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Finding the perfect gift for the special littles’ in your life can be challenging, especially when what they want one minute turns out to be something entirely different the next. We’ve been there and we also know how stressful and busy holiday time can be. Let us help make your life a little bit easier with the Hoot Reading Holiday Gift Guide. Our 2018 Guide is packed with educational toys (don’t worry your kids will think they’re fun too!) and books (of course). We’ve also outlined “experience” ideas to choose over toys if you’re looking to give something different this year. 

Keep reading for our 20 picks for the 2018 holiday season!

 

TOYS

littleBits Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit

Price: $71.43

 

For the Star Wars fan in your life! Kids can learn how to control electronics with code and play over 22+ missions and challenges with their Droid.

Q-BA-MAZE 2.0: Big Box

Price: $34.95

Build colourful marble runs in a variety of shapes and layouts. Helps to expand creativity, cooperation, and logical thinking.

Kano Harry Potter Coding Kit

Price: $69.99

Let your little wizard make some magic this holiday season by creating their own wand that responds to their movements, just like the characters in Harry Potter.

Klutz Lego Make Your Own Movie Kit

Price: $18.96

Create fun stop-motion animation movies with this lego kit. Easy and quick to do.

STEM

Craft-tastic – Inventor's Box

Price: $64.99

 

Kit that inspires creativity with seven challenges to invent a robot, musical instrument, machine, new game—and more.

Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit

Price: $11.94

 

20 piece kit for your young scientist to experiment and learn the basics of chemical reactions and science.

Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Exploration Kit

Price: $20.99

Build over 100 different electronics circuit projects with 30+ electronic components with this hands-on kit.

Drone Builder Kit

Price: $69.99

Build and fly your own drone with the Circuit Scribe Drone Builder Kit.

BOOK RELATED

Epic! Digital Library for Kids 12 & Under

Price: $34-$134

Read and learn anytime, anywhere with Epic! Enjoy instant, unlimited access to 25,000 high-quality books and videos.

Novel Effect: Read Along Books

Price: Download for free. There are a small selection of free books and then options to purchase.

Bring stories to life with voice interactive storytelling app Novel Effect. Add music, sounds, and even character voices, simply by reading a book out loud with the app.

Physical Books

Price: Varies with choice of book

We love technology, but there’s something about holding a physical book in your hands that can’t be replaced. Reference Common Sense Media’s “Best Books” lists for ideas broken down by age and book type.

Magazine Subscriptions

Price: Varies with choice of magazine

Who doesn’t love getting mail? This is the gift that keeps on giving every month of the year. We would recommend a subscription to Nat. Geo Kids or Cricket, but there are lots of other great options out there as well.

BOARD GAMES & CRAFTS

Charades For Kids

Price: $26.99

The classic game we all know and love, but with challenge cards specifically designed for kids. Fun for the whole family!

Crayola Meltdown Art Set

Price: $24.99

For the little artist in your life. Create colourful melted crayon art by using one of the suggested projects or making your own.

Mancala For Kids

Price: $11.53

The popular game designed specifically for kids with colourful game pieces of elephants, dogs, lions, turtles, rhinos, and fish.

Style Me Up - i-Loom Friendship Bracelet Making Creative Crafting Kit

Price: $39.99

With the i-Loom, kids can learn, create, and share countless friendship bracelets. Learn various knotting techniques through the i-Loom App.

EXPERIENCES

Hoot Reading Subscription

Price: $112-$155 per month

Stuck on what to get your Grandkids for Christmas? Need ideas for your Niece or Nephew? Give the gift of Hoot! Encourage a love of reading and help enhance current skills by paying for a one month subscription for a child in your life this holiday season. Contact maya@hootreading.com for more details!

Educational Day Out

Price: Varies with activity choice

Get your kids tickets to visit your local zoo, aquarium, or museum for an engaging and different day out.

The Loud, But Fun Activity

Price: Varies with activity choice

Get tickets to their favourite musical artist, stage act, or sports team. You may want to throw some ear plugs in your bag for good measure (you can thank us later).

The Unique Day Out

Price: Varies with activity choice

Think of different activities you may not have tried with your kids in your city and make a day of it. Visit an indoor water park, escape room, skyzone, or bowling alley. Go with your gut and the one you think they’d enjoy the most!

We hope this list gave you some gifting ideas for this year. Wishing you and your family a relaxing holiday filled with lots of love and laughter!

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