Each Christmas we buy/receive a few gifts that end up being a bit of a disappointment, but there are always some amazing winners. Here are the best ones for this year:

Build-a-Beat Stacker Ages 1-3   
I’ll admit, we actually got this in July for our 1 year old, but this toy has been really fun and I wanted to have it on the list. Each strangely shaped stacking “guy” adds a different beat or rhythm to the song. The base will play with none or one or any number of stackers with each one providing additional notes or sounds to the song. 

Jumping Monkeys game Ages 3+
This game has a simple design, catapulting plastic moneys with curved arms into a tree. Our whole family from the 3-year-old to the 65-year-old loved it!

Double Baby Doll Stroller Ages 2-6
This recommendation is from a friend with girls. Who doesn’t need to take more than one baby on a walk at the same time? This mom certainly does!

Puzzle of stuffed animals Ages 3+
One of my favorite gifts of the year was taking a photo of our 3-year-old’s favorite stuffies and then turning it into a puzzle. He loves puzzles and he loves stuffies…it was a huge win! We used to make the puzzle. To be honest, I thought the puzzle turned out a little dark (just my opinion, so I might lighten any photos I use in the future or go with another company, but Bennett loves it regardless).

My Brick Case Ages 4-10
This is basically a mini suit case for legos with lego walls on the sides. I often challenge my boys to take something that isn’t a screen to “do” when we are going somewhere they might have some downtime. They love to read, but now it will also be easy to take some legos to build! Our 6-year-old is really excited about this.

Osmo Ages 5-10
I still can’t say enough about the Osmo series of games for iPad. We are especially excited about the new coding games this year. From past years, our older boys definitely love the Pizza Co and I like the Monster drawing one the best.

Tackle boxes Ages 6-12
Papa and Grandma got the 6 and 8-year-old tackle boxes filled with lures and other…fishing things: bobbers? sinkers? I’m not really what all is in there. This was a really fun gift. Now we wait for summer…

Simon Optix Ages 6-13
I bought this game on a whim. It’s an upgrade to the old Simon Says color game. You can get single or double players. We got double player since you can play that as a single player as well. It wasn’t too expensive and it’s been really fun!

Personalized dog socks from PupSocks Those with adult shoe sizes
Another one of my favorite gifts: putting my sister-in-law’s dog’s photo on socks. She. Loved. Them. Have any dog-lovers in your life? Get them these. They are a tad on the expensive side, but I think worth every penny.

I’m always looking for new ideas: What were  your favorite gift winners? 

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  1. Rachel January 17, 2018 at 8:43 am #

    We love Jumping Monkeys!!! And the puzzle is such a great idea! I need to do that for Claire. Thanks!

  2. Lauren Peterson
    Lauren Peterson January 26, 2018 at 9:58 am #

    This is so awesome! I loved the puzzle idea!

  3. Lauren Peterson
    Lauren Peterson January 26, 2018 at 10:04 am #

    Oh! And Squishy’s favorite gift was a horse stable made out of a wine box (random but wonderful). My aunt cut a wine box in half, slapped on some hinges, added a few shelves and “stalls” and then went to hobby lobby and found some tiny horses. She used random string for ropes, small cuts of cloth for blankets, and hay for, well, hay. It was awesome!!!

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