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2013 Holiday Gift Guide for Older Kids

Can you believe there are only 20 days left until Christmas? Time sure flies during the holiday season which means the stores tend to be packed and holiday shopping can get overwhelming. Not sure what to get that older child in your life this holiday season? I don’t blame you, there are so many choices out there. I have compiled  a list of some of my favorite gift ideas for older kids that can help you this shopping season.

Crafty

Cra-Z-Loom Bracelet Maker: $15-$25

Loom Bracelet Maker

Available for both girls and boys, these Loom bracelets are the hottest bracelets around!

The simple loop, weave and wear design lets you create unique bracelets, necklaces, rings and more! Make longer or wider designs by placing two or more looms front to back or side to side (additional looms sold separately). Containing 600 latex-free rubber bands of assorted colors, the Cra-Z-loom Bracelet Maker comes with the “S” hooks special weaving hook tool and an instruction booklet that uses step-by-step illustrations and photos to help you create simple to more advanced rubber band jewelry!

 

Portal Games

Skylanders Swap Force : $74.99

 

Skylanders

Embark on an exciting new adventure with the Skylanders and the SWAP Force. For generations, the SWAP Force protected the volcano that replenishes Skylands magic. That is until an epic battle caught them in an eruption that blasted them apart, sent them to Earth and gave them the ability swap powers. Only you can mix and match their tops and bottoms, put them on the new Portal of Power and help save Skylands.

Disney Infinity Starter Kit: $74.99

Infinity

A new video game where a spark of imagination unlocks the freedom to play with some of your favorite Disney and Disney/Pixar worlds like never before! Play in their worlds. Place your INFINITY Figures onto the Base to jump into a Play Set and experience original adventures in the worlds of Monsters University, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Incredibles.  Take on the role of Sulley, the naturally gifted ‘scarer’; become Captain Jack Sparrow, the sword-wielding pirate; or transform yourself into Mr. Incredible, one of the world’s greatest crime-fighters.  Battle enemies, solve puzzles, overcome obstacles and complete a variety of other unique quests. Or create your own world! Unlock virtual toys from each Play Set – characters, buildings, weapons, gadgets and more – and bring them into the Toy Box where you can mix them all up to create your own game.  Share your one-of-a-kind creations with your friends with up to 4-player co-op play! You can also add new INFINITY Play Sets and Figures. Or take your Disney INFINITY experience to a whole new level with Power Discs – an all new way to unlock character powers, fun gadgets and new ways to customize your world.

 

Family Game Night

Just Dance Kids 2014: $39.99

Just Dance Kids 2014

Just Dance Kids 2014 is the coolest dance experience for kids! Featuring over 30 fun and crazy dance routines to kids favorite songs, including hits from today’s most popular artists, TV shows and movies. Just Dance Kids 2014 gets kids of all ages up and dancing with colorful graphics, super-fun dance moves, and kid-friendly gameplay! Want to see it in action? Check out the video of my kids dancing during their game session here.
Hedbanz: 4.99

Hedbanz

Hedbanz is such a fun game from ages 3 all the way to adults! There are a few variations of Hedbanz, including a Disney Kids!.

“With Hedbanz, it’s a race to see who can answer questions to determine what’s on the card on their head before time runs out. Am I a cat? How about a shoelace? Maybe a toaster oven? Experience the hilarious kid’s game of figuring out what you are, while everyone else already knows! Find out who, what, and where you are while racing the clock. Ask smart questions to help narrow it down, but be careful because it’s easy to get turned around! Play Hedbanz – The game that’s all about using your head!”

 

Gift Cards

iTunes

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Is that special child in your life into playing games on the iPad or iPod Touch? Maybe they love reading, listening to music or watching movies. If so, then one of the easiest gifts you can get them is an iTunes gift card. They will be able to use it to purchase games, music, books and movies.

Movie Theater

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There are a ton of great movies out right now and not to mention so many new ones about to hit the theater. Let the child in your life choose which movie they want to see and the excitement on their face will be well worth it!

New released movies

Prices Vary

Planning on getting a new released movie for the child(ren) in your life? Here’s a list of some of the newly released movies available for purchase. There’s a lot more including some Disney movies that were released from the vault.
Despicable Me 2

Despicable Me 2

Gru, his adorable girls, and the mischievous Minions are back with a cast of unforgettable new characters in the blockbuster sequel to the worldwide phenomenon. Just as Gru has given up being super-bad to be a super-dad, the Anti-Villain League recruits him to track down a new criminal mastermind and save the world. Partnered with secret agent Lucy Wilde, Gru, along with the wildly unpredictable Minions, must figure out how to keep his cover while also keeping up with his duties as a father.
Monsters University

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Disney Pixar proudly presents the hilarious story of how two mismatched monsters met and became lifelong friends in a movie screaming with laughter and oozing with heart. Ever since college-bound Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) was a little monster, he dreamed of becoming a Scarer – and he knows better than anyone that the best Scarers come from Monsters University (MU). But during his first semester at MU, Mike’s plans are derailed when he crosses paths with hotshot, James P. Sullivan, “Sulley” (John Goodman), a natural-born Scarer. The pair’s out of control competitive spirit gets them both kicked out of the University’s elite Scare Program. With their dreams temporarily dashed, they realize they will have to work together, along with an odd bunch of misfit monsters, if they ever hope to make things right. Pull an all-nighter with hours of exclusive bonus extras, including an inside look at the world of monsters and the animated theatrical short film The Blue Umbrella. Monsters University opens the door to huge laughs on Disney Blu-ray.
The Smurfs 2

Smurf 2

Evil wizard Gargamel creates a couple of mischievous Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties hoping they will let him harness the magical Smurf-essence. However, he soon discovers that he needs the help of Smurfette, who knows the secret to turning the Naughties into real Smurfs. When Gargamel and his Naughties kidnap Smurfette from Smurf Village and bring her to Paris, it’s up to Papa, Clumsy, Grouchy and Vanity to reunite with their human friends, Patrick and Grace Winslow, and rescue her!
Planes

Planes

The world of CARS takes flight in PLANES, Disney’s high-flying animated comedy revved up with action and adventure. Join Dusty, a crop duster with sky-high dreams and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take on the world’s fastest flyers in the greatest air race ever. Dusty has a huge heart but two big problems… he’s not exactly built for speed, plus he’s afraid of heights. His courage is put to the ultimate test as this unlikely hero aims higher than he ever imagined. With a little help from his friends, Dusty finds the courage to be more than he was built for and the inspiration to soar.
Turbo

Turbo

From the creators of Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda comes a hilarious “fun-fueled family adventure” (Bill Bregoli, CBS Radio News) that proves no dream is too big…and no dreamer too small. When an ordinary snail named Turbo acquires the power of super-speed, his life kicks into overdrive! With the help of a struggling taco stand owner and a streetwise snail crew, Turbo will attempt to race in the Indy 500 and make all their dreams come true.
The Croods

The Croods

Join the Croods on the journey of a lifetime in the epic comedy-adventure that “has the magical wonder of How To Train Your Dragon” – Jake Hamilton (Fox-TV). When their cave is destroyed, the Croods set out to explore a spectacular landscape filled with fantastic creatures, strange surprises, and a whole new world of adventure!
Man of Steel

Man of Steel

A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

Tablets

Apple iPad Mini: $299 and Up

 

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Tired of your children always being on your phone or iPad? Apple recently introduced their iPad Mini and we happen to think it’s the perfect size for children and adults.
Nabi 2: $199

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Can’t justify buying your child an iPad Mini? You’ll be happy to know that Android created a tablet specifically for children! The Nabi 2 is geared towards children ages 7-10, while the Nabi Jr. is geared towards ages 3-6. You can see complete info on why this tablet rocks straight from their website.

The NABI 2 7″ Touchscreen Kids Tablet PC features over 100 software applications for kids and their parents to enjoy. A 2MP camera, Bluetooth and media player on the Tablet PC With WiFi provides tons of options for fun on the go.