The Best Christmas Gift Guide

With Halloween past and Thanksgiving quickly approaching, we all should be getting our Christmas lists ready for BLACK FRIDAY!!!  I don’t know about you, but every day I seem to get a new gift catalog in my mailbox.  So, of course, my kids are going GAGA about circling the things they want Santa to bring!  I have created the list of The Best Christmas Gifts for kids this 2018 Holiday Season based on their choices and what is hot right now!  I truly hope you find this list useful because I had a lot of fun making it!

 And if you need ideas for saving money this Holiday Season, check out my post dedicated to saving money for Christmas all year round!

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Schylling 2160 LVA2160 14.5″ COLORMAX Lava Lamp with Tri-Colored Globe, Multi

Lava lamps are definitely a blast from the past.  But the current designs are anything but.  A lava lamp will keep your daughter’s room trendy and colorful.

  • Silver glitter in clear liquid
  • Instant startup action
  • Northern Lights decaled aluminum base and cap

 

 

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Neon Nightglow 12-Pack

Hatchimals seem to be the greatest things since fidget spinners!  Now, you can even get ones that glow in the dark.  You can’t go wrong getting these glow in the dark cuties for your daughter this year for Christmas!

  • COLLECT GLOW-IN-THE-DARK CHARACTERS: Add Neon Nightglow characters to your collEGGtion! This 12-Pack Egg Carton has adorable Season 4 cuties with vibrant neon colors! Place them on a light to see them shine brightly

 

Eagle 90-foot Zipline Kit with Seat

Eagle 90-foot Zipline Kit with Seat

Ziplining is one of the most fun ways to spend time with your family, so why not bring it to your own backyard?  With an adjustable seat and braking system, this set will bring the fun to you!  It improves gross motor skills and balance while encouraging outdoor play and exercise

 

 

Science Academy Kits: Lava Lip Gloss Lab

Science Academy Kits: Lava Lip Gloss Lab

Being a scientist myself, I love when my kids want sciency kits!  And boy do they LOVE them!  This is the newest lip gloss kit from Science Academy kits.  If you get an actual Lava Lamp, you could almost do a theme Christmas this year! The colors and scents are customized with essential oils and the kids learn about liquid densities.  Even better, they get a rollerball applicator to put their newly designed gloss into.  I kinda wish I had one!

 

Science Academy Kits: Squishy Ball Lab

Science Academy Kits: Squishy Ball Lab

I know, again with the science kit, but I am telling you, my kids absolutely LOVE these kits.  We have had so many I can hardly count them!  This kit is all about making stress balls but an added bonus is the mini relaxation jar they can also create.  There are all kinds of mixins so your daughter can totally customize the ball she makes.  They learn about the chemistry behind making the squishy balls too!  So they learn while they play and make something they can use for stress relief.  It’s a win-win!

 

Break Open Real Geodes Science Kit – 7 Geodes

Break Open Real Geodes Science Kit - 7 Geodes

Okay, so another thing my daughter loves is rocks and anything that is pretty and sparkly.  So when you put them together in this geode kit, you have a big-time SCORE for my daughter!  We have had these before and she has asked for them again, so I don’t think they are going to go out of style anytime soon!  Just crack the rock open and there is a plethora of beauty inside for your daughter to add to her gem collection.

 

 

Dig It Up! Fossils & Minerals

Dig It Up! Fossils & Minerals

Along the same lines as the crystals above, but this set is more about the details.  Instead of just busting the rocks open, the goal is to chisel and brush away the rock and dust to reveal the gem below.  This 1, takes the kids a lot longer, 2, is more like an excavation, and 3, really works on those fine motor skills.  A different surprise lies inside each of these clay stones, just waiting to be discovered.

 

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Film Camera (Ice Blue)

My daughter already has one of these and she loves it.   She says it is so much better than taking pictures on your phone or iPad because you actually have the printed pictures!  (flashback to Polaroids!) She has them posted all over her bulletin boards. I know that the film is quite expensive.  So the best way to go about purchasing this camera is to buy the camera, accessories, and film as a bundle.  It is cheaper than buying it all individually.  It comes in other colors like pink and blue, so check out which one your daughter would like!

  • This Fuji Instax Mini 9 Ice Blue Exclusive Instax Design Bundle Package Includes:
  • Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Ice Blue Instant Film Camera + Fuji Instax Mini Film Pack (10 Shots)
  • Photix Protective Pleather Poly-Synthetic Matching Custom Camera Case with Shoulder Strap for Easier Handling and Care of Camera – Ice Blue + 64 Pocket Instax Mini Photo Album
  • Clear Magnetic Acrylic Frame for Mini Instax + Matching Selfie Lens for Selfie Pictures + Pack of 10 Colorful Hanging Frames with Hanging Clips and String
  • Photix 5-Pack Colorful Self-Standing 3-inch Film Frames Set (Pink, Yellow, Green, Lilac, Blue) + Instax skin stick-on decorative frames with 60 assorted designs to add spice and character to your shots + 4-scenery color filters. Fujifilm INSTAX Mini Instant Film is also compatible with Fujifilm Instax Cameras Mini 8, Mini 90, Mini 70, Mini 50S, Mini 25, Hello Kitty, SP-1 and SP-2 Instant Printers.

 

 

Twangled Game

twangled-game

twangled-game

Round up your friends and prepare to get Twangled as you laugh, think, stretch and communicate to get yourselves into and out of a twisted and tangled situation. To play, simply grab the bands and stand in a circle. Kick the spinner and follow the instructions, stepping over or under a specified band color. With each spin, your group becomes more and more Twangled. Then it’s time work together to untangle the group back into their starting positions! This team-building game develops problem-solving skills and gets everyone off the couch and interacting. Includes 8 elastic bands, 1 kick spinner, and rules.

 

Fitbit Ace

I love FitBit!  And this one is for your kids!  I know what you are thinking…why?  I thought the same thing but then I really started to think about how much my kids sit around.  With the Fitbit, they would actually be able to see how active they are being.  Not only that, but they can compete with their friends and their family through the app.  I think this is a great gift to motivate our kids to move more and watch tv and gaming less.

  • Comes in two colors, Electric Blue or Power Purple.
  • Track sleep and set sleep reminders.
  • Friendly competition through step challenges, messages, cheers.
  • Fun clock faces.
  • Showerproof.
  • Family connected app.

Echo Dot Kids Edition

  • Now Alexa is a kid-friendly DJ, comedian, and storyteller — and she’s always getting smarter. Just ask and Alexa will play music, answer questions, read stories, tell jokes, and more — all with younger ears in mind.
  • Up to $109 in savings on Echo Dot (Black), 1 year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, and a kid-friendly case, plus a 2-year worry-free guarantee—if they break it, return it and we’ll replace it for free
  • The included 1 year of FreeTime Unlimited gives your kids access to hundreds of hours of fun and educational content, including ad-free radio stations and playlists, Audible books, and a growing list of premium kids skills. After one year, your subscription will automatically renew every month starting at just $2.99/month plus applicable tax. You may cancel any time by visiting the Amazon Parent Dashboard or contacting Customer Service.
  • 1 year of FreeTime Unlimited gives you access to over 1000 Audible books for kids, like Beauty & the Beast and Peter Pan, thousands of songs, and kid-favorite games and skills from Disney, National Geographic, Nickelodeon, and more
  • Easy-to-use parental controls in the online Amazon Parent Dashboard let you set daily time limits, review activity, or pause Alexa on the device
  • Kids can control lights, plugs, switches, and more with compatible connected devices
  • Automatically filter explicit songs from Amazon Music or Spotify
  • Call kids to dinner or tell them it’s bedtime from compatible Echo devices in the house. Plus, add approved friends and family for calling and messaging outside the house.

 

Boys Gifts

Kiko Robot STEM Kit

Kiko Robot STEM Kit

Build Kiko the robot.  This is a great gift for any kid who likes to build things.  If your child has always been into legos, how about letting him see some action from what he is building!  Once Kiko is built, he has two modes. In Follow-Me mode, Kiko will loyally pursue you everywhere. In Explore mode, Kiko will navigate challenge mazes and obstacles, and can spin 360 degrees! This smart robot scans its surroundings using artificial intelligence and an infrared sensor, even developing its own emotions and gestures.

 

 

SainSmart Jr. Transform Car Robot, Electronic Remote Control RC Vehicles with One Button Transforming and Realistic Engine Sound (Red)

This toy is seriously the ultimate transformer!  Not only does it transform, but it is also remote control activated so you can control it!  Where was this when we were young!?

  • 【One Button Transform】It transforms automatically from car to robot when you hit the button on the remote control. Transforms back and forth easily and quite awesome.
  • 【High Speed Drifting】It has 4 smooth wheels and could finish 360° turning flexibly in both robot model and car shape.
  • 【Realistic Engine Sound】There are LED headlights and the robot has an exciting sounds when you speed up, play forward, backward, turn left and turn right.  

 

 

Garmin vívofit jr, Kids Fitness/Activity Tracker

The reason I added this activity tracker for the boys instead of the FitBit, is because my son is younger.  This activity tracker is a little more geared toward the younger kids with the aesthetics.  (they have some for girls too!)  This activity tracker is just a little bit tougher and a little bit less pricey than some other activity trackers. (in other words, my son won’t be destroying an expensive piece of tech!)  BUT!  I still believe in the activity tracker.  Give your kids some step goals and watch them actually move their bodies instead of sitting around!  Turn it into a game!  They will be healthier!

 

 

Spiderman Headphones for Kids

 

  • Parental Control: These headphones come equipped with an adjustable volume limiter to provide a safe and optimal listening experience for iOS and/or Android users. (See back of packaging for more details)
  • Connectivity: Connect to any audio device with the line-in jack and listen to whatever you like
  • Performance: Enter a world of your own and enjoy crisp quality sound from the makers of iHome
  • Comfort & Quality: Padded pivoting ear cushions and an adjustable headband allows for a comfortable custom fit
  • Perfect Gift: This will make the perfect gift or birthday present for your little hero!

 

 

Dig It Up! Dinosaur Skeletons

Dig It Up! Dinosaur SkeletonsThis kit is the same as the one I posted for the girls above, except that was gems and this is Dinosaur Skeletons!  How cool!  The kit is geared toward the techniques of excavation and there are 12 different discoveries inside.

Make no bones about it, this excavation kit is full of 12 exciting and unique discoveries—including the skeleton figurines of a Stegosaurus, Brachiosaurus and Tyrannosaurs Rex!

There are seriously over 20 different Dig It Up kits, but one of the newest besides the Dinosaur Skeletons is Dig It Up Dragons Eggs!

 

 

 

 

Science Academy Kits: Squishy Ball Lab

Science Academy Kits: Squishy Ball Lab

I know, again with the science kit, but I am telling you, my kids absolutely LOVE these kits.  We have had so many I can hardly count them!  This kit is all about making stress balls but an added bonus is the mini relaxation jar they can also create.  There are all kinds of mixins so your son can totally customize the ball he makes.  They learn about the chemistry behind making the squishy balls too!  So they learn while they play and make something they can use for stress relief.  It’s a win-win!

 

Wheels Brightz

Wheels Brightz: Green

Outdoor toys get your kids up and moving—Wheel Brightz will kick up the fun factor! Twenty micro LED lights create a bright, spinning ring of colorful illumination that draws oohs and aahs. Plus it helps bicyclists see and be seen.

Wheel Brightz includes one 7-foot tube of lights—enough for one wheel. With four LED color options, you can mix and match your wheels according to your personal style. The word is out—Wheel Brightz are the coolest way to ride.

They actually come in 4 different colors, green (above), blue, pink, and multi!

 

 

 

by Nintendo

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

I don’t know about your son, but mine absolutely loves Mario!  We have just about every Mario game there is right now and he loves playing them over and over.

  • Two games in One, for double the fun! simple, straightforward controls, new playable characters optimized for younger and less-experienced players, and a wealth of bonus content
  • All a player needs is One Joy-Con Controller, so two people can team up right out of the box!
  • Tackle 164 platforming courses in the two main game modes and Enjoy extra replayability with three additional game modes
  • Two Super Mario Bros. Games in One, for double the fun!
  • A variety of playable characters are available, some with unique attributes that affect gameplay and platforming physics

 

 

EGO DC Super-VillainsThe only thing my son loves more than superheroes is super villains!  Now there is a whole game dedicated to them!  If your child has already played all of the lego superhero video games out there, then the next logical step is the villains!

  • Players will have the ability to create and play as an all-new Super-Villain throughout the game
  • Set in an expansive open world experience within the DC universe
  • It’s up to you and a crazy group of misfits to uncover the intentions of earth’s new wannabe superheroes
  • For Switch, PS4, and XBox One

 

Well, this is all I have for now!  But check back, because I am creating a stocking stuffer list and a non toy gift list!  Or let me do the work remembering and sign up for my newsletter!  Then when my lists are ready they will be delivered straight to your inbox!  You will be among the very first to know about it!!  I hope you enjoyed this list and found it useful!  I know I enjoyed making it!

Happy Holiday!

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