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 2019
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. ♥
FOR THE BABY (and the new parents!):
- Hands-free pump – gosh I wish these things were around when I was nursing my kids… the Freemie pump allows you to go about your daily business without having to be tied down to your pump!
- Baby Mittens – these waterproof Stonz mittens are AMAZING! They stay on like a dream and are so warm and insulated to keep your baby comfortable out in the snow!
- Baby Food Maker – The Baby Brezza One Step Food Maker Deluxe automatically steams and blends in one easy step! Make up to 3.5 cups of homemade baby food in the same bowl with the push of 1 button.
- Carseat/Stroller cover – you don’t have to be stuck inside your house on cold days! Get out and get you and baby some fresh air while still being bundled up! This carseat and stroller cover from 7am Enfant is designed with both safety and warmth in mind!
- Pacifiers – these PhysioForma pacifiers by Chicco are a great option to comfort your little one.
- Teethers – all babies love to chew, why not let them chew in style with these adorable teethers from Perry Mackin!
- Bottle Warmer – this bottle warmer from Baby Brezza is GREAT for formula OR breastmilk!
- Tranquilo Mat and Baby Massager – these are the PERFECT gifts for newborns (and their sleep deprived parents!)
FOR THE KIDS:
More than a toy, app, or game, it’s a parenting tool that helps families create and reinforce positive and healthy behaviors for their child and raise emotionally strong, mindful, and confident children who believe in the power of positive thoughts. Children use the mobile app and parents use a responsive website to manage the interactions with their children acting as the pixie doll. Parents can assign daily affirmations, tasks, and meditations for children to complete to receive pixie dust that can be used to earn a reward.
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.
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.
Charlie Kids School Backpack
Send your kids back to school in style with this adorable backpack from Perry Mackin!
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!
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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.
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!
FOR PRE-SCHOOLERS & TODDLERS
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)
The Toddler Tower Adjustable Stool is the perfect solution for getting your child up to the action at the counter, table, or sink with an added sense of security! This sturdy step-up stool is designed with safety in mind as high sides surround the child and aid in balance. Non-skid rubber stoppers secure the base and prevent sliding, and the durable double wall construction is easy to clean and quickly assembles in less than 5 minutes.
Game play soars to all new heights with a tumbling take on traditional dominoes!
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®
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.
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.
FOR THE TEENAGERS
The perfect travel/outdoor/hiking/adventure hydration pack that has a rapid refill system to allow your teen to stay hydrated while outside. It also has a ton of storage space to hold all of those extras that we need while on an adventure!
FOR THE GROWN-UPS
BEAUTIFUL Holiday Wreaths
I learned my love of holiday decorating from my mom, I knew that when I found this beautiful wreath from Bradford Exchange, I HAD to have it for my front door (and I had to get one for my mom too!!)
7 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 each drink. Use it as an 11 oz double wall tumbler for hot coffee with glass inner sleeve, or Hot Tea with INFUSER for either Green Tea, or Black Teas. Or use it as a 20 oz. tumbler for cold drinks like Fruit Infusions, Powdered Sports powder drinks which work with the shakable “Agitator” attachment to keep them stirred up. In the sport-drink mode, you can use the 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!
I hope that you found these to be helpful!
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