We all have heard the old adage that Mom knows best. This holiday before you begin your shopping, why not check in with real moms to see what they will be getting their kids.
As a mom of three, I love getting gift ideas from other real Moms. And even though I have finished our Christmas shopping (yeah me!), I found 2 really great gift ideas that I am going to snag before Christmas (a karaoke machine
and the Big Top Cupcake Maker
- our family fun nights will never be the same!) Check out really great gift ideas from real moms.
Do you have your own great gift ideas for your family? Leave a comment below or tell us on Facebook.
"While some parents see dollar signs when buying gifts for teenagers, I am fortunate to have two who don't see the need for expensive gifts. I bought both of my teenagers North Face Fleece Jackets
for Christmas because that's all they wanted."
Tasha - mom of 2: ages 14 and 17
"This holiday season our family will be purchasing the Xbox Kinect
. We have family time on the weekends, and we play video games, karaoke or just watch movies. We strive to make sure we include quality time with each other by doing fun things together. The Kinect will keep the family up and energetic and allow us to interact with each other. "
Tomica - mom of 7: ages 17, 16, 15, 13, 12, 2 and 10 months
"I am buying my family brand new fishing poles
because our girls are fed up with their "kiddie poles" that bind and snag. Why buy gifts to plug the kids in when you can spend time with them instead?"
Rachael - mom of 4: ages 9, 8, 5, and 2
"I've purchased the Singing Machine Disco Lights Karaoke Machine
for my son. He loves music, especially singing on a microphone! This will keep him busy for hours, give me some freedom (and some entertainment), and help build his singing confidence!"
Kathy - mom of 1: age 5
"This year I'm buying something they'll both enjoy – Mega Bloks
. My almost three year old loves to build and those large plastic pieces are easy on her little hands, and my one year old loves doing anything his big sister is. No choking hazard plus endless building possibilities equals one perfect gift !"
Annette - mom of 2: ages 3 and 1
"This year my family will be getting a membership to the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas. It is a beautiful 180 acre park with many different activities throughout the year. It is only $60 for the basic family membership and the benefits are incredible!"
ShaRhonda - mom of 1: age 4
"I decided that this year the kids are getting an Android Tablet
. My kids are constantly stealing my phone to play the android apps. Now they can play all the games they like so much without inconveniencing me!"
Jennifer - mom of 3: ages 9, 6, and 3
"This year I'm getting my three year old the one thing he keeps asking for over and over: the Thomas and Friends Misty Island Trackmaster Playset
. I can't wait to see the look on his face when he opens it on Christmas morning!"
Robyn - mom of 2: ages 3 and 6 months
"Each of my kids are getting a Leapster Explorer
, because it is an interactive, touch-screen video game that is educational and grows with age. My days of wiping sticky fingerprints from the iPad and explaining random texts/calls from my cell phone are almost over!"
Jennifer Bradford - mom of 2: ages: 4 and 2
"My oldest two children will be receiving the Leapster2 Learning System
this Christmas. The system was affordable, the game content is educational and best of all I can track each child's progress on-line, which helps me keep track of their learning and get games that are appropriate for their age level."
Shiloh - mom of 3: ages 6, 5, and 1
"This year I am buying my family the Big Top Cupcake Maker
. After months of my son "ewwwing" and "awwing" over the massive frosted treats advertised on the infomercials, I have to break down and buy one for him. As an added bonus, baking the colossal cupcakes will be a fun together-time activity for the whole family!"
Erica - mom of 1: age 9
"I am planning on buying the family an Air-Hockey Table
this Christmas. Each child is able to play whether it be a rousing competitive game between the older kids or a fun game of toss-the-puck-in-the-slot for the little ones. It will make our family time extra special."
Rosemary - mom of 6: ages 14 to 2
"This year each of my kids are getting a favorite DVD or CD, then CASH! With times being so tough, cash is the easiest way to go. They can shop for what they need, or what they want. And no long lines for me!"
Linda - mom of 3: ages 22, 21 and 19
"I have chosen to buy my daughter a Barbie Video Girl Doll
. It is the best of both worlds. This barbie doll also works as a video camera that she can upload the videos to our computer. She will be a little film star before we know it!"
Mandy - mom of 1: age 7
"With three children, ages 7,9 and 16, it is often difficult to find a gift that all will enjoy. Money is very tight this Christmas and we can only afford one gift. For this reason, my husband and I will be buying the Wii
. All three kids will love this game."
Jennifer - mom of 3: ages 16, 9 and 7
"I am buying my family the Radio Flyer Grow 'N Go Lights 'N Sounds Toddler Bicycle
so our children can ride with us. We love this bike because it comes with added features that allow the kids to play while they get some exercise! "
Rory - mom of 2: ages 3 and 1
"I'm buying my family the Lego Eiffel Tower
because no matter what they say, men never outgrow Legos. The Lego Eiffel Tower stands nearly 4 feet tall complete and it's a challenging model, even for the most "worldly" teens."
Kristen - mom of 1: age 16.
"I'm buying my daughter a from KidKraft table and chair set.
The beauty of a simple gift such as this is that it's something I know my daughter will love and will use everyday for years to come, whether it's for coloring, eating, or having tea parties."
Amy - mom of 1: age 21 months
"As a first time mom, I'm buying the My little seat, travel highchair
. This year is all about the essentials. with an 8 month old, Christmas is a new thing, and I will definitely have many years to come where I'm asked to buy the popular toys, and get a long wish list for Santa. This seat is convenient for at home use as well as taking on your everyday trips. I'm buying this item because its simple, easy to use, and fits most chairs."
Chelsea - mom of 1: age: 8 months
"As a family living on one income, Christmas can truly be a challenging time if we get caught up in all the glamour of the holiday season. But this year, my family is concentrating on not what is important, but who is important. For us, that's the man of the house. This year, the girls and I are foregoing shopping for individual gifts, and doing something for their dad. He's always talking about the unlimited apps and games the iPod Touchoffers, and he's already downloaded iTunes in hopes that there is an iPod Touch under the Christmas tree. He works hard, so the girls and I can play hard. So this year, it's all about showing him how important he is to us girls."
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