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.
Leading the Parade Earrings, $27
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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Erika W. says
We don’t really have any plans. We will just be staying at home this year.
Colette Sears says
I will visit the kids programs and enjoy as much time with them as possible.
I’m visiting my parents.
John H. says
We are having Christmas at our house.
Jennifer H. says
We are having Christmas at home.
Sherry Carver says
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Mary Gardner says
I will cook and have my family for dinner and then exchange gifts. Beyond that just spending time with my children and grandchildren.
Pam Flynn says
I’m so excited. Christmas is my favorite holiday! I’ll be going to my daughter’s house to celebrate with my daughter, son in law, and 7 yr. old granddaughter.
Leah Shumack says
We have friends coming over on Christmas Eve for dinner!
hazell perez says
My holiday plans are to visit family in New York my kids are super excited to see the snow hopefully we are able to enjoy and have fun. Happy Holidays 🙂
to spend with my family and friends
Jeff Brown says
Staying home with friends
I plan to keep it simple and let my grown kids take over
We are planning on spending a quiet holiday at home with family!
I will be visiting family and friends.
Dawn Ganey says
All going to moms in the next county.
Janet W. says
My holiday plans include hosting my family over on Christmas day for a big meal and exchanging gifts.
Lisa Brown says
i have no plans, staying home to enjoy a quite day
Cheryl B says
I will be visiting family and friends this year.
Kim Henrichs says
No plans this year unfortunately.
Dana Rodriguez says
We are not traveling this time. Just spending time with loved ones!
Missy w says
To spend time with family
Terra Heck says
Our holiday plans include visiting Six Flags St. Louis for Holiday in the Park in the middle of December. On Christmas Eve, we will be getting together at my sister’s house with family to eat a lot of food and open presents. Thanks.
Julie Bickham says
I believe we are spending the holidays at my parents.
Rajee Pandi says
baking cookies with kids
Harmony, Momma To Go says
My daughter would love those blendy pens! I need to get a jump on holiday stuff
Melissa Storms says
We usually stay home and my mom comes to visit for a week or two.
I PLAN ON HAVING A QUIET HOLIDAY W/JUST ME AND MY KIDS 🙂
This year we will be having Christmas at our house on the 26th since I work on the 25th. We have dinner and then open presents with our kids, parents and my brother’s family.
Denise L says
We always go to my in laws on Christmas Eve and spend Christmas Day with my family.
Susan Smith says
We are going to my SIL’s house for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Joy Q says
My plans are to visit family.
Kimmy Ripley says
We always go to my sister’s and my brother in law always cooks up a delicious feast. We leave happy and stuffed!
My husband works in the oilfield so it will probably be me and the dogs at home while he is at work
Alexandra Y says
My holiday plans this year are to travel to see family and make it back in one piece.
Our holiday plans are still being worked out.
Mary Beth Elderton says
We will see family for Thanksgiving, but Hubz and I will snuggle up together for Christmas. All of us are in different cities in different states right now.
My husband and I go to his family’s house for Christmas and my family’s house for Hanukkah.
Sab Edwards says
I have that week off of work so hope to just relax and rest and maybe destress
Celebrating Jesus’ birthday!
Kim Avery says
For Thanksgiving we are going to my aunt a and uncles. This will be the first year in over 20 years the whole extended family will be together! Christmas will be a quiet day at home.
We are staying close to home this holiday season.
Barbara Montag says
This year for Christmas we will be going to a fantastic buffet.
Allison Swain says
We will be going to my Aunt’s house for Christmas this year. Thanks for the chance to win!
I will be traveling to my mom’s house to spend Christmas with my family.
shelly peterson says
We will spend time at my daughters and open presents and have dinner.
Sara Zielinski says
I have not made my holiday plans yet this year.
My holiday plans are to celebrate with my family
elizabeth miller says
Our holiday plans are that the entire family will come over to my house on Christmas Eve for a huge family dinner. We also do all the little ones family presents at that time.
Cathy Oppedisano says
I am trying to find something to buy for my nieces. They get many gifts so I am trying to find something they will like and something they will learn something from. I wish I could travel and escape but looks like I’ll be here.
Audra O'Hara says
No big plans really. We’re not traveling; just staying home and enjoying the holidays. My daughter is already talking about putting up the tree!
Julie Wood says
My Holiday plans are to Go to my sister’s house on Christmas Eve and that is where all the family gathers and has dinner and exchange gifts. Then on Christmas day it is with my kids and husband. It is so much fun to gather and spend the Holidays with family!