Holiday gifts for kids

For toddlers to teens.

It’s getting to be that time of year when we rack our brains for presents appropriate for the children and young adults on our holiday gift lists. Here are some ideas that might fit the bill.

Put this mustache pacifier in an expectant mother’s stocking (if she’s having a boy) or a boy baby’s stocking. Everyone will love it, including the baby! $9.99.

This is a fun, durable, eco-friendly ride toy called a Scoot-Around. It is 20.5” x 12.8” x 15” and weighs 10 pounds. For ages 12 months+. $80.00

Seedling has made a classic Teddy bear named Parker that works with an app on an iPad or iPhone. He activates augmented reality effects on the device to create an interactive world of doctor play. He is a plush stuffed bear with no batteries, Wi-Fi or cameras. Your child can take his temperature, cure a tummy bug, cool a fever, look at his bones and skeleton and much more. Every time he is cured of something his happiness factor increases. Sounds pretty cool to me! For children 3 years and older. The app is free. $59.95.

Burt’s Bees Baby has adorable Holiday PJs. They come in all sizes, for babies, kids and big kids. The evergreen plaid is pictured above and they also come in red plaid. Buffalo Plaid Organic Cotton Pajamas for baby, kids and big kids are $16.95.

These new fidget spinners are very popular. Soft’NSlo Squishies relieve kids’ anxieties. They are soft, squishy and slow rising.  Recommended for ages 8 and up. $13.00 – $20.00.

Shopkins Squishy Foam Stress Balls are also new. They are filled with a dense foam putty that kids can stretch and shape. They help with high energy levels when the child needs to be sedentary, when reading for example. This set of four is $39.99. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

The Fingerlings interactive baby monkey is about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. The monkey comes in many colors and sits on your finger. It responds to sound, motion and touch with blinking eyes, a turning head and silly monkey babble. You can hang it upside down, blow it kisses and it will kiss back, pet it to sleep or make a loud noise and watch it respond. The monkeys are 3” x 3” x 1”. They are VERY popular right now so prices have skyrocketed, but with any luck there will be another supply coming before Christmas. Currently from $40.00 and up. (Note – there are counterfeit ones on the market – make sure it says ‘authentic’ and by WowWee)

This is a piggy bank with an adorable puppy dog eating up the money. It will make it fun to save! There are different puppies to choose from. $15.99.

Give your bath lover this waterproof Speaker Creature octopus for the bath or shower. It is a Bluetooth speaker that suctions itself to the wall of the shower or bathtub and pairs with your musical device. It’s water resistant, portable, has a 6- hour battery life and a 30 foot Bluetooth range. $25.50.

Who doesn’t love a warm knit hat with a pom-pom? The hats are knit by women in Peru, giving them a sustainable income. They are made from Merino wool and the dimensions are 8” x 9.5”. A portion of each sale goes to knitting kits for young adults in cancer treatment all over the U.S. There are 37 hats to choose from. $125.00.

This Fujifilm INSTAX SHARE lets kids create instax photos by sending images from smartphones and tablets using the free SHARE app. The prints are high resolution and are about 2” x 3” in size. The fast printing takes 10 seconds from print data transfer to print output. There is a rechargeable battery. Let your kids create their own photo albums. $129.95

Aerix Turbo X drone is a tiny recreational drone that will reach speeds of up to 30 MPH. It is pre-programmed with flips and rolls. It has 3 speed settings and when put together is 1.65” x 1.65” x .5”. It comes with a lithium battery already installed and a charging cable, a 4-channel controller and replacement blades. It comes in green or red. Not recommended for indoor use. For ages 14+ $35.00.

Another popular responsive toy is Hasbro’s FurReal Roarin’ Tyler, the Playful Tiger. This tiger pet responds to sounds and there are over 100 sound and motion combinations. He’s cuddly and will roar when you roar and move when you pet him. 20.5” x 17.5” x 8.7”. For ages 4 and up. It retails for $130.00 but on Amazon through third party buyers it’s $122.00.

Take a photo of a drawing, sculpture, cartoon, a pet (a Petsie) or a person. Send it to Budsies’ designers and they will proceed to make a plush animal that looks just like the photo you’ve sent them. You will receive 5 emails throughout the process. They are not guaranteeing delivery by Christmas, but it’s possible. A Budsie from artwork is $99, a doll from a photo of a person is $79, and advanced drawings and characters is $149. A Petsie is $149 – $199. Appropriate for all ages!