Last Minute Holiday Gift #1:
Secret Science Team Kit
"With Secret Science Team Kits, children receive personalized experiment kits in the mail, help solve fun mysteries with at-home experiments, then enter the results on the Secret Science Team website. If the results are incorrect, the site provides helpful hints for trying the experiment again. Kids feel like real investigators as they crack “top secret” cases—while building science skills in the process."
Children absolutely LOVE getting their hands dirty. I can recall always being in the yard, playing in the leaves, catching frogs, or crawling through the local creek. I don't know if there was a single day I didn't come home dirty.
The wonderful team at Ectropy Science has come out with a wonderful idea for parents and children. Children have their parents order the kits by mail and then they use the Secret Science Team website to help solve the mystery. There are currently 3 missions for your children and there are also various bundle kits which include various items to help solve the mystery such as SST logo lab coat, SST logo safety glasses, or Carson X-Scope™ multifunction magnifier.
Bring the whole family together to help solve the mystery of each Secret Science Team Kit. Solve the mysteries of the MazTech Ultimate Sk8 Piracy Ring, the Case of the Stolen Red Bicycle, and the Vandalized Sporting Goods Store.
Stay Connected: 'Like' Secret Science Team on Facebook.
Find and Buy: Visit www.ectropyscience.com and order kits, bundles, and more!
Secret Science Team is currently offering FREE Priority Shipping with any order of $50!
Last Minute Holiday Gift #2:
Hasbro Boy Action Figures
The beloved and legendary superhero is ready to take on his opponents in any situation. From sea to sky to night missions, he is well-equipped for any and all new adventures!
Take on GREEN GOBLIN and VENOM with an all-new lineup of wonderfully styled SPIDER-MAN 3¾ INCH ACTION FIGURES in 2010! This year brings great new adventures for our friendly neighborhood SPIDER-MAN: from the sea, withDIVE ATTACK SPIDER-MAN, to the sky, with SKY-SPEED SPIDERMAN, or even at night, with NIGHT MISSION SPIDER-MAN. Peter Parker has his work cut out for him!
(Approximate Retail Price: $7.99 - Ages 4 & up)
Fans can battle their friends in head-to-head action and test the powers of their favorite characters. With interactive game-play, these toys are fun for newer fans, as well as long-time collectors.
STAR WARS fans, prepare to battle your friends in head-to-head action and unlock the hidden powers of your favorite action figures. In 2010, a wide selection of Hasbro’s STAR WARS 3¾ inch action figures will include the all-new STAR WARS ACTION FIGURES WITH GALACTIC BATTLE GAME. Each figure is packaged with a competitive gaming base, a unique battle attributes card and a die to play the game, allowing kids to interact with their STAR WARS action figures in a whole new way. Game on!
(Approximate Retail Price: $6.99 - Ages: 4 & up)
Find and Buy: Visit the Hasbro Where to Buy website and select the toy or game of your choice. After you have done so, the website will show you where you can buy these toys. Or, you could buy Spider-Man or Star Wars toys/games online from Hasbro!
Last Minute Holiday Gift #3:
If I Could Keep You Little Book
"If I Could Keep You Little takes the reader on a journey of memory and expectation, exploring real insights into the human spirit. Marianne's artwork beautifully illustrates these complex emotions and her insightful prose showcases the fleeting little moments that reveal how a child changes and grows."
Christmas isn't just about giving things that your friends or family members will use once and throw away. It's about the meaning of the gift and why you are giving it. If I Could Keep You Little by author Marianne Richmond is perfect for readers of all ages. It shows the love a parent feels and also explores how very independent they will become over time. This sweet, inspiring book will speak straight to a parent's heart, exploring the powerful feeling that every parent has: the push/pull feeling of wanting your child to grow and savoring and holding on to every moment.
Stay Connected: 'Like' author Marianne Richmond on Facebook.
Find and Buy: Visit mariannerichmond.com for all types of items such as Journals, Jewelry, Books, Mini Books, and more!
Last Minute Holiday Gift #4:
A Christmas Carol: A Pop-Up Book
"This beautiful re-imagining of Charles Dickens's timeless fable, A Christmas Carol: A Pop-Up Book features artist Chuck Fischer's richly painted depictions of the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, brought to life in intricate pop-up scenes by paper engineer Bruce Foster."
Getting into the Christmas spirit is something my family usually does right after Thanksgiving Day. We purchase the tree and put up all of the ornaments/decorations over the weekend. This is also when we pull out the Christmas music, movies, and books. We've had a wonderful tradition of reading a different Christmas book everyday until Christmas and this year it will be A Christmas Carol: A Pop-Up Book thanks to Anna at Hachette Book Company!
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 12 pages
A Christmas Carol: A Pop-Up Book is simply a wonderful book to start your holiday season and it will be a book that can help you celebrate it year after year. I have read many pop-up books but this one by Chuck Fischer is one of the most intricate and detailed I have ever read. On top of this, included with the pop-up book is the entire text of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. It is broken up in five booklets. It's like two books in one!
Find and Buy: Visit the Hachette Book Group's Where to Buy site and select any of the 50 stores (online or local). They have many locations and I was overly impressed that most of them had direct links to the items. Great job Hachette Book Group!
Last Minute Holiday Gift #5:
Tellurian Naturals Baby Products
Tellurian Naturals was founded by Jane Leeves and Ron Lewis. TV audiences know Jane Leeves as “Daphne Moon” in the long running hit series Frasier. She can currently be seen as “Joy” on the new TV Land series Hot in Cleveland. Ron Lewis is the founder and president of Cosmetic Technologies, one of the countries leading contract manufacturers of skin and hair care products.
Shopping for expecting mothers and baby can be so much fun. There are so many products it's almost overwhelming sometimes. Tellurian Naturals has taken the difficulty out of finding a safe and natural product for mom and baby. They created a wonderful line of products called Tellurian Baby.
All Tellurian Baby products are hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested and free of; Phthalates, Parabens, Formaldehyde, Propylene Glycol, 1,4 Dioxane and Mineral Oil. All products are manufactured in their “state of the art” FDA licensed and Certified Organic manufacturing facility. Lastly, all Tellurian Baby Products are designed to be a nurturing and enjoyable experience for both mom and baby. If you know an expecting mother, this is a company you should look into for the sake of mom and baby!
Find and Buy: The Tellurian Baby line includes: a 2 in 1 Shampoo and Body Wash, Baby Lotion, Baby Wash, Baby Shampoo, Diaper Cream and three Baby Oils (unscented, vanilla and soothing/calming). The products are available online at www.tellurianbaby.com and prices range from $10 - $17.
Last Minute Holiday Gift #6:
Wahl 17 pc Lithium Ion Trimmer
"The Wahl Lithium Ion is the world's first grooming device with Lithium Ion technology. It is the most advanced rechargeable battery technology. It's lighter weight, has almost no charge loss in storage, is environmentally smart, and has no memory issues."
The cold Winter weather always causes men in my family to grow out their facial hair. While this isn't always the best solution to staying warm, it seems to help them out. Come Spring time, I always suggest the men to shave it all off. I always tell them it's hard to trust someone with a beard...you can't tell if they're hiding something. :)
In today’s economy, choosing the perfect gift for that guy or guys on the list means finding something that’s both economical and practical. And since we’re talking about guys, it pays to also get something that simply “does the job” without too much work or effort. Wahl has just the thing…
The Wahl Lithium Ion Trimmer is the perfect FOR HIM gift! It includes a Trimmer Head, T-Blade Head, DualShaver Head , Detail Head, 3 Standard Guide Combs, 3 T-Blade Guide Combs, Storage Base, Charger, Cleaning Brush , and Blade Oil x 2. This product and its many extras far exceeds the quality and performance of any other trimmer on the market. Visit the Wahl Lithium Ion Trimmer website for a great place to learn more about the trimmer or for those looking to purchase one for those bearded gentlemen in their life!
Facial Hair Resource: As an added resource for guys who either need a little help in the grooming department or are just looking to define their style, Wahl has recently assembled a task force for facial hair excellence. These experts have taken up residence at www.wahlnation.com, where they are using their infinite wisdom on all things facial hair to offer support through an “ask the experts” hotline. The resource also includes an encyclopedia of styles and “rate my whiskers” feature.
Find and Buy: Visit the Wahl Store and order direct for $49.95!
Last Minute Holiday Gift #7:
"We have always called each other "Best Pals." We grew up holding hands and taking special care of one another. It has always been our dream to record our favorite childhood songs and to recreate our homemade rag dolls, so lovingly made for us by our Mom and Nana. We want other young children to know the job of holding soft little dolls in their arms, listening to sweet music and sharing special moments with their Best Pals, because after all our years of working and playing together, we are still Best Pals…no matter what!"
If you're still searching for that perfect gift for a girl, you've got to read on. The Best Pals products were created by Kathy and Janet Lennon of the Lennon Sisters (this dates me). The Best Pals soft ragdolls are identical to a set of dolls that were given to Kathy and Janet Lennon in 1949, which were handmade for them by their mother and their Nana; the Best Pals music CDs are comprised of classic childhood favorites and lullabies, and the Best Pals play sets and paper dolls emphasize pretend play.
The Best Pals website (www.bestpals.net) has an entire collection of dolls, music, and accessories for your dolls. I recommend the following products from Best Pals...
Best Pals Dolls – Kathy and Janet are 16" tall and recommended for children ages 3 and up. These soft rag dolls were inspired by a pair of handmade ragdolls given to Kathy and Janet Lennon on Christmas morning in 1949. They are soft and cuddly – perfect for playtime and a great companion for naptime or bedtime too! They are available in 6 different styles – the original Kathy and Janet dolls, along with Lily, Sofia, Isabelle and Danny Boy.
Best Pals CD – This CD is recommended for all ages and contains some of Kathy and Janet Lennon’s favorite childhood songs. This award-winning CD features classics like Hush-a-Bye, Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral, All Aboard for Blanket Bay – it’s a great way to share music that parents remember and children adore.
Best Pals Tin Tea Set - Recommended for ages 3 and up, this sturdy tin tea set has service for 4, complete with a colorful serving tray and carrying case for storage and travel. The adorable Tin Tea Set includes: 1 teapot, 1 serving tray, 4 cups, 4 saucers, 4 plates and 1 carrying case. This classic toy will inspire hours of imaginative play.
FTC Disclaimer: I received products from the above companies to review for the Wonderful List of Last Minute Holiday Gifts. I was not compensated monetarily for the review. All opinions expressed in the review are my own...but these really are some wonderful last minute gift ideas for Christmas!