Disclosure: The products within were provided by each sponsor to us free to facilitate our gift guide. They were requested by us and would be items we personally would have purchased this year had we not had this opportunity. All experiences and or opinions are always that of our own unless otherwise stated.
Another year has almost come and gone and we are here talking about the holidays yet once again! We are so grateful that we have the opportunity to not only offer some ideas for your holiday shopping but to also give you the opportunity to win some of the great items we have chosen from brands for our family. Check out below, in no particular order, the items we chose to place under our Christmas tree this year and know that the family member receiving them are going to be extremely happy! We are ever so grateful you have taken the time to read our gift guide and share with friends and family each year and equally happy to have some amazing sponsors that have agreed to be part for another year.
FAMILY TIME WITH HASBRO
Hasbro has been a huge staple in our family for years, and as you can see by the picture above, we love our board game nights and Play-Doh fun! When it comes to spending time together as a family, playing a board game is a great way to be involved with your kids, and Play-Doh, well, who hasn’t spent hours at some point in their lives molding something out of their products? Check out what we chose from Hasbro this year below and should you want to see what else they have in-store for the holidays, come back and CLICK HERE to visit them.
Sherri and Cadence are both huge Monopoly lovers, so adding one or two new editions to the collection is just part of the norm. The Cheaters edition has you follow, bend or break the rules to work your way through the game, but hey DON’T GET CAUGHT! If you do, you’re literally handcuffed to the game board. This version of the game has you cheat to get rewards in hopes to earn…ahem, your way to having it all in the end. AGES 8+ and can entertain from 2 – 6 players.
*Includes game board, plastic handcuff unit, 6 tokens, 15 Cheat cards, 16 Title Deed cards, 16 Chance cards, 16 Community Chest cards, 16 hotels, 2 dice, money pack, bank tray, and game guide. (CLICK TO PURCHASE)
I did say we were Monopoly fans right? Well this one in particular is an ask from Cadence directly….shhhhhh. When she is not playing her way to the end in a fierce match of battle royale, she will likely be found asking to play this! If you don’t know how Fortnite works, here is a quick rundown, “Monopoly Style”. You need to claim your land, battle opponents and come out as the only one left standing! Instead of money within this version, you are earning XP (Hit Points). The action die lets players pick up health packs, build walls, and damage their opponents. Every time a player passes go they unleash the Storm; avoid it or lose HP. Ok, so as a gamer, I may be a little excited about this version as well! AGES 13+ and can entertain from 2 – 7 players.
*Includes game board, 27 cardboard outfits with pawn stands, 15 Storm cards, 16 location cards, 16 loot chest cards, 8 Wall cards, 1 numbered die, 1 action die with labels, 110 Health Point chips, and game guide. (CLICK TO PURCHASE)
This fun twist on a classic game is for our niece, but I’m hoping to get in on this action. Connect 4 Shots is a rapid fire, ball bouncing, version of the classic Connect 4 game. You still need to get 4 shots, aligned in a row, to come out a winner but now while firing a bounced ball of your color. Oh and did I mention that you play simultaneously? Oops, minor detail for some major fun! The game takes some minor adult assembly. AGES 8+ and can entertain 2 or more players.
*Includes collapsible grid, 2 feet, cardboard backboard, 12 yellow balls, 12 red balls, orange ball, and instructions. (CLICK TO PURCHASE)
Play-Doh is something all of our family has played with at one time or another. It’s great for creativity, hand-eye co-ordination and just all out fun. Each year, there are so many different sets to choose from, we have a hard time deciding which way to go. Considering this is for our younger niece, we thought the Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Ultimate Swirl Ice Cream Maker was the way to go. I mean really, as a child, why wouldn’t you like to set up your very own ice cream stand and treat your family and friends to a little treat play time? Pretty cool, if I do say so myself.
FEATURES: Double swirls of fun as kids create 2 colorful Play-Doh ice cream treats at once, 3-in-1 pretend ice cream, whipped cream, and sprinkle maker, Includes dishes, cones, and other accessories for imaginary ice cream parties, Top creations with colorfully crazy candies using the half-molds, Features softer, smoother Play-Doh Plus compound for easier squeezing. AGES 3+
*Includes un-assembled play set, 6 ice cream cones, 5 dishes, 4 spoons, 2 creation cards, 6 two-ounce cans of Play-Doh Brand Modeling Compound, 2 one-ounce cans of Play-Doh Plus compound (total compound net weight 14 ounces/392 grams), and instructions.
CREATIVE MINDS WITH SPINMASTER TOYS
Spin Master Toys have also been a brand that has been in our home for years. Usually when we are looking for something to test our minds, or open its creative boundaries, we can always count on finding something from them. This year was a little different with them, as the products we were looking for were to gift to other child members of the family instead of Cadence for the most part, so choosing was a little more difficult. I say difficult because the selection is pretty vast and we couldn’t choose just a single item. Check out what we chose from Spin Master this year below and should you want to see what else they have in-store for the holidays, come back and CLICK HERE to visit them.
Ok, so let me tell you. Kinetic Sand is just wild! If you have never held it before, picture this. Imaging having the feeling and mold ease of wet sand that is actually dry. Can you feel it in your mind? That’s exactly what this product is like. The product comes with 3 lbs of beach-like sand and two multi-use tools that will allow you to build anything your heart and 3 lbs of beach sand is possible. The product doesn’t dry out and will have your little sand constructor building for hours at a time, destruction and building again! So go ahead and bring the beach home with you and not worry about a mess, as it’s extremely easy to clean up after play time. AGES 3+ (CLICK TO PURCHASE)
How many young girls wouldn’t want to make their very own bath bombs and soaps? Using the Cool Maker JoJo Bath Bomb Spa Kit, your child has the ability to make 10 scented creations, from bath bombs to JoJo-themed soaps where you add drops of scented coloring to customize your creations to your liking. Easy to use and even easier to enjoy! 20 minutes in the freezer after creating and you and maybe whomever you decide to gift some to will be able to have their own spa experience right in their own home. I know our daughter Cadence will not only enjoy making these, but will love the fact that she can share with family or friends. AGES 8+
*Includes; Molds for soap and press for bath bombs, Ingredients, scented color drops, gift bags/tags to share and a bow sleep mask.
Who doesn’t love bracelets, not to mention an easy way to make some really cool ones? I’m going to date myself and say that, even as a guy, I remember making friendship bracelets when I was in junior high school. They were a pain then as the product was a plastic type and hard to manage when there was no guidance, nor the internet like we have today to help. The Kumi Kreator comes with 88 spools of string, the Kumi Kreator Machine, Clasps, Ruler, and design book to get your creative juices flowing. Imagine loading 5 ready to use string colors of your choice onto the machine and watching them as you spin the wheel to create your very own bracelet, or maybe one to give! There is enough to make up to 10 bracelets customized in the colors of your choosing within the kit. Our niece is going to be so happy creating something she can wear and give to friends that she did by herself! AGES 8+ (CLICK TO PURCHASE)
Like Spin Master Toys, our family is no strangers to the Perplexus toy. We have had and used multiple in the past for really obvious reasons. They are great to work on your ability to focus, patience, strategy, timing and so forth. Perflexus is a 3 dimensional maze, and in the past you didn’t have to thing about anything but making your ball to the end. The Perplexus Lightspeed not only has you do just that but puts you to the ultimate test of time. The addition of lights and music to keep you pushing your way through the maze with three modes of difficulty and 20 levels of twists, turns and ultimate Perplexus maze action. I’m pretty stoked to try this one myself and can tell you that it will be passed throughout family hands and visitors for time to come. 3 AAA batteries included AGES 7+ (CLICK TO PURCHASE)
We have been a gaming family since before Cadence came into the picture and beyond and at one point or another have owned each and every console that has been created and available to Canadians. Currently we house my main console, the Xbox One X, a PS4 that Sherri plays her favorite title on and Cadence with her Nintendo Switch. Don’t let that fool you, each console is fantastic in their own way and we all play each at different times. Sound is a priority for me! I play every style of game on my X and love multiplayer games that sound means you either win or you lose. This is where the Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 + Superamp come in. I will be actually writing and posting a more in-depth review about this product, but wanted you to know that it NEEDS to be a main contender in your gifts for the gamer in your home! SPOILER FOR THOSE READING THIS – That post will have a fantastic giveaway as well! So much is able to be done with this product that I can’t fit it all within this guide and needs a post of its very own. If you want superior sound, be able to control it with a device as well as maybe even accept an incoming phone call, you need not look any further. This pro performance gaming audio system were designed in collaboration with leading experts teams and pro players to ensure the best possible gaming experience for you. In the meantime, if you would like further information you can visit their website https://www.turtlebeach.com. **NOTE – Purchase for correct console/PC. Extra Superamp for additional console use as pictured above is not included. (CLICK TO PURCHASE)
It should be no surprise by now that we are huge Xbox fans, so much so that this particular add-on to our Holiday guide was not information we felt you needed to have on hand for this years holiday shopping! CLICK THE ABOVE IMAGE to choose your perfect Xbox gift for this holiday season. Can we make a suggestion? If you already have a new Xbox gaming console at home, a year of Xbox Game Pass makes an incredible gift, and pair that with Gold and well it’s like major parenting, spouse, partner, friend or you know just MAJOR points!
Sherri, myself and even Cadence, (of course with no caffeine for Cadence) enjoy a warm and relaxing cup of tea done right. Did you know that in order to get the proper taste and enjoyment out of your favorite cup of tea, you need to have it brewed for the right amount of time and temperature? I can honestly say that I didn’t completely understand that until it was proven to me. I guess, if you think about coffee for a second, burnt coffee taste disgusting right? Well, it’s very much the same idea in my opinion, for tea. This product, like a previous one listed, made it into our gift guide because it suits our lifestyle and should you be a tea drinker, you will want it in yours. As shared from their website, “The Breville Smart Tea Infuser™ Compact knows the right temperature and steep time to bring out the best in your favorite teas. Set the timer to tell you when steeping is complete then it automatically keeps warm until you are ready to drink. Never over-steep your tea again. Makes your perfect cup, for you or a few.” There will soon be a more in-depth post for this product posted here on our website. SPOILER FOR THOSE READING THIS – That post will have a fantastic giveaway as well! If you don’t want to wait, see more details on their website here. (CLICK TO PURCHASE)
LOCAL GIFT IDEAS?
Some of us are local to the Greater Moncton, New Brunswick area and would love to have ideas that are close to home. Jenna of Pickle Planet Moncton asked if I wanted to be part of her, “12 Days Of Local Gifting” and of course I couldn’t resist. If you want to see what some fantastic local people came up with for ideas, including my local picks, check out her post by CLICKING HERE or the image above. You will want to give Jenna’s channels and those you can involved a follow for more from them in the future!
ENTER BELOW FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN ONE OF TWO PRIZE PACKS! A LUCKY WINNER WILL WIN A PRIZE PACKAGE FROM HASBRO AND ANOTHER LUCKY WINNER WILL WIN ONE FROM SPIN MASTER TOYS. GOOD LUCK!
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