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: #10Aziam Girlz Yoga Dolls

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Asana Aziam Girlz Doll

Asana Aziam Girlz Doll

Celebrity yoga-instructor Alanna Zabel (among her clients, Adam Levine, Kelly Lynch, various NBA and PGA players, etc.), is changing the way kids look at fitness. She’s created the AZIAM Girlz, theWorld’s First Yoga Doll™ collection -the dolls that empower, inspire, and do yoga – with proceeds of sales donated to charities that encourage better living and health.

Alanna Zabel, the creator of Aziam Girlz Yoga Dolls

Alanna Zabel, the creator of Aziam Girlz Yoga Dolls

With childhood obesity rates more than doubling in the last 30 years, using toys is one way to teach kids about the importance of health and fitness.  AZIAM Girlz inspires young girls everywhere to appreciate their unique selves and practice a healthy, grounded lifestyle during playtime and beyond. It truly is a doll to continue fostering a healthier generation.

Alanna creatively merged modern-day play patterns of young girls today with the ancient philosophy of Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga. Self-funding the five year development process, Alanna poured her passion into the collections, with the focused intention of providing young girls with a doll that is not solely focused on looking glamorous but instead is focused on positive states of being and giving back while inspiring girls to be active, kind, and love themselves AZ.I.AM.

A percentage of profits from the sale of each Asana Doll benefit the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, dedicated to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity and to empower kids to develop lifelong, healthy habits. Nama the Om Dawg is the pet companion of Asana. (The plush doll version speaks, “Nama-STAY” when his belly is squeezed). 10% of Nama doll sales benefit Karma Rescuededicated to saving animals in need by finding them permanent homes and providing the resources for successful companionship.

Here are ten Yoga poses girls and their moms can do together:

Helicopter Pose

Helicopter Pose

1. Helicopter Pose: One of Asana’s favorite poses! Start on your hands and knees. Extend your right arm forward at the same time extend your left leg back. Feel the strength building in your back as you stretch and lift. Hold for 8 breaths and switch sides. I AM Active! #Asana #AZIAMGirlz

Downward Facing Dog

Plank Pose

2. Plank: “Ya, I’m a girl,” says Asana, “A very strong girl.” Hold the top of a push-up for 8 breaths. Keep your shoulders over your wrists and your hips lifting for good form. I AM Strong! #Asana #AZIAMGirlz

Cobra

Cobra Pose

3. Cobra: Lay on your stomach, then press your upper body up into backbend. Great stretch for your spine while building strength in your back. On days when she feels more flexible, Asana also bends her knees reaching her toes toward the back of her head for a greater stretch. Hold for 8 breaths. I AM Flexible! #Asana #AZIAMGirlz

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Downward Facing Dog Pose

4. Downward Facing Dog: Every Yoga Girl loves Down Dog! Try to get your heels down towards the floor by pushing your hips and legs back. Spread your fingers as you push into your hands. Hold for 8 breaths. #Asana #AZIAMGirlz

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Camel Pose

5. Camel: Start on your knees with your hands on your lower back. If it feels OK try reaching both hands for your heels. If that doesn’t feel right today, keep your hands on your lower back while stretching back into a backbend. Push your hips forward to get more stretch. Great form! Hold for 5-8 breaths. #Asana #AZIAMGirlz

Pigeon Pose

Pigeon Pose

6. Pigeon: One of the greatest yoga poses to stretch our your hips, legs, and lower back. Try to hold for 1-2 minutes, although Asana will want to stay in the pose for longer. #Asana #AZIAMGirlz

Mermaid Pose

Mermaid Pose

7. Mermaid: Asana’s second favorite pose! You get so many benefits here: hip and leg stretch, backbend, as well as your chest and shoulders opening. Hold for 5-8 breaths. #Asana #AZIAMGirlz

Yoga Bicycles

Yoga Bicycles

8. Yogi Bicycles: Lay on your back and alternate lifting your right elbow to your left knee, and then switch. The extending leg will stay above the ground for greater ab work. Keep going for 1 minute! Asana exhales on each twist, follow along with her. I AM Fit! #Asana #AZIAMGirlz

Wheel Pose

Wheel Pose

9. Wheel: Who doesn’t love wheel pose?! Lay on your back with your feet flat on the floor under your knees. Then flip your hands onto the floor with your thumbs next to your ears. Then push your hips upward, opening into the ultimate stretch for the front of your legs, hips, abdomen, and chest. Hold for 5-8 breaths. Keep practicing – as Asana knows, this gets easier with practice. I AM Committed! #Asana #AZIAMGirlz

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Final Resting Pose: Savasana

10. Savasana: Asana’s favorite pose! Allow your body to rest, as it is just as important to rest as it is to work-out. Imagine you are floating on a raft in a pool, nowhere to go, nothing to do. Just be. I AM perfect, AZIAM. #Asana #AZIAMGirlz

Asana the AZIAM Yoga doll is available for purchase at the AZIAM website, and retails for $29.95.

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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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.