Holiday Gift Guide 2017 – Gifts for 6-8 Year Olds

If you’re having trouble finding Fingerlings (or whatever the hottest toy of the year is now…I can’t keep up…lol), here are some other gift ideas for 6-8 year olds that will definitely cost you less!  (Any purchases made through the following affilate links provide a small compensation to this blog. Thank you for supporting PGM!)

 

 

If the weather is chilly where you are, and your child is obsessed with blankets and sleeping bags (maybe that’s just my son…), these Snuggie Tails blankets are so cute!

 

 

For something the whole family can enjoy, board games like Sorry, Pie Face, and Uno Attack are engaging and easy enough for young kids to play.

 

 

 

Crafts and Art Supplies are always a big hit at my house. My 6 year old is interested in making paper airplanes now. We also need to replenish markers around this time of year, and Crayola Silly Scents are a fun alternative to traditional markers.

 

 

 

If you’re looking for something more educational, fact books are perfect for those kids who constantly ask “Why?” And a good refresher for adults (like myself) who don’t really know…hahaha. Mad Libs are a fun way to work on grammar rules (what is a noun?, etc) without your child realizing it. They make a great stocking stuffer, too!

 

 

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Holiday Gift Guide 2017 – Toddlers and Preschoolers

Toddlers and Preschoolers love to explore new things, and they learn about their world through play! Here are some fun gift ideas for your favorite 2-5 year old! (Any purchases made through the following affilate links provide a small compensation to this blog. Thank you for supporting PGM!)

A play kitchen is the quintessential toy for any young child. I know my sister and I spent hours playing with ours, and my two year old son is getting one this year! Don’t forget the pots and pans, plates and silverware, and some pretend food for your little chef to serve!

 

 

Got a little one who loves to watch you work with tools (and probably try to “help” too)? Get them their very own tool bench, and watch them learn motor skills, hand-eye coordination and more in a safe environment.

 

 

 

Another great gift to promote motor skills, hand-eye coordination and problem solving are the classic Lego Duplo sets. Both my boys (2 and 6) play with these on a regular basis, and I love that they’re large enough that I don’t have to worry about them being a choking hazard.  (Unlike the tiny little Lego sets my older son has started getting into…so. many. little. pieces!)

 

 

Looking for something a bit more artsy?  Play-Doh is fun for busy hands that like to get a little messy!  Bonus: The little tubs make great stocking stuffers!

 

 

 

If you’re feeling nostalgic, Fisher-Price has a line of “classic” toys that I remember from my own childhood.  My 2 year old got this cash register as a birthday gift, and it’s easily one of his favorites!

 

 

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Holiday Gift Guide 2017 – White Elephant Gifts

Attending a White Elephant party this holiday season, and need a gift fast? Check out these fun ideas from Amazon! (Any purchases made through the following affilate links provide a small compensation to this blog. Thank you for supporting PGM!)

Crafting with Cat Hair: Cute Handicrafts to Make with Your Cat – Who knew all the pesky cat hair that sticks to your clothes could be so versatile?!

 

 

 

Bag of Unicorn Farts (Cotton Candy) – Gluten free, produced by free-range unicorns! For a more seasonal option, try Reindeer Farts (Peppermint flavored Cotton Candy)!

 

 

 

Accoutrements Handicorn – Does your hand lack a certain majestic quality? Then turn it into a unicorn! (Also available in a variety of other animals…maybe you prefer a cat, a pug, or a squirrel?)

 

 

 

Chia Pet Bob Ross – Chia Pets are classic gag gifts, in my opinion. You can’t really go wrong with this one.

 

 

 
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Festive Fall Essential Oil Diffuser Blend

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Happy Thanksgiving week to those in the US! If you’re looking for essential oils to diffuse this holiday, this spicy citrus blend is one of my favorites!

Fill your diffuser with water (as directed) and add:

3 drops Tangerine
2 drops Lemon
1 drop Clove

This blend is safe to diffuse around children two and older, but Clove is not considered safe to use around dogs and cats.

Disclaimer: The information contained on The Practically Green Mom represents the choices I have made to take charge of my own health and that of my family. Statements on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products on this site are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products.

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10 Easter Activities for Kids

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Easter is in March this year. (Does that seem early to anyone else?!)

If you’re looking for some activities to do with the kids to celebrate, check out this article from 4nannies.com: 10 Easter Activities for Kids

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2012 Winter wrap-up #5: Toddler Toys for FREE!

I know I just did a post about gifts for the kids this holiday season, but you know the old saying about giving a kid a gift, but he’ll just play with the box? {Or something like that, I don’t know…you get the point!} This post is the for the budget-minded mommas who realize that this is, in fact, true for most toddlers {like my son!} Here are some gifts for your kids that don’t require you to necessarily buy anything…and as a bonus, you don’t have to wrap anything either!

A broom!


Anything in the kitchen

Laundry (clean or dirty!)

Toilet paper

 

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2012 Winter wrap-up #4: Don’t Forget the Kiddos!

Alright, Cyber Monday is over. Back to our regularly scheduled programming!

This time we’re talking about gifts for the kids! Like they would let you forget Christmas…they’ve probably been talking about it non-stop since the 4th of July!

Here are some fun ideas for kids of all ages, including a few things on {Hunter}’s wish list! A lot of these gifts could overlap between age groups, but I placed them where I thought they would fit best at the younger end of the spectrum. (Indulge me for a moment while I pretend to sound knowledgeable about “what the kids are into these days”. You will notice after the “2-4 years” section, I basically start making stuff up, as that’s where my expertise ends.)

 

Birth-24 months

Sophie the Giraffe Teether – This is a wonderful product for a young baby who’s just starting to teeth. It’s the perfect size for little hands to hold at different angles. It’s BPA Free, and made of 100% natural rubber and food paint.

 

Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube – My son loves music, and this toy is one of his favorites! The buttons are big, and easy for him to press. It plays classical music, so it’s less annoying (in my opinion) that most other baby toys!

 

Step2 Push Around Buggy – My son got this for his birthday from my SIL, and he loves it. He gets frustrated when he can’t move in it by himself, though. We take him out on walks in this now. It’s a great alternative to a stroller.

 

LeapFrog My Pal – This is one thing {Hunter} is getting for Christmas this year. The purple one pictured is Violet, but his is Scout, the green one. You can customize it to say your child’s name and favorite things. (Internet connection required.)

 

 

2 to 4 Years

Mega Bloks Play ‘n Go Table – {Hunter} got this set for his birthday, also. He doesn’t really understand the concept of these kind of toys yet, so they usually end up thrown all over the living room. The table is nice because it gives him a tabletop to build on, and provides storage for the blocks when they’re not in use. We have Legos also, but these are much bigger and easier for him to put together (and easier for me to see when I’m cleaning up! Have you ever stepped on a Lego?! OWWWWW!!)

 

LeapFrog My Own Leaptop – I’ve already purchased this as a gift for {Hunter}’s second birthday. It’s the same concept as the LeapFrog My Pal, you plug it into a computer with an internet connection to customize it. The Leaptop lets your child explore the alphabet, pretend play, music, animals and computer literacy with 6 learning activity stations.

 

LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer – If your child keeps stealing your iPad, this might be a wise investment. (Unless of course, you can afford to by them their OWN iPad.) Recommended for ages 3 and up, the LeapPad2 is the ultimate gift with – leveled reading experiences to help reading skills grow, creative play for unlimited exploration and discovery, 4GB of memory, and 325+ game cartridges & downloadable apps. (Five apps included. All additional games and apps sold separately.)

 

KidKraft Cook Together Kitchen – Prefer wooden toys to plastic? Looking for something to spark your child’s imagination? Every kid needs a play kitchen! (I know my sister and I played for HOURS in ours as kids!) This one comes fully equipped with a refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, microwave and washing machine! Don’t forget the pots and pans, and the play food!

 

5 to 7 Years

Legos are a pretty safe bet for the 5 and up crowd. With over 30 categories to choose from, you’re sure to find something that will keep your kids entertained!

 

8-13 years

I haven’t shopped for the tween/teen crowd lately, so I’m at a loss here. This Spy Net: Secret Message Invisible Ink looks pretty neat. Or maybe this American Girl Crafts Owls Sew and Stuff Kit for a girl? Of course, there’s always stuff like art supplies and board games.

 

14 Years & Up

For the teens, I wouldn’t attempt anything other than gift cards, unless you know them really REALLY well.

 

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2012 Winter Wrap-Up #3: Festive Fun for Friends

I don’t know about you, but most of my friends are spread out all over the country, so we usually end up sending gift cards in order to avoid shipping costs.

But if you prefer to send an actual gift (or don’t have to worry about standing in line at the post office!), here are a few ideas!

I am kind of obsessed with someecards. Seriously. I know they’re occasionally dumb, but it’s like the lyrics of a song…sometimes they say exactly what I wish I could! SO…if you have a friend like me who can’t stop pinning or Facebooking these things – give them one for EVERY DAY OF 2013!!!! TF Publishing, who makes a ton of other awesome calendars by the way!), sells a 2013 Someecards Daily Desktop Calendar! All calendar pages are printed on FSC certified paper and use environmentally safe inks.

NOTE – If you know me personally, and are expecting a Christmas gift from me – you probably should not buy this for yourself…just sayin’!

 

I stumbled across Jen’s blog via a friend on Facebook. {Yes, it really is called PEOPLE I WANT TO PUNCH IN THE THROAT – how could that NOT be entertaining?!} The link took me to a post on Over Achieving Elf on the Shelf Mommies from last December. I. COULD. NOT. STOP. LAUGHING! {Oh, what is this “Elf on the Shelf” she’s talking about? Yeah, apparently everyone but me has one or two.} Now, in contrast, I do enjoy the Inappropriate Elf Contest that Jill @ Baby Rabies hosts…but I don’t have the time or creativity to do that myself, so I’m siding with Jen here.

The reason I bring this up in regards to gifts is because…Jen wrote a BOOK! Spending The Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat If her blog is any indication, this will be a best-seller! It’s on my wishlist right now…*hint hint*

 

Speaking of books – I have a great one for your mommy friends. Sh*tty Mom: The Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us This one came up on my Amazon recommendations, which judging by the title, probably should have been a red flag…until I read the table of contents! How can I not read a book that discusses “How to Sleep Until 9 A.M. Every Weekend” and “When Seeing an Infant Triggers a Mental Illness That Makes You Want to Have Another Baby”, because I want both of these things right now, which makes no logical sense whatsoever! *Adds to wishlist*

 

If you plan on attending any holiday parties this year, perhaps you should celebrate with some drinking games! There’s no time for sipping wine or eggnog, folks. You’re on a schedule! You need to get the quickest buzz you can so you have time to sober up a little before you have to go home to the babysitter! (I may or may not be speaking from experience.) My personal favorite is beer pong, but there are all kinds of ideas! Remember Plinko from the TV show “The Price is Right”? Now you can play DRINKO!

 

You and your friends not really the drinking type? No problem! Board games make fun gifts to pass the time on those chilly nights. My friends and I love playing Apples to Apples, and this year, they have a new edition – SOUR APPLES TO APPLES

 

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