The Nintendo Switch and larger Switch OLED remain at the top of many holiday wish lists. $300 makes for a pretty pricey gift, while many of the best Nintendo Switch games cost about $50. Luckily, if you're looking for something more affordable, or just a little add-on to a bigger present, you have plenty of options. This guide to the best Switch stocking stuffers should help make any gamer's holiday a little brighter.
Hottest Switch game this year
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet released in November and are the hottest Switch games this year. Purchase one version or get both so players can capture exclusive creatures from either game. The recipient's eyes are sure to light up when they see it in their stocking.
Dozens of designs
The Joy-Con controllers that come with the Nintendo Switch aren't the most comfortable thing in the world, so many gamers see this as one of the best Nintendo Switch controllers. It runs off two AA batteries and comes in a number of designs including ones that feature characters from Zelda, Pokémon, Mario, and more.
Protect any Switch
That last thing you want is to damage that expensive console, so protect the Switch, Switch OLED, or Switch Lite with one of PowerA's stylish cases. There are dozens of designs to choose from including this Zelda Breath of the Wild option, which is why it's one of the best Nintendo Switch OLED cases out there.
If you know someone with a Switch but aren't sure what games they might like, let them choose for themselves by buying them a digital card that will help them pay for one of the Switch's thousands of titles to download directly to their console. The cards are available in a wide variety of denominations, so you can choose the size that's right for your budget.
A Nintendo Switch Online membership gives you remote access to multiplayer games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, data backup, and a library of more than 70 classic NES and SNES games. It'll definitely help anyone make the most out of their Nintendo Switch.
N64 and Sega Genesis games!
Of course, if you want to share the gift of retro gaming with someone, the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack gives you all the online perks of the base pack but with access to classic games like Ocarina of Time, Super Mario 64, GoldenEye 007, and Sonic the Hedgehog.
More controllers for multiplayer
The Nintendo Switch comes with a set of Joy-Con, but if you want to play multiplayer games with family and friends, you're going to want additional controllers. The fun thing is they come in several different Joy-Con colors. They can be used with Switch, Switch OLED, and Switch Lite.
Hero of the Mushroom Kingdom
Few series have been as influential as the Mario series of games. This beautifully crafted ornament shows off the moustachioed plumber, Mario. Mushroom Kingdom fans are sure to love it!
Retro Nintendo console
It might not be the Switch, but the SNES gaming system has been one of the most beloved consoles in history. The attention to detail on this holiday ornament makes it perfect for any long-time Nintendo fans out there.
Get a grip
It's no secret that the Switch and Switch OLED can be very uncomfortable to hold for long stretches. But this accessory fixes that by providing ergonomic handholds. It easily slides right on and off the console making it one of the best Nintendo Switch OLEd grips out there. It works for Switch OLED and Switch.
Keep it safe
The Switch OLED's screen is vulnerable to being scratched and smudged. However, this highly durable Switch OLED screen protector designed specifically for the console will prevent damage and fingerprints while ensuring your game still looks great. The package also includes wet wipes and a micro-fiber cleaning cloth to keep it looking sharp.
The Switch's portability is one of the best things about the system, but it also leaves your pricey console vulnerable to damage. Protect it with the carrying case that also has room to stash up to eight game cartridges or microSD cards, straps to keep the Switch secure, and a pocket that can fit cables, Joy-Cons, and other small accessories.
It's always a good idea to have a backup charger in case you lose one while traveling or you're like me and have pets who are prone to chewing through cords. This version will keep your Switch powered when you're playing docked or in handheld mode, and it can fully restore a charge in three hours. It also works for a Pro Controller, so you won't have to give up on playing the way you want.
Stand and deliver
If you prefer to play your Switch in docked mode but don't want to take the dock with you when you travel, a play stand is an easy, lightweight alternative. This version will let you play while charging and can adjust between three different viewing angles so you can pick what's most comfortable. Rubberized grips will keep it from slipping off your table, and it folds up when you're ready to head out again.
Joy to the world
Charge up to two sets of Joy-Cons at once on this stylish dock, which will protect them from short-circuiting or overheating while also providing you with a better place to store them than in a drawer. The LED lights glow red or green based on whether your controllers are still charging or ready to go.
Personalize your console with these cute covers designed to fit the joystick on a Switch or Switch Lite perfectly. The soft material will make play sessions more comfortable, keep your fingers from slipping and protect the Joy-Cons from scratches, dirt, and other damage.
Get a grip
The Joy-Con grip that comes with the Nintendo Switch isn't particularly comfortable, but you can upgrade your experience on the cheap. TalkWorks' version is 4.5-inches by 6.8-inches compared to the standard 4-inches by 5.25-inches, making it a better fit for adults, and the ergonomic design will keep your hands from cramping during longer play sessions.
The hero of Hyrule nocks his arrow, prepared to take on any threat as captured by this beautifully detailed ornament. Though many pieces of Zelda merchandise depict Link in his classic green tunic, this one shows him off as he is seen in the Nintendo Switch game, Breath of the Wild.
Charizard is one of the most beloved Pokémon in the entire series and is likely in one of the Pokémon games your recipient owns. Since Charizard is so popular this collectible makes for a great gift. It's 3.75 inches tall and has a turnable head. It looks awesome displayed on any shelf or desk.
This pack of 10 cards doesn't cost much but it is sure to put a smile on any Pokémon fan's face when they see it. While technically not a product for Switch, if you're getting someone the latest Pokémon game, having this in the stocking can be a great hint to an unwrapped present still under the tree.
Gifts that keep on giving
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Getting a Nintendo Switch fan a Christmas gift doesn't have to be expensive. Even some of the best Nintendo Switch games can be found at a good price during peak holiday shopping times. The best Switch stocking stuffers provide a mix of fun and functional add-ons to let players really enjoy the awesome console. If you don't know what they have or need, your best bet is to pick up a Nintendo eShop Gift Card since they can put it towards whatever game is on their wish list.
A Nintendo Switch Online 3-Month Individual Membership is another great choice since it's needed to use the multiplayer features of some of the most popular games on the system and plenty of classic games come with Nintendo Switch Online. If you know someone who just got a new Switch, you can also outfit them with an Orzly Carry Case to keep it safe. Whichever of these Switch stocking stuffers you pick up, they're sure to be appreciated.
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Gaming aficionado Rebecca Spear is iMore's dedicated gaming editor with a focus on Nintendo Switch and iOS gaming. You’ll never catch her without her Switch or her iPad Air handy. If you’ve got a question about Pokémon, The Legend of Zelda, or just about any other Nintendo series check out her guides to help you out. Rebecca has written thousands of articles in the last six years including hundreds of extensive gaming guides, previews, and reviews for both Switch and Apple Arcade. She also loves checking out new gaming accessories like iPhone controllers and has her ear to the ground when it comes to covering the next big trend.
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