This West Coast Mommy’s 2019 Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Gift Ideas for Kids, Parents, and the Home

Every year it seems like it gets harder and harder to find just the right gift to surprise and delight the special people in your life. That’s why I’ve put together this gift guide for you! Here’s where you’ll find my suggestions for fun and practical gifts and stocking stuffers. I’ll be adding more gift ideas, reviews, idea roundups, and giveaways as we go, so be sure to follow along to find the perfect present!

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Table of Contents

1. Gifts Ideas for Baby
2. Gifts Ideas for the Kids
3. Gifts Ideas for Mom
4. Gifts Ideas for Dad
5. Gifts Ideas for the Home & Family
6. Stocking Stuffer Ideas


Gift Ideas for Baby

We Made We Flow Wrap

Babywearing promotes closeness and reduces crying – now that’s a gift! Suitable from birth to 24 months, We Made Me’s innovative Flow baby wrap combines the intimacy and versatility of a wrap with an light, breathable mesh fabric to help keep you and your baby cool all summer and comfortable year round.

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Peter Rabbit Dinnerware Set

Baby’s first dinnerware set features beloved children’s character Peter Rabbit and contains a sectioned plate, bowl, cup, and stainless steel fork and spoon. These durable melamine dishes resist chipping and breakage and are top-shelf dishwasher safe.


Gift Ideas for Kids

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Toys

With the final Star Wars movie due out this December, we’re all eagerly anticipating opening night at the theatre and all the toys of course. Hasbro has a ton of The Rise of Skywalker figures and roleplaying toys for the holidays, including a remote-controlled D-O droid, figure sets, and the Star Wars Scream Saber Lightsaber that lets kids record their own crazy combat noises.

Check out all the new Star Wars toys here and enter our Star Wars giveaway!

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Playmobil Crystal Palace

The glorious Crystal Palace of the winter world shines brightly thanks to its glowing crystal (2 x AAA batteries required). With a lockable entrance gate, royal throne room, bedroom with dressing area, secret staircase to the observation tower, and many other accessories. The princess’s magical hoop skirt changes patterns in the cold.

Check out our review of Playmobil’s new Magic line of toys!

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My Robotic Pet – Tumbling Hedgehog

Curious kids will love the challenge of building their own adorable robotic hedgehog from this 172-piece kit while learning about gears, motors, sound sensors, LEDs, and the other components in the process. The fun doesn’t end there though. This funny little pet will react to clapping and other sounds by rolling in a ball, tumbling, spinning, or bristling its spines.

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Build-A-Bear Workshop – Blue Blast Husky Stuffed Animal Gift Set

Build-A-Bear Workshop’s Blue Blast Husky is ready for an adventure! This cuddly husky pup with wintry blue-tipped fur and bushy tail will make a loyal friend this Christmas. Add a festive Christmas lights sweater, red scarf, and classic red canvas high-tops for the start of a beautiful friendship.

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DK Books for the Holidays

Foster your child’s curious mind with a selection of reference books and LEGO activity books from DK Books. Kids will delve into the wonders of the natural world and exercise their creativity through these fascinating and fun volumes.

Check out our holiday books list and enter to win a copy of Explanatorium of Science!

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smART sketcher Projector

The smART sketcher Projector puts the fun of drawing, tracing, and writing into the hands of kids. The projector includes more than 50 sketching and learning activities projected onto the paper beneath. The free app lets kids download their favorite photos from a mobile device via Bluetooth and project them onto paper for more sketching and drawing activities.

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Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020 for Nintendo Switch

It’s party time, and everyone’s invited! Team up with Mario, Sonic, and friends on Nintendo Switch in action-packed sporting events. Bring your best moves to the track, the gym, the ring, or the water in dozens of different party games the whole family will enjoy. Play as Mario, Sonic, or choose from a star-studded cast of colorful characters from your favorite games.

Read our game review and enter to win your own digital copy!

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Ooze Labs Soap & Bath Bomb Lab

This fun kit introduces scientific concepts in a fun and playful way. Kids can make their own molded soaps and bath bombs while learning about essential chemistry principles like acids, bases, pH levels, and the biology of skin in the process. The kit includes non-toxic materials and an instruction manual. You’ll also need some basic ingredients and supplies from around the house so check first before starting a project.

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Tweet Beats

The Tweet Beats love music and they all have their own style and sound. Place a Tweet Beat bird in the tree on any of the four branches. Each bird has his own drum, bass, melody and song in their own music style. By placing the Tweet Beats in various combinations, kids can create their own songs. Parents will appreciate the low volume switch!

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Flexo Inventor Set

Flexo is a building system that pairs rigid construction bricks with flexible, plastic “tendons” that allow kids to flex their imaginations with unique designs that bend, flex, and curve like nothing else. The magic lies in the clear, soft silicone “tendons” that can be inserted into multiple junction spots on the bricks using the helpful multitool (included). Flexo blocks are compatible with all LEGO sets, and my kids want you to know they make great bracelets sand necklaces, as well as curved roads and animal friends with bendy legs.


Children’s Books by Andy Gutman

Andy Gutman is a songwriter, writer, poet, and author of 4 beautifully illustrated books for young children. Charlie the Caterpillar learns to love himself for who he is. Pop Lullaby follows one tired father and his wide-awake baby in a sweet and gentle bedtime story. Even celebrates the eternal love and bond between a father and his daughter, no matter how old they grow. And Charlie the Caterpillar: What Can I Be Today follows Charlie as he tries on different outfits and jobs to explore the possibilities. Each book is uniquely written from a father’s perspective and comes with a song that kids can sing along to.


Nerf Ultra One Motorized Blaster

The Nerf Ultra One motorized blaster possesses an advanced design and performance to deliver extreme distance, accuracy, and speed. The Ultra One blaster has a high-capacity 25-dart dart drum and comes with 25 Nerf Ultra darts – the farthest flying Nerf darts EVER, featuring an innovative flight tip, Aerofin technology, and Nerf Ultra foam. Fire over 2 dozen darts up to 120 feet with on-board dart storage for quick reloading.

Enter to win your own Nerf Ultra One blaster on Facebook!

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Creation Crate Subscription Box

Creation Crate is tech education-in-a-box! This tech subscription box teaches electronics and coding by combining hands-on projects and online courses. No prior experience needed. Every month, you’ll receive a new project that’s slightly more challenging than the last as you learn new skills. Your subscription comes with all the components you need plus access to an online classroom and one on one troubleshooting support. Great for ages 12+ (or younger kids with parental help).

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Beyblade Burst Turbo Slingshock Cross Collision Battle Set

Ride the rails with Beyblade Burst Slingshock tech! Cross Collision Beystadium features a quadruple rail system that propels tops through the rails and into the Battle Ring for intense head-to-head clashes. Bladers can keep the Performance Tips in Battle Ring Mode to defend their position in the Beystadium, or convert them to
Slingshock Mode to ride the rails and rush into battle.

Enter to win your own Beyblade Battle Set on Facebook!

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Gift Ideas for Mom

The perfect gift for pet parents and crafters! This lovely 8″ x 10″ adult colouring book features 25 detailed, hand-drawn grayscale coloring pages of dogs and cats. Grayscale art gives the final image a more realistic look and an end result suitable for displaying. The back of each page is blank so you can tear out and frame your completed masterpiece. Escape the chaos of everyday life, get creative, and refine your artistic skill with this beautiful colouring book.

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Sassy Class High Heel Christmas Stockings

Sassy Class stockings are a glamorous take on the traditional Christmas stocking and a really festive gift idea. Each luxury stocking is handcrafted in Canada from shimmery satin, trimmed with rich faux fur, and embellished with sparkling snowflake accents for maximum impact. Stockings come in six different colours to complement any decor and two heel styles: Victorian or stiletto. Either will look fantastic hanging by the fireplace!

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Daria Day Jewelry

We love that Daria Day earrings, bracelets, and necklaces are ethically sourced and handcrafted by artisans paid a fair and sustainable wage. Each limited edition piece is handcrafted by artisans living in the remote mountain communities in the foothills of the K2 Mountain in Northern Pakistan – some of which are the most isolated and poor communities in the world. Each piece comes lovingly packaged in a gift box and velvet bag ready for gift-giving, along with a product card identifying the artisan and the origin of the gemstones.

Read more about these stunning pieces and enter to win a rose quartz bracelet!

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Hairmagic Combs

Hairmagic combs work in long, short, thick, thin, curly, straight, wet, or dry hair, and allow you to style a bun, ponytail, half-up, cascade, or messy bun in seconds. Since the combs hold your hair instead of the elastic, there’s no more headaches or hair damage. My daughters and I have been using these combs for the past month and they really, truly stay put all day long!

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TheraBox Subscription Boxes

Give her the gift of self-care! TheraBox was founded by a therapist to make it easy for people to discover and maintain self-care rituals that inspire joy and fulfillment each month. Each box includes a happiness activity meant to be practiced throughout the month (or longer!) along with 6-8 full sized wellness items for the mind, body and soul. Packed with over $100 in value, products include aromatherapy, natural/organic bath, body, skincare products, and other lifestyle goodies. Available in single box, 3, 6, and 12 month subscriptions.

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Made by Fressko Infuser Bottles

Made by Fressko’s line of reusable tea and fruit infuser water bottles are double-wall insulated to keep beverages hot for 6 hours or cold for at least 12. Each comes with a 2-in-1 infuser for tea leaves or fruit so you can brew your own tea or delicious infused water on the go. (The bamboo Trip bottle shown here is stainless steel on the inside and comes with a short infuser only.) Give a gift that’s both stylish and sustainable!

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Gift Ideas for Dad

Hot Sauce Making Kit

Make him the boss of his sauce! This authentic hot sauce kit makes 7 bottles of lip-smacking gourmet hot sauce right from home. The box includes everything he needs including 4 kinds of peppers (Ancho Pasillas, Chipotle, Habanero, and smoking hot Ghost peppers), 3 glass bottles, 4 squeeze bottles, a 2-inch funnel, apple cider vinegar, spice blend, 2 pairs of gloves, pH strips, labels, and recipe cards.


Personalized Socks

Create a pair (or two!) of custom personalized socks he’ll want to wear all the time. Just upload your photo with your face or the kids’ faces or the dog’s, pick the sock colour, and MyPupSocks will do the rest!


PacMan Ghost Lamp

PacMan is one of the most iconic gaming figures of all time. This PacMan Ghost light features all your favorite PacMan ghost characters in 16 different colours. Select party mode and the lamp flashes through all the colours to the beat of the music!


Gift Ideas for the Home & Family

Custom Colour Springfree Trampoline

The ultimate gift for the whole family! Springfree Trampoline’s revolutionary design has changed the ways trampolines work by eliminating the impact areas that cause 90% of all product-related injuries. With no springs to pinch, a hidden frame below the jumping surface, a SoftEdge Mat that’s 30 times more shock-absorbent than pads, and a FlexiNet enclosure and net rods that cushion jumpers and prevent falls, this is a trampoline I feel comfortable letting my kids play on. And now with Springfree’s new customizable trampolines, you can even pick your own colours!

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Artistry by Lisa Marie – Custom Pet Portraits

From your photo to a beautiful personalized drawing of a beloved pet, a custom pet portrait from Lisa Marie will be cherished forever. Every pet portrait is professionally matted and comes with a signed certificate of authenticity. Custom portraits start at just $80 USD.

Lisa Marie is a professional artist who has been creating custom portraits for over a decade. While earning her Master’s Degree in Florence, Italy, she studied the techniques of the Renaissance artists. When you order a portrait from her studio, you will receive an exquisite hand-drawn work of art created with the same methods used by some of the most esteemed artists in history!

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Breakaway Experiences

We all have those hard-to-shop-for people on our list! If you’re on the hunt for a unique and unforgettable gift this Christmas, check out the gift experiences at Breakaway Experiences where you can find once-in-a-lifetime and bucket list experiences, from pampering spa packages and craft beer tours, to outdoor adventures like rock climbing and flying lessons.

Check out more gift experiences and enter to win a $100 gift certificate towards any experience at Breakaway!

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Nixplay Digital Photo Frame

If you’re looking for a thoughtful, eye-catching, and practical gift for the holidays, it’s hard to go wrong with a Nixplay digital photo frame. Nixplay frames allow you to safely display and send your personal photos and videos to a friend or family member’s frame, as well as invite others to share their pictures on your own frame. It’s a wonderful way to keep family and friends close no matter where they live!

Check out our review of the new Nixplay Digital Photo Frame!

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Wacom Intuos Pro Small Graphic Tablet

The Intuos Pro Small is a pen and touch tablet that serves as a natural, customizable tool for digital creation. Equipped with a light and portable feature set, busy professionals and digital creators will love the productivity and portability features of this smart graphic tablet. The Intuos Pro Small offers Wacom’s advanced pen technology, build-quality, and support at a small size – the perfect tech gift for anyone.

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Hoover ONEPWR Cordless FloorMate Jet

The Hoover ONEPWR FloorMate Jet lets you vacuum and wash your floors at the same time! The microfiber brush roll gently washes and scrubs multiple surfaces including sealed hardwoods, tile, and laminate, and even refreshes area rugs, all without the hassle of a cord. This little machine does a great job on the kitchen floor and all the holiday clean-up. Get it as a gift for yourself or for the whole family.

Check out our review of the Hoover ONEPWR FloorMate Jet cleaner and enter to win your own!

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Azul Board Game

Azul is a tile-placement game in which players compete for the highest score by claiming tiles and arranging them on their board to score points. Players earn extra points for collecting sets of the same colour or for creating particular patterns, but they also get penalized for taking tiles they can’t use. Gameplay is straightforward to learn, even for younger players, and the small tiles feel solid and nice to hold. There’s even a pretty cotton bag to keep all the game pieces together. Azul is a great game for the whole family! For 2-4 players, ages 8 and up.

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Stocking Stuffers

Ooze Labs Experiment Kits

Ooze Labs mini experiment kits include everything kids need to make their own slime, crystals, or magic sand. They make a perfect stocking stuffer for any science-minded kid! 


Playmobil – Star Shimmer Princess

These mini Playmobil princess sets from the Magic line pair an ice princess with an animal friend. Each comes with a clear cone that acts as a hologram projector when paired with a smartphone or tablet. Activate the app to see cute creatures inside the cone! 3 other princesses available.


Hallmark Harry Potter Golden Snitch Personalized Ornament

A golden stocking stuffer for every Harry Potter fan! This resin Harry Potter Christmas ornament features the Golden Snitch from the game of Quidditch and space to write in a name and date (marker not included).


Stretchy Sand

Stretchy Sand is unlike anything you’ve ever seen or played with before. It’s solid like clay, flowy like sand, and stretchy like slime! You can knead it, build shapes with it or stretch it. It picks up easily and will not leave a mess. Be careful though, because once you touch Stretchy Sand you won’t be able to take your hands off of it!


Pokémon Clip ‘n’ Go

Now you can take your Pokémon character wherever you go. The NEW Clip ‘n’ Go lets you carry and hold your Pokémon like a real Pokémon trainer! Collect Pikachu, Larvitar, Cubone, Mimikyu, Charmander, and Muchlax.


Wikki Stix

Made of non-toxic, food-grade wax and hand-knitting yarn, Wikki Stix are a unique creative activity toy. Bend them, twist them, stick them! Allergy-friendly Wikki Stix are free from latex, gluten, peanut and other nut oils or byproducts. Perfect for crafts and practicing fine motor skills.


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