Wednesday, October 24, 2018

2018! Holiday Gift Ideas and More!


My children were already fans of Stikbots by Zing and now they have come out with Monsters and Mega Monsters (Dinos)! Stikbot Monsters AHH! There’s a monster under your bed! Get ready to create more animated movies with Stikbot Monsters and Stikbot Mega Monsters, new from Zing! With over 360 million views on YouTube, Stikbot continues to turn kids into creative stop-motion animation moviemakers, letting their imagination run wild. Stikbot Monsters are easy-to-pose figures, built with suction cup hands and feet, which can stick to almost any flat surface. With the free Stikbot Studio app, available on iOS and Android, kids can snap individual photos and stitch them together into a film, complete with built-in music and sound effect options. Users can share their creations using #Stikbot and see what others are making all over the world! 

Get ready for a scare with the frightening Stikbot Monsters! With six different monsters to collect with varying rarity, your next Stikbot movie is sure to be scary! Will you get Giggles, Aquafang, Kyron, Grim, Goblin, or Insector? For ages 4+. Available September 2018. US: $4.99. CA: $5.99 US Retailers: Target, Walmart, Five Below. CA Retailers: Mastermind Toys, Toys R Us. • Get ready for double the horror with the new Stikbot Mega Monsters, twice the size of Stikbot Monsters! Available in 3 different monsters. For ages 4+. Available September 2018. US: $9.99. Retailers: Walmart Exclusive


The Chamberlain's Universal Remote is a compact device that makes a great gift in the stocking or under the tree. Available in pink, black and blue, this device lets anyone coming and going from your home –you, your kids, the neighbor, the nanny – open and close the garage door with added safety and convenience, without a key. Key Features of the Universal Remote · Modern and sleek in design, the Universal Remote is durable and allows control of two garage doors or home lighting through a safe and secure connection. The Universal Remote delivers convenience, safety, and simplicity to today’s on-the-go consumer, including motorcycle riders, homeowners, pet owners, and busy families. Available at Home Depot in the US and Canada, and the Chamberlain website, with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $39.99 

Dona Bela SHREDS Neckwear

Not only offering fresh and funky accessories, DBS also has a thumb on the philanthropic pulse, always a favorite theme around the holidays. Dona Bela SHREDS "upcycles" textile remnants and designs into unique, one-of-a-kind creations. Neckwear, headwear, even wrist wear, all SHREDS come in a delightful array of bright, on-trend prints that make the options for cute and easy looks, endless! Each piece is feather-light and whispers soft! Ladies struggle with accessories that are too heavy and create nasty tension headaches – not here! All day, carefree comfort!

Overcooked 2

The sequel to the widely popular and critically acclaimed Overcooked, this over-the-top couch co-op game is the perfect recipe for mayhem and entertainment for the whole family (up to four players). Overcooked 2 is fun to play for all ages working solo or as a team to prep orders while overcoming obstacles such as fire, collapsing floors, overbearing waiters and of course, the classic kitchen problem of floating work surfaces. Overcooked 2 is available for PlayStation®4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC for $24.99. Rated E for everyone.

Online/local multiplayer madness- you'll need to work together to get the highest score in chaotic local and online multiplayer Feast your eyes on this- cook in new kitchens ranging from sushi Restaurant, magic schools, and mines! Romaine calm! travel through teleporters, across moving platforms and save time by throwing ingredients across dynamic kitchens that shift and evolve Whet your appetite! cook up a range of new recipes including sushi, cakes, burgers, and Pizzas. Can be purchased both in major retail stores, GameStop and Amazon


Do you have that friend or family member who is always throwing away their food because they didn't package it correctly? Well, this year check out Wellslock, the world’s first single-latch storage container with lids that glide in place. Not only are they leakproof and airtight to prevent spoilage, but they’re made of a high quality, eco-friendly material that won’t retain tomato sauce stains or dishwasher detergent markings. Even better Wellslock stacks great in any fridge or pantry, lunch box and more. Check out this great gift idea, Wellstock's 22 Piece Set Locking Lid Food Storage Containers with Lids, the perfect beginners pack! You can purchase this and many other Wellslock products by visiting

Zaca Recovery Chewables

Encouraging you to go ahead, enjoy the holiday festivities, cocktails & rich foods…without paying the price later! This all-natural supplement, blends herbs, antioxidants, and electrolytes to accelerate full body recovery! The premium formula utilizes proven ingredients to help stave off fatigue, foggy head, and nausea that can follow a night of indulgence. Offered in a refreshing (non-chalky!) berry flavor, these chewables don’t require a water chaser; simply toss a pack in a pocket…and enjoy anytime you need to feel and perform your best. NON-GMO, Vegan & Gluten-Free, Zaca aids in liver detox, enhances electrolytes, helps with hydration and gives an instant antioxidant boost.

Hammacher Schlemmer

Seriously this is pretty much everyone's toy guide! Hammacher Schlemmer has so many amazing products that you really do not need to look anywhere else. They have gifts for all ages, and price ranges. This year I wanted to surprise the hubby with this The Best Pressure Washer. This is the electric pressure washer that cleaned more effectively than other models in side-by-side evaluations conducted by The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute. The Best Pressure Washer cleaned a sidewalk over three times faster than lesser models, removed mud from car tires twice as fast as the other units, and removed a higher percentage of paint from bricks than any other model tested. It generates up to 2050 PSI of pressurized water and has four quick-connect nozzles that provide angled sprays (0°, 15°, 25°, and 65°) to ensure optimal performance. Comes with a wheeled cart for easy transport and removes for ultimate portability. With a removable 33 oz. detergent tank and 25' hose. Plugs into AC with a 35' cord. 36 3/4" H x 18 1/2" D x 18" W. (36 lbs.) I am sure he will enjoy it and the best part is I am getting something out of it also :) a clean house, driveway, sidewalk, etc. You can check out all the amazing products Hammacher Schlemmer has to offer by checking them out at


Last year my kids got to try out 3 new Yulu games, and they loved them. They are still a huge hit in retail stores, probably because it requires your child to think outside of the box. New this year are:
Spy Code Hackathon. One player, the operator, is trapped in a virtual room trying to hack into a top-secret government hard drive. The other players are the ‘Experts’ who must give the hacking instructions to break through the 8 different modules by deciphering the information found in the instruction manuals. But there is a catch: the experts can’t see the hard drive and the operator can’t see the manuals. So everyone will need to talk it out – fast. For ages 8+. Available August 2018. US: $29.99. CA: $44.99. US Retailers: Target Exclusive.
Cut the Wire: Put your skills to the test with Cut the Wire, new from YULU! A device is ticking and it’s about to go off! Players compete to see who cuts the right wire, defuses the device, and saves the day. Use secret clues for hints to help figure out how to avoid cutting the wrong wire and losing the game. It’s the ultimate race to see who can defuse or lose...before it’s too late! For ages 6+. Available August 2018. US: $24.99. CA: $29.99. US Retailers: Target Exclusive. CA Retailers: Walmart Canada Exclusive.

Pacemaker Extreme: Get ready to race the pace or face the shock with Pacemaker Extreme, new from YULU! In this adult party game, players try to outwit their opponents by thinking quick and keeping the pace. Players need to pay close attention to how many times the other players are tapping their paddles since that will set the pace of the pulse. Tap your paddle once and the pulse moves to the next player, tap twice to reverse the pulse and tap 3 times to skip the next player! Be careful – if you tap when it’s not your turn, you get shocked and you’re out! For ages 14+. Available August 2018. US: $24.99. Retailer: Target Exclusive.


When families go on vacations they often find themselves here in FL which when you get here you realize ITS HOT! NoSweat is a great gift to make your family vacation less sweaty. The NoSweat is a disposable moisture wicking liner sticks inside any Hat, Visor, Helmet or Hard Hat. Patented SweatLock™ Technology offers the ultimate sweat protection from sweat marks, yellow stains, and odors. If you have friends or family in FL this is a great gift, but really everyone can always use a break from the heat. You can learn more and purchase this new and great product by visiting

The Quarto Group

Learn to Draw Mickey Mouse & Friends Through the Decades is the perfect way to celebrate Mickey Mouse’s 90th anniversary this year! Not just a how-to, this book includes the collection of vintage artwork from the Disney archives which reveals early designs, sketches, and poses of Mickey Mouse, as well as other classic characters, such as Minnie Mouse, Goofy, and Donald Duck. And of course, you’ll learn to draw Mickey and all his friends.

If needlecrafts are more your cup of tea, be sure to check out Cross Stitch Creations: Classic Disney This kit includes instructions for twelve projects featuring Mickey Mouse, Peter Pan, Cinderella, Sorcerer Mickey, and more! Plus, you’ll receive all the materials you need to make two complete projects – Winnie the Pooh and Steamboat Willie – including cloth, embroidery floss, a needle, and an embroidery hoop. These books each make great gifts for the crafty Disney fan.

The Nerf Blaster Modification Guide (Voyageur Press / $19.99 / 120 pages / Publishing October 16) has all you need to know to create a cooler-looking Nerf Blaster with increased range, projectile speed, and firing capacity. Luke Goodman—better known on YouTube as “Out of Darts”—guides readers through the basics of Nerf's two main propulsion systems and provides simple mods that kids and their parents can make to their foam blasters. Every project comes with easy-to-follow instructions, which are completely illustrated with step-by-step studio photography; so you'll never get confused.

With everything from mini-catapults to gel targets, Launchers, Lobbers, and Rockets Engineer (Rockport Publishers / $24.99 / 144 pages / available now) will take the spitball fights of your childhood to a whole new do-it-yourself level! From Lance Akiyama – aka “LanceMakes” on YouTube – Launchers, Lobbers, and Rockets Engineer is right up the alley of anyone who misses the engineering action of MythBusters or just loves to work with their hands (while having some mildly dangerous fun).

Yulu Helix

Great for your stockings are Yulu's new line of toys the Helix. 

Helix Hyperball Kids can throw extreme distances and take their skills to next-level awesomeness with the Helix Hyperball, new from YULU. The 2.5-inch diameter round Hyper Ball can travel over 150 feet at super hyper speeds! With the unique swing and fling play pattern, kids are able to swing the ball while holding the tab to gain momentum and then launch it into the air! Master trick shots such as Double Swing, Saturn Shot, Ninja Swing and more. Helix Hyperball is available in red, green and blue. Check it out here! For ages 4+. Available September 2018. US: $4.99. CA: $9.99. US Retailer: Target. CA Retailers: Walmart, indigo.


Complement your gift with a fun new body wash from Softsoap. Fall is the perfect time to rejuvenate and refresh your beauty routine with hydrating Hydra Bliss and relaxing Pure Zen. Bring the bliss of a spa experience into your shower with Hydra Bliss while the hydrating formula helps retain skin’s natural moisture to leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. Unwind with Pure Zen’s relaxing notes of jasmine, watermint, rosewater and lotus flower as you later your skin for a gentle clean. Sweater Weather never felt so indulgent! New fragrances include Hydra Bliss Hydrating Body Wash Cucumber Water & Mint, Coconut Water & Blueberry, and Pure Zen Relaxing Body Wash Jasmine & Watermint, Rosewater & Lotus Flower.


My kids enjoyed spinners and they still find them entertaining, but now you have the Spinnobi which is a new toy that is like a spinner with a spring making it easier to do more tricks and flips. Bounce your Spinnobi anywhere you want. Try springing the Spinnobi into a Bucket, pop it with your hands and feet, toss it at targets and much much more. There's many tricks and various challenges to keep you going for hours, so don't forget to check out and start Springing. 

Grow Fragrance

For the Green friends, check out Grow Fragrance which is new to the market. Grow Fragrance came out of a desire for a product that smelled like amazing candles we all know and love, but was toxin free and made from 100% plants. They proudly stand behind ingredient transparency, being toxin free and the fact that their aromas smell like nature…because they come from nature! Eliminate unpleasant odors, instantly freshen fabric or simply elevate the mood, Grow Fragrance is a delight to the senses and a friend to the planet and your wallet! Check out all the amazing green products from Grow Fragrance by visiting them at

Dave Ramsey

For Kids/Teens:

Teen Entrepreneur Toolbox: Authored by Ramsey Personality Anthony ONeal, the Teen Entrepreneur Toolbox walks parents and teens through eight easy, practical steps for starting their own business. The toolbox includes; a Teen Portfolio that walks them through each step, a Parent Guide, a free Teen Entrepreneur Toolbox App, a 20 minute DVD featuring Anthony ONeal and much more. Teen Entrepreneur Toolbox retails for $49.99 at As well as Amazon and other retailers.

Dave Ramsey’s Act Your Wage! Board Game: Act Your Wage! Is a hands-on way for families to have fun applying Dave Ramsey’s life-changing money principles. Kids age 10 and up will have to enjoy: keeping an emergency fund, using the envelope system for expenses, landing on “Dave Says” spaces for expert advice, paying off debt with the debt snowball method and being the first to do a Debt-Free Scream to win the game. Act Your Wage! Retails for $22.99 at

The Adventure Pack will equip you with all the tools you need to teach your kids important lessons about money and life. This special bundle includes Financial Peace Junior, the Junior's Adventure's Storytime Book Set and digital PDFs, and the Smart Saver Bank.

Financial Peace Jr. Financial Peace Junior is designed to help you teach your kids about money. It's packed with tools, resources and step-by-step instructions for parents. What can be intimidating is made ultra-easy. There are ideas for activities and age-appropriate chores, and you'll have all the tools you need to make learning about money a part of your daily life. Your kids will love the exciting games and toys. The lessons of working, giving, saving and spending are brought to life through fun stories in the activity book, and your kids will love tracking their progress on the dry-erase boards! Financial Peace Junior doesn't just give you the tools to teach your kids to win with money — it shows you how.

Smart Saver Bank Teach your kids how to spend, save, and give with the Smart Saver Bank! It has been completely redesigned to make learning about money even more fun. Three compartments labeled SPEND, SAVE, and GIVE make it easy for kids to budget their cash. The heavy-duty plastic and silicone top make the bank durable. Plus, the bank is transparent so kids can see their progress!

Junior’s Adventures: Storytime Book Set Your children can join Junior in these six fun-filled adventures! Transform their futures with these colorful and entertaining books by teaching them how to handle money now. From working and saving to giving and spending, these wonderful stories will teach your kids real-life lessons, and the stories are so much fun that your children won’t even know they’re learning! Recommended for kids ages 3–10.

For Women:

Business Boutique is a great addition to your Holiday Gift Guide, especially for those business savvy moms. Authored by business coach and national best-selling author Christy Wright, Business Boutique is a proven, step-by-step plan to help women take their business dream and turn it into a reality. Business Boutique retails for $19.99 at

This new wallet would be a great addition to your holiday gift guide as a “style on a budget” piece. Created by financial expert and New York Times best-selling author Rachel Cruze, this high-quality leather wallet is both stylish and practical. A lot of people have heard of using envelopes to separate their monthly budget categories—this wallet features an update to that concept by including 5 colored clips so that you have a more compact (and pretty J) way of keeping up with your cash. It’s got the look of a designer wallet without the designer price!

Hog Wild

Sticky the Poo The world’s most poop-ular Emoji just got wee bit stickier! Meet Sticky the Poo from Hog Wild! This poo sticks. . . to the floors, the walls, even the ceiling!! Grip, shape and throw it around, just like the monkey’s doo! It’s super squishy, sticky surface and moldable middle let it “splat” and stick to just about any flat surface. Then pull it off and start all over again. Available in three different faces; collect and “splat” them all! For ages 4+. Available Now. MSRP: $5.99 each. Retailers: Amazon, Walmart , JC Penny

Redwood Ventures

Smooshy Mushy Series 4 Cup ‘n Cakes: Smooshy Mushy Pets and Besties are in search of the best hot cocoa and pastries in Smooshyville! Open up your hot coca to-go cup and see which NEW, sweet smelling, pet and bestie you received! Unwrap and collect all 8 to uncover the squishy surprises. Available: August 2018 Age: 5+ US: $9.99 US Retailers: Walmart CA: $11.88 CA Retailers: Walmart

Flying Sushi Kitchen: Attention game fanatics of all types and ages and calling all sushi fans! Roll into the new Flying Sushi Kitchen action game from RedwoodVentures! Whether you love sushi or not - Flying Sushi Kitchen is sure to cause a ruckus at kitchen tables everywhere. Flying Sushi Kitchen puts your competitive skills to the test as you pluck pieces of floating sushi rolls from mid-air, which stream from the bamboo shoots, in a mad dash scramble to fill your sushi order and rack up enough tickets to beat the competition. Use the special, kid-friendly chopsticks to fill your order before time runs out. Add a little wasabi and ginger, don’t miss the spicy tuna roll, nab that smoked salmon – and hurry! Flying Sushi Kitchen includes bamboo shoots, sushi rolls, and chopsticks for 5 players. Batteries not included. Available: August 2018 Age: 5+ MSRP: $24.99

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