We’re wands deep in the Harry Potter franchise over here, friends. We kicked off the series when Lana was age 4, and we’ve read it through twice since then. It’s one of my favorite things we’ve done together. As dark as the series can be, it was a perfect way for us to talk about some real world truths while still keeping a bit of a fantastical lens on things. And truth be told, Lana’s vocabulary exploded when we started reading longer and longer stretches every night. (Her use of “brilliant,” in particular, quadrupled almost instantly. I was charmed, to say the least.)
For The Potterhead On Your List: 24 Truly Cool Harry Potter Gift Ideas
So yeah, at this point, I’d say we’re all more or less bonafide Potterheads. But that doesn’t mean I need to add yet another coffee mug to my ever-expanding collection. Or a cheeky “it’s not leviOsa, it’s levioSA” tee that will immediately be relegated to my sleep shirt drawer. (OK — the exception might be this one. It’s pretty great, and at the very least I’d rock it at Universal when we head there next month.)
I would, however, welcome this clever 3D book nook night light into Lana’s bookshelf — it’s seriously so freaking magical and just…cool. And we already ordered this advent calendar “for Lana,” but dang if I’m not curious what 24 little wizarding characters will present themselves over the course of December.
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So below, I’ve rounded up 24 whimsical, delightful — and, ahem, not at all cheesy — gifts for the Harry Potter-lover. Everything from a slick coding wand and games for the whole family to fashion accessories and even our favorite illustrated version of the series (indeed, the exact gift that kick-started Lana’s own obsession).
And if nothing else? These vinyl stickers. They’re going on all the things.
Potter Fun for Anyone
1 | Harry Potter Vinyl Stickers: Fun set of 50 vinyl stickers for laptops, lunchboxes, water bottles, etc., I totally spent way too much time zooming in on the graphics, and there are some seriously cool ones there. (Like, I already know exactly where I’d stick “Free The House Elves” on my YETI bottle.) We’d split them up among a few Potterhead friends’ stockings and care packages.
2 | Harry Potter Illustrated Series: This is the exact edition that kicked off Lana’s obsession. Full-length novels with gorgeously detailed illustrations that draw you in. They’re pricey, but we’ll hang on to them forever. We’re eagerly waiting for Jim Kay to wrap up the fifth book in the series (predicted later this year or early next).
3 | Leather Bookmark: Unobtrusive little bookmark you can get embossed with a couple of different nods to the Harry Potter series. Great gift for any bookworm.
4 | Harry Potter Advent Calendar: I immediately bought this advent calendar when putting together this list because it’s just too good. Funko Pop! figures are always great quality and so fun to admire, and we’d get loads of play out of this set well beyond the holiday season. They’re quirky enough to leave out on display, too. And for the number of figures, the play potential, the collector status and the good ol’ fashioned advent calendar fun, it’s a great deal.
1 | Hogwarts Designer Satchel: Not gonna lie, I kinda love the incognito styling on this. I mean, first impression definitely doesn’t read fan gear. Available in all four of the Hogwarts houses.
2 | Harry Potter Crossbody Bag: What kiddo or tween wouldn’t love this tastefully playful crossbody? (I’ve also been a big fan of tiny crossbody bags lately for toting just the essentials and would totally carry this myself.)
3 | Freshly Picked Mini Backpack – HP Edition: Freshly Picked’s classic, versatile backpack (I can’t tell you how many mama friends used this for a diaper bag, too), emblazoned with a just a hint of HP love outside. Such a gorgeous burnt caramel shade. Peek at the lining, too — so fun.
4 | Vera Bradley Blanket: Both colorways in this cozy throw are so pretty — especially when you zoom out on the whole design. The “Home to Hogwarts” version, in particular, reminds me so much of the gorgeously boho shower curtain my mom made for my childhood bathroom. Love.
Practical Magic (Crafts + Activities)
1 | Harry Potter Cookbook: We have this book, and despite the fact that it lacks the butterbeer recipe (I mean…what? thankfully, there are loads online…), I was actually really impressed by the recipes it does include. We’ve made the crumpets, the salmon, the peas and several of the breakfast recipes, and they’re all well-researched and impressively tasty. Each recipe also includes a note about how it ties back into the series and/or a little history about the recipe’s origins. A fun read and a good kitchen resource.
2 | Sorting Hat Geometric DIY: This detailed cardboard sculpture is such a fun craft (probably best suited to someone with a little patience) and the end result would look super cool on a bookshelf or desk.
3 | Modeling Clay Figures Set: Four little kits for four fave Potter characters — gift them all to one lucky potterhead, or split ’em up among a few stockings.
4 | Enamel Pin Set: We’re deep into “decorate the backpack” mode — pins, patches, keychains. This enamel pin kit would be fun to do, and Lana would love to sport the resulting crafts on her bag or denim jacket. (OK, real talk: I would, too.)
5 | Harry Potter Coding Wand Set: This is just cool. Code the wand and use it to perform any number of tasks or spells using the app on your tablet. (Note: sounds like it does, indeed, need to be used with a tablet — not a phone.)
Family Game Night
1 | Wizard Chess Set: Classic chess, but with the iconic figures from the wizarding world’s version of the game. Fun conversation piece, too.
2 | Harry Potter Uno: I stalked this version of Uno for almost a year (it was perpetually sold out) before settling for the classic. Back in stock now, so I feel compelled!
3 | Codenames Game: HP version of the popular Codenames Duet game (it’s intended for two players).
4 | Wizard Chess Set LEGO: Wizard chess — but with LEGO minifigs. Would love having this in our collection.
5 | Paladone Game: Basically Harry Potter character trivia, and after reading through the series a few times now, we’re almost all pros. Reviews said that it’s easy to modify to play on-the-go, etc., so I’m thinking of getting it for road trips or long restaurant waits.
6 | Pictionary Air: We have the non-HP version of this game, and it’s SO fun. You draw in the “air” and the image is translated onto the screen via an easy-to-use phone app. Super fun when we have the Bubble Friends over. The wand premise makes it even more magical.
Wizard Whimsy At Home
1 | Name Night Light: Lana would love this. I love that the theming is subtle, and it would be super sweet for a nursery, too. Could also do a surname as a fun gift for a family or newlyweds.
2 | Rolling Pin: OK, I can get into this — easy, impressive cookies with the roll of a pin. It’s pretty enough to leave out on the counter, but also easy to tuck into a baking drawer if you don’t want your kitchen to read all Harry Potter all the time. (This is our favorite sugar cookie recipe, and it’s egg-free.)
3 | Weasley Clock: Loads of options for customizing your own Weasley-inspired family clock at this Etsy shop. Choose your number of family members (each “hand” is a mini frame for a portrait), wood stains, etc., Would be seriously cute for a Potterhead grandparent, in particular.
4 | Hogwarts Perpetual Calendar: Such a fun, tasteful gift for a home office, a teacher or a teen’s study nook.
5 | Book Nook Light: A tiny 3D Diagon Alley or Hogsmeade side street illuminated in your bookshelf. Absolutely worth a click through just to see the detail — what novelty!
Happy gifting, muggles!
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This one’s for the Pinners!
Amazing post!!! LOVE it all!