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Sunday, September 6, 2020

2020 Holiday Gift Guide for Children

U.S. Polo Assn. offers stylish clothing that boys will love. This iconic brand offers authentic clothing that has been officially sanctioned by the U.S. Polo Association, the governing body for the sport of polo in the U.S. since 1890. 
My boys stress test their clothing, so I appreciate that the U.S. Polo Assn. is dedicated to quality and provides durable clothing. We love the shirts below because the classic styles are perfect for our son to wear to school or activities. The first is the Boys Interlock Polo Shirt. This deep red color is perfect for winter. The fabric is incredibly soft. The second is the Boys Small Logo Polo. This bright white shirt is great to wear alone or under a sweater. The fabric is soft and durable.   U.S. Polo Assn. clothing is available in over 180 countries at independent retail stores, department stores, U.S. Polo Assn. brand stores, and on the U.S. Polo Assn. website

CeraVe offers skincare products that were recommended to us by our dermatologist.  I love that their products are gentle and effective. Our son plays hard in the Texas humidity, so he needs a good skincare routine. The CeraVe Renewing SA Cleanser contains salicylic acid with barrier strengthening ingredients to gently exfoliates his skin without being too harsh. He uses the CeraVe Ultra-Light Moisturizing Lotion with SPF30 to moisturize and protect his skin. The sun protection is important since he often goes outside for P.E.  The CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizer is lightweight and non-irritating. It contains hyaluronic acid and ceramides that help to improve his skin's moisture barrier. It contains niacinamide to soothe skin while sleeping. Tweens and teens will love the gift of good skincare products!

ChapStick offers special holiday packaging that children will love! Texas winters are dry, so ChapStick is a brand that we rely on during winter months. Their holiday line includes festive options such as the ChapStick Candy Cane Ornament package that is generously packed with candy cane ChapStick.  The ChapStick Flavors of the Season package is another gift idea that contains holiday varieties, including Candy Cane, Sugar Cookie, Pumpkin Pie, Holiday Cocoa, and Vanilla Latte. The fun holiday varieties make this a practical and festive gift.

The Marshmallow Blaster - Bow & Mallow Blaster  is the big brother of the Mini Bow & Mallow.  This toy combines food and fun -- thanks to its edible ammo! Who doesn't love edible ammo? With launching distances of up to 30 feet, your marshmallows will soar through the air! You will find it on Amazon for $25.99.

Pizza Party Throwdown is a frantic, fun action game where players race to see who can fling the most pizza toppings on the spinning pizza pie game board before time runs out! This is a must-have game for family bonding. It's available on Target for $19.99.

The Atomic Power Popper with Sticky Targets from Hog Wild Toys is back and better than ever – thanks to a flashy new design and cool new features! PLUS, it now comes complete with three super Sticky Targets you can use just about anywhere!  This is a toy that kids will love this holiday season. It's available on Target for $14.99. 

Holiday Poppers are festive toys that are perfect for kids or white elephant parties! Hog Wild brings you your Holiday Poppers as part of its POPular Poppers line!  They come in fun designs such as the Yeti Popper below. As a boy mom, I think that these are the ultimate stocking stuffer for children! They are available on Amazon for $9.99. 

The Treemendous Ornament Decorating Kit is perfect for your little artists. This product comes from the creators of the original EggMazing Egg Decorator. It's the perfect DIY craft to embrace the holiday season. Place one of the ornaments included with the kit into the tree-shaped decorator and let the fun begin! The machine holds and spins the ornament while the markers are used to create stripes, line and other designs! Available on Amazon for $19.99.

The DinoMazing Egg Decorator allows kids to color and create their own dinosaur eggs using a mechanism that spins the egg while you decorate! Plus, inside each Dino egg is slime and your own collectible dinosaur! My boys absolutely love this set! It's available on Amazon for $27.99.

The #UpsideDownChallenge Game literally flips your world upside down! Players wear goggles that flip their vision — and then attempt to compete seemingly easy challenges like writing your name and connecting dots. Sounds easy, but it’s a challenge! It's a fun game for family game nights and provides a memorable way to bond. It is available on Target for $19.99.

Chalk of the Town is a line of chalkboard products ranging from T-Shirt and Long Sleeve Kits to Tote Bags to Patches, allowing both kids and adults to create and design their own wearable fashion using Chalkboard markers. Plus, they’re both erasable and reusable so you can design again, again and again! My son loves his Youth Long Sleeve T-shirt in Royal Blue w/ Speech Bubble Surface.  He is able to use Nutcracker Stencils ($3.95) to create a nice holiday themed design. After the holidays are over, he's able to erase the holiday design to create something new. We also have the Silver Tote Bag ($19.95) that we decorated and use for library books. Of course, children will love the Patch ($9.95) too. Visit Chalk of the Town for their full line of trendy items that are perfect for the holidays, but also customizable and versatile for use throughout the year!

The PLAYMOBIL Comic World Viona Surprise Set expands the magical world of EverDreamerz!  They offer brand new Surprise Sets where you can search for twelve magical characters from Comic World. Each mystery box has five surprises inside. You might even meet Colorista, a new limited edition character! This is a perfect stocking stuffer. Your find these surprise sets available on playmobil.us.

Thames & Kosmos CREATTO™ Light-Up Crafting™ Kits

Creatto™ is a simple yet versatile building system that consists of just two primary components that can be woven together into countless 3D creations. The flexible yet durable plastic tiles interlock quickly and easily for all skill levels; no additional materials or hardware required! Each Creatto kit includes assembly instructions for four different configurations, but the possibilities are limited only by your imagination. Add strings of colored LED lights to illuminate your works of art from the inside out. Creatto is available in 3 fun sizes: mini, medi, and maxi. Kids can choose to build: Moonlight Elephant Safari (Ages 6+; MSRP: $9.95), Magical Moose & Forest Friends (Ages 6+; MSRP: $9.95), Starlight Kitty & Cutie Crew (Ages 8+; MSRP: $19.95), Shimmer Shark & Ocean Pals (Ages 9+; MSRP: $29.95), Sparkle Unicorn & Friends (Ages 9+; MSRP: $29.95). Personally, my son built the Magical Moose & Forest Friends and raved about his creation. It was fun to see him excited about this educational toy.

EXIT from Thames & Kosmos is a game that my 10 year old loved! EXIT: The Game is a series of party games for up to four players that offers a unique, unforgettable gaming experience. These games allow you to bring the excitement, intensity, and team spirit of an escape room to your living room. In each EXIT game, your team starts out locked in an imaginary room, or trapped somewhere. You must solve a series of riddles and puzzles in order to unlock doors and reveal new riddles. Each correct solution brings you to another riddle and eventually to freedom. EXIT is constantly expanding with new stories. This game is for ages 10+ and sells for MSRP: $14.95.

Magformers Basic Plus 14pc Set allows little ones to create 3D structures from 2D nets with Magformers Basic Plus 14Pc Set. Build with 4 Squares, 8 Triangles and 2 Inner Circle Square shapes. Create houses, towers and our ‘magic ball’. Learn to build using combine, roll and pull-up techniques and see what your imagination can create! Build along with the step-by-step instructions and develop color and shape recognition, fine motor skills and problem-solving ability. The original and authentic Magformers. Perfect for brain development, critical thinking and STEM education. Follow the Step-by-step educational idea booklet for ideas and instructions. Each geometric shape contains magnets that never reject, so you’ll always hear the Magformers click. When playtime is over, use the magnetic power to simply stack and store. MSRP: $24.99; ages 3+. 

Smarty PAD is an interactive LED tablet that gives preschoolers and kindergarteners a new way to play and learn with 12 smart games and age-appropriate curriculum. Motion sensors give the lightweight tablet an innovative spin, encouraging unique sensory play. Smarty PAD™ speaks in both English and Spanish as kids play with colors, patterns, ABCs, and numbers up to 25. Smarty PAD™ teaches phonics, language, early math, and beginning coding, nurturing small motor development and critical thinking. Positive reinforcement, helpful encouragement, and over 100 different responses keep kids engaged every time they play. It ideal for kids 3 to 6 years old. My 4 year old loves playing with this toy. It's nice to see him learn while he also has fun! MSRP: $34.99. 

Star Wars Workbooks are fun and educational gifts. My boys have a large age gap, but both are big Star Wars fans and love the activities in these books. These workbooks weave their favorite characters into reading, writing, and math exercises.  The educatonial experts who created this series did an amazing job. Not only did my boys enjoy these workbooks, but they also asked if we could order them again so that they could repeat the activities. That is a true complement!  Visit the Workman Publishing Company to browse and order Star Wars Workbooks.

Kala Brand Music offers a Learn to Play Ukulele that is fantastic for curious little musicians. We've tried a variety of instruments over the years. It wasn't until we found this amazing ukulele and booklet that my son finally found an instrument that he loves. This instrument is great because it doesn't have an overwhelming learning curve and it's relatively easy to do cool things with it. The Learn to Play Ukulele is especially nice because it was carefully crafted with good construction and comes with a tuning app and free online lessons. The free online lessons are awesome! My son is able to independently go through lessons and is self driven to learn. The Kala Brand Music team deserves accolades for motivating my son to play an instrument. If your child is curious about musical instruments, this is a wonderful holiday gift!

The Nintento Ring Fit Adventure combines gaming with exercise. It's a win-win for my boys who love video games and staying active. This game allows you to explore a fantastical adventure world to defeat a bodybuilding dragon and his minions using real-life exercises! Traverse grass-swept plains by jogging in place, attack enemies with overhead shoulder presses, and refill your health meter by striking some yoga poses. Two new accessories, Ring -Con and Leg Strap, measure your real-world actions and help turn them into in-game movements. With additional minigames, Ring Fit Adventure is great escape for players of all skill levels and schedules. In Adventure mode, defeat enemies with attacks based on real-world exercises! As you work through each level (and possibly work up a sweat), you?ll earn experience points. Between fights, you may encounter some unusual methods of transportation such as squat-powered launch pads, and more! Want to compete with others? Pass around the Ring-Con accessory and select from a few minigames: break boxes with gusts of air, craft pottery using squats and many others. Learn about all the great new features, including a new voice option and a fun new Rhythm Game mode that are included in the latest free update. You'll probably want to order this game early in case it sells out for the holidays. 

I hope that you enjoyed this glimpse into our favorite toys for the holiday season! 

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