The holiday season is upon us. And this year more than ever, we are focusing on giving and not receiving. Giving a gift to a loved one is a wonderful way to show them how much you care — especially during a year that has been hard for all of us. Now, as 28,000 Disney Cast Members have been laid off, we are shining a light on how to support them this holiday season by creating a Disney gift guide for Cast Member small businesses.
In mid-March, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California began their temporary closure. By April, thousands of Disney Parks employees were furloughed. In July, Disney World’s theme parks reopened, but by now, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are still temporarily closed, and 28,000 domestic Disney Parks workers have been laid off. In the months since the pandemic began affecting Disney, employees began starting their own small businesses, outlets for creativity that allow them to make some money on the side.
Hundreds of Disney Cast Members — from Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort — have their own small businesses. In this article, we’re highlighting some of their magical products and sharing how you can purchase them, whether you’re in need of gift ideas for the Disney lover in your life or you’re looking for the perfect product before your next Disney vacation.
Small World Masks
Looking for a practical gift idea this holiday season? This Cast Member-run Etsy shop sells adorable and creative masks inspired by Disney. One of our favorites, pictured below, incorporates two of our favorite things: Minnie Mouse and Christmas! You can rock your Disney style in your everyday life with this fun mask — or you can wear it on your next Disney vacation.
Threadful of Magic
This Cast Member Etsy shop sells embroidered Disney-inspired ears. Every design is intentionally thought out and crafted beautifully. Some are inspired by our favorite characters while others are holiday-themed! Of course, you can purchase a pair of ears themed after your favorite Disney movies — a great choice for the princess in your life. But since this is a holiday Disney gift guide, we had to share our favorite gift from this shop: Christmas-inspired ears.
Dyed n True
Established in 2020, Dyed n True sells trendy and iconic tie-dye goods, including several Disney clothing items with a colorful twist. Tie-dye clothing is very in style right now, and if you’re a Disney fan who frequents the theme parks, you may always be on the look for comfortable yet cute shirts to wear while on vacation. This shop sells a variety of t-shirts with Disney characters on them — the gift pictured below is just one example.
Main Street Resin Co
Shelby at Main Street Resin Co makes resin keychains inspired by some of our favorite Disney icons. She even creates custom keychains themed after Cast Member nametags, which would be a fantastic present for magic makers. If there is a Disney Cast Member in your life who needs some extra magic right now, this is the perfect gift.
Magic Her Way Co.
This shop sells adorable Mickey pom earrings. These are perfect whether you’re wearing them to Walt Disney World or around your hometown. We love the timelessness of Mickey as a Disney character combined with the fun nature of these statement earrings. If the princess in your life is looking for jewelry for her next Disney vacation, look no further!
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This duo creates custom Starbucks cups. How creative! They can customize your reusable drink cup to be Disney-inspired, say your name, and more. Disney gifts purchased from shopDisney are not always the most customizable. But these cups can be designed however you like, whether you want a Disney character Starbucks cup, a Star Wars design, or anything else. Plus, this is ideal for travel, so if there is a trip coming up, this is a great gift to buy!
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Wreaths Do Come True
Home decor makes for a wonderful holiday gift! We love the beautiful handmade wreaths from Wreaths Do Come True. You can purchase this gift in time for Christmas, or it can serve as holiday home decor the following year.
Castle Art by Jim Doyle
Jim Doyle, a former Disney Parks performer, creates unique and beautiful castle art. His pieces bring us to our happy place. The image below shows a watercolor painting of Cinderella Castle, and if there is a Disney fan in your life who is missing “home” extra right now, then this is a great way to show them you are thinking of them.
Double Rainbow Design Co.
This small shop creates durable stickers inspired by our favorite characters. Stickers make for great presents if you are on a budget but still want to support a Cast Member’s small business.
Magic Way Designs
Christina at Magic Way Designs creates adorable matching face masks and Minnie ears. She sells so many seasonal prints — it’s hard to choose just one! Face coverings are required at Disney Parks right now, so this is a practical yet fashionable gift for any Disney fan.
Are you a fan of Star Wars? Check out our gift guide for Star Wars: The Mandalorian products!
Which of these items from a Cast Member small business is on your shopping list this year? Be sure to share this article with anyone who needs gift ideas this holiday season!