For 30 years The Little Mermaid has survived as a classic favorite film for fans old and new, from ages 0 to 200. The film features beautifully created characters, iconic scenes and unforgettable music that gets stuck in your head whether you like it or not, like a siren.
With the expansion of the franchise into more films, TV shows, video games and toys, children everywhere are still head-over-heels in love with Ariel and all of her friends. This list contains the best gifts for your Little Mermaid-obsessed loved ones, whether they're into tunes, toys or tea.
10 Ariel Funko POP!
This Pop features Ariel, the hero of the story and most important character of all. She holds her bag in her hand, used in the film to collect interesting human objects such as gadgets, gizmos, whatsits and thingamabobs.
She then swims back to her secret grotto, where she stashes her finds and admires them, just as she admires Prince Eric and other human beings from her ocean habitat. The figure is perched on its stand, so that Ariel floats in mid-air, giving the illusion of her being paused underwater, looking ahead at a new treasure she'd like to add to her collection.
9 Sebastian the Crab Plush
This plush is the much-beloved advisor to King Triton, Sebastian the Crab. Commonly asked to watch over Ariel for her safety and security, Sebastian also acts as a beloved companion to her, giving her friendship and company wherever she may go.
The push is 12 inches long, filled with beans and has embroidered features. This is an authentic Disney store product, and Sebastian is cheerful with his mouth open, revealing a set of beautiful white teeth. He makes a great nighttime protector for a child, a gift for a fan or a clever prop that makes a great addition to a Halloween costume.
8 Prince Eric Funko POP!
Prince Eric stands proud and tall in this Funko Pop, grasping a telescope in one hand. An accomplished mariner, Eric is often seen with a telescope on his ship, eager for knowledge and adventure. This figure is positioned with his free hand resting on his hip and a furrowed brow, suggesting he may have just noticed something peculiar (or maybe someone beautiful).
The Pop makes a perfect addition to a Little Mermaid Pop collection, especially when displayed along with a figure of Ariel or any of her fun companions. He is charming alone as well, and can be used either as a toy or as an ornament for a fan of Eric's handsome face.
7 The Little Mermaid: Platinum Edition
This Disney classic is as timeless and iconic as they get. The 2 disc set contains extra bonus material, including multiple interviews about the creation of the film. Interviews span across many different people involved with the production and give an up-close and behind-the-scenes look at how the film came to be. The set also features a director's commentary by Ron Clements and John Musker.
There is a mini doc as well, titled, Treasures Untold: The Making of The Little Mermaid. This gift allows fans to rewatch the film as many times as they like, while also giving them some extra content to feed their fan heart.
6 The Little Mermaid: Greatest Hits
While everyone loves receiving a soundtrack from any of their favorite films, this gift is a little bit different. This is a true greatest hits album, combining music from all across the Little Mermaid franchise. Songs are pulled from The Little Mermaid, Disney's Sebastian, The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea, The Little Mermaid and Friends, Sebastian's Party Gras and Ariel's Favorites.
It also features Felicia Barton singing The Real Thing (Kiss the Girl) and Carly Rae Jepsen performing Part of Your World. This is a great gift for families or kids to play on road trips, or for a fan who loves the entire Little Mermaid universe and all of its tunes.
5 Ursula Funko POP!
Ursula is one of the most popular and most hated, Disney villains of all time. She is exciting and powerful, visually stunning and terrifying at the same time. This Pop shows her as she appears in the film underwater, tentacles in motion and hair floating in wavy strands above her nasty, smiling face.
Her eels are perched on her, one on each side, resting on her outstretched, evil arms. This is a must-have Pop if you are buying for a Little Mermaid fan who collects Funkos. It's also a great first Pop to own, as it's dynamic and depicts a secondary character - it may end up having them hooked and inspiring a fun new collection.
4 The Little Mermaid Coloring Book
This coloring book is meant to be a great gift for children as well as adults. Kids who love The Little Mermaid will enjoy coloring in all of their favorite friendly ocean-dwelling faces, while adults can kick back and relax into the zen art of choosing and scribbling colors. Images appear on separate, 8.5 x 11-inch sheets so that colors won't bleed through and ruin other images.
This makes a great gift for someone who needs to take a little bit of time out of their schedule and de-stress, and the imagery may give them a nostalgic experience where they can revisit a childhood favorite.
3 The Art of the Little Mermaid
Measuring 4.5 by 5.8 inches, this is a miniature book that can be taken anywhere, fits nicely into any living space and is a cute gift to give to a fan of the original Disney film. The book contains 192 pages dedicated to the art of the film, The Little Mermaid.
Pages are filled with stills from the movie, accompanied by additional information about the production and creation. Information appears on history, theme and concept, music, characters, environment and acclaim. This is a great gift for a trivia nut who likes to brush up on knowledge surrounding the movies they love and is a fun mini coffee table book to have around.
2 Flounder Mug
Flounder is one of the most important characters in The Little Mermaid, as Ariel's best friend and closest companion. Any animal companion to a Disney princess lives in the hearts of fans forever. This mug is three dimensional, sculpted into Flounder's yellow and blue body, with an excited smile on his face.
The mug has a lid, which can be removed from the top. The cup holds hot beverages and has a tail fin-shaped handle, easy to grasp for any size hand. This is an officially licensed product, ceramic and painted beautifully. It makes a nice, cheery gift for a coworker or friend.
1 Ariel Journal
An official Disney store product, this hardcover journal gets more interesting as it is explored. The cover shows Ariel mid-swim, accompanied by her best friend Flounder. Glitter accents appear on the front and back. Ariel's body then becomes a cover flap with a magnetic fastener, which can be opened to the side to access the pages. Just inside the cover is a beautiful, starfish and coral inspired pattern, showing the two characters together again.
The lined pages inside are also illustrated, with artwork along the borders and corners of Ariel, Flounder and other fish. This is a great collector's item and makes an excellent gift for a writer or someone who keeps a journal.
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