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Creative gift ideas for kids
Few things compare to the joy and
excitement on the faces of children on
Christmas morning as they rush to the
tree in search of packages bearing their
Th ough it may seem many of the items
on your child’s list require tech savvy, getting
back to basics with craft y gift s can
allow your kids to explore their artistic
sides and foster imaginative play. From
options like coloring books and jewelry
making kits to glitter activity sets and
color and wash collectibles, there are a
variety of present ideas out there meant
to get those creative juices fl owing.
Whether searching for a gift for the
animal lover, aspiring scientist or DIYer,
you can fi nd gift s to spark your child’s
imagination and leave him or her with a
colorful, memorable surprise at Crayola.
Rethink arts and crafts time
While many children love to play with
glitter, traditional glitter and glue can be
messy. Th is holiday season, opt for a lessmess
solution like Crayola Glitter Dots,
which are recommended for children 5
or older and available in 13 sparkly colors
and three color palettes: classic, tropical
Each innovative dot features a special
coating so all the glitter is contained
inside and a unique adhesive that sticks
to multiple surfaces including paper,
wood, felt, papier-mache, fabrics, plastic
foam and more.
Th ey are available in single packs or
as part of larger activity kits that can be
used to conceive custom creations as well
as keychains, stickers, mosaics, sparkly
signs and more.
In a matter of minutes, kids can be
transported to an imaginative safari
where they can create, nurture and collect
colorable and washable fi gures with the
Crayola Scribble Scrubbie Safari, intended
for ages 3 and older.
Using the included kid-powered Oasis
Tub with a slide attachment, kids can
wash off their pets, customize their
appearance using six diff erent Scribble
Scrubbie Ultra Clean Washable Markers
and create brand new designs again and
In addition to the four safari pets
included - monkey, elephant, giraff e and
lion - additional expansion packs are
available that can bring your child’s collection
to a total of 12 adorable animals.
— Courtesy of Family Features
Perfect picks for the holidays
Practical presents for everyone on your list
When you’re making your list and
checking it twice, there’s sure to be at least
one person who you may not know what
to gift for the holidays. Instead of settling
for a well-intentioned something that will
end up in the corner of the closet, look for
ideas that are truly useful.
Practical gift s don’t have to be boring,
though. As these ideas show, there
are plenty of ways to make functional
items fun and stylish. Simply think about
your recipient’s interests and lifestyle, and
you’ll certainly fi nd a winning gift idea.
Also get creative with your shopping destination.
A retailer like Offi ce Depot off ers
a wide array of useful products and holiday
treasures for all ages.
Full STEAM Ahead
For a kid whose bedroom is already
bursting with toys, an educational kit that
encourages learning through play may
be the perfect gift solution. For example,
Scholastic STEAM kits allow kids to
explore and create with projects and activities
that emphasize curriculum in the
areas of science, technology, engineering,
art and math. Each kit off ers a unique
blend of hands-on activities and educational
content geared for kids ages 7-12.
Th e kits span a range of interests, including
Crystalize, Maker Electronics, Cool Builds,
Geodes, Space Out and Solar Racer.
Offi ce Style
A working guy or gal deserves some
special recognition for a job well done.
An executive style desk holder is a simple
way to display fun name plates that give a
nod to the professional’s sense of humor.
Th e plates come in four playful sayings:
Everyday I’m Hustlin’, Undercover
Superhero, Boss Lady and Out to Lunch.
Th ey’re fun and aff ordable solutions for an
offi ce Secret Santa exchange or as a stocking
stuff er for friends or family.
The Write Stuff
For the budding artist or journal keeper
in your life, the limited-edition TUL
Brilliance Pens collection is a perfect choice.
Th e pens are available in gel or ballpoint
styles and pair perfectly with the Brilliance
Note-taking System, a leather notebook collection
that comes in junior and letter-size
formats. A mirrored fi nish behind the diecut
pattern of the cover adds an element of
elegance. Additionally, the notebooks can
be customized with accessories like dividers,
dated refi ll pages and expansion discs
to fi t the user’s specifi c needs.
A well-planned schedule helps ensure
that your busy days and weeks run
smoothly. Ideal for the organized woman
(or one who aspires to be), the At-a-
Glance Emily Ley line makes organization
fun and stylish. An option like the
Simplifi ed System Organizer Cover helps
keep your planner protected from stray
marks and spills while adding a sleek, professional
accent. Th e cover’s interior has a
pocket to hold folded papers and space for
business cards, a pen and notepad, along
with a bungee closure and matching button
to help keep everything neatly stored.
Make the face of that tech-savvy teen
on your list light up with gamer-friendly
gift s. Th e Realspace Gaming Chair
provides contoured padding, a removable
neck-support pillow, adjustable arms,
adjustable seat height and back tilt for
optimal positioning. For more tech-time
play, the Mobile Tech Desk features a tempered
glass surface, large slide-out keyboard
tray and plenty of shelf space for all
the computer equipment. Additional features
include built-in USB ports, a back
panel electrical outlet, trouble-free cord
management and locking castors for easy
—Courtesy Family Features