Happy Monday and happy almost Christmas! I know some of you are ready for the big day and aren’t sweating the crowds for last minute gifts, but if you are like me and found herself in need of last-minute gifts for kids, then this post is for you! Here are some last-minute holiday gift ideas for kids that won’t feel or worse, look last minute when found tucked under your tree, or handed out at a gift exchange.

Merry Christmas gifts under the tree

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Colgate Ryan's World program and Candlewick Press.  I received information to facilitate today’s post as well as a promotional item(s) to thank me for my participation. All opinions and love of holiday gifts are my own.

Ryan’s World! Excellent!

How many of you just changed that to “Wayne’s World, Excellent!” in their mind? I’m sure I’m not the only person the Wayne’s World movies from the 1990’s. Fast forward to today and Ryan’s World is that big for kids and their parents now. Ryan Kaji is a most excellent YouTube toy reviewer, and Nickelodeon star has teamed up with Colgate for the Colgate Ryan’s World Kids Oral Care Regimen.

Gift Idea One: The Colgate Kids Oral Care Pack with Mystery Kid Toy:

The Colgate Kids Oral Care Pack with Mystery Kid Toy Ryan's World

The Colgate Kids Set featuring Ryan's World contains a manual kid’s toothbrush, kids battery toothbrush, kids toothpaste with fluoride, kids mouthwash, and kid toy. Both toothbrushes have soft bristles, while the toothpaste and mouthwash provide cavity protection. Anytime you can help kids take on oral health in a fun way is a gift, so this gets a 100 from me as a totally useful and fun gift! You can find the whole Ryan’s World line at several local stores. I saw them at the front of my Walmart. I can imagine one of my nephews enjoying this gift and will leave it to their Mom to decide who gets it. 

Gift Idea Two: Books: For young kids/early readers:

Gift Idea Two: Books: For young kids/early readers:

I actually miss reading these precious books to little ones, so when I was asked if I’d like to review some, I immediately thought of my oldest daughter who will be setting up her own classroom in the next year or so. I told the contact at Candlewick Press this idea and she loved it too. Imagine my surprise and delight when I received a package full of the coolest books ever! Maybe these book titles will help you in choosing a book or two for a child on your last-minute shopping list as well. Find them at most local retailers and bookstores.

Peppa Pig and the Christmas Play:
Everyone in Peppa’s class is excited about the Christmas play. Wendy Wolf is going to be an elf, Peppa will be a Christmas fairy, and Suzy Sheep is going to be the Christmas nurse — just in case someone gets sick. Peppa knows Santa is very busy, but she still hopes he’ll come to watch the play. He said he would! Could a Christmas surprise be in store for Peppa and her friends?  A color poster is included for fun after story time. 

Who is this book for?

Kids ages 2-5 in grades Pre-school to Kindergarten. I loved this book and know kids who can read it or follow along at story time will love it too. 

Frankie’s Food Truck:

Time for lunch! What's on the menu at Frankie's? Find out in this lift-the-flap board book based on a best-selling children’s game.

Who is this book for?
Babies and preschoolers 0-3 years, or as a start easy and build confidence book in kindergarten. 

Gift Idea Three: Books: Level 1 Readers through 2nd Grade: 

Peg + Cat- Peg up a Tree.
What goes up must come down — somehow — as Peg gets stuck high in a tree and Cat and Ramone try to come to the rescue.

Who is this book for?
Kids 4 to six years. Advanced readers in pre-school through level 1 readers in 1st grade.

Next up is for all kids who love dinosaurs!  I was sent 3 of the popular Gigantosaurus books as seen on TV and based on the book by Jonny Dudley. Let’s start at the beginning with The Story of Gigantosaurus.  A must-have introduction to the animated series, featuring the four main characters and Gigantosaurus himself!

Gigantosaurus books holiday gift ideas

The Story of Gigantosaurus:

When Mazu, Rocky, Bill, and Tiny — four young dinosaur friends — set off on a Gigantosaurus hunt, they’re in for a wild adventure. They search far and wide, through jungles, rivers, and more, meeting all kinds of dinosaurs along the way. Eventually, unbeknownst to them, they end up inside the mouth of the very dinosaur they fear the most! 

Who is this book for?
Kids 3-7 years. Advanced readers in pre-school through 2nd grade.

Gigantosaurus: The Lost Egg:
Careful with that egg! Who knows what might hatch from it? When Rocky, Tiny, Mazu, and Bill find a lost egg, they're not sure what to do with it. Play ball? Probably not.

Who is this book for?
Kids 3-7 years. Advanced readers in pre-school through 2nd grade.

Gigantosaurus: Don’t Cave In:
Who's afraid of a dark and scary cave? Don't go into the cave! A Shriekosaurus, the dinosaur that Rocky, Tiny, Mazu, and Bill are afraid of (even though no one has actually seen it) lives there. That's good advice, but with Gigantosaurus in pursuit, they have to take cover somewhere.

Who is this book for?
Kids 3-7 years. Advanced readers in pre-school through 2nd grade. 

In my opinion, books make a perfect holiday gift for everyone on your list- including teachers! I can't wait to see these books in their forever home in my daughters classroom. 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and I hope you are all set with all the gifts you need purchased and wrapped, but if something last minute popped up and caught you by surprise, don’t fret! Take a deep breath, save this blog post on your phone and head to your local retailer or bookstore. I'm sure you'll be able to find a last minute holiday gift or two.

Please share in comments: Which book would you look for first and why?

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