Gift Guide 2013: Hidden Treasures
If you’ve searched gift guides for this holiday season, you may have noticed that you ran across a lot of the same kind of stuff. Goldiebox. Lego Friends. Skylander items. Bath toys. A lot of those things are pretty great, but we want to share with a you a few hidden treasures that may make the perfect gift for the person you are still shopping for.
1. Robots from Snow Machine.
I first was introduced to Snow Machine through our really good friends. They showed up on our doorstep with these incredibly cute robots. The kids went gaga for them and they have been bedmates ever since.
This year, we introduced a new robot to our family, Robee (actually, his name is Herbie on the website but Ada quickly renamed him). This plush, hand-crafted robot is adorable and has been on his best behavior since arriving in our home (okay, so he may have hit Anaya on the head, but he apologized and all is well).
Apparently he has been adopted by Momma Be-bop and Papa Radio, and is adjusting quite well.
Snow Machine has some other cute ones available that are ready to ship as soon as you order (and she is an incredibly fast shipper– making Amazon look bad). Check out her Etsy store for the available selection. And get this– Abby has offered to give all of our readers free shipping for the holidays (use ROBOTMAIL during checkout). Thanks Abby!
Also, I heard a little rumor that she will be stocking the store with very popular red luvbots soon after Christmas– they make a super cute Valentine Day’s gift! 🙂
There are a few of these books in this line, and they all look like so much fun! It’s especially fun for the kid who isn’t only into coloring in the lines– but wants to use their imagination too!
3. Cooperative Board Games
Cooperative Board Games have been a huge game-changer in our house. We love to play games as a family, but the competition was heating up too much. Kids were upset if they lost, sometimes there were tears– it was not very much fun. We introduced a few of these games into our house and the mood has changed totally! In fact, when we do play a non-cooperative board game, the kids’ mood has changed– while they are still sad if they lose, they’ve been able to take it better. Some of our favorites are:
Peaceable Kingdom has come out with some others that are really bright colored and attractive to kids.
4. Children’s Bow and Arrow Set from AtkinsonCreations
How cute is this? A great affordable toy for the active kiddos in your life. I love that it is has the padded balls on the end so that there is no accidentally arrow injury. Apparently these arrows can shoot over 30 feet. And it’s only $10. Pair this with the Robin Hood Disney movie and you got yourself a close-to-perfect gift.
5. Hearts 4 Hearts Dolls
These dolls are from all around the world– Ethiopia, Brazil, India, Belarus, etc. I read that one really good thing that we can do for our kids is to give them dolls that don’t look like them. It helps to create a multi-cultural awareness and readiness. Bonus: A portion of the proceeds from these dolls goes to World Vision.
6. Band-aids for Stuffies from IFeltItUp
We are playing doctor all of the time these days. How cute is this band-aid set that stick to stuffed animals?
I’m not even joking. If you have someone you are wanting to buy for who has to read a lot (ahem, a graduate student), you are giving the gift of being able to lay down and read without getting a cramped neck.
3. Cooperative Games
Sometimes it’s more fun to work together than to compete. If this is your style, a few good options that come highly recommended from our local game store gaming expert: