This week I am finishing up all Christmas shopping so I can use the rest of the month to
stress about other things enjoy the holidays!!!!! Sharing a few favorite gifts for kids and adults today in case you need ideas or want to snag some deals.
Time sensitive deals highlighted in red!
May your life be void of horrible customer service lines and instead filled with easy Internet browsing and Christmas movies starring Macaulay Culkin (trying spelling that without google).
PS: *Asterisks* indicates the item was given for free in exchange for a review. All reviews are my honest opinion, for better or worse. Some items were donated directly to children in need. The rest are things we have enjoyed over the years or purchased for this Christmas season, as indicated!
For big kids (2-5)…
The tot tube.* The toy is SO SIMPLE yet so genius. I can’t wait for the kids to open it this year. The reviews speak for themselves. Race cars and balls down the tunnel track by propping it up against a couch or chair. Buy 2 sets and race side-by-side, or put them together to make one extra long tube. Fits almost any brand of toy car (Matchbox, Hot wheels, Little People, etc) or a small ball. Comes apart in three pieces for easy storage. Sets up in a flash. No screws or tools needed or complicated instructions (bless). Bonus: No batteries required, no flashing lights, or annoying sound effects. Sold. Use the promo code KATEBEAR for 25% off starting at 6pm [EST]! On Amazon only.
Kitty surprise.* ATTENTION NOSTALGIA HOARDERS: this one is for you. Who else had one of these in the 90s? My heart. Eva is going to flip her lid when she finds this pregnant mom cat under the tree this year. Will there be 3, 4, or 5 kittens? It’s a surprise! All you have to do is
perform c-section surgery open her pouch to find out. Never have I ever been more excited to give my kid something so uniquely weird and perfect. She’s going to love it.
Hospital care cart.* Who else has the Doc McStuffins theme song permanently stuck in their head? Honestly it could be worse (see: Paw Patrol) and really if my kids are going to watch a show, Doc Mcstuffins is one of my favorites for promoting diversity and female leadership (more reasons here). People often ask if I want my kids to follow their father’s footsteps and be doctors and I just want to say, let’s just focus on getting everyone potty trained first, okay? They do love playing doctor though, and they will both love this play set.
Walking animal balloons. My friend Heather gave me this idea for something to stick under the tree that gives a little pizzazz and drama Christmas morning without being expensive or something you ultimately have to store. The kids are going to be THRILLED. This set is also adorable and what I ended up ordering!
Paper plane launcher.* Raise your hand if you also have a five year old who demands constant paper planes for him to dive bomb at his sister. The velocity launcher blasts paper planes up to 100 feet and includes 24 “Do-It-Yourself” Paper Planes and easy-to-follow instructions that his mother will refuse to read and redirect to her co-parent.
Magformers. My friend Mo told me about this deal last night and I ordered them right away! I know everyone goes nuts for Magnatiles, but I was not willing to shell out over a dollar a piece when we already have a zillion legos from Austin’s collection. Bonus: these have great reviews and are super on sale!
Smart watch. Got ours at Costco a few months ago for a lot less than this, but I think they are sold out at our store now. Heard great things from moms who have kids the same age as Waylon. This is the “big gift!”
Walkie talkies. My kids love these and got them as a reward this summer for finishing their sticker charts.
Horse hopper. Last year’s Christmas gift and super on sale today!
Custom made cloth dolls. Eva has one and loves it! (And I do too) 15 inches tall, perfect for carrying around, hugging, and playing with. Skin, hair, and eye colors will be customized to your preference; little girls love a dolly that looks just like them! A monogram is also stitched on the back lower right body. Body and shoes are 100% cotton, dress is Liberty of London tana cotton lawn, hair is 100% wool felt. Cannot recommend enough.
New winter hat. The fox hat on my baby fox is my favorite (obviously). Waylon has a tiger one, too! Has remained intact and durable over the years. Highly recommend.
Water wow. Mess free and a perfect stocking stuffer. Great in the car, church, or waiting room.
Babies need nothing, but if the grandparents are asking anyway– we love..
These custom made onesies for newborns from my friend Carrie. They are a great new baby gift and perfect for the announcement pictures or the precious coming home outfit. Use code ‘shopsmall’ this week to get 15% off your custom onesie.
Activity cube.* This activity cube is one of those toys that looks terrible but ends up giving you 15 extra minutes to make lasagna.
Doorway jumper. If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know my babies live in these!
Sophie. Ask any mother on the street who has had a baby in the past five years if this toy is worth it and you will always get the same answer. There are over 6,000 positive reviews on Amazon alone. IT MAKES NO SENSE. IT IS A PIECE OF RUBBER. The power of Sophie is the craziest toy phenomenon of all time.