8 unique gifts ideas for children all ages

Can’t believe is Christmas time again already! don’t get me wrong I love the holidays but where is time going?!

Anyways when it comes to gifts am all about unique ones. As I was researching for toys to give to the children in my life, decided to share with you my top 8 and the best part? they are under $30.

1.- Personalized plates for kids.

BPA free and dishwasher safe, so many cute food ideas you can do to decorate this plate and make meal time a fun time.

2.- A cute personalized book is always a good idea.

Children love personalized items. It gives them as sense of their uniqueness and how special they are.

These two are some of my favorites

3.- Bath Crayons

 Made of non-toxic ingredients, these child-safe crayons encourage bathtime creativity—and wash off easily

4.- Click N' Play Gigantic Keyboard Play Mat

24 Keys Piano Mat, 8 Selectable Musical Instruments + Play -Record -Playback -Demo-mode

I have personally play with one of this and it’s so much fun for the whole family. Babies can crawl on it, toddlers can jump over it, adults can dance over it, etc.


5.- idoot Magnetic Blocks Building Set for Kids

Magnetic Tiles Educational Building Construction Toys for Boys and Girls with Storage Bag - 56pcs

Blocks and magnets are two of children’s favorite. They encourage creativity, imagination and problem solving.

 

6.- Moon in my room

Who doesn’t want their own moon?

This is a great gift for children all ages, educational and fun!

7.- Personalized name puzzle 

Colorful, 3D and good for youngest ones to learn how to spell their name, motor skills, etc

8.-Magnatabs

 The Magnatab is an exceptional learning tool that provides a sensory-reinforced lesson that allows children to process information through their eyes, ears and fingertips.

Which are your favorite children gifts?

Share with us below :)

Most Family Friendly Restaurants in Phoenix

Photo by Abhishek Vashistha

Photo by Abhishek Vashistha

Nothing says “bonding” like going out to eat and connect with your family, friends, etc. While going to dinner or lunch may be considered a traditionally adult activity, kids enjoy going out to eat, too. It gives them a chance to see parts of their hometown they may never get to see otherwise, and helps them develop an image of their community. It provides a new setting for parents and nannies alike to bond with kids. And, of course, going out to eat is usually pretty fun for all parties involved. 

However, parents and caretakers both struggle to find quality places to eat and explore with children.Taking a child to a normal, “boring” restaurant may seem like a terrible idea for those hoping for an easy lunch or dinner. Luckily, Phoenix is full of family friendly restaurants that are both fun and delicious. 

Culinary Dropout at The Yard

One of Fox’s fastest growing concepts, Culinary Dropout, is a great place to bring the family for sporting events or to meet up with others. While the original Phoenix location is just off of 7th St and Missouri,  the concept has expanded into Tempe. Their menu is centered around a traditional gastropub menu. And to keep the kids - and the adults - entertained, they have ping-pong tables, cornhole boards, and foosball tables out on the spacious, covered patio. 

MacAlpine’s Diner & Soda Fountain

Close to Downtown Phoenix is a Coronado neighborhood staple, McAlpine’s. Stepping into this soda-fountain themed restaurant is like stepping into a time machine. The shop is chiefly known for its ice cream, shakes, malts, and sundays, but hamburgers and hotdogs make a menu appearance, too. Sit the kids at the bar and enjoy your tall glass of sweetness before  ending your visit by wandering through the antique shop next door

Sugar Bowl 

Love the soda shop vibe? Don’t forget to check out Sugar Bowl in Old Town Scottsdale. This iconic pink building specializes in the traditional soda-fountain selection of ice creams, burgers, and sandwiches. Don’t miss the chance to share some literary history with the kids by showing them Family Circus comics featured all over the restaurant. Sugar Bowl has gained much of its notoriety from being featured in the newspaper classics. And no kid can resist being happy surrounded by such bright pink decor! 

La Grande Orange

One of the best places to bring the family in Arcadia is La Grande Orange. Located on the corner of 44th Street and  Campbell Ave, LGO is a beloved artisan grocery, complete with a bakery, pizzeria, and agelato shop. While you wait for you food, browse through their eclectic gift shop collections, filled with fun toys and specialty food items. The whole family will love to find their own unique treasures to take home! 

Lou Malnati's

Have you ever heard of a kid turning down pizza? Of course you haven’t - pizza is a natural staple in a child’s diet! But going out for pizza doesn’t have to be a pizza-and-arcade games extravaganza. Instead, take your family to try some of Chicago’s famous deep dishat Lou Malnati’s. Hidden in the corner of the Uptown Plaza, dive into some cheesy, saucy goodness and finish the meal off with a trip to the neighboring science themed ice cream parlor, Creamistry. 

Camp Social

Another great themed restaurant for families is Camp Social, located off of Bethany Home Road and 7th Street. This summer-camp themedis full of wacky decor, including tire swing chairs and mason jar glasses. Kids can wander to the activity section, filled with arcade games, movies, and a pingpong table. Don’t worry about not sending the kids to summer camp this year - nannies can simply bring the kids to Camp Social!

Organ stop pizza

Home to the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ, Organ Stop Pizza in Mesa is one of the best places to bring the kids for dinner and a show. As their name suggests, the menu at Organ Stop consists of the typical pizza shop’s fare - pizza, pasta, and salad. But the main attraction is the Wurlitzer organ, originally built for a theater in Denver. Stop by in the evening to hear one of the four in house organists play first hand, and take the time to learn all about how the wind instrument works. 

The Perch

Looking for a more wild experience? Take the kids to The Perch Pub and Brewery in Chandler. In addition to a delicious pub menu, the store is filled with over 50 rescue birds. Visiting the store is a great way for nannies to explain the importance of taking care of animals properly, understanding their habits, and learning their histories while the kids interact with the different types of macaws and cockatoos. . Adults and kids alike are sure to love this experience!  

Page, AZ, a great destination for a family road trip.

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I had the privilege this week to go visit Page, AZ and all I can say it’s WOW WOW WOW!

What a  beautiful place!

Went by myself and while there I met a few families that were doing tourism in the area and thought what a great place to bring your children. I am not a tourist guide, obviously, but want to share with you the visits I did while there.

Page is four hours drive from Phoenix, very easy and pretty drive too. It’s all about nature and being outside. It's a very small town with lots of visitors all year long. There are many resorts where to stay. No fancy hotels but confortable, clean ones. 

 

Antelope Canyon

My first stop was at the  Lower Antelope Canyon. This place leaves you speechless. Just stunning! You need a tour guide to go through the canyons, did it with Dixie's and it was a great experience.

Lower Antelope Canyon

Lower Antelope Canyon

For families, different travel bloggers recommended the Upper Antelope Canyon, which right across from the Lower one. The Upper it’s easier to go through and doesn’t have steep stairs like the Lower one does.

Horseshoe Bend

Second stop was the famous Horseshoe Bend, only 8 min away from Antelope canyon.

Horseshoe bend.

Horseshoe bend.

Another magical place. There is a short 1/2 mile trail that leads to the main view area. While visiting this place, if you have small children make sure you hold their hand the whole time. There not fencing around the view, which makes it nice but dangerous if you are not cautious. 

Glenn Canyon Dam and Lake Powell

Last but not least I visited Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell. Cool place to see. When drive pass the Glenn Dam you can visit the marina and what they call "the beach" where people can get in the water during summer time.

Glenn Canyon Dam.

Glenn Canyon Dam.

Overall Page, AZ was a very nice place to visit and beautiful to the eyes and mind.