Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide For Kids

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The Christmas countdown is on! The school concerts and holiday events are over, and although I'm mostly ready, there are still a few last-minute gifts I have to pick up, presents to wrap, cookies to bake, and parties to attend. Yes, this is what I'd call one very busy week... but I'm not complaining at all!

Here are a couple of great last-minute gift ideas for the children on your list:

LeapPad Ultra: A few months ago, I was sent to Toronto to attend a LeapFrog event at Harbinger's head office with Amber Mac. We got to preview a whole bunch of awesome LeapFrog toys for kids of all ages.

A hot item that a lot of children will find under their Christmas tree this year? The LeapPad Ultra. This is a great tablet designed for kids aged four to seven. The LeapPad Ultra is totally kid-appropriate, and kid-tough. You can drop this tablet a hundred times, and nothing will happen to it! It features a kid-safe web browser that parents can trust, and works with LeapFrog's "vast library of more than 800 life-changing content experiences designed or approved by LeapFrog's learning experts."

The LeapPad Ultra also features a big 7-inch high-resolution screen and is designed to help children learn to write using a stylus while supporting interactive touch experiences. This child-friendly tablet even has a front and back camera and video recorder, on-board MP3 player and even more memory (8GB) for even more fun. The LeapPad Ultra sells for about $159.00, and will make the perfect gift for your little learner this holiday season.

If you're looking for other great educational toys by LeapFrog, I highly recommend the Leap|Reader. The LeapReader helps children learn how to read by helping them sound out words, read sentences, and let's kids play games and puzzles. It also helps children learn the basics of writing letters and numbers with special LeapFrog Learning Paper. I love the audio books, too, that help children learn songs and trivia, and helps children build comprehension skills and vocabulary. This sells for $59.99.

Little Passports: My almost six year old loves globes and world maps. Although he is already a little traveller, his dream is to explore even more of the world and go on many adventures. There is nothing more worthwhile than travelling, so I fully support my child's dream. A unique gift idea for kids who love geography and adventure? Little Passports.

Little Passports is an educational monthly subscription box that your little one can receive in the mail once a month, where they'll open up a new suitcase and learn about different cultures, history, and more, from different countries around the world. Kids can follow along with world travellers Sam and Sofia, and even take part in hands-on activities from the places they have visited. We received a suitcase from the world edition, and learned all about Brazil. My son is hooked and can't wait to find out where he'll be "travelling" to next. This subscription is $11.95 a month, or $10.95 a month for one year.

Other items that make great presents for children this time of year? Books, subscriptions to their favourite magazines, science kits, board games, and anything where they can be creative!
Happy last minute shopping, friends.
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