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4 must-have pre-holiday gifts to buy for the kids in your life

The gifting season is in full effect and now that we have all eaten our turkey feasts and pumpkin-flavoured everything here in the U.S., we are ready to finish up our holiday shopping, unless you are like me who has already bought and wrapped everything, (wild, I know!)

In the blink of an eye, everyone has moved on to nonstop Christmas music, decorating and searching for the latest and greatest toys (aka the interactive Hatchimal which is THE must-have toy of the season and the new Mini NES console- both retailed at a starting price of $60 and now selling for over $200 on Ebay-not available until late Feb 2017-dying to snag the mini NES!). But what better way to start celebrating, rather than waiting 25 days until Christmas, than getting a pre-holiday gift to use/wear now?

Check out our list of some of the best gifts to get your kids before the main event.

1. Advent Calendars

Gifts for kids: this super cool Disney advent calendar

Gifts for kids: this super cool Disney advent calendar

A favourite past-time of my childhood is opening up an advent calendar filled with small candys and plastic toys leading up to Christmas day, so I was thrilled to see them coming back in style this year. The top product in this space features one of the fastest growing Disney properties originating from Japan, the Tsum Tsums. The Disney Tsum Tsum Plush Advent Calendar, which is sold out in almost every store, also has a back-up that is just as cute with the plastic figurine version. A great way to teach children patience by counting down the 24 days until Christmas, has them opening a new window each day to reveal a surprise Tsum Tsum figure or accessory to create their very own Gingerbread themed scene.

 

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2. Frozen magic

What are the holidays to kids these days without some sort of Frozen merch. With practically every department store carrying new Frozen holiday products, the Frozen holiday dress, particularly the Elsa version, is the go-to for 2016. Every store from Walmart, to Target, Macy’s and the Disney store is carrying options. The best I have seen so far lights up AND plays a 16 second clip of songs from the film. The Anna dress plays “For the First Time in Forever” while the Elsa dress plays Idina Menzel’s version of “Let it Go,” sure to be at hit at every holiday party.

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3. Mini Rodini sleepwear
For a nighttime option, look into a cosy holiday themed onesie for kids to wear on the nights leading up until the big day. Check out Mini Rodini’s version in navy blue with digitally printed reindeer in white and brown and a hood with two seams and double-layered fabric blend made from Micromodal® and organic cotton. The folded up cuffs at sleeve and leg endings are made extra long to be folded down as the child grows, increasing the lifespan of the garment.

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4. Bedroom decor
Lastly decorate your child’s room with festive light up reindeer heads. As plush mounted animal heads continue to be huge in popularity for kids home decor, look into this new holiday version with natural wood and twinkle lights from Smallable Home. It works well as a seasonless decoration with its subtle hint to the holiday season, sure to bring excitement year round.

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