Holiday Gift Guide 2015 - Gifts for Kids

Welcome to part two of the That Odd Mom 2015 Holiday Gift Guide. If you missed the first post, Holiday Gift Guide 2015 - Stocking Stuffers, you can find the link, and the link to all of the gift guides at the end of the post.


Do you remember the pure joy of the Fingerhut and Toys-R-Us catalogs showing up in the mail when you were a kid? I know I would sit for hours and circle the things that I REALLY wanted. Well, in today's technological age my kids get a minor kick out of those catalogs, but most of their time spent making wishlist is on Amazon and Pinterest. They can catalog items at a rapid pace and that leaves me with ridiculously large list to look over. I have to attempt to decode what they really want and weed out the extravagant and duplicate request. 

Seriously, my girls have at least 20 different versions of Baby Alive dolls on their list and they already own some!

When I put this guide together I had those ginormous wish list and my kids in mind. I included items that I know they would really love and some that they might not have thought of. It includes new items and classics, fun picks, STEM play, gifts that spark creativity and fuel the imagination. 

If your shopping for a child this holiday season, I hope you will find this guide as useful as I do!

VTech InnoTab MAX

Ages 3 to 9

"Built to grow with your child for years of learning fun, the educational and powerful 7" tablet contains a dual-core CPU with up to six times the processing power of previous generations! The award-winning InnoTab MAX, available in blue and pink..."


InnoTab MAX

Melissa and Doug Deluxe Magic Set

"This fantastic set includes ten professional caliber, yet easy-to-master, tricks for beginners! Young magicians will improve their confidence and fine motor skills as they amaze family and friends with exciting tricks and illusions!"


Wonder Workshop

All Ages (w/help for those under 8)

"Smart robots for curious minds. Dash & Dot combine creativity and play to teach fundamental coding skills."

* iOS or Android phone or tablet required and not included to download apps.

$49.00 and up

Panda Pals

Ages 3 to 8

From the Makers of Sock Panda - "For kids, playtime and learning go hand-in-hand. Gift Panda Pals to a child so they can discover a new wearable play and learn socktivity each month!"

A Gift Guide Giveaway Prize!

$12.00 a month

GoldieBlox Craft-Struction Box

"The Craft-Struction Box combines the best of crafting and construction for the ultimate open-ended play experience! Kids will think like Goldie to prototype and problem-solve, and with over 275 pieces the possibilities are endless! There are even videos online with building ideas to spark creativity, and keep track of your designs with the included wall poster."


This is NOT the View-Master we remember from our childhood. "The View-Master Virtual Reality viewer will take you around the world and beyond. Simply download one of the free View-Master apps, slide your smartphone (not included) into the viewer and bam!"



Groovy Lab in a Box

Ages 8 and up

"With Groovy Lab in a Box, you will receive boxes full of everything you need to learn about and do hands on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) experiments."

A Gift Guide Giveaway Prize!

$36.00 and Up

Groovy Lab in a Box Monthly Subscription

Melissa and Doug Folding Princess Castle

"Decorated with regal accents, this wooden play castle is fully assembled and ready for royal play. Features two removable turrets, balconies and a flying buttress, an arched walkway, towers and a working drawbridge!"


Minecraft Stop-Motion Animation Studio

Ages 6 to 12

"Create one-of-a-kind animations using the Minecraft Animation Studio! Inspired by the virtual game, this exciting toolkit comes with everything you need to make your favorite characters come to life. "



Ages 4 to 9

"Each Flipsie has her own unique dream and personality that come to life through her playsets. These interchangeable toys empower girls to dream big and use their imaginations by magically transforming from their everyday life to their dream life. No dream is too big for a Flipsie!"

Starting at $9.99

Read My Review - A Gift Guide Giveaway Prize

We recently gifted this to our 7-year-old for her birthday and not only does she love it, but here older siblings (12 & 10) do too! "A terrarium is a miniature garden in a simulated natural environment. The Grow N’ Glow Terrarium is a complete kit for helping kids to create their very own miniature eco-system. "

Q-Ba-Maze Ultimate Stunt Set

"The Q-Ba-Maze Mega Stunt Set gives average marble runs a run for their mind-maneuvering money. For starters, the set’s colorful translucent cubes interlock into an infinite number of artistically inspired structures. And double-exit cubes build suspense when it’s anyone’s guess which way the marble will roll."


Standard Unit Blocks

Ages 3 and up

"Sixty natural-finish, smooth-sanded hardwood unit building blocks are packaged in a handsome wooden crate for easy storage. Ideal for building, balancing, and hands-on early-math learning, these traditional unit blocks are a great value!"


Melissa and Doug Standard Unit Blocks