‘Tis the Season For New Shineys

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Looking to stuff a few stockings?  Deck the halls, and put some great presents under the tree?  Check out these fun ideas for the upcoming holiday season.

pic4If your kids are into anime, all things Japanese, or simply cute plush toys, you will want to hear about Rilakkuma.  Rilakkuma is very popular in Japan, and is now available in the USA as well.  The story of Rilakkuma is pretty simple- three friends who live in Tokyo with a hard working woman named Kaoru. They go on adventures together, and make mischief while Kaoru is working. Known as a “mysterious brand”, although I’m not sure why, honestly, Rilakkuma and friends have been “a staple in the Japanese market” for more then ten years, according to David Ringer, CEO/President of AQI.  Now that they are here in the USA, you can find out what they are all about with your kids- and honestly, tweens and teens should be interested in this as well, anime and Japanese crossovers are popular with many kids in that age group.

The friends Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma and Kiiroitori (two bears and a chick) love going on adventures, and encourage your child to be imaginative and creative in thinking up new ones as often as they would like. (They are also fun to cuddle with, and Rilakkuma has a zipper in it’s back for hiding or toting small treasures).

Rilakkuma and friends are currently available at FAO Schwarz and Hot Topic from $8.99 to $199.99 in price.

20141009_200040For adorable stocking stuffers, head to http://www.schleich-s.com/en/US/ and find all sorts of creatures, animals, and your favorite cartoon characters in figurine form.  Schleich, makers of realistic collectable figurines and toys, caries everything from Smurfs to chickens to unicorns and more.  If your child (or collector friend) is into it, they likely carry it.  Some of the most popular items are the riding sets, horses, and Peanuts characters.  The riding sets come with a horse and rider, with details so intricate you know that they were designed by an artist. They also come with harness, saddle, and everything you could need for your duo to ride into victory.  You can buy the horses and humans separately of course as well.  The horses come in breeds, and are again very detailed, as are all Schliech products.  These are both heavier then your average plastic toy and collector quality, nice items that you gift-ee will cherish.

pic1Peanuts characters come separately and in scenery sets, perfect for the holiday season.  The sets come right out of the classic movies we all know and love, and you can supplement them with additional characters or just pick up the ones you love.

The prices of these toys vary, so check out the site to find your favorites.

10 13 14 103For toys that are a little more active, check out the Tech 4 Kids Rumble Fists.  These toys let kids act just like their favorite WWE wrestlers with oversized soft fists (giant “gloves” that fit over kids hands) that make noise when you touch them together or against any object.  Kids can choose from wrestlers John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, or the Rock.  These are a lot of fun, but of course, you will want to let the kiddos know that hitting each other is not OK- and hitting the TV or your tableware isn’t either, ha.  Play nice, everyone!  Available for $24.99

10 13 14 104They go nicely with the Tech 4 Kids Spar Bag, also WWE themed.  This one comes with a full size John Cena graphic on it, and a water filled base to keep it steady when it is bopped.  Keep active kids active during this cold season when temperatures drop too low to play outside as much as they usually do, with the added bonus of them not tormenting younger siblings.  Hitting a sparring bag is much preferred, don’t you agree? Available for $9.99



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