Gift Ideas for the Kids in Your Life

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

With the parades under Santa’s belt for another year in the County, it’s back to the North Pole to join the elves and – for those with kids on their Christmas list – it’s brainstorming time. In the next blog in the #BuyCloseBy Holiday Gift Guide, it’s all about the kids.

There’s two-and-a-bit weeks left, so it’s time to gear up. First, I try and encourage those with items they can donate, Food Banks are in full swing preparing and other local organizations are asking for gently used toys, books and games for their Christmas Donation Programs.

Because, we all know it’s wonderful to watch a child’s joy on Christmas morning. All children. And in #MyHaliburtonHighlands there really are a ton of great places to get the best ideas for a child of any age. Whether you’re searching for current toy favs, a new experience or an outing to remember, it’s easy to shop as local as possible.

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Photo of toys available at Haliburton V&S this year. Photo by: Jennifer Hughey

While brainstorming, the V&S Department Store in Haliburton came to mind as I find they have all sorts of toy ideas. Andy Glecoff showed me a new shipment of LOL Dolls, the Under Wraps Series ($19.99 each) to be specific, apparently, they are flying off the shelves. Oh, and the Sequined Ty stuffed animals are hard to miss, not to mention the entire Lego wall to peruse.

Stedmans V&S in Minden also have quite a few popular toys in store in preparation for Christmas. Take a peek and their game section for family night options for the New Year’s Eve party!

At Canadian Tire in Minden, they are stocked up with all the sledding gear a kid could dream of. From GT Snow Racers ($99.99 each) to slime green crazy carpets ($4.49 each),

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Hatchimals available at Canadian Tire. Photo by: Jennifer Hughey.

they’re sure to have fun racing down the hill. And a good stock of Hatchimals and Paw Patrol Fire Engine’s for those littles who added those to their Santa lists (hint: they are 10% off this week).

Even Todd’s Your Independent Grocer in Haliburton have a section with some of the latest toys of the season like Lego sets and Moj Moj’s (Google it!), or some classic DVD’s for a teen’s stocking on sale.

It’s fun to browse the walls of A Little Bit of Everything in Minden and Needful Things in Haliburton, for those staple items like new crayons or markers, colouring books and Play-Doh. Craft supplies could be fun in a special container or box, and creative too.

Are you looking for new headphones, a tougher phone case for your teenager or maybe, want to attempt musical equipment? Check out Halco Electronics in Haliburton for what’s in store. Drug stores all over the County certainly have your battery needs covered (don’t forget the BATTERIES).

A few more personal things to consider; if you have school-aged kids with vast imaginations, what about wrapping their first Haliburton County Library Card and a book for each of the twelve days of Christmas, stacked in the shape of a festive tree? Or you could do half borrowed and half new, with the help of Master’s Book Store in Haliburton.

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Opening Day at Sir Sam’s Ski/Ride. Photo by: Sir Sam’s Ski/Ride.

An awesome gift for the skier or boarder; a season’s pass from Sir Sam’s Ski and Bike in Eagle Lake. The gift that gives all winter long for those aged seven – all the way up to the kid at heart.

Something different may be a gift certificate for a bowling party at Fast Lanes in Minden with their friends? Or a planned skating party at a participating municipality (all four have info on their websites) near your family during one of their public days + some hot chocolate and a few friends?

These ideas should get you thinking, and are sure to complement other gifts they will receive. And most of them less expensive, yet memorable – all while supporting local businesses and making kids smile.

Don’t forget, there are two more blogs in the series to watch out for in the final days of shopping for the holidays. For the Art and Music Lovers and for those adoring of their family fur babies, the Pet Lover.

Posted: December 11, 2018

Blog Content written by Jennifer Hughey as part of the #BuyCloseBy project. 

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