Wondering what gifts to get the Disney fan in your life? Our Christmas gift guide features the coolest travel gadgets, best books, hottest toys, and other must-have items to make you the true hero of Christmas, or to put on your own Christmas list so your family doesn’t get you yet another sweater (well, besides the sweater on the list).
This Ultimate Disney Fan Christmas List has been scientifically engineered with precision lasers, fancy algorithms, and state of the art technology not even Tony Stark knows about. (That’s how you know it’s the ultimate one.) I’d explain it to you, but it’s all top secret stuff that would literally blow your mind. 😉
The point being, this list isn’t just a bunch of obvious things like the Cars 3 Blu-ray. (Actually, perhaps “obviously” isn’t the right word there, since we don’t necessarily recommend it, even if it’s on sale and is the #1 bestselling movie right now.) Instead, like the dork that I am, I’ve combed the internet and stumbled upon these awesome items that will make perfect gifts.
For 2017, we’ve even added an entire category of fan-made items. The Disney fan community has a ton of great Etsy shops, TeePublic stores, and more where great shirts, ears, and more are sold. Often, these are better than what Disney sells in the parks. (In fact, we know a couple of Etsy designers who have been hired by Disney because their work was so good!)
Anyway, here are my picks, loosely organized by category…
Disney Household Goods
Mickey Mouse Waffle Iron – Enjoy Mickey Waffles at home. Pocket the money you’d otherwise spend on those Chef Mickey’s or Crystal Palace breakfast reservations. (For the Star Wars fans, there’s also a Millennium Falcon waffle iron…or a Death Star waffle iron for those days you wake up on the Dark Side. 😉 )
Mickey Mug Warmer – This is something I stumbled upon while searching for a solution to the problem of my coffee getting cold too quickly. I didn’t even realize something like this existed, let alone a Disney version of it. The price is great!
Mickey Mouse Egg Ring – Okay, so clearly we’re suckers for all things Mickey-shaped. This is a bit pricey for an egg ring, but can you really put a price on the happiness of eating Mickey-shaped eggs?!
Enchanted Rose Light-up Tumbler – Earlier this year at Walt Disney World, this tumbler was selling out every morning a new shipment came in. It’s easier to find now, but still every bit as cool. Perfect for the Beauty and the Beast fan.
Mickey Mouse Water Bottle – A really fun “Mickeyfied” water bottle that looks awesome.
Death Star Ice Ball Maker – If you want a no-calorie alternative to cookies, try this instead. Simultaneously hilarious and awesome, this is a must-buy for the Star Wars fan on your list. (There’s also this Huge Set of Star Wars Ice Molds.)
Mickey Mouse Chocolate Fountain – Owning a chocolate fountain is pretty impractical, but isn’t Christmas all about impractical gifts? 😉 Seriously though, it looks super cute, and who doesn’t need more chocolate in their life?!
Frogg Toggs Chilly Pad – By far the most popular item on our Unique Disney Parks Packing List (which is where the things in this section are from, so skip down to ‘Disney Media’ if you’ve already read that list), Chilly Pads use some sort of space-age science material to be “cool and dry.” Essential for those unbearably hot days in Walt Disney World or Disneyland!
Compact External Charger – Don’t be one of those chumps who wastes precious parks time sitting in a corner charging their phone. A day in the parks is a real drain on a phone battery; this very small battery backup will get you through the day, doesn’t take up much space, and is approximately 3 full phone charges. Another small option with double the juice is this backup.
Non-Dorky Travel Pillow – While comfort trumps style when it comes to traveling, this travel pillow offers the best of both worlds. Instead of looking like a bulky butt pad, this looks like a scarf, and is scientifically-proven to provide support. (It’s also easier to pack away.)
10-Pack of Ponchos – Two words: stocking stuffers. That is, if you don’t want to spend a small fortune on throw-away ponchos during those daily afternoon showers at Walt Disney World.
Parade Blanket – A great alternative to sitting on the ground while you wait for parades at Disney. This has weighted corners, is pocket-size, and puncture-resistant. It’s also water-resistant, so you can use it as a poncho in a pinch. It’s really versatile, so you’ll be using it in lots of places outside of Disney.
USB Wall Charger – Nowadays, we find ourselves charging devices via USB than actual plugs. Whether it’s our phones, external batteries, or even cameras, etc. This is great because it’s very compact, with a space-saving design that makes it easy to pack.
Brita Water Filter Bottle – Disney drinking fountain water tastes nasty. If you want it to taste palatable, make sure to pick up these before your trip. This is actually a 2-pack, but is exactly the same price as a single water bottle…one to give and one to keep!
Caffeine Mints – These mints are so powerful that they are already banned in 7 states! (Not really.) They have about as much caffeine as coffee or an energy drink, so they will give you the energy to get through evening Extra Magic Hours, but won’t give you coffee breath or make you have to run to the restroom while in line for Toy Story Mania. Win-win!
The Art of Coco – We keep hearing from friends who have attended advance screenings of Coco that it’s the best Pixar film since Inside Out. (Not exactly the highest of praise, but still…) We are really excited to see it, and we’re already entranced by its beautiful, evocative aesthetic. So of course we’re adding this book to our already large shelf of ‘Art of’ Disney books. (Read our Top 10 ‘Art of’ Disney Books List here.)
Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation – This book is an overdue celebration of the women who played a pivotal role in the early years of Walt Disney’s animation department. The result is a beautiful, informative book that’s shockingly large (at least, its size surprised us). Thoroughly researched and infinitely fascinating, this is a must-have new release.
Yesterday’s Tomorrow: Disney’s Magical Mid-Century – This is a bit of a niche title, but if you love the sleek design of the monorail, the look of the Contemporary, or appreciate the look of ‘old’ Tomorrowland, this is a book for you. We saw its author present at the D23 Expo, and he’s a funny, knowledgeable guy. This newly-released book is a great ‘sleeper pick’ for Christmas (or anytime).
Eat Like Walt: The Wonderful World of Disney Food – When this was first announced, I was mildly annoyed. The Disney Co. has a habit of sometimes using Walt as a marketing tool, and a cookbook based on someone who had simple tastes (mainly canned chili) was a huge stretch. Thankfully, this is most definitely not a cookbook. More than a book about food, it’s a book about historical stories, and feels like taking steps back in time to the early days of Disneyland. It’s an excellent history book and features a ton of striking photos we had never seen before. We highly recommend it–just don’t expect much in the way of recipes! 😉
Maps of the Disney Parks – We covered this in our Top 10 Disney Park Books list, but it bears mentioning again, as the newest book about Disney is also one of the best. You can buy this in the parks for $40…or $25 online.
Poster Art of the Disney Parks – If you’re a regular reader, you’ve seen this recommended again and again. For good reason: it’s a great, relatively inexpensive coffee table book. This book was curated by Walt Disney Imagineering, and it shows.
For those looking for other WDI titles, we highly recommend this Walt Disney Imagineering book. Speaking of which, if you don’t mind saving a bit of money on older books, we have dozens of other recommendations in My Disney Theme Parks Library post. Many of those books are now out-of-print, but are available used.
My Neighbor Totoro – We said we’d leave off the obvious movies–new releases like Cars 3–so here’s a far less obvious one. Produced by Studio Ghibli and distributed in the U.S. by Disney, this movie is an incredibly deft and emotional film. Pixar creative John Lasseter is a huge Ghibli fan, and credits the studio for inspiring much of his animation. If you’ve never heard of Totoro, check it out!
The Complete Toy Story Collection 1, 2, 3 [Blu-ray Box Set] – Individually, each of these Blu-rays cost more than the entire box set. Suffice to say, this is one hot deal if you don’t already own these films!
DisneyWar – Another title that I recommend constantly, this real account of a battle within Disney reads like a soap opera, except it’s all true. This is Shakespearean melodrama–a real page turner. Even those in your family who aren’t Disney fans will enjoy DisneyWar. You can purchase used hardcover copies for $.01 on Amazon, making it a great stocking stuffer.
Thomas Kinkade 2018 Disney Calendar – Even if you don’t recognize the name, you’ve seen Kinkade’s work if you’ve ever been in an Art of Disney store. It’s the dreamy, improbably-lit paintings that you want to step inside. With their mix of artistry and impressionism, Kinkade’s Disney designs are mesmerizing, and this calendar is a great way to look at them all year long…without spending $1,000+ on a painting!
Disney Eye Found It! – If you have younger kids, this game is a fun option that also teaches the ever-important skills of cooperation and teamwork.
Disney Legacy Collection 3 CD Set: Disneyland – An excellent mix of original source audio from classic and modern Disneyland attractions, this is a great set.
Disney Clothing & Accessories
“I Am [Insert Disney Character]” Dresses – Think of these as like a far more literal version of Disneybounding for those who don’t want to spend more on assembling subtle outfits. Sarah owns several of these low-cost dresses (about which she subsequently wrote in this blog post) and she has received tons of compliments in the parks.
Disney Mickey & Minnie Mouse Sequin Sweatshirt – Sarah tells me that “sequins are trendy” (and so is ‘Mickey Standing’) making this a stylish look not just for Disney fans, but in general. (Clearly I know nothing about fashion.)
Polka Dot ‘Minnie Mouse’ Scarf – A great and stylish Minnie Mouse-esque accessory if you want to lowkey Disneybound.
Figment MagicBand – This was released for EPCOT’s 35th Anniversary last month, and it’s my favorite MagicBand ever. Perfect give for the Disney fan in your life with exceptional taste in characters. 😉
Disney Princess No-Show Socks – This pack of socks is a cute, understated way to accessorize your Disney outfit…and the pack of socks is relatively inexpensive, making it a great stocking stuffer.
Walt Disney World Spirit Jersey – These throwback shirts are all the rage, and have been really popular the last few months in the parks (and outside of them, for that matter). Fun casual wear!
Minnie Mouse Polka Dot Luggage – No one will mistake this suitcase for their own. Actually, despite the obvious Minnie Mouse style, this is a pretty nice piece of luggage. It’s also about $30 cheaper than other American Tourister Disney bags, for some reason!
Mickey Ears Kids’ Hoodie – If you have children, this Mickey Mouse hooded “ears” sweatshirt is simply irresistible.
Mickey Christmas Sweater – I’m a sucker for fair isle or other classic sweater styles that the kids these day refer to as “Ugly Christmas Sweaters.” I wear these styles totally unironically. I think they are actually very tasteful and a nice, classic look. (It doesn’t hurt that this one is under $15!) This is another one I really like.
Vintage Mickey Mouse Watch – This style of watch is iconic and for years, variants of it were hot sellers in the parks. I love the look, but not the in-park cost. Well, this watch solves that dilemma, as it’s super cheap and looks great!
Haunted Mansion Leggings – Okay, so the very idea of this might sound odd, but Sarah has these, and gets compliments all the time–even outside the parks! There’s also this Haunted Mansion dress, if you want something less casual or for the summer months.
Fan-Made Disney Apparel
Go Away Green’s TeePublic Shop – This is one of my favorite fan-made Disney shirt shops. The designs are great, and range from common, popular Walt Disney World references to some that are inside jokes for hardcore fans.
WDWNT TeePublic – While we aren’t keen on the styles with their site URL featured prominently (no offense meant…we wouldn’t want our site URL on a shirt, either!), the designs here are undeniably good, and some are downright hilarious. Especially love the variety of Figment shirts.
Oh Yeah Apparel – Some trendy and hip designs that range from Disney attraction-inspired slogans to general positivity.
Main Street Press – Lots of solid designs that evoke Walt Disney World (Animal Kingdom, in particular, right now). Seemingly one of the few shops that does long-sleeve shirts, too.
Make Me Minnie – Mostly bows and mouse ears, with a huge inventory where you can likely find something that appeals to the ears-wearer in your family.
Aloha Ears – Specializing in limited edition ears, a lot of their stuff sells out quickly. The designs are pretty solid, so it’s definitely worth taking a look at what’s available.
For comprehensive tips to plan your Christmas-time vacation to Walt Disney World, check out our Ultimate Guide to Christmas at Walt Disney World. If you are planning a Walt Disney World or Disneyland vacation, check out our planning resources! The best place to start is our comprehensive Walt Disney World Trip Planning Guide or Disneyland Trip Planning Guide to make the most of your experience!
What from this Disney Christmas Gift Guide is a must-have for you? Any clever gift ideas for Disney fans (or travelers) you’d add to the list? If you have other ideas, questions, or thoughts, please share in the comments!