Oct 23, 2016

Ultimate 2016 Christmas Gift Guide

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It’s almost Halloween. You know what that means…Christmas is just right around the corner! It’s never too early to get a jump start on the coolest holiday gifts for your kids! Don’t waste your money on the big, expensive toys this year. If you are looking for great ideas, look no further…these are HOT items.

Top 10 most popular “toys” for 2016 (for kids 2-8 years old)

1. Ziploc Bags – They are a must have this holiday season. Hours of enjoyment for your children by simply playing with plastic Ziploc bags. Kids can stuff random items in them such as, puzzle pieces, old food, or wrappers and scatter them all around the house. Moms and dads alike will find them everywhere …except in the drawer where they belong when making a cold lunch.

2. Cat Litter – This is a hot one! A litter box is just a giant indoor sandbox for your kids (except it is filled with pee and poop). They can use buckets, shovels or even Tupperware (see #4 below) to play with the “sand”. Another fun activity for kids of all ages is to sprinkle the litter throughout the house. There is nothing better for parents than to walk around barefoot and feel the small granules under your bare feet.

3. Dish rags – Another favorite this year are dish rags and hand towels. These can be strewn about the house and used for doll blankets (one for each baby in the house), laid out across the floor for stepping stones, they can get them wet and suck on them when they are thirsty, or even for Kleenex to wipe their noses. The possibilities really are endless. You can never have too many. Note to parents: You will never have one hanging up where it belongs. Ever.

4. Tupperware – Like dish rags, you can never have too many of these. These amazing little containers can hold random game pieces, cut up paper, rocks, or even small insects. Hours upon hours of enjoyment can be had with this simple, inexpensive, “toy”. This one is definitely at the top of Barrie’s shopping list!

5. Bathroom Garbage – This is essentially free and the really great thing is, you usually have at least two to three of them in your home. Each day is a new treasure hunt for the kids and they can find all sorts of special gems. Some examples of the “motherlode” treasure: chewed gum, banana peels, dirty Kleenex, used Q-tips (a favorite at our house), and empty bottles.

6. Rocks – This is a very versatile “toy” for this season as there are so many things that can be done with them. You can put them in Ziploc bags (See #1 above), Tupperware (See #4 above), or even stash a bunch of them in a bucket. My own kids have even painted them or colored them. Just be careful, they hurt when they are thrown at your head.

7. Post It Notes – Another cheap gift idea is a pack of post-it notes. Hours upon hours of fun can be had making one line or dot on them and then sticking them all over the house….or better yet, all over your body. Moms and Dads will be finding them in strange places for months. They even come in bright colors, one for each kid, so they don’t have to share. Nothings causes an all-out fist fight at our house like one kid using the other kid’s Post -Its. Multiple colors are a must.

8. Water – Water, like all of the top gifts this year, can be very inexpensive. Your little one can spend hours dumping water from one container to the next. Even toilet water can be fun at times. Kids can play Barbie’s, trucks, or whatever else they come up with right in your bathroom sink. Warning to parents: If your child suddenly disappears and you discover the bathroom door is locked, they may be dumping water all over the floor or filling multiple buckets with soapy water…it can get a bit messy.

9. Baby Wipes – You don’t want to miss out on this one. Kids can pull out each individual wipe and scatter them all over the house. They can “clean” furniture, floors, and even their own butts with them. Look out…they may try to clean their butts and then the furniture with the same wipe. Eek! Adult supervision is recommended.

10. Toilet Paper – Everyone is talking about toilet paper this year. The possibilities for play and imagination are endless. Roll out an entire roll around the house, rip it into a million little pieces, or even saturate it with water and throw it around the house (See #8 above). All of these provide enjoyment for children of all ages.

There you have it. These things won’t last long. Get a head start on your holiday shopping now!

22 comments:

  1. Awesome list. Can I also chip in with Mummy's lip balm, which is the most coveted of ALL items in the house and pretty infuriating when yet another stick gets mashed up! Dish rags as blankets too, I thought my daughter was the only one to do that :-D #EatSleepBlogRT

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    1. Lip Balm would have been an excellent one! I wish I would have thought of that!

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  2. Fab List! I'd like to add mummy's glasses to the list! My little one loves to rip them from my face and shove the arms down her throat gagging! xx

    #EatSleepBlogRT

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    1. Ha! That is another good one. I don't have reading glasses, but sunglasses are a big hit around our house. Thanks for checking out my post!

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  3. haha my toddler likes to eat the baby wipe, hopefully not after he cleans the furniture and his bum with it :) #eatsleepblogrt

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    1. Kids are so gross! Thanks for checking out my list!

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  4. These all sound like practical Christmas gifts. My Mom always got us a "Care Package" as a gift which was full of this type of thing. I have to admit I looked forward to it. Miss her very much.

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  5. Bathroom garbage and toilet paper also make great pet toys as well. So these items can do double duty! Lol

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    1. This is true! My cat and dog both really enjoy toilet paper! Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. bwahahahaha! Love it! Nothing like buying a $50 gift and watching your kid have more fun with the free crap you already have lying around the house!

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    1. I know! Such a waste of money. This Christmas...rocks.

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  7. Hehe I am laughing so much! Perfect list :-) I would add toilet paper too! #PicknMix

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  8. Ha ha love this list - baby wipes are a hit in our house.... #eatsleepblogrt

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    1. My toddler is playing with them right now!

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  9. This made me laugh, the amount of times my boys used to ignore the new toys and sit inside a cardboard box or play with the Christmas wrapping paper ha! Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x

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  10. This is certainly an antidote to all the Christmas gift list posts that are doing the rounds - not that they aren't useful. Cat litter - love it :) Alison x #ChristmasisCalling

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  11. hahah! Love the list! The sad thing is that my toddler actually totally digs Tupperware...and leaves a trail of them all over the kitchen.
    #ChristmasisCalling

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  12. LOL I can't tell you how happy I was when I saw ziploc bags as #1. I'm getting a bit sick of the gift guides - this added such a nice giggle to my morning & it's all SO TRUE! #ChristmasIsCalling x

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  13. This is brilliant - def the best gift guide I've read this year!
    Thanks for linking up to #ChristmasisCalling
    Debbie

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  14. Thank you! Our kids are having fun and learning new things . This looks like so much fun for them.

    kids nursery

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