To all of you out there braving the cold and the lines on Black Friday. God bless you.
I just can’t do it. The lines. The people. The lines. The people. I’m not strong enough.
Besides, I have Amazon. 😉
Here are some things that have been kid-approved in our household this year.
BOOK: Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures
My 8-year-old daughter LOVED this book and thought it was hilarious. We read a lot of it aloud together and it is a fascinating world for a young mind.
TOY: Ninja Nunchaku Toy Weapons
I have a 5-year-old boy. Need I say more? These are foam and I speak from experience when I say the cord connecting them is more durable than the ones you see with the plastic chain connecting the two ends.
BOOTS: Dream Pairs KLOVE Girls Knit Sweater Winter Fur Kids Boots Blue
I just ordered these for my daughter and the are seriously CUTE in person. You know when each boot comes individually wrapped in its own bag that you are dealing with a higher quality boot, except these were only $35. You can’t tell from the picture, but they zip up on the inside so the sweater part shouldn’t start to slouch.
PEDAL CAR: Berg Toys Junior Buddy – Orange
This will fall in the BIG present category because of its price tag of $299. Let me tell you though. Best ride-on-toy purchase EVER. You do have to assemble it, but it’s very well built and the favorite toy of the neighborhood. My son did not want to pedal a bike, but this is how he learned to use pedals. Plus, it has a steering wheel and kids love to pretend they are driving!
DIGGING TOY: Handtrux Backhoe Set of 2
We ordered one of these (not the set) for a friend’s 6th birthday. My son wanted it so bad, I might have to get him one for Christmas. The reviews rave about it being an awesome tool for digging in the sand.
BOOK: Deluxe Essential Handbook (Pokémon)
If you have a child who loves Pokemon, they need this book. Heck, you might need this book in order to understand what in the world they are talking about. I still do not understand Pokemon, but I really wish I would have invented it.
TOY: ALEX Toys Spy Case
This was another birthday gift for a friend’s 8th birthday. Her mom told me she had a hoot playing with it! I wouldn’t expect it to be completely realistic, but it got good reviews for the price.
BOOK: Santa’s Sleigh Is on Its Way to Georgia: A Christmas Adventure
Yes, you might not live in Georgia, but this book is available for all the other states too. I just ordered it and my kids loved it because their city was mentioned.
ACTIVITY: Zoom! (reissue): The Complete Paper Airplane Kit (Trend Friends)
If you have a child who is into paper airplanes, this book teaches you how to make all sorts of planes. For younger kids, this would be a fun activity to do with a parent.
ACTIVITY: Wreck This Journal (Red) Expanded Ed.
I can’t say enough good things about this journal and it’s not just for kids. It’s for anyone who wants to get out of a creative slump. Each page has a different way to “destroy” the journal. If you are a kid, you will find it hilarious to drop your journal from a high place, to rip out a page and freeze it, to fill one page with collected fruit stickers and so on.
FISHING POLE: Shakespeare Ugly Stick Spinning Fishing Kit
If you have a child who wants to learn how to fish, this is a great set to start with. My husband says the pole is awesome because the line doesn’t get tangled up on it. Both my 5 and 8-year-old easily got the hang of how to use this pole. Plus, this set comes with some tackle to get you started.
ACTIVITY: Bounty Hunter BHJS Junior Metal Detector
Don’t ruin the surprise, but I’m fairly certain Santa will be bringing this metal detector to a certain boy who lives in my house. Finding treasure either at home or at the beach with this gadget would be right up his alley. It gets really good reviews for a $40 gadget.
MUSIC: Crescent MG38-PK 38″ Acoustic Guitar Starter Package, PINK (Includes CrescentTM Digital E-Tuner)
Again, don’t ruin the surprise! My daughter wants to learn to play the guitar. However, she tends to take up and drop hobbies faster than I can keep up with it all. So, I don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on something she might not stick with. This seems like a good way to test the waters. I read the reviews and you’ll want to order a new package of strings along with the guitar and then learn how to set it up correctly.
Well, those are some of the kid-approved items on our Amazon list this year. I will be happy when my shopping is done and I can sit back and sip the egg nog. In the meantime, I will be thinking about all of you out there fighting the crowds. Hey, can someone pick me up one of those $29 flat screen TVs? I’m sure that’s a real deal somewhere.
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