Gifts and Gift Guides

2014 Last Minute Toy Gift Guide

last minute gift guide headerAre you still struggling to find last minute gifts for kids on your list? Fret no more, I am here to help you find some great toys and games without breaking the bank!
Arts and Crafts
Creativity Can– The Creativity Can contains pipe cleaners, googly eyes, foam, or other materials to create fun little projects. Use your imagination to create a spectacular creation! Find them at your local craft store like Michael’s and Jo Ann Fabric
Faber-Castell Crayons and Art Supplies- Quality Art supplies for your budding artist! Can be found at Michael’s and Jo Ann Fabric.
Crayola Products- Crayola has everything from markers and crayons to watercolors and crayon makers. Find them at your local Walmart or pretty much any local store.
Sands Alive– Sands Alive is moldable sand that you can play with indoors and doesn’t make a mess. Find it at Toys R Us, Amazon, and Walmart.
Beados- Beados are magical beads that bond with water. You can create all sorts of things with them. Get an activity pack, some refills and the Drying station and you are set for hours of fun! Find them at Toys R Us, K-Mart, and Target.
Doh Vinci– Doh Vinci from Hasbro is a line of fun DIY projects for kids like the Style and Store Vanity kit shown above. You can find them at Target and Toys R Us.
Melissa and Doug Arts and Crafts– Melissa and Doug has a whole line of great arts and crafts projects, including the Paint With Water projects as shown above. You can find them at my store:
Tiggly- Tiggly makes educational toys for pre-schoolers and toddlers, as well as learning apps. You can find their products on Amazon.
Thames and Kosmos Dinosaur Skeleton Dig– Learn how paleontologists find, dig, and assemble dinosaur skeletons with this great set! Find them at Toys R Us or online at Amazon.
IQ Twist-  IQ Twist from Smart Games is a single person game for ages 6 and up that makes you use your brain to solve the challenge. Great for on-the-go. You can buy them from Fat Brain Toys online, Barnes and Noble, and Toys R Us.
Goldie Blox- Goldie Blox are designed to get girls interested in engineering and building while helping to build confidence as well. You can find their sets at Toys R Us and online at Fat Brain Toys.
Leap Band- Leap Bands let your kids track their activity and fitness levels while providing incentive with interactive games. Find them at Toys R us, Amazon, Walmart, and K-Mart.
fashionCharmsies- Charmsies are iron-in hair charms. They are a great fashion accessory. Find them at Nordstrom.
Fashion Angels Mini Mani- These kits are great for your tween who loves to be fashionable and do her nails. They are easy to use. Check out the full line of Fashion Angels products online at Amazon.
gamescBananagrams WildTiles– It’s a fun spin on Bananagrams for up to 8 players! You can find it at Target or online at Amazon.
Reverse Charades and Telestrations- Reverse Charades is a fun new spin on Charades, and Telestrations is a fun game involving sketches. Both are great for the whole family and can be found at Barnes and Noble or online at Amazon.
Birds, Bugs, and Beans- This is a fun card game for the whole family. You have to think quick in order to win. You can find this game on Amazon.
Suspend- Suspend is a fun hanging balance game for the whole family. You can find it online at
Must Have Toys
musthavec1All of my “Must Haves” in this section can be found at Toys R Us and most of them will fit in a stocking, which is great if you are stumped for stocking stuffers.
Rabbids are based on the fun video game and tv series.They now have a line of plushies that are adorable and look just as crazy as their animated characters.
Palace Pets are cute pets that belong to your child’s favorite Disney Princesses.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back and have a line of fun action figures and accessories. The figures like the one shown above fit great in a stocking!
Hex Bugs are cool little creatures that crawl around.My son is obsessed with these. He even has a track they run around on!
Care Bears are just as soft as they were when we were kids! Needless to say, the one shown above…well, he’s mine!
Skylanders figures go great with the Skylanders Video game. Use them with the game or play with them as figures!
Crashlings are collectible toys from outer space! They have fun little playsets too!
Hello Kitty mini-dolls are adorable and offer hours of play time. My daughter pointed out that they fit great in her doll house! They also fit easily into a stocking.
Fash’Ems are squishy little figures. They have everything from Hello Kitty to My Little Pony, and even Disney’s Frozen!
Finally, to round out the list, you can’t go wrong with Kidz Bop albums, which are versions of today’s popular songs sung by kids for kids!
Even More Must Haves!
musthavec2Minecraft- If your child is addicted to Minecraft, you can delight them by choosing from a variety of Minecraft figures, cardboard creations, and plush. My daughter is shown above modeling a Creeper Head. You can find them at Toys R Us, FYE, and Hot Topic.
Lum Lums– are light up figures that will light up when they connect with each other. You can find them at Toys R Us!
Itty Bittys from Hallmark– These are exclusive Hallmark plushies. They come in everything from Superheroes to Star Wars and even Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, just in time for the holidays!
Wubble Bubble Ball- The Wubble Bubble Ball looks like a bubble and plays like a ball. It is 3 feet in diameter and can be used in the house or for some outdoor fun. You can find them at Target.
Play Food from Melissa and Doug- Melissa and Doug’s play food is meant to last and encourages imaginative play. You can find lots to choose from at
Bear Haven Boutique Stuffable Dolls- Bear Haven Boutique stuffable dolls are dolls you stuff yourself and play with. Just in time for winter, they even have a Snow Queen Doll! Shop stuffable dolls and animals at
Pre-School Toys
toddler toysPaw Patrol Toys- If your child is a big fan of Paw Patrol, you are in luck! They have a whole line of toys based on the series! These toys are available at Walmart, Target, and Toys R Us.
Etch a Sketch Doodle Sketch- I included this one because it was one of my son’s favorite toys when he was little. It fits in your purse and is great to give to your child when you are in the car or at the doctor’s office. Find them at Walmart and Toys R Us.
Mega Bloks First Builders Mega Bloks First Builders provide endless building fun to your toddler and pre-schooler. They are made with sturdy plastic and inspire creativity. Find them at Toys R Us.
I hope this list helps provide you with some last minute gift ideas. What other toys do you recommend? Please feel free to share in the comments below.
*Disclosure: I have received many of these items as part of my SweetSuite Blogger Bash box. However, all opinions are my own.

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