Thursday, December 16, 2010

Great Gift Ideas from your Disney Friends

If you are still looking for gift ideas for your special friends and family, why not consider supporting your Disney friends and their creative projects?  Here are a few suggestions from people I've had the pleasure of getting to know over the last year (and a couple I'd like to know better.)


Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers (2011)
A super helpful resource for traveling with young children but many of the tips apply to everyone!  I really enjoyed reading it.  Depending on your style, you can order a paperback or Kindle version.  I had a PDF for review purposes and found myself using the search feature on my iPhone to find specific tips while at WDW.  My review.

Mouse Of Zen
A fun gift for lovers of poetry and/or Walt Disney World.  I love how his poems take you on a journey through your own WDW memories.  My review.

Walt Disney World Adventure: A Field Guide and Activity Book for Explorers
Kid Tips for Walt Disney World: Touring Advice by Kids for Kids

These two are from Tracie Cook, who I had the pleasure of meeting in October.  She's combined her loves of teaching and Disney for these guides.

Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to Walt Disney World's Best Kept Secrets, 4th Edition
I'm proud to have bought the first edition of this book and so happy for Steven Barrett that it's so popular that he's now on the 4th edition.  He also has Hidden Mickey guides for other Disney vacation destinations.

The Walt Disney World Trivia Book, Volume 1: Secrets, History & Fun Facts Behind the Magic  Just one of Lou Mongello's books/guides that help fill the time between vacations and you might learn something to boot.

Other fun ideas:

Travel with the Magic
What could be a better gift than a Walt Disney World or Disney Cruise Lines vacation?  Kelly or Corby, two of our Minnie Moms, would be happy to put their passion for the Mouse to work for you.
Free dining is still available if you book by December 20.  Room only deals can be booked through the end of the year.  And don't forget the Disney Dream sets sail in January 2011!

Unique Disney haiku art from Mouse of Zen & Knell StudioWorks
Wall art, iPhone images, and soon...a calendar!

Vintage treasures from Flying Ace
Retro items from a great lady with an eye for treasures!
Ashley has kindly offered Growing Up Disney readers a 10% discount.  Enter "DISNEY" in the coupon code at checkout.

Custom SLR/DSLR camera strap covers
Make your camera strap more comfortable and stylish.  The sky's the limit on fabrics.  My review.

Here are a few of my favorite items for travel with little ones.  These would make great stocking stuffers for new parents. 

GoGo Squeez appleapple, Applesauce on the Go, 3.2-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 48)
I reviewed this recently.  Audrey loved GoGo Squeez at WDW and asks for them at home.  I just reordered for holiday travel.  Amazon has them for 62.5 cents each.  My review.

Playtex Disney Princess Insulator 9 oz - 2 Pack
The closest thing we've found to a spill-proof cup.  And they have fun Disney designs.  The insulation is pretty good too.

Bumkins Waterproof SuperBib, Unisex, 3-Pack
These are great when you are away from home.  They clean up easily at the kitchen sink and dry quickly.  They're also super light for throwing in the diaper bag.

Munchkin Two Snack Catchers, Colors May Vary
We've taken these to WDW and just about everywhere else.  Audrey can have a snack (usually Cheerios) without making a huge mess.

Fisher-Price Disney/Pixar Toy Story 3 Kid Tough Doodler Classic
I got a small one for our last flight to WDW.  Now I keep it in my purse and it's handy at the grocery store, waiting at a restaurant, in the car, etc.

Fisher-Price Healthy Care Deluxe Booster Seat - Blue/Green/Gray

Of course, this is far too big for a stocking stuffer, but if you need a gift for a family who travels alot or just likes to go out to dinner, I can't recommend this enough.  I reviewed mine once on the blog.  We take it out to restaurants and Audrey sits in it much better than the germy high chairs which buys us more time.  She also makes less mess due to the tray.  It goes with us when we visit grandparents.  I'll use it as a booster seat for Audrey at home when the new baby needs to take over our main high chair.  My review.

I hope this has helped spark a few ideas to complete your Christmas shopping!


  1. Great ideas! Thank you, Amy! I can attest that the Hidden Mickey and Disney trivia books are great! The others sound wonderful as well. I'll have to check them out! We also love the booster and GoGo Squeeze (Banks can't get enough of them)! And of course, I'm particularly fond of Plaid Petunia and Travel with the Magic... ;)

  2. Thank you so much for mentioning my shop, Amy! Those stocking stuffer ideas are great!


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