5 Great Kids Birthday Gift Ideas

If you are having a hard time deciding on what gift you will give to a kid – your child, nephew, niece or godchild on his or her birthday, then you’ve come to the right place! Surely, at the end of this article, you will be able to finally decide on what gift to share.Check out – 5 Great Kids Birthday Gift Ideas.

For kids, birthday gifts aren’t just for their entertainment or use, it is also a representation of your love and attention to them. By giving a gift that you know they will like very much, kids will surely be more motivated and happy. They begin to see that you understand their interests, that you pay attention to them. That is why always think about the gift that you will give as it can greatly benefit the kid in ways that you don’t even realize. And without further ado, here are 5 great gifts for your kid’s birthday.

1.) Books

There are still kids that love to read books!  They aren’t always “glued” to electronics – trust me.  (Ex. Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Warrior Cat series, etc.)  Getting them a fun book will be the best birthday gift. Try choosing a thought provoking book, that is also fun and enjoyable. This way, you will not just be giving them a source of happiness but also guide them into a world of imagination.

2.) Latest Game

Playing is very important for kids, it is still the most effective recreational activity to promote their positive mood and restore their motivation. As long as you can control their playing time and exposure to video games, then getting the latest game as their birthday gift will surely make them happy. (And you can probably play together!)

3.) Stylish and Trendy Clothes

One of the safest and famous birthday gifts are definitely clothes. While they may seem easy and less impactful, a very stylish and trendy set of clothes might just end up as their favorite birthday gift if you get their current tastes right. Today, kids are very easily influenced by their favorite super hero or anime characters, if you get them clothes with their favorite character on it, then they’ll definitely like it. In fact, I bet that once they see it, they will automatically wear it the next time they change clothes.

4.) Shoes

Shoes are very practical birthday gifts, it is a necessity for kids. However, you need to be very careful on what type of shoes you need to get for them. Kids also love to brag about their brand new shoes to their friends, therefore, you need to give them the style that they like. If they are a Golden State Warriors fan, then a Curry shoe must be your gift. If you give them a LeBron or Kyrie instead, then expect it to be stored on the shelf for a very long time as they will most likely never wear it. (Think of it as a prize or trophy.)

5.) Electric Scooters

  1. With the emergence of electric scooters, kids today will not tire themselves from just kicking the ground in order to gain speed in their scooters. If they like to play outdoors with their friends, then getting them an electric scooter with a low top speed will surely make their birthday the best. However, make sure that you buy the safety gear along with the electric scooter to give your kid the protection they need. You can check for the top electric scooter models at this site: https://parentsneed.com/top-5-best-electric-scooters-for-kids-under-10/

Giving Gifts That Benefit The Planet – prAna

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This season I’m focusing on finding gifts for my lovely family that will encourage growth, happiness and peace.  That could be as literal as giving a beautiful Amaryllis or interpreted metaphorically as sharing a product that is good for our environment.  I was recently introduced to a clothing line that checks all the boxes, and you too can give gifts that benefit the planet when you chose from – prAna.

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More than ever, people just like you and me are seeking ways to spread positivity in our country. One way to do that is to make sure every purchase you make and every gift you give has a positive impact on our planet.  I’ve discovered a great line of clothes that fit the bill –  prAna. The cool clothing line prAna offers organic, hemp, sustainable, and fair trade items so that consumers feel great about the things they wear and the items they give.

I decided to take my new Mariette Dress out on my recent Small Business Saturday shopping trip last weekend.

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I’m going through that “delightful” time in my life where I could break out in a sweat in the freezing cold. Argh. I was very curious how I would handle this material and, I’m very happy to report, that I felt very comfortable in this sweater dress.  Fabric consists of Organic cotton blend sweater knit, 70% Organic Cotton / 30% Acrylic.

Please check out their website – http://www.prana.com/ –  and see their cool designs.  When you find something to add to your cart do yourself a favor and save 15% off your entire order.  Use this Promo Code:  BLOGF16ANHA

When you get your new clothes share a pic!  I’d love to see what you chose!

 

(*Disclosure:  I was provided product in exchange for this review.  But honestly, I really love this clothing line!)

 



A Great Way To Save – Groupon Coupons!

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The moon belongs to everyone, the best things in life are free“, sang Frank Sinatra (among many others) and that’s fantastic!  However, it’s very hard to wrap and very difficult to fit under a Christmas tree.  And so it goes, the search for the perfect gift. If your gift-giving list is long, I’ve discovered a great way to save on everything from toys, clothing, appliances – you name it!  It’s Groupon Coupons. Do you know about this? I didn’t! I’m so happy to learn about it, particularly for this time of year. Let’s check it out!

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photo: Life With Levi

Groupon Coupons can help ease your Thanksgiving journeys by offering great discounts on hotels and travel.  Also, there are coupons for holiday decorating and food options.  A sure-to-please gift is a lovely bouquet (you don’t have to worry if it “fits”). From You Flowers has great deals right now. This would also be a very nice gift to give to yourself!

Something that most of us don’t think of, until something falls apart, is home maintenance. This can be tricky for those that either aren’t handy with tools, don’t have access to tools or aren’t physically able to handle the heavy lifting.  Angie’s List now offers FREE membership through Groupon Coupons. You can give the gift of a “Handy Man” this season.  That’s a pretty great gift!  Click here for your deal.

Holiday shopping just got a whole lot easier and better with this find. Check out Groupon Coupons and I’m sure you’ll find something wonderful for everyone on your list.  Happy Holidays!

 

 

Save 50% On Your First Order At PetGiftBox!

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PetGiftBox is the perfect gift for your furry friend this Holiday Season. Jam-packed with only the best quality treats, toys and other fun goodies, your dogs and cats will be beggin’ wink for more. Check out www.petgiftbox.com/holidaypet and you can save 50% off your 1st box by using code:  HOLIDAYPET at checkout!

 

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All pets deserve a gift this Holiday Season. They give so much to us and it feels so good to bring joy to your pet.  Are you a pet parent who includes Fido/Fluffy on your gift-giving list?  Do you have a special stocking for your ball of fluff and/or furry pal?  Treat your pet, or surprise your friends and family that have a pet, with a PetGiftBox! Filled with only the best quality treats, toys and other fun goodies to bring happiness to their hearts.

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This would also be a great thing to share with an animal shelter!  By saving 50% off you’ll be providing much-needed joy to the little creatures that haven’t found a forever home.  (I wonder if seeing their precious face will tug at your heart and you’ll be needed a PetGiftBox for your own home.)

Share this deal with your friends and followers.  Let’s spread the joy this holiday season.  They deserve it!

 

(*Disclosure:  I’m sharing this great deal as part of my participation in the USFamilyGuide.com. No financial compensation. The words are truthfully my own.)

 

Father’s Day Sale and Giveaway – Gearbest.com!

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As my children and I peruse the internet, and actual aisles, for what to gift the special man in our lives for Father’s Day we’re overwhelmed. I mean, we’ve done this… many times… for many years. Sure, we could say ‘Been there, done that. What about a nice card?’ The thing is, we really enjoy marking these occasions, we feel it’s very important to honor those in our lives that support us, help us feel safe, make us laugh and are just good people. A very special ‘Thank You’ feels great!  With that said, I’ve found a site that offers great, innovative gifts that I’m sure will create smiles as well as memories – GearBest.com . Their special sale ends June 17th!!!  Father’s Day Sale and Giveaway – Gearbest.com!

 

The GearBest.com site is fun.  Check out this video:

Also, Gearbest.com is offering a great giveaway! 3 lucky Winners have the opportunity to choose:

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Bed Bath & Beyond Great iTunes Savings AND A Giveaway!

‘Tis the season to spread some joy with special people in your life. If you’re an organizer I’m sure you’ve started your  “Gift Giving” list.  I… well, I need to get on that! Not only do I have Christmas to shop for – both of our girls have birthdays in December.  *whew* For some people in your life there’s no problem picking out just the right present that you know they’ll love.  (My husband loves the film “The Godfather” so now he has quite the collection of dvd’s and reference books to last him several rainy days!) However, for those that are a bit tricky to choose for gift cards are a great way to go. And Bed Bath & Beyond has a great deal now on iTunes gift cards that you won’t want to pass up!

From November 1 through November 22,  2015 you can save 15% on iTunes gift cards $25, or higher, at all Bed Bath & Beyond stores.  If you have a Mastercard through Bed Bath & Beyond you can double your savings! When you use their Mastercard you receive 5 reward points for every $1 you spend on your gift card purchases.  You’ll be double dipping your savings!

With an iTunes gift card you’ll be giving the gift not only of music, but movies and TV shows can be downloaded as well!  Is there a movie you’ve been telling a friend they “just have to see”?  Is there a TV show you want your sister to catch up on so she’ll “get it” when you say ‘Totes kewl!’ ?  With this great deal from Bed Bath & Beyond an iTunes gift card is a perfect gift.

Not only do I get to share this great offer with you, I have another treat for one lucky Ann Again and again Reviews reader, a $50 Amazon e-gift card! This giveaway runs until November 22nd (just like the iTunes/Bed Bath & Beyond deal) so don’t wait.  Enter today! #iTunesBBB15

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How To Fight Off The Rainy Day Gloom

 

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The gorgeous blooms of our roses are beginning to fade now that September has arrived.  Portland is known as The City of Roses and when our flowers make their seasonal transition I’m looking for ways to keep blossoms in our home year around to fight off the rainy day gloom.  Recently I had the opportunity to check out flowers from The Bouqs Company.  With easy 3-step ordering a gorgeous bouquet arrived at my door and the feeling of lightness returned to my spirit.  Check out how pretty they are! And they come from the side of an active volcano. Cool! This should be your new flower delivery service.

 

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How do you bring lightness and life into your home during the darker Fall and Winter days?  Visit TheBouqs.com and you’ll see some of the most beautiful bouquets, created with unique flowers in gorgeous shades that will fit every style and season.  I am so impressed with the selections!  Truly beautiful.  And the ordering process is so clean – so easy.  A flat fee of $40 (shipping included) provides a gorgeous selection of various blossoms that will fit any occasion.  Find what you like *click* Enter your information *click* and there you are, ready to send and/or receive your selection.  The hard part is choosing between these stunning bouquets!

 

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Securely packed in a recyclable-friendly cardboard wrap.  No styrofoam!

 

TheBouqs.com has a selection of flowers grown on a farm that’s on the side of a volcano, 10,000 feet above the Equator.  Yes, a volcano.  Visit TheBouqs.com and click “Our Difference” from their homepage.  This is a great video from their founder John (just John) and it gives you the vibe of the company that’s working for you.  You’ll also see the stunning arrangements created by Chief Floral Designer Eric Buterbaugh.  Once you’re there you’re on your way to choose blossoms to brighten your home, work space or share a bouquet with a friend.  Flowers cut when you order – Always free shipping.  My blossoms were vibrant and perky for weeks!  Everyday’s a good day to send someone flowers!  Enjoy and let me know what you think :->

 

(*Disclosure:  I was presented a particular selection of bouquets to choose from for my review purposes.  My opinions are truthfully my own.)

Enter To Win Set of 3 Old Factory Candles! Made In The U.S.A.

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Enter To Win Set of 3 Old Factory Candles! Made In The U.S.A. - Ann Again and again Reviews
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There are certain items that are perfect gifts to give because A.) it’s something everybody needs.  For instance – grocery store gift cards, because eating is a necessity. Or B.) it doesn’t require knowing someones size, such as candles.  I love giving and receiving candles as gifts and recently discovered a line of candles by Old Factory – Made in the USA and sold through Amazon.  One lucky winner from Ann Again and again Reviews will win a set of 3 Old Factory candles to enjoy for themselves or give to someone special.  Good luck!

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Each candle is 2 ounces of scented soy wax that will burn for about 20 hours.  The wicks are made of cotton, so no worries of metal burning in your wick.  (Have you seen that in some candles?  If not, look closer the next time you purchase a candle.  Some companies actually have a thin piece of metal in the wicks – burning metal in your house?! Crazy.  Old Factory is clean burning cotton wicks :-> )

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Holiday Gift Giving Suggestion: SOL Republic Tracks Headphones

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I’ve never been a fan of ear buds and my youngest feels the same about putting things in her ears.  We’re enjoying a headset that is gentle on the ears and provides a clear, rich quality sound – SOL Republic Tracks.  With the holidays upon us one gift that is sure to make those that love to listen to music/podcasts, watch YouTube or concentrate at a Google+ Hangout giddy would be the gift of SOL Republic Tracks headphones.

Headphones By Sol Republic  - Tracks.  Superior sound. Perfect for the kid always on the go. Holiday Gift Giving Suggestion from Ann Again and again Reviews.

When you first place these headphones on you notice the pliable headband which is made of Flex Tech.  This material is bendable and feels soft on the head, a great feature for those that have sensory issues of things being too tight.  I found the sound to be clear with a smooth bass quality.

My youngest can actually concentrate better if she listens to music while studying, or writing a paper.  These SOL Republic Tracks headphones make it so she can plugin to the laptop and do her homework anytime.  We have a little house, and voices and laughter can carry, so it’s great that our family’s conversations won’t get in the way of homework getting done.

You can find SOL Republic Tracks headphones at Target, Walmart and Barnes & Noble.  To learn more about the features of SOL Republic Tracks headphones please visit their site through this link.

Happy Holidays from Ann at Ann Again and again Reviews!

 

IfOnly – Your Opportunity For Extraordinary Experiences

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IfOnly.com - Extraordinary experiences with the world's top talents - Ann Again and again Reviews

 

IfOnly – a marketplace for extraordinary experiences with the world’s top talents.  IfOnly.com has curated gifts that are not only jaw-dropping, they are gifts of the heart and surely touch on the spirit of the season – * Joy * Sharing * Caring *.  IfOnly provides selections of gifts that range from Recipes of the Month from Michelin-starred chefs, meet-and-greet with bands like Imagine Dragons and Train, staying at the private lodge of golf legend Greg Norman while enjoying outdoor activities with him as well, to having a custom-made recreation of your home – made of gingerbread! – by IfOnly’s master baker.  With all of these gifts the celebrity host shares a portion of the proceeds to a non-profit of their choice.  An amazing experience and giving all in one!

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IfOnly.com members can learn how to make an incredible dish from a Michelin-starred chef, walk the red carpet with the stars of The Dallas Buyers Club at the Rome premier, or have their tennis swing analyzed by the same coach that took Andre Agassi to greatness, it’s all possible via IfOnly. This holiday they are featuring a Michelin–starred box of caramels for $100 – it’s a fantastic gift that can’t be found anywhere else!

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A portion of the proceeds from every sale on IfOnly is directed to a non-profit of the celebrity host’s choosing. IfOnly.com creates the opportunity for connection at every level, prices on IfOnly.com range from a digital badge for $1 that you share on your social media pages to show your support for a cause, to a golf getaway with a master of the game for $200,000 and everything in between.  Perusing the site is so much fun and makes for quite a holiday wish list!  Please visit IfOnly.com and see what’s in store.

Ultimate Dining Experience And Holiday Treat With Restaurant.com Gift Card

BUNDLE UP WITH RESTAURANT.COM’S HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

DELICIOUS IDEAS FOR EVERY BUDGET!

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At Restaurant.com, the nation’s largest dining deals site, we love surprising our diners with fun ways to save.  This holiday season, we’ve handpicked delicious dining experiences and gift ideas for every budget and compiled them into an exclusive Restaurant.com Holiday Gift Guide.  Simply pair any Restaurant.com Gift Card with one of these gift bundle ideas below for the ultimate dining experience and holiday treat:

 

1.      The Movie Buff: For the movie-quoting, obsessed friend, surprise them with two tickets to a movie on their must-see “Oscar” list and a $25 Restaurant.com Gift Card. Enjoy a night of appetizers and plot-dissecting debates! Ready to splurge? Stop at the concession stand for some candy, drinks, and a jumbo popcorn to share! Create your own >

 

2.      The Workaholic: To help someone on your list find much needed tranquility, pair a $100 Restaurant.com Gift Card with soothing bath salts, lavender mist, and a face mask to create an affordable, at-home spa treatment. Ready to splurge? Add a spa gift card and make Dinner reservations for a nice, relaxing evening post-massage. Create your own >>

 

3.      The Wine Fanatic: Bring Napa Valley to every wine lover on your list! Pair their favorite wine with decadent cheeses, crackers, and of course chocolate. Then, cleanse their palate with some late night dessert and a $25 Restaurant.com Gift Card. Ready to splurge? Instead of dessert, make it dinner and BYOB at thousands of Restaurants nearby! Create your own >>

 

4.      The Romantic: Add some romance into your holiday with a $50 Restaurant.com Gift Card, bouquet of roses, some irresistible chocolate covered strawberries, and a candlelit dinner for two. Ready to splurge? Pick up some bubbly on the way home for a classy touch. Create your own >>

 

5.      The Theatre Lover: Add some dramatic flair to the holidays with two tickets to their must-see show and end the evening with our $100 Restaurant.com Gift Card – perfect for dinner and dessert. Ready to splurge? Buy them a memento from the show and two drinks during intermission! Create your own >>

 

Sweepstakes Giveaway Details: http://thedish.restaurant.com/holiday-bundle-up-giveaway
Five (5) lucky Facebook fans will have a chance to win one of the gifts featured in our gift guide every Wednesday beginning November 20, 2013 and ending December 18, 2013

 

 

(*Disclosure:  I am sharing this opportunity as a member of USFamilyGuide.com)

 

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Wonderful Gift Idea – Personalized Chicken Soup For The Soul

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Blurb’s Chicken Soup For Your Soul!
Books are a wonderful gift idea. You’re providing a new journey, perhaps visual delights, or personal insight. As Gregory Maguire says “Books fall open, you fall in”. However, it can be really hard buying books for people as gifts. After all, you never know just which books they already have. And then when you do find the right book and give it to them, how do you make it really personal? Put in a book plate? Write an inscription? How do you make the whole thing totally them?

These personalized “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books are one really great way to do it. Not only do you get to choose from five different story themes (from “Christmas Stories” to “Giving thanks”), you can personalize it in ways you just can’t with a conventional book. As the title suggests, these are stories meant to comfort and heal.

Your custom made “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book will truly be a book for them because the book is printed with their name on the cover, as the recipient. And it’s truly from you because your name is printed on the cover as the giver. You can even include an inscription inside the book and on the back cover. Add a photo to the back as well!

There are other nice options to choose from, like the type of cover you’d like and the type of paper. It takes just about five minutes to make it a truly custom book. And, chances are, it’s something they’ll love forever. A 60-page book starts at just $24.95. (Psst… discount code – see below!)

There’s a quick video here: Chicken Soup for the Soul that shows you how to fill in all the info using a simple online tool. The books are all done by Blurb, so you know the quality is going to be great.

Get started here: Blurb’s Chicken Soup for the Soul Book

 

Surprise!! Here Is A Discount Code Valid Until 11/21/13! Save 25% when you spend $50 or more on print books with code: SAVING

Have fun creating your personal books! :->

Make Great Holiday Gifts With Picture Mall

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An ideal gift for the holidays features photos that remind you of those you love and happy times – be it a vacation, a birthday party or special family gatherings. Check out the creations you can make using Personalization Mall. With so many different items to customize with your great pictures you are sure to find the perfect holiday gifts to share, or keep for yourself.

Cell phone cases, canvas wall hangings, personalized scented glass candles – there are so many items to add your photos to you can’t go wrong!   Check out the offerings at PersonalizationMall.com

 

6 Tips For Hassle-Free Holiday Returns

Not every gift is going to endear the recipient like you hoped it would.  I’ve learned not to take it to heart when I don’t see a smile on a particular person’s face after all these years.  I tried.  I know it’s going back.  Oh well.  Hopefully these tips will help “this person” ;-> and you if you are in the same situation.
 
According to a recent survey by the National Retail Federation, 83.1 percent of retailers indicated their return policies wouldn’t change much during the holiday season. In fact, over 10 percent of stores said they’d make it easier for shoppers and ill-received gift recipients to return unwanted merchandise.

Whether it’s a return or exchange you have to handle, these six tips will help make the process less of a hassle.

1. Review Return Policies
First things first: take stock of the items you don’t want and review return policies for the stores from whence they came. If it’s an online return, be sure the original packaging isn’t tossed out with crumpled gift wrap. Ideally, you can get all your returns knocked out in one day as soon after Christmas as possible.

2.  Card Protection
If you’re missing receipts or attempting to return past a limited-time period, call your credit card company. Many cards offer extended return protection and other helpful return options for purchases made with the card. You will likely need to send the merchandise directly to the credit card issuer, but they will usually cover shipping costs. Just make sure the goods are in like-new condition.

3. Organize Receipts
The best way to ensure hassle-free returns is to have your gift receipt or purchase confirmation handy. For quick access, download the OneReceipt app to digitally store all your receipts. If you’re returning something you purchased yourself, some stores like Banana Republic keep transaction histories which they can reference in lieu of a receipt.

4. Return to Store
If possible, try to dodge return shipping fees by returning an item in store. While this option is obviously not available for online-only purchases, most top retailers like Target, Walmart and Best Buy will accept merchandise returns for items purchased online. If you are doomed to ship the merchandise back to the online store, avoid long lines at the post office on January 3; this is historically the busiest day to return unwanted gifts by mail.

5.  Exchange Cards for Cash
Since 81 percent of shoppers intend to buy a gift card during the holidays, it stands to reason a few of these will miss the mark. Happily, unsatisfied gift card recipients can exchange their card for cash on the aptly-named Gift Card Exchange Day scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 26. Gift cards can be sold for up to 92-percent of their value, or in exchange for an Amazon gift card.

6. Exchange Plus
Returning something is never a fun task, but it’s certainly more bearable when you’re exchanging it for something you like more. If that’s the case, be sure to stretch your returned dollars with coupons. You can expect an abundance of end-of-year sales and promotions from your favorite stores, so hit the shops early for the best inventory.

(*Information shared with permission by Andrea Woroch.  Andrea is a nationally-recognized consumer and money-saving expert who helps consumers live on less without radically changing their lifestyles.)