Throughout the year here at Money Saving Parent headquarters we have the opportunity to try new products and share them with you. Now we get to share some great gift ideas too! Let our holiday gift guide help you make the perfect present choices for your family and friends as we share with you some new or improved products, unique gift ideas and help you make the holidays a little lighter and brighter! Be sure to check back frequently as we add more ideas and tips as the holidays approach, as we are just getting started!
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Prepping for the Holidays
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Are you planning on travelling this holiday season with your beautiful baby? Or maybe you know someone who is expecting a new addition to their family. It can often be difficult to find just the right place (clean and safe) for your precious bundle of joy to get some tummy time in. The Deluxe+ Dock Play Bundle comes with a Deluxe+ dock in white, a toy arch in white and a toy set featuring cheeky chums. It’s everything needed to take care of baby all in one box – truly three gifts in one! What a way to maximize your gift giving! The DockATot Baby Lounger gives parents a safe, snug, soothing spot for little ones to comfortably relax, play, and get in tummy time and sleep with a unique shape and design. DockATot is totally portable whether you’re a jet-setting family or you just want to move the docking pod from room to room, it reduces risk of flat head syndrome (a result of a baby lying on one side of the head more than the other) and it makes tummy time more easy and way more fun by giving baby an ideal spot to prop them up and develop neck strength. As your baby grows older and is transitioning from a crib to a bed, the air-permeable bumpers act as bed rails and give little ones a snug sense of security in their big kid bed.
Thanks to the perfect marriage of style and functionality, DockATot has become increasingly in demand by parents around the world and has won several awards, including the prestigious Junior Design Award, NAPPA and The National Parenting Center. Most recently, the DockATot Deluxe Dock won the 2017 Babylist Most Registered Award.
Looking for a fun way to decorate for the holidays? Have a small space like an apartment so there is no room for a great big tree? Or maybe you just have one special place you want to stand out. Consider Tree Effects, a fun filled and versatile tabletop light show tree with 50 full-color light patterns, changeable light caps, and a wireless remote.
Unlike traditional pre-lit trees, Tree Effects operates every LED independently to deliver spectacular full-color effects that mesmerize friends and family. Simply fluff the tree, place the lights, then plug it in for an instant light show that is easily controlled with the provided wireless remote. Did I mention REMOTE! How cool is that? Sure you have to get up to change up the caps, but then you can have all sorts of fun with the changeable light display. There’s a built in timer and 50 full color effects so plenty of opportunities to change things up no matter where you place your tree.
Best Gift Cards
Gift cards can make gift giving easy. I know for us it’s especially helpful for sending out of town gifts. These are some of the best gift cards to give – and I think to receive.
One of our favorite jewelers is back this year with even more beautiful unique and personalized jewelry options! Isabelle Grace Jewelry has the perfect stackable ring collection for making a great fashion accessory you can mix and match them to create different looks and share different or combined messages! The Isabelle Grace Personalized Stacking Ring (available in Silver, Gold or Rose Gold) starts at $59 and can be personalized with up to 12 characters. It is hand forged and stamped at the time of its order, and is approximately 3mm thick with an organic shape and feel that is created by working the metal. A beautiful way to keep those you love with you always. We own a few items from Isabelle Grace and LOVE the necklace we gave to Grandma one year for a Christmas gift (see image)! There is also the brand new “Gypsy Style” jewelry When accessorizing with Isabelle Grace Jewelry you’re in good company with Hollywood’s hottest leading ladies, including devoted fans Katherine Heigl, Lindsay Price and Allyson Hannigan.
BinxyBaby, the stylish shopping cart hammock that keeps your baby safe while you shop. Available in several stylish colors and patterns it can be used for infants until a child can sit upright without assistance, anywhere up to 50 lbs. The seat will fit any standard size metal or plastic shopping cart, up to 24 inches wide.
Aren’t these earrings beautiful? The Eternity Rose makes it easy to search their site, selecting the color, style and type of gift. I went straight to jewelry where there are a number of different options available. Pendants and earrings are created with small roses, dipped in gold. You may select from gold to tipped in colors such as pink, blue, red, and purple. There are two different styles available, heart shaped and feathered. Each of them is decorated with 21 sparkling synthetic diamonds. The jewelry’s intricate detailing is backed up by a lifetime warranty. Select from individual gifts or matching sets. Roses aren’t the only item dipped in gold! Among the many gift ideas are gold tipped poker cards 24K dipped and playable golf ball and tee set!
PeachSkinSheet Super Soft Sheets sets feature thermal control and moisture management properties that make them cool for warm sleepers and cozy for cooler sleepers. They are also made from durable Athletic Grade performance SMART fabric that wicks away moisture, keeping you dry and more comfortable throughout the night. Along with having 1500 thread count softness, they feature a brushed PeachSkin finish on both sides, making them perfect for sleeping no matter which way you face them on the bed. Other features:
- 18” Deep Pockets with elastic for a fit on nearly any mattress
- Strong & Durable to withstand kids & pets
- Leave the dryer wrinkle-free
- High Performance Yarns to offer better protection again pet hair & claws
Perfectly personalized Pictures on Gold Photo Locket with engraving and laser photo insert . Wonderful gift idea! Pictures on Gold offers a huge selection of specialized jewelry! There are lockets, photo, fingerprint, medical ID, names, engravings, rings, charms, watches and well you get the idea. Stop by their site and you will be amazed at the selection. Some are even specialized for first responders, graduation and religions. They also offer the chains and charms, to go with the jewelry.
We recently learned about the uncommonly unique gifts available at Uncommon Goods! I found so many great gifts ideas for the gadget lover, the outdoorsman, the griller and more. See what we liked as gifts for the men in our family and take a look at what may be unique, interesting and uncommonly good gift ideas for the men (women and children too) in your life!
For the Kids
Give the gift of Adventure! Little Passports offers the gift that keeps on giving with a love of science, nature, art, travel and cultures. Sign up for one month or more and select the topic that is most exciting to your child! Give the gift kids and parents love this holiday season with a Little Passports subscription! It’s fun, educational, and it lasts all year long. Choose from adventures for ages 3 and up, so check out the round-up of gifts for the little adventures in your life.
• World Edition: Ages 6-10, explore a new country each month with souvenirs and hands-on activities
• Early Explorers: Ages 3-5, discover a new world theme each month, like Oceans, Music & Dinosaurs
• Science Expeditions: Ages 9 and up, reveal mysteries of the world through science experiments & activities
• USA Edition: Ages 7-12, learn about two new states each month, with activity-packed State Journals
One of my daughter’s favorite books is her personalized 12 Days of Christmas and The Night Before Christmas. It’s actually become a tradition in our house to create a book personalized with each child’s interest and name for the holiday season. I See Me is where we look for personalized books, ornaments and gift sets. In addition to their holiday selection there are also a number of books perfect for bedtime reading, stickers, lunch boxes and even music. It’s not just for kids either. Be sure to check out the items available for adults too!
Give the gift of creativity all year round with Green Kid Crafts! With a number of different boxes available for a variety of ages and interest there is something for every kid with Green Kid Crafts. Choose from Junior, Discovery, Literary and Sibling Discovery Boxes.
Create the ultimate family game night with Watch Ya Mouth Throwdown Edition Card Game! Great for the whole family and a group of friends where 3-10 Players wear cheek retractors and speak out phrases while teammates guess what they are saying. Includes 143 Family-Safe Phrases. Great for all ages including kids who are 8+. The Throwdown Edition was awarded Top Holiday Toy of 2017 by Toy Insider and selected for the 2017 Amazon Holiday Toy List! It was also a featured card game on Good Morning America, Buzzfeed’s “The Try Guys” & More!
One of our favorite family game night games is Apples to Apples. In this game a topic is introduced and each player reveals a card that they think best matches, compliments, or even is the opposite of the topic. YOU are the judge of who best matched the topic. You take turns around the table so everyone gets a chance to judge on who knows your thoughts best. Our tweens play the adult version with us, but we also really enjoy Apples to Apples Junior as the words are a little easier, the humor a little more family friendly and there are more cards to mix up the game, with no duplicates! If you do the Apples to Apples regular game I highly recommend adding on one of the games extender packs.
Last year we introduced you to DASH the fun filled Wonder Works Robot. This year it has gained even more popularity and my youngest daughter enjoys it even more now than she did last year as she overcomes coding challenges and teaches it to do even more. Dash also has a friend named DOT! If your family is like ours that means that each child gets to enjoy STEM learning and they trade off so that they continually have new coding challenges to solve.
- Dash is a real robot for children ages 6 and up that is responsive to its world; your child can bring it to life with our free apps available on iOS and Android. Dash comes with hundreds of exciting coding adventures and projects available in Wonder and Blockly apps.
- Use your Apple or Android smart phone or tablet to program Dash to move, dance, light up, make sounds, avoid obstacles, and even react to their voice. With the revolutionary free app Wonder, kids can program Dash to be the real robot pet, pal or sidekick of their dreams.
- No instructions needed! Our Wonder and Blockly apps feature built-in challenge tutorials that teach you how to program Dash from the very beginning of each program! Forget robot camp – you can easily learn Blockly and Wonder right in the app!
- Comes fully assembled, no batteries required. Comes with USB charging cable and two Building Brick Connectors to extend play with LEGO® and LEGO® Technic compatible bricks.
- Awards: 2015 National Parenting Gold, Time to Play Magazine 2015 Holiday Most Wanted List, Opening Minds Innovation for Schools, ISTE Best of Show for Schools
Earlier this year we had a great giveaway for the Nextbook Flexx 11A 2-1 Tablet! If only everyone that entered could win. But there’s still a change that Santa could bring it to your house and put it underneath the Christmas tree! Features include:
- 11.6″, 16:9 aspect ratio, high-resolution 1366×768 resolution (IPS) touchscreen
- Intel® Atom™ Cherry Trail quad-core processor 1.84GHz (Z8300)
- 2GB DDR3L system memory
- 64GB onboard storage; Micro-SD card slot for expansion to 128GB
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0
- Detachable full-size pogo keyboard
- Front and back cameras with built-in microphone
- Up to 8 hours of run time on a full charge
Another great giveaway offered this year was for the EZVIZ Husky HD 1080p Outdoor Wi-Fi Video Security Camera, Works with Alexa, 32GB MicroSD (Built in) WiFi Connectivity. Features include:
- Full HD – 1080p Enhanced with HDα
- Weatherproof – IP66 Water/Dustproof
- Motion Detection – Instant Alerts
- Remote View – Access Anywhere
- WiFi Connectivity – 2.4Ghz Only
- PoE Ready – Power Over Ethernet
- Included 32GB Micro SD Card
The ADT Home Security Starter Kit comes with the ADT Security Hub, ADT Motion Detector and Two ADT Door and Window detectors. In just minutes our services were set up. First we set up the ADT Security Hub. It features a 7 in control screen panel, a built in siren, battery and data cellular back up, and dual encryption wireless technology. We installed the batteries (for back up), plugged it in and connected it to our home wi-fi system. While all that is happening we are also installing the SmartThings app to all the smartphones in the house. You can get your SmartThings app on Google Play and iTunes.
Call of Duty returns to its roots with Call of Duty: WWII—a breathtaking experience that redefines World War II for a new gaming generation. Land in Normandy on D-Day and battle across Europe through iconic locations in history’s most monumental war. Experience classic Call of Duty combat, the bonds of camaraderie, and the unforgiving nature of war. The campaign features performances from Josh Duhamel and Jonathan Tucker. Call of Duty: WWII’s co-operative mode also unleashes a new and original story, featuring David Tennant, Katheryn Winnick, Elodie Yung and Udo Kier,providing player with a next-level standalone game experience full of unexpected, adrenaline-pumping moments.
Rated: M – Mature (17+)
Platforms: PlayStation®4, Xbox One® and PC
Return to the world of everyone’s favorite marsupial, Crash Bandicoot, like never before in fully-remastered HD graphical glory. Take on the epic challenges and adventures of the three games that started it all, Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot: Warped in Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy Rated: E – Everyone Platforms: PlayStation®4, Xbox One® and PC
Destiny 2 give players the chance to go on an adventure across the solar system and back again, as players wage war against the Red Legion, discover the secrets of our forgotten past, and aid allies in need of a legendary hero. Experience an unprecedented combination of cinematic storytelling, thrilling solo adventures, competitive, and public gameplay – all seamlessly woven into an expansive online world. Rally your friends or venture alone. The choice is yours. Rated: T – Teen Platforms: PlayStation®4, Xbox One and PC
See what our precious pup Toby thinks about the Squishy Mat – and who he may be fighting over it with! It offers 3/4″ memory foam core, Non-skid infant (and pet) safety tested & certified backing, Built – in Velcro handle closure and easy portability & storage. Squishy Mat comes in three different sizes.
The K9 Control Retractable Leash has zero slack Technology: keeping the leash taut while in the locked position, not allowing the dog to move forward while the Owner can roll-up to the dog, a TPR over molded handle for a comfortable and safe grip, German spring steel for smooth retraction and reflective insets and webbing for increased visibility at night.
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