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2019 Christmas Gift Guide for Kids – New Toys and Book Gift Ideas!

It’s that time of year for me to release my annual Christmas gift guide for kids that has new toys and book ideas in it.

I’ve compiled an awesome list this year, and hopefully, you’ll want to check out these brands represented for a possible prominent spot under the Christmas tree this year!  You’ll find many STEM educational toys, some video games and books, and lots of kits that pertain to slime (still so popular with the kiddos right now!)  Leave any questions you may have in the comments section about any of these items and I’ll be sure to answer what I can!

Some of these items also have special deal promo codes – so don’t miss those if you are going to order. 

I am also holding a giveaway for one Kids Night In Boxes that ends 11/20/19.  

Christmas Gift Guide for Kids – Toy Ideas:

Christmas Gift Guide for Kids rubber ducks

Christmas Gift Guide for Kids santa rubber duck

Rubber Ducks from Wild Republic

These are not your Mother’s Rubber Ducks! These ducks are free of any opening; they are mold-free due
to our unique hole-less design that does not allow moisture from collecting inside the duck. Rubber ducks are the perfect collectible for water or land. Wild Republic has over 30 different unique designs that can be used to educate children on animals of the world and even has holiday-themed ducks including a snowman, Santa and reindeer. MSRP $6.99

Wooden Texture Memory Game 

A memory game of textures. Identifying and remembering textures is an important part of sensory learning. Touch and texture expose children to the world around them. Learning textures helps children with language.

Christmas Gift Guide for Kids smile sox

SMILE! SOX 

 Based in southern California, SMILE!SOX™ is independently owned and part of the Keepers International family. Founded in 1954, Keepers is a pioneering wholesale distributor of premium-quality, high-fashion socks that began by serving independent apparel and shoe stores along with larger regional department and sporting goods stores located on the West Coast. Today Keepers’socks are sold in Dress, Casual, and Sport styles for men, women, and kids at stores all around the world.  Grab a pair of fun SMILE!SOX for your kids stockings this year!

I have a special discount code for you: BOGO free + FREE Shipping with code smilesox15

Christmas Gift Guide for Kids - yuckology

Learning Resources Yuckology Slime lab:

  • MAKE and save your grossest, gunkiest play slime, dough, and putty with this reusable slime lab set!
  • LEARN STEM skills including measurement, color mixing, and more!
  • EXPLORE the full-color guide’s six easy kids’ experiments!
  • SAVE your best slime for later gross-outs in the set’s storage dishes!
  • AGES 3+

Lil' Shuckies - Christmas Gift Guide for Kids

Lil’Shuckies Glitzy Sea Shell Set

Children will have a blast as they crack open their jumbo sea shell carrying case to find three Lil’ Shuckie oyster shells, a magic sand package, and 60 baby filler pearls to complete a bracelet! Use the shucking tool to open the mini oyster shells and discover stretchy slime and gorgeous pearls inside. The play value continues as kids can collect all 24 pearls, from “common” to “ultra-rare”; to make bracelets swap, or collect! Super sketchy glitzy slime is inside of each Lil’ Shuckie oyster! Perfect Slime kit and craft for every slimmer in your life. MSRP: $19.99.

Christmas Gift Guide for Kids - slime making lab kit

hand2mind Slime! Science Slime Making Lab Kit for Kids

  • PLAY AND LEARN – Welcome to the exciting world of slimy worms and bouncing balls to become an expert in all things that SLIME!
  • 14 experiments & 19 lab tools that allows your little one to create blue blood, slimy coal, colored worms, and more
  • STEM at Play kits prepares your kid for the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Career by bringing science concepts to life through hands-on learning
  • Our 36-page fact-filled colorful lab guide is jam-packed with pictures and information that will keep your kid busy with fun for HOURS in the comfort of your home
  • The best STEM experiment, birthday, holiday, arts and crafts gift for girls, boys, kids, teens ages 8 and up with adult supervision

 

 

Christmas Gift Guide for Kids - tinkering labs

Tinkering Labs Electric Motors Catalyst 

Tinkering Labs’ Electric Motors Catalyst (EMC) is for kids 8+ (but many kids 6+ use it, it mainly depends on the child) and focuses on challenging their problem-solving capabilities and creativity and empowers them with invention and project-based learning.

  • “STEM kit” allows kids to build doodling robots, power electric model cars, add motors to legos, and more!
  • Truly engages kids’ inventive imagination, unlike say coding where kids are forced to learn inside a box and not think outside of it, limiting their imaginative and inventor abilities.
  • Comes with markers…can be used in the building process but the company also learned that when kids feel stuck, having an artistic avenue helps them recalibrate and then solve the problem.
  • Inspired the company to work with both consumers and schools; they even have their own tinkering school!
  • MSRP: Tinkering labs found on Amazon ($59)

Christmas Gift Guide for Kids - gumball machine maker

Gumball Machine Maker 

Build your own gumball machines and learn physics lessons in the process. A turn of a handle dispenses one gumball at a time out of the clear storage globe and down the track. As the gumballs roll down the track, they perform cool stunts and tricks. Stunts include a pulley lift, pendulum, funnel, trampoline, variable-slope ramp, pinball launcher, and domino slide. Each segment of the track teaches a different lesson in mechanical physics, allowing users to explore topics including simple machines, force, motion, momentum, gravity, Newton’s laws, energy transfer, and more. Trial-and-error experiments teach in a fun, hands-on way. AGES 6+ MSRP: $39.95.

Christmas Gift Guide for Kids - kids night in box subscription

Kids Night In Boxes

Every Month, Kids Night In will send a box aiming to give kids the tools he needs to build memories with an important figure in their life. Kids Night In is an opportunity to spend quality time together and show the child in your life how special they are! In every box, you will receive everything you need for fun activities together, but remember the fun activity isn’t the important thing here… what is important is the fact that Mom or Dad is regularly taking time to invest in a relationship with their kids.

You can read my full review HERE!

Want to win a Kids Night In Box?  GO HERE to enter to win!

 

Christmas Gift Guide for Kids - smART Pixelator

smART Pixelator

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could pixelate ANY design using innovative LIGHT TECHNOLOGY? Well, you can thanks to the smART Pixelator from Flycatcher Toys! The smART Pixelator empowers kids to design and build 2D and 3D projects using Bluetooth connectivity, easy-to-follow lights, and smART Pixel Beads, Sequins or Pegs. Right out of the box, kids have a choice of creating 50 step-by-step designs using Pixel Beads. A smART Pixelator app and any mobile device also let them engineer their own projects, encouraging customization and experimentation. Additional beads, sequins, pegs, and extension sets, including the smART Pixelator Bracelet Maker, are available to keep the fun flowing. Ideal for kids 7 to 107 years old. MSRP: $59.99

Christmas Gift Guide for Kids - kiwico box subscription

Kiwi-Co Boxes

To try a Kiwi-Co box, you first pick a line – Tadpole, Koala, Kiwi, Atlas, Doodle, Tinker, or Eureka. Each of those is for a different age group and/or interest. The science and art projects inspire kids to become creative problem solvers. When you choose your plan, either just one box for a monthly plan, 3, 6, or 12-month plans at the cheapest at $18.50 per box. The first crate ships in 2 days. Pause or cancel anytime!  Get up to 4 months free with code GIFT – this deal is valid thru November 11th!

Get your 1st Month free on a 3 month suscription, 2 Months free on a 6 months subscription, and 4 months free on a 12 month subscription with code GIFT

Read my full and honest review of Kiwi Co boxes HERE!

 

Christmas Gift Guide for Kids - PBS playtime pad

PBS KIDS Playtime Pad+

 Entertainment at your child’s fingertips! With the Playtime Pad 7” HD Kid Safe Tablet your child now has access to an array of
different educational experiences including PBS games, videos, and songs. Including parental controls, you now can have complete control over your child’s tablet and entertainment. Sold in a kid-safe durable silicone case this tablet was made for kids for the ultimate entertainment and learning experience wherever they go. Available now on Walmart.com. MSRP: $79.99

 

Christmas Gift Guide for Kids - Bee Simulator game

Bee Simulator 

If you are on the hunt for a video game that brings something new to the table other than the usual shooter or adventure franchise, let me briefly introduce you to Bee Simulator.

Imagine a PG version of Grand Theft Auto wrapped around an eco-friendly educational experience. A mission-based arcade/adventure simulation for consoles and PC where you learn about the importance of Bees in our fragile ecosystem while fighing wasps, spiders, seaching for pollen and protect your hive and your Queen Bee from human interaction.  Bee Simulator is scheduled to release on November 14 for the Xbox 1, PS4, PC and Nintendo Switch.

Farmer’s Dynasty 

move freely through the village and its surroundings, develop your farm and cultivate your land behind the wheel of realistic vehicles… Lots of challenges await budding farmers in Farmer’s Dynasty.  Start with simple farming tools and grow quickly from there through deep gameplay: build, repair and harvest. Improve your yield by acquiring new agricultural facilities like greenhouses and silos on your way to becoming one of the top farmers in the village. Farmer’s Dynasty is scheduled to release on November 21 for the Xbox 1 & PS4.

Christmas Gift Guide for Kids – Book ideas:

BookRoo – Kids Book Club Subscription Box

How It Works:
1.  Pick a Book Club. We offer book clubs for kids ages 0-10.
2.  Receive Monthly Book Deliveries. Our delightful book deliveries make books and reading exciting for your child.
3.  Spend More Time Reading. Fresh reading material + more free time for reading = best decision ever.

They have a board book club for ages 0-3, a picture book club for ages 3-6 and a chapter book club for ages 7-10.  You’ll save up to 45% off retail and subscription prices start at $24.94 with shipping to get just one box.  Prices go down as you order more boxes.  

Get 15% off your first order when you enter your e-mail on the homepage!

 

Christmas Gift Guide for Kids - The Little Fir Tree Book

The Little Fir Tree 

Deep in the forest, there lived a beautiful little fir tree who longed to see the world. When the tree is taken to town at Christmas, it feels like all his dreams have come true. But what will happen the day after? Find out in this beautifully illustrated modern retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s festive tale. 

As the story of the little fir tree unfolds – brought to enchanting life with the colorful, folk art–inspired artwork of acclaimed author/illustrator Christopher Corr – so does a touching lesson on appreciating what we already have and a hopeful message of rebirth.

Christmas Gift Guide for Kids - hidden pictures at the zoo book

Hidden Picture Puzzles At The Zoo 

Liz Ball’s puzzles are adored by children and also recommended by doctors, teachers, and parents to help improve eye coordination, spatial skills, memory retention and concentration. In Hidden Picture Puzzles at the Zoo children will learn as they play, with 50 black and white hidden puzzle pictures, all from inside the zoo.

Christmas Gift Guide for Kids - the animal awards

The Animal Awards

Celebrate the most spectacular species in the animal kingdom with this amazing book of animals, illustrated by Tor Freeman. Fifty fantastic creatures are awarded prizes to celebrate their most dazzling talents and some unusual skills. Roll up, roll up! The Animal Awards are about to begin. Who will win the Terrific Teeth Award? Who will claim the title of Most Smelly? Who will win the prize for Best at Pretending To Be A Plant? Celebrate with 50 brilliant animals from around the world who represent nature’s rich tapestry.

Christmas Gift Guide for Kids - learn to draw Frozen II

Learn to Draw Disney Frozen 2 

The step-by-step drawing exercises in Learn to Draw Disney Frozen 2 will have you drawing Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, Sven, and the new characters from Disney Frozen 2 in no time!

Christmas Gift Guide for Kids - science in a jar book

Science in a Jar 

Kids and grown-ups need only gather a jar and a few other inexpensive and readily available household objects to begin investigating and confirming the science at work all around them. The 35+ experiments included cover various scientific disciplines: life science, earth science, physical science, weather, and more.

If you are looking for more age or topic-specific gift guides for kids, check these out:

Beach Hacks and Gear:  15+ Products To Make Your Time At The Beach Easier & More Fun!

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Kids Eat Free – Guide of Restaurants and Days of the Week to Get Free Food For Kids!

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SO GROSS!!  4 Packs of Zits Giveaway!!  Ends 4/29/18

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Groupon+ A New Way To Earn Cash Back From Restaurants!

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15+ Simple Indoor Kids Activities – Screen Free and Frugal!

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Free Redbox Rental via Mobile App

Free Redbox Rental via Mobile App

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