What oh what should you buy those bundles 'o joy? Here are some easy last minute ideas all available in stores across the city:
Gift for the Hello Kitty-head
Little Sarah could be Hello Kitty’s sales rep. It’s even hard for me to NOT buy out the Hello Kitty store in Times Square for myself (ahem). Please the Hello Kitty fan by scooping up the Hello Kitty Light up board at JC Penny or Toys R Us. It’s an upgrade from that gritty dry-erase board on the fridge to a nifty and attractive way to say “Do your homework!” or “Mom, I need $20!”
Perfect for the Seven-Year-Old Princess
She loves Cinderella. She loves the carriage. She wants a carriage. Sigh. Until you find the life-size pumpkin automobile, settle for Pippa’s Princess Carriage (Ravensburger). For $36.99, the fantasy is complete with fairy godmother, princess and horses! Even better, the carriage “clip-clops” when racing to the ball! Grab this online.
It is said necessity is the mother of invention. So it makes sense that parents Eileen and Ronnie Gesser created EZ socks, the “world’s first training socks for toddlers.” Why are they so special? Well, these socks have two loops, making it easy for little ones to pull socks up on their own, as well as non-skid bottoms to prevent slips and falls. And they’re offered in a variety of bright colors and animal designs-- my personal fave are the green frogs (darn you, women’s size 8 feet)! Get a pair online or find a NYC retailer at www.ezsox.com and make mommy, daddy and child happy for only $4.99 a pair :)
For Spot, Fluffly or Max
It’s time for Max to let go of that saliva-soaked, lord-knows-what stained teddy bear. Don’t schedule an appointment with the dog whisperer; buy your little buddy Heads n’ Tails, the cutest chew toy around. It’s bright, it’s blue, it can be dragged around the house... what more could your furry companion ask for?! And for $3.49, you’ll have money to spare for the super-sized bones at Petsmart or your fave pet store.
The 8-Year-Old Video Game Genius
Yes Virginia, there are educational, family-friendly video games. Thanks to a collaboration between Nintendo and Jumpstart, Knowledge Adventure offers a wonderful product line of educational games! For the dog or cat loving kid, get Pet Rescue-- it offers five worlds of discovery for preschoolers to look for lost pets and build upon reading, memory, creativity, motor skills and listening. Get Adventure Island for those looking for action; it makes little ones use their math, reading, and critical thinking skills to escape an island full of mystery! For the puzzle-lover, grab Hidden Objects. There’s over 150 puzzles to solve, and 1150 hidden objects to find.
Last but not least, grab the sure-win for family night: Get Moving. Get your sports battle-on with the kids and test your endurance (and sweat off some holiday calories)!
At $14.99-19.99 a pop, you can afford to entertain and stimulate the kids and yourself! Grab these online at shop.knowledgeadventure.com-- they’re offering FREE shipping!
*These products were provided for review by their respective companies.