Friday, December 9, 2016

2016 Must Haves for Lil' Monsters Holiday Gift Guide and #Giveaway

What's on your Lil' Monsters must have list to receive for the holidays? Whether you're looking for the perfect gift to encourage their love for science and the arts, or If they've been crossing all their little fingers and toes hoping to see some of their favorite television and movie characters recreated as brightly colored, fun toys under the tree, there seems to be some pretty amazing products out this year that we've had the chance to preview and play with. Last Year we had so much fun hosting a giveaway for all of our readers, we've decided to do one again!

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1. Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! -  Foster imagination and encourage STEM learning with this set of 96 colorful gears that teaches kids ages 3+ the basics of simple machines and science. It's a great way to teach the little ones to problem solve as they set it up over and over again. $20.96

2. LeapFrog Count and Crawl Kitty -  Puurr- fect for ages 9+ months and up, this cute Kitty will help little ones explore numbers 1-20 through musical rhymes and silly sounds.

3. VTech Touch and Learn Activity Table Deluxe  -  This interactive desk was one of my favorites spotted at this years Blogger Bash and I knew it would be a favorite among parents and educators. This interactive desk comes with pages of engaging content that spans across varied curriculum and transforms into an easel. Such a great way to keep little ones ages 2+ busy with 100+ vocabulary words, 20+ activities and 20+ songs. $44.99


4. Girl Scouts Cookie Oven  - We all know how addictive a box of Girl Scout Cookies can be, so of course the entire family will enjoy making their own real treats that are actually baked, not just warmed up. 

5. Crayola Air Marker Sprayer - Probably one of the best gifts to give anytime of year! It's so simple to use, really affordable and will guarantee to keep your budding artist inspired as they make cards, decorate wrapping paper and create one of a kind designs with just a few colorful sprays.  It reminds our lil' monsters of how some of the unique street art is created all over the city. $23.99

6. Qixels 3D Maker - Layer after Layer turn your Qixels into 3D creations while creating an entire world using just a bit of water and some magic to put it all together. $43.99 


7. Disney Moana Swing'n Sounds Maui  - We're huge fans of "The Rock" Dwayne Johnson, so it's no surprise that my boys think that demigod Maui from the new Disney film Moana is pretty cool.  This poseable figure says 10 phrases and features fishhook swinging action. $20.49 

8. The 80's baby in me rejoices every time I see Cabbage Patch Doll and your little ones are going to love the new line of Cabbage Patch Kids who seem all grown up as the brand celebrates it's 35th year! Each celebrating individuality, there are 9 new fashion themes: Country girl, Trendy girl, Boho Beach Girl, Surfer Girl, Soccer Girl, Cheerleader, 2 different Glitz girls and baseball boy. $34.99

9. Shimmer and Shine Wish and Spin  -  By clapping your hands or pushing the genie bottle you can get these adorable dolls to talk, sing and move. If your little one is a fan of the show, they'll love taking these cuties everywhere they go. $30.40 each.

10. Booyakasha! Get ready to shred with your favorite pizza loving turtle Remote Control Skateboarding  Mikey . Watch Mikey perform 360's, 1 foot spins and wheelies all with a control of a remote.Make sure to listen for the 20 awesome phrases that he can say while he shows off his dope tricks! Great for ages 4 and up. $49.99


We're a big gamer family and have had the chance to play quite a few together that vary across age as we have a grade schooler and tween. CJ even had the chance to play Skylanders on television for Black Friday deals with the Toy Insider

11. Air Hogs Connect - Augmented Reality Mission Drone - Fly into endless virtual missions while blending real world remote controlled action with augmented reality gaming. Perfect for ages 10+ , even the hubby thinks this drone is a must have. Pretending to rescue people from burning buildings and alien invasions is an intensely fun way to pass the time. $149.99  

12. Rock Band Rivals Band Kit  - We love a good ole' house party and this game is the perfect way to include the entire family as you belt out your favorite tunes. Did you catch my lil' monsters rocking out on the guitar and drums to a few of the 2,000 songs featured in this game? $278

13. Skylanders Imaginators - Now you can customize your own Skylanders using the Imaginite creation crystals as you battle to save Skylands and we think it's awesome that all your characters from the other game can play in this one too!

14. Disney's Magical World 2 - This follow up game takes you through 6 magical Disney themed worlds where your kids will meet all of their favorite characters: Elsa, Mickey Mouse, Olaf, Donald Duck and more! $44

15. Destiny The Collection - Guardians will love this set that includes all 5 games including the newest installment Rise of Iron in this award winning first shooter series that can be played on the PS4 and Xbox One. $39.99

                                   Watch & Read 

16. Diary of a Wimpy Kid #11 Double Down - In this latest installment {we have them all} Greg's mom thinks he's been gamin too much and instead Greg starts making movies. I'm sure like all the others it's a hilarious page turner that will end up finished in two days. Our eleven year old enjoys these books because they are such relatable stories. CJ is currently supplementing his game time with making YouTube videos and learning stop motion. $7.92

17. Ada Twist Scientist -  Ada twist is full of determination and fearless as she tries to understand the world around her using science. $10.77 

18. Disney's  The BFG DVD - The Big Friendly Giant is a classic story that I loved reading with student's when I was still teaching. On a flight to Florida I ended up fully enthralled and couldn't take my eyes off the movie which was so funny to listen to as you heard some of the made up words between the little girl and her larger than life friend as they adventure through giant country. I can't wait to watch this with the boys Christmas Eve. $24.96

19. Kindle E-Reader Bundle for Kids - Designed just for reading we love this reader because it helps set goals and tracks progress and we don't have to worry about them getting distracted with internet content. $99.99

20. Secret Life of Pets - I'll admit, this is another movie I've found myself watching all by myself and I have no shame because it's hysterical. And now that we have a new puppy in our house named Nutella, we can only imagine what she and our Jack Russell Terrier Sonic are barking about.  In the film a pampered pooch and his new unruly roommate end up on an adventure to get home after getting lost in the city. $16.99                                                        

  Outdoor Fun 

21.  Kid Trax 6V Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Quad Ride-On  - Ninja Turtle loving toddlers can hit the road on the search for bad guys like Shredder in this 1.5 mile per hour ride on that easy to use with a push to start button. Perfect for ages 18+ months and up and will provide long lasting fun. 

It's Giveaway Time!

We've partnered with our favorite brands to offer all 10 prizes pictured above to one fabulous reader. We will choose 1 winner randomly who must be 18+ of age and live in the continental U.S. Giveaway begins 12/9/2016 and ends 12/16/2016. 

Prizes: (1) count and crawl kitty, (1) Crayola Air Marker Sprayer, (1) TMNT Quad Ride on, (1) Cabbage Patch Kids doll, (1) Girl Scout oven and 2 boxes of Mix (1) Airhogs Mission Drone, (1) Shimmer and (1) Shine doll, (1) Digital Download Copy of Disney's The BFG, (1) Copy of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down.

Please Note:  Winner will receive a Cabbage Patch Doll of the brands choice, 2 boxes of cookie mix of brands choice along with Girl Scout Oven & a digital download copy of Disney's The BFG {not a DVD}.

Enter below, lots of luck and Happy Holidays! 


  1. My son would love the Kindle E-Reader Bundle for Kids. He loves books and reading and has been asking for a tablet for books. My 2 yr old daughter would love the Cabbage Patch doll. She loves dolls and loves to carry them around with her. Thank you for the chance!

  2. I think the favorite at first will be the Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears!

  3. She would really love the Shimmer and Shine Wish and Spin Doll the most!!

  4. My favorite is the CPK dolls. It's so neat seeing what I played with growing up being around for my little girl to play with all these years later.

  5. Sherrie McQueen GilstrapDecember 9, 2016 at 3:44 PM

    My favorite is the CPK dolls. It's so neat that my favorite doll growing up is now a favorite of my little girl.

  6. would love the cabbage patch doll

  7. great gifts to give to the little people! Love it

  8. Oh my gosh, these are all such great ideas! Her favorite would be the Girl Scout oven!!

  9. The Leap Frog product would be a big hit for my 18 month old!! He loves products like this.

  10. I think my daughter would love the Girl Scout oven.

  11. My nephew would really like to get on the ride on toy, he would work it all day long!

  12. I would say the Cabbage Patch Doll would be a big hit around here, lol. I'm old enough to remember the first big Cabbage Patch craze. They're still pretty cute.

  13. The Kid Trax 6V Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Quad Ride-On is a favorite for the little boy in my life.

  14. My middle granddaughter would flip out over the Girl Scouts Oven. Amazing giveaway!

    1. It's so cute and the cookies taste like the ones we all know and love. Good luck!

  15. wow so minny grate toys and well i'm a doll person so I would go with the cabage patch kids and well just every thing just so nice .

  16. We love the airsprayer and the shimmer and shine dolls!

  17. JustaBXgirl would be so happy with Shimmer and Shine!

  18. i think the Kindle E-Reader Bundle and Cabbage Patch Doll will be so great for my g/grandkids. They❤️to read and my G/granddaughters ❤️ Dolls. Thank you.

  19. I have two nephews who would love the drums!

  20. I think the drums would probably be a favorite.

  21. Can you say Quad love! Love these different types of toys for everyone in the family.

  22. My kids would LOVE the gears, the Easy Bake Oven, Skylanders, Rock Band 4, Quixels3D, Cabbage Patch Dolls. They would basically like all of it! My nephews would enjoy the TMNT and the Shimmer and Shine set.

  23. The kids love Learning Resource items so the Gears! Gears! Gears! would be something they would cherish

  24. For sure the kids would love Rock Band Rivals Band Kit the most! I'm a Mom of 8 so several of my kids would have so much fun with this.

  25. I think the Cabbage Patch kids would be a hit with my girl and the boys would love the BFG and the Crayola Air thingy!

  26. Love the books & Girl Scouts oven!

  27. My niece and nephew would enjoy these toys so much!!

  28. Got 21, my son loves cars so much and would really enjoy riding this at the park and at home!!

  29. Awesome giveaway. I love the Girl Scouts Easy Bake Oven!

  30. This is such a great giveaway! Branden is dying for the rest of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books!



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