Friday, November 30, 2018

Holiday Gift Guide for Age 6 and Up, Up, Up plus a Very Special Giveaway

This is the third in my series of holiday gift guides.  The first guide was for infants and toddlers and the second for preschoolers.  This guide is for everyone else – including grown-ups.  The final list will be for books.

This is actually my favorite, albeit most difficult list to put together.  Gifts for people in this category are heavily shifted to electronics and software for electronic products. This list includes only the “other stuff.”    I also have included some wonderful products that you have never heard of but are sure to be winners.  The bonus is that this list also features a super giveaway opportunity.  Read to the end to see the simple entry details.

About Holiday Lists at The Grandma Chronicles

This unique guide is from a grandmother’s perspective. It is my HONEST opinion - no corporate PR.

I go to toy shows throughout the year and I see thousands of items. Usually I see them out of the box and I may see demonstrations of how they work. The items on this list are those that I think will be enjoyed and you may not hear about them elsewhere. And… many will have cross generational interests.  This is how items make it on my lists.

The pictures were taken by me at shows - no stock photos.  They may be less than perfect with other stuff in the background, but they show the real deal.

Women's March Puzzle by eeboo

Women March 500 Piece Round Puzzle by eeboo – Our Giveaway!

I am so excited to be able to offer this very special item as a giveaway.  And there will be two winners! This has definitely become the “Year of the Woman” and it began on a cold January Day with the Women’s March in Washington, DC and all over the country.  To commemorate this event eeboo has produced this stunning 500 piece round puzzle.  The quote that surrounds “We are linked, we are not ranked, and this is a day that will change us forever because we are together, each of us individually and collectively will never be the same again” was by Gloria Steinem at the March. This is a gift not only for puzzle lovers but for everyone who appreciates the seismic shift happening in women’s empowerment.  It is that unexpected, thoughtful gift you wish you could think of but have no idea what to give.  And it is budget friendly!

The Women’s March puzzle is a Oppenheim Platinum Toy Award winner that was recently featured on the Today Show.

Pepper Mint in The Great Treehouse Engineering Adventure and
The Fantastic Underwater  Science Voyage  by Thames and Kosmos

Thames and Kosmos are well known for the science oriented kits.  I’m including the best STEM item for girls that I saw this year – Pepper Mint in the Great Treehouse Engineering Adventure  -  a Toy of the Year finalist. I also recommend the Fantastic Underwater Science Voyage which should appeal to boys and girls.  For older kids who are interested science and like to build things, these are both worth checking out.

Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall by LEGO

LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall
This award winning LEGO set is also on many Holiday Toy lists.  If you are interested in this item, buy it today, it easily will be a holiday sellout.  Harry Potter continues to be popular with new readers and people of all ages.  This 878 piece set is a gorgeous, detailed set – something LEGO knows how to do. It features  the potions and treasures rooms and the tower has a moveable staircase.  Plus a remarkale 10 minifigures – all your favorites!   This item can also be a wonderful intergenerational project to put together.  Although pricey, I put this in the good value category compared to many items offered in this price range.  There is also a more elaborate (6000 pieces) set available for serious LEGO aficionados.

Gnomes at Night by Peaceable Kingdom
Gnomes at Night by Peaceable Kingdom

Peaceable Kingdom has cooperative games for children of all ages and this one is designed for older kids.  The players must work as a team under time pressure to find the twelve treasures before morning that have been stolen from the Queen. Rather than play against each other, the players work together to find all of the treasures.  This is another excellent intergenerational opportunity.

Volkswagen T1 Campervan Puzzle by Ravensburger

This 162 piece 3d Jigsaw puzzle is a great present for Grandpa or the kids.  The grandparents vividly remember these and all of the Ravensburger 3D puzzles are fun to put together.  I have my eye on this for a Pop and grandson project when my grandson is with us for a sleepover.  I can picture some giggles and tales of long ago mixed up together.  Can you?

I Love Mermaids by Craftastic

There are six separate mermaid themed craft projects with everything needed included in the kit.  This is another good item to have to take out over the winter holiday break or on a cold snowy day.

Jurassic Park t shirt by Freeze    

If you know any Jurassic Park super fans – and there are many – you can’t go wrong with this t-shirt.  It may get worn immediately.

Giveaway Information
Two winners will receive a Woman's March puzzle by eeboo.
The hallmark of The Grandma Chronicles giveaways is that it is easy to enter and there are two ways. Both ways count as an entry so you get two entries if you do both.  I need to be able to contact you if you win. If you enter -  email your email address to  I will not use your email address for anything except to notify you if you win.  Grandmother’s Honor.
Two ways to win:
Leave a comment here on the blog
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You can have two entries by doing both.  Deadline to enter: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at midnight. This item can be sent to US addresses only.
Full Disclosure:  The reviews in this article are my own objective opinion.  I did not get paid to write these reviews nor I do I have a sponsorship/ambassador relationship with any of these companies.

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