It’s the season for being jolly. As a gamer, I know exactly what makes my spirits jolly. Video games! So, what better way to spread joy in your home, dorm, or cubicle at work than by injecting a bit of color and happiness with Nintendo-themed Christmas decorations? And there’s no better way to display your Nintendo fandom for all of your friends, roommates, family, or coworkers to see.
As gaming fans, we are lucky that we live in a time where something such as Nintendo-themed Christmas decorations are aplenty. Only just a decade ago or more, the pop culture machine wasn’t as fully in gear as it is today, and these sorts of holiday treats would be harder to come by for gaming fans. Now, Amazon, ThinkGeek, Best Buy, Target, and even Walmart carry at least something “Nintendo” on their Christmas shelves. So, let’s take a look at some of the best items (not ranked in any particular order).
Super Mario: Super Star Tree Topper
Let’s skip straight to the crowning jewel of everyone’s Christmas tree. Typically, each tree is topped with a bow, an angel, or a star. It only makes sense to substitute that last option with the source of Mario’s invincibility. You can actually snag one of these on Amazon for $26 with prime shipping. It might be a pricier star, but it’ll be worth it.
If $26 is more than you’d like to spend, you can still grab a Super Mario Star with an 8-bit twist on Etsy. The Etsy shop 9seventy3D has one available for just $13 plus shipping.
Once you’ve gotten the top of your tree squared away, you must fill it with all the coolest-looking ornaments on the market. Nintendo ornaments are available just about everywhere. Target currently has a pair of Super Mario Odyssey ornaments for $6.99. Hallmark has a few choice ornaments including Mario and Luigi figures for just $7.99 and a Mario Kart keepsake ornament for $17.99. Many of the Hallmark ornaments can also be found at Walmart and Target. And, of course, Etsy has a wide swath of ornaments to choose from as well.
In all honesty, Nintendo ornaments are easy to find. Anyone with a keyboard and Google can find some really great stuff. But if your ornament shopping budget is practically zero, then Nintendo themselves has you covered. On the Play Nintendo website, you can retrieve a printable ornament template. So, they’ll only cost you the ink and paper it takes to spit out however many you need. Check them out here and follow the step-by-step instructions.
Triforce and Mario coin lights
These lights come courtesy of Think Geek and GameStop. With an 8-foot-long cord, these are perfect for any window, cubicle, or computer desk. The coin lights might not necessarily be instantly recognizable, but I know for a fact that I’d love to have a string of those Triforce lights! These will each cost you $24.99.
Mario-themed Christmas wreath
This light-up gem is a Think Geek creation. However, you’d be hard-pressed to find this at either GameStop or Think Geek this year. So, you’ll have to go on eBay and try your luck there. Just a quick search shows that you can find this anywhere from $30 to $60. This wreath features LED lights that light up and twinkle, making it one excellent holiday decoration for any Nintendo fan to procure.
You better have stockings to hold all of your sweets and stocking stuffer loot. And of course, they also double for a nice Christmas decoration. Etsy has a multitude of stocking offerings. All one really needs to do is go to the website and search for what they want. However, I felt it necessary to highlight one of my favorites. These stockings come from Etsy shop KIYcrafts. The extra layers really make the characters pop on these stockings as opposed to a standard set pattern. Now, you do get what you pay for. The quality design comes with a hefty price tag at $46 each. However, as previously stated, there are many other options if the bill is simply too high.
Nintendo Christmas-themed plush
Over the years, we’ve seen various Christmas-themed plush Nintendo characters available at places like GameStop or even Walmart. Pikachu has seen his fair share of holiday iterations in the plush form. But just check out this adorable Pikachu spin on the Nutcracker. He can be yours for around $25 on eBay. If you grab this little fella, be sure to set him up on your fireplace mantle or next to your computer monitor at work.
Super Mario Gingerbread Castle
My son and I were elated to see this on the shelf at Walmart. A fun craft for the whole family, Mario’s world is now turned to gingerbread in this excellent little kit. While the product may be out of stock on Walmart’s website, be sure to check the shelves of your local Walmart’s Christmas aisles to see if there are any in stock.
Nothing says Christmas like a warm mug of hot chocolate in your hands. Now, be the envy of your friends with some excellent mug designs from your favorite Nintendo characters. Most of these can be found on Amazon, and I’m sure this doesn’t even scratch the surface of Nintendo-themed mug offerings available on the internet. A few of these mugs, however, feature images that change once heated such as the Game Boy-style mug. I always prefer the mugs shaped like the characters or objects themselves such as the cool Boo or ? Block mugs.
So, here are a few ideas to get you started on the holiday decor in your home. Keep in mind that when it comes to clever crafts and designs, Etsy is an excellent resource if there is something in particular you want. Many shops on Etsy also do commission work as well.
Do you have some unique Christmas Nintendo-themed decoration ideas? Or perhaps there’s a unique item that wasn’t covered here that’s a must-have for Nintendo fans. Drop a comment below highlighting anything we missed that other Nintendo fans should know about! And last but not least, have a safe and happy holiday season!
Accountant by day, video games enthusiast by night. Somewhere in between all of that, I’m a husband, dad, and generally a giant man-child, too. If a game is all about action, there’s a safe bet I’m playing it. I started laying waste to virtual worlds as a youngin’ on the ol’ Atari and haven’t stopped since.