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5 Gift Ideas for Kiddos, Ages 6-8

I’ve shared gift ideas for runners and firefighters. Now, our kids! If your kids don’t like these, blame my kids for liking these things. Not me!

Our boys both had birthdays in November. As such, we’ve had a chance to try out some fun new toys right in time to share some ideas with you. I’ve included our favorites, some of which were a little bit surprising to me as I didn’t expect them to end up on our list of favorites.

1. Nerf guns. If you don’t like play guns, I’m sorry. But you’re missing out. Because boy howdy, we’ve been having a blast. I was a No Play Guns type of mom before I had kids. I also confiscated some Nerf guns the boys were given too early to be age appropriate. However, they got some small ones at a birthday party earlier this year, and the boys learned the rules. Mainly: Downstairs or outside, and don’t shoot each other in the face. So when my sister-in-law asked if she could get the boys some Nerf guns for their birthday, I said, “Sure!” The boys ended up with the Strongarm Elite, currently on sale (12.2) for $9.74, and the Elite Firestrike Blaster, currently on sale (12.2) for $6.50. The latter of the two has a laser so you can better shoot your brother in the butt. Or your wife as she walks away. YOU KNOW. We’ve been having a blast with these, minus that one time that our friend shot me in the earlobe. To be fair, we were in the playroom.

Nerf Guns

2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys. The boys in green are back, which is a thrill for the adults in this household. First off, the Shellraiser gives me the lolz in the first place, but it’s also a great toy for the boys to play with their TMNT characters. Another win happened to be the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Turtle Lair Attack by LEGO. My favorite part about this set — in addition to the number of characters it came from to build up their TMNT minifugres — is that the two boys together (ages eight and six) put it together with absolutely no help from any adult. For that reason only, it’s my absolute favorite LEGO set ever.

3. Books! Our boys get books for every gift giving occasion ever, because me. These are their birthday and Christmas picks, with a brief review of each purchase.

  • The Origami Yoda Files Boxed Set: Look at BigBrother’s facial expression to understand how awesome he found this set. Big win.
  • Bad Kitty Boxed Set: LittleBrother loves these easy to read, funny chapter books. He was thrilled to get his own boxed set of books
  • My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish: I’m assuming BigBrother will love this one. Because Zombies! And goldfish!
  • Fly Guy and the Frankenfly: Fly Guy started out as a HUGE hit with BigBrother and LittleBrother has fallen in love with the series as well. This one should be a hit.

4. Games! And not even video games! Apples to Apples Junior has been so much fun to play after dinner since BigBrother got it for his birthday. Not only do we all get a case of the belly giggles, but it’s helping boost both boys’ vocabularies. I love it, they love it, win win.

5. Nintendo 2DS. My kids weren’t allowed to get a 3DS, because of my concern about the way that 3D can have a negative effect on developing eyes. Read also: I’m mean. As such, when I saw that Nintendo came out with a new personal gaming console that allows them to play the 3D games with the 3D ability completely removed from the system, I nearly turned a cartwheel. To be fair, the boys don’t have these yet, but I know they’re going to love them. This is the one thing they’re asking Santa for this year. (We only ask Santa for one gift.) I predict these to be continuously harder to get the closer we get to the holiday, so grab ’em when you see ’em.

Note: Boys and girls alike can/would/do like all of these items. I’m a 32-year-old female and love me some Nerf guns, TMNT, Star Wars themed things, and video games.


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Gift Ideas for Firefighters: RecycledFirefighter Gear

Last week I gave you a gift idea for a runner. This week, it’s for the firefighters among us. Or the people that live with them/put up with them/clean up after them. You know.

I’m married to a firefighter, so it’s not a surprise that I keep an eye on cool firefighter related stuff throughout the year. While I always add some ornaments to my husband’s Christmas gift pile to continue to grow our fire themed tree, I know that ornaments don’t strike a lot of excitement and joy in his heart. That’s why I was thrilled that a friend’s brother formed RecycledFirefighter earlier this year.

RecycledFirefighrer is run by my friend’s brother, Jake Starr. He’s a full time firefighter who loves being creative. I can get behind that, especially because his products are so stinkin’ awesome. In short, the products he makes and sells are made from — you guessed it — recycled fire hose. Awesome.

We have a set of coasters. Ours are a neutral, like these, but he also has a set of red coasters and a set of yellow listed.

Coasters Made from Recycled Fire Hose

I am trying to fight off the temptation to buy FireDad one of these belts. Red or yellow? (Can we get some suspenders up in here, Jake?)

Belts Made from Recycled Fire Hose

And lastly, if the firefighter in your life doesn’t need a belt and your end tables don’t need some coasters, maybe someone in your life needs a toiletry bag. They’re available in various colors and they would be great for travel, or you know, spending 24 hours at the fire department.

Toiletry Bags Made from Recycled Fire Hose

I really like these products because they not only reuse products instead of just sending them off to landfills, but because they’re useful. And unique. And awesome. I love our coasters. I think you will too!


Disclaimer: Jake’s sister Bethany, a great friend of ours, sent us a set earlier this year. I’m sharing the store with you because I think this is a hot idea. Hot. Get it? Firefighters?