It’s here! The Mama Maven’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide! We have the coolest, most unique gifts for kids of all ages, and adults! The Mama Maven’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide: For Kids, Men, and Women
Elmo’s World Hide & Seek – $19.99, Ages 6 months-4 years
This super-adorable and inventive game requires two players or more. One player hides Elmo somewhere around the house, using cards that have photos of places to place Elmo around the house. The other player uses the enclosed cards to find him. There are 24 location cards with ideas for where to hide, such as the couch, a backpack, even a fruit bowl. Elmo is pretty small so he can hide easily. Every 10 seconds Elmo calls the player(s) to help them figure out where he is so you can just follow the sound of his voice to find him. Once Elmo is found he calls out “Yay! You found Elmo!” You can also give your child several cards to choose from as clues. This game can also be used with a baby as young as size months – simply place Elmo under a blanket or stuffed animal and allow the baby to try and find him based on the sounds Elmo makes.
SnowWhite, $26.99 ages 4-7
This is a really great starter game for toddlers who love a good brain challenge and logical thinking games. In the game, which is for a single player, you have a house with 7 dwarves, Snow White and the Evil Queen figurines and a book of 48 challenges (plus solutions), from easy to hard. You place all the figurines inside the house based on pictures in the challenge book (there are special grooves that they can fit in). Once you place them you have to find the missing spot – and that’s where you put Snow White. Figuring out where to put her gets harder with each challenge and you have to use deduction and logic. When you’re finished, you open the windows and door to see if they match the picture in the challenge. The game also comes with a bonus picture book that’s formatted like a comics book.
For Elementary-school-aged kids:
STEM Gift Idea:
My First Lab WowScope, $69.99, ages 7 and up
Got a scientist-in-training? This microscope allows 3D viewing of objects up close and is a winner of the 2016 Creative Child Product of the Year Award. It’s from the makers of medical-grade scientific equipment and has real glass optics that provide crystal-clear viewing. The kit includes interchangeable 10x and 25x eyepieces for 20x or 50x total magnification. Your budding scientist can use any object in or outside the house, or experiment with the two prepared slides (5 total specimen). It’s very lightweight and can be taken anywhere, including outdoors.
Craft Gift Idea:
Blendy Pens Jumbo kit, $24.99, age 4 and up
Artistic kid can now take their creativity to a whole new level! Blendy Pens are markers that can be fused together to create a different, mixed color. You simply take two Blendy Pens and put them in a fusion chamber. The two colors will create a new, unique color. With the 24 Bendy Pens included, you can create 276 color combinations! The kit also comes with 12 fusion chambers, 10 posters, 2 stencils, 1 art portfolio and a bonus airbrush. This is the perfect gift for a kid who loves to decorate diaries and greeting cards, or make posters and any other art they like.
Brain Challenge gift Idea:
Jump’in, $14.99, ages 7 to adult
In this game, a single player has to help the rabbits jump to safety. It comes with 60 challenges (with solutions), ranging from easy to expert. Once you select a challenge, you place the pieces on the game board as indicated in the picture. There are 3 rabbits, 2 foxes and 3 mushrooms. The object of the game is to move the rabbits by having them jump until all three are safe in their brown holes. The rabbits can jump over other rabbits, the foxes and the mushrooms; The foxes can only slide. The game requires planning, problem-solving, spatial insight, concentration and logic. It’s small and portable and comes with a carrying case – perfect for travel!
For Teen Boy/Girl
Stamp Map, $38
Encourage your teen to become a world traveler with this cool world map. One brass stamp marks an “X” on places where you want to go to create a customized bucket list. The other stamp marks “visited” to stamp over the “X”. Also included are black and red ink pads.
For Teen Girl
Hard Candy So Scentsational Bath & Body Collection, $14.88
This kit is has everything you need to relax in a bath and pamper yourself. It’s available in Pink Peony &and Lemon Verbena, as well as in Carribean Fresh Citrus & Tea Leaf scents. It comes with a gel mask, bath fizzers, hand soap, hand lotion, body mist, fragrance diffuser , nd reeds. Not tested on animals.
36-in-1 Deluxe Multi-Tool, $49.95
You literally can’t get a better deal – no less than 36 items inside this little gadget! Instead of rummaging the drawers for various items, you have them all in one tool – all you have to do is designate a special spot for it (and make sure you put it back in its place). From measuring tape, to bottle opener to screwdriver – this tool has it all! Even a level, a hammer and 26 bits! What more can you ask for!? It’s super-affordable so you can keep one in your house and one in the car (for camping and for when you can’t find the one that’s in the house…) Even if the man in your life is not handy, he’d still appreciate having so many tools in one compact item.
This exquisite pair of earrings is 10k gold plated and adds sparkle and movement. The crystals give the earrings an antique look that’s perfect for a dressy occasion. Wear with trendy layers of gold chains for a combination of classic with a twist.
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Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman has also written for The Huffington Post. She has been living in the New York City area for seventeen years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature as well as a Law Degree, but blogging is her true passion. Maytal is a stay-at-home mom to three kids (ages 10, 8 and 5) and loves finding great products for her family.