Bedtime Made Easier Thanks To Snuggle Monsters, Sleepylights, & Emoji-Notes #GiftGuide

Do your kids give you trouble when it comes to bedtime? So many parents dread bedtime, as it is fights, tears, and kids not wanting anything to do with going to sleep. Sometimes, they are afraid of the dark, of monsters under the bed, or other childhood fears related to bedtime, and it can be a trying time for both parents and children.

To make bedtime a bit more palatable, we have a few suggestions you might want to try. These are great gifts for the holiday, check them out and see what you think will work best for your family .

Continuum Games introduces four Emoji-Notes Color & Shine craft kits at $19.99 each. These kits allow you to color your nightlight as you’d like and write your own messages.  When your child is ready for a change, they can wipe it clean and color it again.  This is a light up message board, night light and craft kit all in one.  The kits join distributor Continuum Games’ line of Lumenico SleepyLights ($29.99) that offer soft lighting for a goodnight and sleep-tight bedroom atmosphere.
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Sega Genesis Mini #HolidayGiftGuide #VideoGames

The holidays are always a time of nostalgia which is why you’re in luck! SEGA is bringing us back to the 90s with their brand new Genesis Mini. Featuring 42 games, this console is bursting with tons of classic titles. Gamers will be able to enjoy their favorite past times including, Sonic The Hedgehog, Ecco the Dolphin and Mega Man®: The Wily Wars! The newly improved Genesis Mini is 55% the size of the original model, making it easy to play anywhere, anytime! With the holidays so close we can almost taste it – the SEGA Genesis Mini will surely be on the top of every gamer’s holiday wish list.

The iconic SEGA Genesis console that defined a generation of gaming returns in a slick, miniaturized unit. The SEGA Genesis Mini console is loaded with 40 legendary games and is plug and play ready right out of the box. Each unit contains SEGA Genesis Mini Console & 2 wired controllers, 40 games, power cable, USB adapter- HDMI cable.
Some of the games included are: Ecco the Dolphin, Castlevania: Bloodlines, Space Harrier 2, Shining Force, Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine, Toe Jam & Earl, Comix Zone, Sonic the Hedgehog, Altered Beast, Gunstar Heroes, Earthworm Jim, Castle of Illusion, Shinobi III, Contra: Hard Corps, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, World of Illusion, Thunder Force III, Super Fantasy Zone, Streets of Rage 2, Landstalkers, Beyond Oasis, Ghouls ‘n Ghosts, Alex Kidd, Golden Axe, Phantasy Star IV, Street Fighter 2, Mega Man: The Wily Wars, Sonic Spinball, Vectorman, Wonderboy in Monster World
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Aquabeads For Creative Holiday Gifting #HolidayGiftGuide

 

Aquabeads arts and crafts products are new and improved as they allow for a quicker drying time to create even more incredible designs in less time.  The new sets feature an innovative Flip Tray and Bead Receiver to set art work aside for faster drying while continuing to create additional masterpieces.  This is a great gift for kids of all ages- my son is 12 and he still enjoys playing with Aquabeads. The pieces are small, so supervise small children. 

Kids can make Aquabeads creations from included templates or their own imaginations. They place beads onto the layout tray, then spray with water to fuse the beads together, letting them set with time.  Once dried, the creations can be shared with friends and family. 

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Kids can get started with the Beginners Studio. They can create designs even faster than before using the flip tray to let one creation dry, as they work on another. With more than 840 shining jewels and solid beads in 16 colors, there are plenty of options for creative play. Beginners Studio includes the case, flip tray with bead receiver, sprayer, bead pen, template sheets and instructions to ensure kids have everything to get started. As kids collect studios for more fun, they can connect them for easy storage and travel. Beginners Studio, Ages 4+/ $19.95
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FOCO Series Two of WWE Bobblehead Series #GiftGuide

FOCO is excited to introduce Series Two of their WWE collectable bobbleheads highlighting some of the biggest personalities in WWE. These are really fun and would be perfect for the WWE Super-Fan on your list. 

This series of officially licensed bobbleheads features WWE superstars Seth Rollins, “The Man” Becky Lynch, Brock Lesnar with his advocate Paul Heyman, Jeff Hardy, and WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin, with more Superstars to be added soon.

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Each Superstar is depicted in an action pose in his or her ring gear on top of a steel entrance ramp with a 3D backdrop featuring the Superstar’s logos and mottos.

FOCO has previously released bobbleheads featuring WWE Superstars and Legends John Cena, AJ Styles, Ronda Rousey, Ric Flair, and Andre the Giant.

These bobbleheads are handcrafted to depict WWE stars that wrestling fans cheered for and will continue to cheer on for years to come. Each bobble stands approximately eight inches tall, making them the perfect addition to any collection at home, or any desk at work or school.
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Bleacher Creatures Introduces 7 New WWE Plush Figures #GiftGuide

 Bleacher Creatures Toys, a division of Uncanny Brands, is proud to announce Series 8, 7 new, officially-licensed WWE plush figures, available now and in time to get for the fans on your holiday shopping list.  My John is a huge fan, and he really like the Bleacher Creatures he has currently (his favorite being Sasha Banks)- these are sure to be a hit with him. I’ve wondered when we go to the live events, why they don’t sell them at the kiosks? Fans would certainly buy them, seems like it would be a win-win, yes?

I haven’t given these to him yet, but I can tell you I am sure he’s going to love them when I do.  He’s such a big fan- they also carry Becky Lynch, who is a favorite of his as well as also being native to Ireland (and Finn Balor).

Brand New

Becky Lynch – The WWE Raw Women’s Champ wears her trademark “THE MAN” shirt.

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Spreading Holiday Cheer with Calico Critters #GiftGuide

Do your kids love Calico Critters as much as mine do? They are the perfect toys for kids, and since they use animals instead of traditional dolls, both boys and girls can enjoy them without getting the side eye from those judgmental or less progressive members of the family. (Not that boys should ever be ashamed of playing with dolls- I just love that there is another option for kids, as well as for the boys who want to nurture, but might not love dolls.)

Calico Critters is already decking the halls with lots of family merriment and cheer, with both their traditional collection as well as brand new additions.  This holiday season, consider Calico Critters as the perfect gift-giving items for your little holiday helpers. They last as well, so they will stay in great condition from your oldest to your youngest (and likely then some- I still have the Calico Critter I had when I was a kid, and it looks great. My son added it to his collection.)

CALICO CRITTERS VILLAGE RED ROOF SERIES HOME

 

Sweet Raspberry Home

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The Sweet Raspberry Home is the newest addition to the Village, perfectly matching the detail and design of the Red Roof Cozy Cottage and Red Roof Country Home. Kids will enjoy the outdoors with the Hopscotch Rabbit family in the comfort of their home porch. The home comes furnished with baby furniture and Nursery Series Grace Hopscotch Rabbit who’s ready to play. Children can also connect the Sweet Raspberry Home with the Red Roof Cozy Cottage and Country Home for more fun.  Ages 3+/ $24.95/ Available Now

 

Red Roof Country Home

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Nestled in the Village is the beautiful and spacious Red Roof Country Home.  With four rooms, a terrace, staircase and lights, Critter families can enjoy the beauty of the village in the comfort of their home.  Children can create various layouts in a 90˚angle, 180˚angle or closed setting. Connect the Country Home to the Sweet Raspberry Home and Cozy Cottage for an even grander household. The Red Roof Country Home Gift set includes detailed furniture, accessories and lights, as well as Heidi & Bell Hopscotch Rabbits. Ages 3+, $69.95/ Gift Set $99.95/ Available Now
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Gifts That Give To Those Who Need It Most #GiftGuide

As you buy gifts for loved ones this year, consider what you could do to help impoverished children throughout the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, and Latin America as well. Gifts are made through Cross Catholic Outreach, a 501c3 Catholic relief and development ministry that provides food, shelter, medical care, water, education, self-help programs, care for orphans and emergency relief. These are a few of the options people can choose from as gift ideas (more ideas are here):

  • Food for the hungry – Send lifesaving supplies of Vitafood to starving children and their families. $27 can feed a family for a whole month.
  • Toys and gifts for a needy child – Let Cross Catholic Outreach pack your Box of Joy with toys and gifts and send it to a child. For $34, Cross Catholic Outreach will pack your Box of Joy and send it to a needy child overseas.
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WIN “Zeus the Mighty” Prize Pack from National Geographic Kids Books #HolidayGiftGuide

Looking for a great gift for the kids this holiday season? Check out Zeus the Mighty: The Quest for the Golden Fleasby Crispin Boyer (ages 8-12, hardcover,  $12.99) This book introduces readers to the Mount Olympus Pet Center in Athens … Georgia, where Zeus the Mighty (an adorable hamster) rules over a crew of cute critters, all named after (and believing themselves to be) Greek gods and goddesses. By day, Zeus — a tiny, overconfident hamster with a mighty appetite for power — and his gaggle of gods run on their exercise wheels and take catnaps. But at night these fearless furry friends bravely take on legendary mythological quests! In the series’ first thrilling adventure, Zeus the Mighty has one giant task in front of him: to find the “golden fleas” so he can solidify his position as “king of the gods.”
 
Get ready to laugh, cheer, and learn with this adorable and quirky cast of characters in their unforgettable first adventure — a reimagining of the tale of the Golden Fleece. Click here to view the fantastic book trailer. 

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