Struggling to switch on your holiday gifting brain this year? 2023 has been taxing in many ways, but it’s our aim to make finding cool presents and gifts for the Nintendo Switch owner in your life as stress-free as possible. Our Nintendo Switch holiday gift guide for 2023 will help your recipient forget the temptations of next-gen consoles as they kick back with their compact little console and enjoy one or more of the treats below.
Holiday gifts for the Nintendo Switch owner in your life
Who needs a PS5 or Series X when you’ve got the best gaming console in your pocket? The Switch might not be a next-gen console, but it’s still doing things Sony and Microsoft’s machines aren’t even trying to compete with. To that end, there are plenty of brilliant holiday gifts out there for the Nintendo Switch owner in your life. Whether you’re after Nintendo-themed treats, Switch accessories, or games, our Nintendo Switch holiday gift guide for 2023 will sort you out
Crafts, plushies, and other decorative delights
Animal Crossing crafts and pins
If your gift recipient is totally obsessed with Tom Nook or insatiable when it comes to Isabelle, consider checking out craft-focused stores like Etsy. There are loads of Animal Crossing plushies, pins, blankets, and more available that make great gifts for major fans.
You can now add a touch of comfort (and cuteness) to any Nintendo-lover’s home thanks to their line of officially licensed Mocchi Mocchi plushies. Animal Crossing understandably takes center stage with adorable Tom Nook, Leaf, and Isabelle options, but Zelda fans can also grab a Korok plush, while DK lovers can secure a squishy barrel. Check major online retailers for availability.
Nintendo Switch skins
There are some lovely Nintendo Switch editions out there, but if your gift target is stuck with the basic grey model then you can help! Spice up their dock and Joy-Cons with a Switch skin set. There are plenty of options available for Nintendo series like Animal Crossing and Zelda easily found with a quick bit of searching on major retailers.
(Psst! Looking for gifts for an Xbox Series X owner? Click here to see our roundup. Don’t worry, we won’t tell Mario…)
The ultimate accessories
HyperX Earbuds II
The Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite are great for public transport, but you can’t always get away with blaring out the Pokemon battle theme during a commute. To save your gift recipient some embarrassment, grab them a pair of HyperX Cloud Earbuds II so they can enjoy those gaming tunes on the move. Or, you know, when they don't want to disturb any housemates during those late-night gaming sessions! Check out even more brilliant HyperX gifts for the Nintendo fan in your house at this handy console collection link.
Nintendo Switch carry case
The holidays may largely involve sitting still and stuffing your face, but there’s a good chance your giftee will be moving to and fro in the future. Save them from wrapping their precious console up in an old t-shirt by gifting a stylish carry case. Nintendo has a large selection of gorgeous designs which can be found on most online retailers.
HyperX Chargeplay Quad 2
If you’ve ever hustled over to your gift target’s home for a game of Mario Kart only to find your engines stalled thanks to dead Joy-Con batteries, this is the gift you’re after. HyperX’s Chargeplay Quad 2 will ensure those hungry little controllers are always topped up and within arm’s reach when it’s time to hit the racetrack. Grab one from the HyperX store here
Amiibo or Amiibo cards
There may be fewer games kicking about these days which actually make use of Amiibos but fortunately they also serve as kickass models. Nintendo’s full range is staggering and if you want to grab them from Amazon then you’ll need to check each model as pricings vary drastically.
Alternatively, any Animal Crossing: New Horizons fan would be eager to receive a pack or two of Amiibo Cards. Thanks to the game's 2.0 update these randomized packs allow the owner to invite the included villagers to their cafe or even to the Happy Home Paradise DLC.
Games they might have missed
Big AAA titles on other consoles may be hogging the end of year awards but the Nintendo Switch has had plenty of smashing releases over the last year or so as well. If you want to share gaming joy, here are a few titles you might want to consider as a holiday 2023 gift:
- Mario goes to wacky new worlds in Mario Wonder
- Link returns to BOTW's Hyrule, and the skies above, in Tears of the Kingdom
- Pokémon's latest generation heads to the spanish-inspired Paldea region - Pokémon Scarlet or Violet
- Or head to the Pokémon past to explore the ancient Sinnoh area - Pokémon Legends Arceus
- Bowling, Tennis, Volleyball and more! - Nintendo Switch Sports
- Mario and the Rabbids team up for more tactical actionMario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
- Cutesy and creative adventures - Kirby and the Forgotten Land
- Lightning-fast first-person platforming - Neon White
- Sidescrolling skateboarding in a colorful world - Olli Olli World
- Reconquer Fodlan in a alternate universe and gameplay style - Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes
- Celebrate the World Cup by diving into Mushroom Kingdom soccer - Mario Strikers: Battle League
- Sidescrolling beat 'em up action with team turtle - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge
That’s everything we’ve got for our holiday gift guide for the Nintendo Switch owner in your life. If you’re after more holiday gift guides, we have plenty! Click here to head over to our hub page for all your gifting options.