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20+ Coolest Kid Gifts This Year – 2017 Holiday Gift Guide


20+ Coolest Kid Gifts This Year – 2017 Holiday Gift Guide For Kids of All Ages

I can’t believe Christmas is almost upon us and it’s time to start thinking of your kid gifts and their wish lists! My kids and grand kids love this time of year because of all the cool new toys, movies, CD’s, and books that get put under the tree.  Kids are often difficult to shop for, at least I know mine are. Shopping this time of year can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. If you are looking for new gift ideas for children of all ages, then I’ve created the top 20+ coolest gifts this year that I am certain your child will love. The only wish list and gift guide you will need this holiday season! I received free products to be included in this gift guide. All opinions are mine.

Gifts for girls or boys:

American Girl Doll Nanea Mitchell

American Girl Doll Nanea Mitchell tells her story as she grew up during the time period of Pearl Harbor Attack. Although the event was sad and horrifying, Nanea’s character fights to keep the aloha spirit alive. With her includes a version of the book Growing Up with Aloha. Purchase at

american girl doll nanea mitchell

Mermaid / Shark Tail From Sun Tail Mermaid

Make your little girls dream come true! Sun Tail Mermaid has created the world’s best swimmable mermaid tails and mermaid flippers.  They are made of high quality swimsuit fabric with 4-way stretch. Sun Tail Mermaid’s monofins are extremely comfortable and virtually unbreakable. The monofins come in a wide range of beautiful colors, so you can match your mermaid tails or look amazing wearing it alone.

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Blendy Pens

When it comes to coloring there are no rules. Give kids a blank piece of paper and something to doodle with and watch them express themselves – no matter their artistic skills or age. Chameleon Kidz is adding a new twist to childhood coloring. Say hello to the return of the Blendy Pens,markers that offer a colorful palette with the stroke of a single pen! The results are stunning single-color gradations without changing markers. Purchase at

Blendy Pens

Green Kid CraftsGreen Kid Crafts

Green Kid Crafts’ Creativity Kits, STEM Science Kits, and monthly Discovery Boxes are developed by teachers, crafty moms, and STEM experts to support key developmental skills for kids ages 3-10. Their award-winning products celebrate creativity and activates thinking, questioning, inquiring, and original creation while aligning with the company’s Happy & Healthy Child criteria. Each activity is also kid tested and parent approved for fun. Take $20 off ANY 3, 6, or 12 month Green Kid Crafts Science and Art Subscription including junior, sibling and literary options! Each monthly Discovery Box contains 4-8 award-winning STEAM kits, a 12-page magazine, and bonus extension activities. Use coupon code MERRY20 to get $20 OFFPurchase online at

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Mini Lalaloopsy Surprise Mystery Paint Can

Hold the cuteness of Lalaloopsy in the palm of your hand. Mini Lalaloopsy mystery paint cans now come with a mini doll from the core cast and has mix and match fashions and accessories or pet! Purchase on



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Num Noms Series 4.2 Mystery Pack New Edition!

Includes 2 Num Noms Mystery Pack cups with secret Nums and Noms
Each Mystery Pack includes 1 Secret Num with a glittered lip gloss Nom or 1 Nail Polish Nom. Smells so delicious! Purchase at





LEGO® Friends Heartlake Frozen Yogurt Shop 

The LEGO® Friends Heartlake Frozen Yogurt Shop comes with a frozen yogurt machine with self-serve function, bar with a choice of toppings, weighing scales, phone to take orders, inside seating area and outside table with a parasol. There’s also a drive thru with ordering station and a cool yellow car with room to carry your frozen yogurt on the back. Includes 2 mini-doll figures. Includes Olivia and Julian mini-doll figures. Purchase at

lego frozen yogurt shop

Now That’s What I Call Music, Now 64 CD

With artists like Charlie Puth, Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Kahlid, Sam Smith, Ke$ha, Maroon 5, Shawn Mendes, Sam Hunt, P!nk and more, your kids are sure to have the best sleepovers. While waiting for all of their friends to arrive, turn on Now 64 and get a dance party started. It is no wonder they have sold over 100 million records, with a record 19 of them being number one! The next time you’re wondering what makes the perfect gift, Now 64 needs to be on your list! Purchase on

Passback Football

Kids will never say “I’m bored” or “I don’t have anyone to play with” when they unwrap a Passback Football this holiday season. From the Pee Wee Passback Foam Football ($14.95) to the Official Passback Composite Size ($34.95) boys and girls will eagerly head outdoors or down to the basement for a cardio workout that’s fun with or without a playmate.

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Passback Sports, Football that Bounces Back

True Balance True Balance

Ready for a present that will stack up against all others? When the kids are home over winter break, make sure they have the toy that requires their full attention without a cord, battery or charger. TrueBalance ($24.99), designed and developed in Europe, is now available for kids (and big kids like Dad), it is easy to play but hard to solve. It’s got the feel of a classic toy with a twist — actually magnetic discs — that require stacking with steady hand-eye coordination. Purchase on


Max Traxxx R/C Award Winning Tracer Racers High-Speed Remote Control Infinity Loop Track Set

Max Traxxx takes your racing to the next level with Tracer Racers High-Speed Remote Control Glow in the Dark Racing, which has been Skullduggery’s #1 Amazon product. Tracer Racer racing cars feature undercarriage lights that not only make these cars look almost like they are hovering rather than rolling – the lights also leave glowing streaks in their wake showing how the racers are “burning” up the track! Purchase on

MaxTraxx Racing by SkullDuggery

Gifts Ideas for Toddlers:


Sesame Street Personalized Book Bundle

Sesame Street: The Messy Alphabet Book:Join Elmo, Oscar, and the rest of your Sesame Street friends as they splat, splash, crash, and dash their way through the Messy Alphabet Book! Personalize Messy Alphabet Book with your little one’s name, photo, and a dedication message to remind them that sometimes learning is a little messy. At the end of the book, your child can decorate their initials using all the tricks they learned from their Sesame Street pals! Purchase at


Elmo’s World Hide and Seek Game – Features Talking Elmo from elmo toys for toddlers, elmos hide and seek

Sesame Street

Your best friend is hiding somewhere around the house – but Elmo won’t be gone for long! One player hides Elmo, while the other(s) use the encoded clue cards to find the red monster. A cheerful hint coming from afar might be “Elmo is here” or “try again to find Elmo.” These clues — heard in Elmo’s iconic voice — guide little seekers to the secret hiding place. Set includes 24 location cards plus suggested game rules. Great for tots up to about 5 years old. AAA batteries not included. Purchase on





Seasonal Favorites & Gift Guide Picks from Scholastic!

I LOVE YOU SNOW MUCH by Sandra Magsamen

Bestselling creator Sandra Magsamen shares the love in this sweet story with a plush winter red cap and jolly family of snowmen! Babies and toddlers will love holding, touching, and reading this merry little
board book.

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Paw Patrol Tower: My Size Lookout Tower with Exclusive Vehicle, Rotating Periscope and Lights and Sounds

Big rescues call for an even bigger tower. Bring the most iconic location in Adventure Bay to life with the new My Size Lookout Tower Playset. With a working elevator, a
backpack storage unit, lights and sounds, a functioning periscope, a spiral slide with flipping mechanism and a rotating base with vehicle launcher, it’s never been easier to recreate moments from the show and embark on new PAW Patrol Rescues. Purchase at or


Waffle Blocks School Bus by Little Tikes

Kids can build their imaginative world with the 3D Little Tikes Waffle Blocks – School Bus. Explore endless possibilities with Waffle Blocks and their friendly figures, creating towering playsets, moving vehicles, or anything your little one can imagine! Purchase at or




Chappet: Introducing the Future of Playtime

Parents can record their own voice or use one of the 1,000 pre-recorded options and 20 pre-recorded songs and stories available on the app. It allows the child to respond, in conversation, to the toy and takes interaction to a whole new level. I love that your child can develop vital communication skills while having fun during playtime. It is also great for setting up reminders such as meal, snack, or nap times. It may be a wonderful tool especially for parents who are trying to potty train. It’s easy to control, through the app, and all of the options are at your fingertips. Purchase on

Chappet Review, Yellow Button Chappet

Movies & Books:

Disney’s Mickey and the Roadster Racer – Start Your EnginesDisney Mickey and the Roadster Racers Movie

Join your favorite characters – Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy  – and their high-speed transforming Roadsters as they compete in thrilling races stretching from Hot Dog Hills to Hawaii…and all the way to London, England!  You’ll meet the world’s greatest spy, zoom through the skies in a revved up hot-air balloon race, and even return the Queen’s stolen Royal Ruby!  It’s all about great friendship, teamwork, a little competition and humorous high-spirited adventures! Purchase at Mickey and the Roadster Racer    Purchase on

Star Wars RebelsStar Wars Rebels, Star Wars Rebels Blu-Ray

Having established a secret base in Atollon, the Ghost crew, now led be a more powerful Ezra,  strengthens the Rebel fleet by acquiring new resources and recruits eager to stand against the Empire. However, the Imperial efforts to eliminate the Rebellion are now being led by the coldly analytical Grand Admiral Thrawn, whose strategic, tactical and cultural insights make him a threat unlike any they have faces before. Ezra and Sabine must take on new roles an challenges as the Rebels prepare for their biggest mission yet – a direct assault on the Empire. Purchase Star Wars Rebels 3rd Season on

Nut Job 2Nut Job 2 Nutty by nature, Blu-Ray Nut Job, holiday gift guide, coolest kid gifts

Surly and his friends are back in the action-packed animated adventure, The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Filled with heart and animal hijinks, this family-friendly comedy introduces new fan-favorite characters including Mr. Feng, the adorable but deadly city mouse, and Frankie, the love-struck bulldog. The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature comes packed with exciting bonus content including deleted scenes, special animation and art reels as well as a feature commentary with the filmmakers, giving viewers a peek inside the making of the film and how the characters were brought to life.Purchase on


Despicable Me 3

Illumination and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment present Despicable Me 3 on Digital and Digital 3D and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, and DVD. The characters beloved by everyone – Gru, his wife Lucy, their three adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions provide hours of family fun in this heartwarmingly subversive comedy from Academy Award®-nominated producer Chris Meledandri (Despicable Me Franchise) and directors Pierre Coffin (Despicable Me Franchise) and Kyle Balda (Minions 1 & 2, The Lorax).





LEAP MOVIE ON DVDCelebrate the holiday season with the inspirational and uplifting family film Leap!, on Digital HD and Blu-ray™ (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD, and On Demand  from Lionsgate. Featuring all-star voice talent led by Elle Fanning (Maleficent), alongside Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars) and Maddie Ziegler (The Book of Henry), with Mel Brooks (Spaceballs), featuring Carly Rae Jepsen (singer-songwriter of the hit song “Call Me Maybe”) and Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”), Leap! is a colorful and imaginative story about an orphan girl who is determined to follow her dream of becoming a ballerina. Filled with irresistible original music, Leap! features the hit track “Cut to the Feeling.” Purchase on

Peanut Holiday Collection 4KPeanuts Holiday Collection

Peanuts fans can now enjoy their favorite animated holiday classics in 4K Ultra HD resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR), for the ultimate home entertainment viewing experience. This compilation is comprised of nine Peanuts TV specials, including classics It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown; A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and A Charlie Brown Christmas, which will be offered together in a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray™ Combo Pack. The Combo-Pack includes a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray™ disc with the episodes in 4K with HDR, a Blu-ray™ disc and digital version of all nine specials. Purchase on


Once Upon A Sesame Street Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, when all down the street – one littleSesame Street Christmas monster was stirring and couldn’t get to sleep. With cookies on the table and Santa on the way, Elmo asks his father to tell him the story behind the traditions of Christmas Day. Will you be on the naughty or nice list this year as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Sesame Workshop release, Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas, an all-new Sesame Street Christmas special. Purchase on




Scholastic Paperbacks Ages 8–12  $29.99
Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Goosebumps with five of the all-time bestselling books including Monster Blood, Why I’m Afraid of Bees, A Night in Terror Tower, The Beast from the East, and Legend of the Lost Legend. Each with their original cover in an exclusive retro collector’s tin! Purchase at


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Winona Rogers
Winona is the author of Southern Family Lifestyle, a national blog focusing on food, family and travel. Her site was nominated this year as the Top 10 Parenting blogs in Atlanta according to In her spare time, she loves to travel with her family and cook. Winona and her husband have four children and five grandchildren living in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia.

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