The holidays are fast approaching, and if you've been struggling to find the perfect gift(s) you may find yourself searching up ideas online. If your gift recipient is a big Nintendo fan, there are a number of fun options to choose from at a variety of different price points.
You can wow them with a big purchase like an Animal Crossing: New Horizons edition Nintendo Switch, or you can get them something to decorate their home with like a Super Mario lamp. To help make the gifting process either, we've put together a list featuring some of our top gift picks for Nintendo fans.
We also have a few other gift guides on our site that pair nicely with this list like a list of gifts for Pokemon fans, and a list of the best games to pair with the Nintendo Switch. With that out of the way, here are some of our favorite gift ideas for Nintendo fans!
Holiday Gift Guide | Best Gifts For Nintendo Fans
If your gift recipient doesn’t have a Nintendo Switch yet, we have no doubt they’ll be overjoyed to unwrap one for the holidays. You can get a Switch Lite for $199.99 with the Switch Lite being slightly smaller and unable to dock to the TV like its larger counterpart.
It's great for gamers on-the-go and it makes a great starter Switch for younger gamers. Meanwhile, the standard Nintendo Switch with gray or red/blue Joy-Cons for $299.99, or you can seek out a special edition Nintendo Switch like the one for Animal Crossing: New Horizons (also $299.99).
The Animal Crossing: New Horizons edition Nintendo Switch is a hot item to gift for the holidays with its adorable mint and light blue Joy-Cons and cream-colored Switch dock featuring an image of the Nook family. Given its popularity, you may have a difficult time finding one at its $299.99 price point.
Additionally, a copy of Animal Crossing: New Horizons isn’t included with the Switch, so you’ll have to purchase that separately for $59.99. You can get a physical copy at a number of retailers like GameStop and Best Buy, or you can purchase the game directly from the Nintendo eShop.
That brings us to our next suggestion...
We realize that getting a gift card for the holidays isn’t always the most exciting thing. However, if you’re giving a larger gift like a Nintendo Switch or Switch Lite, pairing it with an eShop gift card can help make things easier if you’re unsure what games your gift recipient wants.
Most of the new, popular games are priced at $59.99 on the eShop, though there are often digital sales that bring these prices down. Additionally, there are some heartwarming indie games on the eShop that are cheaper than the aforementioned $59.99 price point but equally as fun.
For example, Stardew Valley at $14.99, Roki for $19.99, Hades for $19.99, Cuphead for $19.99 ($14.99 on sale right now), Hollow Knight for $15, and more. Nintendo eShop gift cards are available at $5, $10, $20, $35, $45, $50, $70, and $99 at retailers like Best Buy.
If you want to make sure your gift recipient is able to get a $59.99 game, the $70 option is best as that’ll also cover the extra few bucks in tax. We also recommend grabbing the $99 gift card as your gift recipient will be able to get a $59.99 game along with an indie game like Hades or Stardew Valley.
If you love Nintendo and Super Mario Bros. you may be interested in this rad lamp from Paladone. It’s currently $28.76 on sale right now on Amazon, and it has some favorable reviews at an average of 4.6 out of 5.0.
Size wise, the dimensions are listed at 16cm (W) x 16cm (L) x 18.5cm (H) and it takes three AA batteries which aren’t included, so make sure you have some AA batteries on hand if you’re buying this light.
Note that it can also be powered by a micro USB cable which IS included with the lamp.
The lamp functions exactly as you’d want a Mario lamp to function where you can press down on it to turn it on, and hit it to make those iconic Super Mario Bros. sounds. When you’re done, you can press down on it again to turn it off. It’s wickedly fun and convenient.
To add to it, Paladone also has a Super Mario Bros. Toad Mushroom Light Up Figure Night Light for $14.99 on Amazon. It may be smaller than the Question Block Lamp, but it's equally as adorable.
If your gift recipient has put several hundred hours into Animal Crossing: New Horizons this year, they may appreciate a gift like the Club Mocchi Mocchi plush stuffed toy.
Club Mocchi Mocchi has a number of adorable options available including Tom Nook, Isabelle, Leaf, and Apple, with both 6 inch and 15 inch sizes available. It depends on how big you want your stuffed Tom Nook plush to be.
The 6 inch option for Tom Nook is priced at $14.38 on Amazon right now, while the 15 inch option is $29.99. All of the plush toys pair nicely with one another, so you can always purchase them as a set.
For example, getting the Tom Nook and Isabelle plush toys to display next to one another.
Adding to this, Club Mocchi Mocchi has a few other Nintendo plush options. Below, we've listed a few of our favorites!
- Club Mocchi Mocchi Nintendo Mario Kart Mega Blue (or Red) Shell Plush Stuffed Toy (15 inch, $29.99)
- Club Mocchi Mocchi Nintendo Mario Kart Banana Plush Stuffed Toy (15 inch, $29.99)
- Club Mocchi Mocchi The Legend of Zelda Korok Plush Stuffed Toy (15 inch, $29.99)
- Club Mocchi Mocchi Splatoon 2 Mega Neon Pink (or Green) Inkling Squid Plush Stuffed Toy (15 inch, $29.99)
- Club Mocchi Mocchi Mega Donkey Kong Barrel Plush Stuffed Toy (15 inch, $29.99)
- Club Mocchi Mocchi Kirby Jumbo Plush Stuffed Toy (24 inch, $69.99)
- Club Mocchi Mocchi Super Mario Jumbo Mushroom Plush Toy (24 inch, $69.99)
A custom controller can be an excellent item to pair with a Nintendo Switch, and there are a number of interesting options available including the 8Bitdo. Our site's EIC owns the 8Bitdo Sn30 Pro+ (G Classic Edition) and highly recommends it for a number of reasons.
The build quality is excellent, it feels comfortable to hold in your hands, and it has a nice nostalgia factor to it with its throwback design.
You can purchase the 8Bitdo Sn30 Pro+ Bluetooth Gamepad (G Classic Edition) for $49.99 which isn't a bad price for a bluetooth controller, especially when comparing it to the price of the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller which sells for $59.99.
Not sold on the 8Bitdo but like the idea of purchasing a controller as a gift? There are other options available on the market that are worth taking a closer look at. Below, we've listed a few of our favorite Nintendo controllers based on design, build quality, or both!
Controllers for Nintendo Switch
- PDP 500-100-NA-D12 Wired Fight Pad Pro for Nintendo Switch (assorted Nintendo designs, $24.98)
- PowerA Enhanced Wired Controller for Nintendo Switch (assorted Nintendo designs, $24.99)
- Ralthy Wireless Controller Compatible with Nintendo Switch (red/blue, $27.19)
- PowerA Wireless GameCube Style Controller for Nintendo Switch (assorted colors, $36.99)
- PowerA Enhanced Wireless Controller for Nintendo Switch (assorted Nintendo designs, $49.99)
- KDD Joy-pad Controller Compatible with Nintendo Switch L/R Joy Controller (assorted colors, $56.99)
If your gift recipient is a Legend of Zelda fan and has an interest in music, or simply wants to own an accessory that's a bit more functional than a plush or collectible figure, it may be worthwhile to look into purchasing an ocarina.
On Amazon, one popular option is the Deekec 12 Hole Alto C which is affordable at $24.99 and comes with a cute little song book. Of course, musicians will note that many of these Legend of Zelda ocarinas are novelty items as opposed to functional musical instruments.
Or, your gift recipient may not want an Alto C ocarina. Maybe they want a Tenor in D? You can find better quality ocarinas from ocarina makers like Songbird Ocarina and STL Ocarina, both of which have sections specifically for Legend of Zelda fans.
Ocarinas from these ocarina makers may be a touch more expensive than ones sold on Amazon, although some of them are sold at equivalent prices. We recommend shopping around to find the right ocarina for your needs.
Ultimately, it depends on whether you want to learn the ocarina as an instrument, or if you want a collectible Legend of Zelda item that's primarily used for cosplay and display purposes.
A Christmas tree ornament isn't exactly the sort of gift you'd wrap and gift to someone on Christmas day, but it can be a nice early gift to give someone as they begin decorating their tree. Sort of like a pre-Christmas present of sorts.
Or if you're like us and are bad at waiting until Christmas to give people gifts because you're so excited to see their reaction, an ornament is the perfect "I can't wait for Christmas, look at what I got you!" sort of gift.
You can find a number of Nintendo-related Christmas tree ornaments at retailers like GameStop, and you can also find some adorable handmade ones on sites like Etsy. It all depends on what you think your gift recipient would like.
Below, we've listed some of our favorite Nintendo ornaments that we think make wonderful pre-Christmas gifts!
- Super Mario Bros. Yoshi Christmas Tree Ornament ($8.99)
- Pokemon Poke Ball Christmas Tree Ornament ($8.99)
- Mini 8-Bit Nintendo Mario Hallmark Ornament ($8.99)
- Metroid Perler Bead Ornaments from Etsy Store HippieGypsyCo ($9.95)
- Legend of Zelda Wood Christmas Ornaments from Etsy Store GeekyGoodz ($9.99+)
- NES Cartridge Classic Nintendo Christmas Ornaments from Etsy Store ChinookCrafts ($9.99)
- 3 Mario Bros. Coins Perler Beads Christmas Ornaments from Etsy Store LighterCases ($10)
- Nintendo Super Mario Personalized Hallmark Ornament ($11.99)
- Nintendo NES Controller Ornament from Hot Topic ($12.90)
- Set of 3 Legend of Zelda Ornaments from Etsy Store MBKraftStudio ($15.00)
- 3 Kirby Christmas Ornaments Perler Beads from Etsy Store MadamFANDOM ($15.75)
- Switch Joycon Ornament from Etsy Store Athletic Homestyles ($18.60+)
If you want people to know you're a Nintendo fan before they step into your home, why not decorate with a doormat based around a classic Nintendo series like Super Mario?
Going a step further, why not roll out a Nintendo-related rug to give one of the rooms in your home a little extra flair?
Both of these options are a little odd, but they make for unique gifts and are things you'll likely already know whether the person you're buying for has or not. After all, it's hard to miss seeing a Nintendo doormat or rug when going over to someone's home.
On Amazon, there's a really cute Legend of Zelda Hylian Shield doormat for $38.62 that may make for a winning gift.
Looking for a few other options before you make a purchasing decision? Below, we've listed some of our favorite Nintendo-related welcome doormats and rugs to help give your gift recipient's home some cool gamer flair.
- Game & Watch Design Welcome Home Retro Doormat from Etsy Store SaltsprintedGifts ($27.87)
- Nintendo SNES Controller Doormat ($29.99)
- It's Dangerous To Go Alone Legend of Zelda Welcome Doormat from Etsy Store RetroArtDecor ($30.24)
- Super Mario Bros. 3 Welcome Doormat ($37.62)
- Pokemon "Home Sweet Home" Welcome Doormat from Etsy Store RetroArtDecor ($39.99)
- Pokemon Poke Ball Handmade Circle Rug from Etsy Store irynabat25 ($60)
- Giant 8 Bit Mario Tanooki Suit Rug from Etsy Store harmoden ($95)
- Samus Helmet Area Rug from Etsy Store Aurochino ($249.99)
Photo Credit: Etsy Store ClassicTiara
Ah, 2020. It's been a rough, bumpy ride hasn't it? Even though it seems like things will begin to improve in 2021 (hopefully), we feel like the mask trend isn't one that'll go away anytime soon.
In countries like Japan and South Korea, it's commonplace to wear a mask when you're sick to help prevent getting others sick, COVID or no COVID.
With the rest of the world getting on board with this idea in the wake of COVID-19, having a nice supply of masks on hand can be extra convenient.
For example, when you're washing your masks you'll have extras on hand, or you can put extra masks in your car in the event you forget the one you were planning to bring with you to the grocery store.
Even though it feels like getting face masks for Christmas is equivalent with getting a pair of socks ("Oh wow, a mask and some socks, thanks..."), they can make nice stocking stuffers and again, they're useful.
Below, we've listed some adorable Nintendo-related face masks that are both stylish and functional.
- Pokemon Assorted Face Masks from Etsy Store IHeartArtsbyHanna (assorted designs and sizes, $9.60+)
- Nintendo Super Mario Bros. Face Mask from Etsy Store ChocolateAndBeyond ($9.99)
- Pokemon Pikachu Face Masks from Etsy Store StripestoSparkle (assorted designs, $10.50)
- Tetris Style Face Mask from Etsy Store zekcreations ($11.00)
- Samus Metroid Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Face Mask from Etsy Store Totem World ($11.95)
- Pink Kirby Adult Face Mask from Etsy Store Vivsprojects ($12.50)
- Animal Crossing Leaf Print Face Mask from Etsy Store Classic Tiara ($12.75)
- Nintendo Classic Mario Mask Collage from Etsy Store MagicalCustomFinds ($13)
- Animal Crossing Custom Embroidered Face Mask w/Your Villager of Choice from Etsy Store PrinceEmbroidery ($13.50)
- Retro Nintendo Game Boy Face Mask from Etsy Store BrightMoonCove ($13.60)
- It's Dangerous To Go Alone Zelda Face Mask from Etsy Store Spicetag ($13.94)
- Pikachu Yellow Face Mask from Etsy Store BRZYDesignShop ($14.99)
- Nintendo Switch Style Face Mask from Etsy Store StitchingOnTheSide ($20)
If you want a gift with some weight to it, one that's collectible, fun to look at, and cool to display on a bookshelf, look no further than a Nintendo-related hardcover book. There are book options for a variety of Nintendo properties and subjects from The Legend of Zelda to Kirby and beyond.
Adding to this, if you're buying gifts based on a theme like an all-Animal Crossing gift set or all-Kirby gift set, adding a book to it can help round everything out and add some variety to the plushes, games, clothing, and other miscellaneous items.
Below, we've listed some of our favorite Nintendo-related hardcover books that make for awesome holiday gifts!
- Kirby: Art & Style Collection from VIZ Media ($18.22)
- The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia from Patrick Thorpe and Others ($20.04)
- Pokemon Sword & Pokemon Shield: The Official Galar Region Strategy Guide: Collector's Edition from The Pokemon Company International ($21.36)
- The Art of Super Mario Odyssey from Nintendo ($22.04)
- The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia from Nintendo ($24.39)
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Creating a Champion from Nintendo ($25.55)
- The Art of Splatoon 2 from Nintendo ($26.99)
- The NES Encyclopedia: Every Game Released for the Nintendo Entertainment System from Chris Scullion ($27.83)
- Super Mario Encyclopedia: The Official Guide to the First 30 Years from Nintendo ($28.77)
- The Legend of Zelda Encylopedia Collectible Deluxe Edition from Nintendo ($49.49)
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Creating a Champion Collectible Hero's Edition from Nintendo ($59.88)
Ah yes, a list like this wouldn't be complete without a nod to the collectible figures and amiibo you can purchase for Nintendo properties. No matter what your favorites are, there's a little something for everybody in the collectible figure market.
If you're unsure where to begin when it comes to gifting a collectible figure, or you're shopping under a strict budget and don't want to go past a certain price point, we've got you covered.
Below, we've listed some of the coolest collectibles and amiibo figures that Nintendo fans are sure to love.
- Splatoon Series Inkling Girl Amiibo ($8.99)
- Yoshi's Wooly World Pink Yarn Yoshi Amiibo ($9.99)
- Animal Crossing - Blathers Amiibo ($9.99)
- The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker Link Action Figure ($11.99)
- The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Amiibo ($12.99)
- Animal Crossing - Isabelle Amiibo ($15.99)
- Metroid Dark Samus Amiibo ($15.99)
- World of Nintendo Tanooki Mario With Coin Action Figure ($18.99)
- Super Mario Odyssey 5-Pack Figure Set ($19.99)
- World of Nintendo 4 Inch Star Fox Falco Action Figure ($22.99)
- World of Nintendo 8-Bit Collection 5-Pack Set ($24.95)
- World of Nintendo 6 Inch Metroid Action Figure ($24.99)
- Nintendo Super Mario Vs. Bowser Diorama Figure 3-Pack ($24.99)
- World of Nintendo 4 Inch Skull Kid Legend of Zelda Action Figure ($26.99)
- Nintendo Kirby Pile-Up Figure ($27.99)
- Splatoon Amiibo 3-Pack Set ($29.99)
- Good Smile's Kirby's Dream Land: Kirby Nendoroid Action Figure ($75.99)
Last, but certainly not least, we thought we'd bring up a few other gift ideas that don't fit in with the categories above. A few of these are oddball items, while others are standard gifts like mugs or shirts.
If you've run out of gift ideas for that special gift recipient, this category is for you.
We hope you find something in the list below that you haven't seen or heard before, and that you think makes a great gift for the person you're trying to bring joy to this holiday season!
- Paladone Super Mario Bros. 80-Cound Refrigerator Magnets ($8.99)
- Nintendo Controller Light Switch Plate from Etsy Store MaJorCreationsCo ($8.99)
- Nintendo Game Boy Mini Light ($9.97)
- Mini Game Storage Case for Nintendo Switch Games from Etsy Store Madarakis (assorted designs, $9.99)
- Pokemon Meadow Wood Wall Art ($10.43)
- Paladone Heat Changing Nintendo Game Boy Coffee Mug ($11.99)
- 8.5 Inch 3D Printed Nintendo Logo Sign from Etsy Store 3DKnacks ($12.00)
- The Legend of Zelda Vintage PU Leather Notebook ($17.30)
- Super Mario Glow In The Dark Star Earrings from Etsy Store LootCaveCo ($17.95)
- Zelda Glow In The Dark Navi Necklace from Etsy Store LootCaveCo ($17.95)
- Paladone Super Mario Bros. Reusable Silicone Ice Cube Tray ($19.99)
- FreezerBoy (Nintendo Game Boy Style) Dry-Erase Whiteboard Refrigerator Magnets ($21.99)
- Nintendo Zelda Gold Cartridge Super Soft Plush Throw Blanket 48" x 60" ($24.99)
- Nintendo Controller Cookie Cutters 5-Pack from Etsy Store LootCaveCo ($27.95)
- Nintendo Super Mario Kart 8 Mario Anti-Gravity Mini RC Racer 2.4Ghz ($33.25)
- Nintendo Console Design Key Holder from Etsy Store QuetzalStudio ($34.99)
- The Legend of Zelda Scented Candle 3-Pack Gift Set from Etsy Store HappyPiranha ($38.34)
- Kirby Style Otamatone Japanese Musical Instrument ($39.95)
- Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. Handheld ($49.99)
- Star Fox Arwing LED Lamp from Etsy Store theBKPKshop ($57.00)
- The Legend of Zelda Hylian Shield Wall Clock from Etsy Store QuetzalStudio ($59.99)
- Handmade Crochet Animal Crossing Celeste from Etsy Store Gnarlea ($95)
- IPS ags101 Backlit LCD GBA Mod Nintendo Game Boy Advance from Etsy Store GameboyStation (assorted customization options, $159.00+)