14 Magical Gift Ideas for Harry Potter Fans of All Ages

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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

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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, Diagon Alley, and more.

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2. Alex and Ani Deathly Hallows Ring; $28

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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.

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3. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: The Journey; $27

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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.

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4. Hogwarts House Throw Blanket; $28-$45

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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

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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.

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6. The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook; $11

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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.

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

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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

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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.

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9. Dobby Socks; $7

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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.

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10. Golden Snitch Table Lamp; $30

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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.

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11. Hogwarts Stamp Sealing Wax Kit; $18

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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.

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12. Harry Potter with Hedwig Super-Sized Funko Pop!; $81

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Standing 18 inches tall, this super-sized Harry Potter Pop! absolutely towers over the company’s standard figures. With Hedwig at his side, Harry’s look is as classic as they come, sporting his Hogwarts robe and a scarf that’s so intricately detailed that it even mimics a handwoven texture. Just like the other Pop! figures, it’s made of vinyl and is ready to display right when you take it out of the box.

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13. The Marauder’s Map Guide to Hogwarts; $12

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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.

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14. Gringotts Bank; $24

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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.

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10 LEGO Sets For Every Type of LEGO Builder 

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If you’re looking for a timeless gift to give this holiday season, look no further than a LEGO set. With kits that cater to a wide age range—from toddlers fine-tuning their motor skills to adults looking for a more engaged way to relax—there’s a LEGO set out there for everyone. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite sets on Amazon to help you find the LEGO box that will make your loved one smile this year. If you end up getting one for yourself too, don’t worry: we won’t tell.

1. Classic Large Creative Gift Box; $44

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You can never go wrong with a classic. This 790-piece box contains dozens of types of colored bricks so builders of any age can let their inner architect shine. With toy windows, doors, tires, and tire rims included in addition to traditional bricks, the building possibilities are truly endless. The bricks are compatible with all LEGO construction sets, so builders have the option of creating their own world or building a new addition onto an existing set.

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2. Harry Potter Hogwarts Express; $64

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Experience the magic of Hogwarts with this buildable Hogwarts Express box. The Prisoner Of Azkaban-inspired kit not only features Hogwarts's signature mode of transportation, but also Platform 9 ¾, a railway bridge, and some of your favorite Harry Potter characters. Once the train is built, the sides and roof can be removed for play within the cars. There is a Dementor on board … but after a few spells cast by Harry and Lupin, the only ride he’ll take is a trip to the naughty list.

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3. Star Wars Battle of Hoth; $160

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Star Wars fans can go into battle—and rewrite the course of history—by recreating a terrifying AT-AT Walker from the Battle of Hoth. Complete with 1267 pieces to make this a fun challenge for ages 10 and up, the Walker has elements like spring-loaded shooters, a cockpit, and foldout panels to reveal its deadly inner workings. But never fear: Even though the situation might look dire, Luke Skywalker and his thermal detonator are ready to save the day.

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4. Super Mario Adventures Starter Course; $60

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Kids can play Super Mario in 3D with LEGO’s interactive set. After constructing one of the courses, young designers can turn on the electronic Mario figurine to get started. Mario’s built-in color sensors and LCD screens allow him to express more than 100 different reactions as he travels through the course. He’ll encounter obstacles, collect coins, and avoid Goomba and Bowser to the sound of the Mario soundtrack (played via an included speaker). This is a great gift for encouraging problem-solving and creativity in addition to gaming smarts.

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5. Gingerbread House; $212

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Gingerbread houses are a great way to enjoy the holidays … but this expert-level kit takes cookie construction to a whole new level. The outside of the LEGO house rotates around to show the interior of a sweet gingerbread family’s home. Although the living room is the standout with its brick light fireplace, the house also has a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and outdoor furniture. A LEGO Christmas tree and presents can be laid out as the holidays draw closer, making this a seasonal treat you can enjoy with your family every year.

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6. Elsa and Olaf’s Tea Party; $18

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LEGO isn’t just for big kids. Toddlers and preschoolers can start their LEGO journey early by constructing an adorable tea party with their favorite Frozen characters. As they set up Elsa and Olaf’s ice seats, house, and tea fixings, they’ll work on fine-motor, visual-spatial, and emotional skills. Building the set from scratch will enable them to put their own creative spin on a favorite movie, and will prepare them for building more complicated sets as they get older.

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7. Collectible Art Set Building Kits; $120

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Why buy art when you can build it yourself? LEGO’s Beatles and Warhol Marilyn Monroe sets contain four options for LEGO art that can be built and displayed inside your home. Each kit comes with a downloadable soundtrack you can listen to while you build, turning your art experience into a relaxing one. Once you’re finished building your creation it can be exhibited within a LEGO brick frame, with the option to hang it or dismantle it to start on a new piece. If the 1960s aren’t your thing, check out these Sith and Iron Man options.

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8. NASA Apollo Saturn V; $120

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The sky (or just the contents of your LEGO box) is the limit with LEGO’s Saturn V expert-level kit. Designed for ages 14 and up, this to-scale rocket includes three removable rocket stages, along with a command and service module, Lunar Lander, and more. Once the rocket is complete, two small astronaut figurines can plant a tiny American flag to mark a successful launch. The rocket comes with three stands so it can be displayed after completion, as well as a booklet for learning more about the Apollo moon missions.

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9. The White House; $100

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Reconstruct the First Family’s home (and one of America’s most famous landmarks) by erecting this display model of the White House. The model, which can be split into three distinct sections, features the Executive Residence, the West Wing, and the East Wing of the complex. Plant lovers can keep an eye out for the colorful rose garden and Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, which flank the Executive Residence. If you’re unable to visit the White House anytime soon, this model is the next best thing.

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10. Volkswagen Camper Van; $120

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Road trip lovers and camping fanatics alike will love this vintage-inspired camper. Based on the iconic 1962 VW vehicle, LEGO’s camper gets every detail right, from the trademark safari windshield on the outside to the foldable furniture inside. Small details, like a “Make LEGO Models, Not War” LEGO T-shirt and a detailed engine add an authentic touch to the piece. Whether you’re into old car mechanics or simply want to take a trip back in time, this LEGO car will take you on a journey you won’t soon forget.

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10 Practical Gifts Everyone Will Appreciate

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Holiday shopping can be one of the most anxiety-provoking experiences of the year. There’s pressure to get the “perfect” gift for everyone you know—and that “perfect” gift doesn’t always exist. To help you spend less time stressing and more time enjoying the holidays, we’ve rounded up 10 practical gifts that everyone will use and appreciate.

1. LapGear Ergo Pro Lap Desk; $38

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This lap desk works just as well on the couch as it does in the office. LapGear’s Home Office Lap Desk not only has plenty of room for a standard-sized laptop, but it also has a built-in slot for keeping a mobile device close by. You can even adjust the angle of your laptop to better fit whatever position you're in. And if laptop heat is a concern—especially for those working long hours—the desk is built with a cushion to keep things cool from 9-5…and for the Netflix binge afterwards.

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2. Powlaken 4in1 Wireless Charging Station; $33

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Anyone with multiple devices knows the pain of trying to keep them charged at the same time. Cut the stress—and the charging cords—with this four-in-one wireless charger from Powlaken. The charger is designed to charge an iPhone, AirPods, Apple Watch, and Apple Pencil all at the same time. Once devices are plugged in, they’ll still be completely functional, so users can watch TV and Facetime with friends while the power strip is hard at work.

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3. Rapid Ramen Cooker; $14

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Ramen just got a major upgrade. The perfect gift for college students or quick-fix chefs, this microwave-safe ramen cooker is a secret weapon in the kitchen. Simply add a noodle block, fill water to the top of the cooker line, and microwave for three minutes for perfect noodles, every time. The cooker is built with heat-resistant handles for easy handling and is also dishwasher safe, making the cooking experience almost as enjoyable as lunch itself.

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4. Instant Vortex Pro Air Fryer; $140

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From the same company behind the magical Instant Pot comes an appliance that’s even more handy. The Instant Vortex Air Fryer not only air-fries food to crisp perfection, but it also roasts, bakes, toasts, and more. By rapidly circulating hot air around food to cook it evenly, the Vortex gets dinner on the table without having to turn the oven on. It’s large enough to fit two included air fry trays inside—perfect for cooking a main and a side at the same time—and comes with cooking accessories to help get the job done.

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5. Philips SmartSleep Wake-up Light; $124

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Waking up is hard enough, but a blaring alarm clock can make it downright awful. Have a more peaceful morning with Philips’s sunrise-simulating alarm clock. The clock goes through an incredible one million light stages when it’s time to rise, gradually brightening with a warm orange light to awaken sleepers. But it doesn’t just assist with waking up; it also has a sunset simulation for winding down at bedtime. And, with 10 additional light settings for non-sleeping use, the clock is an excellent replacement for a bedside lamp.

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6. PETLIBRO Automatic Feeder; $66

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Whether pet owners have an erratic schedule, want to prevent early morning wake-up calls, or need to go on a quick overnight trip, PETLIBRO’s automatic feeder is a great way to keep their furry friend's meals on track. It can be programmed to deliver up to four meals a day, and it can be customized to fit the needs of smaller pets. Although the feeder is powered via a regular adapter, there is an option to install batteries as a backup source, ensuring that dinner’s on time even if the electricity goes out.

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7. Oster Cordless Electric Wine Bottle Opener; $17

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Wine lovers who have trouble with traditional corkscrews will love this electric wine bottle opener from Oster. Accompanied by a foil cutter that can easily remove a bottle’s seal, the opener removes corks with the single touch of a button. Oster’s bottle opener can open up to 30 bottles on a single charge, allowing sommeliers to spend less time struggling with the bottle and more time enjoying happy hour.

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8. TRENDOUX TouchScreen Winter Gloves; $10
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Winter gloves are always a practical gift, but winter gloves with texting capabilities take gift-giving to a whole new level. TRENDOUX’s touchscreen winter gloves are made from soft napping wool to keep hands toasty while shoveling snow or shooting off a quick text. In addition to touchscreen-friendly fingertips, the gloves feature a webbed silicone design inside each palm to prevent phones from slipping in wet conditions.

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9. SOULWIT Cable Holder Clips; $9

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SOULWIT’s cable holder clips will keep tech fiends organized—and, of course, always plugged in. The cable holders can adhere to most surfaces and hold standard cables for things like phone chargers, keyboards, and ethernet cords. The clips come in a pack of three, so they can be placed in multiple areas of the home. For starting the new year off right, swapping tangled wires for mini tech centers is the way to go.

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10. Under Armour Sports Mask; $30

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Give the gift of a good—and safe—workout with Under Armour’s sports mask. The mask is built with a three-layer design to maximize air flow, along with special fabric on the inside lining and ear loops to keep it feeling cool during exercise. But the mask isn’t just built for comfort. It’s also treated with an anti-microbial coating to stop the spread of germs and prevent odors. Accessorize the mask with a chic yoga bag so fitness buffs can take their post-workout stretches on the go.

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