Last-minute Disney Gift Guide - Part 1by Lisa Stiglic, contributing writer
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Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Green Monday are the red letter days in the holiday shopping season, but members of Amazon's Prime service get a few extra days to do some last-minute shopping this week. And if you're like me, you need the extra time to find that elusive gift for the Disney fan in your life—you know the one—the Groot-loving friend, or your aunt who has a Disney cat collection.
To make things just a little easier, I've compiled a Disney wish list for everyone on your list, including yourself. And, the best thing is many of these items are available on Amazon.com with free Prime delivery by December 24.
Today we start with my picks for women, men, kids, and families planning Disney vacations. Tomorrow, I'll share my recommendations for techies, cooks, and fans of the Star Wars and Marvel worlds. Happy shopping!
Every gal needs a Disney shirt. Whether it's princess-themed or the latest Pixar release, Disney shirts bring out the kid in all of us. Basic is best, so I suggest a 1970s throwback ringer tee. Pick from an assortment of Mickey or Minnie designs, or even a print with the popular Tsum Tsum plush. Coordinating ringer tees are also offered for men, youth, and toddlers, so you can outfit your whole family in matching shirts for your next Disney vacation.
One of the hottest trends of the season is union suits or one-piece pajamas—they're not just for toddlers anymore. Part costume and part lounge wear, they are great for cool winter nights, or even as a quick costume next Halloween.
To complete the outfit, we love this 12 Days of Socks calendar, with a mix of Disney characters. There is also a Star Wars version available. Socks are extremely popular accessories, and you can find sock assortments with a variety of Pixar, Marvel, Winnie-the-Pooh characters, or stay with the classic Mickey Mouse. These whimsical gifts make great stocking stuffers.
If the lady on your list tends to like the finer things in life, the Disney women's rhinestone watch is perfect, and affordable. Illustrated character choices include Ariel, Tinker Bell, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Minnie Mouse. This bracelet watch with inset rhinestones is classy yet delicate, and looks great with both casual and dressy outfits.
For the gal on the go, try the Loungefly brand Disney wallets. These faux-leather, zip wallets are hot sellers and with prints from Ursula to Ariel, from Tinker Bell to Toy Story, and even Marie from The Aristocats for your aunt with the Disney cat collection.
I visit Disneyland Resort a few times a month as an annual passport holder, and have noticed a trending tee for your fly guy. The Peter Pan shadow "I'm so fly, I neverland" shirt is flying high this year. The Prime-eligible style comes in navy blue, but many other colors are available from different vendors if you're willing to wait a bit longer. Whichever you choose, make sure you nail this shirt down before it flies away, or hook it before time ticks away; okay, enough Pan puns.
Outerwear is always a good choice for the male on your list. Jack Skellington and Mickey Mouse are two of the more popular characters for jackets and sweatshirts. Several vendors offer varieties of hoodies, zip-up sweatshirts, and crewneck sweatshirts. Check for availability as these are going fast.
Moving on to pajamas, union suits are surprisingly just as popular for men as they are for women, and you can find Dory, Goofy, and Woody styles still in stock at Amazon. Still, if the man in your life would not be caught dead wearing one-piece pajamas, there are some wonderful Star Wars-themed bathrobes that might just do the trick.
As mentioned above, don't forget some socks to complete the outfit. There are several Disney characters varieties, as well as Star Wars and Marvel options for men.
Traditional dad gifts are still popular—classic never goes out of style. Disney versions of caps are plentiful online, including Mickey Mouse, Disney Dad, Stitch, Jack Skellington, and even Grumpy for that grumpy relative too—I have one of those. Whether dad wears a tie to the office, or to the parks for Dapper Day, Disney ties are still fashionable. From an in-your-face Mickey print tie to the hidden Mickey print, Disney ties, cuff links, and accessories are great gifts.
Pajamas are a common Christmas gift, but this year consider a slumber bag for your little ones. Not quite a sleeping bag, these colorful bags are perfect for a sleep over or traveling. Most come with a carrying bag for easy keeping and you can choose from your child's favorite Disney characters including Frozen's Elsa and Anna, Mickey Mouse, and Lightning McQueen.
If Santa is gifting your family with a Disney vacation this year, take a look at Disney luggage. Most luggage options available are the roller pieces with the pull handle, which is perfect for your little one to command as you navigate LAX or MCO. Styles include Mickey and Minnie, princesses, and a few fun Star Wars characters including Darth Vader and R2-D2.
Pajamas—check. Overnight slumber bag—check. Luggage—check. The only thing left is a friend. Amazon.com has a large selection of Disney plush in all shapes and sizes. From the classic Mickey Mouse, to the Winnie-the-Pooh gang, to even a dog theme with Pluto, Bolt, Tramp, and Dug, you'll find someone's favorite. As a Moana fan, I'm putting Hei Hei and Pua on my wish list.
A great gift for kids of all ages, even the adult version, is a board game. Family game nights are hot right now and what better way to enjoy Monopoly, Life, Chutes and Ladders, just to name a few, than with Disney characters? Sit down to a Disney battle of Family Feud, or a Star Wars edition of Sorry! It doesn't matter who wins (unless you're playing Monopoly) because you're playing with Disney.
If a 2018 Disney theme park visit is on someone's list, or even your own, Amazon.com has some great items to make the trip more enjoyable (and save some money).
Disney headbands are the hot accessory trend in the theme parks, and they are available online for much less than you'll find in the parks. Ordering in advance also lets you customize the ears at home with your favorite ribbons, bows and accents.
I mentioned Mickey ringer tees earlier, so those are park perfect as well for general Disney-themed. Another popular T-shirt I see at Disneyland a lot is the "castle home" shirt. Several vendors offer this print in different colors and styles.
No outfit would be complete without a lanyard. Lanyards are perfect gifts (and great stocking stuffers) for everyone. Lanyards are great for not only potential pin collecting, but carrying Disneyland park tickets and annual passes for easier availability.
For larger carrying options, check out the bevy of backpacks listed online. The lightweight, drawstring backpacks are best for a day trip into one of the theme parks. Several styles are available including Mickey, Minnie, princesses, and Star Wars characters.
Two last items I can suggest for any park-bound vacationer are fan misters and a refillable water bottle. Considering Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World are located in warmer locations, the fan mister can be an essential tool for staying cool. Pack a refillable water bottle into your backpack, and you can stay cool and hydrated while saving money.
The items I've listed are mostly available through Amazon Prime with delivery before December 25. Make your list, then check ours to find that Disney gift for your special someones. Happy holidays!
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