The best Nintendo Switch gifts for Christmas 2017: fill your gaming-on-the go stocking

Power up your handheld/tabletop console in time for holiday season with these must-have accessories

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The days have grown shorter and the temperature colder. It can only mean one thing - Christmas is almost here! Yes, the holiday season of gift giving, over-eating and Doctor Who Christmas Specials is almost upon us, so it's time to start thinking about what to buy the resident gamer in your life. And what better console to buy than a Nintendo Switch?

But having one of the most exciting platforms isn't going to be enough to make Xmas 2017 a memorable one for gaming. You're going to need some of the best accessories, peripherals and add-ons to take your Switch to the very next level (and beyond). From headphones with unique features to docks that enable you to play tabletop while out on the road, we've collected together the best tech out there.

For audio, we've got the latest headset from SteelSeries' Arctis range - the Arctis 3 Bluetooth - which uses simultaneous audio so you can use voice chat while still playing on your Switch. We've got a robust yet compact (and officially licensed, naturally) playstand from Hori that will help you make the most of motion control while travelling on a train or away from home.

We've also got a protective case from AMDISI that will armour your console up, just in case you happen to drop it while playing in handheld mode. On top of that we've got carry cases for your entire Switch setup, a bevvy of controller options and much more beside.

Best gifts for Nintendo Switch gamers

Hori Switch Playstand

Steady your Switch on the go

Reasons to buy
+Adjustable angles+Compact carry size+Use motion controls whenever, wherever
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Playing you Switch anywhere is its biggest selling point, but you don't have to a) purely play it in handheld mode or b) rely on the oft flimsy kickstand. That's where the robust Switch Playstand from Hori comes in. You simply lock it into place like an iPad stand cover, adjust it for the perfect angle and enjoy motion control gaming wherever you're sat. It's also compact, folding down to a slim size so you can slip it into your bag along with your Switch console. It even includes a space for your charging cable, so you can keep it powered up while you play.

Splatoon 2 Pro Controller

The ultimate way to play in tabletop mode

Reasons to buy
+Ergonomic design+Beats the regular Joy-Con Grip hands down+It's Splatoon 2!
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Don't let anyone tell you any different - the BEST way to enjoy any Switch game in tabletop mode is with the Pro Controller (unless, of course, it's a strictly motion control affair such as Arms). With an ergonomic design that takes all the best parts of the Pro Controller from Wii U (by way of the ever copied Xbox 360 pad), and you've got a pad that's leagues better than the regular Joy-Con Grip that comes packed in with your console. Oh, and what's not to love about that '90s-style colouring and motifs straight out of Splatoon 2? Ostentatious? Yes. Worth it? Absolutely.

AMDISI Nintendo Switch Crystal Shockproof Case

Armour up your Switch in handheld mode

Reasons to buy
+Will protect against falls+Doesn't feel cheap+Clear crystal design looks ace

The Switch has been designed to offer gaming goodness wherever you wander, but that doesn't change the fact that its a delicate bit of kit that won't react well to butter fingers and a nasty fall. To keep your plucky little console safe, invest in this shockproof case from AMDISI. Its tempered glass design will protect your Switch from falls, scratches, splashes and more. It also comes with a scratch-resistant screen protector to complete the armoured package. While the Switch can't be docked while wearing the case (or have its Joy-Cons removed) it's still a must for handheld gaming away from home.

SteelSeries Arctis 3 Bluetooth headset

Add voice chat to your Switch experience

Reasons to buy
+Enjoy Switch audio and third-party voice chat at once+Comfy fit for long sessions+Reliable Arctis build quality
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Not only is the Arctis 3 from SteelSeries one of our favourite headsets of 2017, it also just so happens to add in simultaneous audio with its latest Bluetooth edition. Since Switch doesn't support voice chat (at least at the moment), you'll need to reply on third-party apps such as Discord to chin wag with your friends. The Arctis 3 simply uses its wire connected to link up audio from your console, while syncing with your smartphone/tablet for voice chat. Combine that with a stylish design, comfortable cups and an affordable price tag and you've got a must-have stocking filler for Switch owners this Xmas.

Nintendo Switch Charging Grip

Charge your Joy-Cons while in tabletop mode

Reasons to buy
+Charge up while playing+Clear design looks rad+More affordable than Pro Controller
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If forking out for £50/$60 for a Pro Controller feels like too hefty an outlay, you're not out of options when it comes to charging your Joy-Cons and enjoying the power of tabletop mode. The Charging Grip looks and feels just like the regular Joy-Con Grip included with your console, only this one charges up your Joy-Cons while your Switch is docked in tabletop mode. This way, you can simply slide your pads onto the console and slip it out of its dock with a full charge that's ready for travel. And, best of all, it's more than half the price of a Pro Controller.  

WaterField Arcade Gaming Case

When only a premium bag will do

Reasons to buy
+Genuine leather+Space for Switch plus accessories+Stylish and rugged

Why invest money in case that looks like every other black nylon model on the market when you can cough up for something truly special? Try making a Switch statement with the Arcade Gaming Case from San Francisco-based WaterField. It's made from premium full-grain leather for longevity (the most expensive you can buy), waxed canvas and a soft, plush interior. It also offers space for all your essentials, including the Hori Playstand, extra Joy-Cons and even a Pro Controller. A set of hidden magnets will keep the whole package secure, while a detachable strap turns it into a fashion forward satchel bag.

Surge Grip Kit, Joy-Con & Thumb Grips

Transform your Joy-Cons

Reasons to buy
+Ergonomic design+Trigger and analog stick grips+Range of funky colours
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Nintendo really wants you to use the Joy-Cons in each hand, motion control style (just look at Arms, 1-2 Switch and Super Mario Odyssey for proof of that), but that doesn't make holding the pads for long periods of time any easier. Without an officially solution in place, accessories maker Surge has stepped in with its new Grip Kit. It comes with two ergonomic covers for each Joy-Con, which use a shape that fits the natural contour of your hands (as well as ensuring you've got access to those all important buttons. The pack includes trigger and analog stick grips for added traction, and comes in a variety of eye-catching colours.

PowerA Premium The Legend Of Zelda Game Card Case

Keep your cartridges safe (and looking good)

Reasons to buy
+Stylised Zelda logo+Can store 12 cartridges+Compact design

How Nintendo and the growing raft of third-party developers manage to fit open-worlds and modern first-person shooters onto tiny cartridges is magic in itself, but those little cards are far too easy to lose. To ensure your diminutive games don't get lost while out and about, invest in an affordable cartridge case from PowerA. Its new range includes this one based on The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, a Tri-Force logo, a Mario 'M' and a Mario 'Q Block'. Each one as foam inserts that support up to 12 game cards or MicroSD cards so you'll always have plenty to things to play when travelling.

8Bitdo SF30 PRO Bluetooth Gamepad

Give Switch a retro companion

Reasons to buy
+Connects via Bluetooth+Supports rumble and motion controls+Looks like an old SNES pad!

Due for release on 10 December (just in time for Christmas 2017), the new 8Bitdo SF30 PRO Bluetooth Gamepad emulates the classic look of the Super Nintendo pad while packing in plenty of modern features to bring it up to date. Available in both US and UK versions (with region-specific colours true to the original designs), the SF30 supports both rumble vibration and motion controls for perfect syncing with your library of Switch games. It comes with some cute little built-in LEDs, as well as the ability to work with PC (Steam and Windows 10), macOS (10.7 and above) and Android.

SanDisk Ultra 400GB microSDXC Memory Card

Never run out of digital space

Reasons to buy
+Compatible with Nintendo Switch+Enough space for plenty of digital titles/patches+Includes SD adaptor

We love owning physical editions of Switch games, but the high mark up cost makes digital the way to go when you want to avoid paying over the odds. So you're going to need a microSD card with a serious amount of space. SanDisk has you covered, with its new 400GB model. That's a huge amount of space, enabling you to have copies of even the biggest titles on Switch pre-downloaded on your portable machine for endless gaming goodness away from home. With all that extra space, you'll be able to take screenshots and take advantage of Switch's new video capture feature without a care in the world.