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Top Gift Ideas for the Home School Family (2018 Holiday Gift Guide)

Gift Ideas for the Homeschool Family (Holiday Gift Guide 2018)

 

As a homeschool mom myself, I came up with a list of what I think would make great gifts this Christmas.  They are mostly practical and encourage education or physical activity, while also being fun!  Take a look and let me know what your favorite idea is or if you have something else to add to the list!  

 

 

Flybar iPogo Jr – more than just a basic pogo stick, you will find that this one counts your child’s jumps and encourages them to keep going!  Recommended for ages 5+ and 40-80lbs.  The Aero 2-Wheel Scooter and Pogo Ball Trick Board are also great gift ideas to encourage physical activity.

 

Minecraft Workbooks by Skyhorse Publishing – Make learning extra fun this year with this themed workbook!  Available for grades 1 & 2 and 3 & 4.  For those who are reading youth chapter books, check out The Unofficial Minecrafters Mysteries Series Box Set

 

 

Casio 61 Key Keyboard with App Integration – my own 2nd grader started having much more interest in music this year while learning some basic tunes on our keyboard.  It is absolutely amazing how he has taken to it and I can’t wait to see his musical skills grow.  Having a keyboard in our home has been a wonderful experience for our family and I highly recommend it.  I received my first as a 6 year old on Christmas and I have had a love for piano ever since.  There are many to choose from with varying prices for every budget.  

 

 

Thinkfun Math Dice JR (or the original Math Dice) – I have been eyeing these dice for a while now and I think this is the year I will finally get them for my kids since both are old enough to play the Junior version.  They will be a great way to practice math while still having fun!        

 

 

Learning Resources Pretend & Play Cash Register – another fun way to add math to daily play is this cash register.  My kids love playing grocery store (or toy store), exchanging play money, while not even realizing the educational value it is to them.  

 

 

Lil Gadgets Headphones – kids with tablets or laptops will be excited to have their own pair of headphones!  Lil Gadgets has wired and wireless options, as well as earbuds.  All are volume limiting and durable.  My boys have had the Untangled Pro for four years now and love using them as they complete online lessons or games.  

 

Crayola Create ‘n Carry 75 piece art set – every year, my kids tell me they want more art supplies for Christmas.  You can really never have too much :)  This set is great for kids to take with them on-the-go or around the house and keep their supplies together. 

 

 

3Doodler Start Essentials 3D Pen Set for Kids – this STEM inspired gift idea is made especially for ages 6 – 13.  It is safe to use with no hot parts.  Your creations are only limited to your imagination! 

 

Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet – the Fire tablets have come a long way.  With 1 year of FreeTime Unlimited (giving access to over 15,000 popular apps, games, books, and educational content), this affordable tablet is a great option for any budget.  There is also a great replacement guarantee for accidents.  

 

 

Boogie Board 8.5″ LCD Writing Tablet – rather than dry-erase, chalk, or classic paper and pencil, this LCD writing tablet is a fun way to get kids to write and draw.  The drawing will stay until you simply press the button above the screen to make it disappear.  There is no need to charge it or connect it to anything.  The Scribble & Play or Play & Trace versions are great options for the younger children ages 3+.  

 

 

Wall Pops USA Dry Erase Decal – this 36″ x 24″ poster decal would make a fantastic gift for elementary or middle school aged kids. It is easy to read and works great with dry erase markers.   The dry erase monthly calendar is a great option too for older students or the homeschool parent.  

 

 

Book of Paper Airplanes – my boys have a similar book and have so much fun trying to create the different paper planes.  While they think they’re having fun, they’re actually learning about physics! 

 

 

Grow Your Own Crystal Mini Worlds Kit – while learning science and Chemistry, your homeschooler can create 3 projects: a dragon’s cave, a unicorn’s forest, and a seahorse’s coral reef.  

 

 

Blank Comic Book – bring out your child’s imagination and drawing skills with this fun Blank Comic Book.  This is perfect for girls and boys alike as they can create stories to their heart’s desire.  

 

 

Genius LEGO Inventions with Bricks You Already Have – inspiring STEM creations, this book will take the LEGO bricks you already have and show you how to get even more creative with them. 

 

Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition – I highly recommend adding a smart speaker to your home, whether it is an Amazon or Google device.  There are many fun activities, free music (I personally enjoy Piano Guys while my boys study) and even Audible Books available through these speakers.  The Echo devices connect to each other, allowing you to even use them as an intercom system throughout the house.  

 

Homeschool Mom Shirt – Don’t forget the homeschool parent too!  I just love this and so will the homeschool mom in your life.  Got a homeschool dad instead?  I recommend looking around on Etsy.  There are a lot of fantastic options on there as well! 

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.    

 

 

Kontrol Freek Thumbsticks & Grips – a gift your gamer will appreciate!  Kontrol Freek makes a variety of controller thumbsticks and grips for PS4, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch.  These increase precision, accuracy, and control.  

 

Top Gift ideas for busy moms (2018 Holiday Gift Guide)

Gift guide for busy moms (we all have one in our life!)

 

Welcome to my list of gift ideas for busy moms!  We all have a busy mom in our life…whether it’s our own mother, a friend, sister, or even daughter.  And often it’s tough to figure out what to get that mom because they are always on-the-go or seem to have it all already.  But there’s always something out there that they could use!  

The items on this list are personally recommended by myself – many I have even personally tried.  Others, I have simply heard raving reviews from friends, family, or even other bloggers I chat with.  Regardless – these are some pretty awesome products and I hope you find just what you are looking for!  

 

Erin Condren Undated Planner – Impress her with this trendy 12 month planner, flexible for any schedule.  Includes stickers to helping her mark important dates, detailed pages for projects, and even inspirational quotes.  Erin Condren planners are known for their quality and ability to be everything you need in a planner.  There are several branded and unbranded planner accessories to help make this planner become even more useful! 

 

JJ Cole Caprice Diaper/HandBag – This bag is a diaper bag in disguise.  With pockets galore and all the typical diaper bag features, this bag can also function as a nice handbag as the babies grow out of diapers.  The mom in your life will love having such a versatile bag!  

 

 

 

Nomad 0.3m Rugged Universal Cable – as a mom myself, I can tell you it is becoming more of a need to keep a charging cable in my purse.  Whether your own phone needs a quick boost to take that call from the pediatrician, or your kids’ tablet needs a charge to keep you sane while grocery shopping, it is very useful to keep one on hand.  This short cable has it all.  Rugged (sturdy), short and convenient yet long enough for basic use, and usable by nearly any device…not to mention it supports fast charging.  This is definitely the cable the mom in your life needs! 

 

 

Apple Watch – You know this was going to make the list didn’t you?  What busy mom’s life wouldn’t be made easier with a smart watch?  There are 4 series available, each increasing with price, but also increasing with features and processor speed.  Not only will this device let the mom in your life read and respond to texts without digging out her phone, but it will also help her stay accountable for any fitness goals she has.  

 

 

Amazon Prime Subscription as a Gift – gift the gift of quick and free 2-day (and sometimes 1-day) shipping.  If she has an Alexa smart speaker device, she can save even more time shopping by simply making a voice request for any Prime-eligible item.  

 

 

Aura Cacia Essential Solutions Mist –  this spray-able mist contains essential oils intended to relax and calm the mind.  A little spritz on my pillow before I go to bed can make all the difference. Other scents are available as well, such as Relaxing Lavender and Invigorating Ginger and Mint.   

 

 

Keurig Coffee Brewer – does mom love to have a hot cup of coffee (or tea) in the morning?  If she doesn’t already have a k-cup brewer, that is just what she needs!  A Keurig can have her beverage of choice ready in less than the time it takes to check her Facebook newsfeed in the morning.  There are several varieties to choose from depending on size and brewing options – even different colors! 

 

 

CHI Original 1″ Flat Iron – every mom needs ease in her morning routine and this CHI hair straightener brings just that.  I have had mine since my husband gifted it to me before our wedding, 10 years ago.  I still receive great results after nearly daily use.  

 

Heated Coaster for Mugs – mom should get to enjoy that hot beverage before it cools off but more often than not, she probably doesn’t.  This mug warmer is the perfect solution.  If you are looking to splurge a little more on the same idea, check out the Ember temperature controlled mug!  

 

 

myCharge Wireless Power Bank – this item is all about convenience!  When mom’s phone is running low, she can simply pull this little device out and set her phone on top…voila, instant quick charging anywhere for Qi compatible devices like the newer iPhones and Android phones.  This power bank is small enough to fit in a purse without taking up much space and packs enough power to charge the typical phone up to 5 times before having to recharge the power bank itself.  Mom can recharge her phone anywhere without having to worry about cables.

 

 

Isotoner Women’s Smart Touch Cable Knit Gloves – I love a good pair of gloves and this pair is absolutely perfect.  Maybe my own kids will get them for me (hint hint!) because not only do they look cute and warm to keep mom warm on-the-go, but they are also touch screen compatible!  I also recommend making it a set and adding in these matching Isotoner cable knit slippers

 

Jaybird RUN True Wireless Earbuds – whether mom loves listening to music while working out, talking on the phone while driving, or just wants a moment of peace and quiet from everything else, these earbuds would make a great gift.  They are water resistant and the case holds another 8 hours of charge for recharging on-the-go.  

 

 

SipCaddy Portable Drink Holder – every busy mom needs a chance to unwind.  This cup holder is a fun gift to let mom know it’s ok to take a break and relax.  This “Mommy’s Sippy Cup” Wine Glass goes perfect with this holder! 

 

 

Oversized C.C. Beanie – for the mom on-the-go, this beanie is just what she needs to keep her head warm!  Comfy, spacious, and a popular brand, mom is sure to be excited when she unwraps her gift to discover it.

 

Sound+Sleep Sound Machine – mom deserves a good night of sleep for whatever she has to come the next day…work, school, appointments, you name it.  I have had this same sound machine for 3 years and it has helped my sleep immensely.  

 

Fossil Fiona Small Crossbody Bag – a crossbody bag can make life so much easier for the busy mom.  Sometimes she only needs space for the essentials.  At an affordable price for a designer brand, this bag is available in several colors.  You’re sure to find a perfect match for mom!  

 

Ja-Vie Flats – that special mom in your life will love Ja-Vie flats.  They are comfortable, flexible, water resistant, and lightweight.  There is no need to wear socks with them as they have their own built-in sock liner.  Plus they come in some pretty cute patterns!  

 

Stay tuned.. if I think of anything else, I’ll be sure to add it to this list!!! 

 

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Sony WH-1000XM3 Headphones available at Best Buy

My husband is a major music enthusiast.  If he’s not listening to it, he’s playing it.  Between his upcoming birthday and Christmas, I better start shopping early!  And I’ve got the perfect first product for the list: the Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones available at Best Buy!  

What’s so great about the Sony WH-1000XM3?  They really do just about everything you could ask for from a pair of headphones! 

Hands Free Calling and Google Assistant: simply double tap to answer a phone call or press and hold the noise-canceling button to ask the Google Assistant something.  

Industry-leading noise canceling: Sony’s proprietary HD Noise Canceling Processor QN1 brings the WH-1000XM3 to the pinnacle of noise cancellation.  While mowing the yard or even getting in a workout, my husband appreciates being able to block out the other sounds and focus on the music.  This is definitely a feature he will love!  

Premium Sound: The 40mm drivers with Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) diaphragms are Hi-Res Audio compatible, reproducing a full range of frequencies.  Anyone who plays music will appreciate the quality of sound these headphones put out!

All-day listening with quick charging: Listen all day with up to 30 hours of playback and quick charging that gives five hours of playback with just 10 minutes of charge time.  My husband is a busy dad, homeschooling our boys during the day and helping out with his mother’s small business by evening.  The length of charge these headphones hold is fantastic for those who not only will use them for hours at a time, but also for those who might not have time or remember to set them on a charger every night.  

Smart Listening: Smart Listening by Adaptive Sound Control automatically detects your activity and balances noise canceling levels accordingly.  This feature intrigues me and I can’t wait to see how it plays out in day to day listening.  You also can hold your hand over the housing to turn the volume down in an instant.  

 

Sony WH-1000XM3 What's in the box

 

What’s in the box:

  • Audio cable for wired connection
  • Carry case
  • Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Noise Canceling Over-the-Ear Headphones
  • USB-C charging cable

 

Overall, this pair of headphones seem phenomenal and perfect for my music-loving husband.  I can’t wait to check them out in person at Best Buy!  

 

Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Headphones at Best Buy

 

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored. I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

 

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