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.

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: Merrithew Pilates and Mind-Body Exercise Equipment + Get Early Access To Black Friday Deals!

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This post is sponsored by Merrithew.

Are you ready for Black Friday? Merrithew’s Black Friday Deals are going to be great, and you can sign up to get them early by email! They carry exercise brands STOTT PILATES®ZEN•GA™CORE™, and TOTAL BARRE™, and will have over 300 products up to 50% off plus free shipping on orders over $99! What better time to get ready for the new year, and the new exercise routine that you have planned for yourself? (read all the way to the bottom for a giveaway!)

Here is a look at a few of the products they carry:

MINI HANDWEIGHTS:

Mini Hand Weights Photography © Merrithew Corporation

Mini Hand Weights Photography © Merrithew Corporation

Compact and portable weights to keep you toned without adding bulk these mini-hand weights from MERRITHEW come in 4 weights and color options. Super cushy and durable these small hand weights are great for toning the arms and increasing the intensity of your workout and challenge stabilization and mobility of the arms, shoulders while imporving stamina and endurance. Retail $26.99

-Available in 4 weights/colors
-DVD workouts available **

SOFT DUMBELLS:

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Soft Dumbells Photography © Merrithew Corporation

MERRITHEW’s soft dumbbells can increase intensity and tone in a workout. These dumbbells are softer on your hands while still providing the same workout benefits of traditional dumbbells. They are perfectly portable and can be incorporated into a variety of exercises to sculpt strong, healthy muscles without building bulk. Retail $23.99

-Available in 3 weights/colors
-DVD workouts available

TOTAL BODY MASSAGE STICK:

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Total Body Massage Stick Photography© Merrithew Corporation

 

Enjoy daily stress relief and self-myofascial release with the 18″ Total Body Massage Stick – a compact massager designed to alleviate tension, minimize stiffness and perform targeted massage for large muscle groups. Complement your stretching routine with self-massage to relieve trigger points and loosen muscle knots from fascia buildup. Includes BONUS Exercise Guide. Retail $19.99

Perform targeted massaging of large muscle groups
Release built-up tension and minimize stiffness
Increase circulation
Perfect for stretching warm-up or cool-down
Optimal for self-myofascial release (SMR) and physical therapy

DVD-DYNAMIC ARMCHAIR PILATES (With FlexBand)

Dynamic Armchair Pilates Photography © Merrithew Corporation

Dynamic Armchair Pilates with Flex Band Photography © Merrithew Corporation

This energizing workout allows you to boost core muscle strength – while exercising from the comfort of your armchair. Ideal for adults of any age, these exercises will help you improve mobility and endurance, and strengthen the torso muscles, arms and legs. Features 26 exercises in a 30 minute workout that you can customize to your liking. Retail $16.95

DVD ARMCHAIR PILATES with HAND WEIGHTS:

Dynamic Armchair Pilates with Handweights Photography © Merrithew Corporation

Dynamic Armchair Pilates with Handweights Photography © Merrithew Corporation

This workout uses soft, light weights to help mobilize the body. First while seated in a chair, then while supported in a standing position. The exercises focus on core strength and stability, mobilizing the joints and improving postural alignment, keeping you active and fit. Includes 54 exercises in a 40 minute workout that you can customize to your liking. Retail $16.95

FLEX BAND:

Flex Bands Photography © Merrithew Corporation

Flex Bands Photography © Merrithew Corporation

Flex-Bands™ are simple but extremely effective at working the entire body. Add to conditioning exercises – think chest presses, rows, triceps extensions, bicep curls, and squats – to create a full-body workout that challenges every major muscle group, while boosting stamina, flexibility, and range of motion. Flex-Bands also offers a more dynamic challenge than traditional weights. Unlike weights, where gravity can diminish resistance, these bands provide constant resistance throughout movements, so you have to work harder. Lightweight and portable, simulate Pilates Reformer exercises with Flex-Bands wherever a workout is required! Can be incorporated into exercises for all users regardless of fitness level or ability. Retail $9.99

-Available in 3 tensions, 5 colours and Latex versions

BUY IT: You can purchase these exercise aids at Merrithew.com.

WIN IT: One lucky reader will win a Merrithew prize pack! The prize pack includes:

MERRITHEW™ Softdumbells
MERRITHEW™ Flex-Band™ Regular Strength
DVD – Armchair Pilates with Handweights
DVD – Dynamic Armchair Pilates with Flex-Band™
Approx. $50 value

Use the Giveaway Tools form to enter the giveaway!

**Content © Merrithew Corporation, used with permission.

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Flash and Thunder from Invicta Challenge

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Flash & Thunder

Flash & Thunder

As a grandmother, I like to try to find toys, games, and books for my grandchildren that not only keep them happy and hold their attention, but also will help them learn something during the time they play with it. The Flash & Thunder game is one of the things that I feel is a good combination of all that. The game has enough action to hold the attention of even the shortest attention span. And the good thing is, they don’t even realize they are learning a history lesson while they play. My grandson, Owen, is autistic. He loves playing with the action figure more than anything else in this package that we received. Spencer, who is 13, loved the digital game best. In addition to getting to play the game, the novel that accompanies the game gives him strategy to use in playing, but he has to read to get the information, thus keeping his reading skills up to par even is he is playing online after school. All of this makes grandma happy, and makes me feel that the money invested in the package was well spent.

A new youth entertainment brand called INVICTA Challenge combines an action-packed video game, graphic novel, maps and operation packet that inspire kids to read and then lead. Children ages 8 to 14 immerse themselves in historical situations where they make decisions that determine success or failure. Flash & Thunder ($34.99) is the first in a series of Leadership Decision Challenge boxed and app-based games. Now all kids can walk in the shoes of an American hero.

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Collectible figure

The concept behind INVICTA Challenge came from Jim Murphy, a former Marine who went on to a successful career in the toy industry. His passion for fun and games sparked the idea for a product that encourages literacy, teaches history and fosters leadership.

“We want kids learning about heroes and leaders who can inspire them to their own greatness in a fun and compelling way,” explains Murphy who has had stops at Mattel and Spin-Master. “INVICTA is an acronym for seven key leadership traits: Integrity, Nobility, Valor, Initiative, Curiosity, Tenacity and Accountability. These traits are infused with every story. Our stories are highly visual and contain plenty of action and adventure.”

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Their first game, Flash & Thunder, tells the true story of a Native American paratrooper on D-Day. Your kids can challenge themselves as Turner Turnbull, a young lieutenant in the 82nd Airborne, in this action-packed game.
See if you can lead paratroopers on D-Day when reliving this true leadership story.

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Flash & Thunder includes an operations packet, 2 detailed maps, 108-page graphic novel and collectible paratrooper figure, which tie to a free-to-play mobile game. Players make the decisions that determine history!

BUY IT: You can purchase Flash & Thunder at Barnes & Nobles stores, and online at Amazon.com 

WIN IT: One lucky reader will win a Flash & Thunder Game. Use the Giveaway Tools form to enter.

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Just Add Milk

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This post is brought to you by Griddly Games.

Just Add Milk is a fun science experiment packaged in a milk carton! Young scientists can explore surface tension and experiment with around the house ingredients such as food coloring, soda pop and vinegar to watch what happens when you just add milk.

Just Add Milk

Just Add Milk

Both girls and boys ages 5 and up will have loads of fun with this. After completing the many other included experiments, create colorful designs and turn them into mouse pads and window sun-catchers with the instructions that are included. 

BUY IT: Just Add Milk can be purchased at Open Sky or on Amazon.com and retails for $14.49.

WIN IT: One lucky reader will win one of the Just Add Milk Science Experiments. Use the Giveaway Tools form below to enter.

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Artsy Clothing From Yizzam

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If you have an art lover in your circle of friends, you will be able to find the perfect gift for them at Yizzam.  This company has so many great works of art imprinted on clothing. Most all of the great artists are represented, including Van Gogh, Monet, Escher, and O’Keefe.

 

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Van Gogh “Irises”

You can get these wonderful prints on Classic Tee Shirts, Hoodies, Tanks, Leggings, and more. They are available in kids size Small through adults size 4X.

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Escher “Eight Heads”

You can also have your own art custom printed on shirts and leggings. What a great way to celebrate your artist friends creations! Prices range from $19.99 for kids Tees to $69.99 for Men’s hoodies, and can be purchased at Yizzam.com.

 Space Galaxy Cepheus Star Clouds Leggings


Space Galaxy Cepheus Star Clouds Leggings