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Wow! Just 10 days remain until Christmas! Every year it seems like it pops up quicker and quicker. Of course, as the kids get older and into more things, I know it's going to get worse. Between preschool runs, holiday activities, and various other functions, it feels as if we're always going. In fact, I'm writing this post from my church's cafe while Owen is at preschool.
I know we always struggle with what to get the kids that isn't the same thing all the time.
A couple of weeks ago, we received our first Babbleboxx delivery – a box packed with fun, educational toys for the kids, cool new shoes for Charlie, a cute new duffel bag, and some other great giftable items.
This award-winning educational night light projection system offers soothing night light features. But, it's not just any night light projections: the discs (the system comes with 5) have some awesome lesson plans that are projected onto the ceiling. Charlie is always wanting to learn more and is really into reading absolutely everything, so this is perfect for him. He's currently loving the planets and the speed of animals discs the most.
You can order the system and additional discs from the Helio site. Enter “LearningLight” as the discount code to buy one Helio and get the second for $34.95. Code is valid through April 2018.
Okay, this is probably the coolest thing in this Babbleboxx. The boys have absolutely loved playing with the WowWee Magnaflex. We've played with plenty of magnet toys previously, but none quite like this. The kit includes several colored flexible magnetic strips so the kids can create just about anything they want. We started with a few of the projects included in the instructions to get a hang of how they work first. Charlie said he loves how magnets work and how they feel funny when they don't connect, like it pushes them away. I love STEM toys for gifts and would definitely recommend WowWee Magnaflex!
We received a super cute bright pink and blue floral print duffel bag that is perfect for a kids' travel bag. This would make a great personalized gift by having a monogram or name added. Since this one is such a cute girly print, I'm claiming it for myself! We travel quite often, so I'm definitely picking up some personalized travel bags for the boys – they're at that super independent stage where they want to be in control of their own things, so these are great! I was really impressed with the price of these bags and fully expected them to be higher because of the high quality.
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Candlewick Press: The Wonderling by Mira Bartok
We love gifting books for the holidays. Actually, for our cousin exchange this year, we had the kids each choose a book for the cousin they drew. The Wonderling is perfect for middle grade readers. I think it's a little too old for him right now, but it will be a great one for us to read aloud and enjoy together. It's a story of friendship, fantasy and adventure. The story encourages kids that they're able to make a positive change in the world, no matter their size.
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Petlanthropy: Donation Gift Cards
Though we try to stress it all year, the holidays are a great time to really talk to kids about giving back. Petlanthropy Foundation helps see that all homeless cats and dogs are guaranteed loving forever homes.
We received a $25 donation gift card for the boys and I to select a local animal shelter for our donation. This is a great gift for anyone that loves animals and those that are hard to buy for because they already have everything.
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PEZ: Christmas Ornament Collection & Holiday Tube
I love being able to share memories from my childhood with my own children. PEZ are definitely one of those cool things we had growing up. PEZ really makes the perfect stocking stuffer! We received a cute exclusive mini PEZ dispenser that comes in an ornament, ready to hang on the tree! Each ornament comes with two PEZ candy refills.
Vince Camuto: Shoes
I'm in love with the Boys Gradie High Top Sneakers we received for Charlie from Vince Camuto. They're Navy in color and leather-lined. Charlie really likes them and can't wait to wear them to school! I really like that they're nicer than regular sneakers, but still cool and casual.
Honestly, any of these gifts would be great for the kids on your list this year!