12 Must-Have Gifts for Once Upon a Time Fans
The Best Once Upon a Time Merchandise for OUAT Fans!
Do you have a massive Once Upon a Time fan in your life? Here are 12 of the very best gifts you can make their year with! Or go on, why not treat yourself... From little things like a Snow White wanted poster or trading cards, to Emma's swan necklace or a replica of the book of fairy tales itself, you'll find 12 super cool ideas here for OUAT presents.
Hand picked by a massive Once Upon a Time fan (that's me), I'll help you make the OUAT fan in your life a very happy bunny, even if you know nothing about the show yourself. And if you don't mind, I'll be adding one or two (okay, ALL) of these things to my Christmas list...
Photo Credit: Once Upon a Time Trading Card Binder
1. Once Upon a Time Story Book Replica
Henry's Book of Fairytales
Possibly the ultimate dream item of all OUAT fans! The story book of fairy tales just like the one Mary Margaret gives to Henry - that kickstarts the whole process of breaking the Evil Queen's curse.
An official was released, but it was a plain ol' paperback version. Fans (myself included) lust after a proper illustrated edition just like Henry's - and this OUAT edition of Grimm's Fairy Talesgorgeous replica fulfills those dreams. You get an emailed version of the fairy tales and the images come as stickers, so you can customise the book itself and make it a story book, journal, scrapbook, or whatever takes your fancy.
This is top of my list - and I'm sure I'm not alone! Click here to buy the OUAT Replica Story Book from the Family Films Productions Store.
2. Emma Swan's Necklace - The Authentic Pyrrha Swan Pendant
Emma wears an iconic necklace throughout the show - a wax seal pendant depicting a swan (representative of her surname Swan). We later find out that she made it from a keyring given to her by Neal (and yes, you can buy the keychain version too!)
The actual necklace Emma wears on the show is designed by Pyrrha, who make incredible wax seal necklaces, so if you buy their swan talisman pendant, it is the exact same one that Emma wears (and the keychain is the same, too). Own a truly authentic piece of the show!
Don't know about you, but I'm saving like mad for this, so that if no one gets creative and buys it for me come Christmas or birthday, I'll most certainly be gifting it to myself!!
(You can find out more about Emma's necklace, along with info on Mary Margaret's key necklace, and numerous other fan designed OUAT necklaces by reading this page on the Once Upon a Time Necklace).
Each Pyrrha talisman necklace is handcrafted in Vancouver, Canada. Jennifer Morrison’s character Emma Swan wears this as her personal talisman in the show. The swan represents grace, beauty and poetry.
Each Pyrrha talisman is cast in reclaimed sterling silver or bronze from a 19th century wax seal.
3. Once Upon a Time Trading Cards
I think I might have actually said "squee!" out loud when I saw the announcement about the forthcoming OUAT trading cards. The binder alone had me drooling. I have collected various trading card sets on and off - my geekness about these started with The X-Files and culminated in several season sets and binders of Xena cards. I haven't collected any in years. Until now.
Expect the usual gorgeous base sets, chase cards, promo cards and of course, that sumptuous binder... You can find pre-orders, promos and binders on eBay below.
5. Once Upon a Time Graphic Novel
There will doubtless be an array of books released accompanying the series (you can already go behind the scenes with and enjoy an all-new adventure with the novel Once Upon a Time - Behind the Magic). Reawakened: A Once Upon a Time Tale
The type of book I'm interested in, however, is the lavishly illustrated kind. The graphic novel series begins with this one - The Shadow of the Queen. I was pulled in by the fact that a) the cover is to die for and b) I loved the character of Sheriff Graham and was pretty devastated when they killed him off in the first season, so the opportunity of an all-new Graham story was too good to miss.
The artwork is gorgeous, and faithful to the show. The cover is to die for. The book contains a new story centering around two of my favourite characters, Graham and Red. It's an expanded universe tale. What more needs to be said? Other than add this to your OUAT collection, pronto!!
8. Once Upon a Time Poster
Well, you might think that a poster is not that exciting a gift. However, done right, it can be a very special gift indeed.
When it is an image such as this one, which is probably my outright favourite, you have the potential to create an eye-catching showstopper! Place this in a prominent position in the house, framed with a suitably striking or ornate, fairytale frame, and voila. An ordinary gift turned into an outstanding one.
Mine certainly brightens up the home office!
You or your OUAT fan might have an entirely different idea of the best OUAT poster out there. But I'm showcasing this one because it's my personal fave.
I love that the characters are in more modern, fun poses, but that they are combined with their more sumptuous, fairytale clothing. The colors are gorgeous and the design is utterly striking and captivating. It's a real showstopper on the wall! Plus it's printed on silk fabric, too, adding that extra luxurious dimension.
9. Once Upon a Time Scrapbook
If you want to go all out with a truly personal gift, then an OUAT scrapbook is a great idea! I have made scrapbooks of shows and films I have loved since I was a child, and it's so much easier (and more stylish) to be able to achieve these days, given the amount of scrapbooking materials available.
There is an actual "Once Upon a Time" range out there (unrelated to the show, but based on a fairytale theme) which includes an album that is not all that dissimilar to Henry's book.
You can add other elements in the range or none at all, leave it blank for your OUAT fan to create, or complete it yourself (or leave it somewhere in between). Add cuttings, postcards, photos, scribblings, quotes, bottle caps, scrabble tiles and more. I'm getting creatively excited just thinking about the possibilities...
10. Get Hooked on a Favourite Character
My next suggestion is something unusual featuring a favourite character. I'm a massive Hook fan, so I'll showcase examples using everyone's favourite pirate, but you can look for similar ideas with whichever character takes your fancy!
From custom pendants, scrabble tiles and iPhone cases, to posters, wall scrolls or even autographed items, there is plenty out there to choose from, so get creative when it comes to picking your gift - the OUAT fan in your life will love you for it!
More fab ideas include (from left to right below) this super cute Hook phone charm, various options for Hook iPhone cases (including the gorgeous promo poster silhouette and a sultry moment of passion with Emma), and one of numerous pendant designs.
11. Magic Beans!
It's something every OUAT fan would love to get their hands on - some magic beans that will open a portal to another realm!
Okay, so these might not transport you anywhere anytime soon, but they DO glow just like the ones in the show do. They are handcrafted by professional glass artists and contain eco-friendly glow in the dark dust, which make them glow like they are about to open a portal. Where will you go - Neverland? The Enchanted Forest? Wonderland? Or somewhere as yet unexplored?
Have fun pretending to make that choice with your own set of magic beans, from the Family Films Productions Store.
Oh, and if you like the idea of prop replicas, but are not so keen on the beans, you could also check out items such as this replica mermaid crown, Tinker Bell headpiece, Regina's spell book cover or Belle's library key!
12. Once Upon a Time Calendar
Make a date with destiny and mark off those all important enchanted dates on this gorgeous OUAT calendar. It's a simple gift but a great one, as it's filled with beautiful images to enjoy throughout the year. After all, fans can never get enough of all those sumptuous fairytale costumes and Storybrooke eye candy!
Enjoy a year's worth of gorgeous OUAT images on your wall! I love that there is a variety of pictures, from the classic Snow promo pose to more unusual shots, like the one of Aurora or the shot of Mary Margaret laughing, and of course, the obligatory sexy Hook shot!