Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Lil' Monsters in NYC 2017 Holiday Gift Guide and Giveaway #MustHavesforLilMonsters



Unbelievably the holidays are swiftly approaching, have you finished your holiday shopping for the little ones yet, any last minute toys you're still on the hunt for? With our first snow in New York officially behind and the start of Hanukkah, we've been counting down the days till Santa makes his appearance now that the boys have mailed off their letters to the North Pole. 

This year marks our 4th annual Must Haves for Lil' Monsters Holiday Gift Guide and we're highlighting our favorite products that we've had the chance to try out at toy events this year or reviewed at home. Excitedly we're offering our awesome readers a chance to win 12 Top toy products for kids of all ages thanks to partnering brands.  Check out our Must haves for Lil' Monsters!

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links that I can receive a small commission. Opinions expressed are 100% our own and we received samples to facilitate this Gift Guide. 





*Catch the Fox: We had a case of the giggles playing this game during PlayFair NY this year. Players put the chickens in the  greedy Fox's pockets and press down on his head - you never know when his pants will disappear, sending the chickens scurrying! Be the first to fill your coop with chickens to win. Ages 4 and up, Buy Here

*Greedy Granny: Take the treats without making a peep with Greedy Granny! Granny loves her sweets, but she’s not so great at sharing. As she snoozes, spin the treat wheel to see which sweet to swipe. Be quiet…one wrong move will wake Granny up and send her teeth flying! Be the first player to collect one of each of her treats to win the game! For 2 to 4 players, ages 4 and up. Buy Here  

As owners of not one but two silly pups, we recommend these two games for a laugh:


Soggy Doggy: Who will get soaked first? Find out when you play Soggy Doggy, the showering, shaking, wet doggy game! Move your players around the board and take turns bathing this pup. But be careful! He loves to shake himself dry. If Soggy Doggy shakes all over you, wipe yourself off and head back to the start. The first one around the board wins! Ages to 4 to 6 years. Buy Here


*Doggie Doo: Feed your doggie, and squeeze the leash. After he makes his gassy sounds – plop! If you are the player who cleaned up the doo, you get a fart token. The player who has cleaned up the most messes wins! For 2-4 players ages 4 and up. Buy Here



DropMix Music Gaming System: Developed with Harmonix, creators of Rock Band and Dance Central, this fast-paced music mixing game lets you create unexpected song mixes while you keep the music pumping with 3 ways to play: Freestyle, Clash, and Party. Includes 60 DropMix cards featuring music from top artists and popular songs. For ages 16 and up. Buy Here

Super Mario Odyssey {Nintendo Switch}: Explore huge 3D kingdoms filled with secrets and surprises, including costumes for Mario and lots of ways to interact with the diverse environments - such as cruising around them in vehicles that incorporate the HD Rumble feature of the Joy-Con controller or exploring sections as Pixel Mario.
Thanks to his new friend, Cappy, Mario has brand-new moves for you to master, like cap throw, cap jump and capture. With capture, Mario can take control of all sorts of things, including objects and enemies! Buy Here

Nintendo New 2DS XL Black and Turquoise: Gamers of all ages can play in style with the New Nintendo 2DS XL system. It gives you the power of the New Nintendo 3DS XL system in a streamlined, affordable package—and plays a huge library of games in 2D. Buy Here

*Lego Marvel Superhero 2 {Digital Code}:  This has been a highly anticipated game in our house as the boys countdown to the next Marvel movie to theaters. Join your favorite Super Heroes and Super Villains from different eras and realities as they go head-to-head in the all-new, original adventure, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2! Play as the Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, Thor, Hulk, and dozens of other Marvel Super Heroes and Villains in this cosmic battle. Travel across lands -- from Ancient Egypt to The Old West, Planet Hulk and New York City in 2099 Buy Here



*Flip Zee Girls: Sweet and cuddly reversible doll turns from baby to big girl with just the flip of the bonnet or bundle.Convertible from 12 to 18in at full length, Flip Zee Girls™ make a great Christmas, Hanukah or Birthday gift for any child who'd love to have it at bedtime, on car rides, sleepovers, at grandma’s house, or anywhere they go. Ages 36 months - 3 Years. Buy Here 

FlipaZoo Flip N Play Friends Pillow:  Little ones can snuggle, cuddle, sleep and play at home or on-the-go with these plush buddies. Ages 36 months to 3 years. Buy Here

*Hatchimals CollEGGtibles 4 Pack:  Hatch and collect adorable creatures with the Season 1, 4 Pack + Bonus! Inside this set are four Hatchimals CollEGGtibles hidden inside eggs, and one CollEGGtible that’s out-of-egg! Ages 5 to 7 years. Buy Here and start hatching!




As the Ultimate WWE Fans, no wishlist would be complete without a few items for
{of} our favorite Superstars:


WWE Tough Talkers Championship Takedown Ring Playset: The acton starts with PRO-ID Tech activation that allows the ring to recognize all Touch Talkers and reveals authentic WWE sounds like Superstar entrance music, crowd cheers and chants. For more authentic ring action, the WWE announcer Jojo, recognizes and announces each Superstar when he enters the ring. To heighten the battle action, two opposing cages are located on either side of the ring that can "drop" down to ringside with the push of a button. Ages 6 to 10 years. Buy Here

WWE Superstars 12 inch Fashion Doll: It's double the action and fashion with WWE Superstars Fashion Dolls who are fearlessly fashionable inside and outside of the ring! Each doll includes two fashion outfits and two pairs of shoes. Ages 6 to 10 years. Buy Becky Lynch //  Sasha Banks  // Charlotte Flair // Natalya //

WWE Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Superstars: Join the Turtles as they suit up as their favorite, most famous and iconic WWE Superstar to battle it out in their own Sewer Slam tournament! Each figure stands 6” tall and are fully articulated. Each figure comes with their own unique ring gear and sewer slam accessories to perform all their knock out ninja moves and take down their opponent. Ages 4 and up. Buy Donatello as Ultimate Warrior // Michaelangelo as Rowdy Roddy Piper // Leonardo as Finn Balor // Raph as the Rock


* WowWee Magnaflex Fun in the Sun Set: This 22 piece set is the perfect way for little ones to use their imagination. Build a beach ball, palm tree, boat, basket, crab, octopus and more with this 22 piece fun-in-the-sun beach theme set. High-quality, flexible material and strong magnetic connection allows children to create 3D shapes. Ages 4 to 15. Buy Here

*Dr. Panda Plus Home Designer: Tristan really had a great time playing this game, watching the characters turn on the television that he colored and hearing what sounded like the News or a commercial was pretty cool to him and his brother. With its 'open sandbox of play' enhances traditional creative play and stimulates learning.  As one of the most anticipated AR toys of the season for children 3-8 years old, it is priced at $39.99 and includes 51 erasable flashcards each depicting a different object (e.g., chair, floor, or a character), along with 12 non-toxic dry erase markers and a code for corresponding mobile app. Buy Here and grab the app now available on Apple.com

*Hape Pound & Tap Bench with Slide Out Xylophone: Babies and toddlers  can pound and tap while playing musical favorites. Easily sliding xylophone provides many ways to play while it encourages audio recognition and musical development. Buy Here

*Hape Polar Animals Tactile Puzzle:  Find out where each animal BELONGS on the puzzle by matching shape or by texture. Little ones ages 24 months and up can practice using adjectives to describe the feeling of each animal. Buy Here



*Morphsticks to itself, making it super easy to clean up! It doesn’t dry out, meaning that the kids play with it over and over again without worrying about proper storage. Children can make anything from an octopus, unicorn, kitten or monster with this super Light and fluffy material that also floats! Ages 3 and up. Buy Here

Build-a-bot Fox Set: With an easy click 'n create system, kids can learn all while customizing their own robotic friend. Feed the Fox it's bone and watch it come to life. Ages 5 to12. Buy Here

*Marbelocity:  Build your own working skate park model made of real wood! The Skate Park features lots of fun physics action, including a stair descent, rail slide and a jump—so once you build your skate park, you can run marbles through it! The assembly instructions feature a graphic novel with the Tinkineer cast of characters— Kelvin, Joule, Newt and friends —to communicate meaningful STEM concepts in an engaging format. The Skate Park takes approximately three to five hours to build, and measures 8" when finished; for ages 12 and up. Buy Here


Air Hogs 2-in-1 Hyper Drift Drone: Kids with a need for speed are going to flip over the New Air Hogs Hyper Drift Drone is a 2-in-1 vehicle: Race along the ground or fly through the sky at super fast speed with the detachable drone! Made for kids ages 8 and up. Buy Here 

Nitro Motorfury Rapid Rally Set: 
Blast into overdrive with Nerf Nitro sets! Kids can create awesome stunts as they fire foam cars from blasters that do stunts to go high, go far, go fast! Ages 5 and up. Buy Here

Laser X Two Player Laser Tag: Don't let the chill in the air stop your kids from burning off that wild energy with a bit of fun. Whether played indoor or outdoors Laser X allows them to bring the fun of laser tag everywhere they go, with lighting effects, an interactive voice coach to give tips and sound effects. The best part is they can chase and blast their opponents and nobody gets hurt! Ages 6 and up. Buy Here



1. Hape Polar Animals Tactile Puzzle // Dr. Panda Plus Home Designer // Hape Pound and Tap Bench w/ slide out Xylophone // WowWee Magnaflex Fun in the Sun Set

2. Morph {2 styles,varied} // Flip Zee Girls {varied} // Hatchimals CollEGGtibles 4 Pack {2 styles, varied} // Greedy Granny

3. Doggie Doo // Lego Marvel Superhero 2 { PS4 Digital Code} // Marbelocity {varied} // Catch the Fox

To celebrate the Holidays with us, enter to win 1 of 3 Giveaway Prize Packages by filling out the Giveaway Tools form below. Giveaway runs from Dec. 13th 2017 - Dec 18th 2017. Open to entrants ages 18+ Prize Fulfillment is the responsibility of the brand {w/exception of MagnaFlex Beach seat}. Winner has 24 hours to claim prize before another is selected. Good Luck & Happy Holidays!








64 comments:

  1. My son would love 2 and my daughter would love 3, so either would be great.

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  2. I meant my son would love 3 and my daughter 2....oops!

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  3. My nieces would love the 3rd package

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  4. Number 1 would be great for the littles for birthdays

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  5. Awesome giveaway thank you for the chance!

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  6. These are all great ideas and something for any kid. I am interested to know how the new DS does my kids loved it when they were younger.

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  7. Soggy Doggy and Greedy Granny look like great games to play. The nerf Car launcher is the number one item on both my boys lists. These are all really great suggestions.

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  8. There are so many toys to choose from, I don't know where to begin! My son would probably like the Teenage Mutant Turtles.

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  9. We love toys here. My 17 year old is into hand held games big time.

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  10. There are so many toys to pick and I love that you can choose whether it's for the whole family or just for the child you're giving it to. I think these are all awesome choices!

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  11. So many great ideas for just about any child. Love the family game night stuff.

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  12. These are all really great gift choices. We are finished shopping, thankfully, and a few of these were on my daughters list!

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  13. I think the games are so fun! I need a game for my nephew, and I think Greedy Granny might be the one!

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  14. These are all absolutely fabulous gift giving ideas! I especially love the games because we love playing board games in our house! Shell

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  15. What a great guide and giveaway! I especially love all of those board games!

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  16. Family game night is one of my favorite nights of the week! We love to sit together as a family and play something with no electronics! I will have to check out some new games for Christmas.

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  17. These are great ideas for holiday gifts. My kids have really been wanting the Soggy Doggy game. There are lots of other cute toys on your list. I'm shopping for my very young niece and nephew so this is helpful.

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  18. This is such a comprehensive list of toys. Catch the Fox and Soggy Doggy sound so cute. This will come in so useful when you have a child to buy for and don't know where to begin.

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  19. #3 Prize Pack caught my eye. Catch the Fox looks like a fun game I wouldn't mind playing with a younger relative. Marbelocity also looks like fun. I think my nephew would really like that one.

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  20. What a great list! I especially love the family game night options for cozy nights in this winter!

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  21. We have some of the toys on this list and my kids love them. It is such a great list covering all ages and genders!!

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  22. The third prize pack would probably be the biggest hit in my house.

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  23. Wow so many super cool gift ideas. I know someone that will be wanting the Super Mario Odyssey for theur Nintendo switch x

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  24. I love your board games recommendations! I am always looking for games I can get my nephews. They do family game night weekly and I love being a part of it.

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  25. This list gives me so many ideas for gifts, there is something for any kind of interest. My son would love Nintendo Ds games!

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  26. I like the third toy set because my son would love these! It looks like all things he would enjoy!

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  27. I really like the build a bot! I hope I can win that prize, but I am also going to have to look for it in the store.

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  28. Soggy Doggy is one of my daughter's FAVORITE games. These are definitely some great ideas!

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  29. We have family game night at my sister's each year as we celebrate Christmas at her house. It's so much fun.

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  30. Such amazing picks, it would definitely be tiresome for me to pick one or two! Board games is safest choice maybe :D

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  31. My mini would definitely love Package #2, especially for the Flip Zee and Hatchimals.

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  32. f I had kids between 8-10 I would definitely get them these fierce but cute WWE Superstars Fashion Dolls. My girls are just getting out of the toys phase but on second thought my friends' girls would appreciate this awesome gift.

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  33. Those are some great gift ideas. I have a lot of friends with kids that I was looking for presents. So this is very helpful.

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  34. This is a great gift guide for kids! I love the Family Game Night ideas, we do that on Fridays, so these ideas are perfect!!

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  35. What an awesome list you have shared with us, to me and my lil preschooler, I think we shall enjoy the family games like the Catch the fox and greedy granny

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  36. Those are all pretty awesome gift ideas! I really like that you shared different items for different interests. The board games are pretty cool, I'd love to have more of those at home for game nights with the kids.

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  37. Oh wow you have some awesome picks here! My kids would love #1 or #2!

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  38. SO MANY TOY OPTIONS HERE. THIS IS SUCH A FUN POST AND I COULD REALLY SEE MY MINI LOVING THEM ALL

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  39. These are all really great ideas. I will give a try for my daughter. Thanks

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  40. Wow so many fun toys! My nephew and nieces will love to have it all!

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  41. This is such a great gift guide! My little one would be thrilled to receive any of the sets, but I’m partial to the board games! Greedy Granny sounds fun! 😉

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  42. Some great gift ideas for kids of different ages. My kids would like 2.

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  43. This is the ultimate gift guide! I have two daughters, age 2 and 9, so any of these prizes would be awesome in our home!

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  44. Wow! Seems like this guide would help me find creative and best gifts for every Tom, Dick, and Harry! Thanks a lot for sharing :)

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  45. haha omg the name of some of those games!! My niece and nephew would just love them

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  46. So many great gift ideas! Might check some of them out for this year's last minute Christmas dash :)

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  47. My family would love any of them! So many amazing choices! Happy holidays

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    1. These are awesome christmas stiffers as well, instead of chocolates and sweets for kids. Thumbs up for these selection.

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  48. Oh wow! Those are some amazing goodies. Thanks so much for sharing this gift guide. It's just in time for the holidays. Great post. Joy-www.afrostylicity.com

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  49. Christmas is not one of my holidays but some of the items on this list are quite interesting for a gift anytime. The build a bot toy is quite intriguing.

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  50. I haven't shop gives for my godchildren and glad I stumbled your post. These are awesome! Saving this for my shopping list.

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  51. Angela Ricardo BetheaDecember 18, 2017 at 9:53 PM

    Those are such cool toys! Kids will cry for these for sure! They're so perfect as gift ideas.

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  52. I do get confused on purchasing gift items for kids. This gift guide ended my confusion.

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  53. What an amazing gift guide you have put together. Happy holidays :D

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  54. Great choices to choose from. I know just who I would gift these too. Perfect timing.

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  55. What an amazing giveaway. I swear the toys get cooler every year. Kind of makes me miss being a kid but at least I have nieces and a nephew to spoil with all these fun gadgets and games.

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  56. What great gift ideas! You've definitely given me some ideas for my nieces. And thanks for the giveaway!

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  57. Is it bad that I'm in my twenties and still would love some of these as gifts?! Haha I'm thinking not!

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  58. Those look like cute toys for the kids for the holidays. I should have seen this before I finished shopping. Great choices.

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  59. What a great giveaway. I am sad that I missed it. My kids would have so loved to have entered.

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  60. Such adorable gifts for children! So much to keep up to.

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  61. My extended family would love any of them! So many amazing choices and great options for the kids, thank you so much. Happy holidays

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  62. This is such a great resources of gift ideas and an amazing giveaway! Thank you so much for sharing, Danielle.
    xox

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  63. I've been seeing those hatch animals everywhere! I have never heard of Greedy Granny lol but it sounds interesting

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