We all have that one Disney fan in our life.
They’ve got more Mickey Mouse pajamas than you have shoes, their bathroom is a seashell-centric ode to Ariel’s grotto, and just the mention of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle makes their face light up. You can’t help but be amazed by this person’s appreciation for the magical world of Disney and the incredible characters that inhabit it — even if that has meant sitting idly by as their poor wiener dog has been dressed up as Slinky every Halloween for the past 5 years.
So, what to get the Disney fan whose got everything? Here are 10 magical gift ideas sure to make your loved one happier than Pluto with a bone, Olaf in summer, and Cruella de Vil with a brand new coat. Er… maybe not that last one.
A trip to Disneyland/Disney World/whatever Disney attraction suits your fancy isn’t the most affordable option on this list — but it is certainly the most fitting.
Visiting the Happiest Place on Earth is a memorable and magical (albeit time-consuming and often sweaty) experience. Depending on the time of year, Disney parks can help you celebrate all kinds of holidays, be it Christmas, Halloween, Fourth of July, or a birthday!
Pack sunscreen, your comfy shoes, and an autograph book. This is one gift you won’t regret giving.
Nothing screams Disney fan like a pair of classic Mickey or Minnie ears. Mouse ears come in all colors and styles, honoring your favorite movies, characters, and attractions with iconic Disney style. You can pick up a pair the next time you’re visiting a park, or order some online through ShopDisney.com.
If you do decide to go the online route, don’t discount the incredible craftspeople over at Etsy either. Tons of artists are willing to make you customized mouse ears for a reasonable price. Dream up the perfect pair for your loved one, let the creator know what you want, and eagerly await the arrival of your gift-giving pièce de résistance.
One of the running community’s best kept secrets, Disney’s official race series allows fans to sprint through the parks in the early mornings before opening to the general public.
Some of the best races, including the Walt Disney World Marathon, are held in Orlando and occur throughout the year. Prices vary depending on the distance of your selected race, as well as the age of your runner. (Kids are able to run for a much smaller fee.) Most racers compete in costumes or Disney inspired running apparel, making the event an all-out Disney love fest.
A perfect gift for your friend whose always singing “Go the Distance” and wrapping up another 10K.
Tons of stores, including Target, Kohl’s, and Vans, have partnered with Disney to offer Disney-inspired clothing and accessory lines — but we are particularly fond of the matching styles offered over at Ambrie.
The online store offers tons of cute prints inspired by your favorite characters and movies in a variety of sizes for both kids and adults. Whether you’re gifting your significant other a Stitch-style button-up to go with your Lilo inspired dress or buying matching Mickey leggings for you and your mom, you can’t go wrong. Just imagine the pictures!
What’s even better? A portion of all Ambrie proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Price: Varies at Ambrie.com
Yes, you’ve seen this waffle maker before. You loved it then, you love it now — and whoever you gift it to will love it just as much. We’ve selected an affordable waffle maker from Target’s Disney cookware line, but others like it can be found in a variety of places.
Wherever you decide to purchase your waffle maker from, just be sure it actually makes the Mickey shape; None of this Mickey “imprint” nonsense. Bonus points if it comes in red.
Price: $18.99 at Target
Collecting and trading pins is a beloved past time for many a Disney fanatic. The perfect pin can spark friendships, inspire adventures, and even bring the perfect end to your perfect day.
Granted, adding to a dedicated pin collector’s treasure trove can be a tricky task. You may not know what they like, what they’re after, or how to get it. That said, if you’ve got a Disney friend who is just getting started in the pin collecting game, try snagging them a starter kit. Contents vary from seller to seller — just make sure you’re not paying more than the pack is worth and that it contains zero duplicates.
D23, Disney’s official fan club, grants members access to all kinds of exclusive Disney perks — including discounted tickets to the annual D23 expo, access to members-only events nationwide, special collector’s items, a subscription to the Disney twenty-three quarterly publication, and more.
That said, a D23 membership isn’t the right fit for a casual Disney fan. Gift this to someone who is always on the edge of their seat for Disney news, constantly visiting the parks, and on the lookout for more Disney-obsessed friends at all times. Those kinds of fans will love it.
Everyone and their fairy godmother has “the perfect recipe” for Disney’s iconic Dole Whip; So, you’ll just have to try them all!
Recipes vary from website to website, but any good DIY Dole Whip starts with two things: (1) A decent ice cream maker and (2) the all-important Dole Whip Soft Serve mix. You can buy both on Amazon for a total cost of $106.85. Yes, it’s a pretty hefty price tag, but you’ll have plenty of mix to make as much Dole Whip as your heart desires — and an ice cream maker forever!
Of course, we had to include something special on this list just for the Pixar fans.
It may surprise you to learn that Pixar doesn’t sell a specially branded version of the “Luxo Jr.” lamp from its beloved 1986 animated short. Turns out, there’s a good reason for that: Pixar got sued. It was [insert fanfare] a whole thing.
Versions of the product that started Pixar’s legal trouble with Luxo (the actual lighting company that created the lamp that inspired the iconic character) are still floating around online, so technically you could still buy a Disney Luxo Jr. Lamp. Unfortunately, they cost well into the hundreds — and sometimes thousands — of dollars. For more affordable options, we recommend poking around your favorite home furnishing website for a decent look-a-like. (For example, this one on Wayfair.)
Price: $23.76 on Wayfair
Disney’s exclusive streaming service Disney+ launches Nov. 12, just in time for the holidays.
The new home for all your old favorites and the source for tons of original content, Disney+ is looking more and more like the Happiest Place in streaming. Gift your favorite Disney fan with a month of the service for just $6.99 — or get them a whole year for $69.99. Disney+ is not currently available for preorder, but keep your eyes on DisneyPlus.com for updates on special deals.