Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide 2016


Game of Thrones: The Complete Sixth Season (To Order)

 The Emmy® Award-winning HBO® series Game of Thrones is known for many things: shocking deaths, breathtaking special effects and, when it comes to DVD releases, extensive and captivating bonus content.  The box set’s exclusive bonus features to life in three groundbreaking events with interactive experiences including photo, video and virtual reality that take fans behind the scenes and immerse them into the world of Game of Thrones.

The Secret Life of Pets  - (More Information) To Order
Comedy superstars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, and Kevin Hart make their animated feature-film debut that finally answers the question: what do your pets do when you're not home? When their owners leave for the day, pets from the building gossip with their friends, satisfy their sweet tooths, and throw outrageous parties. But when a pampered terrier (C.K.) and his unruly new "roommate" from the pound (Stonestreet) get lost in the urban jungle of New York City, they must put aside their differences to survive the epic journey back home.

ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE - (See My Review Here) To Order

Your favorite ICE AGE heroes are back and cooler than ever in this all-new adventure! Scrat’s epic pursuit of the elusive acorn accidently triggers cosmic events that threaten the ICE AGE world.  Now Buck, Manny, Ellie, Sid, Diego and the rest of the herd must work together on a hilarious journey filled with nonstop action and colorful new characters in order to survive the global Scrat-tastrophe!

Teletubbies: Snowball - (To Order)

It’s a cold day in Teletubbyland and snow falls on the Teletubbies! Join Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po as they find big snowballs, dance with a snowman and watch children make a caterpillar out of snow. Contains six brand new episodes including ‘Snowball’.

The Santa’s Apprentice and The Magic Snowflake double feature (To Order)

In Santa’s Apprentice, starring Julie Gayet (My Best Friend, Select Hotel), Jean-Pierre Marielle (The Da Vinci Code), Max Cullen (The Great Gatsby, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Australia), Gabe Eggerling (The Kicks, “Jake and the Never Land Pirates”), Santa doesn't want to retire, but rules are rules and he must train someone to replace him. The lucky winner, to be chosen from among millions of children, must be named Nicholas, be an orphan and have a pure heart. On the other side of the planet, there is a little boy who is a perfect match, but his lack of self-confidence and fear of heights make him a poor contestant. Will Santa agree to step down, and help his apprentice take his place?

In the sequel to Santa’s Apprentice, The Magic Snowflake, starring Vincent Grass (The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Ernest & Celestine), Nathan Simony (Santa’s Apprentice, “Merlin”), the new Santa is a seven year-old boy. As Nicholas contracts the illness of those who want to grow up too fast: Grown-up-allosis, The Council of Retired Santas is forced to relieve him of his duties and appoint an experienced Santa who will be able to manage the delivery in time. To get his job back, Nicholas must regain the innocence, freshness and carefree attitude of his childhood.
Peppa Pig Sun, Sea and Snow - Is perfect for this time of year and features 12 episodes. Purchase here

A Frozen Christmas - Listen to Christmas classic with fun, colorful visuals featuring our favorite Christmas favorites.  (My review here) Purchase here


 Star Paws (My review here) Purchase here

The Piano Guys Uncharted. (My review - here) Purchase here  


Young Frankenstein: A Mel Brooks Books: The Story of the Making of the Film (see my review here) To Order 

A Must HAVE!!!! 

Tolkien’s World: A Fantasy Coloring Book - To Order

This beautiful coloring book—suitable for Tolkien fans of all ages—presents more than 90 pages of famous scenes from Middle-earth, from the Trees of the Valar to Mount Doom; and characters as beloved as Gandalf the wizard, or as feared as Smaug the dragon. Line art illustrating the fantastical world of Middle-earth is readyfor your colorful imagination! Includes scenes and characters from The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings.

Piper Was Afraid Comes with Piper and Cornelius The Mouse - Available at Amazon

Piper is afraid of everything. The hardcover book has beautiful illustrations and comes with a stuffed Piper and Cornelius the Mouse who appears on every page. 

Lily The Fancipoo and Cuddly Lily - Available at Amazon

Meet Lily! Lily is quite the spoiled pooch! However as much as Lily the Fancipoo has...she is very lonely and longs for some friends! When her family decides to take a Holiday vacation, Lily is sent to spend some time with her cousins in the country and learns that love far outweighs the benefits of material things!  Children will enjoy seeing Lily transform as she lets down her guard and behins to enjoy the farm.  When Lily is in her home state of Florida there is a tiny lizard hidden on each page that children will have fun searching for and then when Lily arrives in the country, Lottie the mouse is hiding!

Lily the Fancipoo hardcover book (with dust jacket) is 34 pages filled with beautiful illustrations.  The book comes with a cuddly plush Lily complete with bows in her hair and tail.  The book also includes Lottie the mouse!

Sound & Vision by John Riordan (My review here) Order here

Why Am I Alive by Alan Mayer (My review here) Order here.
Perfect gift for anyone who loves reading. The print is large and Alan is a wonderful storyteller. God bless.

Cool Cats and Fashion Felines Over 50 Catwalk Kitties and Style Icons by Rus Hudd ( My review here) Order here

Can You Believe It?: A hilarious collection of over 300 twisted facts to make your toes curl by Caroline West and Mark Latter (My review here) Order Here

The Christmas Story Pop Up Book by Robert Sabuda (My review here) To Order

A Bestiary of Tolkien Coloring (see my review here) To Order

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer Crochet Kit (see my review here) To Order

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer Pop Up Book (see my review here) To Order

The Christmas Eve Tree (see my review here) To Order

Marvel: The Amazing 1000 Dot-to-Dot Book (See my review here) To Order

The Night Before Christmas: Heirloom Edition (See my review here) To Order

Personalized Holiday Books and More from I See Me - (My Review Coming Soon)  To Order

Kids love seeing their names in their books but I See Me goes even further and adds many of the people your kids know and love. 

Pusheen Coloring Book (See my review here) - Order 

Ripley's Believe It Or Not - Unlock The Weird (See my review here) - ORDER

Pick Me Up by Adam J. Kurtz (See my review here) Order here

A fun journal that will help you get through the hard times or just the odd times in a fun way with easy to use prompts.


Illuminature by Rachel Williams. (See my review here) - Order

The Worlds Almanac and Book of Facts 2017 (See My Review Here) Order Here

The Origin of (Almost Everything) Order From Amazon and How Long is Now (see my review here) Order from Amazon 

ABC Yoga by Christiane Engel (see my review here) - Order

Description: New York Times bestselling illustrator Mary Engelbreit presents A Night of Great Joy—a delightful picture book that celebrates the season and tells the story of the nativity through the performance of the children’s Christmas pageant. This book celebrates diversity by featuring child character illustrations of many races and ethnicities. Booklist says Engelbreit’s  A Night of Great Joy is “a colorful picture book will please her adult fans while pleasing many children.”  (To Purchase)

Christmas Love Letters from God (To Purchase)

Author: Glenys Nellist  Illustrator: Rachel Clowes
Description: Christmas Love Letters from God, written by Glenys Nellist and illustrated by Rachel Clowes, is a whimsical collection of seven beloved Bible stories that focus on the birth of Jesus and include love letters from God written especially for the young reader.

101 Books To Read Before You Grow Up (To My Review Here) - To Order

101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up provides a comprehensive list of kid-friendly books for children to read before they grow up. This must-read review list acts as an interactive journal where kids can document the books they read, why they like them, and how they rate them. Divided into sections by subject, from fairy tales and fantasy to sports and nonfiction, 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up celebrates the importance of reading and encourages family participation to develop lifelong readers. The perfect reference guide for book lovers of all ages, 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up helps both kids and parents decide which books to read next!

Ready, Set, Find Christmas! (To Purchase)
Description: Mary and Joseph are on their way to Bethlehem on Christmas night, and they need your help to find many different things along the way! Read the classic story of Jesus’ birth in Ready, Set, Find: Christmas Story, an engaging look-and-find book for young children. 

I See Me (See my review here) - Personalized books, lunchboxes, growth charts, birthday gifts, communion gifts, coloring books and more.  Their personalized Christmas books are truly amazing. You can add the whole family into a book and the prices are unbelievable. 

12 Joys of Christmas by Thomas Seibold, illustrated by Sheri McCulley Seibold (My review) To Order

The 12 Joys of Christmas is the perfect book for this Christmas because long after the presents are opened and the tree is on the curb it is all about the memories you made with the people you love.

Footloose by Kenny Loggins (My Review) To Order

Good Job, Brain!: Trivia, Quizzes and More Fun From the Popular Pub Quiz Podcast (my review here) To Order

Flying Dogs by Julie Christe (My Review) To Order

This hilarious collection of photos is perfect for any animal lover. And never fear! Vets and the dogs’ owners were always on site.



Glow For A Cause (My Review Here) To Order  The Make-Up bag that gives back.   Glow has lovely beauty products such as Body Butters, Facial Creams, Lip Balms, Facial Masks, Perfume and more that are not only wonderful for you but give back to charities when you purchase from them. 

I get a ton of compliments on this watch. It was a review product that I got a few months back but I wear it every single day. It is stunning and no matter where I go someone asks me about it AND it is under $20.00 ( TO PURCHASE)

This women's watch is truly eye catching. There is nothing I don't love about it.
The face is blue and white with gem stones all over the bottom and around the sides.
The watch has stones all around it and the band is a gorgeous blue.
It really is a stunning watch and over the past few days have had at least 2 people stop me and ask about it as well as others who compliment me was we are talking.
The adjustable strap is comfortable with multiple holes and two end loops for the extra bit.
The hands plus the minute hand are silver colored.

Absolutely my favorite watch.

bOBsweep the Robotic Vacuum (See My Review) Order Here

Bob has changed our lives. We are in love with him and don't know what we did before him. AND he is not only a vacuum but comes with a mop attachment as well. If you are going to give a vacuum for Christmas, make it this one. 

Jord Wood Watches - There are so many styles and colors to choose from. They are made of wood and look truly amazing.



Holiday Gift Sets from Original Penguin - To Purchase originalpenguin.com/ & Macy’s 

Penguin Premium Blend 5-PC Gift Set, $70

·      Burst of crisp bergamot, fresh lime peel, and wild spearmint.

·      Set includes EDT Spray, Shower Gel, After Shave Balm, Deodorant, and Mini EDT Spray

Original Penguin 5-PC Gift Set, $70 

·      Burst of Italian bergamot, kaffir lime, and crisp apple 

·      Set includes EDT Spray, Shower Gel, After Shave Balm, Deodorant, and Mini EDT Spray

PIGSKIN RAPTURE: FOUR DAYS IN THE LIFE OF TEXAS FOOTBALL by Mac Engel and Ron Jenkins - Hard Cover Book about 4 days of Football. (My Review) To Order 

Waterproof, Sports Action Camera (To Purchase under $75)
LOVE this camera. It is HD 1080P LCD, waterproof camera with tons of extras.

If you are like me and love photography and creating videos of your family out and about this is the camera for you. It is a great price and you get so much.

Beside the camera you also get:
Waterproof Case
Case Backdoor Replacement
Frame Mount
Handlebar Mount
Helmet Mount
USB Cable
2 Batteries
A Manual
AND so Much More

There is very little learning curve. Simply shoot and go. The Waterproof case is amazing and completely sealed for pool photos, boating, jetski canoeing or wherever there is water.

You can do video or get still photos from the camera as well.

Our next excursion will be biking so we will add photos as soon as we are back.

To Purchase

I got these socks for my husband this year. He has a sock thing and went from wearing boring black and navy blue socks to loving colorful, fun socks. These socks are his favorites and the price is incredible. You receive 3 pairs of colorful socks. They well made with great stitching and bold designs. The socks are soft and comfortable to wear. (TO PURCHASE

Jord Wood Watches - Watches that are made of wood and extremely stylish, classy and affordable. There are so many styles, colors and faces to choose from. Check them out. 

Van Der Hagen Shaving Products - To Purchase - Black Friday Sale CODE Black2016

Luxury Boar Shave Set A deluxe shave set with a more able-bodied brush, the Luxury Boar Shave Set is for you. Stiffer than badger hair, the boar bristles gently massage your whiskers, raising those ready-to-be-trimmed follicles. Lather up with the hypoallergenic shave soap in the ceramic apothecary mug, and you’re on your way to a closer, smoother shave without skin irritation or razor bumps! The acrylic stand holds both brush and personal razor for easy storage.
  • 100% natural boar bristle brush*
  • Hypoallergenic shave soap (3.5 oz / 99.2 g)
  • Apothecary mug
  • Acrylic combination brush & razor stand

Traditional Safety Razor - Van der Hagen’s Traditional Safety Razor is constructed with heavy-duty, chrome-plated brass. The compact handle is shorter than most razors, giving you a better grip and more control when trimming your whiskers. Also included are (5) double edge, Teflon-coated razor blades. Manufactured in Solingen, Germany, these ice tempered stainless steel blades help prevent ingrown hairs, and are designed to give you a close, comfortable shave. Replacing blades has never been easier thanks to the razor’s butterfly opening, and the back of the cartridge holds your used blades!

  • Chrome-plated razor
  • Butterfly opening
  • Pack of 5 double edge, Teflon-coated, ice tempered stainless steel blades

Cleverfit Stay - No more sloppy collars with this set of adjustable collar stays (My review here)

Stocking Stuffers

Brooklyn Owl's Unicorn Horns - Headbands for kids. Yes Virginia there are mystical Unicorns and look in the mirror. There she is! - To Order

Glossique Nail Wraps - See my review here. Great ideas for Tweens

You know you need these! Salt and Pepper Shakers - To Purchase

This was a product review BUT I use it every day since getting it in July and everyone who sees it asks about it. I always have my phone and always have a bottle of water with me so this is perfect!!!! I have even purchased 3 since reviewing for friends who loved it. It's a water bottle that has a space for your cell phone. Perfect for on the go, the gym, just about anywhere. I have it with me all the time! (TO PURCHASE)

4 in 1 Electric Epilator, Callus Remover, Lady Shaver and Hair Clipper (review here) - Order

Beard Balm 25 For Men - To Purchase

They have it for Fine and Course hair.
With 25 active organic ingredients, Beard Balm nourishes your face and beard. Just the right conditioning for that well-groomed facial hair! 

Beard Balm provides you with just the right conditioning you need for that well-groomed beard. Our blend of 25 conditioning butters, oils, and extracts creates the right balance of moisturizers and conditioners for your face. Beard Balm 25 is quickly absorbed into your beard and skin, and doesnot leave a greasy feeling.

- Works to soften and condition facial hair
- Moisturizes the skin to help prevent dryness or irritation
- Helps train and manage the styling of the beard
- Provides shine

Beard Oil - To Purchase

A blend of oils guaranteed to soften and nourish your manly beard, with 25 natural oils that will feed your face and grow your facial hair.

Beard Guyz products will never contain any harsh chemicals. The skin under your beard is sensitive, and can become dry or irritated. Beard Oil 25 contains a blend of 25 natural and organic oils that have exceptional benefits for the skin and hair. This quick-absorbing oil provides deep moisturizing of the skin as it works to help soften and tame your beard.

-25 natural and organic oils for the skin and hair.
-Works to soften and condition facial hair
-Moisturizes the skin to prevent dryness or irritation
-Helps train and manage the styling of the beard

Beard Wash - To Purchase

Our Daily Wash contains a blend of 35 active ingredients, working together, to clean your beard and skin of the oils and impurities that occur during the day, while leaving your beard feeling clean and soft. 

The sensitive skin under the beard needs special care so that it remains moist and supple. Daily Wash 35 is gentle enough for everyday use. For All Beard Types

- 35 of nature's finest ingredients

- Botanical and fruit extracts blended with keratin and protein
- Cleans, moisturizes, and conditions the hair and skin of the face
- For all hair and skin types
- Gentle enough for daily use

Beard Conditioner - To Purchase

Deep Conditioner 25 works to moisturize and condition the hair of the beard, giving both fullness and softness. We have specifically created this product to work well on coarse and stubborn grey hairs. Beard Guyz products will never contain any harsh chemicals, instead harnessing the bounty of nature to condition your beard and feed your face.

- 25 of nature's finest oils, butters, extracts, vitamins & conditioners

- Helps soften and condition the beard while adding shine
- For all hair and skin types


Kate and Min Min Toys (To Order)  

 RC Max Rumbler Radio Control Car (See My Review Here) To Order

This car Flips, Spins and Jumps. It also gets out of the smallest places and rights itself if tipped over. The price is one of the best parts. Under $16.

My Fairy Garden - To Purchase

Children love kits that allow them to grow plants at home; it gives them a connection to nature and a sense of satisfaction at having nurtured a living thing. My Fairy Garden takes it to a new, exciting level by allowing children to interact with it as part of an enchanting play set! Children plant the quick-germinating seeds, and care for their garden, all while setting up and playing with adorable fairies, woodland friends and accessories! It’s a great collectible line and a fun addition to the ever-growing STEM category of toys. Ages 4+.

Freya’s Magical Cottage™ — An adorable flower pot that’s a welcoming fairy home where Freya entertains friends and tends to her garden, the set includes the flowerpot cottage with opening doors and terrace, tray, cottage furniture, toadstool, Freya the fairy, her friend, and gardening accessories and tools. Ages 4+. SRP: $24.99.

My Fairy Garden Socials

FlipaZoo - (See My Review Here) To Order

FlipaZoo, the TOY that flips for you! Not One, it’s a Two- in-One toy pillow from the first name in fun, Jay at Play. FlipaZoo will be delivering two times the Fun for Everyone! Their unique character combinations feature some of today’s most sought-after animals – including a Husky that easily Flips into a Polar Bear, a Unicorn that Flips into a Dragon, a Giraffe that Flips into a Hippo, and there are many more to choose with FlipaZoo. The must-have FlipaZoo assortment is now available at www.flipazoo.com. The new toys will pounce their way into Walmart stores nationwide beginning with a July 2016 exclusive launch. Starting in mid-August, FlipaZoo will roll out to other retailers from coast-to-coast, including Target, Toys“R”Us, Kohls, Bed Bath & Beyond, Kmart, and more!

Monster High School Play Set - 4' High - To Order

Monster High fans will love this school play set. It is massive (over 4 feet tall) and full of detail and fun. It took us an hour to put it together as there are a ton of pieces but OH what a play set. The main part of the building has two sets of moving staircases that come up both sides and contains the entry way and a clock tower which opens up allowing room for a doll to stand. This is a great place for the Head Mistress or a Monster High Student to stand and greet all their friends at school. The second portion contains 4 separate rooms. One has a moving bookcase, another has a counter for the lunch room and there is even a place for Draculaura to hang upside down like all bats do silly! We love all the little details like the blackboard in the classroom that is held by a skeleton arm, the tentacles that pop out of the locker and especially Draculaura's Vampire chair which can also be attached upside down. The set even comes with a couch, two chairs, cafeteria table, register, food trays, and more.

The Pros:
The thing is huge! How could a kid get bored with this? It is amazing. There is so much to see and do.
It is really really nice looking.
All the extras, furniture, doll stand pieces, rotating wall, doll clips
You can play with the pieces separately or together
The directions are very thorough and easy to understand

The Cons:
It doesn't fold up as small as you hope.
And the second section has to be stored separately from the main piece.

This is a great set. Makes a great gift. I recommend possibly putting it together if you are giving as a gift because it does take time.

I know I had this in the Pros but it is Huge. The main structure and the four additional rooms can be played separately or can be pieced together.

Girl Gifts from Smitco for ages 2-12 (More info here

My Friend Cayla Party Time Doll (See my review here) To Purchase

Roominate - To Purchase

An award-winning line of complete building sets that are designed for girls in order to bridge the gender gap in STEM, the Roominate line was started with one simple mission: open up possibilities for girls by showing them that creativity and engineering are fun. PlayMonster has improved upon the highly successful Roominate line by increasing motor power and creating unique building pieces and more play-friendly dolls! With all sets, girls can build the creations shown, or use their imagination to create their dream project, allowing them to “Think it, Build it and Switch it on!” Ages 8+. 

Emma’s Townhouse -- Build a tall townhouse, or a wide one -- either way you can design a colorfully modern home! Use the included motor to build a ceiling fan, or anything you can think of! Includes Emma doll and her pet pig Hodgkin. Ages 8+. 

Cotton Candy Carnival -- Build a fun Ferris wheel, carousel, swing, game tent and more! Includes two motors to bring rides to life, along with Bettina and Jenna dolls. Ages 8+.

14” CPK Baby So Real (My Review)- To Purchase

With your touch, Baby So Real comes to life with beautifully animated, expressive, full color LCD eyes that open, close and look around, creating more than 30 different expressions. The technology and function are like miniature flat-TV screens allowing for their detail and movement to be truly lifelike. Loaded with realistic features and over 60 sounds such as giggling, talking, playing, sleeping, eating and so much more - this special baby encourages hours of interactive and nurturing play.  Baby So Real has built-in sensors throughout allowing for peek-a-boo and tickle play, feeding from an interactive bottle, burping, diaper changing, and rocking to sleep. And if the baby should develop a fever, kids, parents and grandparents can calm those red cheeks by administering TLC from a magical spoon. Just like the original Cabbage Patch Kids, Baby So Real is soft and cuddly with removable clothes.

For advanced play, Baby So Real has its own free app that allows your phone or tablet to simulate a baby monitor.  With the app, children can also play games, watch video clips and earn baby points to collect additional virtual accessories such as toys, fashions and room decor. The app can be fully enjoyed with or without your Baby So Real being connected. Baby So Real is available in Blond, Brunette and African American babies, comes with a fully removable outfit and diaper, a special interactive bottle and medicine spoon, birth certificate, adoption papers and a free baby monitor style app for additional virtual play. And, of course, just like every Cabbage Patch Kid, Baby So Real exudes the most beloved and identifiable soft and fresh scent.

Watch Baby So Real in Action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyGayC5V-5U
Tekno New Born Kitty (See My Review) To Purchase

14” Cabbage Patch Kids – To Purchase 

The Cabbage Patch tradition continues as there are more fabulous Kids® available to adopt - one born especially for every child, parent and collector of today! In keeping with the 35 year plus history of this brand, the standard adoptable 14” Cabbage Patch Kids continue to be presented in a variety of skin tones and hair colors to mirror a wide cross section of the world’s population. With their core message “our individuality makes us special”, the latest kids are ready for more fun, fashion and love, and will create magical memories forever! With nine new fashion themes and a varied matrix of Kids® to choose from, there is sure to be a Cabbage Patch Kid that relates to your very own child's personality!

The new Kids® collection includes Country Girl, Trendy Girl, Boho Beach Girl, Surfer Girl, Soccer Girl, Cheerleader, two different Glitz Girls and Baseball Boy! Each new kid comes with a name, birth date and their very own birth certificate and adoption paper from Babyland General® Hospital solidifying your one-of-a-kind bond with your kid. These darling Cabbage Patch Kids feature a bracelet with a heart shaped key that interacts with the Kids' newest best friends - the adorable Adoptimal Pets. Make the promise to love and care for your Kid® and take the Oath of Adoption to join the Cabbage Patch Kids world family today! Ages 3+, SRP $34.99. Available at Target, Walmart, TRU, KMART, Amazon, Meijer Shopko.

Adoptimals - Collect them all! To Purchase
Adorable, cute and looking for a good home, these 9” furry little friends were on everyone’s Must-Have List and are back with four new styles for 2016! The Adoptimals are the Cabbage Patch Kids’ best friends and YOU hold the key to their little hearts! They are loaded with cuteness and include pet sounds, phrases and a special heart-shaped locket. Pair them with one of the 14” Cabbage Patch Kids’ heart key bracelet and unlock your pet’s magical locket for lights and a heart beat, or simply collect and play with them all on their own. Each precious pet includes a bowl and brush. Take the Oath of Pet Adoption and give your Adoptimal a name you choose! Ages 3+, SRP $19.99.

Xtreme Cycle Moto-Cam and Xtreme Cycle RC - To Purchase

Selected as a winner of Good Housekeeping Magazine’s 2016 Best Toy Awards, and a Hot Holiday Toy of the Year 2016 from Boys’ Life Magazine.  Xtreme Cycle Moto-Cam and Xtreme Cycle RC features a patented gyroscope stabilization system.  Xtreme Cycle Moto-Cam is specially designed to always right itself after it falls for non-stop action!  The all-new Wicked Cool Toys Xtreme Moto-Cam takes it to the next level with a 640x480 VGA resolution built-in helmet camera, allowing kids to record video at 30 frames per second, and storing 12-15 minutes of video for action-packed replays!

Capture Xtreme Cycle Moto-Cam’s flips, tricks and sharp turns, just like they do in extreme cycling, with a real working helmet cam! The Moto-Cam’s patented, real wheel gyroscope self-stabilizes while your cycle enthusiast films all the action! The sizable motorcycle measures approximately 13.75"W x 11.45"H and includes:  Cycle with rider, built-in helmet camera, remote control, ramp, 512MB removable/upgradable SD card, 9V rechargeable battery, and a 12” USB cable to download, watch and share videos. All batteries included. Ages 8+, SRP: $79.99. 

Watch Xtreme Cycle Moto Cam in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5udVe_htKLA

Splashlings™  - To Purchase

A beautiful line of collectible mermaid-themed characters and their friends, with amazing personalities and phenomenal imaginative play for girls five and up. Invented by the famed Pound Puppies® creator, Mike Bowling, the SplashlingsTM, toy line  features An Ocean Full of FriendsTM, including a special group of mermaids and shells, as well as more than 130 pets, underwater gems, and treasures for kids to play with and collect and an animated series available on YouTube. Ages 5+. SRP: $2.99 - $24.99. 

Wave 2 

One of the year’s most sought after collectibles, Splashlings(™) Wave 2 is the latest addition of mermaid-themed characters and friends. Wave 2 featur es a series of ultra-rare color change characters, that when dipped in icy cold water, amazingly changes colors! Fans around the country have been clamoring for Splashlings and Wave 2 will add more than 100 new Splashlings’ characters to this ever-growing collectible. 

The Mermaid 12-pack includes a Mermaid, seven Splashlings (plus a ‘hidden’ Splashlings) and two seashells.  SRP: $12.99. The Mermaid 6-pack assortment includes 1 mermaid, four Splashlings and one seashell. SRP: $5.99

Coral Treasure Park  - To Purchase

What do Mermaids do when they are not swimming in the ocean? Head to Coral Treasure Park, for endless play on slides, swings and more! The set includes a Mermaid, two SplashlingsTM Pets, and one inner tube.  SRP: $19.99

Medical Center Playset - At times, Mermaids and An Ocean Full of Friends need a little nurturing medical care, and the Medical Center Playset, packaged with two Splashing Pets, helps get SplashlingsTM friends cured and ready for more fun.  SRP: $14.99

Splashlings Surprise Packs!

Wave 2 Splashlings Ocean Full of Friends™ 2-packs make it a surprise each time to see what two Splashlings are behind the foil pack inside! SRP $2.99.  A 2-pack Splashlings Collector Shell is also available; SRP $3.99.


Peppy Pups - To Purchase

The only cuddly plush that can run, jump, wag its tail and interact with children like a real dog, TPF Toys’ Peppy Pups are brimming with personality and inviting cuddles with its fluffy tail and soft tuft of hair. Peppy Pups feature charming collar and bone tag, and branded paw pads. Eager to move and shake just like a real dog, Peppy Pups spring, bounce, jump, waddle and grove; turning heads as they go -- no batteries needed! Ages 4+

Cut it Out - To Purchase

A major innovation in art activities, budding artists can now color, cut and create with Cut It Out!™, an all-in-one activity tool that allows you to create artistic designs with  truly “magic” Cut It Out markers that cut paper simultaneously as kids draw shapes and creations. With the Cut It Out! marker firmly in one-hand, kids color and create whimsical designs, and can easily lift their cut out drawing off the page. Like magic, no scissors are needed!  Ages 6+
Cut It Out!™ Design Studio – The ultimate set for kids, the Design Studio includes an awesome sketching  table for all artists’ needs, complete with an easy-access drawer for storage, four Cut It Out markers the signature Cut It Out Easy Glide Holder, Cut ‘n Color templates pages in various sizes and colors, stickers, adhesive gems, as well as a variety of essentials to create pinwheels, bracelets, masks and more.  SRP: $24.99


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Abiie Beyond Y High Chair is an innovative and versatile high chair that will grow with your baby. A high chair that’s guaranteed to last a lifetime, this beautifully crafted, all-in-one high chair can transform into an adult size seat in less than 20 seconds. Easy to clean, affordable, and durable, new moms will appreciate and cherish this one-of-a-kind gift

  • Easy to transport – With Abiie’s compact design, traveling is hassle-free.
  • Cleaning is easy – Comes equipped with waterproof seat cushion and one-hand removable tray that can be easily thrown into the dishwater.
  • Anti-microbial heat sterilization – Keep your child’s environment hygienic and safe.
  • Dual restraint system – Adjust for a 5-point harness or 3-point harness.
  • Go green – Material is biodegradable and recyclable making it eco-friendly.
  • Toxin-free – No harmful substances* such as BPA and Phthalate.

Power Up Box  - A subscription box that contains so much fun you will wish you could give it to everyone on your list plus yourself. 


Munch Pak - A subscription package that contains snacks from all around the world. You can even customize! My kids love these gifts. They are the gift that keep on giving.  (To Order)


Japan Crate. My daughter loves Japan Crate. It is her favorite subscription. Give someone a monthly package of fun and different treats from Japan. (To Order)

Malt Shop Cookies - (See My Review here) To Order

These cookies are made with Malted Milk and come in three flavors. Pick your favorite or get a tin of all 3!


Gnoments - Like Elves on a Shelf for Adults these Tiny little gnomes that help you spread the love with tiny messages to the people you love most. (My review here)

Call of Duty: Infinite Warefare - To Purchase

Award-winning studio Infinity Ward breaks new ground in storytelling in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, by exploring the weight of leadership and the responsibilities that come with it in an emotional, character-driven narrative. Players are thrust into wartime leadership as Captain Reyes, a Tier 1 Special Operations soldier, who takes the helm of the Retribution, one of Earth’s last remaining warships. In a time of unthinkable hardships, Reyes must lead the remnants of coalition forces against a relentless enemy in a war that stretches to new terrains across the vast expanse of our solar system beyond Earth. In addition to a riveting single player campaign, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will also deliver a robust multiplayer mode, and a unique cooperative zombies experience.

Rated: M (Mature)
Platforms: PlayStation®4, Xbox One®, PC
MSRP: $79.99

Jackson and Perkins - Living gifts like Table Top Christmas Trees, Wreaths, plants and so much more (see My review here

Gourmet Gift Baskets - There are baskets for everyone and every occasion but they are my favorite for the Holidays. (Order here)

Bild+Animate Kit (See my review here) - Order
Create your own stop animation movies in minutes.


Gigmons - Family Fun Game (See my review here) - Order
KaBoom - Family Game ( See my review here) - Order

Fast Flip - Family Fun Game (See my review here) - Order

Top That - Family Fun Game (See my review here) - Order
Be A Broadway Star (my review here)  To Purchase
The brand new board game that puts YOU in the spotlight!
This isn't your typical board game.  This is a Broadway board game!  And that means you'll have lots of chances to show off your stuff along the way, with interactive "make or break" cards that just might have you singing and dancing on your turn!

Back To The Roots - (My review here) Order here

Grow a garden in your home filled with herbs and veggies.

The Agenda Game (My review here)  is a small piece of political theater in a box where players can throw their hat into the political ring. But these presidential candidates aren’t competing for electoral votes – they have agendas! The game was designed to tickle the funny bone, and teach something new about people and politics in general, every time you play.


Cricket Media (My Review) To Purchase 

Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season?  Look no further than Cricket's "Bug" magazines: BABYBUG, LADYBUG, SPIDER and CRICKET (for more Cricket publications on a variety of topics including science and history, visit cricketmedia.com), unique, high-value gifts that keep on giving throughout the year.  And, this year, in the spirit of the holiday season, Cricket is undertaking a "Double the Giving" campaign that will allow generous gift-givers to share the love of reading and learning with kids they love, as well as with a child in need.  


Doki Doki Crate from Japan Crate (To Purchase). It is my Goddess' absolute favorite thing. She has had a subscription for a year and we just renewed. So many very Kawaii things that girls will love.

3 in 1 Emoji Pillow (See my review here) - order

Indoor or Outdoor Princess Tent (See my review here) - Order


Bil-Jac Dog Treats - (See my review here) To Order

Every pet loves playing with a new toy. This cute Holiday Hedgehog Toy is durable, squeak-able and sturdy enough for chasing and chewing. Hedgehog's Santa hat is removable, so your dog can enjoy him all year round. (5.5 inches long; $4.99)

Keep any dog entertained and challenged with the Toppl® Treat Toy. The toy traps treats with its inner ridges and tips over to make snacking play and learning time. Available in two sizes, Toppl is made right in the US, is recyclable, BPA-and-phthalate-free, and dishwasher safe. ($20)

For Pet People
The perfect stocking stuffer for the pet lover on-the-go, the Flint Retractable Lint Roller is compact and fits in a purse, small tote or glove compartments. It removes dust, lint and pet hair from clothing and other surfaces and is safe for even fine fabrics. Reusable, refillable and recyclable. ($7.99)
This easy-to-create Pawprints Ornament is fun for the whole family, and adds a personal touch to holiday décor. The kit includes everything needed to create a lasting celebration of the pet-human bond. Makes a great gift for friends and family. ($18.98)

For Both
The Mucky Pup Friendship Collar & Bracelet Set is a beautiful bright blue print inspired by the classic friendship bracelet pattern. It's printed on animal friendly vegan* leather and each set features gold plated hardware for a luxury finish. Each is packaged in a soft white drawstring pouch bag. Collar available in three sizes, each with a matching one-size-fits-all bracelet. ($35)

For the adventure lover who camps or hikes with a dog, the Me and My Dog Medical Kit from Adventure Dog is a comprehensive first aid kit to keep both you AND your dog safe on all of your adventures together. ($50)

Canine Company provides at-home pet care products and services that help people keep their dogs and cats healthy, safe and happy, including Invisible Fence® pet containment systems, Manners dog obedience training, as well as mobile pet grooming and pet sitting services in select markets. For more gift ideas, visit the Canine Company Pet Shop.


The Oak Bottle is revolutionizing the beverage and bar industry by allowing consumers to take their inexpensive wine, whiskey, or any other desired spirit and transform it into an expensive, vintage tasting beverage within hours. The Oak Bottle itself can also be customized with a unique design for exceptional holiday gifts. 

The Oak Bottle is the first affordable tool to bring the art of home aged liquors, beer, and wine to anyone with a curious mind and adventurous taste buds. Made from the best American white oak and charred inside using traditional oak aging process to a medium toast level. Ranging in sizes and price points: $32.95-$79.95.


Outlander - The Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated worldwide hit series which is based on the bestselling novels by Diana Gabaldon, has a slew of gifts this holiday season ranging from fashion and jewelry, collectibles, Blu-Rays®, books, soundtracks, wine and more

  • Mixology 101: The Art of Crafting Cocktails A practical guide to starting your own cocktail-making adventure from setting up your own home bar to crafting original 100 percent homemade cocktails like a pro.  $19.95.


  1. I would love the Ripley's Believe It or Not book.

  2. This is such a great holiday gift guide. Thanks for sharing these. I love that blue Kezzi watch.

  3. I want and need it all,,,i have 14 grandkids and 6 grown kids plus spouses and a husband,,1dog and 1 cat,,so yeah this would be perfect for everyone!

  4. I would like the Kezzi watch for my Mom for Christmas.

  5. (Holiday Gift Guide 2016) So many great and wonderful gifts to choose from for the upcoming Christmas holiday. I do like all those great children's books listed for our grandson-

  6. Anonymous12:16 PM

    Great Holiday gifts.

    I liked the Gourmet baskets since I love sending gifts to PR
    I like the 4in1 Electric Epilator
    LOVE the water bottle that holds your cell phone.


  7. I like the Top That game for the kids and me to play.

  8. Great gift ideas! My daughter would love the Outlander!

  9. My granddaughter would love the Princess Tent. All these are great gifts though.

  10. Such wonderful ideas!! I really like the Gourmet Gift Baskets!

  11. I'd love a Jord watch for Christmas! And I'd like to see Ice Age with my youngest nephew.

  12. I think the book The Night Before Christmas would be nice to read on Christmas Eve! And you could sit it out as Christmas decor too.

  13. I think you covered it all here. Great gift ideas! I really love that watch for women.

  14. I might be the only person left who hasn't seen Game of Thrones. I need to get with it, lol. That DVD set looks nice.

  15. The Flipazoos are really cute. I got one for my nephew several months ago & he loved it.

  16. o many awesome and great gifts for the entire family this year of 2016, thanks for sharing them all with us.

  17. My granddaughter saw the My Fairy Garden on TV today. She says she wants one.

  18. Very Nice and extremely helpful.thanks for sharing.

  19. I want to get The Secret Life of Pets for my grand kids. That looks so funny.

  20. I like the personalized Holiday books for my kids.

  21. I love ths page because it list items their description reviews and how much and where to buy. I would buy the books and games for my grandchildren.

  22. Great suggestions! I'd like the secret life of pets DVD.


  23. I love this gift guide! There are so many amazing gifts! I love the garden...it's such a great idea! I wish I saw this before Christmas!

  24. I can use this guide for Valentine's Day and upcoming birthdays too. Sydney would like the 3 in 1 Emoji Pillow.

  25. I like this gift guide and plan to use it for Valentine's Day. Sydney would like the 3 in 1 Emoji Pillow.

  26. I like all the videos in the giveaway. The wide variety is nice.

  27. Sydney would love to win the books with the stuffed animals.

  28. I would donate some of the books to our school's library.


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