Welcome to My Sparkling Life's annual Holiday Gift Guide! Here you will find plenty of toys for the young & old, stocking stuffers, and other unique gifts that will brighten anyone's holiday. Check back often as items are busy being tested & will be added up until Christmas!
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Days Till Christmas
For The Family Pet
Dog Treats From Bil-Jac
One (1) lucky My Sparkling Life reader is going to win One (1) bag of Bil-Jac Caramel Apple Flavored Treats! This giveaway is open to residents of the US who are 18+ until 11:59 PM EST Dec 16, 2016.
During the holiday season, don’t forget Fido! You can give your best friend a special treat with special edition Caramel Apple Flavored Treats from Bil-Jac!
Bil-Jac is passionately committed to the health and well-being of dog and puppies everywhere and these treats are no exception. Bil-Jac is a family-run and family owned company, and very honored to bring the very best to your family so you can have your best buddy and buddies for a lifetime.
Stimulate your cat's curiosity with this unique treat dispenser. Filled with your cat's favorite treats the dispenser creates an unpredictable roll that engages the cat to chase it. Once the toy is caught, the cat is rewarded with a treat.
With its hidden waterline, the biOrb HALO 15 Aquarium MCR is a visually seamless aquarium and features Multi-Color remote controlled lighting. At the touch of a button, your aquarium can be lit by any of the sixteen pre-set colors. You can relax as the aquarium gently fades through the entire spectrum of colors.
Incorporate an activity tree and scratching post into your home without adding an eye sore. Designed for the right balance between size and function -- handles up to three cats at once: upper platform for lounging & jumping, tunnel for lounging & play, and vertical post for scratching & stretching.
FUN & GAMES
Educational Learning Fun
One (1) lucky My Sparkling Life reader is going to win One Leapfrog LeapTV with 4 Games! This giveaway is open to residents of the US who are 18+ until 11:59 PM EST Dec 19, 2016.
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- Sports! - Become a mathematics MVP! Get up and get learning with 9 exciting sports games powered by active play.
- Kart Racing - Put the pedal to the metal and race for victory in 5 tournaments driven by active play.
- Jake And The Never Land Pirates - Set sail for an action-packed pirate adventure with Jake, Cubby and Izzy!
- Letter Factory Adventures - Make tracks toward reading readiness in an active adventure just for children ages 3 to 5.
Melody is a good sized toy that's designed for ages two and up. Boasting music and memory games, Melody the Musical Turtle has numbers 1-10 on her back and comes with 3 fast-action learning modes that can be played solo or in two-player mode.
They can look & listen for numbers and colors in the Learn & Play mode, racing to get as many as they can before the music ends.
They watch Melody's buttons light up and see if they can repeat the patterns in the Memory mode. The further they go in the game, the more advanced the patterns become.
When it comes to the music mode, there are 2 ways to play. They can either follow Melody's lights to play 8 familiar tunes, or just have fun in Free Play.
This is a fun game for my three year old as well as my 6 year old! They play together a lot and enjoy playing solo as well. My 3 year old can count to 10 already!
The LeapStart Interactive Learning System is for Kindergarten & 1st Grade and is an interactive learning system that gets kids 5-7 years old excited about learning with fun replayable activities that teach life and school skills.
It's designed to help build tomorrow's key skills today, in imaginative new ways by challenging kids to get ready for their next step in learning. Each activity book seamlessly blends school and life skills.
With 400+ activities across all 16 books, the LeapFrog LeapStart is designed to be played again and again for endless discovery, storytelling, and more. Includes a kid-tough device with stylus that teaches proper handwriting grip and a Kindergarden & 1st Grade sampler book.
Turn on the motorized freight train and watch as it chugs around the tracks, through the tunnels and up hills on it's own; pretend to mine for gold in the mountain by inserting the 3 shape-sorter blocks into the shape sorters.
Place the SmartPoint freight train on the playset's nine SmartPoint locations to hear different phrases, music or fun sound effects; teaches the letter F and the name of the vehicle.
The gold mine also includes rotating gears, a crane to move the shape pieces around and mine shaft where you can pretend to mine for gold; more than 30 connecting track pieces.
Connect to other Go! Go! Smart Wheels and Go! Go! Smart Animals tracks to encourage your child's creativity.
STEM Learning | K'NEX Education
K’NEX Education models offer proactive opportunities for introducing children to scientific inquiry, investigation, and experimentation. Inquiry-based lessons challenge young learners as they build, investigate, problem-solve, discuss, and evaluate scientific and design principles in action.
Once a ride is built, an activity booklet guides learners through three hands-on, inquiry-based experiments. This experiment guide aligns with the national STEM standards and is designed for grades 5‒9. Students will learn about the relationships between time, distance, speed, and more!
This educational engineering set is more fun when constructed with friends. One to three kids can put their heads together and figure out the structure, exchanging ideas as they tinker with the bits and parts, and solving the model faster through teamwork. They’ll build camaraderie and develop social skills as they play.
It’s the connection of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & math) with a child’s natural curiosity and creativity and it powers the fun of each and every K’NEX building set. Building with K’NEX puts children on a path towards a fundamental understanding of STEAM/STEM subjects.
Video Games To Love
The LEGO® DIMENSIONS™ Starter Pack is all players need to embark on a fantastic quest. Included in the LEGO® DIMENSIONS™ Starter Pack:
- LEGO® DIMENSIONS™ videogame
- LEGO® Toy Pad
- Bricks to build the LEGO® Gateway
- 3 LEGO® Minifigures (Batman™, Gandalf™, and Wyldstyle™)
- LEGO® Batmobile™ vehicle
Build the Minifigure heroes and fire up the game to start the experience, then follow the in-game building instructions to assemble the loose bricks into the LEGO® Gateway, and place the structure on the LEGO® Toy Pad. Expand the adventure by collecting more Minifigures, vehicles, gadgets, and new levels with the purchase of three different types of Expansion Packs. Use whatever Minifigure with whichever vehicle or gadget – go ahead… break the rules!
Skylanders Imaginators empowers players to unleash their imaginations by giving them the freedom to create their own Skylander character, plus support of all 300+ Skylanders from previous games. The game will also feature Sensei toys and characters including this year’s guest stars Crash Bandicoot, Dr. Neo Cortex and Kaos. Fans can also create on-the-go with the free Skylanders Creator App (select iOS and Android devices), offering the same in-game character creation tools plus the option to bring creations to life as a t-shirt, 2-D playable card, or a fully playable 3-D printed Skylanders Imaginators toy!
Get the ultimate Watch Dogs Experience with the Watch Dogs 2 Gold Edition, which includes the base game + Season Pass subscription which continues your hacker's journey with special missions, customization items and more great DLC. Gold Edition also contains the two Deluxe Packs filled with premium customization items to personalize your character, weapons, vehicles, drones and more.
Destiny – The Collection is an all-access pass to one of the best-selling franchises in video game history, packing two years of content into one epic offering, including the new Rise of Iron expansion.
Destiny – The Collection features the following FIVE adventures:
- Destiny – Original award-winning game
- The Dark Below – Expansion I
- House of Wolves – Expansion II
- The Taken King – First Major Expansion
- Rise of Iron – Destiny’s newest adventure
Award-winning studio Infinity Ward breaks new ground in storytelling in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, exploring the weight of wartime leadership and responsibilities. Players take the role of Captain Reyes via the Retribution, one of Earth’s last remaining warships – ultimately leading coalition force remnants against a relentless enemy across the vast expanse of our solar system beyond Earth. The campaign features performances from Kit Harington and Conor McGregor. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will also deliver a robust multiplayer mode, and a unique cooperative zombies experience.
Kid Top Picks
Num Nom’s, the fastest growing collectible in the toy space, are scented characters that can be mixed and matched to create flavor fusions and recipe’s for mischief. The Lipgloss Truck takes the collectibles and creation one step further letting kids mix their own flavored lips gloss with cherry, vanilla and glitter sprinkles. The truck serves up the gloss just like soft serve ice cream into a Nom lip gloss sundae container!
Num Noms Lipgloss Truck was just listed on the Toys “R” Us “Fabulous 15” and Walmart’s “Top 25”
Disney Art Studio
Snow White, Cinderella, the Little Mermaid, Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse, and many more of your favorite characters leap off the page with your drawing and painting skills! Easy-to-follow instructions and art tips from Disney's own animators will help you learn how to draw 45 favorite Disney character just like the professionals. Included in the kit are 3 watercolor paints, 2 paintbrushes, a palette, a drawing pencil, 7 colored pencils, a fine-line marker, a kneaded eraser, a sharpener, and a 128-page project book to bring these characters to life! Greeting cards, party decorations, and lunchbox surprises are more fun when you make them yourself, and Disney Art Studio will help you get started!
Niner, niner. It looks like there's trouble down below. This looks like a job for the sheriff. With the Little Tikes My First Flyer in Blue, you can scope out the rural landscape from a higher vantage point. Control the helicopter using the simple-one touch remote control to watch over the town. Oh no! It looks like a robber is trying to get away! Switch on the LED lights and sounds and prepare for landing. Once you're back on the ground, you can set up roadblocks and stop the troublemaker from leaving town like a true hero.
Get closer to the action to your favorite super heroes with these 3D Night Lights. All lights are battery operated and include the 3D Crack sticker to give the appearance that the character has smashed through your wall.
My boys love to play football! My oldest is starting his 8th-grade season and my 11-year-old is already getting ready for next year when he starts his 7th-grade season. With the school year starting some days it's hard to get outside before dark with homework and chores to be done when they get home from school...a new product has peaked their interest and has them playing outside past dark!
Books The Kids Will Love
The Nutcracker is one of the world’s most popular ballets, telling the captivating story of Clara and the Nutcracker prince as they journey into a land of fantasy. Inspired by Marius Petipa’s sets for the original production of the ballet, Niroot Puttapipat’s delicate silhouette illustrations dance across pale, watercolor-washed backgrounds in a unique interpretation. Starkly beautiful, this keepsake edition evokes all the magic and anticipation of Christmas Eve as Clara and the prince waltz between worlds—and culminates in a 3-D spread bringing the dreamlike Land of Sweets to life.
An exquisite gift edition of The Nutcracker captures the spirit of the Christmas ballet in elegant illustrations—and delivers a glorious pop-up finale.
The Christmas Eve Tree
It’s late on Christmas Eve, and the little fir tree is the only tree left in the shop. What a poor thing I am, it thinks. But then a young boy enters the store, drawn in from the damp by the warmth and lights and the wonderful smell of Christmas, and he doesn’t seem to mind that the scrawny tree isn’t tall and straight like the others. . . . This magical story, beautifully illustrated by Emily Sutton, captures an unexpected and unforgettable moment of happiness that brings a whole city together.
In a deeply moving story with the hallmarks of a classic, a homeless boy’s rescue of a spindly Christmas tree sparks a glimmer of hope that has far-reaching effects.
PAPILLON: The Very Fluffy Kitty
Papillon is a very fluffy kitty. So fluffy that he's lighter than air! His owner tries to weigh him down, but Papillon just wants to fly. One particularly sunny day, he floats right out the window!
The Christmas Story
Long ago in the town of Bethlehem, on a bright and starry night, a baby was born, a child who was called the son of God. Announced by an angel, born in a humble manger, laid in a bed of straw, visited by shepherds and wise men—the age-old, awe-inspiring story of the birth of Jesus is lovingly brought to life by master pop-up artist Robert Sabuda in six gorgeously imagined scenes, culminating in a 3-D manger sheltering humans and beasts, guarded by an angel above. Glinting with touches of gold and pearlescent foil, The Christmas Story is a visual feast, a holiday treasure to be shared with the whole family.
Hope and joy radiate from the pages of Robert Sabuda’s new pop-up book celebrating the Nativity.
A heart-warming fable about a friendship and belonging from the award-winning illustrator Petr Horacek. I feel just like a penguin, says Blue Penguin. But you're not like us, said the other penguins and they left him all alone. Poor Blue Penguin. Will he be able to convince the other penguins he is one of them after all? A moving and beautifully illustrated story from Petr Horacek, an illustrator described by the Washington Post as the thinking tot's Eric Carle .
Beauty & Fashion
This purifying mask lifts dirt and impurities as it delivers radiance boosting oxygen to skin through a unique self-foaming technology. Beta-hydroxy acids, provide gentle exfoliation to remove dead surface cells, minimizing dullness and reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles for a refreshed, youthful looking complexion.
Over the years, we’ve introduced many extraordinary products, each one rooted in our belief that skin health can be visibly improved through the right combination of potent vitamins, wholesome nutrients and good, clean hydration.
I've used this for months now and love the way my face feels after cleansing with it. I was one of those that wondered why you need a brush to do something your hands could do...well it does seem to leave my face feeling so much cleaner and smoother.
SebaMed Skin Care
Super sleek, easy to use gel polish dryer! Just plug it in, place your hand under the dryer until the LED lights come on and let it dry your nails. The lights will turn off when the curing process is done. The timer display is on top and there are 15 LED's to aid in a fast cure time. It's easy to paint my nails, do a quick dry and be on my way! This product is super light weight and easy to store.
There is nothing like filling your home with the sounds of music. It’s the universal language and can set the mood for anything. We have a large collection of records that we received from my grandmother and a few we picked up at the Salvation Army. He loves to listen to his records…especially his Journey & Beatles…me…I love to pull them out during the holidays and listen to my Peanuts album and a few other holiday albums I have on hand…I could use a few more if you want to recommend some!
This action camera is easy to set up and use! It comes with a LOT of bonus accessories to mount onto various items like helmets & boards. The waterproof case is awesome and allows us to go swimming at the pool and take pictures without worrying I'm going to ruin my camera. The camera is even easy to use with the casing on. It just took a few minutes to read the included booklet to figure out how to use the video, camera, time lapse and playback. It even mounts to our name brand equipment so we can use it on our head strap & floating handle.
I love that mechanics and robotics are becoming more mainstream with the younger generation. My nephew is on his schools robotics team and competed in Houston this year…and now more companies like HEXBUG® are creating affordable robotics your kids can build and rebuild at home. The new line of VEX ROBOTICS by HEXBUG have my kids begging for more.
Great little headphones. They fit on ear and sound great. I love that the ear pieces rotate to lay flat so it makes them easy to store and travel with. I find my teen snagging them from me more and more because he loves the sounds quality and comfortable fit.
Cricut Explore Air 2
Tis’ the season for indoor projects, and there are a ton of options to choose from thanks to the new Cricut Explore Air 2. This new smart cutting machine cuts and writes up to 2x faster than previous models.
Upload your own image files and fonts using the cloud-based software, or choose from 3,000 ready-to-make projects and quick cuts.
Need a little inspiration? Find your next project at Cricut.com
For The Home
Rock around the clock with Jeff Davis? vintage vinyl home décor made from golden oldies. Choose from Rock, Soul, Jazz or 80's! This record clock was the PERFECT addition to our music wall!
Gourmet Gift Baskets
Finding that unique gift for that particular person on your list is always a challenge — especially as the clock counts down to the holidays. But given the huge selection of offerings that GourmetGiftBaskets.com and KingOfPOP.com provide for every member of the family, the office, or even the neighborhood, it makes sense to take a good look at their latest and greatest items. Hundreds of choices abound, including: 25 different cheesecake flavors, almost 100 different popcorn flavors, beer buckets, cake pops, wine suitcases, towers, upscale baskets, and more. And there are many new and updated items for Christmas, Hanukkah, and beyond, as well.
NEW FOR HOLIDAY 2016 -- JUST RELEASED! Fruit & Baked Goods Gift Basket
It’s important to eat healthy, but it’s equally important to treat yourself once in a while. That’s why this new Fruit & Baked Goods Gift Basket was created at GourmetGiftBaskets.com this year. This basket features healthy foods like ripe red and green apples, pears and oranges. But when your sweet tooth cries out, this basket answers the call by offering chocolate chunk brownies, oatmeal raisin cookies and fudge brownie cookies, as well. It's the BEST OF BOTH WORLDS all in one basket.
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