Top Gifts for Kids and Family This Christmas
It’s nearing that time. Kids are writing and rewriting their Christmas lists, you’re trying to prepare early, and you have a number of people to shop for. Unless you’re one of those people who buy gifts for kids and family members throughout the year, the chances are good that you’re in hustle mode right now. You want to get the perfect presents for everyone in the family.
So what do the kids and your spouse actually want this year? We’ve put together a guide so that you can snatch up the top Christmas gifts for 2019.
The guide also includes some top picks for shopping local in Wilmington, NC, so that you can support your community (and grab some last-minute gifts).
Top Gifts for Babies and Toddlers
Little ones love to manipulate blocks, trucks and other small objects. But many toy cars have small parts that aren’t suitable for children under the age of 3. These soft Melissa and Doug Pullback Vehicles are different. The bodies of the cars and trucks are soft and won’t damage walls or furniture. Plus, the wheels rev up so the vehicles can zoom around the house. The toys offer hands-on learning to help kids develop motor skills.
It’s never too early to expose kids to letters, and these Alpha-Bots by Lakeshore Learning are a unique take on the traditional alphabet blocks. Each letter transforms into a robot. Kids won’t even know that they’re learning while they play!
Shop Local: If you’re still not sure what to get your little one, stop by Learning Express in Wilmington NC. This neighborhood toy store has item for children of all ages. The experienced staff can make great recommendations for the best Christmas gifts of 2019, based on your child’s age.
Best Gifts for 4 to 8 Year Olds
Every child dreams of having a robot at some point in their lives. While the Echeers Dancebot won’t clean their rooms for them, it uses smart AI technology to dance to the rhythm of voice messages and music. It also functions as a Bluetooth speaker that kids can use to play their favorite tunes or audiobooks.
Speaking of cleaning their rooms, kids can stash soft clutter in this Stuff n’ Sit Storage Bean Bag Chair. Fill it with out-of-season clothes or stuffed animals, and give your child a comfy place to relax.
Get kids off of screens with the Boogie Board writing tablet. This electronic doodle pad comes with a stylus that creates glowing lines on the black screen. The drawings can be erased with the push of a button so that kids can explore their creativity over and over again.
Shop Local: Memory Lane Comics has a massive collection of graphic novels, collectibles, games, toys, posters and T-shirts. If your kiddo is into superheroes, this is a great place to grab some stocking stuffers.
Top Gifts for Tweens
As they approach the teenage years, kids want to take on some independence. Help them get creative and snap memories with friends using the Polaroid Pop Instant Photo Printer and Camera. This is not the Polaroid camera of yesteryear. It features built-in Wi-Fi, a touchscreen display and ability to edit photos. It also connects to your phone and can print out 3-by-4-inch pictures instantly.
Cards Against Maturity is an age-appropriate, hilarious game for the whole family. You’ll trick your kids into reading more while they laugh their faces off. Note: This is not the game for you if you don’t appreciate a little toilet humor.
Shop Local: Tweens will understand that their parents are cooler than they thought if you buy them a gift from Planet. This quirky shop on North Front Street in Wilmington has everything from funny stocking stuffers to art supplies and clothing.
Best Gifts for Mom
Mom is basically superwoman. How do you find the perfect gift to show her how much you love her? Consider creating a custom phone case with pictures of the family on the back. Shutterfly makes it easy to put together personalized items, including aprons, photo books, candles, flower pots and art prints. Ask the kids to draw a picture, and have it printed on a keepsake item that will bring up happy memories forever.
When mom needs to relax, help her out by giving her a sleek essential oil diffuser. It features a large tank and works as a humidifier too. Add some lavender essential oil for calming benefits or citrus oil to energize her. You can even use a germ-busting oil to help prevent everyone in the family from coming down with winter colds.
While she’s taking some time for herself, mom needs to be comfy. Grab her a pair of cashmere lounge joggers that will replace her yoga pants as her favorite casual wardrobe item.
Shop Local: It’s not always easy for mom to get “me time” when the kids are around. She’ll appreciate some time alone after the busy holiday season. Grab her a gift card from Giggles Drop-in Childcare. You can choose from $10 to $500, and it can be used at any Giggles location. With 6 locations across North and South Carolina, this means that mom can even drop the kids off at a trusted childcare center while she’s traveling.
Best Gifts for Dad
Is dad a coffee aficionado? Get him this OXO BREW Glass Pour-Over Set. You can use the hand-blown glass set to brew coffee directly into a mug for a single serving or into the insulated glass pitcher for four servings. Plus it looks great on the counter and is easy to clean. Add a KeepCup reusable coffee mug, which is eco-friendly, convenient and stylish.
Dads also need some time to chill. When it’s time to retreat to the bedroom and calm their minds, they will appreciate this white noise machine. It cancels out the sounds of the kids’ video games in the other room and makes them feel as though they have the house all to themselves.
If dad has never tried Saxx lounge pants, it’s about time that you introduce him. These pants are softer than your skin and the perfect thing to wear on Christmas morning or a lazy Sunday.
Shop Local: If dad has never had a barbershop shave, it’s time to treat him to one. Make him an appointment at a local barbershop or grab a gift card. A great option in Wilmington is Queen Street Barbershop.
Dad might also appreciate a Date Night Package from Giggles. You’ll get four date nights to use for four hours of childcare within a two-month period. The package also includes a pizza dinner for the kids. It’s a win-win for the entire family!