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We’re now less than 37 days away from Christmas. I have learned over the years to start purchasing gifts as early has possible. This year I even made a few purchases over the summer. It’s a good idea to start as soon as possible especially when you’re shopping for toys. The hot items sell out so if you know what your kids would like, pick up those gifts now. Otherwise you may end up spending $300 on that $45 toy that your child put on his must-have list for Santa (which personally, I refuse to do.)
Here are some of our favorite toys for the 2017 gifting season.
Fingerlings by WowWee
Kids are going Ape for these interactive baby monkeys by WowWee. Fingerlings are a line of six super cute pet robots that come to life with 50+ sweet and silly interactive animations spanning realistic monkey sounds, blinking eyes, head turns, and gripping hands. Kids can pet or swing them to see how they react, and even blow them kisses or rock them to sleep! ($14.99, Target)
Brookstone VFO Video Flying Object
The Brookstone VFO Video Flying Object lets you capture the action of your next ultimate game or backyard toss from the disc’s point of view. This futuristic disc is equipped with a 720p HD video camera that records at 30 frames-per-second to catch… well, all the catches, trick shots, and tremendous tosses. Easily download your highlight-worthy moments using the included Micro USB-to-USB cable or by removing the included 8GB microSD card. The VFO Video Flying Object is rugged and ready for adventure with its sturdy, water-resistant camera housing, so you can toss it worry free at the beach, in the park, or wherever else a game may happen. ($59.99; Amazon)
Revell Cars 3 Junior Kit
Who’s your child’s favorite car character from Disney·Pixar’s new Cars 3 movie? World champion racer Lightning McQueen? Young hotshot Jackson Storm? Female race technician Cruz Ramirez? Fans 5+ can assemble and play with any of the three car stars (or all of them!) with new Junior Kits from Revell for hours of fun as well as STEAM learning. Each Cars 3 Junior Kit includes 21 large body parts and 24 screws and nuts. ($24.99; Amazon)
Make kids shriek in delight with the award-winning Stomp Rocket. My 4 and 6 year old can play with their Stomp Rockets for hours after school and they are even safe enough for indoors. The new Stomp Rocket LED is a fun choice for Holiday 2017. ($14.99; Target)
I love giving kids educational projects, and if your kids love to make things happen then Creation Crate is the perfect gift idea. Projects range from building a mood lamp to a memory game focused on programming, to learning how to input a distance reading from an ultrasonic sensor. Unlike other technology subscription boxes, Creation Crate uses raw electronic components, offering users real-world skills. .($29.99 for one month; Creation Crate)
Kidz Gear Headphones
Perfect gift to give along with those tech devices this holiday season! Kidz Gear Headphones is the parent’s and children’s choice for headphones for safe listening, with numerous industry awards for their innovative technology, including the Creative Child, iParenting Media, iParenting Hot, Academics Choice, NAPPA, and Babble Awards. Kidz Gear is essential audio gear for children. All Kidz Gear Headphones for Kids are designed specifically for children and deliver a high-quality adult-like audio experience when used with all audio devices, including iPhones, iPads, Kindles, Nooks, Android smartphones, tablets, and computers. ($15.89; Amazon) They will be on sale for $9.99 on Black Friday!
Drone Force Vulture Strike Indoor/Outdoor Drone
Terrorize the skies with your very own missile launching bird of prey – the Vulture Strike Drone! Vulture Strike is your ultimate search-and-destroy predator with “laser targeting” guidance: project a target for pinpoint accuracy, and attack with dual missile fire! Vulture Strike comes with four missiles, creepy glowing eyes, and a sturdy, lightweight design. Fly the drone indoors or outdoors with a flight range up to 150 feet (45 meters) and a 2.4 ghz RC controller. This bird of prey is yours to command – time to unleash the Drone Force! ($38; Amazon)
LEGO Star Wars Episode VIII Resistance Transport Pod
We are all excited about seeing The Last Jedi - it's just around the corner! These new LEGO® Star Wars™ sets based around the newest Star Wars film are the perfect gifts for young Star Wars fans. The lineup includes seven construction sets (including new characters, minifigures and vehicles making their first appearance in LEGO form) and four buildable figures. ($24.00; Amazon)
Magna Flex Critters Kit
We love this creative construction kit that allows kids to build up, out, and even down to form any 2D and 3D figure they can imagine - from balls and crowns to spiders and snakes! All strips are bendable, zippable, snappable, and stackable - and they’re all interchangeable so kids will never run out of ideas! Not only will parents love how this toy promotes creativity, visualization and fine motor skills without batteries; when playtime is done, cleanup is easy and fast with pieces that stack in seconds! ($32.50; Amazon)
Magic Sketch Deluxe Kit
Magic Sketch from the creators of Boogie Board uses a liquid-crystal-display screen that children can doodle, draw, sketch and trace on just like pen on paper. Small children can also use the board to learn their letters and numbers. The best part? They don't need to be charged as the battery lasts 7 years!
The year my kids discovered the Switch, so it's on their list for Santa this year. In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system can be taken on the go so players can enjoy a full home console experience anytime, anywhere. The mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system, with unprecedented new play styles brought to life by the two new Joy-Con controllers. ($299.99; Amazon)
Mario Rabbids + Kingdom Battle from Ubisoft
Two worlds collide in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle! The Mushroom Kingdom has been torn apart by a mysterious vortex, transporting the chaotic Rabbids into this once-peaceful land. To restore order, Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Yoshi must team up with a whole new crew: four Rabbids heroes! Together, they will battle with weapons through four worlds filled with combat, puzzles, and unpredictable enemies. Developed exclusively for the Nintendo Switch system, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is the best of the Mario and Rabbids franchises, combining all that you love about Mario’s iconic universe with the side-splitting antics of the Rabbids. ($52; Amazon)
Rayman Legends from Ubisoft
Rayman, winner of multiple artistic and musical achievements, is coming to the Nintendo Switch system in Rayman Legends Definitive Edition. Rayman, Globox, and the Teensies are off wandering through an enchanted forest when they discover a mysterious tent filled with a series of captivating paintings. As they look more closely, they notice each painting seems to tell the story of a mythical world. While focusing on a painting that shows a medieval land, they are suddenly sucked into the painting, entering the world, and the adventure begins. The gang must run, jump, and fight their way through each world to save the day and discover the secrets of every legendary painting. ($39; Amazon)
Smooshins Surprise Maker Kit
Make, customize and collect super cute, colorful smooshy characters again and again! Over 10,000 combinations of characters and accessories to collect! (each sold separately). Smooshins is the only cute, collectible fidget toy! Make and customize cute Smooshins! It's so easy and fun! Pop the color pouch, squeeze it into the surprise maker, let your character grow inside and reveal which character you made! Customize your characters with the surprise accessories. The Surprise Maker Kit has everything you need to get your Smooshins collection started! Collect all the colors, characters and accessories in the refill packs! (each sold separately). ($39.99; Amazon)
Spy Code Break Free
My kids are loving board games and this one looks like loads of fun. You're locked up in handcuffs, how fast can you escape? Use your lock-pick and break out fastest. Don't waste time. If you're not the first, you're last. Be the 1st to solve the maze and escape. Can you break free? ($17.99; Amazon)
Cars 3 Dream Lites by Pillow Pets
From Pillow Pets comes the perfect companion for bed time, now featuring Lightning McQueen from Cars 3! Dream Lites project an amazing starry sky on the ceiling, bringing comfort to bedtime. ($24.99; Amazon)
This is the next new Fidget toy! If you're looking for a great stocking stuffer, here it is. The Zing Dama puts co-ordination to the ultimate test. A ball on a string and a catcher ring - the aim is to capture the ball, and of course, the trick is to do it with flair and skill. Easy to attempt - hard to master, but so much fun to learn! ($8.99. Amazon)
Smooshy Mushy Pets
Squishy is the newest collectible craze, and the new Smooshy Mushy line is full of exciting, super S-Q-U-I-S-H-Y, slow-rise surprises! Girls are obsessed with these! $9.99; Walmart
Leila Princess Rag Doll
We love this cuddly rag doll. Leila is a beautiful princess dressed in a pink sparkle dress with layers of ruffles, matching with her soft pink hair. On her head, she wears a silver crown with pink embroidery and she has pink & silver shoes. A great baby doll for toddlers and girls. Blue embroidered eyes, soft velvety skin.$14.99; GirlznDolls
Marielle Altenor says
I’m not surprised to see the Nintendo Switch on that list! My son has been BEGGING for one for months now!
Heather ♥ thedomesticdiva.org says
I’m so not ready to start thinking about Christmas gifts. These are really great ideas though. Thank you for the list, it helps with coming up with some ideas on what to give as gifts this year.
Denise C says
I love the idea of Spy Code. Board games are so much fun for the whole family.
The Switch is on both our girls wish lists. They got to try one in person at Nintendo headquarters and now they can’t stop thinking about it!
I just started my christmas shopping. Many of these are on my kids lists this year.
I’m heading out shopping tomorrow and there’s 2 fingerlings on the list. They are so hot right now I hope I can find them!