Moving on from babies, the little people in our lives can be among the toughest folks to buy for during the holidays. I’m not promising they’re going to like what’s INSIDE the box as much as the box itself, but these have a fighting chance.
Again, everything featured here will be part of a giveaway so be sure to enter at the bottom for your chance to win.
HERE WE GO-HO-HO WITH PART 2 OF THIS YEAR’S GIFT GUIDE!
Kids’ holiday gift guide
What is it? I’ve featured these 100 per cent organic cotton PJs (designed in Canada) before, and I’m including them again in this year’s gift guide because they really stood the test of time for us. Miss Q wore The K Man’s hand-me-down Playjamas until we could no longer squeeze her into them. Wash after wash, they got softer and softer. I still recommend buying at least one (if not two) sizes up, but definitely make sure they’re snug-fitting. These go up to size 8 and Miss Q (age 6.5) is shown in the biggest size.
How much? $38.95
Where can I buy it? Playjamas.
Antsy-Pants Build & Play Kits
What is it? Part of the new Build & Play Mini Market sets, this make-your-own play kit (shown here with the lemonade stand cover — several other covers and sizes available) allows kids to create lots of different shapes and put a variety of fabric covers on to make new sets and scenes come alive. Really little kids will need some help from a grownup or big sibling to get the connectors snapped into place, and their skills will grow as they get used to the snap and click system.
How much? Small kits like this one are US$29.99 for the basic kit + US$19.99 for the cover.
Where can I buy it? Target (yep — Canadians can order from Target!).
FLIP ZEE GIRLS
What is it? These (pretty big!) soft dolls go from cute to cuter when you “flip” them into a new character. Each two-in-one doll has crazy-fun hair and is perfect for cuddling — day or night.
How much? $19.98
Where can I buy it? Walmart.
The Birthday Thief
What is it? A fantastic personalized book that includes your child’s name, birthday and other personal characteristics throughout; it’s especially great for Christmas babies like Miss Q but certainly works with any child’s birthday and puts him or her at the centre of the adventure. We have had a lot of custom books over the years and this is one of the most fun yet. Even skin and hair colours are personalized.
How much? $33.99
Where can I buy it? Wonderbly.
L.O.L. Surprise Dolls, Lil Sisters and Charm Fizz
What is it? If your kid hasn’t begged you to watch these unboxing videos on YouTube yet — just wait. It’s coming. This toy sensation from MGA Entertainment is poised to be one of the hottest gifts this season. And it’s easy to understand why once you start unzipping layer after layer to find one new surprise after another. The best part is that their price points aren’t outrageous, and these dolls are (IMO) more interesting than last year’s YouTube-driven gift (rhymes with Mopkins). Definitely not for the under-3 set thanks to some very tiny pieces.
How much? Starting at $4.99
Where can I buy it? Use MGA’s store locator.
Play-Doh Shape to Life Studio
What is it? This interactive Play-Doh game from Hasbro combines creativity and technology, allowing your youngster to see his or her Play-Doh creations come to life on a screen thanks to a free app. Hands-on and brimming with limitless possibilities, it embraces technology without being a slave to it.
How much? $24.95
Where can I buy it? Amazon.
STONZ Mittz & Bootz
What is it? There are many reasons why these winter boots earned a rare five-out-of-five rating from me several years ago, and they continue to impress me year after year as we keep buying them. Light on the feet but as warm as any of the big winter boot brands, STONZ Bootz would make an awesome gift. Don’t forget to pair them up with the STONZ Mittz, which are a dream to put on because they go OVER the cuff of your child’s winter coat.
How much? Bootz start at $59.95; Mittz are $44.95.
Goody hair stuff
What is it? From brushes designed to give you shinier hair thanks to copper bristles to those that are ouch-free when wet-brushing, along with a huge selection of elastics, hair bands and more, Goody has stocking stuffers COVERED. And if you’re like us, you lose elastics by the day so a fresh supply is always welcome.
How much? Varies; prize will be a $50 selection.
Where can I buy it? Shoppers Drug Mart.
What is it? My kids can’t get enough of slow-rise squishy toys. Combine that with blind packs (I can’t stand blind packs but the kiddos LOVE them!) and these Squish-Dee-Lish toys from JAKKS Pacific have been a bit hit. More great stocking stuffers for girls and boys!
How much? $7.99
Where can I buy it? Toys “R” Us.
Playskool Star Wars BB8 Galactic Heroes set
What is it? This HUGE play set housed in BB8’s body is hours of fun waiting to happen. For all your little Star Wars fans who thrive on imaginative play, this set also features fun lights and sounds. Requires batteries.
How much? $99.99
Where can I buy it? Toys “R” Us.
Win it all!
One lucky winner will win everything featured in this gift guide, valued at more than $500! Please review the contest dates, terms and conditions carefully in the Rafflecopter widget. Lots of luck to everyone who enters, and happy holidays.
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