This post is sponsored by Babbleboxx. All opinions are my own.
One of my favorite things as a mom is watching my kids on Christmas morning. Glee for what Santa brought them. Smiles at the things on their wish list that mom and dad were able to find. My favorite reaction though is the genuine surprise and delight at the things they didn’t know they were getting. We ask our kids to list a few things they want but I also like to find the unique or cool gifts that completely catch them by surprise. This month we partnered with Babbleboxx on a collection just for kids. It is filled with the type of unique items I love to gift my kids. We test drove them for you and are sharing our thoughts along with some discount codes! Here’s our Kidspiration Box if you need some inspiration for gift ideas as unique as the kids in your life.
6 Unique Must Have Gifts for Kids
Pez Christmas Ornament
Who remembers getting PEZ in their stocking for Christmas? It was one of my favorite holiday treats and I loved that my favorite characters were dispensing candy. Kids today still love iconic PEZ as much as I did when I was a kid. I love that the fun PEZ tradition is continuing with my own kids who were so excited to put the adorable PEZ elf ornament on the tree. The ornament comes with the cute elf dispenser and two flavors of PEZ. Confession the candy didn’t make it to Christmas morning. Let’s just say my son approves of the cherry flavored candy and my daughter the strawberry. 🙂
Helio Night Light Projection System
My son has ADHD so we are always looking for ways to help him wind down at the end of the day especially after a busy day of traveling. Our Kidspiration Babbleboxx also contained a Helio Night Light Projection System.
Our hotel room was a two room suite and I set the Helio up in the kids’ room The Helio offers a soothing glow with a digital clock. That soothing glow also projects images for kids to learn as they are also letting their minds relax which was a tremendous help for my son. It is very hard for him to just “do nothing” so as he was pondering the discs his mind was working but in a calm and relaxing way.
The Helio comes with discs that are easily loaded into the projector. The projector then shows the discs on the ceiling for kids to see as they’re nodding off. The images range from the relaxing island scene shown in the middle photo above to my son’s favorite the solar system and even my personal favorite speeds of animals. I think this is the coolest thing, y’all. The Helio was a hit at bedtime on our trip and has found a place in their room at home to help them learn while they wind down. Special Discount for my lovely readers: Enter “LearningLight” – Buy one helio and enter the code, the second one is discounted to 34.95. Goodthrough April 2018!|
Viv & Lou Duffel Bag
I am completely in love with the print of our Viv&Lou travel bag. She is too. It is completely her- pretty, fun, and spunky. It’s a great size for weekend travel or even dance or gymnastics. There’s lots of room and the bag is a sturdy quality that will hold up for lots of trips. She took it on its first one to our weekend in San Antonio and she felt so big having her own travel bag. A unique and useful gift and Viv&Lou has lots of fabrics to choose from for boys and girls who love to travel with their families. As much as we love to travel and have weekend getaways I can see this pretty bag getting lots of use. Viv + Lou discount code for 25% off site wide for my amazing readers: PENNEYLANE
Vince Camuto Ballet Flats
There is a saying that if you give a girl the right shoes she can do anything. They may have been talking about these pink and sparkly Vince Camuto Girls Pieta Studded ballet flats. Seriously. Where were these shoes when I was 5? We knew the hotel would be a great backdrop for some Christmas photos. She packed her Christmas dress and the Vince Camuto flats in her Viv&Lou bag.
These are holiday outfit perfect in silver sparkles with bright pink trim and studs for just the right touch of fun. They are gorgeous but I know they are also comfortable because after the dress up photos she asked to wear the Vince Camuto flats with leggings to walk around the aquarium. I need to get the next few sizes up in these because she loves them that much. And I do too.
The Wonderling by Mira Bartok
Ethan has discovered the wonder of chapter books in the past year. We were very excited to see a big chapter book in the Kidspiration Babbleboxx. The Wonderling by Mira Bartok on Candlewick Press is the story of Arthur a fox with one ear, and his best friend’s adventures to escape a world they are trapped in. Ethan reads at a fifth grade level and that is the age group this novel for young people is geared towards. I read with him to make sure it was something that was appropriate for him. He loved that Arthur was a little different like him (He has ADHD and is gifted.) but could still make friends and have amazing adventures. The gift of reading and books last a lifetime and The Wonderling is a beautiful hardback book to add to a young reader’s collection. Use discount code: CANDLEWICK – 25% off and free shipping
Magnaflex by WowWee is one of the coolest STEM toys I’ve seen in long time. Both of my kids love STEM toys and they had a blast with Magnaflex. Magnaflex are flexible rubber coated magnetic strips in bright colors. They can be shaped and held together with the included magnetic disks.
Magnaflex comes with an project idea book and instructions with step by step photos. My 5 year old was able to make the beach ball above. She also made a crown and my son made a caterpillar. I love how Magnaflex lets the kids have fun building and creating independently but I also love that the clean up is easy to go back in the tray and I am grateful I won’t be stepping on stray ones around the house. A fun gift for the STEM loving kid on your list.
Sometimes giving to kids at the holidays can be about teaching them to give back. Petlanthropy.org does just that and lets them give to a worthy cause close to many children’s’ hearts including my own. Petlanthropy Foundation has one goal in mind- find a furever home for all homeless dogs and cats. Petlanthropy partners with animal shelters and rescue groups to provide resources to help make this happen. Animal rescue is very close to my heart. Before I became a mom to my kids I was a mom to my fur babies. I had two rescue dogs and picked up dogs from shelters and transported them to rescue groups. We fostered nine dogs (not all at once haha!) until they found their loving homes. We currently are family to Pete the Cat above in black. After Hurricane Harvey we fostered two kittens temporarily. Shelters were inundated after the storm (and some still are) so we will be using our Petlanthropy gift card to help them. I love that kids can get involved themselves and pick where their donation goes. A lesson in giving that will last a lifetime. Receive special furry and fun surprises when you purchase, share and gift Petlanthropy Donation Gift Cards.
Even though they came a little early my kids loved these unique gifts from our Kidspiration Babbleboxx from the pretty to the fun to the educational. Wishing you and yours a unique and magical holiday season!