Last-minute Disney Gift Guide - Part 2by Lisa Stiglic, contributing writer
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Yesterday I shared my picks for last-minute holiday gifts for your entire family, from trendy one-piece pajamas for mom, to classic Disney ties for Dad, and snuggly slumber sacks for kids. Today I'm sharing my recommendations for techies, cooks, and fans of the Star Wars and Marvel worlds.
Most of these items are available on Amazon with free Prime delivery by December 24 for members of Amazon's Prime program. Even if you put off starting your shopping until today, you can cross off your whole list with these picks. Happy shopping!
Everyone has a friend or family member who is tech savvy about computers, phones, tablets, and anything with a power strip. Amazon has a few fun Disney finds for these electronic know-alls. For your phone addicts, there are cases in all varieties and characters for iPhones, Samsungs, and more from several different vendors. Most of these shops have fairly good ratings for the phone cases, so your most difficult decision will be choosing one. For the Disney parks fan, there are castle versions, and even a rose-gold Minnie ears selection to match the popular Disneyland and Walt Disney World Minnie rose-gold ears. Several princesses and Mickey and Minnie styles are highly popular too.
Along with a phone case, everyone needs a portable charger. For-on-the-go charging, check out the Star Wars power banks. Officially licensed by Disney, these MimoPowertube2 2600mAh banks can charge most smartphones. For stationary charging, take a look at the Disney iPhone adapter skin stickers. These cute wrap-around decals are a great way to differentiate which phone charger belongs to each family member.
Headphones are another standard Christmas gift so why not incorporate some Disney magic? Although the selection on Amazon caters more toward the younger techies, there are enough options to find headsets and earbuds for all of the music lovers on your list.
"Anyone can cook."- Chef Gusteau from Disney-Pixar Ratatouille. Whether you have a beginner chef or a potential James Beard winner in your midst, kitchen tools and cooking gadgets are always well-received. Add Disney to the recipe and your present will be a five-star masterpiece. And, speaking of Ratatouille, for the cheese lover on your list, Amazon lists several Ratatouille cheese boards, some with serving tools. All you need now is a bottle of wine.
Disney-themed kitchen appliances and accessories continue to be popular. Toasters and waffle irons are the most sought-after, but now you can choose a Mickey or Pixar slow-cooker. Accent your Disney culinary corner with coordinating towels and pot holders.
The perfect gift for ANYONE on your Disney list, whether that person be your Secret Santa or best friend, is a Disney-themed mug. You can choose from Mickey, villains, princesses, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and theme parks, to name a few. There's even an Epcot Spaceship Earth coffee mug. My favorites are the Chip (teacup) figure mug, and the Star Wars lightsaber mug where the lightsabers appear with heat. Add hot coffee and fight the Empire. Mugs are a fun and inexpensive way to gift for the holidays.
Starting with the littlest readers, Amazon has some classic "The Little Golden Books" series featuring Disney stories like The Lion King, Aladdin, Peter Pan, Cinderella, and even the newest addition, Disney-Pixar's Coco. If you haven't already picked up the Moana Little Golden Book, you'd better order fast—it's the best seller. For young adult readers, the "Villains" series by Serena Valentino is gaining in popularity. The newest addition, "Mistress of Evil" (Maleficent), was released just this October so be sure to add her to the current collection of books 1-3 which include Ursula's, Beast's, and the Evil Queen's stories.
Every Disney lover knows it "all started with a mouse" but behind the mouse was the man—Walt Disney. In my opinion, the best Walt biography, is Walt Disney: An American Original by Bob Thomas. From Walt's struggling animation days to his conceptual project of a theme park and his journey in between, this story tells it all. Beyond Walt Disney, the characters created make up the magic so check out the newest release called Disney's Who's Who. From Chip (chipmunk) to Chip (teacup), from Frozen to Frozone, this is the perfect Disney guidebook for every Disney aficionado.
Pixar's contribution to the animation time line has been integral. From the debut of Toy Story, Pixar's world has taken us to "infinity and beyond." The Art of Pixar: 25th Anniversary coffee-table book showcases the complete color strips from each movie as well as detailed information about each film. And, if you've just viewed Pixar's latest release, Coco, for the first time, chances are you were amazed at the visual masterpiece it is. The newly released The Art of Coco by directors Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina, takes you on a stunning sensory journey from concept to final production. Finally, no list of notable Disney books would be complete without Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney's Animation. This fascinating book documents the often-overlooked contributions of the women who helped bring Disney's animated masterpieces to the screen.
Eighty years ago this month Walt Disney premiered his first full-length animated feature in Hollywood. Now Amazon has a Prime member-exclusive version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Along with Disney's iconic animated features, Walt Disney Productions distributed several cinematic series currently available for DVD viewing including Herbie the Love Bug, The Shaggy Dog, and the Kurt Russell collection which features The Strongest Man in the World. These title selections will be sure to put a smile on the face of those fans who grew up watching Disney.
Currently, we are all living in the MCU or Marvel Cinematic Universe, so get ready for next summer's Avengers: Infinity War by starting at the beginning with Captain America: The First Avenger (even though Iron Man was released first, Captain America is first in the MCU time line). Although too many to list, there are PLENTY of Marvel movies for your favorite super hero including the Iron Man series, Marvel's The Avengers, and Spiderman Homecoming (Amazon's choice). But don't expect Thor Ragnorak, just yet. That cinematic marvel will be released on DVD in February 2018, but you can place your pre-order now.
And, with this weekend's release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Star Wars DVDs are sure to be a hit for all fans. There are several options from which to choose including purchasing each movie individually, or as Star Wars: The Complete Saga Episodes 1-7 set. The solo movie Rogue One is also a must for collectors.
Star Wars fans
Speaking of Star Wars, Amazon has some out-of-this world gifts for any fan. Last year, a woman purchased a Chewbacca mask and became an internet sensation when she posted herself trying it out. The Force Awakens Chewbacca mask with electronic sound is back again for a second year, but hurry if you want it before Christmas Day. There's also a Stormtrooper version.
For the home, the Holinox Millennium Falcon Lamp is a perfect fit for that Han Solo wanna-be on your list. The lamp is an Amazon's choice on the toy list this year.
Finally, for those Star Wars couples, channel Princess Leia and Han with the "I Love You" shirt (Leia) and "I Know" shirt (Han). These two shirts are funny, and extremely popular; they'll be perfect for your afternoon at the movies.
Super Hero lovers
I briefly mentioned the MCU (and that we're all living in it) and wanted to share some great gift finds on Amazon. Funko Pop! characters are hot, hot, hot. Dig your inner Groot with the Funko Pop! Dancing Groot Bobble Action Figure. Complete the collection with Star Lord, Gamora, Rocket, and Yondu Funko Pop! characters.
If the God of Thunder is on someone's list, take a look at the 3D Thor Hammer GED wall light which, when on the wall, looks like Thor threw Mjolnir (hammer) into the wall. This is definitely a fun item for younger Thor fans.
If a gag gift is what you're looking for, go green with a Hulk or Groot Chia Pet. Yes, Chia Pets are still around but the Hulk selection is low on inventory so hurry and order.
And, if you have someone you know who can't decide, the Marvel Tsum Tsum Avengers 12-Figure Gift Stackable Set is perfect. These dozen characters come in 4 large, 4 medium with accessories, and 4 small for great stackability.
Finally, be a marvel in the kitchen with a Captain America cutting board shaped as Cap's shield. Odor and stain resistant, with a hygenic glass surface, this is another Amazon choice and definitely not something every Marvel fan will own. I would recommend NOT trying to use it as a weapon against Hydra though.
The items I've listed are mostly available through Amazon Prime with delivery before December 25th, but only if you order fast. So, make your list, then check ours to find that Disney gift for your special someones. Happy holidays!
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