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Wondering what to get for the kid on your list who seems to be a video game addict? Move over screen time, outdoor play is the way to go! Children need to engage in physical activities to keep their minds sharp and their bodies in shape.
Flybar has the perfect gift ideas for kids that make exercising a blast! They have everything from skateboards to the most innovative pogo sticks.
Flybar, the Original Pogo Stick Company has been around since 1918 and from then on, has become the standard by which all pogos are measured. They are the world’s largest pogo stick manufacturer and are constantly innovating and improving the pogo stick.
To date, Flybar has since moved beyond just being the top pogo stick company, into an all-around sporting goods company. New research and development continues to bring you fun and exciting new products.
Imagine how happy the lucky recipient will be when they unwrap something as cool as a Flybar pogo stick on Christmas morning! With a Flybar gift, you can count on countless hours of fun!
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A Book is a wonderful holiday gift to give to somebody who enjoys reading. And a book is certainly a gift that keeps on giving! No matter who is on you holiday shopping list this year, you are certain to find a book for everyone!
Below are a few of my favorite Gift Picks from Agate:
For the True Crime Aficionado
The Leopold and Loeb Files by Nina Barrett
A stunning history of Chicago's 1924 Leopold and Loeb murder case, told chiefly through a rare collection of primary source material, including court transcripts, psychological transcripts, evidence photographs, and more.
Hardcover | $35 | 7.5 x 9
For the Royko Fan
The Best of Royko by Mike Royko
A new collection of columns by legendary journalist Mike Royko from his years at the Chicago Tribune.
Hardcover | $28 | 6 x
For the Instagram Guru
A rare collection of photographs from the Chicago Tribune's underground vault, curated for the popular @vintagetribune Instagram account. Yes, there are cats. Everything you ever wanted to know about Chicago.
For the Activist
An inspirational, practical guide on why we need to elect the first Madam President in 2020 with action items all of us can take to help get us there. This might be the perfect gift for those who love to talk non-stop about politics. This book will be a great conversation starter.
For the Sports Fan
Chicago Tribune Staff
A decade-by-decade team history of the Chicago White Sox from the Chicago Tribune comprising essays, original reporting, archival photographs, and various memorabilia. Hardcover. I could picture a Chicago White Sox fan treasuring this trove of baseball treasures
For the Nonfiction Lover
A rich new memoir about one girl's experience in the US foster-care system and how she emerged not only to survive, but to flourish.
This book is a very interesting, but very sad read about the life of a foster girl who was abandoned whose journey through bleak and unloving foster homes came close to destroying her, but instead helped her find her voice.
I grew up adoring Care Bears. I had a Care Bear bed spread and curtains in my room when I was a little girl. I also owned several plush Care Bears. The holidays are just around the corner and kids and 'kids at heart' can channel their favorite Care Bears with these adorable socks and tote.
Socksmith’s Care Bear socks are colorful, fun and will put some happiness in your step. From Grumpy Bear’s signature belly badge of a blue rain cloud with raindrops to Funshine Bear’s infectious smile to Cheer Bear’s bright rainbow these items will tap into nostalgia and bring a smile to your face (and all those around you!)
Care Bears Assorted Socks
$8.00-$12.00 Available at Socksmith.com
Pintrill Tote Bag with pins (Cheer & Bedtime bear)
$55.00 Available at Pintrill.com
Perfect Gift Books for Kids from Candlewick Press
Who is on your list this year? Candlewick Press has something for every reader on your list! Here are a few of my son, Braxton's holiday favorites!
For kids dying to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree:
For families excited to pick a tree together:
For young dancers seeking a new spin on their favorite ballet:
For readers of all ages wanting to revisit a true classic:
For the curious ones always asking the Five W’s:
For those seeking wonder and magic:
For craft lovers during the holiday season:
For everyone STILL looking for Waldo:
For more Candlewick books, please visit their website: www.candlewick.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
I have always believed that there is no better gift that you can give to someone than a book. Whether it be for a child or a grown-up, books are the gift that keeps on giving. I still have books that I was given as a child for my birthday, or for Christmas, and they are well-loved. Below, I have compiled a list of some of the best books that I know will make a cherished gift for someone special on your list this year!
For the sports fan!
Decade-by-decade team histories from the Chicago Tribune comprising essays, original reporting, archival photographs, and various memorabilia from Chicago’s most beloved franchises.
For the true crime aficionado!
A visual retelling of the rise and eventual fall of Al Capone—the Chicago gangster, bootlegger, and leader of Prohibition’s most infamous crime syndicate.
For the holiday baker!
A collection of the best recipes from theChicago Tribune’s annual holiday cookie contest, as judged by the newspaper’s award-winning food writers.
For the photography guru!
A powerful and visually stunning photographic collection that tells the dark story of Chicago’s nefarious crime underworld.
For the trivia whiz!
10 Things You Might Not Know About Nearly Everything
Mark Jacob, Stephan Benzkofer
A carefully curated collection of fun and obscure facts, covering everything from language and food to politics and war.
For the caffeine fiend!
Craft Coffee: A Manual
Jessica Easto with Andreas Willhoff
This accessible guide to making coffee explores multiple pour-over, immersion, and cold-brew techniques on 10 different devices.
For the history buff!
A Century of Progress
A comprehensive photographic portrait of the second Chicago World’s Fair, a civic milestone forever honored by the fourth star on Chicago’s flag.
For the Chicago enthusiast!
The Chicago Coloring Book
Hours of coloring fun in more than 50 original pen-and-ink illustrations, featuring modern architectural treasures, local icons, and Chicago food and fauna.
When you give a child a book, you are giving a gift that can last a lifetime; the gift of a love of reading. I have complied a list of the best selling children's books that are perfect for every child on your list!
Time to cut loose! Have a rockin' time introducing children to the fun of Footloose, rewritten for children by the one and only Kenny Loggins. As a zookeeper named Jack joins the zoo animals in an all-night dance party, this new original story from Loggins is sure to get your feet moving. Little ones will love the cast of characters, including the rockin' chimp Louise ("Geez, Louise"), Mister DJ Elephant, the lemur Marie ("Oo Wee, Marie"), Milo the wombat, Luke the funkiest cat in the zoo, and so many more rocking, bopping, boogeying, tangoing, shaking, rattling and rolling animals!
Explore ten of the world's most diverse environments and reveal their hidden secrets with a magic, three-colored lens that illuminates each page in a kaleidoscope of color.
Things you can't always touch, see, or hear. Can you guess what they are?
The Curious Guide to Things That Aren't features thoughtful riddles - one for each letter of the alphabet - paired with engaging illustrations that reveal and explain the answer. Each spread features a riddle with several clues about an intangible item, such as air, breath, and jokes. Kids then have to figure out the answers through detective work and a little creative reasoning. The clues on each page progress from challenging, more abstract clues to a simple, final clue that encourages the reader to turn the page to discover the answer. The book covers a broad range of themes, from science, language arts, social studies, math, music, and art.
Snow on the road? No problem. A blanketless manger? Have it covered. A choir needed pronto? One is always available. In The Snow Angels' Christmas: A First First Christmas Story, a heavenly host of snow angels is on call to assist the holy family in sweet and imaginative ways. This version of the Nativity story introduces children to the traditional Christmas story, which is accompanied by tender depictions of the travelers to Bethlehem and their angelic helpers. Youngsters will enjoy seeing the many ways in which the angels perform random acts of kindness for the baby Jesus.
Discover what it would be like to travel through the four seasons in one day, following a little girl called Isabelle and her dog, Pickle, as they take on the adventure of a lifetime. As a sign of the changing seasons, Isabelle carries a little apple tree with her, and we see it bud, blossom and lose its leaves. Each spread features a musical note to press and a 10 second sound clip from the original score of Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Illustrated by artist Jessica Courtney-Tickle, the book also features a biography of Vivaldi at the back along with a guide to the music. This is the first title in a series of sound books that bring classical music to life for young children.
Join Nils as he is shrunk to the size of a thumb and embarks on a fantastical journey across the wilds of Sweden, from the glittering Baltic to the frozen north.
Enter to win! One winner will receive all six children's books (shown above) including the following titles: The Wonderful Adventures Of Nils, The Story Orchestra: Four Seasons in One Day, The Snow Angels Christmas, The Curious Guide to Things That Aren't, Footloose and Illuminature. (ARV: $120)
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*Product received. All opinions are my own.