Certainly I'm not the only one waiting til the last minute to buy Christmas gifts, right? But in this day and age of free 2-day shipping, we still have PLENTY of time!! In case you're a big ol' procrastinator like me, looking for some traditional or unique gift ideas, this post is for you!! Check out the gift ideas by category below (note I'm not dividing "kids" up into boys and girls cuz, well, I don't roll like that); and don't miss my "Best Toys of 2018" video from NY Toy Fair at the bottom, cuz that's got some great ideas as well!!
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GIFTS FOR THE KIDS:
KiwiCo is a STEAM (science technology engineering arts math) subscription box, bringing the best projects to kids every month! Age groups and categories include: Cricket Crate (0-36 months), Koala Crate (ages 3-4 / play & learn), Kiwi Crate (ages 5-8 / science, art & more), Tinker Crate (ages 9-16+ / science & engineering), Doodle Crate (ages 9-16+ / art & design.)
STEM & Building Toys
We're talking DUPLO, LEGO, Magnatiles, Lincoln Logs, K'Nex, Play-doh, Mad Mattr - all of this stuff is SO GOOD for developing brains and hands, and fun for kids and adults alike. Make sure it's age appropriate though, you don't want choking hazards for under 3 years old, nor do you don't want to frustrate them with something way too difficult.
Get them moving - depending on the age we love sit and spin, mini trampoline, trikes, balance bikes, scooters, jump ropes, and hula hoops (we've also included an indoor door frame gym at the bottom of the post in the "for families" section).
Music & Arts
From mini pianos and mini guitars to magnadoodles and drawing sets, you can't go wrong when investing in your child's enjoyment & education in the arts! Don't miss our review and video on Loog mini guitar, which has a free app to make learning easy and fun!
GIFTS FOR THE LADIES:
A hand-knit beanie will make this winter warmer and much more stylish! We are loving Bay Ridge's own LEOKnits over on Etsy, she's got great stuff for women, men, and kids!! Bunny ear hats, unicorn hat/scarf combo, and beanies and pompoms in every color under the sun!
Stitch Fix is a fun gift idea for any lady (or man or child) in your life, and of course, for yourself!! A fashion stylist will curate and send a box of clothes to your door - you pay for what you keep and ship back the rest! No shipping, return, or subscription fees! There is a $20 styling fee, but it goes toward any items you decide to keep.
You can also head over to Amazon's gift finder for women, you can narrow it down by age and interests!
GIFTS FOR THE MEN:
GIFTS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY:
Japan Candy Box - full of yummy snacks from Japan, you'll it's a SWEET cultural experience!! Buy one box or subscribe for multiple months! Don't miss my unboxing video here!
While eczema cream and anti-inflammatory clothing aren't first to mind when you think of Christmas presents, products to promote healthier skin are the gifts that keep on giving! We are in love with what YoRo Naturals has come out with, because it's nothing but the good stuff!! Check out their Organic Manuka Honey Skin Soothing Cream (I've been using it on my kids' eczema and my own rosacea), and their new Remedywear anti-inflammatory gloves (for kids and adults) and anti-inflammatory socks (for kids & adults), with Tencel + Zinc.
How about a door frame gym!? Playground for the kids, home gym for the adults. Check the weight limit, but most are around 200-300 pounds and $100-200.
MorfBoard - it's a skateboard, scooter, balance board, and bounce board all in one! You just swap out the parts quickly to transition! Fun for the whole family!! You can get the skate & scoot combo for as low as $80, the balance roller for $40, and the bounce extension for $40. See it in action at the beginning of my "Best Toys of 2018" video below!!
If shopping for friends, family, coworkers, or even yourself leaves you completely overwhelmed, how about a personal style advisor!! Contact Kelly over at Saks Fifth Avenue for live chats and personal shopping! Most items, even ones not available online, can be ordered and shipped to your home.
About Me ^_^
I'm a NYC metro area mom blogger living in NJ with my Japanese husband & our 3 kids (twins plus 1). This blog is chock full of product reviews, family travel guides, and giveaways galore! It's also home to Bay Ridge Families, and several guides focused on kid-friendly activities and guides to South Brooklyn, Hudson Valley, and New Jersey, as well as family-friendly destinations beyond the NYC area (check the menu bar!)