The Best Gift Guide for families

Holidays are a great time to give and thankfully, we have been blessed with so many opportunities to give.  Between the Angel Tree at our Church, the Happy Birthday Jesus party that my friend hosts (where we gather toys and then my friend takes them to families in need), and many local schools, I’ve been able to share many of these gifts.   These are our top picks… my favorite things.   I’m glad that I have the opportunity to share them with you today.

Vroom Rider and PonyCycle presents the first simulation animal toy in the world, which allows kids to exercise and ride around the pony without batteries. Instead of children riding on rocking horses which keep the rider in one spot, PonyCycle allows children to ride to wherever he/she wants. It will be like riding on a real horse. It works by gently bouncing up and down on the saddle, children make the horse’s legs and head move forward and backward, moving the PonyCycle forward in a galloping motion.

Crayola Crayon Melter
Run for the shelves and grab your old box of crayons, because there’s a new way to color your world with Crayola crayons! Our Crayon Melter brings renewed life to Crayola crayon sets everywhere with melted crayon artwork that’s easier than ever before to create. Now you can make Crayon drip art without a hairdryer.

The Crayola Color Wonder Stow & Go Studio
The Crayola Color Wonder Stow & Go Studio has been redesigned to hold even more of your favorite mess-free coloring tools! Now there’s more storage for markers and space to keep a Color Wonder stamp pad and stamps. Perfect for on-the-go creativity! Includes a bigger 30-page Color Wonder pad and 4 mess-free markers.

Tinkering Labs:  Electric Motors Catalyst.
Children, parents, and teachers love it because it’s super-fun, hands-on, no-screens and truly helps kids discover their creative power.  It comes with over 50 components including real motors, real hardware, and real wood.   You can find it on Amazon or or on Amazon.

Selma’s Dolls

Selma’s Dolls are adorable!   I actually ordered one for my daughter and my niece.  They are the sweetest! These dolls come with books that teach our children so much!  They were formed when two moms realized a conversation needed to be started with their young children about accepting and learning from people of all different backgrounds, races, cultures, and religions.    These ragdolls include a Muslim friend, a Mexican-American friend, and a friend with Down syndrome.   The dolls help to teach little ones about differences through a doll that may, or may not, look like your child.   I love that it teaches children that differences are beautiful & friendships can be made regardless.

Plus-Plus Holiday Tube
Keep kids busy after they’ve finished their food with the Plus-Plus Holiday Tube! This boredom-busting, holiday-themed tube includes all the materials and instructions kids need to craft a custom project. Choose from a candy cane, elf, or wreath and get crafty! Find it on Amazon.

Squishy Squashy Playtime!

Each snow-globe shaped Playfoam® Pal pod features sparkly, snow-colored Playfoam AND a hidden Playfoam Pal! Kids crack open the pod and dig through the squishy, squashy Playfoam to find their new friend – then use the Playfoam to sculpt a nest, bed, perch, or any other play prop they need to create a cozy world for their collectible critter. Playfoam never dries out so the fun – and creativity – never ends. Find it on Amazon.

Creation Crate
Introducing STEM subscription boxes that can teach you electronics, coding, engineering and high-level problem solving.
Learn how to build engineering projects and program electronics with instructions and components sent to your door each month.

My Fairy Garden 

A toy that’s also a real, live garden! Children love kits that allow them to grow plants at home because it gives them a connection to nature and a sense of satisfaction at having nurtured a living thing.


(This is the one that we ordered for my cousin’s little boy).  It works well for a child of so many ages: From cute pre-schooler to independent pre-teen. It’s the longest and shortest time, and AACE grows right along with your child. They’ll enjoy wearing a seatbelt just like you do. And you’ll be happy because you know they’re safe. And comfy. When they have an adjustable headrest and an extendable, expandable seat with eight recline positions, how could they not be?

Project your favorite movie on the side of the house or on the garage door with the pocket-sized kid-friendly projector.  Look at this cute picture that I found from OurMessyNest on Cinemood’s Instagram feed… (having a fun living room campout!)

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