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2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Families & Kids
I have teamed up with many of these companies in order to be able to offer another Huge Giveaway worth over $1200! I can't wait to tell you about these gift ideas and some of the fabulous prizes you have the opportunity to win!
1. Instax Camera
I have loved getting Talia excited about photography because it's something we can share and do together. She got so excited when she was able to use a camera of her own, and it has been so fun to have the instant gratification of printing the photo right away! I wrote all about our experience with the Instax Mini 8 when she got hers. These cameras are fun for kids of all ages (even grown-ups). There are several smaller follow-up or companion gifts that could go with an Instax mini (like camera cases and albums) and some extra film would make a great stocking stuffer! I've teamed up with Fujifilm Canada to give the winner of this giveaway their very own Instax Mini 9 camera, so stay 'til the end to enter!
2. Tickets to a Live Show
Some of our most memorable family outings have been to go and see a live show. One that we've done twice with our girls is Medieval Times. Our kids get so into cheering for our knight, watching the horses perform, and the amazing skills of the performers! You'd want earplugs if you're sitting next to Talia because she cheers hard! We love that dinner is included and you get to be even more involved in the medieval experience because you're eating with your hands and really get to feel like you're a part of the show. Medieval Times Toronto has partnered with us to provide tickets for a family of 4, to attend one of their shows! So stick around until the end of this post, to enter for your chance to win this and other really fun prizes.
3. Matching Pajamas
My parents used to give us all new pajamas for Christmas, on Christmas Eve and I’ve always loved that tradition and tried to continue it. It’s not easy to find coordinating pajamas for the whole family though! I love that LazyOne has so many options and has websites that are able to ship to the U.S. or Canada! At the end of this post, you'll have the chance to win a gift card for LazyOne!
4. Plasma Car
When a book fair came to our kids' school, all Katrina could talk about was the day planner that she wanted to buy there! It's not something I'd think of right away for a gift but when I saw how fun she thought it would be to have her own, I started thinking! I loved the Limelife Planner that I reviewed two years ago, here. They have lots of fun ways to customize the colours and layout of your planner and they've recently come out with The Organized Kid Planner, just for kids! It's a great way to teach your kids about organization and time management in a fun way. They can keep track of their chores and goals in it and choose their own designs! Limelife is providing an Organized Kid Planner for the winner of the giveaway at the end of this post, too!
One of the best ways to have fun as a family is to plan a game night! It's very low-cost and takes minimal planning. Pull out a fun game, pop some popcorn, and get ready for a night of fun time together! We love the classics like Monopoly, Guess Who, Trouble, Connect 4, and Jenga. Hasbro has also come out with some really fun and hilarious new games. Pie Face! is hilarious to play with any age group. You can play it with a wet sponge that comes with the game or with whipped cream (I highly recommend you spring for some whipped cream)! You may have heard of Speak Out (you have to say different phrases while wearing a mouthpiece that doesn't let you close your mouth and it gets drooly and crazy! They've come out with a special Kids vs. Parents version that comes with 6 mouthpieces for kids and 4 for adults. Lastly, a new game called Hearing Things; a take on the viral youtube "whisper challenge" that requires you to wear speech-cancelling electronic headphones while another player says random phrases (which you can't hear) and tries to get you to guess what they're saying by reading their lips! Stick around to the end of this post to win one of these games!
7. A Musical Instrument
I love hearing my kids and husband play music in our home. Ken plays the piano, violin, and the ukulele. Talia has a guitar and both of our girls have taken piano lessons but Talia is the one who is really sticking with it. We recently had the opportunity to test out the new Populele by Popuband. [You can check out our Populele Unboxing Video here.] This is the coolest Ukulele! It syncs up (by Bluetooth) with an app that has lessons, games, exercises, and songs for you to learn! The Populele itself has little lights that show you where to put your fingers when you're learning chords or new songs. Best of all, I have seen Katrina remain committed to practicing on it! She keeps at it for way longer than she ever did on Ken's regular Ukulele because she's determined to get a good score in the games! I'm excited to tell you that Popuband has partnered with us to give you the chance to win your own Populele as part of this giveaway!
8. A Room Makeover!
I remember the year my mom let me pick out my own bedding set. I loved my bedding with musical staff and musical notes that looked like balloons! I also have fond memories of going wallpaper shopping to make my bedroom in our new house my own. There are lots of ways to do a bedroom makeover that range in cost from small to all-out and one of our favourites has been Beddy's bedding! I've written in detail about what Beddy's are in a previous post (where I show more photos and video that show you exactly what they're like), but in essence they are adorable zipper bedding sets. Your kids can make their bed by zipping the zipper- Game Changer!! I truly love this company and their style choices. They have so many beautiful styles to choose from (and they're available all the way up to King size- they're not just for kids!). If you've had your eye on these gorgeous sets, this is your lucky day because you could win your very own Beddy's set in this giveaway!
9. Swimsuit as a Clue
In yesterday's Gift Guide for Moms I mentioned a swimsuit as a gift idea (even if you live somewhere cold) because it can represent a larger gift that can't be wrapped. It could be the clue to tell your child that they're getting swimming lessons, or that you're going on a little family getaway to a hotel with an indoor pool or an indoor water park, or something as big as a family vacation where the weather is warmer! Our favourite swimsuits for swimming outside come from Cabana Life. With a focus on keeping skin safe from the sun, and the bonus of adorable fabric choices, I've written before about why we love them. Cabana Life is partnering with us to provide you with a chance to win a $100 USD gift card, so don't forget to enter at the end of the post!
10. Start a New Holiday Tradition
We've watched the Elf-on-The-Shelf become a big hit with families over the last few years, as a fun way to celebrate the holidays. This year there's a new plush friend available from Deseret Book called The Little Lamb from Bethlehem. The lamb comes in a gift set with a book that includes adorable illustrations. The story of Jesus' birth is told from the perspective of a lamb that was in the stable that night. The lamb wants to share the joy felt that night and help others learn about Jesus and become like Him, so he's here to remind you of the story and help you feel the spirit of the first Christmas throughout the season. The book includes suggestions for using the Little Lamb (you don't have to use him daily or weekly, it's totally up to your family how you want to use him. One idea is to focus on secret acts of service (make someone's bed anonymously & leave the lamb on their bed; then that person does something like empty the dishwasher and leave the lamb sitting on top, and the cycle continues as the lamb moves around). There are lots of ways you could use him, it's totally up to you as the story doesn't set any expectations.
Now for the exciting part! You can fill out the form below to enter for your chance to win the following:
Tickets for 4 to Medieval Times in Toronto* ($223.80 CAD)
A Plasma Car from Plasmart (MRSP $69.99 CAD)
A Limelife Organized Kid Planner (MRSP $13 USD)
$249 USD Beddy's Gift Card (this will cover a twin sized Beddy of your choice)
$100 USD Cabana Life Swimwear Gift Card
An Instax Mini 9 from Fujifilm Canada* (MRSP $99.99 CAD)
Speak Out Kids Vs. Parents Game from Hasbro* (MRSP $24.99)
Populele (MRSP $199 USD)
$50 Gift Card for LazyOne Pajamas
*The giveaway is open to Canada and the U.S. but a couple of the prizes are only available to be shipped within Canada. In the case of the Medieval Times tickets, you must be able to travel to Toronto. If the winner is not eligible to receive these items, I will re-draw a second winner for the Canada items (and the original winner will receive everything else).
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Disclosure: Giveaway prizes and some feature products were provided by the companies mentioned. I made this list of gift ideas on my own, before partnering with these brands to create this giveaway. All opinions shared are, as always, my own.