Top 10 Best Christmas Gifts 2014 For Kids

Top 10 Best Christmas Gifts 2014 For Kids

Top 10 Christmas gifts

1. Hammacher Schlemmer Voice Activated R2-D2

best christmas gifts 2013 for kidsStarting off the holiday gifts 2014 is this must have Hammacher Schlemmer voice activated R2-D2 which is one of the best Christmas gifts 2014 for girls and boys that is sure to be a hit this Christmas.

Little boys especially will love this “droid”

What is more perfect than this toy that is made for the holiday season to keep them entertained on Christmas morning and well into the new year.

It is a motorized replica of the headstrong little “droid” from the Star Wars movies. This “droid” is able to respond and obey various voice commands (over 40 commands such as “Turn around”, Move forward two units!”, etc.) It is sure to make your home feel like it is on a galaxy far, far away.

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2. LeapFrog LeapPad 2 Explorer Learning Tablet – Green

Another of the top 10 best Christmas gifts is this learning pad from LeapFrog.

This LeapPad will help your child create and learn. The learning tablet features access to more than 100 educational books, games, videos, and apps. Subjects like mathematics, reading, and science are covered in a fun and interactive way. The LeapPad’s built-in camera can shoot video, allowing kids to make animation and art to share with family and friends.

Also comes in pink.

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3. Power Wheels Dune Racer

Another of the top 10 best Christmas gifts 2014 is this Power Wheels Dune Racer that is fun for both boys and girls which makes it one of the best Christmas gifts for 2014.

The Power Wheels Dune Racer is a 2 seat, open cockpit design with large off road “tires”. What makes this cool is that the dune buggy’s main feature is Monster Traction which delivers superior terrain performance. This racer drives two speeds forward (2.5 and 5 mph maximum) and 2.5 mph in reverse.

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4. Little Tikes TotSports Easy Score Basketball Set

top holiday gifts 2013 for kidsAnother of the best holiday gifts 2014 which is a bestseller and makes one of the best Christmas gifts 2014 for boys and girls is this Easy Score Basketball Set that will help you identify the future Michael Jordan in your life.

It is easy to put together and the kids can start playing with it immediately.

The rim is also very sturdy.

With an six-point adjustable height from from 2 to 4 feet and a pro-style square backboard, the TotSports Easy Score Basketball Set is sure to incite active play.

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5. Furby Boom

hottest christmas gifts 2013One of the best Christmas gift ideas 2014 is this Furby which is back for 2014.

Many other colors beside the teal on the left are available.

This is a great interactive toy that responds to sound and music that makes it one of the top Christmas gifts 2014 for kids that they will get a kick out of.

so adorable

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6. Lamborghini Murcielago Ride-On

hottest christmas gifts 2013 for kidsThis is one of the coolest gifts for kids that they will not get enough of making this one of the top Christmas gifts 2014 for kids

Licensed by Lamborghini with authentic tags, this replica will be a hit around the neighborhood and your kids will be the envy of all the kids.

This replica is 1/4 size of the original.

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7. Poppin Park Elefun Busy Ball Popper

This ball popper is so adorable making it another one of the top 10 Christmas gifts for girls and boys.

Get ready for some poppin’, droppin’ fun with the Poppin’ Park Elefun Busy Ball Popper from Playskool! As baby grows, you control the level of play with a trunk that turns 360 degrees!

This lively air-powered, ball-poppin’ elephant comes with five balls and features fun, upbeat music.

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8. MOTA 6036 Apple iPhone-Controlled Helicopter

top christmas gifts 2013 for kidsAnother one of the great Christmas gifts 2014 for kids is this iPhone controlled helicopter.

An iPad or iPod Touch can also be used on this helicopter.

A free app allows the helicopter to be controlled from a distance of up to 20 feet. The app allows operators to choose between using their device’s touchscreen or accelerometer to dictate the helicopter’s flight path.

A USB is used to recharge this ‘copter.

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9. Fuhu NABI FUHUNABI-A 7-Inch 4 GB Tablet

top holiday gifts 2013 for kidsThis is the world’s first full-featured Android tablet made especially for kids that delivers a wide range of experiences to engage, entertain and educate kids including kiddified Web browsing, TV and movie watching, reading books, learning math as well as playing games.

This tablet is one of the best Christmas gifts for kids because it is full-featured enough for parents which allows that at the tap of a button and a password, parents can enter Mommy Mode for full Web and app store access.

This tablet will not be discarded as your child gets older unlike other tablets for kids but will grow in use as your child grows older.

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10. Personalized Children’s Books For Christmas

These personalized children’s books just in time for Christmas are sure to be a hit with the kids.

Kids will get a kick out of seeing their names in print which makes these one of the top Christmas gifts 2014 for kids.

These personalized books are sure to make Christmas magical.

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Top 10 Best Christmas Gifts 2014 For Her

Top 10 Best Christmas Gifts 2014 For Her

1. Top 10 Best Christmas Gifts 2014 for her – Rolling Foot Massager with Infrared Heat

best christmas gifts 2012This is another one of the top 10 best Christmas gifts 2014 that allows the woman in your life to pamper herself and is one of the top Christmas gifts 2014 for her.

This is one of best holiday gifts 2014 because after a long stressful day pounding the pavement, working out, completing a marathon, etc, relax and feel refreshed with this relaxing foot massager from the inventive The Sharper Image.

The Sharper Image foot massager bring deep kneads your feet and allows you to enjoy a relaxing heated foot massage making this one of the best Christmas gift ideas for 2014 for her.

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2. Michael Kors Embossed Leather Hamilton Tote in Cinnabar

top christmas gifts 2013For the fashionable woman in your life, this Michael Kors embossed leather Hamilton tote in cinnabar is one of the top 10 best Christmas gifts 2014 that she will love and use over and over again.

Michael Kors accessories and bags are highly coveted by most women so you cannot go wrong with this simply gorgeous bag.

It is one of the top holiday gifts 2014 because it is simply stunning and a must have and is one of the best Christmas gifts 2014 for women.

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3. Kindle Paperwhite

One of the top holiday gifts 2014 are e-readers which are becoming more and more popular and are the top 10 best Christmas gifts 2014 and the latest version of the Kindle from Amazon, the Paperwhite which  features an easy to use touch screen, thinner, clear reading with a white background and is more portable than ever before making it one of the best Christmas gifts 2014 for her.

You will have access to the largest bookstore that features over 2 million titles, making the Kindle one of the best Christmas gifts ideas 2014 for her.

Get it now before it sells out because this is one of the great holiday gifts 2014!

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4. Beats by Dr. Dre – Beats Studio Over-the-Ear Headphones

best christmas gifts 2013 for herBeats by Dr. Dre headphones are usually some of the top 10 holiday gifts 2014 for anyone on your Christmas list man, woman or child but these are especially eye catching for the woman in your life who enjoys her music.

This will be perfect for her and will enable her to hear music and the way the producers and singers intended for music to be heard.

These headphones are loved because they perform as described. They feature adaptive noise canceling to filter out ambient sound to ensure that you hear the clearest and purest sound.

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5. Sodastream Jet Starter Kit

best xmas gifts 2012Another one of the top 10 best Christmas gifts 2014 for women is this Sodastream Jet starter kit  which is one of the best Christmas gifts 2014 and will allow her to make her own sparkling water/seltzer using only tap water and without the use of electricity or batteries.

Comes in additional colors besides the red shown.

This starter kit features SodaStream Jet soda maker in red, one carbonator (good for making up to 60L of soda), and one BPA-free plastic bottle

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6. Keurig – Single-Serve Brewer – Black

top xmas gifts 2013 for herThis brewer is a dream for the coffee lover in your life which is why it is one of the top 10 best Christmas gifts 2014 for the woman in your life.

The Special Edition comes complete with chrome accents, a blue, back lit LCD display as well as three brew size options.

This will allow her to quickly and easily brew a 6-, 8- or 10-oz. cup of coffee, tea, hot cocoa or brew-over-ice beverage.

Very easy to clean which she will appreciate.

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7. UGG Australia Sand Bailey Charms Boots

best christmas gifts 2013This is an oldie but still a goodie which is why it is featured here as another one of the top 10 best Christmas gifts 2014 for the trendy woman in your life.

This is one of best holiday gifts 2014 because it is made perfect for a casual day around the house or when running various errand. What is as simply as throwing these on and running out the door while still ensuring that you do not look sloppy.

The added tassel and button details make these short UGG boots a must have.

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8. Burgundy Mongolian Coat

top holiday gifts 2013 for herWhat a way to keep the cold at bay while looking chic and fabulous while doing it which makes this one of the best Christmas gifts 2014 for her that she will wear again and again.

This coat conveys effortless chic and any woman would love to have this is her closet and for it to be her go to coat which makes this one of the top Christmas gifts 2014 for her.

Will garner plenty of complements while keeping her warm.

The various details of this coat just make it a must have for any woman who loves to look like she just stepped off the runway and this will do it for her.

Made with 100% sheepskin.

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9. Aetrex Women’s 854 Walker Shoe

top holiday gifts 2013Perfect for the walker in your life.

The patented technology used in this walking shoe ensures that this shoe adds depth and stability to this comfort-enhanced walker which makes this the perfect walking shoe.

Perfect for any woman who loves working out and especially for mothers, grandmothers, etc who need to ensure that the shoes they use for walking are comfortable.

They are also orthotic friendly.

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10. Kindle Fire HD 7 inch Tablet with 8GB Memory (2nd Generation) – Black

best christmas gifts 2013 for herThis Kindle Fire HD 7 inch 2nd generation is sure to be a bestseller and one of the best Christmas gifts 2014 for her is she loves gadgets.

Tablets are always a winner for many including many women and this one from amazon will make a wonderful x-mas gift for her.

This latest version is much smaller than the previous version and features a stunning HD display and is much faster than the previous version.

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Top 10 Best Christmas Gifts 2014 For Him

Top 10 Best Christmas Gifts 2014 For Him


1. GoPro – HERO3 HD Camcorder – Black

best christmas gifts 2013One of the best Christmas gift ideas 2014 for him is this action camera for the daredevil in your life as they allow for hands free use while he is capturing his various activities.

GoPro is the leader in action cameras and this is a bestseller.

Can be attached on his person or to clothing or can be mounted on any device such as a helmet, pole, etc.

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2. Krups – BeerTender – Black/Chrome

top holiday gifts 2013 for menIf looking for a unique gift for Christmas for the man in your life BeerTender from Krups is it and is perfect for the beer lover in your life.

Very well made and the attention to detail is second to none.

Krups is the world wide leader as far as small appliances are concerned and combined with Heineken which is the world leader in European Premium Imported Beer comes this BeerTender which is the ultimate in home draught beer experience.

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3. Apple® – iPod nano® 16GB MP3 Player (7th Generation – Latest Model) – Slate 

best christmas gifts 2013Another of the best Christmas gifts for the man in your life whether he loves his gadgets or not is this Apple iPod Touch 7th generation 16 GB which is sure to delight as it is one of the top holiday gifts 2014 for men.

It is not only a great iPod but is also a great game player as well as being a pocket computer all of which makes this one of the best Christmas gifts 2014 for him.

It will allow him to listen to all his music and create various mixes using the Genius Mixes feature, he can surf online to watch or download movies, etc.

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4. Sheepskin Slipper – Men

best christmas giftsIf he loves comfort as he relaxes after a taxing day at the office, these slippers will be great for him and make one of the best Christmas gifts 2014 for men.

The uppers are adjustable which means that whether he has narrow or wide fit, the slippers can be made to fit without any issues.

The soft interior of these men’s slippers are made with the softest Mongolian sheepskin which makes these one of the best xmas presents 2014 for him.

If you wish to delight him with a unique and thoughtful gift, these slippers are it.

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5. 12-in-1 Survivor Tool

best christmas giftsLife is unpredictable and the best defense against the predictability in life is to be prepared and what better way to prepare than with this 12-in-1 Survivor tool that he is sure to love receiving making it one of the best Christmas gifts 2014 for him.

One of the best things about this Survivor tool is its ability to generate power just when you need it which is important when the unpredictable happens which is usually a power outage which is why this is one of the top Christmas gifts 2014 for him.

This is definitely a thoughtful gift for him that he will appreciate because it has many other features such as a motion activated security alarm, cell phone charger, compass, self charging hand crank, etc.

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6. Boombox for iPad Tablet

top holiday gifts 2013If looking for the ultimate Christmas gift for him, this Boombox for iPad tables is one of the best Christmas gifts 2014 for him.

This is the ultimate gift for men who love their gadget and if he already has an iPad, this will make a great addition to his iPad so he can put it to more uses which is why this is one of the top holiday gifts 2014 for him.

This features high-performance, bass-kicking audio to rock his world and to enure that he loves this gift and uses it non stop.

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7. Genuine Navy SEAL Watch

top christmas gifts 2013 for menThis is a must have watch for the man in your life looking for something unique making this one of the best Christmas gifts 2014 for him.

This is the watch that is requested by the U.S. Navy SEALs because of its unique illumination technology. Identified as a vital element for maintaining light discipline during night missions, borosilicate glass capsules with phosphor-lined interiors comprise this watch’s 12 hour positions as well as its hour, minute and second hands.

Tritium gas sealed contained within each capsule reacts with the phosphor lining, causing it to fluoresce for more than 25 years without the need for a recharge from a light source.

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8. Roku 3 Streaming Player

best christmas gifts 2013One of the best Christmas gifts 2014 is the gift of a Roku 3 Streaming Player which allows for the instant streaming of tons of entertainment on your TV. He will be able to watch over 100,000 movies and TV shows from Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and more making this one of the top Christmas gift ideas 2014.

Listen to music on Pandora, or listen to your own iTunes playlists. Even watch major sports, news, or original Internet programming. The Roku 3 is now smaller while being more powerful than the previous model. This is by far the bestselling streaming device by far.

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9. Beats By Dr. Dre Headphones

hot holiday gifts 2010These Beats by Dr. Dre continue to be one of the best Christmas gifts 2014 for men as they have been for Christmases past.

They provide superior noise cancellation which is why the continue to be among the top if not the number one headphones coveted by many.

The noise cancellation allows you to hear music the way it was intended to be heard by the music producers and musicians which is why this continues to be a bestselling item and the perfect present this Christmas for him.

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10. Golf Club Drink Dispenser from The Sharper Image

best christmas giftsAnother of the top holiday gifts 2014 is this very cool gift for the golf enthusiast out there and is one of the best Christmas gifts ideas 2014 for men.

This drink dispenser includes a club and shaft and can dispense both hot and cold drinks and is easily cleaned and stored making this one of the must have Christmas gifts 2014 for men. Another innovative product from The Sharper Image and one of the top 10 best Christmas gifts 2014. This is one of the fun and best Christmas gift ideas 2014 for him and one of the top Christmas gifts 2014.

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Season For Giving – Tips For Charitable Giving

best christmas gifts 2013We all know the cliché that it is better to give than to receive which many people who give will agree with and the holidays are the time when many people give more to friends and family as well as to various charitable organizations whether in the form of money or the actual gifts. If the spirit of giving has overtaken you this holiday season because you have been blessed and in turn you want to bless the needy and less fortunate with some of the best Christmas gifts 2014 as well as in cold hard cash, here are some tips on charitable giving. And not forgetting the tax deduction that is another incentive for giving before the end of the year for the deduction to be claimed on this year’s tax return.

Charitable Giving

Many of us prefer to give to various charitable to help them fulfill their missions which may or may not resonate personally with us. However you pick the organizations to donate to, we always want to ensure that our contributions are helping someone. In order to find the right and most helpful charitable organization, you should consider the following.

1. Non Profit Status

Just because a website ends in .org does not mean that it is a charitable organization. Anyone can purchase a .org domain name.  You should instead verify that the charitable organization has been issued a 501(c)(3) designation by the IRS. This is important especially if you plan to claim your donations as deductions on your tax return. This designation also means that the organization makes financial information available publically. And also that the donations received are used for charity. Lastly, this designation also means that the organization follows the strict rules set forth on how much to spend on lobbyists in Washington.

To find out if the charitable organization you want to donate to is a 501(c)(3), go to www.GuideStar.org  which is a nonprofit database and enter the organization’s name and see whether it is included in this database.

2. Mission Statement

Look for charitable organizations that have detailed mission statements and not just general “end world hunger” statements. Most reputable charitable organizations have very detailed mission statements on what they do to help you get facts and figures about the organization. If this information is missing even after requesting it, choose another organization.

3. Spending Ratio

With far too many “charitable” organizations, the portion of donations received that is spent on charitable organizations is negligible compared to the amount spent on running the organization. It isn’t enough to simply give your hard earned money to any so called charitable organization. You need to make sure that a significant portion of the donations received are being used to provide the help and services documented in the organizations mission statement. Any organization you donate to should be making a difference in the local, national or international community.

A productive organization that is making a difference should be spending at least 75 percent of their total budgets on programs and services that help the community they serve. The remainder is what is spent on general expenses for running the organization including salaries, fundraisers, etc.

To find out the spending ratio of various charitable organizations, simply look at their financials or by contacting the organization. You can also obtain the most up to date financials on various nonprofits by going to www.charitynavigator.org for various charities’ financial reports.

4. Are They Helping?

As mentioned previously, most people who make donations want to know that their donations are making a difference in the lives of the needy and less fortunate. Contact the organization and find out if they have an assessment from a third party entity on the organization’s effectiveness. Most organizations have this assessment done and can easily provide you with the report on the latest assessment on the organization’s results.

So while you are shopping for the best Christmas gifts 2014, do not forget the less fortunate. The holidays are an especially great time to donate to various charities (in addition to the tax benefits.)

If you want to help various organizations through purchasing gifts, various organizations sell a wide variety of merchandise that will make great gifts this Christmas while also helping the organizations. To view this merchandise for different charitable organizations and hopefully find something you like and would like to give as a gift, click here.

Christmas Shopping On A Budget

best christmas gifts 2013Christmas time and the tradition of giving and receiving Christmas gifts can get very expensive. If money is not an object for you, lucky you. For the rest of us, buying Christmas presents can be a very expensive endeavor that can lead to credit card debt if not financially prepared for the expense or if you spend more than you were planning. While you do want to give the best Christmas gifts 2014, you also want to ensure that the New Year does not bring about financial worries with the huge credit card payment you will need to make. Here are some tips on Christmas shopping on a budget so that you can enjoy the holidays and the New Year with no financial worries.

Dealing with the financial problem that buying Christmas gifts brings is ensure that you set a budget beforehand. One of the factors that leads to financial stress during the holidays is when people start buying gifts all at once. Spreading out the purchases during the year can help alleviate the financial burden of gift shopping. Doing this will also ensure that you are not rushing around buying last minute gifts because you left it to the last part of the year to buy gifts. Spreading out the purchases during the year will also ensure that you will get the best Christmas gifts 2014 for your friends and family.

If you are concerned about overspending during your holiday shopping, setting a budget (and sticking to it!) before setting out on your shopping excursions will help prevent spending more than you have. Create a list of those you shall be buying Christmas presents for this year. Everyone from friends and family to colleagues, your children’s teachers, your mail carrier, doorman, etc. You may also want to set a budget for any toy drives in your area or other charitable gifts to various other organizations.

Once you have this list, start to list the Christmas gifts that will be perfect for each person on your list based upon how much you are willing to spend and what they like. You may also want to determine the total amount you want to spend and divide the amount equally among gift recipients. Or you can determine how much to spend on each person based on your relationship. You may want to spend more money on gifts for your close family and friends and less money on coworkers, the mailman, etc. This makes sense since I am sure you plan to purchase something extra special for one or two people on your Christmas list.

If you plan on spending more on some of the most important people on your gift recipient list who are most likely your close relatives, you can set the dollar amounts for these individuals and then the remainder may be divided equally among the rest of those on your Christmas list which may be the easiest way or you can continue down the list selecting a dollar amount for each person until you reach your budget.

If there are still people remaining on your list, you can reevaluate the dollar amounts assigned previously and make adjustments or eliminate these remaining people from your list.

Another way to ensure that everyone on your list gets something is to consider giving Christmas cards especially custom Christmas cards to the less significant people on your Christmas list. They will appreciate the gesture instead of just ignoring them and hoping you do not run into them during the holidays! For more on sending Christmas cards this year, click here.

Following these steps will ensure that you not only get the best Christmas gifts 2014 that you can afford but also ensures that you eliminate the financial stress that comes with holiday gift shopping.