Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide


We can’t be the only ones watching Amazon’s holiday shipping countdown as closely as our kids follow their Advent calendar. Our shopping should be finished – we think it is finished – but once we start wrapping and really looking at what we have, especially through the eyes of siblings demanding gift equality, we usually need another gift or two.

For those last minute gift needs, here’s are some great ideas:

A. Wii Fit U Meter. We’ve tried these out and it got everyone moving. It’s inexpensive, and while it doesn’t give all of the metrics some adults may want, it’s perfect for kids and adults who don’t want to be overwhelmed by complicated tech. It syncs to the WiiU, which will allow users to measure progress, compete with family members, and even sync up with a pet.

B. Lego Friends for the Nintendo 3DS. Think of it as a junior Sims aimed at girls. The characters meet friends, collaborate, become pet owners, and strive to build up friendships. From example we’ve seen that a kid doesn’t need to play with Lego Friends sets to enjoy the 3DS game.

C. Pokemon X and Y. We haven’t tested these, but we know some kids who put these games at the top of their list for Santa. Pokemon games are generally a long-time favorite and we expect nothing less from these.

D. Beats by Dre. Again, not tested ourselves, but they are the perennial favorite of teens and preteens. They’re pricey, but this gift makes a big splash. Don’t let the stick price dissuade you; we’ve seen these at Costco, Target and other shops at a reduced price.

E. Revlon Laser Brilliance Infrared Straightener. It took an inexpensive beauty tool from Revlon to get us to finally say goodbye to the large, heavy straightener we’ve used since, well, maybe since last century. Revlon’s line is stocking-stuffer priced and they all work well. The list price is $29.99, but can be found with discounts, including at Target, which is offering a $10 Target card with purchase.

F. Tegu Blocks. These blocks turn anyone into kids, and because they are magnetic, they are perfect traveling toys, too. We’ve used these on planes, trains, and automobiles and we haven’t lost one. There are other reasons to buy Tegu – it’s a high quality wood product from a company on a mission – but kids care most about fun, and these deliver.

G. Nutella: The 30 Best Recipes. This is a cute book filled with yummy recipes for the Nutella lover in your life. Package it with some Nutella and you are set. This cookbook is good for older kids, too.

Disclosure: Some products we sampled for free, others are items wanted and used by our kids. 

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