Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Initially released in early 2020 as a much-needed escape from the pandemic, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is still going strong nearly two years later. This delightful Nintendo Switch life simulator game has only gotten better with regular updates, including the massive new Happy Home Paradise expansion that lets you design your own vacation homes for the game’s furry anthropomorphic residents to enjoy.

And just as New Horizons has grown, so has the number of cool stuff you can buy for the Animal Crossing fanatic in your life. No need to get swindled at Nook’s Cranny — from useful in-game items and accessories to adorable toys, here are the best Animal Crossing gifts you can buy right now.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons ($50.99; amazon.com)

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

If you still haven’t gotten sucked into the black hole that is Animal Crossing: New Horizons, now’s the perfect time to see what all the hype is about. One of the best Nintendo Switch games out there, this pleasant simulation game lets you build a home, befriend a bunch of cool talking animals and make a lot of money selling fruit as you craft the getaway island of your dreams.

It’s a great way to unwind from a hectic day, and whether you want to spend your time collecting fish and bugs or terraforming your entire island into an epic-looking paradise, there’s no real wrong way to play it. Plus, Nintendo continues to add to the game over time, most notably with the new 2.0 update that lets you add Brewster’s coffee shop to your island, establish ordinances that make island life easier and visit exotic new locations, to name just a few highlights.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons — Happy Home Paradise ($24.99; amazon.com)

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Happy Home Paradise

For folks who have poured hundreds of hours into New Horizons and crafted the perfect island getaway, the new Happy Home Paradise expansion provides a fun new challenge. This paid add-on content tasks you with designing vacation homes for various clients, who each have their own style and decoration preferences you’ll have to satisfy. If you’re into the creative home-building aspects of Animal Crossing, the Happy Home Paradise expansion will let you do a whole lot more of that.

Happy Home Paradise is available as a $25 stand-alone purchase or as part of Nintendo’s $50-per-year Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscription that also gets you access to a library of Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games. And even if you choose not to buy the expansion, all Animal Crossing players can check out the free 2.0 update that adds new locations, villagers and features — including those adorable gyroids.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Graphic T-Shirt ($7.59, originally $18.99; oldnavy.com)

Animal Crossing New Horizons Graphic T-Shirt

If you want to express your love for Tom Nook and co. while out and about, this inexpensive Old Navy T-shirt is a great way to do so. It’s got some cutesy illustrations of the game’s characters on it, but it’s also subdued enough to wear to brunch (or at least the kind of brunch where someone brings their Switch).

PowerA Enhanced Wireless Controller ($41.70, originally $54.99; amazon.com)

PowerA Enhanced Wireless Controller

You probably need an extra Switch controller, so why not get one with some Animal Crossing characters on it? PowerA’s Enhanced Wireless Controller comes in a bunch of neat Nintendo variations, including two Animal Crossing flavors that feature beloved canine musician K.K. Slider and raccoon retail moguls Timmy and Tommy Nook. Fun Nintendo flair aside, these controllers are a solid and more affordable alternative to the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller that feature the same button layout but with two additional remappable buttons on the rear.

Animal Crossing Amiibo Cards (starting at $8.99; bestbuy.com)

Animal Crossing amiibo cards

Nintendo’s Amiibo figures are interactive toys that you can scan into your Switch, including a bunch of Animal Crossing options that will spice up your island life a little bit. Most Animal Crossing Amiibo can be activated at Harv’s Island for some fun photo shoots, while others will even allow their respective characters to visit your town.

Nintendo Switch Animal Crossing: New Horizons Edition ($299; gamestop.com)

Nintendo Switch Animal Crossing: New Horizons Edition

If the Animal Crossing fan in your life doesn’t have a Switch yet — or would just really appreciate a version of the console with Tom Nook on it — this special-edition Switch is one of Nintendo’s nicest-looking yet. You’ll get a custom white dock with an adorable illustration of the Nook family as well as an attractive pair of pastel green and blue Joy-Con controllers.

Just note that this isn’t the latest Nintendo Switch OLED model that has a bigger, bolder display, so you’ll be getting the standard 6.2-inch LCD screen for playing in handheld mode. But unlike the Switch OLED — and the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X — the Animal Crossing Switch is the rare console you can actually find in stock these days.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sanrio Collaboration Pack ($17.99; amazon.com)

Animal Crossing New Horizon Sanrio Collaboration Pack

This set of Animal Crossing Sanrio cards is both a cool collector’s item and a useful piece of in-game content. Each of these cards features artwork made in collaboration with the house of Hello Kitty, and all of them can be scanned to your Nintendo Switch or 3DS to bring their respective villagers into your island.

Culture Fly Animal Crossing Box ($49.99; bestbuy.com)

Culture Fly Animal Crossing box

Not sure what to get the Animal Crossing lover in your life? This big ol’ box of stuff is sure to have at least something they might like. Culture Fly’s Animal Crossing collector box features a drinking glass, a pair of socks, a hat, some coasters, an ice cube tray and even a Bluetooth speaker. You certainly won’t find a deal this good at Nook’s Cranny.

PowerA Protection Case for Nintendo Switch ($19.99; amazon.com)

PowerA Protection Case for Nintendo Switch

This PowerA case will protect your Switch on the road, and comes in two attractive Animal Crossing variations: a colorful model that features the game’s many adorable villagers on it, and a more subdued Nook Inc. model for professional Bell investors. Either way, this popular case features a sturdy outer shell and rubberized handle for safe travel, a flap that can hold up to six game cards and an interior design that can hold both the standard Switch and the Switch Lite.

Controller Gear Animal Crossing: New Horizons Socks ($16.89; amazon.com)

Controller Gear Animal Crossing: New Horizons socks

You can never give or receive enough socks — especially during those cold winter months — which is why this fun Animal Crossing collection makes a great gift. These colorful Controller Gear socks come in a few variations adorned with cute characters and iconography, including long crew socks and short anklet options.

Club Mocchi Mocchi Animal Crossing Stuffed Toy ($25, originally $32; amazon.com)

Club Mocchi Mocchi Animal Crossing Stuffed Toy

Tom Nook is typically the anthropomorphic tanuki responsible for your crippling in-game debt, but with this soft plush toy, he can be a relaxing source of comfort. Available in both Tom Nook and Isabelle variations, this plush makes a fun gift for kids while also doubling as a nice geeky accent piece for your couch.