of music, a digital soundtrack and music and lyrics. After a stressful day of traveling, I put this on, light a spliff and close my eyes for a wonderful mind-altering experience.

Surface Laptop – $1299 CAD

The Surface Laptop is made to fit into your personal style with texture, subtle details and clean lines. The luxurious Alcantara covered keyboard – inspired by fabrics found in high-end Italian auto brands – offers an exceptionally comfortable typing experience to unlock your creativity.

  • Enjoy more space for your ideas with the 13.5-inch PixelSense edge-to-edge touchscreen display
  • Choose from platinum, burgundy, cobalt blue and graphite gold tone-on-tone color combinations
  • At 2.76 pounds, the device is lightweight but packed with Dolby Audio Premium sound and 14.5 hours of battery life

I’ve been looking for laptop’s for my old mother and this one is at the top of the list. I also need to get her something sleeker and lighter as I’m afraid she’s going have one too many White Russians this Christmas and hit me over the head with her extremely heavy laptop. My head can’t take any more damage!

Windows Mixed Reality – $549.99 CAD

Escape to the world of your dreams. With Windows Mixed Reality, place digital content in your virtual home and set up your own virtual surfaces as you wish.

  • With headsets from HP, Acer and ASUS, Dell and Lenovo, Mixed Reality opens up a world of possibilities
  • Devices are interoperable: pair an HP computer with an ASUS headset, and watch how they work flawlessly together

I’ve spent a few hours with the Mixed Reality device and it’s nice. It takes some getting used to but for those that don’t want a big hassle setting things up this is the way to go. If you need a game to play, Superhot is the one you’re looking for.

I’m still waiting for “Pure Imagination” to get the VR treatment. Count me in for that!

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Xbox Design Labs – Prices vary

Make your loved one their very own custom Xbox One controller. Honestly, I have no idea why PlayStation and Nintendo haven’t stolen this idea. It’s brilliant, cost-effective and really damn cool. Now everyone can have their special controller to hold on those extra cold nights.

Here’s my review.


There’s three Xbox One’s listed below. For the hardcore gamer go with the Xbox One X, for the Minecraft fan or lover of exclusive Xbox consoles go with the Minecraft edition and for the person on your list who just needs a new console go with the S. Easy peasy. Hit me up on Twitter if you have further questions!


The Xbox One X – $599 CAD

The world’s most powerful console is the perfect gift for the avid gamer in your life.

  • The 8-core Custom AMD CPU is clocked at 2.3GHz to bring enhanced AI, real world detail and smoother interactions to your gaming
  • 12GB GDDR5 of graphic memory add speed and power to game performance to enable bigger worlds, further horizons and quicker load times
  • A 6 Teraflop GPU enables 4K environments and characters to become more realistic than ever, with more detail and smoother animations

My review is here.

Xbox One S Minecraft Limited Edition 1TB Bundle – $499 CAD

Features a custom designed grass block console, an iconic green Minecraft Creeper controller, Minecraft system sounds, vertical stand and transparent underside with Redstone circuit accents.

  • This exclusive bundle also includes a full game download of Minecraft plus the Redstone Pack, a collection of unique skin packs.

I have an S and X and an OG unit and I still want this sexy AF unit for my shelf.

Xbox One S – $299 CAD

Xbox One S provides the best value in games and entertainment.

  • Experience richer, more luminous colors in games like Gears of War 4 and Forza Horizon 3. With a higher contrast ratio between lights and darks, High Dynamic Range technology brings out the true visual depth of your games
  • Play console exclusives like Forza Motorsport 7, Cuphead, State of Decay 2, and Gears of War 4 plus blockbusters like Madden 18, Middle-earth: Shadow of War and FIFA 18
  • With backwards compatibility, Xbox Play Anywhere, Mixer and Game Pass, Xbox One S gives you more ways to play

Seagate 2TB 2.5″ Gaming External Hard Drive for Xbox – $119.99 CAD

Straining to contain your massive gaming library? You need the Seagate 2TB game drive. It lets you store up to 50 games or you can use the drive to store movies and music, which you can play through your Xbox 360 or One. Its slim profile makes it easy to carry so you can take your game collection with you to your friend’s house and share the fun.
I got one of these with the Xbox One X. This is a must have for any gamer who has a ton of games. Here’s a handy guide on transferring your data.

Plantronics RIG 600LX – Only available in the USA currently

Get high-fidelity audio that sweeps all around and above you, distortion-free bass, and pro-level control with RIG 600LX, LX1 amp and Dolby Atmos for Headphones.

If you’re going use the Xbox One X with headphones you might as well get reasonable priced Dolby Atmos ones.

Finally. Bust out those wallets for this one my friends.

Samsung 65″ 4K UHD HDR QLED Tizen Smart TV – $2,899.99 CAD on sale
Turn yourself over to the future of home entertainment with this mesmerizing 65″ 4K Ultra HD smart TV from Samsung. The QLED display offers 4 times the resolution of 1080p, features advanced HDR technology, and projects light in every direction to offer an extra-wide viewing area. The bevel-less design puts the picture front and centre.


I’m working on my review right now, but this TV is the real deal. It is sexy AF. It’s not cheap but it’s also a quality investment. 4k UHD HRD QLED is here to stay and sure the price may drop in the future, but don’t you want to experience greatness now?

Happy gaming my friends!

Brock McLaughlin

Brock McLaughlin

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