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.

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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.

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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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The Bartesian Is Basically a Keurig for Cocktails

Bartesian
Bartesian

The call for a classic cocktail can be hard to resist, but going out to bars gets pricey, and trying to combine the perfect amount of different juices, bitters, and liquors on your own is a tough skill to master. The Bartesian, available on Amazon for $350, wants to take the hassle out of homemade cocktails by serving up classic drinks in just a few simple steps.

To start, purchase the cocktail capsules of your choice, which contain all of the bitters, extracts, and juice concentrates you need for cocktails like old fashioneds, margaritas, martinis, Long Island iced teas, and more. Then, pour your preferred liquor—whiskey, vodka, rum, gin, and tequila—into one of the five glass bottles that comes with the Bartesian and screw it into its proper reservoir on the machine. (Vodka and gin occupy the same reservoir, so the machine will double-check that you're using the right one before making a drink with either.)

Once you’re set up, simply insert the capsule and the Bartesian will instantly identify your cocktail selection and the spirit will be automatically drawn. You can even specify the strength of your cocktail, whether you want a mocktail or something strong after work. If you want to make the concoction even more authentic, the machine will also suggest the proper glassware for each.

Bartesian provides an automatic rinse after each use, and the reservoirs are easily removed and dishwasher safe.

So whether you're looking to gift yourself or the cocktail lover in your life this holiday season, the Bartesian makes mixed drinks easy.

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10 Splendid Gifts for Royal Family Fanatics

Funko/Amazon
Funko/Amazon

Between the never-ending publicity surrounding Meghan Markle and the long-awaited third season of The Crown on Netflix, Americans seem to be tuning into the intimate goings-on of England’s most famous family now more than ever. From corgi-covered socks to a Kate Middleton fashion coloring book, here are 10 brilliant products to help you showcase your passion for all things royal.

1. Royal Windsor Monopoly; $56

windsor castle monopoly
Winning Moves Games/Amazon

Forget Baltic Avenue and Marvin Gardens—take your tiny top hat on a tour of the Windsor grounds, from St. George’s Chapel to Eton College. This edition of Elizabeth Magie’s classic board game still has many opportunities for taxes, bankruptcy, and jail, but with an undeniable air of sophistication.

Buy It: Amazon

2. Corgi Socks; $7

corgi socks
Hot Sox

Celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s long-standing love for corgis by sporting some of the smiling puppers on your very own two feet.

Buy It: Amazon

3. Princess Diana Funko POP! Doll; $9

princess diana funko pop doll
Funko/Amazon

While you’re waiting to see Emma Corrin portray Princess Diana in season four of The Crown, treat your toy shelf to a Funko Diana doll, clad in her iconic black gown. There are more royal Funkos, too, like Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Harry, and Kate Middleton.

Buy It: Amazon

4. Twinings Earl Grey Tea; $9

twinings earl grey tea
Twinings/Amazon

Twinings has been the official tea supplier of the Royal Household since the 19th century, and according to former royal chef Darren McGrady, the Queen likes Earl Grey the best. If you really want to mirror the monarch’s preferences, add a splash of milk—but skip the sugar.

Buy It: Amazon

5. Royally British Mug; $16

royally british mug
Victoria Eggs/Amazon

What better way to sip the Queen’s favorite tea than from a teacup bearing symbols of her kingdom? Not only is this 12-ounce bone china mug hand-illustrated with Balmoral Castle, Windsor Castle, and Buckingham Palace, it also features all of the UK’s national flowers: England’s rose, Wales’s daffodil, Scotland’s thistle, and Northern Ireland’s shamrock.

Buy It: Amazon

6. Kate Middleton Royal Fashions Coloring Book; $4

kate middleton fashion coloring book
E.R. Miller Designs

Kate Middleton manages to stick to the many royal family fashion rules while still stepping out in some impressively voguish ensembles. Add your own polychromatic flair to her most memorable looks in this coloring book, with special appearances by Prince William and more.

Buy It: Amazon

7. How to Speak Brit; $16

how to speak brit book
Avery/Amazon

Though the royal family doesn’t likely deign to speak the slang of the masses, How to Speak Brit also contains plenty of posh phrases, along with explanations of how they came to be. This dictionary-slash-cultural-study is handy for anyone who watches Downton Abbey, The Great British Bake Off, or any other British television series or film.

Buy It: Amazon

8. LEGO Buckingham Palace Set; $72

lego buckingham palace set
LEGO/Amazon

This 780-piece buildable version of Queen Elizabeth II’s primary residence includes a double-decker bus, black cab, and the Victoria Memorial. It also comes with a booklet on the design, architecture, and history of Buckingham Palace.

Buy It: Amazon

9. Royal Carriage Jewelry Box; $17

qifu royal carriage jewelry box
Qifu/Amazon

We can’t all roll up to special events in a gold-embellished stagecoach, but we can store our jewelry in one. The Fabergé egg-inspired design of this carriage makes it a perfect mantelpiece decoration, too.

Buy It: Amazon

10. Buckingham Palace Jigsaw Puzzle; $30

buckingham palace jigsaw puzzle
Gibsons/Amazon

This 1000-piece puzzle depicts the scene at Buckingham Palace during the Queen’s birthday celebration. In the image, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are trotting off to Horse Guard's Parade for Trooping the Colour, the Queen’s annual inspection of the military.

Buy It: Amazon

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