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Sending Holiday Gifts in ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’



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To prepare for the holidays, you can send gifts or even special winter-themed postcards to friends and family Animal Crossing: New Horizons. And you can do it all through the in-game mail system at Dodo Airlines.

Toy Day Gifts

You can buy toys and other special gifts at Nook̵

7;s Cranny from December 1 to December 25 and December 24 is the big Toy Day event. Throughout the month, expect to see plenty of holiday-themed festive decorations on your island at Resident Services Square, Nook’s Cranny, and more.

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The Toy Day items that appear in Nook’s Cranny come in a variety of color variations. As with most Christmas themed items, you can only pick up one specific color variation for each item from your very own Nook’s Cranny store, so be sure to check back regularly to collect them all.

Additionally, decorated trees around your island can drop special ornaments when you shake them. If you collect enough of these, you’ll also receive special Christmas themed DIY recipes in December.

As the snow slowly accumulates on your island, special snowflakes will also fall from the sky. Catching them with your net can help you collect even more winter-themed DIY recipes.

Send gifts through the mail

Send mail to residents in the Animal Crossing franchise has always been a big deal. Now you can even send personalized postcards to the people on your Nintendo Switch friend list.

Note: You need an internet connection to send in-game email to friends Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Starting December 1, you can visit Nook’s Cranny to pick up toys and gifts to send to your friends and family who are on your island or on your friends list. If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can also pick up some wrapping paper from Nook’s Cranny (it’s in the closet) and wrap your gift before sending it in.

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A sheet of wrapping paper normally costs 160 Bells and a bundle of five costs 800, depending on the pattern.

To wrap a gift, open your inventory with the X button on your right Joy-Con controller and select the wrapping paper. Choose “Wrap” from the menu and then select the item in your inventory that you want to wrap. That’s all there is to it!

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When you first visit Dodo airport, Orville will inform you about the postal services it offers. To the right of his desk, you’ll see a rack of envelopes that you can send to friends for 200 Bells. Make sure you are connected to the internet and go to the card rack. Choose “Send One” from Orville’s menu to select a friend from your list.

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You can send a ticket to an animal resident or another player on your island, your future self, or someone on your in-game friends list. After selecting a recipient, you can customize your postcard.

A range of Christmas-themed postcards are available from early December to early January. Make sure to pick up your favorites while you have the chance!

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You can personalize your postcards by typing a personal message. If you send one to an animal that lives on your island, they might even respond!

After typing your message, press the plus sign (+) on your right Joy-Con controller to preview it. You can then choose to continue writing, save the message to send later, or cancel the sending of the card by pressing the minus sign (-) on your left Joy-Con controller.

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After typing your message, you can add a gift. Click the icon that looks like a gift at the bottom right of the Nintendo Switch screen. Select the item you want to attach from your inventory, then select “OK” to send your postcard.

Your recipient will receive it in their mailbox the next day.


Don’t forget to jump in the game on Christmas Day to spot Jingle the Reindeer and take part in all of the festive activities! Hopefully the new toys will help get you in the holiday mood while you wait.




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