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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.
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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.
Holiday Gift Guide for Creative Kids
With the holidays fast approaching and most scrambling to finish buying gifts for all on their list, you may find yourself a bit stumped when it comes to your child. If you’ve got a creative child, finding gifts that put a smile on their face and encourage their creativity can include a bit more thought and effort on their part. The top trending toy of the season typically isn’t going to be what gets them excited, so what will? That’s exactly why we’ve put together this holiday gift guide with creative kids in mind. So let’s get started.
Create Their Own Digital Comic
If you’ve got a pre-teen or teen who loves writing and tends to have a rather lively sense of humor, then why not introduce them to RageMaker.net. This website allows them to use a variety of faces to create their own digital comic strip. They can add text, move images around, and really create something very professional looking. When they are done with their comic it can be saved and even printed.
Now because they can’t open a website on Christmas morning, you could always wrap up some binders or books where they can paste and display their comic strips as they make them.
Art Themed Gift Basket
Rather than buy one or two big gifts for your creative child, you may want to consider doing a whole arts and crafts themed gift basket. You can visit your local craft store, or even dollar-type store to stock up on all kinds of supplies. Things such a glue, googly eyes, sparkles, stickers, popsicle sticks, colored paper, feathers, pompoms, ribbons, jewels, felt, and scissors all make for perfect items.
Your child will love sorting through the various items in the basket, and because there are no rules to how the supplies are used, they will be free to be as creative as they like.
A Professional Art Kit
One of the key items artists need are drawing tools such as colored pencils, paints, drawing pencils, markets, and oil pastels. You can find pre-packaged art too/drawing sets that contain all the necessary items your child will need. As a companion gift you could also include different types of paper that work with the various mediums in the set.
Sign Them up for an Art Class
Art classes are another fabulous gift for creative kids. These classes give them a chance to work on their craft and learn the core skills. You can find classes that are an introduction to drawing, painting, calligraphy, beading, pottery, and more. Just pick the ones that would interest your child the most, and then you can also purchase the supplies they will need to get started in the class.
You Need to be Creative in the Thought Process
When it comes to buying gifts for creative kids, the best technique is for you to be creative yourself in your idea process. Creative kids need to be able to work on their skills and craft, and feel encouraged to do so, so finding gifts that match their interests is always the best plan.
Holiday Gift Ideas from National Geographic Kids Books
The holidays are upon us, and it's time to figure out what will go under the tree! (And don't forget gifts for the teachers).
Books make the best gifts -- a thoughtfully selected book will hold a child's interest long after the new toys have been tossed aside. National Geographic Kids Books is featuring FIVE new titles that are perfect for gift giving. From the big “WOW” books for middle graders, to a wonderfully touching picture book for young readers as well as new and expecting moms, to affordable stocking stuffers, these bright, beautiful titles cater to bookworms and reluctant readers alike. They are fun, visually stunning, totally engrossing AND educational (but don't tell kids that last part!). Here's a brief rundown of each title:
Weird But True! Christmas: 300 Festive Facts to Light Up the Holidays — (ages 8-12, 208 pages)
The PERFECT stocking stuffer! Ready for some totally festive facts? Even Christmas can be weird -- it's true! Did you know that Santa's reindeer are probably all female? Or that artificial snow can be made from seaweed? Or that "Jingle Bells" was the first Christmas carol sung in space? Every kid will ho ho ho when they unwrap this book that is chocked full of the most random and fascinating facts about their most favorite holiday.
Ultimate Dinopedia - (ages 7-10, 296 pages)
Attention dinosaur fanatics! This is a big, gift-worthy hardcover that is also the most complete and comprehensive dinosaur reference ever. Although these amazing creatures roamed the Earth ages ago, new dinosaur discoveries are still being made today. The new edition includes favorites, like the fierce T-rex and the gentle Brontosaurus, plus audacious new finds, like the Anzu, Kosmoceratops, and Yi. Every dino profile is colorfully illustrated and features descriptions of when they roamed the Earth, how they lived, what they ate, and more. There are more than 600 dinos featured in all, including 10 profiles of recently discovered dinosaurs and new entries in the Dino Dictionary. Reports from paleontologists present the latest news and insights from the field.
Bet You Didn’t Know: Fascinating, Far-Out, Fun-tastic Facts - (ages 8-12, 192 pages)
“...the whole outing is really tailor-made for dipping and flipping at random....A bodacious wellspring of random knowledge."— Starred review, Kirkus Reviews. BIG , packed with gorgeous photos and illustrations and guaranteed to keep kids occupied for hours and hours, Bet You Didn’t Know is the perfect holiday gift for the fact-lover or for your kid’s favorite teacher’s classroom. Did you know that the first stop signs were black and white? Or that a litter of kittens is called a kindle? Or that butterflies can see more colors than humans can? Based on a favorite department in Nat Geo Kids magazine, this book is overflowing with fascinating facts, silly stats, and catchy little knowledge nuggets in all kinds of cool categories, from astronomy and sea creatures to revolutions and breakfast. Special features include Extreme Weirdness, Strange Places, Wacky World, and more!
Just Joking Jumbo — (ages 7-10, 288 pages)
What do you get when you have 1,000 giant jokes and 1,000 funny photos? A stocking stuffer that adds up to some seriously big laughs! If you have a budding stand up comedian on your list this year - this is the perfect book for them. Knock-knocks, puns, riddles, tongue-twisters, photos of silly situations and even the craziest info about the history of funny business - it’s all here!
Hey, Baby! A Collection of Pictures, Poems and Stories from Nature’s Nursery - (all ages, 192 pages)
Sweet dreams are made of this! Join National Geographic Kids on a trip around the globe to celebrate nature's nursery.This collection of stunning photography of wee ones of the wild world will inspire, awe and awww. With dynamic profiles, clever poems, time-tested folktales, amazing rescue stories, and unlikely animal friendships, this book will be a favorite with sleepy little ones, new parents and moms-to-be. Featuring everything from wobbly baby bison to teeny turtles, mini-monkeys to fluffy foxes, this is the perfect keepsake book for the baby animal lover in us all.
I love each of these amazing books! There is something for everyone. I know of several members of my family who are going to be very pleased Christmas morning!
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As holiday season rolls in, people search for the perfect gift to give. What do you get for those hard-to-shop for kids? For Scooby-Doo lovers and fellow “meddling kids”?
You get them the Scooby-Doo Bi-Plane Snaptite Model Kit from Revell! My son, Braxton is one of those hard-to-shop for kids. I was sent a Scooby-Doo Bi-Plane Snaptite Model Kit to review, and I debated on whether or not to give it to Braxton as a Christmas gift. But then, I became curious. Would my eleven-year old enjoy putting together this cute little model airplane? Braxton is definitely a child who loves all-things technology, and I wanted to find out if this would hold his interest.
The Scooby-Doo Bi-Plane Snaptite Model Kit includes:
- Highly detailed bi-plane
- 3 Characters ready to fly (Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, & Velma)
- Fun & bright model design
To my surprise, Braxton was very excited to get the chance to 'build' this little plane. He loves Scooby Doo, and also enjoys building things, and so he happily completed the task and had a lot of fun doing it. He was very proud that he was able to build his own model plane. Now that he has built it, he is having a lot of fun playing with it. I love the bright colors and the cute little characters that are included.
I used to love watching Scooby Doo when I was a child, and I think it is really neat that my own child loves it as well.
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The holidays are approaching quickly! I tell myself every year that I am going to have my Christmas shopping done by December, but I never do! I am always doing last-minute shopping.
I also find myself getting overwhelmed with finding that perfect gift for my loved ones. Kids especially, are hard to shop for. Trends come and go, and kids are often not interested in anything besides video games these days.
I have compiled a few gift ideas below of toys that I know a child will enjoy and actually play with, rather than toss it aside after one use.
WHAM-O- The original creator of the Hula Hoop®, Slip N Slide, Frisbee®, and more, is launching an online shop this winter...and it will be fully stocked with all our original childhood favorites. Check these out
- Snowboogie: Air Thunder Foam Sled, Animal Snow Tubes
- Arctic Force: Snow Bow, Monster Sling Shot
- Frisbee: Ultimate Frisbee, Frisbee Max Flight, Mini Frisbee Golf
I grew up with WHAM-O toys, and I have made many happy childhood memories using my slip-n-slide as well as my hula hoop. I am getting my son, Braxton the Air Thunder Foam Sled for Christmas this year because I have heard we are getting a lot of snow. Plus, we have the greatest sledding hills in our backyard!
MILK & SASS - The patented Macaron for Hair® is part high-end detangler, part travel mirror, and entirely Parisian-chic.
- Dreamed up by the candy-inspired premium hair accessory brand Milk + Sass®, the Macaron for Hair® introduces a detangling brush and mirror compact that is every bit as novel as it is functional.
- Macaron for Hair brings a fun, fashionable, and travel-friendly edge to the typical detangling brush. Amazingly effective, it introduces faster, damage-free detangling for all hair types. Available in a rainbow of flavors.
- Holiday edition golden Macaron for Hair available in November.
- Available in Urban Outfitters nationwide this week!
- Starts at $12.99
Most little girls seem to love combing their hair, and this amazing brush helps you to untangle your hair without pulling or breaking your strands. I love mine! It truly gets out those horrific rat's nests that I often get. This Milk & Sass detangling brush would be the perfect stocking stuffer!
HOBBYTRON.COM – HobbyTron is the largest online retailer of drones, remote control toys, airsoft guns, and more.
- Spider-Man: Jetpack RC Helicopter (recommended for those with flying experience), Herocopter Helicopter (recommended for beginner flyers)
- Drones: Venom Pro GPS, Mini Orion LCD, Striker X, Striker X Glow
- Flying UFOs: Licensed Flying UFO Ball Helicopters
I am getting my son this really cool Spider-Man Herocopter Helicopter. I think he will really enjoy it. (The Spider-Man Herocopter Helicopter is available on HobbyTron.com for $49.95, typically $79.99 on other sites.)
REAL COOKING PRINCESS CAKES- Real Cooking's Princess Cakes Deluxe Baking Set empowers kids to create, bake, and design their very own princess and fairy doll cakes using fresh ingredients.
- Real Cooking's Princess Cakes Deluxe Baking Set fosters creativity, confidence, child/parent/sibling bonding, develops life skills, is a great party activity, and is way more fun (and rewarding) than playing videos games or watching TV.
- Each set includes all the essentials you need to create two princess cakes. All tools (including kitchen utensils), mixes, frostings, and decorations are included in the kit. Just add fresh ingredients like eggs, butter, and milk. Delicious marshmallow-based fondant molds the dresses.
How cute is this baking set? This would definitely be the perfect gift for a princess-loving little one, and a bonding opportunity for Mommy and Daughter, or whoever wants to help create this masterpiece!
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Easter is coming! I have a tradition in which I add a special DIY book to my children's Easter Baskets every year. Some of my children are married, and have homes of their own now, so I choose books that they can actually use. These books are always a very favorite and eagerly anticipated gift. Below are a few book ideas that I have selected from to give to my children this Easter.
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