No matter who you may be looking to buy a gift for this year, I got you covered. Here are my gift suggestions for everyone in your life (and mine!)
Kids (and kids at heart)
My boys are DYING for this! We saw it on Shark Tank and we knew we had to have it! The Jungle Jumparoo is a children’s toy designed for jumping and bouncing. It includes a tube with a series of holding poles in the center to ensure safety while jumping. The Jungle Jumparoo sits low to the ground, is sturdy, easy to get on and off, and safe for children of all ages. It includes a hookup for a hose for summer months that allows kids to turn it into a water feature. It’s portable, easy to transport and can be used indoors or outdoors.
The 2014 Hess Toy Truck is a space cruiser, with retractable landing gear, flashing lights and button-activated and motion-activated sound effects, riding on top of a flatbed truck. A cargo door on the space cruiser opens to reveal the scout that features folding wings and working lights. The flatbed truck doubles as a launch pad complete with a button-activated launch ramp with hydraulic lift, 3 realistic sound effects and 41 lights. Chrome detailing on the cab includes an embossed “50” to officially mark the Hess Toy Truck’s 50th anniversary.
You can hear this turtle’s iconic battle cries when you pull his arms apart. The more you stretch his arms, the higher he shouts, allowing you to recreate sounds from the Turtles film in an authentic way.
This is so much more than just a blanket. Designed with friendly animal faces and paws that hug you right back, kids can easily snuggle up in costume. By combining the comfort of a warm blanket with loose fitting sleeves, kids have the freedom to move and play in comfort. Incredibly cute and huggable, each Bright Eyes Blanket also has animal eyes that glow in the dark! Perfect for boys and girls of all ages. The collection includes Playful Puppy, Kool Kitten, Darling Duck and Precious Panda versions. Retail price is $19.99 and is available at Walmart, Walgreens, Bed Bath and Beyond and online at www.brighteyesblanket.com
There are 6 unique Elektrokidz that come in 6 different finishes, including black matte and shiny gold.
Each come with their own stylized shades.
Each Elektrokidz also has its own special hair movement that dances to the beat and no two Elektrokidz hair dance the same way.
Tipster is a playful robot friend who loves to play with you, be silly, move around, spin, and most of all… tip! The toy enables kids to experiment with weights and balances, although the curriculum is not overt.
An interactive pet without the mess! Even looks and acts like a real pet, responds to touch and fits easily in the palm of the hand. Makes 30 different playful sounds – tweets, chirps and even whistles popular nursery rhymes! Features a unique chatter back recording feature, which allows kids to talk to their bird and hear it talk back.
The 2014 Chosen by Kids Top 20 Toy List released by Walmart Create in just three simple steps: make, spray and display! Kids design their Beados character then simply spray their design with water. Once dry, the beads are fused together and kids can place their designs in the enclosed display stands. Includes 500 beads, two display trays, six design templates, spray bottle and quick dry fan. Requires no heat or glue for no-mess fun – great for parents!
Mutant Mania features a line of wacky, action-packed, mix and match collectible wrestlers (over 80 total!) that kids can build up and smash down for exciting wrestling action. Each customizable figure is created using an interchangeable head, torso and legs – so kids can easily swap out a piece to create a new mutant every time. The Mutant Mania Rampage Arena is the ultimate battle arena where kids can build up their ultimate wrestlers and launch them into the ring to see who will survive, and who will break down in front of the crowd
Now kids can “shop ‘til they drop” with Shopkins, a line of super cute, super tiny, grocery-themed collectibles. With the Small Mart Playset, Shopkins characters can have shopping fun, sliding their groceries down the delivery chute and heading to the check out at the moving conveyer belt register. Kids can continue to grow their Shopkins collection with more characters and additional play sets – which all connect to each other to build a complete Shopkins world!
Littles Ones Who Like to Think They Are One of the Big Kids
BMXie (a preschooler’s first bike)
Check out this BMX-styled bicycle made with lightweight, high-quality fiberglass-reinforced material. The BMXie has and adjustable seat and removable footrest, no tools required. Inflatable rubber tires for super traction and features a detachable front number plate with various stickers to personalize. Comes in 5 colors: red, blue, lime, pink and yellow. The BMXie won the NAPPA Silver Winner for 2014. Check it out in action here
Starts at $5.99
Turn your water in to goo and back again! Talk about a fun looking product! What boy does not want to take a bath in a bowl of goo.
Show off your cool drawings, in a BIG WAY! Draw or trace anything on the reusable plastic sheets with the special markers. You can even use additional sheets to create layered looks. Then project your creations on your walls or ceiling up to 20 times larger than the original size.
The Man in Your Life:
Wild River Tackle Tek™ Rogue Stereo Speaker Bag
The Rogue is Wild River’s unique stereo speaker bag for the tech angler. The integrated audio system is designed to work with iPod®, MP3 players and other portable audio devices, like your smartphone, to output quality stereo sound. The multi-function Rogue includes four PT3700-series trays.
Big Mouth Billy Bass is back! This 15th year special edition of Billy Bass sings “Don’t Worry Be Happy” and “I Will Survive”. A whole new generation will want to share the magic of this singing sensation. For those who may be too young to remember the first time around, “Billy Bass” is a trophy fish, mounted on a plaque. When you press the button he turns his head, wriggles his tail and sings. There’s also a motion sensor mode featuring SYNCHROMOTION technology that can be activated by simply moving in front of Big Mouth Billy Bass.
This one may not fit under the tree but I am sure any man would be excited to find it in his backyard! A freestanding and fully portable, so you can place on any stable, non-flammable surface. It is perfect for patio BBQ’s or for taking to the park or out of town on camping trips
The Trucker’s Friend™ is an all-purpose tool, built tough and specifically designed to meet the needs of professional truck drivers. But it’s so much more.
The Trucker’s Friend™ has attracted a broad (and vocal) following among fire and rescue workers, outdoor enthusiasts, survivalists and preppers, as well as truck drivers and other motorists. The serious tool has even been adopted by the community of zombie hunters.
In any situation that requires hacking, prying, pulling or pounding you will feel real peace of mind with this serious tool on board.
Even if the closest you’ve ever come to camping under the stars was standing in line overnight for concert tickets, you might just go wild over this upcycled tent Dopp kit.
Made from reclaimed fabric discarded in the manufacture of tents, it shares characteristics with its wilder peers – it’s durable, lightweight, and water and stain resistant. Even the clips and zippers are wilderness ready. Inside, three zippered pockets keep all your toiletries conveniently organized, so whether you’re camping, on the road, or simply at home, you’ll never have to feel like you’re roughing it. Handmade in Mexico.
For that Hard to Buy for Woman in Your Life:
The Effortless Name Tag Necklace exudes sophistication and class. Made of fine (.999) silver and accented with your choice of birthstone, it can be personalized with up to 10 characters
This is an unique (and often much needed) way to attract wildlife to a backyard or balcony. A thoughtful and peaceful gift that keeps giving all year long.
I have one of these spinning in my backyard. It is amazing how this small decoration can bring so much happiness to the yard. They are an easy way to add color, movement, and a dose of personality (from sports teams to bird themes) to outdoor spaces.
Being a Mommy is a difficult job. A Mommy’s Time Out is a well deserved break. These wines are delicate and fruity. They come from some of the finest vineyards in Italy where the best grapes are vinified, resulting in a long lasting finish. They are a great complement to food, or may be served as an aperitif.
Cozy Orange – Phoebe Yoga Pullover (Green Sweater)
Price – $74.00
This sweater is so yummy! It is perfect to throw on after class or dressing up with boots. Its warm, delicately woven fabric will keep you “cozy” all winter long. The drapey cowl neck and thumb hole sleeves are exactly what your fall wardrobe has been missing! Seriously, this is the most comfy sweater! I would wear it every where if I could!
Your Fantasy Fan or Animal Lover:
Steel Dragon Jewelry is the home of an exclusive collection of high quality custom designed stainless steel jewelry with a new and unique twist: hand crafted glass eyes.
All jewelry is made to order in their own workshop. All jewelry is exclusive to this company and can only be found in their online store, www.steeldragonjewelry.com.
Jewelry settings are cast in 316 stainless steel; the same material used for high quality cutlery and surgical instruments. Using stainless steel for our jewelry because it is extremely hard, extremely durable, retains a high polish, and is more affordable than gold or silver.
Each piece of Steel Dragon jewelry features an individually hand-crafted and very realistic glass facsimile of an eye. The animal eyes (cat eye, coyote eye, eagle eye, lion eye, tiger eye, wolf eye, etc.,) are accurate glass representations of the actual animal’s eye. The “fantasy” or “creature” eyes, (dragon eye, vampire eye, zombie eye), are the products of our imagination. Our traditional “evil eye” eyes are based on the traditional design. We also create evil eye jewelry with accurate glass facsimiles of human blue and brown eyes.
Each and every piece of Steel Dragon jewelry a unique work of art that you can be proud to wear.
The necklace pictured retails for $79.50. Make sure to check out their bracelets, key chains, rings and more!
The Gamer in your Life:
Make Miis of your favorite people and watch surprising things happen. What happens when friends, family, and celebrities become Mii characters and live on an island? Tomodachi Life—that’s what—and it’s exactly the type of crazy that memories are made of! Give Mii characters items, voices, and personalities, then watch as they rap, rock, eat donuts, fall in love, get denied, and have little Mii babies. Wait…WHAT?!
Create Mii characters, customize their voice and personality, dress them up, and decorate their apartments. Then watch as they come to life! They hang out, play concerts, engage in rap battles, hook up matchmaker-style, and even partake in cool games like Tomodachi Quest, a mini-RPG adventure. And when something really epic happens, take a picture and share it over Nintendo Image Share.* Or, send a baby Mii on a journey into your friend’s game with the StreetPass feature. Expect the unexpected because your Tomodachi Life is about to begin!
The Techy on Your List
Teens and Tweens
Reality Shock! is the latest addition to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! bestselling annual series.
Crystal-clear photography paired with zany stories and amazing facts and figures, which are undeniably true but incredibly hard to believe, will make this book a must-have for every household.
On sale now for $17
The revolutionary KISS InstaWave is a fully automatic curler that instantly creates beautiful, long-lasting curls with ease.
No Need to Be a Pro, simply place a section of hair on the InstaWave and leave the rest of the curling to us. With the touch of a button, the Curl Dial Instantly and Automatically catches and curls hair, transforming straight locks into tangle-free glamorous curls in seconds.
$29.99 at Amazon, Toys R Us, Target, Barnes & Noble and neighborhood toy stores
Gravity Maze is a great choice for tweens who love to design, build and solve. Played solo, you arrange colorful, translucent towers to whisk your marble from starting point to target. You’ll rely on visual perception and reasoning skills to find the single solution to 60 different challenges created by a four-time World Puzzle Champion. The towers can be snapped into many visually stimulating structures offering lots of creative building time, but only one design will successfully carry your marble directly to your goal.
Makeup by ONE DIRECTION
$28.50 at Macy’s
A range of makeup and cosmetic products celebrating youth, style, and the uninhibited lifestyle of a new generation. Celebrating life with bold shades, unique formulae and infused with limited edition collectable packaging, Makeup from One Direction is fun, bold, often irreverent, with a touch of cheeky mischievousness. Offered at prices that every girl and woman can afford.
Choose from three keepsake tins inspired by One Directions globe-conquering albums, Up All Night, Take Me Home and the latest chart topper, Midnight Memories. Each tin comes complete with everything you need to show off your personality. Are you a rock roll girl, a fun party girl or the girl next door? We have just the right collection for you and illustrations to help show you just how to get your perfect look. All your beauty essentials are housed in a LIMITED EDITION collectable keepsake tin with removable sleeve, complete with ONE DIRECTION doodle stencils to decorate your keepsake tin and make it uniquely your own!
My high school students love these Find It Games and so do the staff. It is such a fun competition to see who can find all the objects before anyone else!
Among many other Find It Games, there is now the pink and fabulous “Glitz & Glamour” hidden object game which caters to girls of any age. Great for young girls, tweens, birthday parties, sleepovers, moms, a day at the spa, and anything GIRL related!! With items like jewels, purse, lipstick, pony, cell phone, high heels, and many more, this pink and purple game is sure to please even the most particular princess!
Package includes the Find It® Glitz and Glamour hidden object game and a check off pad. A fabulous game for one or more players to enjoy whether you are 8 or 98!
Check out all the different versions, there is really one for everyone!
For those with a Sweet Tooth:
$31.95 per month
Serious snacking for one or the whole family! We’ll keep them full for months with an assortment of flavored popcorn, premium roasted nuts, gourmet chocolate, cookies, decadent brownies & a selection of sweet & salty treats.
Use coupon code BF35OFF and receive up to $35 off your club purchase, plus free shipping on all orders. Discount expires at midnight 12/2/14.
The German Chocolate and Red Velvet My Mug Cake is perfect for the chocolate lovers on your list. My Mug Cake allows you to make a single-serve cake in a minute. Simply fill the provided ceramic mug to the line with water, add one of Tastefully Simple’s My Mug Cake mixes and microwave for one minute. This product is available for a limited time, so order soon!
Double your pleasure! Build your own combination of two JK Signature jars of MICROCHIP® cookies or gourmet chocolate sauces
Hunger Game Fans
The official bow of the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP), is the ideal bow for kids and young adults, whether beginner or pro. Not only does the bow come in 10 different cool colors, it’s also completely customizable thanks to Genesis’ Build A Bow option
- Kids can’t outgrow it because there is no specific draw length.
- It’s simple to buy – no need to measure and fit for draw length
- It’s easy to shoot – because the draw length is always right, the beginning archer won’t develop bad habits caused by an ill-fitting bow.
- Great for families – everyone can shoot the same bow
- Built to last – durable and tough
Disney Frozen Surprise Slides™ Game ( $18.50 at Amazon and many retailers nationwide)
A surprise-filled race to Elsa’s Ice palace! Journey high up into the mountains above Arendelle with your favorite friends from Frozen. Slide past Marshmallow, the snow monster, glide across icy peaks, or tread through the troll’s secret glen! Shortcut slides could zoom you ahead, or push you backward! You’ll never know when the enchanting locations will mix and flip. It’s a different game every time you play!
• Turn-taking and playing together
• Ideal first game for preschoolers
Don’t forget the Pets:
Hear Doggy! plush toys give your pet the same sensation and enjoyment of traditional squeaky toys without the irritating noise!
Starts at $19 (10% of your purchase goes to charity!)
Use code: ECHODOGSBBX1 when you sign up and get $15 Off
When you sign up for BarkBox, every month you will receive a box in the mail with four or more carefully selected products and presents for your dog – anything from toys, bones and all-natural treats to hygiene products and innovative new gadgets!
5 flavors available
Ludlows Cocktail Co.’s is the first company to create 30-proof, all natural, pre-packaged Jelly Shots made with actual premium spirits and real juices. Their Old Fashioned Jelly Shot features 2-year barrel aged, straight Indiana bourbon whisky, bitters, orange and cherry juices. Ludlows Jelly Shots are also ready-to-eat, so consumers can enjoy them immediately and without refrigeration.
Unmarx is a reusable cleaning pad that instantly wipes off unexpected clothing marks such as Deodorant Marks, Lint, Pet Hair, Makeup Powders, Body Powders, Dried Food and so much more. Unmarx doesn’t require any water to use and it’s small enough to take on the go!
$29.99 for Men and Women
Moshi’s Digits are dual-layered touchscreen gloves that are great for those upcoming winter months. With special conductive fiber in each fingertip and a unique GripTrak pattern for a slip-free grip, Digits are both comfortable and functional. Digits comes in two colors and sizes – dark gray (large) and light gray (small/medium).
- Seductive Top Notes: Sandalwood, Ginger. Benefits: Aphrodisiac, Grounding, Balancing.
- Beautiful Top Notes: Blood Orange, Jasmine. Benefits: Harmonizes Emotions, Enhances Creativity, Uplifting.
- Smart Top Notes: Lemon, Grapefruit. Benefits: Enhances Concentration, Energizing, Refreshing & Cleansing.
- Balanced Top Notes: Rose, Gardenia. Benefits: Balance & Harmony, Calming, Elevates Social outlook.
- Inspired Top Notes: Peppermint, Chamomile. Benefits: Stimulating & Purifying, Refreshing, Relieves Fatigue.
- Awake Top Notes: Tulsi (Holy Basil), Frankincense. Benefits: Emotional & Spiritual Balance, Energizing, Mental clarity.
- Peaceful Top Notes: Lavender, Rosewood. Benefits: Calming and soothing, Balancing, Meditation & Tranquility.
Each Gal has a distinct persona and is dressed in fashionable head to toe outfits that embody her scent. Featuring signature illustrations each scent and design provides benefits that transcend just smelling good.
Teachers (Don’t Forget Us!)
Pampered Teacher subscription box full of fashion and classroom accessories just for teachers! We handpick 3-4 quality items to enhance a teacher’s style and brighten her day. A one month care package of teacher gifts will arrive mid-month right to your doorstep.