The Ultimate Grandparents Guide for the 2016 Holiday Season

As the mother of a little girl, who has two doting grandmothers, and the founder of Smart Coos, an online language learning startup for kids, I’m always on the lookout for the best gifts to suggest during the holiday seasons – when her grandparents ask – and they always do. Here are a few of my favorite products that would make excellent gifts for the grandkids (and the kids!) in your life. So, whether you’re looking for something educational, fun, yummy or gifts that will benefit your grandchildren in the future – you’ll find it below, and I will also be updating this article as new deals come in! Check back here for the latest.

 

Educational

Smart Coos, $20 and up

This gift is perfect for the grandchild you want to learn a second language. Smart Coos language instructors adapt to the age, skill and personality of your grandchild.

Everyone who uses it gets a unique experience, from the parents and infants learning Sign Language to the 12-year olds learning Mandarin Chinese. Smart Coos makes the perfect gift for any grandchild, infants to 13 year-olds.

Languages available are: Arabic, English, French, Haitian Creole, Mandarin Chinese, Sign Language, Spanish and Vietnamese.

 

My Kingdom Books, $25 and free shipping

This gift is a great idea because it incorporates a timeless activity (reading) with new technology that is quickly becoming a part of every day lives, all with the use of an app!

My Kingdom Books is a customizable children’s pop-up book that comes
complete with augmented reality technology. Using MKB’s apps on iOS or
Android device creates an interactive experience. The products ultimate
goal is to foster creativity as well as promote reading.

 

ChopChop Kids, $19.99

ChopChop, the Fun Cooking Magazine for Families, is a non-profit, quarterly food magazine for kids aged 2-12. ChopChop is a perfect gift for families who love to cook. ChopChop is filled with nutritious, great-tasting, ethnically diverse and inexpensive recipes, educational food facts, Q&A’s, and interactive games.

 

Gifted Custom Art

Gifted Custom Art enables grandparents to upload any photo—from family
portraits to snapshots of Fido and turn it into a paint-by-numbers outline
printed on a 16”x 20” gallery wrapped canvas for their grandchild.
Grandparents can encourage their grandchildren to unleash their inner
Picasso, with a photo of their choosing. The kits come with everything
needed (paint, brushes, easel) to create a beautiful piece of custom art.
The kits make it easy for kids of all ages turn cherished photos into timeless
masterpieces.

 

American Girl Cooking: Recipes for Delicious Snacks, Meals & More, $19.95

The American Girl Cooking cookbook is for the emerging chef and American Girl fan. Packed with tasty, easy-to-follow recipes fit for any occasion, this book will
inspire young cooks to get in the kitchen and create delicious, wholesome
dishes alongside their grandparents.

Grandparents can enjoy quality time alongside their children while choosing
from the book’s 40+ fun, colorful recipes to prepare.

 

A Night of Great Joy, $16.99

New York Times bestselling illustrator Mary Engelbreit presents A Night of Great Joy – a picture book that celebrates the Christmas season and tells the story of the nativity through the performance of the children’s Christmas pageant. This book celebrates diversity by featuring child character illustrations of many races and ethnicities.

 

The Moodsters, $19.99

The Moodster first of its kind educational lineup of toys, on your radar for your upcoming Hoilday Gift Guide for Grandkids. Through engaging characters, stories and toys, The Moodsters teaches children a vocabulary for their feelings and helps them understand and manage their emotions. Continuing to teach young children simple strategies to build social and Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and deal with their emotions, just in time for the holiday season, The Moodsters are expanding their product line with two new products: The Moodsters Feelings Notebook and Feelings Crayon Set and The Moodsters Plush Characters and Sticker Activity Book.

These toys are perfect gifts from grandparents from grandkids because it will allow grandparents to spend time together to help their grandchildren while helping them learn more about their emotions and feelings in a positive and fun way!

Games & Toys

The Arrow, $995

The Arrow, sized for kids five to nine, is packed with performance and safety features – kids are guaranteed an exhilarating drive while parents digitally supervise the ride via their smartphone on the app. Safety/parental controls include adjustable speeds, collision avoidance technology and geo-fencing that limits how far kids can stray. There are customizable features including drift rings, body kits and downloadable synthesized engine sounds.

 

Mystery Tackle Box, $45 and up

This box is perfect for your grandchild who loves fishing. Mystery Tackle Box offers gift subscriptions for any budget, from $45, all the way up to $276; from 3 to 12 months. Each box is curated by experts. They will discover new products, learn new techniques, and hopefully catch more fish!

 

Turbo Runner, $49.95

What kid doesn’t love a drone? Capable of going just about anywhere, the Turbo Runner climbs walls and ceilings with ease. The Turbo Runner is a master of all tricks. Transitioning from flight to running mode, it darts across walls then dashes across ceilings – it even runs down staircases. Mimicking a design that was developed in conjunction with the U.S. Navy for a real-life UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), the Turbo Runnerfears no trick thanks to its
patented cage, which minimizes any force of impact.

CogniToys Dino, $99.99

The IBM Watson powered Augmented Reality (AI) CogniToys Dino! It ‘s like the next-generation teddy bear!! This cute, 7-inch smart toy dinosaur interacts with children ages 5 to 9, with features like games, storytelling, questions and answers and more! The Dino is an interactive toy, it can engage in intelligent conversation with the child and remember their favorite colors, animals, foods, etc.

Not Parent Approved, $24.99

Not Parent Approved helps get kids get back into real life, plus fun games that kids and exhausted grandparents could enjoy together is very hard to find. This award winning game may just be the perfect stocking stuffer.

The Claw!. $189.99

Imagine a toy that lets you control a brain machine interface, listen to brain signals and even takes away the free will of another person? The Claw! Bundle is a robotic gripper that lets grandkids get started with their very first brain machine interface while delivering a hands-on robotics and educational neuroscience experiment experience.

 

Crazy Foam, $5.99

Grandparents are always looking for ways to make their grandkids’ lives more fun, which is why Crazy Foam is a great gift to give. With character designs on the cans, like pop culture-favorites Superman and Wonder Woman and princess and fairies, kids will love playing with this 3-in-1 bodywash, shampoo and conditioner. Plus, the bubble-gum scented foam is moldable, so kids will be entertained creating fun shapes in the tub and bath time will be a breeze.

 

Gifts for your grandchild’s future

Smart Coos, $20 and up

This gift is perfect for the grandchild that you want to learn a second language. Smart Coos language instructors adapt to the age, skill and personality of your grandchild.

Everyone who uses it gets a unique experience, from the parents and infants learning Sign Language to the 12-year olds learning Mandarin Chinese. Smart Coos makes the perfect gift for any grandchild, infants to 13 year-olds.

It will also benefit your grandchild’s professional opportunites as an adult!

Languages available are: Arabic, English, French, Haitian Creole, Mandarin Chinese, Sign Language, Spanish and Vietnamese.

 

Gift of College, $25 and up

Everyone wants their children and grandchildren to get a great education. Friends and relatives now have an option to contribute to a 529 savings account (a tax-advantaged savings plan designed to encourage saving for future college costs) without being asked. You can even help someone pay off an existing student loan with these gift cards. Plastic 529 gift cards are also available at Toys R Us and Babies R Us retail stores.

 

Letters to My Grandchild, $14.95

This special letter time capsule features 12 different prompts, and grandparents can write letters to their grandchildren using these prompts. They then gift the whole capsule, and the grandchildren can open the letters at future dates. It’s a gift that keeps giving and is very meaningful for a grandparent to give. The charming package is also tremendously appealing.

 

Yummy treats, delivered!

Graeter’s Ice Cream

If you’re not familiar with the dessert brand, Graeter’s Ice Cream is a nationally recognized and awarded ice cream brand that was founded over 146 years ago in Cincinnati, OH.

The fourth-generation family owned and operated company has perfected the art of using the French Pot, a traditional, small batch artisanal process of making ice cream. Known for their indulgent, premium flavors and ingredients, they’re also widely recognized for their gargantuan gourmet chocolate chips.

Popcorn & Ice Cream

Delicious, handmade cookies delivered to your grandkid’s doorstep each and every month. With the gift of The Noshy Box your grandchild will get a tin of fresh cookies for 3, 6 or 12 months.

The Noshy Box is available in 4 different flavor options – Classics (for the traditionalist cookie lover), Chocolate Lovers (for those that can’t get enough of their cocoa), Baker’s Choice (for those who trust you enough to send something fabulous and potentially a little different), and Gluten Free.

Remember to check periodically as this list is updated if every few days during the holiday season. If you think this list is missing an item, shoot me an e-mail at mirta@smartcoos.com

Mirta Desir is the founder of Smart Coos. She left law practice to launch a childhood education focused startup, write, and travel with her family. You can find her on her blog, miradesir.com, TT, IG, or FB.