Tis the season for shopping and gifting! But I'm of the mantra that it's not about quantity so much as quality. I try to go with 1 main present per kid and a couple of smaller stocking stuffers. And what do I focus on? Open ended toys that encourage creativity and imagination. Educational products that my kids don't realize are educational. Even practical items they need but will still get excited about. Also, since our living room is basically their play room, we look for items that either stow away easily or are visually appealing.
But you don't need yet another gift guide showcasing all the brands and products you are already all too familiar with! So, I'm excited to bring you my "Unique Gift Guide & Giveaway" focusing on toddlers and preschoolers. I hope you'll leave here with some fun new gift ideas, and hey, you might even win them all and have an amazing jackpot of goodies to shower your little one with!!!
Keep reading for more on each of the brands and prizes in our $350+ value jackpot, and enter to win them all in the Rafflecopter box at the bottom of the post!
Kids love love LOVE having a small space to escape to - whether it's a store bought tent or a fort they make with a couple of chairs and a sheet thrown over top. Your kids will love these adorable teepee tents from Tiny Hideaways! Featuring a doorway that velcros shut or can be tied back, as well as a little peep-through window, they make the perfect reading nook, nap area, and play space. They are so absolutely beautiful, you'll be happy to keep it up indefinitely, but if you don't have the space - no worries! They collapse in a flash and can be stored under a bed or standing in the corner of the room and even come with a canvas carrying bag. They retail for $199.95 but check Tiny Hideaway's website or Amazon (affiliate link) for great sales - most recently $139.95. (See my personal review here.) Our grand prize winner will receive a teepee in their choice of color.
This revolutionary shirt just got backed on Kickstarter (supporters blew right past their $10K funding goal!) and your child could be one of the first to own one!! It features a kangaroo / muff pocket that also has a zippered compartment - kind of like a built in fanny pack. Clothes are one of those "practical" items your child needs, but the unique and fun aspect of PockeTeez will make it seem more like a toy to them - totally a legit gift they will be excited about! My son is obsessed with his shirt (check out my review here), and I'm pretty sure your kids will be, too!! Retailing for $28 - $32, our grand prize winner will receive one short or long sleeve PockeTeez in color and size of choice (pending stock availability).
Pretend play is not just fun, it's an incredibly important way for your child to develop imagination and creative thinking skills! With capes and costumes and accessories to boot, Great Pretenders has everything your little drama queen's or king's heart could desire! My son has spent the better part of the last 2 years playing pretend in his super hero cape (check out my review here), and now his baby sisters are starting to play with it, too! Great Pretenders has a wide selection of quality products, even including capes the child can color in themselves! Our grand prize winner will receive a $30 credit to greatpretenders.ca!
Socially responsible baby and toddler apparel company, Baby Hero, will be sending our jackpot winner its "Star Footie" ($29.95), which is making an extraordinary difference in the lives of others. Every purchase funds life-saving medical supplies for mothers and infants in need and also provides dignified work to low-income women. Baby Hero's products are sewn with 100% Organic Cotton, with ZERO harmful chemicals, and produced with fair-trade materials in an ethical garment factory. Super comfy, worry-free, and a gift that gives life.
Cate & Levi is a family-owned business proudly producing handmade children's products from premium reclaimed or recycled materials in Toronto, Canada. From hand puppets to stuffed animals to clothing and even DIY kits, Cate & Levi has a great selection of adorable, lovable and responsibly made gifts. Our grand prize winner will receive a 12" hand made, one of a kind dog hand puppet, made from premium reclaimed wool (retail value $24.99).
Toys designed for building baby's brain? Yes, please!! We love People Toy Company's core mission for their products: to promote the healthy development of your baby, and have a positive impact on parenthood. They've been a leader in the industry for over 30 years, producing the Pythagoras Plate product line (aka Magna-Tiles), Mochi teethers, People Blocks (magnetic building blocks), and Brain Builders (bran developing toys for babies and toddlers). Our grand prize winner will receive their choice of Brain Builder (see the great selection here!), valued $8.99 - $19.99.
Sneakz Organic flavored milkshakes are certified organic with no GMO‘s, are gluten free, feature organic milk from grass fed cows, and are sweetened with natural cane sugar. Each milk box contains half a serving of vegetables as follows: Chocolate flavor (Carrot, Cauliflower, Sweet Potato, Beet, Spinach), Strawberry flavor (Carrot, Cauliflower, Beet, Sweet Potato), Vanilla flavor (Carrot, Cauliflower, Sweet Potato, Spinach). Oh, and they're DELICIOUS, too - check out my review! A 12-pack goes for about $20 on their website or Amazon (affiliate link), but our grand prize winner will receive a variety pack (1 milk box of each flavor) and a Sneakz backpack (pictured above)!
Books always make a good gift, and because our gift guide focuses on unique gifts, here's a book that shows how wonderful being unique and different is!! In Rosie and Friends Positively Different (the 2nd Rosie the Hippo book), you'll follow Rosie and some of her safari friends as they help Olivia the Ostrich learn that Uniqueness is not a Weakness. What a great message! Our winner will receive one copy of the book, valued at $11.99, which can also be purchased on Amazon (affiliate link).
I'm a huge fan of food pouches. It's no secret that my all-time favorite reusable pouch is the Squeasy Snacker, which has an amazing anti-spill function that works extremely well. But we don't always have the time and energy to make our own purees and instead need pre-made options. Unfortunately, the disposable pouches that are oh-so-convenient can also be oh-so-messy... The mom behind ChubChub saw the need and has come up with the solution!! Screw a PouchBuddy onto the top of almost any pouch, giving it handles your baby can hold so they don't squeeze the pouch accidentally and make a mess. ChubChub also features spout that is much easier to drink from. One retails for about $8 and a 2-pack goes for about $15 on their website or Amazon (affiliate link). Our grand prize winner will receive a 2-pack of ChubChub PouchBuddy.
How's that for a gift guide & giveaway, huh?? This one is open to US residents ages 18 and over - enter in the Rafflecopter box below! Every action you take gives you more chances to win (and some you can do daily)!! Our winner will be contacted on Tuesday, December 13 and have 24 hours to respond before another winner is contacted. Good luck everyone!!!
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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!)