Disney Holiday Gift Guide 2023
I have a confession to make that’s not much of a surprise if you know me.
Gift-giving is my love language. I’m absolutely addicted to it.
There’s nothing that makes me happier than handing someone I love something that puts a light in their eyes. It’s the absolute best.
The flip side of this is I’m impossible to shop for because I just don’t want very much.
So, I’m going to take a slightly different approach to the – WOW! – seventh annual holiday gift guide series here at MickeyBlog.
This time, I’ll throw in a suggestion for something I know I’d like in hopes of helping you find stuff for your loved one who is like me, someone who thinks they have everything.
This Star Huggable Plush
Real talk: I’m a grown man with a snow beard and a bald spot. I am NOT the target audience for this particular toy.
Despite this fact, if I don’t receive this gift for Christmas, I’m gonna curl up in a ball and cry.
Fortunately, I’m pretty sure my own personal Santa Claus will read this and shop accordingly. If they don’t, I may stop believing in Santa.
Look, I realize that not everyone is in love with Disney’s newest animated title, Wish.
Personally, I found it solid but not as magical as, say, Tangled or Encanto.
The one character I absolutely adore from Wish is Star, the infinitely huggable bundle of joy.
I’m apparently not alone here. As I type this, the Star Huggable Plush ranks in first place for all plush figures sold on Amazon.
At a current price of $13, this gift is somehow both affordable and delightful.
Disney Rubik’s Cube
Okay, this Rubik’s Cube is admittedly a bit of a niche gift. But I like the price of $14.99, as I try to keep my gift requests affordable for my loved ones.
Don’t get me wrong. If they buy me box seats for the Falcons game, I’ll take them, but I really am one of those freaks who believes it’s the thought that counts.
Also, as a child, I was someone who managed to solve a Rubik’s Cube a few times.
However, something that has always bugged me is the way I did it. I had a system for the first two levels, but the bottom segment came together by luck.
A few weeks ago, I bookmarked a Pocket suggestion for a Wired article. It’ll teach me how to solve a Rubik’s Cube in a way that’s not happenstance.
If I’m going to attempt this personal test, I might as well have a Disney100 Rubik’s Cube, right?
Actually, I might use this one for decorative purposes and another to become a Speedcuber.
Geek Out! Disney
Here’s something you don’t know about me. I used to run – and technically still do operate – an entertainment trivia website.
A brilliant friend of mine developed the idea, and it grew so popular on my original site that we spun it off into its own thing.
I know a comical but absolutely useless amount of trivia about 21st century pop culture.
Also, I learned a thing or two about Disney trivia while writing tens of millions of words on the subject.
So, I’d love to push around my friends by wrecking them at an exclusive version of Geek Out made for Disney fans.
This gift only costs about $20, and it’ll provide future entertainment, presume my friends don’t stop talking to me after I whup them a time or two.
A Disney Cruise on the Wish or Treasure
Okay, I’m definitely asking a lot from Santa here, but I’ve been good this year.
I also wasn’t joking when I wrote about the Disney Treasure on MickeyBlog.
As someone who isn’t really a cruise superfan, I’m generally tepid about the idea because, all things being equal, I’d rather be at a Disney theme park.
I also know that my wife is prone to motion sickness – she has to drive everywhere because she gets sick as a passenger – so that’s a sticking point, too.
But here’s the thing.
I know lots of people who have taken a cruise on the Disney Wish. To a person, they have indicated that it’s a life-changing experience.
Disney had extra time to plan this luxury cruise vessel due to shipyard delays.
The company used that time to create its best ship ever. Remarkably, that title probably won’t last long, though.
About a year from now, the Disney Treasure will set sail on its maiden voyage.
Somehow, this ship will be even better than the Wish. Part of the explanation involves the upcoming Haunted Mansion Parlor.
Yes, you can eat and drink in a lounge based on one of Disney’s most iconic attractions!
Of course, Star Wars fans may prefer the Disney Wish because it hosts Hyperspace Lounge instead.
Really, this is just tip-of-the-iceberg stuff for cruise fans, though. Disney Cruise Line has exploded in popularity because it’s such a high-quality vacation.
This holiday season, you can win Christmas by booking a Disney cruise for your family.
You wrap that gift and put it under the tree. Then, your family can anticipate the cruise for months!
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Pirates of the Caribbean Vinyl Figure
One of the many reasons why I’m not fun to shop for is that I don’t do much.
I’m a workaholic who “relaxes” by playing video games and watching sports.
But I do occasionally drop a few hints about some of the things I love the most in life.
One of them is Pirates of the Caribbean, the classic attraction that represents Walt Disney’s final lasting contribution to pop culture.
Earlier this year, MickeyBlog showed pictures of the Joey Chou collection at the parks. I actually bought and regularly wear that blue shirt.
In that same picture, you’ll notice a picture of Stitch, which connects to the gift I want.
Chou has created some Disney vinyl figures as well, including that image of Stitch riding Space Mountain.
The vinyl figure I want is this one. Yes, that’s a vinyl recreation of the dog holding the prison key on Pirates of the Caribbean!
That thing is a steal for $25, even if the dog looks more Pua the pig from Moana.
Disney Video Games
I’ll close with two other gift suggestions for the gamer in your life.
These tips underscore how far behind I’ve fallen with my gaming, but that just means the games are cheaper to buy now!
Earlier this year, I downloaded Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which was free to Xbox GamePass subscribers at the time. And I promptly forgot about it.
Now that I see the game is available at Best Buy for $20, I’ll probably pick it up and prioritize it this time.
Similarly, I haven’t tried Midnight Suns yet, and that kinda kills me to admit.
I’m a Runaways superfan from pretty much the first issue. And Nico Minoru of The Runaways is a playable character in this game.
So, I’m gonna pick this one up for $20 and choose to believe that I waited a year to save money. It’s totally not because I’m a horrible procrastinator.
Seriously, you’ll find a slew of excellent Marvel and Disney video games on sale this holiday season, making them ideal stocking stuffers.
Like, here is the Spider-Man PS5 game that won Game of the Year for $20! That’s a steal!
Folks, we’ve entered December. This is not a drill! It’s holiday shopping season. Please use these tips to get started.
As usual, I’ll post two or three more of these gift guides as Christmas approaches. And those updates won’t be quite so indulgent, I swear!
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