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
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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, 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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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9. Dobby Socks; $8

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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; $25

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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.

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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.

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12. Mirror of Erised; $25

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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

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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.

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14. Gringotts Bank; $24

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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 Your LEGO Bricks Into a Drone With the Flybrix Drone Kit

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Flyxbrix/FatBrain

Now more than ever, it’s important to have a good hobby. Of course, a lot of people—maybe even you—have been obsessed with learning TikTok dances and baking sourdough bread for the last few months, but those hobbies can wear out their welcome pretty fast. So if you or someone you love is looking for something that’s a little more intellectually stimulating, you need to check out the Flybrix LEGO drone kit from Fat Brain Toys.

What is a Flybrix LEGO Drone Kit?

The Flybrix drone kit lets you build your own drones out of LEGO bricks and fly them around your house using your smartphone as a remote control (via Bluetooth). The kit itself comes with absolutely everything you need to start flying almost immediately, including a bag of 56-plus LEGO bricks, a LEGO figure pilot, eight quick-connect motors, eight propellers, a propeller wrench, a pre-programmed Flybrix flight board PCB, a USB data cord, a LiPo battery, and a USB LiPo battery charger. All you’ll have to do is download the Flybrix Configuration Software, the Bluetooth Flight Control App, and access online instructions and tutorials.

Experiment with your own designs.

The Flybrix LEGO drone kit is specifically designed to promote exploration and experimentation. All the components are tough and can totally withstand a few crash landings, so you can build and rebuild your own drones until you come up with the perfect design. Then you can do it all again. Try different motor arrangements, add your own LEGO bricks, experiment with different shapes—this kit is a wannabe engineer’s dream.

For the more advanced STEM learners out there, Flybrix lets you experiment with coding and block-based coding. It uses an arduino-based hackable circuit board, and the Flybrix app has advanced features that let you try your hand at software design.

Who is the Flybrix LEGO Drone Kit for?

Flybrix is a really fun way to introduce a number of core STEM concepts, which makes it ideal for kids—and technically, that’s who it was designed for. But because engineering and coding can get a little complicated, the recommended age for independent experimentation is 13 and up. However, kids younger than 13 can certainly work on Flybrix drones with the help of their parents. In fact, it actually makes a fantastic family hobby.

Ready to start building your own LEGO drones? Click here to order your Flybrix kit today for $198.

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This $30 Guide Will Teach You How to Train Any Pup

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The number of people adopting new dogs during quarantine has skyrocketed—and if you just gained a furry friend to keep you company, you can train your dog from home with the eight-course Guide to Puppy and Dog Training program for just $30.

The A-Z Guide to Puppy and Dog Training, the first course in the program, begins helping you before you even get your dog, teaching you to understand how to support adoption rather than puppy farms, and how to select the right puppy for you. Then, set a solid foundation for good behavior by learning to train and socialize your dog from a young age. You'll also be equipped to help your new pup overcome nervous crying, howling, and separation anxiety.

If you already have a dog, don’t worry—there are lessons on teaching them to start and stop barking on command and how to walk confidently and calmly by your side on a leash so you never get tangled around a pole again.

Bark and leash training can make your dog the perfect roommate, but a roommate who doesn’t know a guest from an enemy can be trouble. Learn how to tame aggressiveness with a course designed to help you recognize signals before aggression happens. The training bundle also includes a course that teaches you how to make a career out of dog training and another that focuses on natural remedies for dog health and diet.

The Complete Guide to Puppy and Dog Training is discounted at $30 for a limited time.

 

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