Best Gift Ever board book

My Little Pony: Best Gift Ever, also titled as My Little Pony Best Gift Ever,[5] My Little Pony: Best Gift Ever!,[6][7][8] and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: Best Gift Ever,[9] is a hour-long Christmas special based on the animated series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. It premiered on Discovery Family on October 27, 2018.[3]


"As the ponies all prepare for another Hearth's Warming, families come together to celebrate the big holiday. The Pie family arrives in Ponyville and Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, Applejack, Rarity and Rainbow Dash are ready for the big day... but Princess Twilight Sparkle doesn't have time to celebrate!

With her new school taking up her time and Shining Armor, Cadance and Baby Flurry Heart coming to visit, Twilight is behind on her to-do list. She hasn't even begun to shop! Luckily her friends are here to help! Instead of one gift for every pony, they decide to do a Hearthswarming Helper and give just one gift to the pony whose cutie mark they pull out of Applejack's hat.

But now, the pressure's on to find the one perfect gift to make each pony's holiday special. By seeking help from their friends all over Equestria, the Mane 6 and Spike are each hoping to find the best gift ever. With their hopes high, they set out on a magical adventure to make each pony's Hearthswarming bright."[10]



The special was released on DVD in the United Kingdom on November 26, 2018.[10]


  • The opening prologue is recited in the style of the poem A Visit from St. Nicholas.
  • A pony version of the homeless pigeon lady from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York briefly appears during "One More Day".
  • A colt wearing a cap puts an ornament on a tiny tree, and it falls over, referencing A Charlie Brown Christmas.
  • A stallion in an elf costume appears getting chased by a raccoon, referencing Buddy from the 2003 film Elf.
  • Discord's candle form is a reference to the character LumiΓ¨re from Disney's Beauty and the Beast.
  • Discord's aviator's cap and red scarf are a reference to Snoopy's World War I Flying Ace persona.
  • Flurry Heart's star-shaped winter coat is similar to Maggie Simpson's star-shaped winter coat in The Simpsons.
  • The magical reindeer, themselves references to the Santa Claus mythos of his own flying reindeer, are named Aurora, Bori, and Alice, collectively referencing the aurora borealis, another name for the Northern Lights.
  • While searching for the winterchilla, Discord and Rainbow Dash briefly appear dressed as Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow from the G.I. Joe franchise.
  • Discord dressed in a green winter hat and white bathrobe is a reference to the character of Cousin Eddie first introduced in the 1989 film National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.
  • The cover of the Power Ponies comic Applejack considers getting for Spike references the cover of Action Comics #1, best known for featuring the debut of Superman. The comic was previously parodied in The One Where Pinkie Pie Knows.


Voice actor Character
Tara Strong Twilight Sparkle
Ashleigh Ball Rainbow Dash
Pony Vendor 2
Andrea Libman Pinkie Pie (speaking)
Pony Shopper
Tabitha St. Germain Rarity (speaking)
Flurry Heart
Cathy Weseluck Spike
John de Lancie Discord
Sam Vincent Flim
Wensley (credited as Pony Vendor 1)
Garry Chalk Prince Rutherford
Pony Vendor 3
Oak Nut
Meaghan Hommy Alice
Scott McNeil Flam
Ingrid Nilson Limestone Pie
Maud Pie
Marble Pie
Sean Thomas Pistachio
Andrew Francis Shining Armor
Britt McKillip Princess Cadance
Alison Wandzura Bori
Asia Mattu Aurora
Rebecca Shoichet Twilight Sparkle (singing)
Kazumi Evans Rarity (singing)
Shannon Chan-Kent Pinkie Pie (singing)

Note: Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle, Scootaloo, Big McIntosh, Sugar Belle, Granny Smith, Grand Pear, Igneous Rock Pie, Cloudy Quartz, and Parcel Post sing during "One More Day", but are uncredited.



  1. ↑ Jim Miller on Twitter: "Yes, with @mhmyhre and @Fruit_Of_The_Lu."
  2. ↑ (Rumor...ish) My Little Pony Season 9 - 26 Episodes, 200th Episode Special, G1's "Grogar" As a Villian, EG Movie News, and More!
  3. ↑ 3.0 3.1 My Little Pony - Best Gift Ever Holiday Special 🎁 All New Trailer!!
  4. ↑ New on Netflix in November: 'House of Cards,' 'Doctor Strange,' 'Narcos,' Christmas films
  5. ↑ MLP Core 2018 Product Descriptions US.pdf
  6. ↑ My Little Pony: Best Gift Ever: A Present for Everypony
  7. ↑ My Little Pony: Best Gift Ever: A Present for Everypony
  8. ↑ My Little Pony Best Gift Ever: A Perfectly Pinkie Present (My Little Pony)
  9. ↑ Discovery Family October 2018 Programming Highlights (Updated 9-25-18)
  10. ↑ 10.0 10.1 My Little Pony - The Best Gift Ever Christmas Special DVD: DVD & Blu-ray
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