A Little Something
Give your kids a little something extra in their Christmas stockings this year. Everything from movies and music to little toys and accessories can make great stocking stuffers for kids of all ages.
DVDs and Blu-ray discs
Kids love movies and some of the best films for little ones come from Disney. Some of our favorites this year include Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume 2 (Disney, $40) with 12 short films in a Blu-ray combo pack. Another Disney movie your kids will love is the No. 1 animated film of the year — Brave (Amazon, $50 for the 5-disc Blu-ray combo pack). Cinderella, Finding Nemo and Secret of the Wings are also all fabulous choices on DVD or Blu-ray discs.
CDs and MP3s
CDs by your kids' favorite artists make great stocking stuffers. Also consider CDs of Christmas music. Award-winning children’s recording artist Laurie Berkner recently released her first-ever Christmas album, A Laurie Berkner Christmas (Amazon Prime, $11). The album features 15 traditional holiday and seasonal songs including three original tracks. If you can't figure out what music your kids would like, a gift card from Amazon or Best Buy may be the answer.
You can't go wrong with stuffed animals. The Pajanimals new toy line from TOMY includes plush stuffies, a DVD and much more. For your little ones, we adore the Plush Puppy Apollo (TOMY, $11) and other stuffed animals. Jim Henson's Pajanimals airs daily on the 24-hour preschool television channel Sprout and on the new Saturday morning NBC Kids block.
Young kids love finding small toys in their Christmas stockings. Classic toys like Hot Wheels or Matchbox cars are a fantastic option for preschoolers and young kids. Also consider small figurines like Peppa Pig
(Toys "R" Us, $10 for a 4-pack) that can be used with playsets, or mini superhero action figures — which are very popular right now.
For teens, consider practical yet cool items like the GoSmart Stylus (Just GoSmart, $25). This is the smoothest, most precise stylus available for iPads, smartphones and other devices. It's perfect for clicking and writing, as well as drawing, sketching, painting and more. This stylus works well on any touchscreen device, even if it has a sticky protective cover.
Everyone can use more socks, right? This year, look for cute socks in cool colors and funky prints. We like the idea behind Snappy Socks
(mysnappysocks.com, $6 and up) — available in styles and sizes for the whole family. These socks have a snap-to-fasten feature that ensures socks will never go missing, whether in the dresser or the washer.
From cloth books for babies to young adult fiction for teens, you can find something for everyone. Look for books with a positive message. We love The Global Game Changers
(Barnes & Noble, $14) -- a book that encourages philanthrophy for kids. The Global Game Changers brand also offers toys and other products too, including an ebook, interactive book app and interactive website.
When you want to give your kids something extra, but aren't sure exactly what to buy, turn to gift cards. Perfect for tweens and teens, gift cards take the hassle out of shopping for parents and give the recipient a chance to buy what they really want. You can find gift cards or gift certificates for just about every brick-and-mortar store, online retailer and restaurant.
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