Saturday, November 29, 2008

Connor's favorite things!

I figured today would be the perfect day for me to announce my top holiday picks for the year. All the items listed are separated by category and are in no particular order. These items come from my reviews from throughout the year and as well as items we have in testing now that may not have a review in yet. Every item selected either Connor or myself have personally tested and we give them our complete thumbs up! Most if the items included have links to review there are still just a few we still need to present to you in a full review but I wanted to get the list to you guys now. Check back as we finish up the reviews and offer a few giveaways to boot! The picture to the left is of Connor last Christmas in front of our tree!

Babies - New Parents :

  • Polka Dot Papoose Slings - beautiful, comfortable my favorite pouch sling hands down.
  • Sleepy Wrap - if your looking for a wrap this one is like wearing your favorite tee shirt its so soft and stretchy you'll be tempted to keep wearing it even when the baby is asleep.
  • KozyPal - every mom needs a shopping cart cover, I got mine after Connor was older and I seriously had one of those "How did I ever live without this?" moments not even a week later.
  • DadGear - The coolest diaper bags for the men in your life or really hip moms!
  • Lycheeline - Beautiful simple diaper bags that are as gorgeous as purses as they are diaper bags. I don't go anywhere without mine as I use it as my purse and diaper bag and I can't even tell you how many girls track me down to ask me where I got it.
  • Baby Star - Affordable, beautiful, and modern children's bedding and supplies. I'd still kill to own one of their crib sets.
  • Tripp Trapp - You wont be able to decide if its furniture or a high chair and it converts to a full sized adult chair as well.
  • Baby Legs - no baby should grow up without at least one pair. I'm not sure how we survived without them!
  • Evenflo Babysuite - The smallest folding pack in play I have seen yet, a necessity for road trips as you will thank me later when your Babysuite doesn't take up the entire trunk.
  • Blessed Nest Pillow - The perfect nursing pillow as it will be your best friend while your nursing or even if your not as people have the misconception that nursing pillows are good just for breast feeding. Believe me everyone wanted to use mine just as a comfortable place to hold the baby or even feed him a bottle. This one however will find a use in your home far past the baby years.
  • A fabulous stroller - Ok I had the hardest time deciding on which stroller to include so let me say this, a stroller is a extension of your daily life. If your a mom on the go who values space saving and wants a full featured stroller that is still compact the Microlite Toro is absolutely your stroller. However if your a mom that needs all the bells and whistles and luxury and comfort is your goal and you want something just grand the Bumbleride Indie is by far the Cadillac of strollers. If you are going to splurge on any baby purchase I'd hands down say the item to splurge on is most certainly your stroller. Even if that means you have to cut back somewhere else you won't regret it.

Toddlers :
  • Art and Activity Backpack by Piggy Story - I've seen some creative ways to store crayons but this cute little backpack will store all of your art supplies and markers for toddlers on the go. Great for entertaining a toddler anywhere. Comes in great boy and girl friendly patterns.
  • Olive Kids - Ok Olive Kids is not just for toddlers but if your looking for a bedding set to get your child excited about moving to a big boy bed or just a cool floor pillow for watching TV seriously Olive Kids should be your first place anytime your looking for something cool for your kids bedroom. It's incredibly affordable as well!
  • Plan Toys - I'm not sure I can pick a favorite from plan toys but if I was hard pressed to decide what would be the perfect gift for any toddler it would have to be the dancing alligator!
  • Kettler Trike - Seriously if your thinking of investing in a Trike for Christmas I am still shouting from the treetops how amazingly beautiful and awesome my Kettler Trike is! Built for a lifetime it will be the treasured companion to your toddler and is durable enough to be passed down to several children.
  • Yookidoo Discovery Playhouse - The coolest little play tent that will keep your toddlers busy for hours. I was sold the first day we took it out of the box as Connor played with it without a peep from noon till his three pm nap time and I pretty much had to drag him out of it.
  • Wowwee Alive Cubs - Connor is convinced his Wowwee alive cub is real and spends hours "talking" talking to him and dragging him from room to room. Beyond cute and really a good introduction to a child's first pet its part interactive robot part cuddly plush. I'm classifying this one as toddler as Connor adores it but older kids will like them as well! Review and giveaway coming!
  • Jack and Lily - Connor just about ripped the packaging to shred when he saw his new shoes from Jack and Lily. Ever since its been a struggle to take them off his feet. I'm still beyond impressed with these incredibly well made and sturdy toddler shoes! Review coming!
  • Haba Blocks - I once told the press rep for Haba that I would scream like a little girl if a box of Haba blocks came in for review. Needless to say I still feel the urge to lick them every time I see them. Haba makes the most delicious blocks and toys you could ever imagine. Trust me looking through the Haba catalog is the equivalent of being a guest at Willy Wonkas factory as far as I'm concerned. Sign me up for the entire collection please.
  • Bumblebird - If your looking for some adorable artwork for your child's room or a special friend for them to call their own head on over and check out Stanley and his friends. Connor's friend Stanley has been one of his favorite bedmates since the moment he arrived.
Preschool :
  • Eeboo Matching Game - I'm still taken back by how gorgeous this matching game is, its certainly not the same cheap looking flimsy cardboard game I had when I was growing up.
  • Animal Scrabble - I've been recommending this game to parents everywhere. Animal Scrabble is sort of a modified tag game that can be played with one to multiple players and is a perfect activity for those rainy days when the kids are climbing the walls. Trust me.
  • Baby Leo Cape - My crime fighter wears diapers, enough said! Connor's alternate identity is Super Captain Diapey Pants and he would wear his Baby Leo Cape to bed if we let him. The perfect toy for ages 2+ any child that ever dreamed that they were a super hero will totally flip when they see their new Baby Leo Cape.
  • Vtech KidiJamz Studio - The perfect companion for any future rock star, you can play your own music and record it directly to the kid friendly MP3 player that is included. Talk about cool Connor can't leave it alone. Full Review Coming!
  • Delingos - My favorite plush friends, unique, eye catching, they spark the imagination and are sure to be a big hit. I mean what kid can claim they have a lobster as a best friend?
  • Aardvark Books - Customizable books made with your own kid's pictures staring them! Connor absolutely loves his and it was the first book he really took a lot of interest in.
  • Bambolletta Dolls - If your looking for something very special for a little girl in your life consider getting her a custom made doll all her own. They are truly little works of art!
  • Wibbly Woo - Speaking of dolls every little boy deserves a special friend all his own. I can think one that really would make any little one feel safe.
  • Thomas the Train Pirates Cove - Got a train lover on your Christmas list? The Thomas The Train Pirates Cove is my favorite train set thus far. Lots to do and totally compatible with most other wooden train systems it will win the hearts of all your little conductors!
  • SmarteBear - In my opinion this is the one toy that should have been on the tops of everyone's Christmas wish list that you may have never even heard of. Smartebear is one of the most intelligent preschool toys I have ever seen. He plays games, tells stories, and even works as a mp3 player. Parents can load whatever programming you want on him via a USB port. The child then interacts with him by squeezing his paws. Simply brilliant.
  • Eleven and See Kai Run Shoes - Ok I know we are all on a budget this year and clothing is not usually my first choice of Christmas gifts but trust me when I say a pair of shoes from Eleven or See Kai Run will make your child the envy of the playground. Gorgeous and from what my testers have told me they are incredibly comfortable as well. I seriously want a pair in my size.
  • Radioflyer Wagon - I can not even tell you how many adult men have told me that their favorite toy growing up was their wooden Radioflyer wagon. Hands down we recommend the Radioflyer All Terrain Cargo Wagon!
Kids :
  • Rhino Rampage - This has been a total hit among my testers and was one of the easiest games to teach a group of kids between the ages of five and nine which I might add they all enjoyed equally. Perfect for a group or just two players.
  • Tribot - Only the coolest robot on the market right now. He will guard your room, tell jokes, and seriously impress the neighbor kids. Full Review Coming!
  • Laser Tag - One of my favorite toys growing up its back and better than ever. The whole family will enjoy this one even mom if you get her to play! Full Review Coming!
  • Discovery FRS Walkie Talkie - Might I add that I am still upset that they did not make these when I was a kid? Perfect for any adventure and a great way to stay in touch if you plan on doing any camping over the summer. They are as good as the big ones just smaller.
  • Room Tech Beingz - The Room Tech Beingz series from Hasbro has to be one of the coolest things I have seen. Made up of an alarm clock and a lamp they both talk to each other wirelessly and come alive. The Alarm opens his mouth and bashes his hands and the clock raises his head and glows by command of the alarm. Cool on their own as well its a fun way to wake up!
Moms :
  • Little Giraffe Robe - I am not even a robe person but I feel like a princess in my Little Giraffe Robe. I can't even decide if the outside or inside is softer with a satin exterior and a deliciously soft interior you'll want to wear it to bed.
  • Baby Emi - Simple Customizable jewelry pieces for you, your babies, and your little princesses.
  • Le Creuset - The ultimate in cookware, built to last a lifetime every cook would jump for joy to own a piece.
  • Vado - My favorite portable video camera. Its light, its cute, and its easy to use. Nothing is better to quickly take out of your purse and shoot videos of the kids doing something cute!
  • Ice.com - There are so many options at Ice.com it will make your head spin but personally my current favorite is the sky blue topaz tennis bracelet!
  • 2LittleStars Adult Throw - I have an obsession with blankets and the 2LittleStars adult throw is hands down my new favorite. You will want to snuggle under it all day and it rivals the most luxurious baby blankets I have ever seen just in an adult size. The only problem is everyone in the house will want it!
  • Julian & Co - I had a particularly rough labor with some complications so Connor's birthday is a victory as far as I am concerned and I love to share it with the world. Julian & Co keeps me connected to him with the beautiful customizable jewelry pieces. I most certainly have a Julian & Co Galleria Circle Pendant on my own holiday wish list!
Family :
  • Uno Flash - Uno has been one of our favorite party games as long as I can remember, this new edition will challenge even the best Uno players. Great for a game night with the kids or perfect for an adult party. You can set the difficulty level accordingly.
  • Briarpatch Games - I can not pick a favorite over at Briarpatch. They publish great and unusual board games that will keep the entire family entertained. As Connor grows I have promised myself that we will have two traditions one will be to have a nightly dinner at the table and the other will be to have a weekly game night. Family's that play together stay together after all right? heh.
Grandparents :
  • Casio EZ-Z80 - I see to many grandparents walking around with clunky old cameras. Suprise the grandparents with a great camera at a reasonable price that is super easy to use!
  • Busybodybook - If your parents are as busy as mine are they will highly appreciate a great planner to keep track of all the grandkid's events, doctors appointments, and birthdays!
  • Little Windows - For the crafty grandmother, she can make her own picture necklaces of her grandchildren for herself or for gifts. Its addicting!
Dads :
  • Space Pen - For every guy who appreciates a great pen, the Space Pen is no ordinary pen it will write upside down, in the rain, and in space. It was the feature of an entire Seinfield episode!
  • Mimobot - Every guy I know has completely freaked out when they saw my Domo USB drive from Mimobots. Get one that fits his personality and all the guys at the office will be jealous.
  • Chumby - The ultimate gadget as far as I'm concerned. This little friendly looking gadget moonlights as a alarm clock but it hides a secret. Chumby is truly an internet device, read the news, listen to music, play games, see your pictures of facebook. Something is being added every day. Totally affordable and beyond cool, Chumby has to be the coolest invention since the internet itself.
  • Road Mice - Is the man in your life a total car nut? Give him a Road Mice which is quite literally a wireless usb mouse that is shaped like their favorite cars. They even have working head lights. Now if I can only convince Connor to keep his hands off of it! heh.
Stocking Stuffers - Inexpensive Gifts :
  • Vilac Cars - far prettier in person than in pictures the Vilac series of hand held cars are eye catching, affordable, and portable. I keep one of Connor's in my purse for him to play anywhere we go. Review coming!
  • My Mommy Tote - The coolest board book known to man, what does your child always want to get into? Your purse!! This book simulates what kids love about Mommy's purse in a kid friendly book that even mom's will want to play with. Review coming!
  • Imagiplay Puzzle Playsets - These puzzles are part blocks and each piece is its own little plaything but put them together and you have a fabulous puzzle!
  • Meebas - Fun little electronic pets that hide a cool plush surprise! You will want all of them!
If your like many of us that are hurting this holiday season make a list of toys and items that are most important to you to have. Consider buying gifts that will last such as wooden toys, books, board games. These items have a longer lifespan and can be repurposed to a new child later. About 90% of the toys Connor will be recieving this year are wooden, do not take batteries, and come from sustainable sources. Though he will be getting a few important battery operated items as well I'm a huge believer in fostering creativity so toys that encourage creative play have always been at the top of my list. Every item I choose for our gift guides have been tested personally and I recommend fully from my own personal experiences and the reactions I've seen from Connor and our other testers.

I'd love to hear from you guys what you will be giving your kids for Christmas this year and what toys you think should be at the top of everyone's wish list. As a special treat I am putting together a little gift basket of items from our review closet to help out one lucky family this holiday season!!

To enter :

  • Leave a comment on this post. Review my holiday gift guide and tell me which item on the gift guide is your favorite and why, as well as what you plan on buying for your kids this holiday season.
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240 Comments:

cdziuba said...

The Kettler Air Navigatot is exactly what I've been searching for. I want something that is durable, well-constructed, and safe. For my kids this year, I bought a lot already....books, arts and crafts supplies, a puppet theater, and a set of eco-friendly blocks. cdziuba@aol.com

missflirt said...

my favorite would be the Haba blocks...for some reason Hannah LOVES blocks....thanks for offering

Jenna said...

My favorite from your list are the See Kai Run shoes. They are so cute! Thanks for the giveaway!

Jenna said...

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wooby3 said...

I love the mimobots. You can find one that fits any personality and they are sooo cute!!! Christmas for my kids will be pretty lean maybe one thing each and something small. We feel awful but we are struggling hard.

Abby said...

The Wowwee alive cubs is my favorite from your list of items.

I will be getting my 9 year old a doll house this year for her barbies that she has been asking for. My 5 year old will be getting a Nintendo DS as she is the only one that doesn't have one. My 16 year old will be getting a Zune.

kendra22 said...

Casio EZ-Z80 would be great for the grandparents ! I haven't done much shopping yet, but they are into the Wii and the PSP this year ....so will get something along those lines! thanks for the opp here !!!

sito50 said...

Hard to pick a favorite from your list, since you have so many great things on there. I guess it would be the Plan Toys, and I say that because I purchased a Plan Toys Riding Tilly for my favorite preschooler.

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judybrittle said...

I would have to say Briarpatch Games would be my favorite. Just the fact I know of at least 6 games that I would love to own or give to the grandbabies. I can't afford gifts this year due to husband out of work so I just keep entering contests hoping to give the grandkids something. Thank you so much for all your great giveaways!

judybrittle said...

I'm a subscriber.

jamielz said...

I would have to say that Uno Flash excites me. We love Uno in this family. One thing I got my son this yeay was Sorry Sliders. Thanks for the great giveaway!
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four2vero said...

I would love the Kettler Trike for my son and the Le Creuset cookware for me (sorry, I couldn't resist). This Christmas my son is getting the Step 2 Retro 50's Diner and the Flip and Doodle Art Desk filled with art supplies.
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tracey said...

love the laser tag. i think it would be fun for the whole family. my kids wanted their own radios for their rooms. im getting myself earplugs. lol miketra@sbcglobal.net

reb said...

My favorite is the Le Creuset Cookware. I am buying my kids a nintendo ds for christmas.

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samsakara said...

I love the looks of the KidiJamz Studio. As for Christmas I have no clue what I'm doing yet. We still haven't done shopping due to are bank being littered with dust bunnies. I'm thinking maybe some board games cause my daughter has been wanting to do family things. Games that my daughter and son could both play.

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mverno said...

see kai run shoes i like to run

Deanne02 said...

Thomas the Tank Engine Pirates Cove is my favorite item on your list. My son is a huge Thomas fan and I love Thomas as well because of the lessons the stories teach. Other items on my son's list include Thomas Die Cast characters, Moonsand playsets, playdoh pizza party and icecream shoppe as well as a bunch of Hot Wheels vehicles. I love toys without batteries and that encourage your child to create and make their own stories.

Pat said...

My favorite is the Bumbleride Indie because it would be a tremendous help for my daughter who is expecting and walks almost everywhere. We are getting My Little Pony for my granddaughter for Christmas.
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Becca said...

Are you asking for my favorite from the holiday list, or my daughters? I adore all the cute styles at See Kai Run, but her favorite would definitely be the HABA Stacking Blocks. "Cwash!" She is getting a Little Tykes slide for Christmas, and a baby brother a few weeks later.
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Kelly said...

I love the Jack and Lily shoes. I might have to get some for baby gifts! Cute.

VickeC said...

Bambolletta Dolls would be my pick for my grandaughter an the Haba blocks for the grandsons,they love blocks an these are on my list for them,if the money holds out,Thomas the train was on their list an also hannah montana,that has been got,thanks for the chance to win something,I love surprizes!

VickeC said...

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saraG said...

My favorite is the KozyPal - I have been trying to decide on a shopping cart cover for a while!

Christina said...

My favorite is the BusyBodyBook because it sounds like something I could really use! My daughter has grown & flown, so any toys that I win are going to Toys for Tots!

Christina said...

I subscribe to your newsletter!

Jenn S. said...

The Laser Tag looks like sometlhing the whole family would really enjoy.

We are getting a gift for the whole family this year a Wii , Wii Fit , and a game each person would like.

Hil'Lesha said...

I love the KozyPal shopping cart cover, because these are essential! :)

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Marigold said...

My family goes nuts for card games (We've actually started household warfare over Phase 10) so I'm definitely going to be picking up a copy of Uno Flash. The kids are each going to get their own Delingos, too, because I just think that they're fun to look at.
Thanks for introducing me to both these excellent products!

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jenny said...

ok well theres a lot thats on my x-mas list this year and i have to say i realy dont have a fave i be just happy to get what ever i get and well please enter me in to this giveaway i love to try and win some thing for my little one so i can have it to put under are x-mas tree this year things will be heard to get things for x-mas . thanks

janejett said...

infant set thanks

artmarcia said...

We have an upcoming grandchild and I can see I'm going to be spending lots of money at Haba. Their blocks and toys are just so beautiful! A new one that looks especially good is the Building Blocks Sevilla.

Alexia said...

Well, it's hard to pick a favorite because I love everything you've mentioned! But one item that I've been wanting to get the boys is the My Mommy's Tote book. I think it's the neatest book!

elmomomi said...

My kids have wanted that UNO Flash and Lazer Tag :) I wouldn't mind the EZ Camera...
My kids wish lists are long this year, but they know Christmas will be really small this year. Actually I have lost my apartment, but landlord was nice enough to allow the stay through the holidays.
I have awesome children though. I overheard my son and daughter talking the other day and my son (12) was telling his sister (7). "Santa can't bring you everything on your list. With the economy the way that it is... even Santa has to cut corners this year"
:)
out of the mouths of babes.
thanks for opportunity!

Sonya said...

The Room Tech would probably be Gracie's favorite. Mainly because she would just think they were so neat with them "coming alive".

I am buying a Wii this year for Christmas.

micaela6955 said...

I think the Little Windows would be nice so that my mom could make nice photo necklaces of the grandkids-it'd be fun to do and also provide her with a wonderful keepsake for future years. My shopping is just about done, my son is getting a Zune and some clothing/sneakers, my daughter is getting lots of dolls, DVD's and age appropriate games for the computer. Both of their birthdays are also in December, so it makes is hard!

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soha said...

I like the Little Giraffe robe and bed set. They look so comfy.
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Jesica said...

my fave reviewed item is the Yookidoo Discovery Playhouse - too cute! We need one.

Our kids have been adopted for Christmas this year. Some of my online friends decided that I didn't need to worry about shopping during chemo, so they're sending Christmas to us. So special, so helpful, and SO fun! Now I get to be surprised, too!

Jesica said...

I'm a subscriber

lisagee said...

Wowee Panda Bear Cub is one thing that should be on my list.
What am I buying this year ? That's a good question as I have no clue whatsoever.

chromiumman said...

love the casio camera, i think i'm getting one for my dad this year

Erica C. said...

Rhino Rampage seems like a great gift...thanks for being so generous!

Veronica said...

I am a subscriber. Thanks for a great giveaway :)

lfhpueblo said...

I am a subscriber. Thanks for the giveaway.

lfhpueblo said...

I think it is a tie between the Bambolietta Dolls and the See Kai Run Shoes. We will be buying Uno and of course dolls.

Dumaurier said...

The Le Creuset cookware is on my list of must haves, I've been hinting to my husband for years that I want no need the dune 5.5 dutch oven.

linda a said...

Going with room tech!! Thank you

pipasmom said...

My kids are hopefully getting a Plan Toys parking garage and chalet doll house!
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malleycc said...

I like the laser tag or uno flash. They sound like my kids would love them.

BL said...

Casio EZ-Z80

Jeni said...

My kids would love them all but I like the Yookidoo playhouse I'm always making tents in the house for my little guy

Jeni said...

My kids would love them all but I like the Yookidoo playhouse I'm always making tents in the house for my little guy

Stephanie said...

Yookidoo Discovery Playhouse and haba blocks and kettler trike all look super cool! Agree with your wooden toys theory except they are always more expensive so at this point have only bought one gift -- a beautiful wooden mailbox that will hopefully keep my little boy happy for a chunk of time. 8)
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Shelly said...

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Shelly said...

The Briarpatch games sound great - perfect age for my daughter, just too hard to choose one! She wants a baby doll and a pink pillowcase. So that is easy!

clynsg said...

I stuck with the infant portion of the list, since there is a baby on the way and he will be the only little one in the family (at least right now). I think the Tripp Trapp looks like the one I would pick, just because it sounds so efficient, being used for all ages. Since all the kids are adults now (until the baby arrives anyway) the gifts are going to be geared to their present physical ages--not to what I sometimes feel is their emotional age! In other words, MONEY

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Jen Mc said...

My favorite item on your list are the See Kai Run shoes. We love them here, especially since I have a boy and there are only so many things to accessorize with a boy.

I bought my son the Melissa & Doug kitchen.

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I'm also a subscriber.

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NateAndJakesMom said...

I love the Baby Emi jewelry. I really want a mommy bracelet (gotta find a way to hint this to my hubby).
The kids are getting as follows:
The big one (16 yr old) earplugs as a gag gift - he says the little ones make too much noise.
The middle one is getting stacking toys. He stacks everything!!
The little one is getting ... hmmm... what does a 1 month old need? Diapers I guess.

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Crochet by Momma J said...

I just love the Smartebear! This year is going to be a "necessity" Christmas for the kids. Money is tight so we are going for things like clothes - things they need.

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Crochet by Momma J said...

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Colengal said...

My boss fell in love with Baby Legs, So Ill be picking up a pair for her wee one

Mia J. said...

The laser tag sounds like it would be a lot of fun. My husband would have a blast with that.

I am getting my daughter a scooter.

Julie D said...

I think my hubby would enjoy the Road Mouse.
My daughter is going to get a Leapster 2.

stephiegal16 said...

I would ADORE the Little Giraffe robe for ....my mom (ok so I've been totally drooling over it since your review, but is better to give than receive..heh). As for the kiddos I'm giving my daughter a doll with a Happy Heiny's cloth doll diaper so she can be like mommy. My son is getting a Bilbo so that he will stop using my laundry basket as his own personal entertainment center!

sphinx63 said...

My favorite is the Little Giraffe Robe. It looks so soft and comfy! I am getting my daughter a portable cd player for her room. Thanks!

mogrill said...

I LOVE the Little Giraffe Robe set! Too cute!

Meg said...

I've got to agree with you that Haba blocks are something special. The colors and shapes of their blocks are amazing!! We are keeping Christmas low key for our 2yr old. He is getting some more of his animals figures that he loves, a movie, and some new art supplies. Thanks!
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Seeryus Mama said...

Oh, Jack and Lily shoes. You know, with the right pair of shoes, a girl can rule the world. I tell that to my daughter every single day! LOL My son would be oh so interested in the laser tag! As for the Grandmas...I think a little somethin' somethin' from Little Windows is going to be in their stockings! Great gift guide!!

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Linda said...

My favorite item is Le Creuset Cookware since I have never owned any but I hear that they are wonderful. I am buying mostly practical things for my children - books and clothes - as well as some video and computer games.

Don said...

The Chumby. It just seems awesome.
I am buying A Sony Playstation for my son

agordon10 said...

The Casio EZ-Z80 it oooks real simple for my Dad. My kids are getting a lot of art supply items.

jnmacdonald said...

I like the Tripp Trapp, I've been lusting after it for a while now. We're thinking of getting my daughter the sit, stand, crawl ball toy from Fisher Price. Also, another pair of babylegs, I bought one pair to try and we love them now.

miriama said...

The Kettler trike because it looks so much like the italtrike we got our granddaughter for her next birthday. Same cool bucket in the back and cute colors!

We bought our teenage daughter tickets to a huge concert so she could take a friend and our older daughter clothes. Our granddaughter gets the Fisher Prize A to Z Little People zoo set.

susan1215 said...

The Le Creuset cookware sounds great. I would keep this for myself

weaselsgrl said...

Chumby sounds like fun,i pick chumby,kinda sounds like my boyfriend chunky haha,I plan on buying my daughter board games like monoply and others that consist of playing/counting money.Hopefully it will help her with her math in school.And it is always nice to sit down as a family and have fun.Good times
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caseydeuce said...

I'm really in love with the see kai run and eleven shoes. (the smaller line too!!) I dont own any yet for my kids, but they look so well built, I'm loving them!

Jill said...

Love the Tripp Trapp-so versatile, thanks! I am getting DD a rose petal cottage (reduced to $30 on amazon!) and some babylegs and a couple of leapfrog toys...the grandparents and aunts will take care of the rest! :)

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Sarah S said...

I love the Kettler trike. And we're planning on getting our son some Thomas trains for Christmas.

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dhunt said...

We are getting a gift for the whole family this year a Wii , Wii Fit , and a game each person would like.

caseydeuce said...

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Heather said...

I like the Vado. I've been wanting a quick cam like that for the various odd moments we have around here.
I'm buying all things pokemon, apparently.

Dree said...

I like the Vado video camera because it has cool features and I need one. I will be buying my son a motherboard for his broken laptop.

nancy said...

I loved the original so Uno Flash is my favourite from your list...we're planning on buying a bicycle for our daughter for christmas

*Marie* said...

1- I don't have any kids (don't hold it against me, please!) but I'd love to get the Uno flash. My sisters and I played Uno as a kid and we still love it. Uno flash is right up our alley.

2- I blogged this, too.
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Christine said...

The Briarpatch games are my favorite. I have looked at these so many times for my son. He loves games. I think he'd really like the I Spy games or the Goodnight Moon game.

We have bought my son a race track and my daughter got a dollhouse.

Shel said...

The Le Creuset cookware is my favorite. I have an ancient hodge-podge of pots and pans that are so embarrassing that if someone came over to eat, I'd hide them. I'd love a set of enameled cookware in red.

For the kids this Christmas, I'm buying Animal Crossing for Wii and my older daughter wants the Twilight series books.

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Kari said...

Im checking out that space pen, looks really cool!!

Kari said...

Im also an email subscriber!!

cdrury said...

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Le Creuset cookware is my choice and I am getting my grandson Indian Jones Lego sets for a long winter of weekend fun!!!!

makeetis said...

I liked the Haba blocks. My son loves blocks. I am planning on getting my kids a nintendo ds for the 2 and a little leap frog game for my toddler. Thanks for the chance.

rosannepm said...

I like the Road Mice for my husband who is in the the car business. Hence Christmas is practical this year-clothing, DVD's, a few small toys
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Teresa690 said...

The Wowee Alive Cubs are my favorite because they are so adorable! I had to check them out before, because my daughter wants one! I got the Wii Active Outdoor Challenge game for my kids, so they can get some sort of exercise during our arctic Michigan days! Thanks for the chance to win!
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Ashley said...

I love your review on the inexpensive items- Meebas.
I like how there are 20 + games.
I am going to get anything & everything Fisher Price this year.
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betty R. said...

i like the plan toys and mimobots from your list best.with the economy the way it is and 1 working,hard this christmas,we have 5 little ones under 6 to buy for..thank you and merry christmas

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wigget said...

the chumby sounds intriguing! i plan on getting some wooden peg puzzles for my baby.
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poodlemom said...

SeeKaiRun is my favorite! I mean these shoes are made of sheepskin-how soft and comfy! Plus, they have rubber soles and are the cutest shoes ever! Then Le Creuset-I have a large family to cook for and this would be incredible to own one of their pieces.

The Jacobsen Family! said...

One of my favorites from your guide is the 2LittleStars adult throw. I can't tell you how many times I've wished for a blanket as soft and cozy as my kids blankets always are!!
This Christmas, we are giving my kids mostly books and board games. Of course a doll for my little girl, Transformers for my eldest son and blocks for my youngest.

Tamara said...

My favorite thing from the gift guide is something I have always really wanted and it is the Le Creuset cookware. I hear it is the best to cook with. I just love that stuff but too expensive to buy. I am buying my children some books, a couple of Nintendo DS games and some clothes.
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Finamoon said...

I love the Le Creuset cookware in Caribbean blue and now it is on my wishlist.

I am getting my boys some leapster games, my four year old daughter is getting some clothes, and my 9 month old daughter is getting a toy ...I haven't decided which one yet.

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stampedwithgrace said...

your button's on my blog :)

stampedwithgrace said...

My Mommy's Tote Activity Book looks like something I would enjoy having :)

janetfaye said...

Aardvark Books is my favorite because I think children would love a personalized book with pictures of them in it.

I bought my grandson a Thomas Train for Christmas.

Thank you!

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Pat said...

My granddaughter would love the Discovery FRS Walkie Talkie. For the kids Christmas it's CDs and books.
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abcdbanda said...

i love the my mommy tote...sounds super cute:) they do love to play in my purse and "hide" things from mommy:) my 3 yr old is really into art so we will be getting her art supplies this year. thanks!

Danielle said...

Okay...I have so many favs from your list but I will pick just two.

My first is the Room Tech Beingz...I have to get this for my son.
My second is the BusyBody Book for grandparents. My mom would love this so much.
As far as what I am getting my son this year...times are tough but we are getting him a Cars CD boombox and a Leapfrog TAG system. Lots of little odds and ends for his stocking as well. (And his grandma also provides lots of gifts...she only has one grandson to spoil, lol)
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Danielle said...

Im a subscriber as well... :)

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tiffanybeth said...

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tiffanybeth said...

we dont have a lot of money to get gifts so we need this but i think school clothes would be on the top of the list he starts school next june

Brian said...

My younger daughter has had the My Meeba on her Xmas list (and all the different versions of it). If I hadn't already done all the shopping, I'd have also considered getting a Tag Reading System for her as well.

Kim said...
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Kim said...

Le Creuset if my fave bc it is HIGH quality!

Kim said...

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Sarah said...

I've looked all over your gift guide...and the Haba blocks are my favorite! They are beautiful, colorful, and clearly built to last. I'm sure my son, daughter, and the baby-on-the-way in January would all get lots of play time from them.

We're trying to buy lots of practical and fun items this year...my toddler is getting a pair of See Kai Run "Julie" boots (because they're so cute, and she'll be a walker soon) and my preschool-aged son will be receiving lots of books along with a few wooden Thomas toys this year. We're trying to keep it manageable - but still exciting. I'm hoping the things we give will have a long life of play and enjoyment.

I'd love something from the Le Cruset line....in the future, when there aren't so many other priorities. And we love the Briarpatch games, too!

Thanks for the giveaway!
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Andreah @ Life's A Hoot said...

I love Briarpatch games because my sons love to play board games and my youngest loves Thomas the Tank Engine.

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Shari & Andrew said...

I love the Baby Legs and Le Creuset from your list! We were lucky enough to get a Le Creuset pan and dutch oven for our wedding and we love cooking wit it!

This year, since my baby will only be about 4 months old, we got hm mostly practical things that he will be able to use for the upcoming year--teething toys,clothes, and some books.

Shari & Andrew said...

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TheAngelForever said...

I put away some Olive Kids personalized items for my son for the holidays. I love their service and quick turn around. Great choice for your list.

Thanks for the opportunity.

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Robyn said...

We love Briarpatch games! Our boys have a few of the games, including Goodnight Moon and Fish Soup. I have requested for family to buy others for them for Christmas like I Spy. I know when I buy one of these games that it has already been approved by kid testers.
Thanks for the fun giveaway and Merry Christmas!
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3boyzmom said...

I love the Yookido Discovery Playhouse! I'd bet my son would do the same as Conner did...I'd have to drag him out of it eventually!!

3boyzmom said...

I'm a subscriber!!

AmandaK said...

I love the Casio EZ-Z80 camera because everyone could definitely use a simple camera!!!

I bought my little girl a game for the family's PS@ and a barbie doll- both of which she was wanting!

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denyse said...

The Smart Bear.
My kids are all getting MP3 players this year.

RE said...

I'd love the Haba Blocks for my lil one! Thanks for the giveaway!

RE said...

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cdziuba said...

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Jennifer said...

The See Kai run shoes are my favorite from your guide because we have one pair and I absolutely love them! They were so much better when I got them then I thought they would be! My girls are getting baby dolls and my boys are getting movies and star wars stuff!

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Carolsue said...

The See Kai Run Eleven shoes would be my first choice because my daughter has pointed out how much she likes the Josie shoes! The kids are getting a Wii system for Christmas!
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collyn23 said...

i love the vado i have nothing to film my kids concert, games and recitals so this would be awesome my kids are getting a wii and kitchen set

collyn23 said...

i subscribe

yadgirl said...

I like the Vado DVR from Creative Labs because it's small enough to carry in my purse, but it takes good videos too.

Miranda said...

Haba Blocks

angelacisco said...

Room Tech Beingz seem really cool .Mykids are getting a few cheap toy's, a winter coat 2 outfits, a new pair of shoes,bedding sets that we got really cheap.Their big gift is a computer for them to share It's used but they wont care.

Anonymous said...

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Happy Holidays to all :)

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Liz said...

I like the Emi Jewelry, very cute. This year my children, (ages 1, 3, 8, and 11) are getting toys to play outside, such as football, basketball, golf clubs, etc. We feel that it will be great to get them outdoors playing, and not always sitting around the house watching t.v. or playing video games. Thanks so much.

Liz said...

I subscribe.

Karen said...

The Room Tech Beignz seems pretty cool.

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Tammy said...

The DadGear Backpacks - why? I have a DaisyGear one, AND I LOVE IT!!! Every parent with or without babies should own one of these!

Our daughter received a cd, the Indiana Jones Lego game for the PC, and an IPOD Nano for Christmas

Tammy said...

Your button is in my sidebar.

Shelley said...

My favorite item on your gift guide would have to be the Le Cruset. I have been drooling over that for awhile.

We don't have any kids but my friends little girls wanted what else?? Barbies!!


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Ginny said...

Babylegs are the best!

Ginny said...

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Aimee said...

I love the Wowwee Alive Cubs because they're beautiful.

Andrea said...

I would love to have the Uno Flash. I love playing games with the family.

My daughter got a lot of Twilight stuff. My oldest son received a lot of CD's and the youngest son PS2 games.

drming said...

My favorite is the Casio Exilim.

My Daughter loves the Zoo Vet video game for Nintendo DS and I plan on purchasing it for her for Christmas.

yellowlabs said...

I would love the Wowwee Alive Cubs for my daughter.

Aisling said...

I think the DadGear Eastern Sun Messenger Bag would be an excellent gift for a new dad or dad-to-be.

Aisling said...

I forgot to post what we bought our granddaughters for Christmas this year - mostly clothes and books, some coloring books, and a couple of DVDs.

bison61 said...

I like the Road Mice, my husband would like that-we were low on money this year, so the kids got some board games, helicopter, nerf guns and slippers

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nickyle said...

I enjoyed reading your holiday guide very much. I like many of the items but I kept going back to the Uno Flash. My reasoning is because this is something for the whole family to enjoy. Every Christmas growing up my mom and dad got a family game for all of us to play, I have continued that tradition and Uno Flash seems like a perfect one for my family.

My childrens best presents (to me) was my daughter got a trendy coat, it is so pretty. It is black with fur trim so she can wear it casual or for a night out to dinner and a movie.
My sons favorite present was socks...yes I just said socks. He has a fascination with socks and he will only wear Adidas, you would have thought he won the toy of the year the way his face lit up when he opened his present and got not 1 but 2!! packages of socks, 12 pairs...the kid is in heaven. (We laughed so hard). He opened them right away and had both his dad and I feel them as he said "aren't they so soft?"....crazy kid, gotta love him.

Happy New Year 2009 Seven Dogs and A Baby.

Stacy said...

I actually bought my son some of the plan cars. They were to cute to pass up.

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Ardy22 said...

Laser Tag looks like a fun family game. We are getting the kids a few of their top items on their wishlists. Names, bikes, clothes, and a few video games


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Anonymous said...

My family would enjoy the Uno Flash. We would like a Wii for Christmas! Thanks! senekers@comcast.net

Angela said...

We gave our kids money since they would be getting toys from their grandparents. Besides, I had no time to shop this year. But I think the hot ticket item this year is/was the Wii Fit. Apparently, you can't find that thing in stores.

angie said...

I like the Casio EZ-Z80. It looks like a nice camera. We bought a Wii for our family this Christmas, and Guitar Hero Aerosmith to go with it.

walters123 said...

From your list I like the Animal Scrabble and the SmarteBear (actually my girls would prefer the SmarteCat). They love animals and games and both of these toys talk. They constantly talk to their stuffed animals and other dolls, so it would be nice to get something that talks back. What gifts we got them this year were mostly books, and one water doodle board. Wish we could have gotten them more stuff though.

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Niki said...

My favorite is the Little Giraffe Robe.

kohndr said...

Little Giraffe Robe is my favorite.

I got my child a Little Tikes digital camera and a remote car

kohndr said...

Little Giraffe Robe is my favorite.

I got my child a Little Tikes digital camera and a remote car

heaventrees said...

Chumby is my favorite on your list. You did a good job with your guide.
One of the gifts I gave was a basket full of art supplies to foster some creativity.

liane66 said...

The Le Creuset cookware.

dbacksfan001 said...

My favorite is Laser Tag. It would get the kids up off their bottoms and they would have a blast. I crocheted blankets for Christmas.

hminnesota said...

I would go for Le Creuset Cookware
thanks

Betty C said...

My favorite would be the Casio Exlim EZ-Z80. We have a digital camera but it isn't one of the better quality ones and I would really like to upgrade.
Wii for the whole family gift.

tracey73110 said...

the uno flash game. we got the vetech motion game. thanks for the chance miketra@sbcglobal.net

Elfik said...

We could use just about everything on your babies/new parents list, but I think my favorite would be the Stokke Tripp Trapp. I love the design elements (and color choices!) and it's also really practical. As for what we're buying our kiddie -- she's not due for another few weeks so no holiday gifts per se, just outfitting her nursery! PabaV(at)aol(dot)com

tigger210 said...

I love the Vado DVR from Creative Labs! My kids are getting clothes, some puzzles, a few books, and a video game. Thanks for the chance to win!
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tigger210 said...

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Brooke said...

I subscribe.

Valeen said...

The UNO Flash game sounds fun! We are big players of UNO and would love to try another variation. As far as what we got the kids this Christmas, a Nintendo DS and Braingames (I think it's called) and Funkeys. Also a karoake machine!

Brooke said...

Uno Flash is a great gift for the family. It's easy to play and we like that it's portable.

This year, the kids got hand me down clothes, and new socks and stockings. We partied like it was 1929!

nannetterya said...

Laser Tag would be fun for the whole family

brooke said...

I can't decide between the Baby Emi and the 2littlestars blanket... Love the jewelry at Baby Emi but ooooo I love blankets and if they are really that soft ooo heaven....
The kids actually made out like bandits this year.. Lil kiwi got sleepers and an exersaucer thiny. While wee man got a tag system and some books... wiicked13 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Laura said...

Tripp Trapp because it grows with him. How nice to have one piece of furniture that will last him through the years. We got Baby Einstein dvds this year. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

Carolyn said...

I think the Chumby would be great for my husband!
My kids are getting a Wii for Christmas!

blueeyeleo said...

I love the mimobots. They are just tooo cute. Our grandkids will be getting one toy each and one outfit. But we are going to take them shopping to pick up gifts for the kids at the local childrens home so they learn the true meaning of christmas to give to those that need it.

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louiseb130 said...

I love the Le Creuset

Stephanie Bruce said...

Thomas and the Pirate cove, my four year old eats and breathes thomas

ms-texas said...

my favorite thing from your list was The Vado

I got my daughter a tivo and clothes for Christmas

grillandchiller@gmail.com said...

all of them! i got my little one a baby grand piano

Anonymous said...

the Radio Flyer wagon!

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Sarah said...

My little guy loves Thomas the Train, so the Pirates Cove Train Set tops our list. We got him the Fisher Price Smart Cycle for Christmas.

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