Thoughtful Gifts for Disney Lovers

If you’re anything like me, you love giving a good gift that truly matches the recipient’s style and passions. But, I often struggle with finding that perfect idea. If you need a little gift inspiration for the Disney fan in your life (or want to update your own wishlist!), you’ve come to the right place.

Whether you’re just looking for the perfect souvenir to bring home or searching for a special birthday, anniversary, or holiday gift, there are lots of great Disney gift ideas out there!  Spread a little pixie dust with your next gifting opportunity! Keep reading for a fun Disney gift guide for the Disney lover in your life.

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A Disney Gift Card

I know that some folks don’t like to give gift cards, and might not consider them as thoughtful.  But, for the Disney lover who already has it all, why not give them the gift of a little fun shopping experience?  Whether your loved one uses his or her gift card toward a Disney Cruise or a dole whip, it’s a gift that every Disney lover will appreciate.  It’s super simple to use on a Disney trip or on Shop Disney, and you know they’ll be able to find something they love in either place!

Even if you’re shopping for a kid, the Disney gift card is still a perfect gift. It’s especially great for a child who is heading on a Disney vacation, because they can look forward to picking out their own souvenir with the gift card.

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Scented Gifts

Consumables make great gifts because they can be used, enjoyed, and then not take up space any longer!  If you’re not looking to gift something edible, consider a candle that can be enjoyed over and over again, but that doesn’t require a big space commitment for the recipient. There are multiple companies that sell candles inspired and loosely named after Disney scents. A true Disney fan would love their home to smell like the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, right?  Cue the Disney Fanatics who are nodding furiously, “Yes!” and the people who “don’t get it” looking utterly perplexed.

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Looking for another practical(ish) Disney gift? Consider another great consumable- bath products! If you’re taking a trip to Disney Springs, make a stop at Basin and pick out some lovely Disney soaps, bath bombs, body scrubs, other pampering products. There’s also a Basin located in the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Be warned that the TSA often takes great interest in these items.  If you’re flying, you can expect them to go through your bag and very thoroughly inspect these items (they might even untie gift wrapping).

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Disney Housewares

What better birthday or Christmas gift than a practical item the recipient can use in daily life? There are various kitchen gadgets, like Mickey waffle makers, available for purchase through various retailers. Disney dishes and serving items are also lovely practical choices.  Good luck not buying these for yourself!  Looking for a smaller gift? An item like a towel set, oven mitt, or a mug provide cheerful pops of Disney magic in the kitchen.

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Disney Books

Disney books can be fascinating, beautiful to flip through, and can even teach you how to make your favorite Disney recipes! Whether you select a coffee table book celebrating the 50th Anniversary (A Portrait of Walt Disney World: 50 Years of the Most Magical Place on Earth) or the Unofficial Disney Parks Drink Recipe Book, giving a thoughtful book selection is the perfect way to show that you know the gift recipient well. There are also tons of great books by Disney Imagineers full of interesting history on the parks, as well as books about Walt Disney’s life.

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If you’re shopping for an an immediate family member or other close relation, you could help them completely re-imagine the look of a room in their house with a rug from Ruggable. They specialize in easy to care for, washable rugs. With so many subtle yet magical patterns to choose from, you can find the perfect rug for a Disney or Star Wars fan.

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Custom Mouse Ears & Other Personalized Picks

Plenty of Disney park enthusiasts like to don a pair of mouse ears when they’re enjoying the park, so how about a pair of custom ears to suit their interests? Whether your gift recipient would rock their Disney style with Minnie or Mickey ears (sans bow), there are many great shops on Etsy that specialize in them, and the creativity is astounding! You’ll find truly unique ideas that you won’t find on your Disney vacation. My husband bought me a pair of custom ears from Ears By Elf on Etsy and they are lightweight and much more comfortable to wear than any pair I bought in the parks!

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If you’re not looking for ears, but you like the idea of shopping small, consider another personalized item created by a small business owner! Many furloughed Disney Cast Members have their own businesses, and supporting them while shopping for special gifts is a great way to spread extra Pixie Dust!

Related: Holiday Gift Guide: Support Disney Cast Members & Their Small Businesses


Your real-life favorite Disney princess might love a new piece of Disney jewelry on the next special occasion. Jewelry is a great gift idea for a Disney fan that can range from subtle to bold, but magical no matter what. There is a wide variety of price range in this area as well, ranging from cute and inexpensive pieces to unique looks from BaubleBar to pricier fine jewelry.

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Related: When Money is No Object: 14 of the Most Expensive Gifts Disney has to Offer

Handbags or Backpacks

Loungefly, Dooney and Bourke, and Vera Bradley all have extensive Disney-themed lines, and that’s just scratching the surface as far has handbags and backpacks go.  You’ve probably seen men, women, and teens wearing Loungefly’s mini backpacks both in and outside of Disney World.  They would make a great gift that’s a mix of practicality and whimsy.  With so many choices, from understated and classy to outrageous and fun, you’re bound to find something fitting for your friend or family member.  If you’re looking to splurge on an anniversary or birthday gift, a classic Dooney and Bourke handbag might be just the thing!  

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Small Gifts

Looking for a smaller gift for a Secret Santa- type gift exchange this holiday season? Something simple and sweet like a delightful pair of Disney socks or a sweet treat (wrapped and with a long shelf life, of course) you picked up in the Magic Kingdom are cute smaller gifts that would be well-received by kids and adults.

Gifts for Kids (and Kids at Heart)

Shopping for a child? You can’t go wrong with a plush of their favorite Disney character. Don’t forget that Disney includes Marvel and Star Wars, too- there’s a good chance there’s a young Jedi or superhero on your gifting list who would love a lightsaber, infinity stone glove, or talking Spiderman toy!  There are also many Disney Lego sets that are magnificent- ranging from cute play-type sets for ages 4+, to pricey and intricate castle sets, and everything in between.  

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Do you have more Disney gift ideas? We would love to hear about any great ideas that we’ve missed!

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About Meredith Smisek

Meredith Smisek is a kid at heart who works as an elementary school counselor. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, son, and corgi. Meredith is a DVC member who loves music, podcasts, crafting, and "talking Disney" with anyone and everyone.