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21 Of The Best Gifts To Get Your Kids If They Won't Put Their Nintendo Switch Down

From real-life Mario Kart to colorful controllers and VR headsets, these gifts will take Nintendo Switch gaming to the next level.

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1. Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, where they'll bring Mario Kart into the real world! In the latest installment of the beloved gaming series, they'll control a real life Mario Kart with their Switch and navigate through different in-game environments like jungles and snowscapes.


Promising review: "Loved it right out of the box. First impressions the car is bigger than i thought. It looks great on screen and handles better than expected. Pro tip clean your play area first. This will grab loose fibers and hair and gum up the wheels quickly if left unchecked. Plenty of laughs right out of the box." — Tom Cruz

Get it on Amazon for $99.99.

2. A Nintendo Labo kit that'll have them combining their Switch with STEM! They'll get creative and design their own accessories for the Switch, including a motorbike, piano, and VR headset. Then, they'll get the chance to play games where their creations take life.

Child playing with the Switch to go "fishing" with their built fishing rod

Promising review: "Extremely fun! Combining the building times of all five projects, you have about 7-10 hours of construction (which is more interesting than you think) and after that some of the minigames for the projects are a blast! Not only that, it teaches kids about engineering, infrared cameras, motion sensors, as well as vibration and how it creates sounds. So yes, it's well worth the $70." —SuperMoose

Get it on Amazon for $49.90.

3. The new Just Dance 2021 so that the whole family can get involved in some Christmas morning fun! The latest Just Dance game can work with up to six players and features choreography to brand new chart-topping songs.

A user plays the game while dancing to a Billie Eilish song

Just Dance 2021 will be available on Nov. 12.

Pre-order it on Amazon for $49.99.

4. A Joy-Con Wheel Controller so they can take driving games to the next level. They'll feel like they're really behind the wheel while racing through courses on games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

A wheel holds Joy-Con controllers

Promising review: "These are the best Joy-Con wheels available. I have tried different brands and had to return them because of design issues. These fit nice in the hands and the ZL/ZR buttons work perfectly. I plan on buying another set of these. I would highly recommend these." —Amazon Customer

Buy it on Amazon for $15.99.

5. A SanDisk memory card that will allow them to make space for more games! After all, Nintendo Switch gamers could always use a little more room on their device for extra digital game downloads.

A hand holds a memory card in front of a Nintendo Switch

Available in three sizes - 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB.

Promising review: "After I heard that there were some products that caused the switch to malfunction or even burn out the SD port, I took tedious care in selecting the best product for what I needed. This SD card came in clutch, it's got a Nintendo switch logo, is fully endorsed, and was a lot cheaper than namebrand. I knew I could not go wrong in till this day, my switch is functioning like a dream. If you already made an investment in a switch, go the extra mile and purchase the extra memory for it, you're going to need it." —Blaze_Piffington

Get it on Amazon for $26.30.

6. A pair of colorful Joy-Con controllers that'll either attach to their personal device or double as extra controllers to play with friends. Color options like baby blue, neon yellow and neon pink will personalize their Switch experience.

A Nintendo Switch with neon yellow Joy-Cons

Promising review: "Love the yellow! If you're into bright, fun neon colors, this is definitely the controller for you! Don't take my word for it: Check out the pictures I posted. Looks and feels just like my neon red/blue controllers that came with the system...Also, the yellow color on the box really doesn't do the controllers justice. They're far more bright/neon than how they look on the box." —FrankieA

Get it on Amazon for $69.

7. A Ring Fit Adventure for the fitness lover in your life. They can get their workout in while using their Nintendo Switch! By controlling in-game movements with the Ring-Con and leg strap, they'll explore a fantasy world where they will defeat enemies using real-life exercises.

A woman uses the Ring Fit in her living room

Promising review: "The game executes what it needs to well with adventure mode enveloping the exercises in more curious trips and battles. It takes it exercises seriously promoting pre-stretch and post-stretch that varies depending on the exercises you did during your session (big props to that concept). Add to it a really colorful world and motivational tips and educational elements, and it’s a great meaningful session each time I boot the game. Really great design." —Andy

Get it on Amazon for $79.99.

8. A copy of Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield, because they're some of the most popular games for the Switch! Pokémon fans will be excited about either version of the game, which each feature their own set of unique Pokémon and trainers.

A screenshot from Pokemon where a girl and her

And if they already own Sword or Shield, consider getting them the game's recent expansion pass!

Promising review: "My children are 4, 6, and 9. The game has problem-solving, reading, and exploring. My husband and I are Pokemon fans. Happy to have our children join the fun as well." —Motherducker

Get them from Amazon: Pokémon Sword for $55, Pokémon Shield for $54.88, and the expansion pass for $29.99.

9. They'll get immersed in their Nintendo Switch with a VR Headset.


They'll be able to jump inside their favorite games once they strap on their new VR headset. The device is compatible with Switch games that have VR options, like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey.

Promising review: "The family was gathering over the Thanksgiving break and since the family loves the Switch I felt like this would be a neat thing to play with and I was right! The family had fun taking turns in the Mario Odyssey puzzle like rooms, and looking all around the stages in the Smash Brothers mode. And I got to explore in Breath of the Wild myself which was really cool...If you want to check out these modes and the other games with VR modes that I haven't even tried yet then I would definitely recommend this Oivo headset for an easy and affordable VR experience for the Switch as well as a great gift for a Son/Daughter." —Amazon Customer

Get it on Amazon for $21.99.

10. A Nintendo Switch carrying case that will keep their device safe. Not only will this durable, hard-shell case keep their Switch protected while traveling from place to place, but it also includes cases for games and memory cards. It even doubles as a stand for easy gaming anywhere!


Promising review: "I was worried this would be a soft case with in being fabric, but it is surprisingly hard and unyielding to the touch. A perfect fit for a Switch owner looking to go on short trips with their console. There's not enough room for the dock of course, but the included pocket on the inside can fit a wound up USB C cable if you forgo the Joycon attachments I think it is designed for. The game cases are a nice touch and I am sure add some extra protection for your Switch. Very pleased with this for the cost and quality." —Scott Hughes

Get it on Amazon for $12.99.

11. A 12-month online membership to have them playing against their friends around the world! They can battle it out with a variety of games like Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. They can even invite friends to their in-game island on Animal Crossing: New Horizons!

Multiple people can be seen playing with their switch online

Promising review: "You get much more than just access to multiplayer games, you get a lot of free games just for having the membership. For example it gives you access to both NES and SNES games which is a great option for both old and new school gamers. Also, this is much more affordable than most other online memberships which are usually $60/yr. There is also a family option if you have more than one person in your house who plays the Switch, which is only a bit more but it supports multiple accounts. Both are great options for Switch owners." —Ryan

Get it on Amazon for $19.99.

12. Animal Crossing: New Horizons that will allow them to create a world of their own. As one of the most popular games for the Switch, people of all ages will love the laid-back game.

A screenshot from the game of a character sitting on her own island.

If they haven't spent most of their quarantine building their own island, it's never too late to start!

Promising review: "I’m not sure who was more excited for this release: me or my 9 year old! The gameplay here is pretty straight forward. You’re on an island, and it’s your job to build and populate it how you see fit. The level of detail and the amount of things that you can do is pretty staggering. And it’s all done with a level or adorable that is infectious, which given the times we find ourselves, is a much needed distraction...You won’t find anything offensive or objectionable in the game. The controls are mostly very easy to use and quick to learn, even for kids." —Thomas & Jessii

Get it on Amazon for $49.94.

13. A high-speed car charger to keep them charged while they're on the go, because, let's face it, our devices always run out of battery at the most inconvenient times. Make sure that never happens with a compact car charger so the gaming never stops.

The charger

Promising review: "Santa brought my girls a Nintendo Switch for Christmas, but neglected to include the car charger. Silly Santa. Didn't he know we were hitting the road the day after Christmas? On a 12-hour road trip? In a mid-size SUV? With three kids???? So we barely survived the trip up, but luckily Santa had enough foresight to order one of these to my in-law's house...It arrived quickly, worked perfectly...Definitely an improvement on the trip and a necessity if you are traveling in a mid-sized SUV with three kids for more than five minutes." —Kindle Customer.

Get it on Amazon for $19.99.

14. A Poké Ball Plus that'll thrill Pokémon fans who can now play along with their favorite games. The device takes gaming to the next level by lighting up, vibrating, and playing sounds during Pokémon: Let’s Go or Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee.

A little girl sits on a couch while using the Poké Ball Plus

Promising review: "Childhood dream realized! Works perfectly, taking your Pokémon out into the world and walk and play with them is so cool. The led is a different color depending on the Pokémon you put inside, cries out in its unique call, and getting rewards when putting them back in game is awesome. I have six of these so I can take six out of my game when I’m away and using two as controllers for me and my daughter to play together in game is cool. Battery has never died on me as I charge when away and not taking them out on a run around our lake. My daughter uses one with Pokémon GO also." —Blaze74118

Get it on Amazon for $38.94.

15. A patterned case to keep the Switch safe for the fashionista in your life. They'll look stylish with this black marble print carrying case and if marble isn't their thing, it comes in a variety of patterns including camo, hearts, or galaxy.

The case with colorful marble design and open to show mesh pockets

Promising review: "Vibrant colors, just as shown in the picture!! The perfect size for my Switch. I get compliments on it from friends and family! It has also saved my Switch from possibly breaking when it gets knocked off a surface." —M & W

Get it on Amazon for $17.99 (available in 18 patterns).

16. A Nintendo Switch Pro Controller that'll make sure they always have enough spare controllers for friends. And if they're not interested in gaming with others, the Pro Controller will elevate solo game-playing with its HD rumble, motion controls, and build in amibo reader features.

A black game controller

Promising review: "This is fantastic. Bought so I could play Mario Kart with my 11-year-old on his new switch (joy cons + adult hands = no good, IMO) I let him figure out how to set it all up and he had it connected and working in less than a minute — so if an 11-year-old can do it, I suppose anyone can! We didn't bother with the directions. Definitely recommend for playing on the TV." —Nicole

Get it on Amazon for $59.

17. A wireless gaming headset so they can tune out the world. They'll stay focused on their game with these headphones that come with everything they need for wireless listening. While the Nintendo Switch doesn't allow headphones to connect to it via Bluetooth, it has a portable USB-C dongle that plugs into the device so the headset can connect.

A wireless headset with microphone sits on a table near a game controller

Promising review: "Wireless connectivity works seamlessly with its included dongle, and I have had zero dropouts or latency issues with it on both PS4 and Nintendo Switch...Mic quality is excellent as well as audio quality, it’s perfectly balanced and not ridiculously skewed towards bass, and the volume can be raised very high on both consoles if you want. Battery life so far has also been great, it’s something I haven’t had to worry about when using and I only had to charge them once every week out of habit. The headset itself doesn’t feel flimsy and seems decently built, It’s pretty light and is surprisingly comfortable to wear, so much I use it also when I’m on my laptop." —Anthony

Get it on Amazon for $79.99.

18. A Split Pad Pro that'll make gaming more comfortable. It gives a full-size controller experience for the handheld device thanks to its comfortable, ergonomic design. It features bigger buttons, more accurate analog sticks and programmable back paddles.

Reviewer holding their controller

Promising review: "I pre-ordered this controller the second I saw it — and I have no remorse. It is exactly what I was expecting. As for their size and the fact they make playing the switch as a handheld even wider — this is a controller that presents itself to be like a full-size console controller — how else could it do that without making the switch wider? With that said — the feel of this thing is like an Xbox controller only split in two." —Dr. Girlfriend

Get it on Amazon for $49.99 (available in six colors).

19. A Pro Controller clip mount to give them a new way to game. If you're already gifting them a Pro Controller, consider adding a clip mount to attach the Switch screen for easy all-in-one gaming.

The Switch screen is connected to a controller

Promising review: "This control mount is amazing I worried at first that the Switch light would be too heavy but it feels great. It's very easy to install. Less than 10 seconds literally. Everything feels strong and sturdy. It's my new way to play now." —Tony

Get it on Amazon for $16.99.

20. An Animal Crossing case that'll keep them protected in style while on-the-go! The slim travel case features different colored patterns on either side.

A turquoise case with a leaf print on it

Promising review: "This slim travel case features an Animal Crossing print as well as different-colored patterns on either side!" —Floriduh

Get it on Amazon for $24.99.

21. And a Nintendo eShop gift card to give them the gift of choice, in case all else fails! They'll make their choice from over 1,000 new, classic, and indie games.


Promising review: "This is my son's preferred way to add money to his Nintendo Switch. We order it from Amazon and then he types in the code on his Switch immediately and he's good to go. Getting the code is a bit tricky if you don't know where to look on Amazon. You have to go to Your Orders but instead of the general orders you have to click on the tab that says Digital Orders. There you'll find two sets of numbers. It's the second number you want. We've bought this 'card' in several different increments and all have been great. If you want your child to buy able to purchase games but not have your credit card linked to his/her account, this is a good way to do it." — RobinGB

Get it on Amazon for $10+.

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