This is a list of games and unisex toys:
1. Connect 4 :: Finn loves Connect 4! This is a favorite from my childhood that I love playing with Finn.
2. Hungry Hungry Hippo :: Finn has started playing this with his best friend Ryder when he comes over which is hilarious to watch. It’s a fun, quick game for kids to play without adults.
3. Elf on the Shelf :: If you don’t have an Elf, it really is a treat! My mom bought the kids one a few years ago and Chippy (as he’s been named) is one of the highlights of the season.
4. Candyland :: This game does require an adult and some help for younger kids (Finn is 5), but it’s a great game for kids. (We also have Chutes and Ladders… same review.)
5. Dominos :: I bought Finn some Dominos for Christmas this year as I thought it would be great for 2 uses. One, to help with number, matching and counting, and two, to build tracks and watch them fall over!
6. Cashflow for Kids :: Justin bought this for the kids as he’s very passionate about teaching both kids about money early on. We haven’t played, but I’m looking forward to seeing this game in our house for many years.
7. Toy Guitar :: Finn received this many years ago and still loves it! Evie plays with it now, as well. His friends have rock band shows often.
8. Toy Piano :: My cousin’s family bought Finn this piano a few years ago. Evie is now starting to love it. As with the guitar, some great (loud) songs and rock band shows have been had with these toys!
1. Kindle Kids :: Finn always steals my iPad in the afternoon and I always get a bit nervous. I’ve heard far too many tales about what kids get into and see when their parents are cooking dinner while the kids have screen time. I’m hoping for a Black Friday deal, Amazon! The FreeTime app really is the selling point on the Kindle device for the age of our kids (5 and 2 1/2). While this will predominately be Finn’s toy, Evie will have her own profile and be able to use it while Finn is at school next year.
2. Sleeping Bag :: We are looking forward to some movie nights in the family room now that the kids are a bit older. Sleeping bags are a must, so Santa just might have this in his sleigh!
3. Tinker Toys :: I loved Tinker Toys growing up, although I had the real wood toys. Tinker Toys are a great way to let creativity take over. Finn loves creating and bending and designing.
4. Legos :: Lego sets are fantastic, but the general pieces are a gold mine. This is where Finn really gets the chance to use his imagination and freely build his own creations.
5. Slippers :: We love slippers in our house and Finn’s Mickey slippers from last Christmas now have 4 holes. Needless to say, Santa has big plans for his toes this Christmas!
1. Elsa Barbie :: Evie has this Elsa doll and LOVES her! She’s just started getting into dolls and babies (she’s 2 1/2), so any Barbie doll is a treat for her right now.
2. Slippers :: Like Finn, Evie will be in the market for new slippers in the next few months. Santa has that covered.
3. Sleeping Bag :: We are looking forward to some movie nights in the family room now that the kids are a bit older. Sleeping bags are a must, so Santa just might have this in his sleigh!
4. Minnie Mouse Kitchen :: We debated on a bigger kitchen and landed on this one after talking to several friends who shared the length of time their daughters were interested in their kitchen sets. That and they take up SO.MUCH.SPACE. This one seems to be a happy medium. Evie is going to BEAM!
5. Toddler Elsa :: All things Frozen are still pretty much amazing to Evie, so the toddler doll, more of a “play doll” than the Barbie, has been a draw for her every time we pass it in the stores.
These are Justin’s top picks for Christmas:
1. Nike Fuelband :: He received this awhile back and still wears it. Although not perfect (is there a perfect fitness tracking tool?), it’s a great way for him to track day to day differences and gauge his workouts and activity.
2. Field Notes :: If you’ve met Justin, you’ve probably seen these Field Notes being used. His thoughts, business ideas, notes, etc. are all trapped in these mini pocket-sized books. His favorite are the dot grid books.
3. Rich Dad Poor Dad :: As Justin says, “if you’re serious about investing and finances, this book is key.” It’s a great place to start if you’d like to look outside the standard “work-hard-save-your-money” mantra.
4. Cashflow 101 :: Justin’s been paying the Cashflow app on his phone like a mad man. He recently bought this so we could play together.
5. Beats Pill :: I bought this for Justin’s birthday this year and he uses it daily. If you have a music loving guy, this is a great gift!
6. Chemex :: I bought this for Justin last Christmas and he still says it’s the best gift he’s ever received. Winning! Justin is a self-admitted coffee snob. Once he started brewing his beans the way our grandparents likely did (less fancy gadget, I’m sure!), he says he’ll never go back to a pot or Keurig.
1. Cuddle Duds :: Last year I received my first Cuddle Duds and I wondered why I’d waited to long. They are the perfect extra layer for the winter months.
2. Beaba BabyCook :: I loved making the kids baby food. Although there are a variety of gadgets out there, I loved this guy. This would be a great gift for an expecting mom who plans to make her own baby food.
3. Earring Tree :: I recently bought a similar tree from World Market as I have accumulated so many dangly earrings (I love them) that I couldn’t see them in my jewelry box. A hanging option is necessary for dangly earring girls. Also consider gift cards or fun pieces from Francesca’s or Stella & Dot.
4. Clarisonic :: My parents bought me a Clarisonic years ago and I still swear by it. There was a season I was “out of habit” and recently jumped back on the bandwagon. It really does make a difference. Plus, it’s a great treat for your special girl as most ladies don’t buy these fun things for themselves!
So there you have it! 28 Christmas ideas for all the members in your family. Now that I’ve shared my secrets, I’m dying to know yours!
What are you eyeing on Black Friday or Cyber Monday? What are your kids favorite toys? What can’t you or your significant other live without?