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We know that holiday shopping can be stressful. We've taken the time to curate a list of hot holiday gifts and unique gifts for everyone on your list this holiday season. Everything here we've personally tested, owned, or tried in some capacity so you know it isn't a random list of junk.
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Gifts for Kids + Tweens + Teens
50 Cities of the U.S.A.
Explore skyscraper streets, museum miles, local food trucks and city parks of the United States of America and discover more than 2,000 facts that celebrate the people, culture, and diversity that have helped make America what it is today. From Anchorage to Washington, D.C., take a trip through America’s well-loved cities with this unique A-Z like no other, lavishly illustrated and annotated with key cultural icons, from famous people and inventions to events, food, and monuments.
Groovy Girls are the ideal stocking stuffer! The soft, lightweight doll is perfect for children ages 3+. Manhattan Toy set out to create toys that offer something for every child of the family!
Does your child’s imagination run from princesses to snowboarders, from horseback riders to fairies? Groovy Girls hopes to inspire girls to be themselves, to develop their own personality and let their unique beauty to shine through.
iFLY Indoor Skydiving
iFLY offers the thrilling feeling of free fall in a safe and controlled environment. All ages can find their wings on the wall-to-wall cushion of air inside iFLY’s indoor skydiving tunnel. iFLY prides themselves on accessibility so anyone from your daredevil four-year-old or 100-year-old grandma can fly. Earn your wing packages start at $69.95. For youngsters ages 4–16 iFLY offers a Flight School, where they can hone their aerial skills. Flight School Packages start at $59.95.
Compound Kings Powder Squishy Like Slime
Compound Kings, is the cornerstone of WeCool Toys, and includes patent pending, first to market compounds merged into craft and play activities.
The DIY Kits are simple – just add water to the mixing containers provided, then add the compound powder, mix together and you get amazing compounds to play with.
Hasbro Gaming Crate
Hasbro Gaming Crate is a first for the gaming industry. Every 3 months, the program will deliver an exclusive collection of brand new games directly to the subscriber’s door, with two themed crates that include never-before-seen games that your family would love!
- The Family Crate – Offers games designed to be played together and enjoyed equally by kids and adults. New family games include: Mask of the Pharaoh, Leo Goes to the Barber, and Tricky Wishes
- The Party Crate – Contains games with content geared toward college students, young adults, and parents who are looking to enjoy “adults-only” game nights. New party games include: Judgmental, Box of Rocks, and Speak Out: Joe Santagato Edition
Famous Five Books & App
The Famous Five mystery game on the App Store is an educational app that nurtures children’s inquisitive minds and helps to develop puzzle solving and language skills, as children join characters Julian, Dick, Anne, George, and their friendly dog, Timmy, to search for clues, question suspects and solve the mysteries they encounter! For iOS, $2.99.
The “Famous Five” is a very popular and beloved British book series, something like a Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys adventure. Filled with intriguing mysteries, no matter the adventure, the Five's courage and determination always wins through!
Beasts from Bricks by Ekow Nimako
Amazing LEGO® Designs for Animals from Around the World – With 15 Step-by-Step Projects
Hold mighty beasts in the palm of your hand! In Beasts from Bricks, LEGO® artist and designer Ekow Nimako shows us how to re-create wild animals in stunning detail. The book presents illustrated step-by-step instructions for building 15 animals from around the world: Africa, Europe, Asia, the Arctic, Oceania, Central/South America, the Caribbean, and North America. Each set of instructions includes entertaining and educational information about the animal's characteristics and habitat. Also included is a bonus gallery of Nimako's more complex, large-scale animal designs.
How to Build Brick Cars by Peter Blackert
Detailed LEGO® Designs for Sports Cars, Race Cars, and Muscle Cars
Brick fans, start your engines! With How to Build Brick Cars, readers will tap into their inner creativity as they build their way through classic and contemporary sports cars, race cars, and muscle cars. Each build was designed by Peter Blackert, one of the world’s foremost custom builders in the brick world as well as a real-life car designer for the Ford Motor Company, and features informative and historical text about each car, step-by-step instructions, and STEM skills masquerading as LEGO®fun!
Tangle by ZURU
Tangle makes you feel good! The sensory and motor stimulation Tangle provides has been found to help stimulate and maintain attention. It’s also a great tool as a means to relieve stress and anxiety. The shape, color, texture and visual impact of Tangle stimulates the brain and makes Tangle a fun and functional toy for children and adults alike. Get multiple Tangles and connect them to create longer and more colorful Tangles. $4.99.
Give someone special a reminder of how much they mean to you with key2Bme. These stylish, meaningful keys come with an inspiring mini quote card in an organza gift bag. Choose from says such as “Family”– “Where Life Begins and Love Never Ends” or “Be Happy” – “The Purpose of our Lives is to Be Happy.” More than 50 designs and special sayings to choose from with more being released soon. Easy to attach to a keychain or purse; $7.99.
Brixo are the building blocks you wish you'd had as a kid. They've got LEDs, motors, and even sound, light and motion detectors—all powered by low-volt, Bluetooth-controlled battery bricks, coated in shiny (non-toxic) chrome. Together, kids can string together series of circuits, switches, and sensors to create machines they can control via mobile apps. While playing, they are teaching themselves basic STEM concepts.
GOTRAX HOVERFLY XL
GOTRAX™ engineered the HOVERFLYXL to take riders beyond the pavement with 8.5-inch rubber all-terrain tires for maximum traction in dirt, sand, gravel and grass, and the ability to scale slopes up to 30 degrees.
The HOVERFLY XL off-road hoverboard is among the most powerful on the market, producing top-ranking torque thanks to dual 350-watt electric motors (compared to typical competitors’ 250-300 watts).
Linkt® Craft Kits
The first-ever line of DIY chainmaille jewelry kits designed for kids 8+. This is a new product line that hit stores in spring and has already won multiple industry awards. Kids report how amazed they are to lift their piece from the patent-pending “magic “layout tool and see their work transform into a stunning piece of jewelry.
From Bubble Loops to Spinning Halos, these crafty kits are meant for girls as well as boys. Each kit, priced at $20, has everything needed to complete multiple projects in a single box. Make up to 20 pairs of earrings, or 5 necklaces or 5 bracelets—mixing and matching metal and silicone rings in a variety of colors so every single piece is different. Each Linkt kit offers crystal-clear instructions and is supplemented by free step-by-step video tutorials on YouTube.
Schmovie: The Hilarious Game of Made-Up Movies
This is a family-friendly gift great for party-game lovers of all ages…bringing kids and grandparents together with lots of laughter! The goal of Schmovie is to win trophies for coming up with funny titles for made-up movies. What would you call an action film about a mutant sandwich? Titles can be parodies of actual movies, like “Beauty and the Beef” or “Toastbusters”, or completely made up, like “Attack of the Two-Toed Tuna”. No movie trivia…just laughs! The game comes with 19 different little trophies (our version of the Oscars) wearing different funny costumes. Schmovie is all about creativity and humor, and can be as tame or as wild as the people playing it. Ages 8+/Family. $19.95.
LEGO Disney Moana’s Island Adventure
Explore the beautiful world of Disney’s Moana with Moana’s Island Adventure. Recreate memorable scenes from the movie as Moana learns about the legends of her ancestors, finds the heart of Te Fiti and plays the drums in the cave. Then create new adventures of your own, living out island life in and around her house with Pua her pet pig. Includes a Moana mini-doll, plus Pua the pig. $24.99.
My First Lab WOW Scope
This is the best Microscope for 3D objects! You’ll hear the kids blurt out “wow” many times a day when they eye this microscope. The interchangeable pairs of 10X and 25X eyepieces allow for 20X and 50X total magnification. Students can view 3D objects up close! The top and bottom duo-LED illumination can be used for solid objects or prepared slides. Includes 5 specimens with slide carrying case and experiment guide. Ages 9+. $69.99
Oregon Scientific Adventure SmartGlobe with AR
With the new SmartGlobe you can watch the world come to life with the help of its handy mobile app (available via iTunes or Android.) After you download the app, just hold your camera up to the SmartGlobe to explore animals, landmarks, dinosaurs and more that pop up on your screen as you spin the globe. You can click on the images to learn facts about what’s in them, and thanks to the augmented reality component you can even snap a picture of yourself touching a lion or holding the Eiffel Tower in your hands. You can also use the attached pen to touch the globe and learn about each country’s history, national anthem, population and so much more. $129.99.
Jenga® Ocean™ Game
Jenga® Ocean™ is the first board game ever using plastic recycled entirely from fishing nets.
Discarded fishing nets have been identified as the most harmful form of plastic pollution in the ocean. Every year, they trap tens of thousands of ocean animals, including whales, dolphins, sharks, sea turtles, seals, octopuses, and sea birds which become entangled and cannot escape.
Each set of Jenga® Ocean™ game blocks is made from over 25 square feet of recycled fishing nets. The use of this recycled material will help reduce the continuing accumulation of plastic fishing nets in the ocean, helping to protect ocean sea life and ecosystems. Ages 6+. $49.00
Starpath Dolls has a new set of beautiful, multi-ethnic dolls and storybooks available as printed books or e-books, which incorporate the child’s name, city, appearance, and other personal details to create a truly one-of-a-kind personalized adventure! Ages 5-9. $79.
Capture the Flag Redux
Capture the Flag Redux is a safe, fun game that helps get kids of all ages outside, moving, and having fun. It has been featured on BuzzFeed and was voted one of Boys’ Life Best Games.
The kit comes with everything you need to play 12 different variations on this classic right away. Ages 8+. $59.90.
Sung as a Bug Footless Onesie
Snug As A Bug specializes in Canadian-made Onesies & Pajamas for everyone in your family… even your pets. We make cozy styles to suit everyone’s taste. Heck you can even get, each family member’s name embroidered and then top it all off with a matching Santa Hat! They are a fun and unique addition to any Gift Guide. $52.95.
Pullover Cotton Stretch Hoodie
The latest and greatest to the Jill Yoga Girl’s Collection, this crew neckline with roomy hoodie will be the perfect piece to cuddle up in! Available in two vibrant colors, you can take full advantage of sweater weather with this stretchy, machine washable sweatshirt. $36 CAD.
Howtoons Ukelele Kit
A ukulele is a wonderful way to teach kids the science of sound. Our ukulele kit empowers kids to build a functioning ukulele and join the Howtoons gang in their concert adventure. This kit includes the comic, instructions, tools, and all materials needed to complete the project. $39.99.
X5UW Thunderbolt Wi-Fi FPV Drone
Capture intense HD pics and video from an incredible aerial perspective. WiFi transmission allows you to instantly sync your flight to your phone and watch in real time. Plus, impress your friends and family with this powerful, stunt drone. With just the push of a button, swoop through the sky while doing awesome tricks. $89.99
Code Car is a car-shaped, hackable toy that exposes kids to code concepts while they modify the car’s features. Ages 8+.
Color Cube Sudoku
Brilliant re-imagining of the classic Sudoku puzzle using colors instead of numbers. With over 2 trillion different ways to position the 3-D cubes, it’s more challenging than it may appear. Ages 8+. $19.99.
Roller Coaster Challenge
Build An Amusement Park in Your Living Room! Engineering challenges that help players understand physics and logic concepts while watching a coaster glide down the track, complete with dips, curves, and loops! Roller Coaster Challenge is an Amazon Top 25 Holiday Toy and has been featured in Good Housekeeping Magazine, USA Today’s All the Moms, Fatherly, and more. It also is a Toy of the Year finalist and winner of an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award and National Parenting Products Award. Ages 6+. $29.99
American Girl’s dedicated Give What Counts site also offers girls and parents loads of holiday inspiration, including timely and helpful articles, craft ideas, favorite recipes, and other fun activities to celebrate the season while reflecting on the true spirit of the holiday season.
Girls can access a downloadable Wish List/Give List with space to mark down the gifts they want on one side and thoughtful suggestions for small kindnesses to give to friends, family, and those in need on the other. There are tons of gifts for under $25.
Silpada believes that when you look good, you feel even better, which is why they encourage every woman to express her individual style. For nearly two decades, Silpada has been committed to bringing you a diverse selection of sterling silver jewelry, all with the finest quality and ethically sourced materials. Much like the modern-day woman, each item is unique – no two charms, bracelets or rings are ever exactly alike.
The Gibson Collective
The Gibson Collective is a new jewelry collection that has just launched and represents classic, effortlessly chic everyday pieces crafted for the modern-day woman.
Each bracelet in the collection is made of authenticated 14k gold-filled beads, meaning these timeless pieces will not discolor when worn over time and make perfect gifts for your sister, daughter, mom/mom-in-law, etc. These bracelets can also be bought as a “stackage” as layering has become the hottest trend for jewelry and accessories this year, and the additional charms, pave diamond beads, roundels, or gemstones add just the right amount of glam for everyday wear.
Colorz Boxes Storage Cases
Bursting with bold colors and striking patterns is our popular Colorz Box – a hard shell pencil case that can hold so much more than just pencils! Store school/office supplies, your cell phone, electronics, cosmetics and more. Only high-quality materials are used to create this stylish and practical, storage box.
Beast Box Storage Cases
ZIPIT encourages you to think outside the Beast Box – our cool pencil/storage box with a unique, protective shell. Outside the box, is a fun and playful design featuring your very own beast with eyes, cute dimples and other adorable details.
Fingerlings Glitter Monkey
Like all Fingerlings pets, she loves hanging onto your finger, as well as her bonus blankie (included – available exclusively at Amazon). She knows when she is being pet, talked to, and even hung upside down! Fingerlings are adorable baby monkeys that are curious about the world around them—starting with you! These interactive pets love to hang onto your finger, blink their eyes, turn their heads, blow kisses, swing by their tails, and talk in monkey babble
Chippies are a pack of playful, interactive, remote control puppies that love to show off their many tricks. Pet their heads for different reactions including sniffs, barks, puppy kisses, and even a sneeze! Use the remote control to make your pet dog dance, sing, chase its tail, or tell it which way to roll. Smaller in size than the original CHiP robot dog, Chippies feature bright LED eyes, posable hind legs, along with playful sounds and animations.
The new LEGO® Bags eco-backpacks bring recycling full-circle, helping kids see a way to take care of their planet while donning a backpack they adore. Each bag is made from 8 recycled water bottles.
Parents will appreciate the sustainable materials, thoughtful construction, fit and safety features including reflective materials on all sides.
Baby Doux and Baby Bijoux foster nurturing-care and imaginative play while exposing children to the realities of their world. The dolls come in a wide variety of just-like-me skin-tones and ethnicities, and Baby Bijoux features anatomically correct body designs.
PlayFusion brings together a family-friendly adventure game, with smart action figures and accessories, and augmented reality trading cards on your tablet or mobile device (no game console required, just an internet connection). No longer just a game or just a toy, Lightseekers has high-tech components that allow for advanced interactive and connected play, and the classic elements of a video game.
Toy of The Year (TOTY) Finalist. The original game (green packaging) was a tremendous success and the follow-up (blue packaging) expands the fun. The blue version utilizes different colors so the two sets can be combined to make one, big, chaotically fun game for 7 to 12 people! $14.50.
Gorgeous bezel set gemstones are paired with a perfectly sized initial. We love this all in one layered look. Available in 4 gemstone color options on sterling silver or 14kt gold chain. Gems measure approx. 6mm, initial charm is 12mm. Bracelet is 7 inches with 1 inch extender. $56.00.
Despicable Me 3
After he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down Balthazar Bratt, the latest evil mastermind to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis. But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother — a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin’s despicable footsteps — the former super-villain rediscovers just how good it feels to be bad.
My Little Pony: The Movie
When a dark force threatens Ponyville, the Mane 6 go on a journey beyond Equestria to save their beloved home and they meet new friends and exciting challenges along the way. On Digital December 19.
The high-flying fun begins when Donald Duck reluctantly takes his mischief-making nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie to McDuck Manor, the stately home of their rich, reclusive, great-uncle Scrooge McDuck. Enthralled by the exploits of their once-legendary great-uncle, the triplets and their fearless new friend Webby unwittingly unleash secret totems from Scrooge’s epic past, launching the entire family on a daring, deep-sea quest for the Lost City of Atlantis.
Hamsters in a House
There is so much to do in the world of Hamsters in a House! Adorable hamsters come alive and are full of surprises. Watch as they buzz, scoot, scurry and zoom! You never know what they’ll do in their ever-growing world. Check out the newly released Hamsters in a House Food Frenzy
Play sets. Collect all 11! Available at Target, Walmart, Toys R Us, and Amazon.
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