What’s In The Kids’ Stockings?
Today’s gifts are exactly what the title implies – choice picks that are usually relatively well-priced (I typically angle for $25 or less) so you can ensure your little ones’ stockings are stuffed without breaking the bank.
Kikkerland Scented Eraser Set – $3.50 @ Above Ground Art Supplies
Assuming children still actually use pencils (and therefore erasers), this set of five pint-sized erasers is too cool for school. Plus, it’s also kind of a crazy good value – consider splitting up the little cartons amongst multiple kids for more bang for your buck.
Fred & Friends Slinky Drinks – $10.95 @ ROLO
Kids and digging in the dirt go together well like…these fun-shaped straws and your child’s favourite drink. Designed to emulate gummy worms, these fun straws are made from squirmy silicon for a unique way to ‘play’ with your food.
Q&A A Day For Kids – $19.95 @ Room 2046
I have the adult version of this journal and I love it. Each day you’re given a question. You can start on whatever day you receive the journal on – but you’ll answer that same question on that same calendar date for several years in a row. This kid-friendly edition is a cool bedtime ritual that’ll help you keep tabs on the amazing progress your little one is making.
Finger Tattoos – $7 per set @ Mortimer Snodgrass
It’s not talking to yourself if you’ve got characters tattooed on your fingers, right? These fun, temporary tattoos put story time right into your child’s hands. Available in Farm, Safari, Fairytale and Monster collections.
LEGO Creator Red Thunder – $6.95 @ Mastermind Toys
My husband laments that LEGO doesn’t encourage creativity the way it once used to – but the fact this tiny box actually contains 3 toys in 1 impresses me. Build a helicopter, speedboat, or old-fashioned biplane and watch your kid’s imagination soar.
The Dipr – $2.99 each
It’s practically scientific fact that children love to dunk their sandwich cookies in milk. However, when you think about where those grubby paws have been, you may wince at the idea of them tainting both their snacks and their milk. The Dipr is an innovative ‘spoon’ that’s specifically designed to hook around your favourite cookies for easy dunking and devouring. Available in five colours, it’s a cute treat when accompanied by a bag of limited edition holiday cookies.
Where’s Waldo? The Magnificent Mini Box Set – $14.43 @ Indigo
As if finding that bespectacled, stripes-wearing man wasn’t hard enough! This petite gift set includes five Where’s Waldo? books in miniature form, along with a striped magnifying glass you have some chance of spotting the elusive globetrotter. A cool throwback pick that kids today will still get a kick out of.
Frozen Anna and Elsa Bracelet and Hair Clips Set – $9.95 @ The Disney Store
The latest Disney animated film Frozen has quickly won over young fans and old critics alike. Treat your little would-be princess to a bit of ‘ice’ in the form of this glittering teal bracelet and set of wintery hair clips featuring the film’s royal heroines, Anna and Elsa.
MÅLA Watercolour Box – $9.99 @ IKEA
You’ll never know if you’ve got a budding Picasso on your hands unless you give them the tools to express their creativity. This cute paint set includes a rainbow of colours, two brushes, and two water cups for your little ones to concoct their first (or fiftieth) creations.
Laser Laces – $18.95 @ AGO
How’s this for motivation to learn how to tie up your shoes? These fiber optic shoelaces have three different settings (on, flash, and double flash) for an update on those light-up shoes that have been oh-so-trendy over the last few years.
Ready to get dunkin? I’ve got two complete sets of The Dipr to give away (that’s right, 5 colours for a kid-friendly rainbow party) to two lucky readers. Here’s how to enter:
1) Leave me a comment by January 10th telling me which of these kid-friendly stocking stuffers you’d most like to surprise a little one with (or you know, get yourself, even if you aren’t a kid).
2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around January 11th to select the winners, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.
3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.
4) Bonus Entry: The Dipr has already built up over 1,000 loyal fans on Facebook. Join ’em, leave a comment about why you’d like to try The Dipr for yourself, earn a bonus entry into the draw when you link back to that comment below.