It’s that wonderful time of the year when you are looking for that perfect gift your special loved ones. Shhh below are the real presents that are under the Dancing Hotdogs tree to be received and given for all the naughty and nice family members and friends.
Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Fun with Friends Musical Table perfect for babies six months and older. It sings, it plays music and with fun interactive play it teaches English and Spanish words. You can play sitting down or sitting up so toy grows with your child. Retails for $45.
Fisher Price Servin Surprises Table. It’s a kitchen and a table that serves pizza, cookies and role playing fun. Table includes a stovetop, oven, serving tray pizza, cookies and place setting for two. The toy needs six AA batteries because kitchen recognizes food and says phrases to have your kids practice their manners while serving you a special meal. Retails for $70 and recommended for kids 2 and up.
Disney Doc McStuffins Doctor’s Bag Playset by Just Play retails for $24.99 and is that aspiring doctor in your life. Play set comes with eight pieces like the sound and light stethoscope so “the doctor is always in.”
PBS KIDS and Tuesday Morning science projects. I love love love these science projects. My boys are at that age where they just want to explore the world. The PBS KIDS Growing Gators kit, PBS KIDS Test Tube Adventures Activity Kit and PBS KIDS Snow Explosions Activity kits have been pure joy to do with my kits. The kits encourage the use of scientific method and natural explorers. Retails for $9.99 and recommended for kids 4 and up.
Madame Alexander Angelina Ballerina Swan Lake Doll is a beautiful 18 inch doll with a white tutu and pink bow that is perfect for any Angelina Ballerina fan. It’s so well made and perfect for little hands to take Angelina on all adventures. Recommended for 18 months old up and retails for $55.
Fashion Angels Fashion Design Sketch PortfolioI wish they had this for me growing up. Perfect for that growing fashionista in your life. Portfolio comes with pad, stencils and over 100 fashion designs. Retails for $9.99 and is recommended for kids 6 and up.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Action figures are beyond awesome! Power Sound action figures say classic phrases like “Epic.” The action figures range from $7.99 to $12.99 and have the TMNT van, villain and accessories for play time. Recommended for kids 4 and up.
Wonder Forge Board Games. Honestly anything you pick is going to rock but our favorites are The Joker’s Fun House and The Disney Princess cupcake game. Retails from $9.99 to $19.99, no batteries required just imagination and fun. For kids four plus. For our full review click here.
BRATZ Fashion Boutique Nintendo 3DS game by Activision. Playable on the 2D and 3D for that girl in your life for “passion for fashion.” Another game wish they had when I was growing up for on the go play. Go shopping with Yasmin™, Cloe™, Jade™, and Sasha™, start your own store and customize your fastions. Retails for$29.99.
The Skylanders Battlegrounds Starter Pack (available at retail for $49.99) includes a special wireless Bluetooth Portal of Power® that brings your figures to life on iOS, three characters and a redemption code to download the game at the App Store. Graphics are great and the game is too fun for your tween-er not to want to play for.
For Moms and GrandMamas:
A Shutterfly photobook retails from $14.99 to$39.99 and makes the most special present. Plus lately they are having amazing deals that I have ordered a few last minute gifts just because they are totally unique and amazing.
Gifts that give back like this silk scarf from the coast of Thailand by World Vision’s Maximum Impact Fund. Scarf is beautiful and helps women of Thailand’s Surin Province make a living for a better tomorrow and retails for $125.
The Photojojo Phone Lens Series $20 to $49.99. I am such a shutter bug and we are always on the go but though I would love to take my beautiful Canon Rebel XTi everywhere it’s not feasible with my four year old and one year old. The new Photojojo Phone lens series give you great shots from your phone! It comes with lenses for Fisheye, Telephoto, Wide Angle and Macro Lenses pictures.
Xonex Deluxe Art Set sold at the Guggenheim Museum. I think every mom needs a place where they can have a creative outlet. I have trouble drawing a straight line but this art set that includes 24 colored pencils, 24 oil pastels, 24 watercolor cakes, brushes, paper in a wood case inspires me to draw a landscape or a bowl of fruit. Retail value $120.
Also do not forget gifting an experience for the whole family instead just an item like a family membership to your favorite museum, zoo or family outing.A nice bag for her. We walk about with our purse all day. It holds extra cloths, toys, wipes, beauty essentials and your life! Get her something nice that makes her feel as stylish and fashionable as she really is or consider a program like http://www.bagborroworsteal.com/ where she can “borrow” her favorite hand bag and return it before she gets bored.
For Teens and Dads check out Eddy’s Guide here.
To be honest, getting gifts for other especially Dads is not easy. Personally, I am not one to wake up early for Black Friday and get my Christmas Shopping done early. That is why I created this short list. These are gifts for Dad and Men 18+ that aren’t costly and are quick and easy to find. I can almost guarantee that they will never be out of stock as well!
Auvio Wireless Headphones- These headphones are cost effective; easy to find at RadioShack and work surprisingly well. In addition, this is a god send for families that have kids who like to play loud music or parents who want to watch TV without waking others. Price: $70.
HDMX Jams Bluetooth speaker-A cute little speaker that packs a huge punch, Jams have a great range and can connect to almost anything with a Bluetooth signal. They very easy to set up, and are ready right out of the packaging. In addition, they come in cool little Jam Jar packaging, my favorite being Strawberry Jam. Price: $50.
House of Marley Headphones-A great alternative to all those other star branded headphones, House of Marley uses a large amount of natural products such as woods and recycled metal and plastic while also creating highly durable and high quality sound. On top of that all, a percentage of proceeds is given to the One World Foundation. Price $30-$200 depending on style.
CB Gitty-Kits- CB Gitty has two different DIY kits one for a Cigar Box amplifier and another for a Cigar Box Guitar. Each kit gives you almost everything you need to complete the project (with the only exception being the neck of the guitar). For the music lover and Do it yourselfer, these kits are super inexpensive ( around $30) and are cool for Dads and kids that are into building projects or something that can be done as a team project.
Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth: A fast and fun Xbox Kinect game that includes all the great character we all know and love with the ease of play for both kids and adults to enjoy. This is definitely the game I keep on coming back to play with Rock when he want to have a little video game time. I still have a losing record against him. Price: $50.
Dance Central 3- Another Kinect game, but more for the whole family. As a Dad, I am always on the lookout for some sweet new moves. Dance Central has certainly added a bit to my repertoire and has me sweating and moving always a good think for keeping the pounds off. Price: $40.
Whiskey Rocks- Just like the name says these are rocks which when put in a freezer and then dropped in a tumbler of whiskey cool the liquor down without diluting it like ice does. This allows the drinker to taste all the wonderful complexity of the drink. This is perfect for someone looking into getting to learn more about whiskey, as well as adding a whole new meaning to “on the rocks”. Price: $20+.
Glencairn Glass- Another wonderfully inexpensive but thoughtful gift, when you think about it wine has its own special glass and so does beer so why can’t Scotch have one too. Specially designed to promote all the best qualities of scotch from the color to the nose, these are the glasses you see when taken special scotch tasting lesson in Scotland…they are the real deal. Price: $6+ depending if you buy a set.
Disclosure: The Dancing Hotdogs Holiday guide is an unbiased list of the products we are giving and receiving this holiday season. Some of the items we received through out the year but as always this is our unbiased opinions.