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2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Little Kids {plus Giveaway}

by Ivy B

Welcome to the 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for little kids (ages 3+). I’ve rounded up some great gift ideas for kids plus a nice giveaway to help your budget! What’s on your child’s wishlist?

Once kids realize they can start requesting gifts, creating wishlists becomes harder to handle.  Am I right?

At 6, my daughter has begun getting questions from people asking what she wants.  What we all realize is that asking a small child what they want usually leads them to name off the first thing they see on TV.  And then, you end up with junk they never play with.  Well … much like every other gift-giving event.

In the 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Little Kids, my aim is to introduce you to Christmas Gift Ideas you may not otherwise have known about.  Perhaps your child will take interest in perusing the list with you, or you may find something you just know they’ll love.  I know I’ve come across a few things this year that will be big hits with the family!

Don’t forget!  Scroll all the way to the bottom of the post to enter the giveaway from some fabulous prizes to help you start (or finish) your Christmas gifting needs.

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Little Kids

Disclaimer: SAHM, plus… was provided some of the items listed in exchange for inclusion in the gift guide.  Additionally, they may also be participating in the little kid gift guide giveaway as denoted by an asterisk (*).   All opinions expressed here are my own.  Affiliate links are included throughout this post.  Purchases after clicking on these links earn me a small commission, cost you nothing more out of pocket, and help SAHM, plus… maintain this free-to-you website.

Quarto’s Brick Building Books*

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We received How to Build Brick Cars and Beasts from Bricks.  As a car-loving family and with kids who love animals, these are amazing books for Lego-loving kids!

The books are set up similarly to the instructions you receive with your Lego kits these days.  Though they don’t seem nearly as refined, they still help your little (or slightly over-grown) builders create more with their expanding Lego sets.

Don’t already have a large collection of Legos? Check out this [easyazon_link identifier=”B00NHQF6MG” locale=”US” nw=”y” nf=”y” tag=”ivsvabasaan0a-20″ cart=”y” cloak=”y” localize=”y” popups=”n”]large box of classic Legos with 790 pieces[/easyazon_link]!

Batty Betty by Kathryn Hast*

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This year, we’re doing the 4 gift challenge (Something I want, something I need, something to wear, something to read).  Of course, we probably won’t stick to ONE item in each category, but it will be limited to things that can fit into a single box/bag for each category.  I won’t go into details here.

Since I place tons of importance on reading, I will definitely be shoving a bunch of books in a box.

Batty Betty is a great addition to your child’s library, teaching your children to march to the beat of their own drums in spite of what others think of them.  One of the worst things that happen to kids is when they put aside their passions for fear of rejection from others.  Not only do I appreciate a book that can teach my child what I wholeheartedly believe, I reinforce it by following my own out-of-the-ordinary passions as a mom in Autocross.  In many ways, we’re only truly happy when we are who we’re supposed to be.

Working Class Decorate Your Own Headband*

*Holiday Gift Guide for Little Kids Giveaway Sponsor

Arts and crafts for the girls!

Instead of simply giving girls new hair accessories, why not give them crafts to make their own?  This kit comes with everything a fashionista needs to make 10 custom headbands.

I have to say, I nearly died laughing when I read the box, too.  In the list of included supplies, it says “2 sheets glue dots (not pictured because they look like boogers).”  Seriously, I’d buy more from this company simply based on that truly honest and hilarious statement right there!

Not Parent Approved – Game*

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I’m a big fan of games, though usually educational is more my style.  However, kids sometimes just need to have fun just to have fun.  I can’t think of a better way than to gift them the game Not Parent Approved.

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Instead of focusing on educational themes and being geared toward younger players, this is a game meant to encourage family togetherness, fun, and laughter.  And what better way to start a family game night than to host a burp off to determine the answer boss?  That’s right, this is in the game rules!  You guessed it … if I liked the booger line in the headband supply list, I obviously loved the burp off!


My daughter was given a Kiwi Crate subscription for Christmas last year, geared for ages 5-8.  She really enjoyed keeping active and building things with her own hands, then playing with her creations.  As a parent, I loved how the booklets described the projects in the beginning and showed me how much time and mess each would create.  It gave me the ability to choose appropriate projects based on the time or energy I had available to supervise (or help).

KiwiCo has the Doodle Crate and Tinker Crate subscriptions available for ages 9-16+.  And, for your littlest learners, they’ve got the Koala Crate for ages 2-4 and recently added the Panda Crate for ages 0-24 months.

Rocket by Mike Vago and Matt Rockefeller*

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Rocket is an amazing book about a rocket traveling through space.  Geared to ages 4-8, your young reader can learn about space during this interactive reading session as a 3D plastic rocket journeys through the book with your child.  The rocket never leaves the book, so it’s always ready to make your child’s space journey time and time again.

This is a perfect way to get kids reading about science and space.

Toilet Trouble Game

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I couldn’t believe when my daughter begged us for this game.  She saw it in Target on a random trip and couldn’t get over it.  Throughout the year, we noticed that all my nephews received the game.  She got bummed out every time she saw one of her cousins open one and would say “that’s the game I want!”

And then, she received it for her birthday.

This game seems strange but makes easy fun for the family game night.  Geared for ages 4+ and even the toddler likes flushing the toilet.

Lego Boost

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The first time I saw this product was in the Lego Store at Disney Springs and I was amazed!  Have you ever been to the Lego Store?  You can scan products at a screen that shows you the product built-in virtual reality.

The [easyazon_link identifier=”B06Y6JCTKH” locale=”US” nw=”y” nf=”y” tag=”ivsvabasaan0a-20″ cart=”y” cloak=”y” localize=”y” popups=”n”]Lego Boost Creative Toolbox[/easyazon_link] allows your child to make 5 models in one.  After their build, they can use a free app to code their new creation to do things bringing it to life.

Q Wunder Game and App*

*Holiday Gift Guide for Little Kids Giveaway Sponsor

I’m all about educational development in my littles.  Both have kept me on my toes requiring me to keep them immersed in educational activities for their big brains.  It’s easy for me to read books and print out worksheets and coloring pages to help them learn about a new subject.

What’s not always so easy is working on the emotional intelligence.  It’s not a message a coloring page can convey well enough and sometimes the kids are too young to just have a conversation about it.

Q Wunder fills the gap in several ways.  Q Wunder provides a physical game called Q’s Race to the Top which includes a book about Q and developing social skills.  Additionally, EQtainment developed a wonderful app (available on Apple and Android) where children can learn to build social skills.  Q is an adorable monkey.  They describe him as intelligent, but not always able to interact with people appropriately.  The app helps children discover emotions and build social skills.

Honestly, as an awkward introvert, I feel like I have a lot to learn with Q.  So, I’m really excited to share this app and game with my children.

You can get the Q Wunder app for iPhone, iPad, and Google Play.

Q Wunder has partnered with Chick-fil-A to include special Q Wunder prizes in each kids meal.

Plus, every Q Wunder prize will include a coupon code for 20% off our award-winning Q Wunder products and a free one-month subscription to all the premium content (including videos, songs and more) on the Q Wunder app!

Chick-fil-A® is committed to supporting social and emotional development in its Kid’s Meal prizes. Q Wunder toys are designed to be not just fun, but also to help kids identify their feelings and work on patience, manners and other emotional and behavioral skills.

Find your local Chick-fil-A® location and collect all five Q Wunder activities in Kid’s Meals while supplies last!

InRoad Toys Hot Wheels Play Tape*

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When I was a kid, my grandfather supplied us with these mega-rolls of paper … I mean ginormous.  I remember rolling out pieces as large as the space we had in the bedroom, sometimes the living room, and drawing roads and towns to drive our toy cars on.

While that fabulous memory certainly needs to be relived with my own children, I don’t have access to free monster-rolls of paper like that anymore.  And, I cringe at the thought of what those gigantic rolls would actually cost these days.

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Kwik Stix Thin Stix*

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I’ve talked several times about how much my daughter has always loved painting.  In her recent parent-teacher conference, art was names as one of her strong subjects.  Totally makes sense, because she could paint for hours as a toddler.

Gearing up for painting with little kids, however, gives me great anxiety.  It’s a ton of work to set up and can be an extremely messy activity to clean up after.  There’s going outside, setting up the easel, mixing paints, having clean brushes, and the worry of spillage and laundry to be done if things get out of hand.  You guys … serious anxiety!

Kwik Stix is a game changer here!  The Thin Stix are thinner versions of Kwik Stix, which are thin tempera paint pens.  You simply uncap, twist and paint.  The paint dries in about 90 seconds and I don’t have to worry about mixing paints or cleaning a bunch of supplies.  Don’t let the time it takes to dry fool you … the art your child creates will still look like paint … not marker or pen.

You can create fabulous pieces of art on different surfaces and without all the mess of paint… no water needed.

Thin Stix are available for a limited time at BJ’s Wholesale for $19.99 (cheaper than Amazon)!

WowWee Magnaflex*

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wowwee magnaflex animal set for kids holiday gift guide 2017

You may know WowWee for the awesome robotic toys.  But, they’re more than that and they want you to “unplug” and build your imagination!

WowWee has Magnaflex, which are awesome magnetic strips that bend and connect for a wide variety of creativity!  We received the WowWee Magnaflex animal set, containing 14 pieces to create a few animals, like a dog, owl, and more.

You can build 3D objects or create 2D art on a magnetic wall or fridge, meaning your creative abilities are only limited by your imagination.

Welcome to the 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Little Kids Giveaway

This year is really exciting as the author and owner of SAHM, plus …  For the first time, I decided to work on a 2017 Holiday Gift Guide.  What started as a gift guide for kids turned into two gift guides.  That means two amazing giveaways for my readers.

The little kid gift guide was the plan from the beginning, because I was having a hard time deciding what gifts a 6 year old needed.  This guide has been fun to put together and I’m really pleased with the prizes.  I’m sure you will be, too!

This year, one winner will receive all of these amazing prizes!  If you want to learn more about them, scroll back up and check them out.

Prizes in the 2017 Little Kid Gift Guide Giveaway

This is a winner takes all giveaway for one lucky mom of young children!  1 winner will receive the following items:

24 pack of Thin Stix (arv $24.99)

InRoad Toys Hot Wheels Play Tape

Q Wunder Game and 3-month App Subscription

Not Parent Approved Game

Headband Kit

Batty Betty Book

The two Quarto’s Brick Building Books (as mentioned in the guide)

Rocket Book

WowWee Magnaflex Animal Set – 14 pc (ARV $19.99)

Disclaimer: We are not responsible for prize fulfillment.  One winner will be randomly selected using Gleam and notified by email.  Winner will have 24 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.  This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or Google.  Void where prohibited.  For questions about this giveaway, please contact Ivy at [email protected].

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Christine Zumpano November 15, 2017 - 11:15 am

Great list! I am so excited for Christmas this year because the kids are old enough now to really be excited and involved in their decisions on what they want/need/wear/read. My daughter has been asking for that toilet trouble game as well and I could not see the appeal either, but it looks like a ton of fun for them.

Ivy B November 15, 2017 - 10:05 pm

It’s so silly, really!

Anne Higgins November 15, 2017 - 5:30 pm

All 5 of our grandkids are into drawing, painting and creating master pieces from their imaginations. So, I would say my favorite item (that they can all share) would be the KWIK STIX THIN STIX.

Deb November 15, 2017 - 6:23 pm

I’m most excited for the Brick Building Books.

Cheryl November 15, 2017 - 7:02 pm

My favorite is the WowWee Magnaflex Animal Set

Kelly D November 15, 2017 - 7:41 pm

The Lego Boost is my favorite.

Katelyn Fagan November 15, 2017 - 9:19 pm

I am really intrigued by several of them! The Lego Robot thing looks pretty cool! My kids are into lego again at the moment.

Ivy B November 15, 2017 - 10:08 pm

I couldn’t believe how amazing it was when we saw it in the Lego store! I’m in awe 😀

Ruya November 15, 2017 - 9:24 pm

My fav is the Not Parent Approved game 🙂

Cristen H. November 15, 2017 - 10:26 pm

I love that I haven’t heard of most of these gems.

Melissa November 15, 2017 - 10:59 pm

Great choices. We love Q the monkey over here and the magnet sets. Haven’t sold me on the toilet game though…I don’t know if I could get into playing that one. The paint pens have been on my list this year! Glad to hear a review.

Ashley C November 16, 2017 - 9:32 am

So many fun ideas! The Lego Boost is really neat! We love the lego store in Disney springs 🙂

kathy Persons November 16, 2017 - 10:12 am

I would love to gift a set of the magnaflex

manda shank November 16, 2017 - 10:41 am

The hotwheels.

nickie November 16, 2017 - 11:05 am

The Lego Boost is my favorite

Mary Cloud November 16, 2017 - 1:39 pm

I like the Lego Boost – we’ve always been Lego fans

Jessica Lodge November 16, 2017 - 2:19 pm

My boys say the Toilet Trouble game is their favorite. But of course it is!

Laura November 16, 2017 - 3:12 pm

Those brick building books!

Sarah C November 17, 2017 - 9:16 am

I think the Hot Wheels play tape is awesome! I love that idea.

jennifer bowen November 17, 2017 - 7:14 pm

every thing is really nice but i found the TOILET TROUBLE GAME would be the most fun out of all of it for me i think its just to cool

Heather Uline November 17, 2017 - 7:45 pm

Love it all..what a blessing..ty

Donna Clifford November 19, 2017 - 4:25 pm

I think I like the Lego Boost Robot the best!

Cassandra Huber November 19, 2017 - 6:02 pm

I think the Magnaflex blocks look pretty cool!

Kristi November 20, 2017 - 5:14 pm

My 4 yr old would love so many of these! He loves building out of anything so those will be extra fun!

Jessica Orlando November 20, 2017 - 7:23 pm

I think my boys would really enjoy the WowWee Magnaflex Animal Set!

Linda Madden November 20, 2017 - 7:24 pm

I think my grand son would love the Leggo Boost Creative Toolbox.

amanda whitley November 20, 2017 - 9:22 pm

my favorite is the InRoad Toys Hot Wheels Play Tape

Maryanne November 21, 2017 - 2:02 am

Hot wheels road tape! Super fun!

mickeyfan November 21, 2017 - 8:00 am

I want to play the Not Parent Approved game, but think my granddaughter would prefer the Kiwi crate.

Anna Pry November 21, 2017 - 1:47 pm

the thin stix because my kids love doing arts projects

Valerie Nani November 21, 2017 - 3:53 pm

My favorite has to be the Not Parent Approved game – looks like a good addition to family game night and also one she can play with her friends.

Dawn Monroe November 22, 2017 - 1:08 pm

I like the Lego Boost and the Toilet Game. I enjoy having game night with my grandkids.

Rosalin Merret November 22, 2017 - 2:11 pm

Lego boost looks great!

cheryl s November 23, 2017 - 4:46 pm

my grandson would love the hot wheels set

Terry November 23, 2017 - 11:02 pm

My favorite item in this gift guide are the KWIK STIX THIN STIX.

jennifer cervantes November 25, 2017 - 1:53 pm

my favorite is the batty betty book!

ET Pruitt November 25, 2017 - 10:10 pm

The WowWee Magnaflex Animal set is my favorite

Danielle Wood November 25, 2017 - 11:44 pm

My favorite item is the Lego boost, my son would love this

Erica B. November 26, 2017 - 12:29 am

I like the headband kit.

Stephanie Liske November 26, 2017 - 1:12 pm

I like the Kwik Stix Thin Stix.

Shannon November 26, 2017 - 10:52 pm

I love the Lego Boost Creative Toybox.

susan smoaks November 27, 2017 - 3:26 pm

i would like to get the INROAD TOYS HOT WHEELS PLAY TAPE*. it looks like it would be perfect for our son.

Lisa V. November 27, 2017 - 10:15 pm

My favorite is WOWWEE MAGNAFLEX.

Jamie Williams November 28, 2017 - 8:10 am

DECORATE YOUR OWN HEADBAND is my favorite gift from the awesome list.

Lauren November 28, 2017 - 3:29 pm

My kids would like the Q Wunder Game.

latanya November 28, 2017 - 3:29 pm

24 pack of Thin Stix

JoAnn F November 28, 2017 - 5:48 pm

My favorite is the Lego Boost Creative Toolbox!

Abigail Gibson November 28, 2017 - 5:59 pm

I really like the WOWWEE MAGNAFLEX. Looks very interesting.

Hesper Fry November 28, 2017 - 7:45 pm

The Kwik Stix Thin Stix from The Pencil Grip is my favorite item from the gift guide.

Brandy Schwartz November 28, 2017 - 9:30 pm

I like the Lego Boost toolbox. The toys have definitely gotten better as I’ve gotten older.

Sand November 29, 2017 - 12:14 am

I like the WowWee Magnaflex*.

The Gifter January 21, 2018 - 5:25 am

The Lego Boost is my favorite gift from all the list mentioned above. Even after so many years, still love it

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