The most wonderful time of the year is a lot more enjoyable when you don’t have to stress about holiday shopping. Luckily, if you have a Disneyphile on your list, we’re here to make it as easy as saying “Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo!” From home to tech and toys to books, here are the best Disney, Star Wars, and Marvel gifts, guaranteed to add some extra magic to your favorite Disney fan’s new year.
Accept no imitations. This is the closest you’ll ever get in your own kitchen to the real-deal Mickey waffles they serve at Disney’s parks and resorts. To be really authentic, make them with Carbon’s Golden Malted Pancake & Waffle Flour Mix — the same kind Disney uses! This waffle iron makes six waffles at a time and we like to make extras to freeze and reheat in the toaster.
No need to relegate your pop culture paraphernalia to the basement. Ruggable’s machine washable collection of non-slip rugs comes in a range of Star Wars- and Disney-themed designs that run the gamut from muted to vibrant, traditional to contemporary. These rugs have character — literally. Fandom never looked so sophisticated.
Starting at $124, ruggable.com
This is the way — to cook. Prepare your meal in light speed with this 7-function kitchen powerhouse: a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker and warmer all in one. Choose from Star Wars Instant Pot designs including R2-D2, Darth Vader, and of course, Grogu.
At-home movie nights are the best, but sometimes microwave popcorn just doesn’t cut it. This Mickey Mouse kettle-style popper makes eight cups of fresh popcorn in one batch, perfect for those long winter nights in with Disney+.
Who better to help keep you warm while you stream than the ultimate Disney+ darling, Baby Yoda? This buttery soft and machine washable (helpful when you have messy popcorn hands grabbing at it) throw is so snuggly you might want to order a couple to avoid a friendly family Force battle.
Entertaining is finally back on the menu! Turn on “Be Our Guest” and wheel out this whimsical bar cart for a magical evening with family and friends.
Vivofit Jr. 3
Keeping kids active always gets tougher as the weather gets colder. Help them set and reach fitness goals and even track sleep with a Marvel- or Disney-themed fitness tracker that also features games and interactive experiences.
A godsend for frazzled parents relying on devices to bridge the gap between school and childcare, this is one program that will make want to see your kid on the computer all day. 125 interactive web-based lessons teach game development, web design, media art, and four core programming languages. Created by heavy hitters from the game and comic book industries, Codeillusion blends education with entertainment, teaching coding with the help of Disney characters and stories. Codeillusion Prime gives lifetime access to the online lessons featuring 14 original Disney movie scenes. For more of a splurge, Codeillusion Enchanted also includes an acclaimed role-playing game and story narrative plus an offline experience that includes a magic book, mystery puzzles, postcards and more.
Enchanted Package, $899
Prime package, $499
Even if you haven’t yet had the chance to experience the epic new attraction, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, within the Star Wars-themed Land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, at Walt Disney World or Disneyland, you can still get a piece of it in brick form. No spoilers here—the Resistance I-TS Transport is just one of multiple ride systems in the mind-blowing attraction, and this 932-piece LEGO set is a great way to recreate part of the incredible experience.
Everyone’s favorite old-school wooden train set just got more magical. Compatible with all other Brio train components, the Mickey Mouse Battery Train comes with a battery-powered steam engine, travel wagon, and Mickey Mouse figurine. Pair with the Mickey Mouse Record & Play Station ($49.99) for even more mouseke-fun.
Before Baby Yoda stole our hearts, there was Baby Groot, and he doesn’t want you forgetting about him. This adorable Groot Mini Magnetic Shoulder Plush is a perfect stocking stuffer for Marvel fans. It attaches to your shoulder so you can take him with you on your adventures. With a third Guardians of the Galaxy film on the horizon and a new roller coaster, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, coming to EPCOT at Walt Disney World this summer, we’ll be seeing a lot more of Groot in the coming years.
Clothing and Accessories
Columbia has unveiled their annual winter Star Wars collection, this year inspired by fan-favorite character Boba Fett, who is finally getting the spotlight he deserves in “The Book of Boba Fett,” streaming Dec. 29 on Disney+. The marquee piece, the Boba Fett Interchange Jacket, features a new insulation technology from Columbia released this fall called Omni-Heat Infinity. Available in men’s and women’s sizes, the three-in-one jacket has a waterproof shell that can be worn on its own or with the inner puffer for maximum warmth. Fans will love the Mythosaur skull emblem on the shoulder and dash markings on the hood mimicking those on Boba Fett’s helmet. The collection, which launches Dec. 3, also includes a hoodie, tee, and ball cap.
Starting at $50; columbia.com
Never underestimate the power of a cozy pair of slippers. Force-sensitive little ones can keep toes warm with these adorable Grogu plush slippers with a rubber grip sole.
Cozy up in organic Turkish cotton jammies for the whole family. Perfect for those Christmas Eve photos, cuddling by the fire, and nestling all snug in your beds on those cold winter nights.
A great all-ages stocking stuffer, Lokai bracelets are infused with elements from the highest and lowest points on earth: water from Mt. Everest and mud from the Dead Sea. Waterproof, unbreakable, and available in sizes for kids and adults, Lokai bracelets come in Marvel, Disney, and Star Wars designs and $1 from each bracelet sold is donated to Make-A-Wish.
Star Wars Crop Top and Leggings
Star Wars—but make it fashion. Goldsheep’s Star Wars collection puts iconic characters on high-quality, uber-flattering leggings, sports bras and crop tops. Handmade in Orange County, California, Goldsheep’s colorful prints and patterns are emblazoned with Darth Vader, Baby Yoda, stormtroopers, and more.
Starting at $60; goldsheep.com
Gift the ultimate Disney fan membership into the ultimate Disney fan club. A gold membership to D23, the Official Disney Fan Club, includes a special Gold Member Collector Set, a one-year subscription to the beautiful Disney Twenty-Three magazine, access to VIP events and experiences, and discount and special offers.
Starts at $99 for an individual membership; d23.com
Gift your family an experience — and memories — that will last a lifetime. Adventures By Disney expedition cruises take you and your family far off the beaten path aboard luxurious, purpose-built ships to some of the most remote destinations on the planet like the Norwegian Arctic, Antarctica, and the Galapagos Islands. Disney-trained Adventure Guides and naturalists guide guests on an incredible adventure where they’ll experience breathtaking natural wonders and up-close wildlife like polar bears, reindeer, arctic foxes and walruses in Norway, and whales, seabirds, penguins and seals in Antarctica. Adventures By Disney will handle every detail, from environmentally conscious travel arrangements, including flights and airport transfers, to accommodations and dining.
By Graham Allan, Rebecca Cline, and Charlie Price
This behemoth coffee table tome is packed with more than 1,900 stunning photos showcasing the holidays at Disney parks and resorts across the globe. Get a behind-the-scenes look at all that’s gone into conceptualizing and executing Disney’s holiday offerings through the years, from the first Christmas at Disneyland in 1955, to a look back at retired favorites like the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, to present-day seasonal overlays. A must-have for Disney parks history buffs.
By Susan Veness
Now in its third edition, this behind-the-scenes look at Walt Disney World’s theme parks is a bit like having a tour guide in your back pocket. With more than 600 secrets and hidden details, even the most expert among parkgoers will find plenty new to learn.
The Disney Monorail: Imagineering a Highway in the Sky
By Jeff Kurtti, Vanessa Hunt and Paul Wolski
A great gift not just for Disney fans, but for any transit enthusiast, this beautiful hardcover book tells the story of Walt Disney’s imagining and development of the first daily operating monorail in the Western Hemisphere. Beautiful photographs and concept art help tell the storied history of the Disney monorail since its launch in 1959.
The Unofficial Disney Parks Cookbook
By Ashley Craft
If there’s one activity that’s been keeping nearly everyone busy during the pandemic, it’s cooking. Disney copycat recipes have always been popular but this year, more than ever, Disney fans who’ve been missing the parks have been hard at work recreating their favorite Disney dishes at home. From turkey legs and Ronto Wraps to churros and Mickey beignets, this Unofficial Disney Parks Cookbook helps keep the magic alive in your kitchen.
A Gift That Gives Back
Gift a piece of history and help support the restoration and preservation of Walt Disney’s childhood home in Chicago. Purchase a paver stone and you’ll be contributing to the establishment of a new museum and Center for Early Childhood Creativity and Innovation in the home where Walt was born.
Brooke Geiger McDonald is the national content director for Make It Better Media Group. A Chicago native, she has worked for publications like O, The Oprah Magazine and SHAPE Magazine. She covers theme parks extensively and her work has appeared in Parents, TravelPulse, Attractions Magazine, MSN, Disney Food Blog, and more. Her favorite nonprofits to support include The Walt Disney Birthplace in Chicago and Give Kids the World Village, which provides week-long, cost-free wish vacations to critically ill children and their families from around the world who want to visit Central Florida. Follow her on Instagram @brookegmcdonald and Twitter @BrookeGMcDonald.