I love to share my favorite gifts every year! This year, I’ve picked some AMAZING toys & gifts for your kids… and for you!
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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2018
Holidays are a great time to give and thankfully, we have been blessed with so many opportunities to give. Between the Angel Tree at our Church, the Happy Birthday Jesus party that my friend hosts (where we gather toys and then my friend takes them to families in need), and many local schools, I’ve been able to share many of these gifts. These are our top picks… my favorite things. I’m glad that I have the opportunity to share them with you today.
Here they are… in no particular order. ♥
Vroom Rider and PonyCycle presents the first simulation animal toy in the world, which allows kids to exercise and ride around the pony without batteries. Instead of children riding on rocking horses which keep the rider in one spot, PonyCycle allows children to ride to wherever he/she wants. It will be like riding on a real horse. It works by gently bouncing up and down on the saddle, children make the horse’s legs and head move forward and backward, moving the PonyCycle forward in a galloping motion.
Crayola Crayon Melter
Run for the shelves and grab your old box of crayons, because there’s a new way to color your world with Crayola crayons! Our Crayon Melter brings renewed life to Crayola crayon sets everywhere with melted crayon artwork that’s easier than ever before to create. Now you can make Crayon drip art without a hairdryer.
The Crayola Color Wonder Stow & Go Studio
The Crayola Color Wonder Stow & Go Studio has been redesigned to hold even more of your favorite mess-free coloring tools! Now there’s more storage for markers and space to keep a Color Wonder stamp pad and stamps. Perfect for on-the-go creativity! Includes a bigger 30-page Color Wonder pad and 4 mess-free markers.
Tinkering Labs: Electric Motors Catalyst.
Children, parents, and teachers love it because it’s super-fun, hands-on, no-screens and truly helps kids discover their creative power. It comes with over 50 components including real motors, real hardware, and real wood. You can find it on Amazon or tinkeringlabs.com or on Amazon.
Selma’s Dolls are adorable! I actually ordered one for my daughter and my niece. They are the sweetest! These dolls come with books that teach our children so much! They were formed when two moms realized a conversation needed to be started with their young children about accepting and learning from people of all different backgrounds, races, cultures, and religions. These ragdolls include a Muslim friend, a Mexican-American friend, and a friend with Down syndrome. The dolls help to teach little ones about differences through a doll that may, or may not, look like your child. I love that it teaches children that differences are beautiful & friendships can be made regardless.
Plus-Plus Holiday Tube
Keep kids busy after they’ve finished their food with the Plus-Plus Holiday Tube! This boredom-busting, holiday-themed tube includes all the materials and instructions kids need to craft a custom project. Choose from a candy cane, elf, or wreath and get crafty! Find it on Amazon.
Learning Resources®’ Pendulonium™ STEM Challenge
Introduce kids to concepts of force and momentum with the STEM-centered challenges of this fun hands-on activity set. Kids launch balls towards goal cups with the help of a three-piece adjustable pendulum
Each snow-globe shaped Playfoam® Pal pod features sparkly, snow-colored Playfoam AND a hidden Playfoam Pal! Kids crack open the pod and dig through the squishy, squashy Playfoam to find their new friend – then use the Playfoam to sculpt a nest, bed, perch, or any other play prop they need to create a cozy world for their collectible critter. Playfoam never dries out so the fun – and creativity – never ends. Find it on Amazon.
Very Hungry Caterpillar
Little ones will love this sweet game version of Eric Carle’s Very Hungry Caterpillar! Kids take turns moving their caterpillars from fruit to fruit, collecting a unique butterfly puzzle piece each time they stop to eat. The first player to collect five pieces uses them to build a beautiful butterfly!
Find it on.Walmart.com
Stand up to Draw! Walkie Chalk is the first sidewalk chalk holder that allows kids, parents, and grandparents to draw big creative things. The Chalk is included!
Introducing STEM subscription boxes that can teach you electronics, coding, engineering and high-level problem solving. \
Learn how to build engineering projects and program electronics with instructions and components sent to your door each month.
Super Spinner® is a contemporary upgrade on outdoor swinging. The round curved seat, adjustable double-braided
ropes and weather-resistant clips are designed for a safer, more comfortable ride. Super Spinner holds multiple patents and is
designed so kids can swing and spin from a tree, a playset or a secure structural beam.
A toy that’s also a real, live garden! Children love kits that allow them to grow plants at home because it gives them a connection to nature and a sense of satisfaction at having nurtured a living thing.
New mini-vehicles join Automoblox®, the award-winning line of high-quality collectible toy vehicles that innovate the classic
wooden toy car category. Sporting a body made of European beech wood and multiple interchangeable components, including tires and wheels, its mix-and-match creative design is easy enough for kids as young as 4 to get in on the fun. and the cool, collectible designs appeal to older kids and adults as well. No tools required!
These are a great stocking stuffer! FIZZY MAGIC are bath bombs with a difference…a bath fizzy that that delivers new fun
and learning to bath time….and bedtime too! Since children always love surprises, each fizzy comes with a clue to guess, and once that surprise appears, the play goes on with a toy and fun fact. Even better, that happy experience continues with a story,
perfect to start in the bath and continue in bed…a seamless transition from bath towel to pajamas.
NUNA CAR SEAT
(This is the one that we ordered for my cousin’s little boy). It works well for a child of so many ages: From cute pre-schooler to independent pre-teen. It’s the longest and shortest time, and AACE grows right along with your child. They’ll enjoy wearing a seatbelt just like you do. And you’ll be happy because you know they’re safe. And comfy. When they have an adjustable headrest and an extendable, expandable seat with eight recline positions, how could they not be?
Project your favorite movie on the side of the house or on the garage door with the pocket-sized kid-friendly projector. Look at this cute picture that I found from OurMessyNest on Cinemood’s Instagram feed… (having a fun living room campout!)
This portable Bluetooth enabled rock-star-in-the-making product connects to your phone to play music anywhere! Even better? Download a Karaoke app from the app store and let the fun begin!
Music from Rockabye Baby is the perfect gift for an infant or toddler. I love this Christmas CD.
MORE PRESCHOOL GIFTS
Kullerbü Construction Site Set
It’s not a train, but it has interchangeable tracks and accessories. Ingeniously designed to work with balls and/or cars, the Kullerbü system grows along with the children and offers endless hours of family entertainment. After all, children learn while playing; setting up the tracks tests their creativity and cause and effect thinking. (see photo above)
Jet Duck Create a Pirate
This battery operated jet duck has interchangeable pirate-themed accessories that speeds through the tub while firing water! (see photo above)
Pete the Cat Missing Cupcakes
Find the Missing Cupcakes! Join Pete the Cat and his friends as they work together to get the missing cupcakes back from Grumpy Toad. Players collect colorful cupcakes as they sing songs, act out physical activities, and identify favorite animals, foods, and words in this fun board game. It is a game of luck, memory, and cooperation that changes every time it is played. Children will want to play again and again. (see photo above)
Educational Insights Bright Basics Bath Blocks
Construct a floating castle with foam pieces that stack on the included base and stick to tub tile! This set features 20 floating foam pieces including 4 sea creatures and a floating play base, and parent activity guide. (see photo above)
Dream Pets characters are soft plushes that are unique and have their own dreams on each of their character cards, making it easy for kids to collect them all! Some of the most popular characters include, Murphy Mouse, who dreams about hosting a cheese party, Pinkie, a dog who dreams about opening a beauty school for ladybugs, and Rusty Racket, a raccoon who dreams about going to ballet school! The brand also offers Dream Puffs, which are mini keychain plush characters, perfect for your child to hook on their backpack and bring anywhere. We have Leo Lion, Greta, and Smoky.
My First Game: Tumbleos
Game play soars to all new heights with a tumbling take on traditional dominoes!
For Your Bundle Of Joy:
Feed your baby their homemade holiday meal without extra dishes or hassle this holiday, using the Haakaa Silicone Food Dispensing Spoon! Simply fill the tube with your baby’s meal and pop on the lid. When it’s time to eat, remove the lid and squeeze the tube to dispense the food onto the attached spoon. Leak-proof and air-tight, this chemical free, mess-free, waste-free evolution in feeding transforms mealtime! Find it at Target.com
MORE EDUCATIONAL TOYS
Learn to Read With… Bob Books® and Bob Books®
Kickstart your child’s path to reading with Bob Books® and VersaTiles®. Available in Sight Words, Beginner and Advanced Beginner, these sets are perfect for children to work on their reading skills. Alongside these books, children can practice the skills they are learning by doing VersaTiles® activities. This tried and true, puzzle-like practice system creates a hands-on way of reviewing what they are learning in their Bob Books®
Ready, Set, Sculpt! This hilarious new adult party game from Educational Insights gets teams thinking fast as they speed sculpt their way through challenges for laugh-out-loud fun! Two teams take turns drawing cards and using squishy, squashy Playfoam® to sculpt what they see. But hold on tight! You might have to sculpt with your eyes closed, use your sculpture as a charades prop, or tag team with another player. Guess what your team sculpted before time runs out to score a point. The first team to earn 20 points wins the game
Educational Insights Playfoam Combo 8-Pack: SCULPT ANYWHERE! No-stick Playfoam is perfect for sculpting squishy, squashy creations anywhere and anytime! SHAPE AGAIN & AGAIN! Just squish up the Playfoam, shape it however you like, then squash it back down and start all over again! NEVER DRIES OUT!
ABA Magnetic Game Creature Creations: Beastly puzzling amusement that will stimulate creativity and laughter with silly effects and accessories. The handy cardboard carrying case and magnetic pieces make this set ideal for travel and easy clean up.
GEOSAFARI® JR. TALKING GLOBE
Junior jet-setters can explore the world with Wildlife Warrior Bindi Irwin! It is an updated version of the bestselling Talking Globe provides a high-tech, hands-on, interactive introduction to geography.
The Big Fun Kindergarten Workbook or The Big Fun Preschool Workbook
Highlights™ Big Fun Workbooks include over 250 pages of imaginative puzzling, humor, and whimsical illustrations that will engage children and help them to build confidence. Each book also features a rewarding certificate of completion at the end, in addition to simple tips to help parents guide their children through the activities in these workbooks.
Learn to Build Set
The Plus-Plus Learn to Build set contains everything you need to get started with this unique building toy! Inside you’ll find 400 pieces, a baseplate, and a Guide Book. First, learn how to build in 2D by making patterns and mosaics. Then, move on to advanced 3D building to make people, animals and more. For even more building challenges, download the free app. Plus-Plus is one shape with endless possibility!
HABA Magnetic Game Creature Creations: Beastly puzzling amusement that will stimulate creativity and laughter with silly effects and accessories. The handy cardboard carrying case and magnetic pieces make this set ideal for travel and easy clean up.
Brain Blox – Toys for Happy Brains!
This thoughtfully designed, all-natural, open-ended building toy builds confidence & creativity
Pendulonium™ STEM Challenge
This hands-on activity set challenges kids to send the included launch balls flying toward goal cups and targets with the help of a three-piece adjustable pendulum. What seems like a collection of simple tasks will actually challenge each child’s engineering, problem solving, and critical thinking skills as they play around with early physics concepts such as force and momentum in search of the ideal solution.
Magnets! Super Kids Science Kits, 9 Stem Experiments & Activities, Make Magnets Float, Move A Train, and Build A Compass
A box full of magnetic story fun. Children can punch out the 90 different magnets and use the four backgrounds.
Just For Fun!
Zing – Joining the world of Stikbot are the new Stikbot Monsters and Dinos that let aspiring stop-motion animation movie makers create themed pop-up movie scenes right at home. We’ll send you both new Dinos and a movie making set too!
Yulu Games & toys! – From games to outdoor toys, YULU has everything you need for a wish list.
Smooshy Mushy – Continuing with the squish craze comes the new Smooshy Mushy line is full of exciting, super S-Q-U-I-S-H-Y, slow-rise surprises! And a mystery one too!
RedwoodVentures – Flying Sushi Kitchen, putting your competitive skills to the test as you fill sushi orders!
Hog Wild – Get ready, gross toys are trending this year; by some accounts thanks to the popularity of the ‘poop’ Emoji! Hog Wild is on board with the trend with it’s new Sticky the Poo line — complete with a plunger and yes . . . even a toilet target!. Toss them against the wall and they stick!!!!
This awesome version of the favorite pub-style game! Front Porch Classics brings Table Top Shuffleboard home with this realistic, high quality, wooden table top version that’s perfect for any game room, recreation room, patio, garage, wherever! The 2-piece sturdy wooden game board measures more than 5 feet long and has adjustable legs to ensure perfect balance.
IN THE KITCHEN
If you asked our kids – they’d tell you to buy one. We love ours! FASTEST HOME SHAVER ON THE PLANET makes perfect fluffy snow in 3 seconds with a professional grade high speed motor and 301 hardened stainless steel blade.
Multi Flask 7-in-1
The Multi Flask lets you have seven different types of drink bottles in one system, reducing CLUTTER in your cabinet! Just assemble the Multi Flask with the desired included parts, to get a perfect bottle for all your types of drinks like: 11 oz double wall hot coffee with glass inner sleeve, or Hot Tea with INFUSER for either Green Tea, or Black Teas; or 20 oz. cold drinks like Fruit Infusions (very healthy!), Powdered Sports powder drinks (Mmm Smoothies!) which work with the shakable “Agitator” attachment to keep them stirred up, enjoy the Sport-Drink mode, with a soft silicone spout (to protect you from bumping your teeth while drinking and exercising).
Hungry Fan 3 in 1 Fangating Thermal Bag
We just used this (to take food in the car for a four-hour trip) and it worked like a charm! It kept the food cold the entire time! The Hungry Fan Three-in-One Thermal Bag that can not only keep food and drinks hot or cold, BUT it also serves as a slow cooker without needing power, fuel or batteries. Without needing another stove or oven or burners, you can make everyone’s favorite green bean casserole and more this year!
And… to clean up after all of that FUN!!!
We love the 3in1 Stick Vacuums from BLACK+DECKER are compact and convenient choices for housework. With a 24V MAX version that achieves up to 38 minutes of runtime and a 20V MAX version that achieves more than 30 minutes of runtime, they each feature two power modes and offer powerful cleaning for everyday messes. Whether you’re prepping for the holidays or just handling the day-to-day at home, they’re a great choice for quick, spot cleaning as well as a convenient option for deep cleaning.
We loved it so much that we actually ordered a second one to keep upstairs!
Wet-Mop Robot Vacuum
This DEENKEE Robotic Vacuum Cleaner mops and sweeps. I LOVE having the option to mop our floors (I already rant the robot sweeping part all day, but now to be able to mop is awesome!) It has a very strong suction, smart sensors & it is self-charging. Plus the robotic vacuum cleaner is perfect for Pet Hair, Carpets, Tile, and Hard Wood Floors.
TO END YOUR EVENING…
A new Mattress from MyGreenMattress.com
We love our My Green Mattress SO much! I had to share it. (I even ordered them for our kids)
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- $225 off the Natural Escape or Hope Latex Mattresses with CODE: 225MF
- $150 off the Pure Echo with CODE: 150MF
- $35 off the Emily Natural Crib with CODE: 35MF
I hope that you found these to be helpful!
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