Cyber Monday is here! By now, we’re sure your kids have made their wish lists for the Big ‘Ole Man with the Bag. But today, with lists as long as Santa’s beard and electronics and gaming consoles hitting multiple hundreds, parents want to make Christmas miracles happen, but need to figure out ways to spend less or maybe, get something in return? (Read: Sign up for Splender for cash back rewards.)
Here are some of the year’s most popular Christmas gift ideas for kids of all ages and where to find them. We’ve even included a few you might not have known about for great surprises that diverge from the ordinary.
Baby and Toddler Gift Ideas
- Fisher-Price Bright Beats Dance & Move BeatBo – Everyone loves a toddler dance party, and BeatBo gets everyone into the groove – and learning, too. He features three interactive modes that grow with your baby as early as 9 months to help her develop basic skills like identifying colors and counting. When you buy through Toys ‘R Us, you can earn 2% cash back, too, through Splender.
- Sophie the Giraffe Toy and Plush Set – As any parent who has misplaced their child’s favorite toy or blankie can attest, you can never have too many fallbacks on-hand. Add an extra – or your first – beloved Sophie the Giraffe and her accompanying plush version to your stash this holiday season. She’s sure to be a hit under the tree or in a stocking (even if she’s a little hard to wrap). Splender members get 4% cash back on buybuyBaby.com.
Preschool Gift Ideas
- Round The City Rescue Rug & Vehicle Set – Ideal for ages 3 and up, this colorful woven rug features a bright cityscape with a hospital, fire station, helipad, police station, apartment buildings and more, connected with a two-lane road. Your little ones can save the day with the four rescue vehicles that are included, or she can use her own trains, other vehicle or whatever her imagination dreams up! Available on Melissa & Doug, Splender shoppers can pocket 8% cash back for a limited time.
- Fisher-Price Smart Toy Bear – Does anyone remember Teddy Ruxpin? Smart Toy Bear takes the interactivity concept up a notch by combining plush cuteness with the brains of a computer to create a toy that actually adapts to your child and his preferences. Smart Toy helps your child learn through games and activities that help him develop socially and emotionally, and through WiFi-enabled content updates, the learning never ends. You can find Smart Toy at Toys ‘R Us, where you can earn 2% cash back.
Grade School Gift Ideas
Your baby is growing up, and she most likely wants a mix of the young with what the older kids are coveting. From books to the hottest toys, we have you covered.
Kids in early grade school are on the cusp of explosive development in reading. The challenge is to find books that combine pictures and an advanced reading level. That’s why I love the Flat Stanley and the Lunch Lady series, available at Barnes and Noble, offering 4% cash back through Splender for a limited time.
Flat Stanley goes around the globe in his flat, cardboard form, gallivanting on adventures and recording his exploits along with way. The bonus is your child will not only practice her reading skills, but will learn fabulously fascinating facts about the globe.
In the Lunch Lady series, the unlikeliest of superheroes, a school lunch lady, sniffs out evil and bad intentions, battling video game thiefs, librarians and more. This series is written in a comic-book style format, but still pushes kids’ reading levels with vocabulary, conceptual thinking and moral lessons. Plus, it’s hilarious. Both boys and girls will enjoy.
Also popular are Shopkins—little plastic collectible creatures that fit snuggly in shopping bags. The packs, depending on size, come with everything a child needs to fuel the imagination for pretend play as well as trade with friends.
Little Live Pets are one of the top must-have toys this holiday season. Forget a real-life guinea pig or puppy, Little Live Pets bring the joy that comes from owning a pet without all the responsibility and hassle. They can respond to their surroundings, speak, and react to affection. Your 5 to 9 year old is sure to love one of these pets that come as mice, birds, turtles and more.
Tween Gift Ideas
One Direction be darned—seriously, though, 1D posters, t-shirts, posters, life-sized Niall cutouts, and music is always a fail safe for Tween girls—don’t forget that this rapidly maturing age group is eyeing some of the more expensive, but super cool, toys on the market.
Star Wars will be in theaters December 18, and the force remains strong! What also remains strong is the demand for collectibles, and there is no shortage. From LEGO kits to video games to an interactive R2D2 droid, you can satiate the Star Wars fan boy or girl in your family by visiting either Toys ‘R Us or the LEGO store via Splender and getting double the cash back.
For your budding engineer or computer scientist, check out the EV3 Mindstorm Robot from LEGO. It comes complete with it’s own drag and drop programming environment, maze map, sensors and more so users can create their own programs and download them. In addition, the robot can be transformed into multiple forms for hours (or days) of endless geeky fun. There are also add-ons as your coding ability advances.
Teen Gift Ideas
It’s not easy to surprise, nor satisfy, a teenager. Sure, you can always go down the electronics route with the latest iPhone, iPad or Android tablet. Or, for your gamer, pick up the Xbox 1 or PS4 at GameStop, providing 5% cash back through Splender. Need to understand the differences between gaming consoles, and which one suits best? Read this: http://www.techradar.com/us/news/gaming/consoles/ps4-vs-xbox-720-which-is-better-1127315).
Or, you can always keep it simple, and buy them a Lexus.
Seriously, to keep your budget in check, remember that every teenager could use and wants the latest fashions. Check out these great deals at Old Navy, from purses to collared shirts, you can affordably dress your teenager while gifting them with the latest trends and earn 4% cash back for you.
So, there you have it—just some nifty gift ideas for the kids in your life. Happy shopping and Happy Holidays from all of us at Splender.