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Guess what? It’s Friday .. meaning, another addition to our Holiday gift guide series! Having shared ideas for every her, and every him – it’s time to chat the kiddos. I will note – there will be an intermission next week with Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals shared. Going into December, I will resume the revamp of 2018 guides, and continue our 2019 Holiday gifting series. Blog subscribers – you’re in for a treat – All you procrastinators and party goers.. I’ve a few gift guides exclusive for YOU you won’t want to miss! 

Today channels gifting a bit differently – and here’s why. Gifts for the kids often go overboard – agreed? I believe in part, it’s due to our children’s innocent expectations of Christmas. Innocent, because our society praises the ‘more the merrier’ mindset. There’s no harm in circling all their favorites in the Target toy catalog (RIP ToysRUs) and even adding to it as the season goes on. It’s something I loved doing each year growing up and it’s a part of the Holiday nostalgia. But, it’s when we adhere to society’s standard and leverage Christmas on quantity that the value of selection and the nature of gifting is lost.

We as parents, love – love – the excitement seen on their faces come Christmas morning. How about that Barbie house, …her smile was the biggest we’ve seen yet. Or that Playstation? “Let’s hook it up now, Dad!” But it doesn’t ever end there, does it? They’ve a ton of others on list yet to open. All bought from the false belief that ‘more is better’. All those red penned items you spent hours tracking down may have worn the budget thin, but we purchase them anyway, convinced it will make Christmas the ‘best one yet’. If I am being really honest – our justification in spend is slightly selfish, knowing we too live for those moments of joy, acceptance, and ‘best gift’ awards – am I right?

Let’s rid leveraging Christmas on quantity. Let’s narrow it down. All said – parallel to last year’s guide, today’s guide focuses on the 4 gift method. I’ve broken down today’s Holiday gift guide for kids into four sections – gifts they need, ones they’ll read, gifts to wear, and gifts they want. The idea is to gift one from each of the four categories. My hope in continuing this method year after year, I’ll instill the value of selection, and reset expectations to recognize less is always more.

one | two | three | four | five | six | seven | eight | nine | ten | eleven | twelve | thirteen | fourteen | fifteen | sixteen | seventeen | eighteen | nineteen | twenty | twenty-one | twenty-two | twenty-three | twenty-four | twenty-five | twenty-six | twenty-seven | twenty-eight | twenty-nine | thirty | thirty-one | thirty-two | thirty-three | thirty-four | thirty-five | thirty-six | thirty-seven | thirty-eight | thirty-nine | forty | forty-one | forty-two | forty-three | forty-four | forty-five | forty-six | forty-seven | forty-eight

Gifts they want

Note – These items listed are specific to both Ellie (6) and Jonah’s (9) interests this year. For the most part, all were taken right out of the Target Holiday catalog! I highly recommend picking up a catalog (or two) for your little ones to experience the fun of list making/circling! This way you can ensure what they’re eyeing this year and choose accordingly!

1. Wireless gaming headset // This is Jonah’s #1. Very high tech and professional if you ask me! But, he truly enjoys gaming and think these will ‘make’ the experience that much more enjoyable.
2. Spiderman PS4 game // Jonah has this game and has told me it’s a good one to put on list for ya’ll. I trust his gaming expertise!
3. Razor electric scooter // We grabbed this for Jonah last year, and tho I don’t technically consider it a ‘bike’ and form of exercise, it allows him to go outside, play and get some fresh air! He got much use out of it this Summer to and from the neighborhood pool!
4. Lego Technic // Jonah loves this series of legos – a more sophisticated build with engineered components, these take up a good afternoon activity with satisfaction once complete!
5. Nintendo Switch Light // As Patrick describes it, it’s the new ‘game boy’ to us oldies. The hype is understood, I guess!
6. Nintendo Switch Light carrying case // One must have the accessories!
7. Our Generation Girl clothing // This past year Ellie really has gotten into playing with her dolls. I cannot justify the spend on an American Girl doll, let alone all the accessories – so I resorted to a more affordable option at Target! She loves the Our Generation collection and all the accessories that come with! This clothing set is a cute outfit she’s listed to add to their wardrobe. (like Momma like daughter, wouldn’t you say?)
8. LOL Surprise Glitter globe doll // Without fail these arrive on list. (Or at least the past 3 years) Am sure she enjoys the anticipation and wonderment of ‘what you’re going to get!’
9. Our Generation Kitchen // Ellie loves to play dress up, kitchen, and really anything that involves a little story telling. Am eager to hear what’s on menu!
10. Little Live Scruf-A-Luvs Families // Something fun to unveil! Your Scruff-A-Luv arrives as a sad ball of matted fur, but once you bathe them, dry them, brush them and love them, you will discover what kind of pet they really are and how many babies she has! Will you be rescuing a dog or cat family? A fun toy to discover and play with thereafter!

Gifts they Need

11. Relay // Just found these and am highly considering this for both kids. They provide you a way to stay connected to your kids without given them a cell phone. They run off wifi or an LTE network and act as a cell phone/walkie – talkie between you and your kids. We could easily send one with Ellie to dance class or leave at home with Jonah so they’ll both be prepared if a situation arises when they might need to get a hold of us. These also offer you a way to talk to your kids on the school bus or at sports practice without giving them access to screens or apps.
12. ‘Ready to Rise’ alarm clock // Ellie’s getting better at learning when it’s best to get up in the am, tho there is the occasional 5am wake up disrupting our slumber. Designed to look like an adorable robot, the multi-function clock uses facial expressions and changing colors to communicate passing time. It also includes a nightlight, alarm clock, soothing bedtime sounds, and a nap timer.
13. Swoop Bags // These were included on last years gift guide and I couldn’t recommend them enough! These offer a quick source of clean up and storage option! Lego’s begone with one clean ‘swoop’!
14. Waterbottle // By Christmas, their daily school water bottles are on their last days. Replacements on the way!
15. Quip kids electric toothbrush //We are a quip household! All four of us have quip toothbrushes and love them! Upon registration, you’ve a subscription brush head and battery delivered automatically. They’ve a built-in timer, quadrant pulse to clean evenly and a smaller brush head to accommodate smaller teeth.
16. Osmo Genius // A fun and modern way to learn, develop problem solving skills and explore creativity on your iPad.
17 – 18. Crayons, colored-pencils //Both Ellie and Jonah love to draw and color. Santa usually replaces their color stash each year.
19. Booklight // Ever so often I find Jonah reading at night in his bed with only his closet light for guidance! This will do the trick – a fun and sophisticated gift to receive!
20. Sheets // I know they may not enjoy this gift as much as I will, tho the fun characters may put a slight smile on their face! Nothing like a new themed set of flannel sheets for the Winter!
21. Kids table // Ours is in dire need of replacement! This affordable set will work well in our playroom – providing them both a quiet place to do their homework or color.

Gifts to wear

22 – 23. Christmas pjs // Every year we grab the kids a themed pair of pjs. I just love this gown option for Ellie.
24. Backpack // I’d never seen this up until this year, but based on reviews this looks like a great investment item. Something they’ll use for school and trips, alike. Comes in a variety of colors, and sizes. They are noted to be durable, waterproof and made to last forever. Also designed to evenly distribute weight in order to avoid back issues. A win in my book!
25. Weighted blanket // I’ve had my eye on one of these for myself! Provides much benefit and comfort – I sure hope they share!
26 – 27. Character wear // I laugh as I type this out, because both Ellie and Jonah know I am not one to give in to character clothing. There’s just something about it that I am not all in for. But, I know when they do receive their choice of character to wear, they are so excited that “Mom actually allowed it!” This year I am opting for an Apex Legends sweatshirt for Jonah and an Ariel Princess hoodie for Ellie.
28. Rain boots // Once the rain hits, I absolutely hate to see their sneakers drenched from lack of a proper shoe. Solving the problem this year and opting them each a nice pair of rain boots!
29. Wireless headphones // Both enjoy their time on their iPads and I know Ellie will love these cute handsfree headphones. Jonah’s requested a ‘gaming’ headset, which may count for a gift he wants, tho fits in both categories.
30. Hats // These hats are a great affordable option, and super cute!
31. Bows, hair clips, scrunchies // These handmade clippys are the cutest! I’ve been grabbing these for Ellie since she was young. The shop owner is the sweetest and has made clips upon request!  We also have these affordable velvet scrunchies that Ellie and I both share!
32 – 33. Cold weather gear // I always send the kids to school with a layering hoodie, making sure they are prepared for outdoor recess. These hoodies at Target are affordable for girls and are always offered in a variety of colors and prints. Jonah enjoys the Under Armour hoodies, ideal after games and hockey practice. If in cooler climates, these puffer coats (for boys, for girls) provide optimal warmth!

Gifts to Read

34. Divergent Series // Probably more for established and older elementary aged, tho none the less a great series that teaches courage and self sacrifice.
35. Dogman Series // One of Jonah’s favorite series. He looks forward to each new book that comes out and is done with it by next day. A guaranteed top request at the book fair each year.
36. Junie B. Jones Series // We just love Junie’s Kindergarten mishaps and unique take on the world! A fun and witty read for all genders!
37 – 38. Girls empowerment coloring books // It’s so important to instill positivity in young kids these days. Anything that supports a positive mindset is something I support. The cute illustrations are an added bonus! I’ve linked both gender options.
39. Harry Potter // Need I explain? A great option for any child with a colorful imagination.
40. Bookroo // I just came across this subscription box and know the kids will love something new to read each month! You can choose your specific age group and type of book per subscription! What a fun way to ‘go to the library’ without leaving the house!
41. Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series // Jonah absolutely loves these books and I believe has read each of them at least twice! If the chronicles of Greg’s misadventures result in endless hours of reading, I am all for it!
42. Dr. Seuss // You really cannot go wrong with Dr. Seuss!
43. Lego Creations //Jonah loves to build and create things on his own with his legos. Sometimes a little inspiration is all he needs to unleash creativity! This book offers step by step ideas to build! A great rainy day or quiet time activity.
44 – 45. Learn to Draw, How to draw // Both kids love to draw and I know they’ll both love these activity books. I’ve chosen based on interest this year, tho they’ve a ton of other topics to choose from.
46. Draw Right Now // Tangent to ‘Learn to Draw’ listed above, this combines learning to draw with handwriting practice and I know Ellie will love it!
47. Magic Tree House Series //These books are great for early readers and offer a slow progression into chapter reading. The characters are easy to keep track of with occasional illustrations to keep attention. Both Ellie and Jonah love the educational stories and are eager to learn more with the corresponding non fiction ‘fact tracker’ series. A great library building source!
48. Jane Austen Series // A collection honoring Jane Austen’s literary greatness and makes an excellent gift for the Jane Austen reader.

Hopefully this guide helps minimize both the search and giving this season! Shopping for other recipients? Catch all other guides here. As mentioned above, we will resume gift guides in a few weeks – catch all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals next week! Until then – xoxo