Saturday, December 2, 2017

Gift Guide 2017: Kidlets

So I love a good gift guide. I have gotten some great ideas from other people's gift guides, and they are fun to look back on. This year when I asked Everett what he wanted for Christmas he said "A hoverboard thingy that I can ride with blue-tooph" ummmmm  NO. After I explained that he would not be getting a hoverboard with Bluetooth capabilities, he said: "Ok, just some of those snap bracelets like Oliver had." Meaning those plastic bracelets that you snap on your wrist and they curl up. I think we can arrange that. When I asked Patrick what he wanted Santa to bring to him, he said "Disneyland" surprise surprise. 

I went through and looked at my kid's toys and the ones we use consistently and they still love are:



1. Micro Scooter. Still, our best buy ever and Patrick is getting his own this year from my mom and dad. Everett rides his scooter almost every day and Micro scooters are easier for kids to learn on because they turn from leaning, not your hands turning and are just such good quality.

2. Cash Register. Everett got this two years ago, both kids still play with it all the time and it is the toy every friend who comes over is obsessed with too. This one is awesome because it has life-like money, scans a price every time you scan something, has working credit cards etc.

3. Magnatiles, magformers? I'm not sure which brand we have but these are the best toys maybe ever. Even adults like playing and building with them. There are so many different brands and sets on Amazon. We have the not-solid ones. My only recommendation is to make sure you have a variety of pieces, not just all small squares and triangles. You need the big hexagons and tall triangles to build more things.

Here are some things they are wishing for slash I think they're wishing for this year:



1. Everett got this same sleeping bag last year for Christmas in red buffalo check and we got Patrick this one this year.  Everett loves to pull his out for movie nights with friends or to just get cozy sometimes. It folds up compact and fits under his bed too!

2. My parents scored on Black Friday and got Everett a big classic Lego set. We have bought a Star Wars kit before but it was way too hard for him to do on his own, it took like 4 adults to put it together when everything needed to be so exact. I like this classic set because he can build whatever he wants, no set design. I really want my kids to like Lego because I have heard from friends that their kids will play with it by themselves for long periods of time. My kids don't know what that concept is.

3. I say it every year. Jellycat stuffed animals are the cutest, softest, stuffed animals in the land. My kids actually prefer their build-a-bear stuffies as their favorites, but I love these as decor and it's actually me who's doing the collecting of these.

4. I have a weakness for Christmas books, I have like 27 in my Amazon cart right now. My very favorites so far are "A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree" and "Mr. Willoughby's Christmas Tree" and Everett LOVES "Snowmen at Night" His favorite part is to try and find the tiny pictures on each page after we read it. These pictured above are some I have my eyes on this year. I love the "Pick a Pine Tree" mostly for the gorgeous cover art. The Perfect Snowman seems to have the cutest story (go read description on Amazon) and I think Patrick would love the scratch and sniff book.

5. I also have a weakness for kids toques (that's what us Canadians call beanies) pronounced "two-ckss" I love this one from Gap and want them to be matching in them.

6. Boogie Boards! We have one of these and a mini one but could use another so the boys don't fight over the big one at Church. They are awesome for quiet time, church and in the car. They can draw whatever and then just erase with the push of a button.

7. ION Party Power speaker and disco machine. A couple years ago my Aunt Cathy bought all her adult kids one of these for Christmas (most of them had kids) but we have been part of the dance parties these put on and the kids go crazy. It projects lights all over the room and plays whatever you want through your phone. My kids love dance parties and I know it would be well used. They are expensive used but I found refurbished ones for $50 on Groupon and Living Social.

8. Sleeping Queens Card Game. I haven't actually played this but so many people have recommended and it will go in Everett's stocking this year. He loves card games (any games really) and this one has amazing reviews and doesn't look quite as painful as go-fish.

9. Marble Works. I used to love playing this as a kid and I think my boys would both love it! This is the supreme version by Discovery Toys, but $$$. This one looks great too and has good reviews.

10. My kids played this at a friends house and loved it so much. I don't know if it was just the 'new toys' magic or if they would love it at our house too but it is adorable. This toy, also by Melissa and Doug is also something I think Patrick would love!

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