I work really hard to find the right gifts for the right people. I never want to “give a gift just to give one”, but instead, I want to find that perfect thing. This year, I’ve been able to work with many companies to try out new gifts that I’ve been able to gift to other families, our own children, the families from our “Angel Tree” at church & more. Today I wanted to share those gift ideas with you and give you some affiliate links to find the items on Amazon…
- Let’s start with this Polaroid PL2900 RC Drone. I don’t think drones will ever lose that spark in our kid’s eyes. 🙂 This particular drone allows for Live-stream high-definition video footage to a smartphone via an app (iOS, and Android compatible). It has 10-minute flight time with 250-minute charging time; 10-minute full-color video during flight time and it flies up to 1000 feet. It has 3-speed settings on remote with speed up to 16mph and an Auto-landing feature. Plus the 60-day warranty (twice as long as competitors) is great for a mom of four kids, especially since they give you free plastic parts for a year, which means if you break a propeller, it’s not a big deal, just pay the shipping and handling.
- This Acer Chromebook 15 CB515-1HT-P39B is perfect for a family. It is a decent price & we use them often. Since our kid’s schools don’t teach typing, I teach them myself with a few websites that I’ve found and I have our kids practice on these. They also do some of their schoolwork on them. A unique attribute of the Acer Chromebook 15 CB515-1HT line is the stunning 15.6-inch display, which is 27 percent larger than 13.3-inch Chromebooks on the market. This large size increases
productivity by giving customers more real estate to view multiple tabs and apps. Acer continues to be
the only Chromebook provider in the industry with a model with a 15.6-inch display. We also love the Aspire E5. Both are great for our family! You can find them at BestBuy.
- Big Life Journal – A GROWTH MINDSET JOURNAL FOR CHILDREN. Equip your children with skills they need to live their dreams. As a parent, you want your kids to be confident and resilient with high self-esteem and ambition to achieve great things in life. You want them to have a positive outlook on life and try new things. And at the same time, you don’t want them to be afraid of making a mistake or think they “can’t do” before they even try. The makers of this book hope that it will positively impact your kids’ lives, too.
- I love Advent Calendars, so I had to remember to include these ones. They are so much fun – and so creative! Here are my four favorites from PLAYMOBILE.
1- PLAYMOBIL Advent Calendar “Jewel Thief Police Operation“: Looks like a thief is after the jewels, but the police are in pursuit! The Advent Calendar “Jewel Thief Police Operation” with lots of glittering trinkets contains twenty-four surprise items for each day leading up to Christmas. Once all the pieces are revealed, play out an exciting police
chase and capture! For an extra surprise, the included safe can be used a piggy bank! Includes backdrop, two figures, jewelry case, police motorcycle, gold bars, money, handcuffs, wanted poster, functioning safe, and tons of other accessories.2- PLAYMOBIL Advent Calendar “Royal Ice Skating Trip”. Glide across the frozen lake with the royal family! It contains twenty-four surprise items for each day leading up to Christmas. Once all the pieces are revealed, you’ll see all the woodland creatures gathered to watch everyone skate. As an added bonus, behind one of the doors is a gorgeous bracelet, perfectly sized for kids to wear! Includes backdrop, two adult figures, one child figure, snowman, sleigh, deer, foxes, squirrels, owl, snow-covered tree, life-size bracelet, and many other accessories.3- PLAYMOBIL Advent Calendar “Santa’s Workshop”: Looks like the elves are busy getting ready for Christmas! The Advent Calendar “Santa’s Workshop,” with lots of exciting presents, contains twenty-four surprise items for each day leading up to Christmas, including an electric lantern (battery included.) Once all the pieces are revealed, help Santa load the sleigh to deliver the toys! Includes backdrop, four figures, sleigh, workbench, reindeer, slide, bike, tons of toys, and plenty of other accessories.4- PLAYMOBIL 1.2.3 Advent Calendar “Christmas on the Farm”: Looks like Santa has arrived with lots of gifts! The 1.2.3 Advent Calendar “Christmas on the Farm” contains twenty-four surprise items for each day leading up to Christmas. Once all the pieces are revealed, discover a winter wonderland filled with lots of farm animals. Includes backdrop, four figures, sleigh, reindeer, farm fence, chickens, cow, pig, dog, and other accessories.
- I also love PLAYMOBIL’s Pharaoh’s Pyramid: Unlock ancient secrets and mysteries inside Pharaoh’s Pyramid.
The five chambers within, hiding precious treasures protected by tricky puzzles and sneaky traps. Discover the room filled
with jewels and golden riches or climb the stairs to enter the tomb chamber complete with mummy. Just watch out for the
booby trap waiting to drop you below! Remove the pyramid walls to discover even more ways to play. You can sneak
through the revolving door but be careful, there might some skeletons or spiders hiding in the shadows. Set includes
three figures, tomb, mummy, two skeletons, treasures, spiders, fire pots, hieroglyphics, and many other accessories.
- Fin Fun’s Custom Tail Creator: Create your own mermaid tail design! Now you can turn your dreams into reality. Just select the size of the mermaid tail that you want, then print out a template & design it. Upload your design & place your order. They will ship you your custom mermaid tail!
- LeapFrog® LeapStart™ Learning System – an interactive learning system that gets kids excited about counting, learning to read, problem solving and more through fun, replayable activities. The magic behind LeapStart is a stylus that reads invisible dots on every page, triggering questions, challenges, songs, jokes and more. The LeapStart library features touch-and-talk games, creative challenges, problem-solving puzzles, math mazes and more for 2-7 year olds with more than 30 activities in every book.
- LeapFrog® LeapStart™ Learn to Read Volume 1 and 2 (4–7 years; $24.99 each). LeapFrog’s acclaimed Learn to Read series helps to build reading confidence and encourage a love of reading in four to seven year olds. Featuring brand new stories and art, the series contains two book sets – the first focusing on early reading skills such as short and long vowels and the second focusing on advanced reading skills such as vowel teams and consonant blends.Each set includes six books that feature engaging stories and an additional feature that allows children to touch on individual letters and letter teams to hear the sounds they make.
- LeapFrog® Epic™ Academy Edition (3–9 years; $129.99)The tablet is packed with kid-appropriate on-board learning content including 20 learning games that explore a range of subjects and skills and a free trial of LeapFrog Academy™. Play anywhere with LeapFrog Academy, an interactive learning program for 3-6 year olds that guides them on a variety of fun Learning Adventures. Through a well-rounded curriculum, they’ll explore a blend of traditional school subjects with creativity, problem solving and social-emotional skills. You’ll also have access to the LeapFrog® Learning Library that includes hundreds of games, apps, videos and music. Plus, our exclusive Just for Me™ learning technology personalizes select games so children can learn at the right level.
- VTech® KidiBuzz™ (4–9 years; $99.99) Connect, share and play with KidiBuzz™, the hand-held smart device for kids. Send texts, voice messages, photos, drawings and animated stickers over Wi-Fi to mom, dad and a parent-approved contact list. Check out popular websites through the kid-safe web browser or download popular Android™ apps. KidiBuzz™ is also preloaded with more than 40 exciting learning games and awesome apps. Perfect for kids on the go, its bumpers and shatter-safe screen let them take it anywhere.
Here are a few more VTech Toys that we love:
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- VTech® Go! Go! Smart Wheels® Race & Play Adventure Park™ (1–5 years; $39.99)
Go for a ride with Gavin the Go-Kart on the Go! Go! Smart Wheels® Race & Play Adventure Park™ by VTech®. Launch Gavin to the top of the playset with the catapult launcher and watch as he races down the track and goes around the360-degree loop and off the jump ramp. Then, crank the Go-Kart up the hill and watch him drive down the track. The park includes a Ferris wheel that spins, a tumble-down carnival game and a swinging gate to strengthen motor skills. Featuring SmartPoint® technology, Gavin responds to all four SmartPoint® locations with fun sounds, phrases, three sing-along songs and six melodies. On your mark, get set, go!
- VTech® Zoo Jamz Stompin’ Fun Drums™ (1½–4 years; $39.99)
Get ready to rock with the Zoo Jamz Stompin’ Fun Drums™ by VTech®. Encourage your little one to be a star while they enhance creative thinking and motor skills by tapping out beats and creating their own sounds using the included drumsticks! They will enjoy this fresh way to practice counting and develop coordination while following along with the melodies and sing-along songs! Four game modes let your child tap the drums to learn to count, catch the lights, follow the leader or create their own composition. Your mini musician will love sitting on the stool and stepping on the elephant bass pedal to see the elephant trunk move up and down and create a fun bass sound effect. Watch them jam out to the beat of their own drum and create some sweet rockin’ tunes!
- VTech® 4-in-1 Stroll & Grow Tek Trike™ (9 months – 6 years; $99.99). My nephew loved this one!
Ride in style for years to come with the 4-in-1 Stroll & Grow Tek Trike™ by VTech®. This sturdy trike is perfect for children from nine months to six years old because it transforms through four different stages and includes an electronic panel that features kid-friendly riding content that changes in each stage. Easily transform the trike from the parent-controlled stroller mode, to training mode, trike mode and then drifting mode as your child enhances motor skills and confidence. The electronic panel features an LED screen and allows your little rider to explore left and right directions, reinforce road safety and encourage role-play. The trike includes accessories that are removable and allow for easy transitions between stages.
- VTech® Go! Go! Smart Friends® Shimmering Seashell Castle™ (1½–5 years; $39.99)
Explore an underwater world with Go! Go! Smart Friends® Shimmering Seashell Castle™ by VTech®. This splashtastic castle features discovery, adventure, and Pearl the mermaid! Your little one can play with the sandcastle, dance with Pearl and her sea friends, the seahorse and dolphin, or pretend to play dress up at the vanity. Place Pearl on any of the three MagicPoint® locations to hear playful phrases and sounds. The playset comes with two sides of fun with a swing to push, a crab to slide to see Pearl and friends dance, a carousel to press and release, and a slide to go down. Get ready to dive into imagination and discovery!
- VTech® GearZooz™ Roll & Roar Animal Train™ (1½–4 years; $29.99)
All aboard the learning express with the GearZooz™ Roll & Roar Animal Train™ by VTech®. Kids can customize the train by mixing and matching the 15 included gears while strengthening their fine motor skills. Four adorable Smart Gear™ animals can board the train and add to the excitement with fun songs, playful phrases and animal sounds. Press the buttons to listen to different musical instruments or answer kid-friendly quiz questions. Then, pull the string or push the train to watch the gears spin and move together to experience cause and effect relationships.
- LeapFrog® Mr. Pencil’s Scribble & Write™ (3–5 years; $21.99)
Learn to write letters, numbers and more with Mr. Pencil’s Scribble & Write™! With the help of the friendly Mr. Pencil, explore six activities that introduce writing, drawing, and spelling.
- LeapFrog® Step & Learn Scout™ (1+ years; $19.99): Learn about letters and counting as you walk and play with Scout.
- LeapFrog® 2-in-1 LeapTop Touch™ (2+ years; $24.99): Learn about letters, numbers, music and more with the new and improved 2-in-1 LeapTop Touch™ that changes from a laptop to a touchscreen tablet.
- LeapFrog® Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart™ (2+ years; $39.99): Learning is sweet when pretending to run your own ice cream cart. Create imaginative and tasty-looking ice cream combinations using delicious ice cream flavors and toppings.
Sweetlings Sprinkle Shop
Sweetlings uniquely captures the current decorating food trends into an amazingly fun and addicting craft. Kids can make their Sweetlings characters come alive as they customize them with whipped clay, fun accessories and a touch of the secret ingredient: Love! With the Sweetlings Sprinkle Shop, kids can bring their Sweetlings Characters to life. Frost the characters easily as they rotate. Grab your accessories from the easy storage and create your custom Sweetlings look. When ready, add the final pizazz with the glitterizer. The star shaped glitter will sparkle as they rotate on the stage for their special moment under the strobing lights. For sale at alexbrands.com and Target. Ages 6 and up. MSRP: $29.99
- Brackitz Bugz Play Park
Designed to ignite creativity, Brackitz is an award-winning innovative construction line that encourages open-ended, imaginative play like no other construction set on the market today. With just a few tools at their disposal, including planks and one-of-a-kind connectors, children are given the opportunity to use their imagination to construct entirely new worlds by playing on their own or with friends. With over 20 Play Parks and Obstacles, the Brackitz Bugz Play Park lets your imagination go wild. Watch out for the tumbling towers, falling dominoes, barrel rolls, the crusher, and the tripod just to name a few. Safety gear is not required! This set comes with 47 pieces. MSRP $29.99
Build a house, build a tower, build a horse, or build it all! With a set of 30 magnets in various colors, the possibilities are truly endless but minimal enough for your budding builder to feel confident in their creations. With a set of triangles and squares in six different colors, your creativity will boom! With a magnetic board meant to keep your creation in place, travel comes easy with safe and secure packing! MSRP $54.99; ages 3+
Baby Bijoux Encourage kids’ natural curiosity about bodies and promote nurturing-based imaginative play with beautifully crafted, anatomically correct Baby Bijoux dolls! The deluxe European craftsmanship delivers realistic baby details and just-like-me skin tones and hair types so kids can easily connect and empathize. A light, vanilla scent adds to the adorable appeal, and movable arms and legs make these beautiful babies even more realistic! Measuring 15.75” tall, vinyl dolls are easy to clean and carry, so little ones can take them wherever they go. Celebrate multi-cultural diversity and encourage kindness and care with Baby Bijoux!
- Little Tikes Farm Memory Match-Up: Age 3+, MSRP: $12.99The perfect memory game for you and a friend! Separate the farm animals and put each half under a haystack and shuffle them around. Whoever matches the most animals wins! Test your memory and matching skills by putting the animals back together.
- Little Tikes Crazy Toaster: Age 4+, MSRP: $14.99Breakfast is served! Each player takes a pan and once all the toast cards are placed into the toaster, the first player pushes the toaster’s nose down to start the timer for the first round. Players use their pan to catch the flying toast and try to make matches. Only pieces caught in the pan are good, the rest go back into the toaster for the next round. The game ends when the toaster is empty and the player with the most matching pieces wins!
The OgoMinton! It has all the thrill and challenge of Badminton but designed specifically for short range play. It’s smaller sized racket and stretchy ogosoft ball make it ideal for kids to play with indoors or as a travel toy for on-the-go fun.
For the kids who enjoy active + constructive play, the OgoBILD POD is a kit that will inspire creative building for hours. With its connective tubes and interchangeable rubber balls, POD allows kids to design all sorts of flexible, moveable, and innovative structures. From creating geometric shapes and 3D objects that can bounce to building forts to camp out in, kids will expand their STEM skills with POD…and have a blast doing it!
A FEW IDEAS FOR ADULTS:
- For men, the pants from Haggar make a great gift. My husband loves his! They make the #1 Dress Pant in America: E-CLO (made from recycled water bottles) for $27.99. We also love the #1 Casual Pant in America: Premium No Iron Khaki $29.99. If you want to find lightweight pants, try the Cool 18 Pro (Wick Dry, UV Protection) for $29.99
- This ChargeHub Round – 7 Port USB Universal Charging Station has been a game-changer for us. We take it in the car, plug it into my converter and everyone can charge while we go on trips. (we use it at home, too). Charge up to 7 different USB-powered devices with the wonderful ChargeHub 7-Port USB Universal Charging Station. This durable device provides an optimal charge for nearly any kind of USB-chargeable device
- These smoke alarms have batteries that only need to be changed every 10 years. When Mickey and I first bought a house, someone got us smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms & other safety tools. I thought it was a great idea. It is SO important to have properly functioning smoke alarms in each bedroom and on every level. They need to be tested often, and they need to be replaced every ten years. Check out these First Alert products or the Fire Prevention Kit including the10-Year Atom Smoke & Fire Alarm10-Year Dual Sensor Smoke & Fire Alarm10-Year Alarm Life Carbon Monoxide Alarm,10-Year Combination Smoke & Carbon Monoxide AlarmTundra Fire Extinguishing Spray.
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