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Top Gift Ideas for Kids (2018 Holiday Gift Guide)

Gift Ideas for Kids - 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

 

I have sought out and compiled my list of top holiday gifts for kids this year.  You’ll recognize some while some may be new to you.  Scroll down and check out the full list – you might find that perfect gift!  

 

Paw Patrol Ultimate Rescue Mini character and vehicle sets by Spin Master are a perfect place to start.  These are small and portable, and work with most of the bigger sets that have space for other vehicles.  These specific vehicles attach to any of the Ultimate Rescue vehicles. Their size and price makes them perfect candidates for stocking stuffers! 

 

 

Epic Christmas Gift Idea - Lakeshore Learning Royal Kingdom Adventure Castle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lakeshore Learning Royal Kingdom Adventure Castle – every little girl and boy needs a castle to grow their imagination!  This medium sized (approx 12×12) castle is perfect!  

 

 

Flybar Pogo Ball Trick Board (ages 6 & up) – this epic gift idea is suitable for both boys and girls, and will provide hours of active fun.  Comes with an air pump, durable pogo ball, and board with grips.  

 

 

Zoom Tubes Car Trax – I have never seen anything like Zoom Tubes before and they are so much fun!  Connect the tube track and use the remote to launch and zoom your car through.  The best part is you can change the track and mix it up!  Recommended for ages 5 and up.  

 

 

Paw Patrol Themed Cozy Phones – I honestly want a pair of these for myself.  These adorable Cozy Phones are super comfy and have ultra-thin adjustable speakers inside.  These are available in several Paw Patrol characters as well as other fun animals.  Recommended for ages 3 & up with supervision.  

 

 

The Incredibles 2 Junior Super Family Gift Set – this is the perfect all-in-one starter set for the Incredibles 2 fans out there!  

 

 

Flybar Aero 2-Wheel Scooter – with a durable steel frame, adjustable handlebars, light up wheels, and holding up to 175lbs, this scooter will provide years of fun!  

 

3Doodler Start: Hexbug Creation Set – Kids can create their own unique Hexbugs with this set that encourages STEM learning.  Comes with 3 Hexbug micro robotic motors, 3Doodler pen and charger, 8 colors of plastic, 4 molds, and activity guide.  

 

 

Strictly Briks Design-Your-Own Ornament – every brick builder will love being able to create their own ornament!  Compatible with all major brands, you can make this ornament your own and update it year after year.  

 

 

Fingerlings – these adorable little creatures have over 40 animations and sound effects to keep your kids entertained.  They make a great stocking stuffer or even gift from one kid to another.  There are different ones to choose from including Unicorn and T-Rex versions, as well as accessories available.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Magic Weighted Blanket – made by the original weighted blanket company, this is a fantastic gift for the special needs child or adult in your life.  It also makes a fantastic comfort gift for any other child in your life as well.  Weighted blankets are known to calm those with anxiety or stress.  Pictured is the Star Wars Cotton Weighted blanket.  There are also blankets available in chenille, minky, waterproof fabric, and various patterns and colors.  

 

 

Uno – Uno is one of my favorite card games and a must for any kid!  

 

 

Polly Pocket Big Pocket World: Snow Globe – Polly Pockets are back and as adorable as ever!  This toy is compact enough for on-the-go play, but has so much fun packed into it.  There are several other Polly Pocket Big Pocket World sets available too!  

 

 

Guess Who Marvel Edition – in honor of the late Stan Lee, this Marvel edition of Guess Who is a perfect Christmas gift for the young Marvel fans in your life!  

 

 

LEGO Creative Box – I couldn’t leave LEGO off this list!  LEGO building (and play) is a big part of my own kids’ lives and is a great family activity.  A basic creative box is a perfect way to start or grow someone’s collection if you aren’t sure what exactly to get them.  

 

Royal Kingdom Adventure Castle (by Lakeshore Learning)

Epic Christmas Gift Idea - Lakeshore Learning Royal Kingdom Adventure Castle

 

Before becoming a mom of two, I never imagined all the toys that I would be excited for, but this castle is definitely one!  Lakeshore Learning’s Royal Kingdom Adventure Castle is a site for epic battles and tons of imagination.  It even is a winner of the 2018 National Parenting Product Award!  

This toy is great for boys and girls alike, and recommended for ages 3-6 but both my 2 and 9 year old nephews had a lot of fun checking it out.  

The Royal Kingdom Adventure castle is quite impressive with all its features and standing at 10.25″ tall.  It is big enough for lots of entertainment but small enough for even apartment living.  And great news for the parents – it is pre-assembled and ready-to-go out of box! 

 

Included in the castle are:

  • explorable chambers
  • stairs to scale
  • watch Towers
  • dragon’s lair
  • working drawbridge 
  • dungeon door

 

The set also contains the following:

  • king and queen figures
  • wizard
  • 2 guards
  • 4 knights
  • dragon
  • 2 flags

 

My 6 and 7 year old boys are going to have hours upon hours of fun with this toy.  As a homeschool family, I think we are even going to put together a unit focused on castle and royal life.  

I highly recommend adding the Royal Kingdom Adventure Castle to your holiday shopping list.  It will be such a fun present for your child to open under the tree on Christmas morning! 

 

Top Tech & Gadget Gift Ideas (2018 Holiday Gift Guide)

Top Tech & Gadget Gift Ideas for 2018

 

 

Wacom Intuos Drawing Tablets are a must for anyone interested in design or photo editing. Each tablet can be registered with software that suits the user’s needs.  The wireless pen has an impressive 4096 pressure levels, delivering precision and control.  There is a variety of sizes of tablets, starting at just $79.

 

Jaybird RUN True Wireless Earbuds – these wireless earbuds would make a great gift for the runner and music lovers out there.  They are water resistant and the case holds another 8 hours of charge for recharging on-the-go.  After giving them a try myself, I can say that they are comfortable and have great sound quality.  

 

 

Nomad Rugged Universal Cables – I cannot stop raving about these cables! They are truly my favorite.  With a 3-in-one connect, durability, and fast (4.5A) charging capability, these cables have it all. They come in two sizes – 0.3m and 1.5m.  

 

 

myCharge Wireless Power Bank – this item is all about convenience!  Simply pull this little device out and set your Qi compatible phone on top…voila, instant quick charging anywhere!  This power bank is about the same size 2 phones stacked on top of each other, and the 10k version packs enough power to charge most phones about 5 times before having to recharge the power bank itself. 

 

 

Turtle Beach Recon 200 – every gamer needs a reliable headset and Turtle Beach makes just that.  There are several to choose from with different features, game console compatibility, and price range.  The Turtle Beach Recon 200 is a great medium range set that works with multiple gaming platforms. 

 

 

Lynktec Reeljuice  – This all-in-one power bank has a built-in cable and requires no additional pieces.  There are two versions – the 3x and the 5x – each charging the typical phone just that.. 3 or 5 times.  The Reeljuice can plug directly into the wall to recharge and has as a built in 4 ft micro USB cable with lightning adapter.  

 

 

Gear Best Universal Cell Phone Lanyard – I often find myself without pockets and this cell phone lanyard is a life (or phone) saver!  It keeps your phone accessible and safe from drops, but hands-free when you need to be.  Comes in a variety of colors and a pocket style that even has a pocket to hold your card or money!  Gear Beast also has other hands-free accessories such as running arm bands and bottle holders.  

 

Echo Dot  – this voice controlled speaker allows you to play music on command, will tell you the weather, call or message anyone (hands-free of course!), and even connect to other smart devices.  If your recipient already has one, they can pair them to have stereo sound throughout the house.  Check out the Kids Edition for those with little ears around – it even comes with access to over 1000 kid-friendly Audible books, ad-free music, and fun activities.   

 

KiiPix Smartphone Picture Printer – print pictures on-the-go straight from your phone with the KiiPix printer.  Simply place phone, place film, and print!  This is such a fun device for all ages.  

 

 

Tile Anything Finder – I know a lot of people who could use this!  The Tile device helps you find lost items.  Connect it to your keys and the phone app can tell you where to find them or play a loud tune on the Tile.  You can even press the button on the tile device to find your phone.  

 

 

Healbe GoBe2 – doing what most smart bands don’t, the Healbe GoBe2 has several impressive features.  Not only can it detect your calorie intake (without bothersome counting on your part) but it can also detect your hydration levels, quality of sleep, and stress level.  It is a fantastic all-in-one wellness tracker.  

 

 

Olloclip Active Lens Kit – add more creativity to your iPhone camera shots with this fun clip on lens set.  Comes with Fish-eye, Super-Wide, and Macro.  

 

WD 1TB My Passport Portable External Hard Drive – everyone needs an external hard drive to back up their important photos and documents.  You can fit massive amounts of photos and videos in the palm of your hand with the My Passport External Hard Drive. It will back up automatically, can be password protected, and is more than enough space for the typical user.  This is a great gift idea for anyone from students to professionals.  

 

Lifeproof FRE Case – if you know someone getting a new phone for Christmas, this is the perfect gift!  Lifeproof cases are known for their quality.  They are waterproof, shock proof, and come with a built in screen protector.  New phones deserve the kind of protection Lifeproof offers.  Please note: be sure to get a case for the correct phone model as they are not interchangeable.    

 

 

Top Gift Ideas for the Crafters & Artists (2018 Holiday Gift Guide)

Gift ideas for the crafters and artists - there's something for everyone!

 

Crafters and artists are some of the hardest to shop for because they may be picky about their supplies or already seem to have it all.  Here are a few fun gift ideas, including top brands and products for various levels.  

 

Tombow Advanced Lettering Set – this set is perfect for the hand lettering beginner or expert.  Pair it up with one of the suggested books below and you may be receiving cute hand lettered gifts from your recipient by next year! 

 

Wacom Intuos Drawing Tablets are a must for anyone interested in art or design. Each tablet can be registered with software that suits the artists style (Graphic Drawing, Photo Editing, and Comic/Manga.)  The pen has an impressive 4096 pressure levels, delivering precision and control.  There are a variety of sizes of tablets, starting at $79.  I have had a chance to try the smaller Bluetooth model and it has been such a fun experience.  My husband has a passion for art and has already put it to use multiple times.  

 

 

Super Simple Hand Lettering Set – pair this book with a set of brush markers to give your gift recipient hours of creative fun.  

Cricut Explore Air 2 – listed as one of the best cutters for beginners by Amazon, the Cricut Explore Air 2 is also one of the more affordable cutting machines.  This machine cuts over 100 materials, and even connects to your phone or tablet via Bluetooth. 

 

 

Honey Can Do Rolling Cart – every crafter needs organization for all their supplies.  Perhaps this is just what your gift recipient needs!  

 

 

Everyday Macrame Kit – Macrame is such a beautiful way to decorate your home and not as often commonly practiced, making it a perfect “new hobby” for someone.  This book has 10 beautiful projects for your gift recipient to try out.  Be sure to include some macrame cord as well! 

 

Assorted Metallic Paper – what paper crafter can’t use more paper? And metallic!  This could make for some fun new projects!  

 

 

Canson 180 Degree Art Book – this sturdy sketch book contains high quality 65 pound paper, perfect for sketch artists and those using markers.  With strong stitch binding, you can lay this book open flat, making it ideal for artists.  

 

 

Even the crafter or artist that has it all probably doesn’t have these amazing Chameleon markers, and if they do, they will be excited for more!  These pens can make shading, blending, and color transitions look phenomenal with their unique blending chamber.  I have seen a few videos of these in use and the results are beautiful!  There are quite a few varieties of colors, so be sure to take a look around and see the choices.  

 

 

Prismacolor produces artist quality colored pencils that come in a variety of sizes of sets.  Whether you want to spend $15 or $100, there is a set available at almost any art store or online.  

 

 

Metallic markers are a must for any crafter.  These Pilot Gold & Silver Extra Fine Point Markers make a great stocking stuff or gift basket item.  BIC also makes a fun set of metallic markers, containing a variety of colors!  

 

 

I’ve always been intrigued by string art – there are so many projects you can create, whether you take a simple approach or a more detailed approach.  This DIY String Art book by Jesse Dresbach is a great place to start.  

 

 

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