There’s no question that Animal Crossing: New Horizons was one of the biggest games of 2020. The latest entry in the popular franchise launched on March 20, just as many people were starting to stay home due to COVID-19. Its highly anticipated release contributed to a massive spike in Nintendo Switch console sales and shortages, with people eager for a new form of entertainment to enjoy safely at home. Now the second best-selling Switch game of all time, Animal Crossing: New Horizons was embraced by millions of fans new and old, sparking a major resurgence for the series and introducing it to a new generation of gamers as well.
In addition to New Horizons, a new limited-edition Animal Crossing Switch console was released earlier this year, and though it sold out fast at launch, Nintendo recently restocked the system at major retailers. A slew of new Animal Crossing merchandise hit stores this year as well, offering new Switch accessories, apparel, and more for fans to add to their collection.
If you’re shopping for an Animal Crossing fan this holiday season, you’ve got plenty of options to choose from–in fact, there’s an almost overwhelming amount of Animal Crossing merch out there these days. To keep you from having to wade through all the Isabelle plushies and villager Amiibo out there, we’ve done it for you and rounded up the very best Animal Crossing gift ideas for fans of New Horizons and the series as a whole. From carrying cases and controllers to T-shirts, Nendoroids, and more, here are some of the best Animal Crossing gifts for 2020.
If you’re shopping for someone who’s asking for a Nintendo Switch or who has a launch model console, the limited-edition ACNH Switch would be a fantastic gift. This console is the newer model Switch that features an improved battery life, and, of course, it also has an adorable New Horizons-themed design for the dock, Joy-Cons, and the back of the Switch itself. Recently restocked by Nintendo, the ACNH Switch will probably sell out again before Christmas, so if you find it in stock, it’s worth grabbing before it’s only available via third-party sellers for hundreds of dollars above list price. Please note it does not come with a copy of Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
If you need to pick up a copy of Animal Crossing: New Horizons for someone this holiday season, Walmart has an exclusive perk for buying the game there. Your purchase will come with a free Animal Crossing pop socket, a handy accessory that attaches to the back of your phone to help you hold it more easily.
To play Nintendo Switch in tabletop mode, you’ll want a sturdy stand to prop it up. Though the standard Switch does come with a built-in stand, it doesn’t allow for more than one angle, and the Switch Lite doesn’t have a built-in stand at all. This adorable Animal Crossing play stand works for either Switch model and is collapsible for easy portability. Keep in mind that Switch Lite owners will need Joy-Cons or some other Switch controller to play the system in tabletop mode.
Cozy socks always make for a great stocking stuffer, and accessories brand Controller Gear has a particularly cute three-pack of crew socks inspired by Animal Crossing: New Horizons. These socks will keep their feet warm all winter long.
These mini backpacks are perfect for transporting your Nintendo Switch, games, and any accessories like headphones or chargers. Though they’re not large enough to use as a general school bag–a laptop and textbooks won’t fit–mini backpacks are great for taking on plane rides or other trips. There are several different Animal Crossing backpack designs available on Amazon, including the two shown above.
This stainless steel water bottle will keep your loved one hydrated all day long. It has a cute Animal Crossing design with New Horizons’ signature turquoise shade, and its vacuum-sealed lid prevents any leaking so you can safely carry it in a backpack. This water bottle also has a soft matte finish that’s quite nice.
Let’s face it: We’ll all be wearing masks well into 2021, and though the person on your shopping list probably owns at least one mask at this point, it never hurts to have extras on hand. TeePublic has literally thousands of different designs that can be printed on face masks, including a ton of Animal Crossing ones. This particular design is cute yet understated, featuring little objects and icons from the game.
Accessories brand PowerA makes some of our favorite third-party controllers, and its wireless Switch controllers are a solid, budget-friendly alternative to the first-party Pro Controller. PowerA’s lineup includes these two Animal Crossing designs, with the first featuring suave musician K.K. Slider and the second showcasing Tom Nook’s adorable helpers Timmy and Tommy. These controllers connect wirelessly but do require AA batteries–they’ll last up to 30 hours on a single charge. Though they don’t have rumble or an NFC reader for scanning Amiibo, these controllers do have motion controls and allow for custom button-mapping.
Console skins are a cheap and easy way to give your Switch some colorful flair, and Controller Gear has 19 different Animal Crossing designs available on Amazon. These peel-and-press skins attach to the dock and Joy-Cons to instantly give them a cool look, and if you need to remove them, they’ll come off easily without leaving any residue.
A protective carrying case is a must for any Switch owner, and these tropical-themed carrying cases are perfect for Animal Crossing fans. Available for both Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite, these carrying case bundles also come with a screen protector for the system, so this kit will prevent all sorts of bumps, dents, and scratches to the portable Switch.
No new Amiibo were released for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but previously released Amiibo will work with the game. Scanning an Animal Crossing Amiibo into New Horizons will let you take photos with them at Harv’s Island (Photopia). You’ll also be able to order a poster of that character from Nook Shopping, and some can be invited to stay at your campsite. Besides the in-game functionality, Amiibo make great little collectibles and gifts for Nintendo fans, and though it can be hard to find some of the Animal Crossing figures in stock, Best Buy has a small collection available, including Blathers, Celeste, and Isabelle (Super Smash Bros. edition).
Stickers always make for a good stocking stuffer, and these cute Animal Crossing tech decals can safely be applied to your phone, laptop, and other accessories without leaving any residue. Several different Animal Crossing sticker sets are available, so you can mix and match the ones you think your giftee will like.
Traveling musician K.K. Slider is one of Animal’s most iconic and beloved characters, and real fans will be proud to don this graphic tee repping one of his live shows. This soft T-shirt is a poly-cotton blend, and there are five different background colors to choose from if you’re not a fan of black. This highly rated tee runs in sizes S to 3XL, with fit types for men, women, and youth available.
Everyone’s favorite raccoon landlord looks perfectly precious on this brown beanie from Controller Gear. Soft and stretchy, this Tom Nook beanie will keep their head warm in chilly weather, and they can wear it cuffed or uncuffed–the design works both ways.
Nendoroids are basically higher-quality (and therefore pricier) versions of Funko Pops, and they make great gifts for collectors of any fandom. This Isabelle Nendoroid is hard to find in stock, but it’s available at Amazon with free Prime shipping as of our last update. This cute Isabelle Nendo is very detailed, down to the real bell on her hair accessory, and she comes with optional parts to recreate her iconic poses, like a clipboard and pen, a question mark, and musical notes.
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