I don’t know about you, but I’ve had the primary Christmas shopping done for ages. I guess it’s one of the benefits of being home all the time and looking for a distraction from working. Christmas shopping, why not?
Since the majority of the gift buying has been completed, we are now planning how to fill the stockings. The standard stocking stuffers for our house include an orange to fill the toe of the stocking, some chocolate, and a toy to keep the kids entertained until we actually get out of bed.
Having looked around online, there are a few items that I think will do the trick nicely.
Items for the Kids
The Blue’s Clues & You!™ Really Smart Handy Dandy Notebook with non-removable crayon
Learn through pretend play with 14 light-up app icons that introduce toddlers and preschoolers to colors, counting, shapes, weather, health and hygiene.
Ages 2+ years.
VTech KidiZoom Creator Cam
If your child is always hijacking your phone to use your camera, give them their own to create awesome videos with this high-definition video camera kit. They can use the included green screen and 20+ animated backgrounds to get chased by a T-Rex, go to outer space, or make themselves disappear! Including a tabletop tripod/selfie stick and built-in microphone, easy on-screen editing, and creativity tools to create trick shots and time-lapse video.
Ages 5-10 years
Price: $79.99 – a little more costly than the usual stocking stuffer, but a great gift!
Available at Toys R Us
SmartLab Toys Tiny Baking
Whip up super-small culinary concoctions using teeny-tiny culinary tools and easy-to-follow recipes to make itty-bitty cooking creations
Ages: 8+ (although younger kids will love this too, just more adult supervision while baking is required)
SmartLab Toys Tiny Robots
The Tiny Robot is an exciting intro to mini machines and robotics. A mini robotics kit with everything kids need to design and build miniature working machines from an assortment of real mechanical parts; travels easily for hours of play. Learn basic mechanical engineering–how to assemble robots, what makes them work; same content taught in beginning robotics STEM clubs. Includes 26 pieces and batteries!
Available: Amazon, Calendar Club, Wordery
Marvel Infinity Gauntlet Card Game
The Mad Titan Thanos seeks the Infinity Stones to bend the universe to his indomitable will, but courageous heroes are assembling to stand in his path to ultimate power.
Available on Amazon
Tony Hawk’s™ Pro Skater™ 1 + 2 – Digital Deluxe Edition
A video game that doesn’t involve guns! The quintessential series that brought skateboarding to the mainstream is back. This ground-up remaster breathes new life into the classic franchise and has been widely hailed as a masterpiece.
Items for parents
Green & Black’s, the world’s leading premium, organic and Fair-Trade chocolate, has a wide range of interesting flavours. These are great for stocking stuffers or perfect for developing unique recipes.
White Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Butterscotch Milk Chocolate, Almond Milk Chocolate, Sea Salt Milk Chocolate, Burnt Toffee Dark Chocolate, Ginger Dark Chocolate, and the list goes on.
Available in-store and online: Sobeys, Loblaws, Shoppers Drug Mart, and Whole Foods, as well as select natural/organic grocers.
A YETI Travel Mug
YETI introduces the first drinkware to have a leak-resistant Rambler Stronghold Lid and cup-holder friendly handle. Driven by consumer feedback, the YETI Travel Mug is designed to be everything that you want in a Rambler, making it the perfect go-to for any moment that calls for hot coffee.
Available: Yeti.com and wholesale partners
A special piece of art
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