Fun & Games

Holiday gift guide


recon 200.jpgIf gaming on the computer or consoles is something your family likes to do (Fortnite, anyone?!) you’re going to want to make sure you have a quality headset to talk to your friends as you play.  We are loving the Recon 200 headset from Turtle Beach. Available in  sharp black and white colors, this headset is loud and clear, with their own amplified “Bass Boost”, rechargeable battery that can last over 12 hours of gaming per use, and a very comfortable and lightweight design, making this an easy choice for a great gift this Christmas.




Sometimes, you need to escape.  Sometimes it’s a physical escape to a new destination (my personal favorite place to go is London!). But sometimes, it’s just a mental escape you need.  One where we can put down the devices, move away from being “connected” in a virtual sense, and really connect with our families.  I see the need for this more and more, so this year, I love the idea of building something together with the family, having some great conversation, and enjoying time at home.  I think the gift of Ravensburger Puzzles are brilliant!  Check out the cityscape of London, isn’t this puzzle beautiful? I also love the idea of an even more challenging one like this 3D Tower Bridge puzzle. Looks like the perfect way to spend an evening (or a winter break after all the hustle and bustle of the holidays) doesn’t it?

tower bridge puzzle

jurassic park danger

Jurassic Park Danger! is a super fun new strategy game for families from Ravensburger that you will definitely want to gift to your favorite little raptors this year.  Using cards that depict action and movements, you play characters from the original movie that are trying to escape Isla Nubar before the dinosaurs reach you.


I don’t play a ton of video games, although, I can definitely see why people like them.  But, one thing I love to do with my kids is challenge them to a dance-off with the Just Dance games.  Seriously, my poor kids get a great laugh out of watching me try to keep up with the moves.  And I love it when I actually do way better than they expected me to and beat them! We are loving the Just Dance 2019 version from Ubisoft.  There are over 40 songs to groove to, it’s a great way to spend time indoors!


LEGO Harry Potter Collection allows you to practice your spell-casting, potion-making and broomstick flying skills first-hand! Just arrived on Nintendo Switch and Xbox One, LEGO Harry Potter Collection brings LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 together in one remastered package for the ultimate LEGO Harry Potter adventure and puzzle-solving fun.

hp xbox one

This action-packed adventure also offers two previously released DLC packs, including a Character Pack featuring Godric Gryffindor, Harry (Yule Ball), Helga Hufflepuff, Lockhart (Straightjacket), Luna (Lion Head), Peeves, Hermione (Pink Dress), Ron Weasley (Ghoul), Rowena Ravenclaw and Salazar Slytherin, as well as a Spell Pack featuring Cantis, Densaugeo, Ducklifors, Melofors and Tentaclifors.  So happy to have these together in video game format–these games are the best!

We love the challenge of creating and playing with this ultimate STEM set, Gravitrax.  Using your imagination and experimenting with gravity, magnetism, and kinetics is a sure fire way to beat boredom and have a great time in the process.  You can even add on sets to make it bigger and more magnificent! This is a great gift to give kids ages 8 and up.



* products were received to facilitate a feature, all opinions are my own.