The holiday season is my absolute favorite time of the year. I get into all of the lights, music, decorations, etc. I can’t get enough of it. When it comes to creating the magic at home with the holidays in mind, there are many great souvenirs that you can get from the parks that will definitely bring the Disney Magic to your home for the holidays. Here are 7 of my favorites:
7 – Books
There are several great Disney holiday books that you can buy while on property. You can get storybooks, cookbooks, holiday history books and many others. Books are a wonderful souvenir to bring home for the family. The stories can be told time and time again and enjoyed over the years. The kids can learn to read these books for themselves and they can be passed down to their kids and so on. The cookbooks can make delicious meals for your family, and become new family favorites that are shared with other family and friends. There is a lot of love that can be had from books, and they are a great investment for the family, and it’s even better when they can become a part of holiday traditions.
6 – Tree Skirt
Disney stores sell amazing tree skirts. They are beautiful and would look amazing around your family tree. It is a great reminder of the memories from your vacation and is Disney magic for the tree! The tree skirts sold in the gift shops can be quite expensive, so if you aren’t looking to make that investment (while I do feel it is worth it) you can also buy a tree skirt that is able to be written on with sharpie. You could have various characters sign it so that you have a tree skirt full of character signatures. If you want to make it even more special, you can add a handprint for each family member! Either way you go, it will be a great souvenir and extra love for the holiday.
5 – Stockings
There are also amazing selections of Disney stockings. There are even stockings for popular characters, so you may be able to find your favorite. There are different designs and themes, too. Again, if you have a tight budget you could look at buying stockings from home that can be written on with a sharpie. Have the characters sign them and create stockings that are an amazing personalized souvenir for each family and are incredibly unique, too! You will remember collecting the signatures and the fun you had when you hang the stockings each year. Both options are great and will fill your house with holiday cheer.
4 – Plush
This are a lot of plush that are dressed in Christmas inspired outfits available for sale. These make great souvenirs, too. You can use them for decorations on shelves, additions to the tree, mantle decorations, centerpieces and so much more. We have bought several of them through the years and use them all over. There are varying sizes and characters, so you can get what works best for you and your family! Plus, you can hug on them a little bit, too!
3 – Disney Buttons, Magic Bands, etc.
You might be wondering why these items make the list. Well many of the Disney freebies you get can make awesome additions to ornaments, wreaths and various other holiday décor. If you are crafty, you can either create your own masterpieces or look around Pinterest or Etsy for lots of ideas on how to use these items to create holiday magic to enjoy year after year. The best part is that you get these items for free during your stay, so you if you are on a tight budget, this won’t be a problem and can still make amazing items that will bring you and your family lots of holiday cheer.
So what I mean by this is your vacation pictures, especially if you visited during the holiday season, or past holiday seasons. If not, take lots of pictures in around the Christmas shops and decorations in those shops. I actually change out a lot of the decorations and artwork in our house during the holiday season so that it can be more Christmas inspired artwork. You can buy frames for the photos at Disney or you can buy frames back home and make photo collages of Christmasey photos from your trip. Photos are often the best souvenirs since they capture amazing memories that you remember each time you look at them, even if the memory starts going hazy over the years. It also brings the Disney magic and the holiday cheer. It is the best of all worlds!
1 – Ornaments
This is definitely the best and one of the favorite holiday souvenir purchases. You can get ornaments for various attraction, events, characters, parks and just about anything you can imagine. Since ornaments are sold all year long, so no matter when your vacation is, you can bring a little bit of Disney home with you to enjoy during the holidays. You can even get them personalized (depending on the location and the type of ornament that you select). We made it a yearly tradition for our family where we each pick out an ornament for each Disney vacation. By doing this we add more and more Disney to our tree and can treasure the memories from the vacation when we are putting our ornaments on the tree. It is a wonderful way to commemorate your Disney trip and bring more warmth to the holiday.