Gifts Your Grandchildren Will Love in 2016

It can be surprisingly difficult to find gifts for your grandchildren that they’ll actually like, and every grandparent has faced the struggle of hunting down the perfect present. If you’re searching for the right gift for your grandson or granddaughter, check out this list and find the gifts that will definitely whet their whistle, no matter the occasion.

Pay for a Club Membership

If your grandchild loves a certain sport, is an aspiring artist, or wants to hit the theater stage, why not provide them the money for a membership to their favorite activity? You can help pay for their intramural soccer team, purchase a month of horseback riding lessons, or sign them up for a summer class with the local theater crew. Buy them some art lessons so they can wield that paint brush like a pro, or get them a summer pass to a local zoo so they can take in all the animals whenever they want. Membership presents like this are gifts that keep on giving. As always, it’s necessary to check with their parents to make sure the gift is something that can actually be used.

High-Tech Items

From cool keychains that light-up or a new tablet where they can do all their research for school (and of course, play their favorite online games), choosing something high-tech is sure to go down well with your technologically-inclined grandkids. A lot of kids have been requesting these hover boards, and while these are a definite splurge, this futuristic technology is sure to have your grandchild’s jaw dropping when they unwrap their gift.

Gifts of Experience

Instead of buying them something material that they may tire of in a few weeks’ time, give your grandchild the gift of experience. Websites like Cloud9living.com have a variety of active options your little one is sure to enjoy. Maybe it’s a horse-back riding trip on the beach, or a kayaking adventure on the lake. Just type in your location and the website will filter your results to see what kind of experiences you could give your grandchild without having to travel too far. Everything from hot air balloon rides to a passenger seat ride in a racecar are up for grabs, and you can bet your grandchild is going to enjoy telling his or her friends about their amazing birthday gift from grandma and grandpa.

Take Them on a Trip

Want to really blow your grandchild’s mind? Take them on a fun trip to somewhere you know they would enjoy. Book an Airbnb so you can get a better feel of the area you’re visiting, or find a last-minute hotel on Hotelstonight.com. If you’re unsure where they’d want to go, write a list of options that are within budget, and tell them to select their favorite. They will love getting to feel like they are a part of the process and you’ll be assured that they will adore the destination. Taking your grandchild on a trip just for them is sure to create a memory that lasts a lifetime and make them feel special on their important day.

A Shopping Spree

Let’s be honest, finding clothing for our grandkids can be pretty much impossible. They have their own styles and more often than not just want to find clothing on their own. Make your gift to them two-fold: quality time with you, plus a new outfit of their choice. Pick them up and take them to the mall for an all-expenses paid shopping trip where they can put together an outfit they’ll love. Have lunch together, and spend the day perusing the shops of their choice. Getting an inside look at how they pick what they want might help you for future presents down the road, and you’ll get to partake in some valuable bonding time. If you live in a different area, you can sign them up for a fashion box that will deliver fun clothes right to their doorstep. There are companies out there for both boys and girls, and they’ll love showing off their new threads to all their friends at school.

Never worry about finding the right present for your grandchildren again. Use this list as your map for the perfect gift and make for a celebration they won’t forget.

Jack Hanna’s Big Book of Why

I received a copy of Jack Hanna’s Big Book of Why for review. 

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At some point in every child’s life they go through an animal phase. It makes sense that most children will eventually enter this phase because as soon as our toddlers can talk we start teaching them animals sounds, and of course animals are awesome. Nothing makes me smile faster than a litter of adorable puppies.

My son fell in love with animals as a toddler, but he never really outgrew that phase. When he entered elementary school he would come home and tell me about the birds he saw at school that day, and he knew everything about them. He could name any bird we saw while out in town and he could even tell the males from the females. I have to admit, I was impressed. I don’t personally find birds that interesting so to see how much he was learning at such an early age caused me to take notice.

It wasn’t long before we were watching Animal Planet at all hours, and Shark Week was like a weeklong celebration that led to lots of online research.

My son is now in Middle School and his love for animals hasn’t waned. He’s quite a dramatic character so I often tell everyone that my dream job for my son would be an animal show host. He has both the personality and the knowledge and love of animals.

If your son is anything like mine, chances are he devours all books on animals. I can’t even tell you how many books we own. We could start our own animal library. One of the newest books we have added to our collection is Jack Hanna’s Big Book of Why.

Jack Hanna’s Big Book of Why will take you and your child on a journey through the animal kingdom answering the questions children love to ask about animals. With 176 pages, this hardcover children’s book is organized by habitat—deserts, grasslands, forests, rainforests, the ocean and poles. It features close-up beautiful color photographs and illustrations. It also contains amazing animal facts and quizzes about your child’s favorite creatures from around the world.

Wondering what kind of questions Hanna’s new book answers?  Hanna says  “This book answers some of those tough animal related questions—Why don’t fish sink?  Why can’t penguins fly?—in a format that makes learning fun and easy for children!”

Those are some pretty tough questions, and I think any child would love learning the answers to them. I know my son did!

Jack Hanna’s Big Book of Why is $19.99 and you can purchase it here. What’s your child’s favorite animal book?

Thanks to Shasta over at Faithfully Free for guest writing this post for me. 

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Kwik Stix Solid Tempera Paint

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Kwik Stix

Kwik Stix

Tired of the endless mess of painting? Fear not! Kwik Stix Solid Tempera Paint sticks take the mess out of painting while keeping all the fun! Simply uncap, twist, and paint! Kwik Stix have a fast drying formula that allow them to dry in 90 seconds while still leaving a paint-like finish! No cups, smocks, water or brushes required. Kwik Stix come in assorted vibrant colors with coverage that won’t crack. Great on poster paper, cardboard, wood and canvas. They come in two package sizes: 6 count Kwik Stix retail for $5.99, and 12 count Kwik Stix retail for $11.99 at The Pencil Grip, Inc.

6 count package Kwik Stix

6 count package Kwik Stix

They are also available at Amazon.com

Kwik Stix

Kwik Stix

WIN IT: One lucky reader will win a 6 count package of Kwik Stix! Use the Giveaway Tools form to enter.

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Digipuppets

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This post is brought to you by Digipuppets

 

 

 

Digipuppets: Honey the Bunny and Zip the Zebra

Digipuppets: Honey the Bunny and Zip the Zebra

If you don’t know what a Digipuppet is, then you are not alone. I didn’t know exactly what they were, etiher, until  they arrived in the mail. These little finger puppets are so adorable all by themselves, and I can imagine my grandson, Parker, and my granddaughter, Amelia, playing with them and using their imaginations. But, the unique thing about Digipuppets is that when a child uses them with an app downloaded to a iPad, an iPhone, or an Android device, it makes the app come alive. It changes the 2D app into a 3D experience just by tapping and swiping the surface. Honey Bunny and  Zip the Zebra, add extra fun to any app experience.

You child will love these!

You child will love these!

DigiPuppets creates FREE downloadable educational apps, available on GooglePlay and iTunes, featuring loveable characters and meaningful tales that come to life with the world’s first touchscreen finger puppets. The 2 teacher-approved DigiPuppets apps are designed to teach kids about sharing, caring, and critical thinking. And, they were created specifically for use with the DigiPuppets finger puppets that are now available at your local Bloomingdales!

Digipuppets make  the apps come alive in 3D

Digipuppets make the apps come alive in 3D

BUY IT: Kids will love their new buddies and can enjoy pretend play with DigiPuppets long after screen time has to end. Digipuppets are a perfect gift for ages 3-6 years. They are available at Bloomingdales stores or online at Bloomingdales.com.  They retail for $9.99 each.

WIN IT: Four lucky readers will win a package of two Digipuppets for their little ones! The package is valued at $19.98 and  includes 1 Honey the Bunny and 1 Zip The Zebra. Use the Giveaway Tools form to enter the giveaway.

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: SantaSentMeALetter.com A Letter From Santa To Your Child.

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If you have a child under 10 years old, or who still believes in Santa, this would make an adorable gift! The SantaSentMeALetter.com letters can be personalized to add your child’s name, his teacher’s name, sisters and brothers, things they want for Christmas, and more. And it is so simple to edit. I did three letters in less than twenty minutes! I know that the grandchildren are going to love receiving these in the mail from Santa Claus.

A letter from Santa to your child or grandchild is easy to send.

A letter from Santa to your child or grandchild is easy to send.

There are several price options, that include just a letter; a letter and a membership card to the “Nice List” and more.

Prices atarting at $9.99

Prices atarting at $9.95

These letters are very nice, and will be a keepsake for years. Add them to  your child’s baby book or scrapbook. To send a letter from Santa to your child or grandchild, go to  SantaSentMeALetter.com.

 

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Children’s Books from Quarto Children’s Publishing USA

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I received books from Quarto for this post. 

 

 

 

 

When my children where babies and toddlers, I read to them every day. Their favorite toy when they were pre-school age was a record player that came with books on record. They could play the record, and follow along in their book. All three of them could read before they went to kindergarten. Books have always been on gift lists at our house–for birthdays, holidays, and other important days. Giving a child a book sets them off on an adventure, and expands their world. There are books from Quarto Children’s Publishing USA for every age group, some are story books, some are picture books, some are “how to” books for kids. Here are just a few of the titles available:  (scroll down to the bottom of this post to see the fab giveaway!)

Quarto Children's Books

Quarto Children’s Books

The School of Art
Learn How to Make Great Art with 40 Simple Lessons
Teal Triggs, Daniel Frost
Wide Eyed Editions  $19.99

23 Things To Do Before You are 11 1/2
A practical step-by-step guide for things to make in your backyard
John Haslam, Mike Warren
QEB Publishing  $14.99

101 Movies to See Before You Grow Up
Be your own movie critic: the must-see movie list for kids
Suzette Valle
Walter Foster Jr  $12.95

Crazy, Zany Cartoon Characters Drawing Book & Kit
Includes everything you need to draw crazy cartoon characters
Dave Garbot
Walter Foster Jr  $8.95

Learn to Draw Disney’s Frozen
Featuring Anna, Elsa, Olaf, and all your favorite characters!
Walter Foster Jr  $9.95

How to Cook in 10 Easy Lessons
Learn how to prepare food and cook like a pro
Wendy Sweetser
Walter Foster Jr  $12.95

How to Code in 10 Easy Lessons
Learn how to design and code your very own computer game
Sean McManus
Walter Foster Jr   $12.95

First Wheels: Colors
Features 22 vehicles and showing ten different colors  (My 2.5 year old grandson loved this book!)
Susan Steggall
Frances Lincoln Children’s Books  $17.99

Field Guide: Creatures Great and Small
35 prints to color
Valeries Davies, Lucy Engelman
Wide Eyed Editions  $19.99

How to Look After Your Puppy
Find answers to all your questions
Helen Piers, Kate Sutton
Wide Eyed Editions    $9.99

How to Look After Your Kitten
Find answers to all your questions
Helen Piers, Kate Sutton
Wide Eyed Editions  $9.99

My Little Book of Sharks
Packed full of cool photos and fascinating facts! (My 8 year old grandson loves this book!)
Camilla de la Bedoyere
QEB Publishing  $15.95

My Little Book of Animals
Packed full of cool photos and fascinating facts!
Camilla de la Bedoyere
QEB Publishing   $15.95

Creaturepedia
Welcome to the Greatest Show on Earth
Adrienne Barman
Wide Eyed Editions  $22.99

Ancient Earth Journal: The Early Cretaceous
Notes, drawings, and observations from prehistory
Juan Carlos Alonso, Gregory S. Paul
Walter Foster Jr   $19.95

Tell Me a Picture
Adventures in looking at art
Quentin Blake
Frances Lincoln Children’s Books  $18.99

A Journey Through Space
Take a journey through the solar system and beyond
Steve Parker, John Haslam
QEB Publishing   £9.99

Atlas of Adventures
A collection of natural wonders, exciting experiences and fun festivities from the four corners of the
globe
Rachel Williams, Lucy Letherland
Wide Eyed Editions  $30.00

One Thousand Things
Let Little Mouse introduce you to this collection of first words to see and say.
Anna Kovecses
Wide Eyed Editions $16.99

The Wonder Garden
Wander through the world’s wildest habitats and discover more than 80 amazing animals
Jenny Broom, Kristjana S Williams
Wide Eyed Editions  $30.00

The 50 States
Explore the U.S.A with 50 fact-filled maps!
Sol Linero, Gabrielle Balkan
Wide Eyed Editions  $30.00

How to Build a Car
A highspeed adventure of mechanics, teamwork, and friendship
Martin Sodomka, Saskia Lacey
Walter Foster Jr  $14.95

The World Famous Cheese Shop Break-in
Daddypops says it will be as easy as 123 to get into the Cheese Shop…
Sean Taylor, Hannah Shaw
Frances Lincoln Children’s Books  $17.99

The Crow’s Tale
Courage and kindness are what really matter
Naomi Howarth
Frances Lincoln Children’s Books  $18.99

The Wild Swans
A beautiful and lyrical extended version of the fairy tale ‘The Wild Swans’ by Hans Christian Andersen Jackie Morris
Frances Lincoln Children’s Books $16.99

I Love Hugs
Hugs, cuddles, snuggles all are wonderful to share
Camilla de la Bedoyere
QEB Publishing $12.95

Dreams of Freedom
In Words and Pictures in association with Amnesty International UK
Amnesty International
Frances Lincoln Children’s Books   $18.99

My Big Book of Christmas Coloring, Songs & Activities
Holiday games, puzzles & activities for kids of all ages!
Walter Foster Jr  $9.95

150 Fun Christmas Things to Doodle
An interactive adventure in drawing holiday fun!
Christmas Crafts
Everything you need to get into the holiday spirit
Danielle Lowy, Kate Riley
QEB Publishing  $14.95

Spot the Reindeer at Christmas
Packed with things to spot and facts to discover!
Tasha Percy, Krina Patel
QEB Publishing  £4.99

Elliot’s Arctic Surprise
One little boy realizes that Santa Claus’s home is under threat from oil drilling.
Catherine Barr
Frances Lincoln Children’s Books  $17.99

With few exceptions, these are really nice hardback books that your child will treasure, and will be proud to pass on to their own children someday. The exceptions are the Christmas activity books and coloring books.

BUY IT: You can purchase any of these books and more at the Quarto Children’s Publishing USA website.

WIN IT: One lucky reader will win TEN CHILDREN’S BOOKS of their choice from the ones listed in this post. To enter the giveaway, use the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!