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This year, I bought gifts for most of my Christmas list at Barnes & Noble. Like many people, I used to think that Barnes & Noble was pretty much just books, but I was so mistaken: They have countless other products perfect for holiday gifting, from home wares to tech gadgets and toys, toys, toys! Sitting in the comfort of my home, I was able to browse through their website and tick off name after name on my holiday list. If only shopping were always this easy!
Since they have so many great items for kids, I actually bought 75% of the gifts for the children in my family this year from Barnes & Noble. How awesome is that?! These are my top 3 gift ideas for kids from Barnes & Noble:
- 1. Utopia 360° 3D Virtual Reality Headset: VR headsets are one of the hottest trends for 2016, so picking one up is a great way to become a gifting hero! At only $29.95, this headset is a bargain and is compatible with most smartphones, including both Android and iPhone. It’s simple: Just load a few VR apps on your phone, pop the phone into the headset, and place it on your head to be immersed in a virtual reality world of videos and games. Jai actually made his own VR headset this summer, and it’s always a huge hit and conversation starter when we have guests over. It blows my mind that all my childhood sci-fi movies are coming true! I actually picked up a couple of these headsets as gifts for different people, including a teenage boy on my list that I was drawing a blank on what to buy for. Not only are these awesome gifts, but bonus, it will give the recipient something fun to do on Christmas day also!
- 2. LeapFrog Shapes & Sharing Picnic Basket: When I saw this, I knew it would be a great gift for my toddler niece who loves girly things and stuff that makes noise! This pretty pink picnic basket retails for $21.95 and comes complete with plastic picnic food and utensils perfect for a teddy bear’s picnic. It talks and sings songs, helping young children learn colors, shapes, matching and manners. The sound can be turned on or off, meaning that it can be used as a “Quiet toy” when appropriate! LeapFrog always make wonderful educational gifts, and I know this will provide a lot of entertainment.
- 3. Grumpy Cat Hand Puppet: My niece also loves cats, so I thought that good old Grumpy Cat would be perfect! Not only will old Grumps give the grownups a smile, but he has soft fur and cute little hands that you can move around to put on a puppet show! At only $15.95, this is a really cute little gift for any child aged 1 year and up.
Hear more about my gift picks in this Gift Guide video:
To further aid you in your holiday gift search, Barnes & Noble have put together a 2016 Holiday Gift Guide with ideas for everyone in your family. As part of this Gift Guide, they’ve compiled a list of the top gifts for children this year:
Top Gifts for Kids
Fun & Imaginative Stories for Kids
1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J. K. Rowling
2. Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
3. Double Down (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #11) by Jeff Kinney
4. Don’t Push the Button! by Bill Cotter
5. The Land of Stories: A Treasury of Classic Fairy Tales written by Chris Colfer and illustrated by Brandon Dorman
6. Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes by James Dean and Kimberly Dean
7. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie: Extra Sweet Edition written by Laura Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond
8. Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Robin Wasserman
9. Darkstalker (Wings of Fire: Legends) by Tui T. Sutherland
10. Gravity Falls: Journal 3 by Alex Hirsch, Rob Renzetti, Andy Gonsalves, Stephanie Ramirez
This Season’s Top Toys
2. Pie Face Showdown $24.95
3. Hot Wheels AI Starter Kit $99.95
4. Sky Rover Voice Control Drone $86.95
6. Sesame Street Elmo 13 inch doll $16.95
7. My First Bananagrams $11.21
Top Tech Toys
Design, Make, Create & Build
1. Dash Robot $11.21
2. Bloxels: Build Your Own Video Games $49.95
3. Magformers Walking Robot Set 45pc $99.95
4. littleBits Gizmos & Gadgets 2.0 $199.95
6. Make: Spinbots Kit $29.95
7. Vex Robotics Pick & Drop $39.95
Top Tech Tools
Coding, Robotics, Programming & More
1. CreoPop 3D Printing Pen – Starter Kit $129.95
2. Makeblock mBot $74.95
3. Utopia 360° 3D Virtual Reality Headset $29.95
4. Kano Computer Kit $149.95
5. XYZprinting da Vinci Jr. 1.0 Wifi 3D Printer $399.95
6. WEmake FM Radio Soldering Kit with Tools $24.95
Special Polar Express Pajama Storytime
Barnes & Noble are also offering a special Christmas activity at their brick and mortar locations that you won’t want to miss:
In addition to great holiday gifts, Barnes & Noble stores nationwide will host a special in-store Polar Express storytime event packed with tons of hot cocoa, coloring, writing letters to Santa and more. Come in your pajamas and join us as we get in the holiday spirit! Find your local Polar Express Pajama Storytime date online here.
When it comes to holiday shopping, Barnes & Noble has you covered for the entire family!
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