14 Magical Gift Ideas for Harry Potter Fans of All Ages

LEGO/Harry Potter/Amazon
LEGO/Harry Potter/Amazon

From carol-singing suits of armor stationed around the castle to the warm, dry snow falling in the Great Hall, the depictions of holidays at Hogwarts truly take the Christmas spirit to new heights. Capture some of that magic for your own celebration this season with these holiday gift ideas that will surely enchant and delight Potterheads of all ages.

1. Christmas at Hogwarts Puzzle; $20

harry potter christmas puzzle
New York Puzzle Company/Amazon

Your family may not be able to spend Christmas afternoon at Hogwarts, but you can spend it doing a 500-piece puzzle that encapsulates the holiday spirit in one wondrous illustration by Mary Grand-Pré. There’s also a 1000-piece version for jigsaw masters and other puzzles that feature the Three Broomsticks, a Quidditch match, Diagon Alley, and more.

Buy It: Amazon

2. Alex and Ani Deathly Hallows Ring; $28

alex and ani deathly hallows ring
Alex and Ani

To anybody unfamiliar with the series, this will probably just look like a regular ring with a cool geometric design—Potterheads, of course, will recognize it as the Deathly Hallows symbol. It’s a great way for fans to celebrate their magical passion in a subtle, stylish way.

Buy It: Amazon

3. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: The Journey; $32

harry potter and the cursed child: the journey book
Harry Potter Theatrical Productions/Amazon

Knowing behind-the-scenes details about the Harry Potter books and films somehow makes them seem even more enchanting, and the two-part play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is no exception. This artfully compiled volume gives fans access to interviews, sketches, backstage photos, notes, and more about the making of the captivating, record-breaking theater production.

Buy It: Amazon

4. Hogwarts House Throw Blanket; $26-$40

gryffindor throw blanket
Harry Potter/Amazon

It’ll be only too easy for someone to imagine themselves curled up beside a Hogwarts common room fire when wrapped in one of these cozy throw blankets. Not only do they come in each Hogwarts House, there’s also one with the Hogwarts crest, a Marauder’s Map version, and another design that incorporates all four Hogwarts Houses.

Buy It: Amazon

5. Wizard’s Chess Set; $40

harry potter wizard's chess set
The Noble Collection/Amazon

Though these chessmen and women won’t barbarically battle each other on the board or offer their players questionable advice during the game, they’re still an impressive replica of those seen in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. And, since they correspond to the rooks, knights, and other pieces in a normal chess set, this gift can be enjoyed by both Harry Potter fans and regular chess fans, too.

Buy It: Amazon

6. The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook; $11

unofficial harry potter cookbook
Adams Media

The mouthwatering written descriptions of feasts in the Great Hall and treats on the Hogwarts Express are rivaled only by the visual depictions in the films. From Harry’s favorite treacle tart to a refreshing flagon of pumpkin juice, this deliciously comprehensive cookbook contains them all.

Buy It: Amazon

7. Customized Polyjuice Potion Flask; $15-$20

harry potter polyjuice potion hip flask
Hip Flask Plus/Amazon

Whether this flask holds actual Polyjuice Potion or something more appetizing (Madam Rosmerta’s finest oak-matured mead, perhaps?) is a mystery to all but the drinker, but it’ll definitely be clear to whom the flask belongs—it comes in red, purple, or black, and you can customize it with the recipient’s name.

Buy It: Amazon

8. LEGO Hogwarts Castle; $400

lego hogwarts castle set
LEGO/Amazon

At $400 and with more than 6000 pieces, LEGO’s Hogwarts castle is not for the faint of heart—but it’s a dream come true for any LEGO-loving Potterhead. Complete with the Chamber of Secrets, the Whomping Willow, Hagrid’s hut, and more than 30 Harry Potter characters, this epic set will stoke the imaginations of kids and adults alike. For another LEGO option that’ll take up a little less space in the living room (and the budget), check out this Great Hall set.

Buy It: Amazon

9. Dobby Socks; $8

dobby socks
Deyuan/Amazon

Fans can commemorate Dobby’s dogged devotion with a pair of comfy socks. These are much cleaner than the one Harry used to free the endearing elf in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and they’re also appropriate for more formal events, since the text will be hidden by your shoes.

Buy It: Amazon

10. Golden Snitch Table Lamp; $25

golden snitch lamp
Paladone/Amazon

Without a Lumos spell to light the night, we Muggles must rely on artificial means. Having said that, there are some pretty magical light fixtures on the market—this Golden Snitch-themed lamp is powered by a USB cable and turns on when you tap the top of the bell jar.

Buy It: Amazon

11. Hogwarts Stamp Sealing Wax Kit; $15

harry potter seal wax kit
Powstro/Amazon

Part of Harry Potter’s charm comes from the way it blends the magical with the medieval. Teleportation is totally possible, for example, yet students still write with quills and ink. Forget licking envelopes—seal them shut with this delightfully old-fashioned wax and stamp kit that features the Hogwarts crest.

Buy It: Amazon

12. Mirror of Erised; $25

harry potter mirror of erised replica
Target

Just shy of 21 inches tall, this mirror won’t hijack anyone’s overall decorating scheme or take up too much wall space. Instead, the gold frame will provide the perfect magical touch to any given room, and the engraving (when read backwards, it’s “I show not your face but your heart’s desire”) will help the owner remember what they really want in life (more Harry Potter-themed gifts, we assume).

Buy It: Target

13. The Marauder’s Map Guide to Hogwarts; $8

harry potter marauder's map guide to hogwarts
Scholastic/Amazon

Much like Harry’s lit wand tip illuminated easily overlooked details of the castle throughout the series, the wand included with this guide book doubles as an invisible ink pen and blacklight, which will reveal some of Hogwarts’s secrets when hovered over parts of the Marauder’s Map. Younger Potterheads will also have fun creating their own map (from invisible or real ink) with the special blank parchment paper in the back of the book.

Buy It: Amazon

14. Gringotts Bank; $24

harry potter gringotts piggy bank
Harry Potter/Amazon

Because Gringotts is the safest place in the world for something you want to hide (besides the Room of Requirement, of course), here’s a 9.5-inch-tall replica of the wizarding bank where fans can store coins, bills, and other pint-sized secrets through the slot in the back. It also has a hole in the bottom, plugged with a rubber stopper, so its contents can be easily emptied.

Buy It: Amazon

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Turn a Handwritten Family Recipe Into a Touching Kitchen Keepsake

LaserFocusedCrafts, Etsy
LaserFocusedCrafts, Etsy

The yellowing, food-splattered note card on which your grandmother’s secret spaghetti sauce recipe is written will only last so long, and taking a photo or typing it up doesn’t quite have the same effect. Luckily, crafters have come up with creative ways to transform those cherished family recipes into keepsakes that not only last much longer, but also make heartfelt gifts for all your favorite relatives.

The Etsy shop LaserFocusedCrafts, as Simplemost reports, will engrave your recipe onto a bamboo, cherry, or maple cutting board. Prices range from $30 for an 8-inch-by-6-inch board to $75 for a 14-inch-by-11-inch board, and it’s up to the recipient to decide whether they’d like to actually use their gift or hang it on their kitchen wall for guests to admire.

If you feel like you’ve already reached your gift-giving quota for personalized cutting boards at bridal showers and birthday parties in the past, there are plenty of other objects on Etsy waiting to be emblazoned with the evidence of your nana’s culinary prowess. EmmaAndTheBeanHOME will inscribe a recipe on a white tea towel for $24, and BmoreCreative410 will put one on a pot holder for $25.

customized recipe tea towel
EmmaAndTheBeanHOME, Etsy

For $40.50, you can order an apron with the recipe from zoeysattic. The apron itself is white, but you can customize the color of the ink, if, for example, Grandma always wrote her recipes with a special green pen. For an item that’ll withstand many generations’ worth of use, we recommend zehrdesignco’s $66 recipe plate.

customized recipe plate
zehrdesignco, Etsy

If you don’t exactly have a long legacy of delicious family recipes, it’s never too late to get cooking. Start off easy with the world’s best pasta sauce or one-pot chicken noodle soup.

[h/t Simplemost]

Find Your Next Outdoor Adventure With This Scratch-Off National Parks Poster

Newverest
Newverest

Whether you’re a devoted thru-hiker, day-hiker, or a casual nature observer, America’s National Park system has something for everyone to enjoy, from wildlife to natural wonders ripe for exploration. And now one Kickstarter campaign is looking to bring your love of the parks into your home with this unique piece of wall art.

The U.S. National Parks scratch-off poster from Newverest will not only inspire your next hiking endeavor, but can help you keep track of your travels as well. If you pledge now, you can receive a copy of the poster for $25, and for $49, you can get the poster and a frame. 

A scratch-off national parks poster on the wall
Newverest

There are 60 different parks on this poster—which is available in black or white—that are represented by colorful illustrations created by local artists. When the poster arrives, though, the illustrations will be grayed-out. It's up to you to scratch them off as you visit the parks, revealing the full-color art underneath. "Think of the national parks scratch-off poster as your bucket list of National Parks,” the company says on its campaign page.

When you purchase a poster, you’ll also receive a metal mediator scratch-off tool, a microfiber cleaning cloth to wipe away any residue, adhesive stickers for easy hanging, and 62 cards that feature a hand-drawn scene of each park, along with interesting facts about them. For instance, on the Sequoia and Kings Canyon card, you’ll learn the park is home to the largest sequoia trees in the world, whereas the Arches National Park card lets the reader know the territory is home to over 2000 arches.

Scratch-off National Parks poster
Newverest

Newverest, founded in 2017, isn’t new to the poster game: The company also makes U.S. and global scratch-off maps. Alongside helping plan trips, the company hopes their newest poster will educate kids and adults alike about the beauty of the parks and why they should be preserved.

With $3257 raised, Newverest is still working to reach its $10,000 goal. But you can help bring the project to life until February 21 by heading here.

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