Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Popular Kid and Family Gifts 2015

Written by, Bernadyn Nettles

Only 17 more days until Christmas!  This can be a stressful, chaotic time of the year for many people.  There will be shopping to do, buying gifts, making gifts, planning and organizing schedules, cooking, attending holiday parties, going on vacation and Christmas lights and decorations to put up.  Oh yeah, not to mention trying to spend time with kids and loved ones!  I wanted to help out to try to make it a little easier for you or at least offer you various gift ideas to help ease your holiday shopping.  Below you will find a list of some of our favorite brands and products combined with items that are considered top gifts trending this year.

Christmas Gifts, Holiday Shopping, Gifts

Trending Toys This Christmas


I'm pretty sure I don't need to say it but since the newest Star Wars movie, "The Force Awakens" will be arriving this holiday season, it's no surprise that Star Wars toys and anything Star Wars-related will be even more popular for gift-giving...

Check out a multiple Star Wars toys at Toys R' Us including one of the hottest toys this year:

Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens - R2-D2™ Interactive Robotic Droid

Find more Star Wars "The Force Awakens" Toys here.


Here are other toys that rank as the hottest toys this year from Toys R' Us:


 Fisher-Price Bright Beats Dance & Move BeatBo




Barbie Saddle 'N Ride Horse


 Barbie toys are always a favorite during the holidays.  Here are more Barbie picks (with the help of my daughter):

Barbie Collector 2015 Holiday African-American Doll

Barbie in Rock 'N Royals Singing Courtney Doll

 Barbie Festive & Fabulous Doll


Barbie Princess Power Super Sparkle Doll 



LEGO Duplo Toys






NERF N-Strike Blazin' Bow Blaster



LEGO® Minecraft Creative Adventures The First Night 21115

 LEGO® Minecraft Creative Adventures The First Night 21115

LeapFrog LeapPad 2 Custom Edition Kids Tablet for Learning

LeapFrog LeapPad2 Custom Edition Kids Tablet for Learning

VTech Bear's Baby Laptop, Pink

VTech Bear's Baby Laptop, Pink

Fire Kids Edition, 7" Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB, Kid-Proof Case


 Fable 7" Browser Free Children's Tablet, Wi-fi, Safe and Secure

Fable 7" Browser-Free Children's Tablet, WiFi, Safe and Secure

Monster High Boo York Draculaura Doll

Monster High Boo York Boo York Draculaura Doll -  Mattel - Toys"R"Us

Video Games 



Here is a list of the Best video games that are kid-friendly.


Gifts for Kids and Families 


  Gifts for Bedrooms/College Dorm Rooms/Home/Kitchen


  Thinkgeek.com has so many fun and popular items for both kids and adults!

Star Wars Cookie Cutters

Minecraft Redstone Torch USB Wall Charger


Family-Friendly Movies


The Original Christmas Classics Gift Set

Don't forget the popcorn!  

Pop Secret Popcorn for those movie nights to cuddle on the couch

movie night, family night, family time


Personalized Gifts


My Night Before Christmas Personalized Book Santa's Coming! Personalized Ornament My Magical Snowman Personalized Puzzle


Photo Gifts

A beautiful way to share memories and capture loving moments are through photo gifts.  These are the gifts to make for parents, grandparents and other relatives that they will surely cherish! Here are some places where you can design and create photo gifts:


Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with the festive and sentimental Merry Christmas photo book. Snowflakes, candy canes and colorful ornaments are featured on joyful holiday backgrounds to showcase your photographs. Layouts allow you to build collages, feature a portrait across the gutter or frame snapshots inside holiday artwork. Your personal quotes and tags are highlighted in eye-catching typography.

Groovebook: This is a convenient and easy way to transfer your photos on your cell phone onto a photo book, size 4.5" x 6.5".  You can download it in the Google Play Store for free.  It costs $2.99 (including shipping and handling) every month and for each additional photo book you create.

Shutterfly offers a variety of ways to create personalized gifts with your photos.

Vista Print offers more than just business cards.  They also design holiday gift cards, pillows, puzzles, t-shirts from men's to women's to kid's shirts and more!


This would be a wonderful gift to give children who are interested in innovations and entrepreneurship like my kids are!  The story follows two kids who each want to start their own business.  They are both faced with the common problems that startup founders encounter.  The story is explained in an engaging, practical and east to understand way for kids to follow.
The Incredible Miss Vicky

This book offers a beautiful message to not give up on something you believe in, no matter how ridiculous others think it is.  Miss Vicky is a pig who lives on a farm with other pigs.  They spend all day in the mud, eating the slop that is given to them and not working or doing anything that Miss Vicky sees as purposeful.  She is passionate about becoming something more and having a more fulfilling life.



Gifts for Parents


Giveaway, Reviews, Gifts

Jewelry in Candles

Cinnamon Candle 

I recently tried a candle from this company when a friend invited me to a Facebook party for this.  I was curious and also wanted to help a friend out so I ordered this Cinnamon scent.  It burns for over 100 hours and smells delicious.  There are multiple scents and lots more I want to try.  The awesome concept behind these candles, (or I should say inside of them) are the hidden surprises of jewelry that they contain.  Mine was a beautiful pair of earrings that you can see in the image below:

We recently had one of our fall family photos enlarged and printed on a canvas through the company, CanvasPop.  It came out beautiful and will be one of our most cherished photo prints.  Trust me, this will be a perfect gift for any parent, grandparent or close relatives to receive this Christmas!

Canvas Prints, Christmas Gifts, Family Photo

My husband and I had the chance to view this ballet live and it was a show worth watching.  Definitely great for those who need a night out, a couple to enjoy for date night or a family to enjoy together.  The beautiful classic Nutcracker Christmas story will warm your hearts.

Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Selfie sticks for those selfie-lovers, perfect for when you are traveling by yourself or a group of friends and you are not able to get someone else to take your photo.  I thought this specific one looked like one worth checking out  -Selfie on a Stick.

Dollar Tree Gifts: lots of easy gift-giving ideas for everyone on your list to put in their stocking

School Supplies: markers, crayons, glue sticks make practical gifts to stuff kids and teacher stockings

Art Supplies: great idea for kids and that artistic someone in your life

Bookmarks: perfect for children who are learning to read and for that book worm you know

Gift Cards: think coffee gift cards, movies and favorite restaurants for those you may have to mail a gift to and won't be seeing this Christmas.

Stationary: perfect for college students, work-at-home friends/family

Ear Buds: this is great for anyone with a phone or tablet, you never know when you need it!




Socks: specifically Christmas socks or leggings for little girls

Have you finished your Christmas shopping?  What are some family-friendly gifts you will be gifting this Christmas?

Happy shopping!

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