The Best Nintendo Christmas Gifts For 2021

Yes, it's that time of year once again, folks! Perhaps you already managed to sort out a few Nintendo-related gaming gifts for our nearest and dearest this holiday season over Black Friday, but if you're still looking for some last-minute presents for that special gamer in your life, we're here to help with this Nintendo-flavoured Holiday gamer gift guide.

Below, you'll find all sorts of stocking fillers and video game-themed gift ideas to brighten the heart (and lighten the wallet) this Christmas. In addition to Switch consoles and games, you'll also find anything and everything to do with Nintendo which isn't games, consoles or accessories — something for everyone! And if you're also in the market for the best PlayStation or Xbox gifts, our sister sites have you covered through those links.

There's so much to choose from, so use our handy table below to browse through any categories that take your fancy!

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Nintendo eShop Credit

Struggling to know what to buy someone this holiday? We've all been there. Thankfully, that's where gift cards come in.

If you want to give your loved ones the gift of 'whatever the heck they like', these eShop vouchers will let them buy all manner of games and digital content on their Switch. As an added bonus, we're currently selling eShop voucher codes at 10% off at our store so you can save a bit of cash – just use code XMAS10 on any of our products below.



More retailers stocking eShop vouchers, including the likes of Amazon, can be found here: Where To Buy Nintendo Switch eShop Credit, Gift Cards And Online Membership

Nintendo Switch Consoles

If you're after a rather generous stocking filler, these Switch, Switch OLED and Switch Lite consoles are just about small enough to squeeze into an oversized sock. You can't say that for a PS5, can you?

Standalone Consoles

Here's where you can get the Switch console of your choice. All types, all colours:

Console Bundles

If we see any cracking bundles this year, which usually come with a console, games and accessories, we'll add them here:

Nintendo Switch games

If we listed all the Switch games someone might like to receive from Santa, you'd be scrolling down the page for the next couple of hours. Here's just some of our most popular top picks, but be sure to check out our Switch Essentials genre lists for more specific recommendations or browse ALL available games at some of the most popular stores:

Physical Games

Download Codes

Nintendo Switch Controllers

There are shedloads of controller designs available for the Switch, from official Pro Controllers and Joy-Con to all sorts of fun and colourful designs that'll bring a smile to anyone's face.



Nintendo Switch Cases, Headsets & Accessories

Protecting your Switch is almost as important as playing it, so these cases and accessories are a more practical gift idea for those wanting to keep their consoles in tip-top condition.



Micro SD Cards

If you're in need of more space to keep all of your downloaded games – which is pretty likely considering the Switch's tiny amount of internal storage – you'll no doubt want to pick up a microSD card. You can learn all about the different options and browse our top picks in the dedicated guide below.

Retro Gaming Gadgets and Accessories

Whether you're taking a nostalgia trip with a brand new mini console or connecting your old systems — Nintendo or otherwise — up to a modern TV, retro gadgets and doohickeys are all the rage these days.

We've included some of our favourite items below, but you'll find the best selection of retro gaming goodies over on our sister site, Time Extension: GUIDE: Retro Gaming Christmas Gift Guide.

Home Arcade

Let's face it, most gamers have dreamed of having a fully-functioning arcade in their basement / loft / bedroom / wherever-it-might-fit. Incredibly, that's actually a possibility these days, as a fantastic range of home arcade machines are now available to buy. Get a load of these...




T-shirts, hoodies, shirts and socks — and they all fold up and fit in a (small) box! Well, maybe not a hoodie, but that would have spoiled our festive rhyme.

If you're specifically after ugly Christmas jumpers, we've got just the range for you a little further down this page.

Toys & Board Games

It's been scientifically proven that people who don't like fun don't deserve nice things for Christmas, so you can't go wrong with some Lego Super Mario or the odd family board game or two.


There's a huge breadth of gaming books available, from huge coffee table tomes to guide books, art books, biographies and more. Some people say books and chocolate are boring presents, which is patently crazy. They must be buying the wrong books and chocolate!

Some of these beauties were written by Nintendo Life writers and contributors — you have been warned!

Nintendo Homeware

Who wouldn't want to be without a Pikachu mug or a miniature Zelda Christmas tree. The latter would really take up a whole bunch of space in a stocking too — perfect if you're buying on a budget.

Nintendo Art Prints and Posters

Image: From L-R: 17thandOak, Zavvi/Nintendo, DevilMayCreate

If you're looking to brighten the walls of your living room / office / bedroom / bathroom with some classy game-related posters and prints, look no further than these delightful picks:

Handmade Nintendo Gifts & Christmas Cards

Handmade Nintendo Christmas
Image: Etsy

If you're after a gaming gift with a more personal touch, check out our craft-y selections below:

(Ugly) Holiday Gaming Sweaters / Jumpers

Sonic Gaming Xmas Jumper
Image: Just Geek

Where would be without a slightly itchy, little-bit-too-tight knitted jumper, hmm? Check these out if you want to add some (ugly) festive fun to your Christmas gatherings this year:

Nintendo Statues & Figurines

Our final category isn't for the faint of heart, as some of the gorgeous statues you're about to see can be pretty expensive. Still, they're premium products for a reason, and if your budget allows for some pricey perfection, look no further:

Thought of a great gaming gift that isn't on the list above? Let us know in the comments and we may well add it in and share it with all the other Santas hurriedly scrambling for gamer gift ideas as we head into the holidays.

This guide is part of our series of Nintendo buyers' guides. Check out the following for even more inspiration: