Christmas Gift Guide 2016

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and if you are anything like us, you LOVE the look on other people’s faces when they open your gifts! 

This year, we thought we would put together our TOP 5 gift ideas for Kids 0-5, Kids 6-12, Mums, Dads and Teachers to help you spread some Christmas cheer!

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KIDS 0 – 5

We Are All 

weareall_ss16_heroClothing and lifestyle brand, We Are All, have recently launched in Australia and the UK and their clothes are amazing! The brand’s first collection is all about the kids with a lifestyle range being presented for boys and girls from 2 to 12 years old.

The 2016 Spring Summer launch collection includes 32 individual clothing pieces and 4 styles of sneakers and sandals.

RRP: from $29.95 Stockist: www.weareall.com.au

smarTrike® Splash 5-in-1

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Suitable for children aged 10 – 36 months, smarTrike adapts and grows with children throughout five key developmental stages until they are ready to transition into riding a bike or scooter on their own. Available in a variety of trendy colours, the Splash boasts stylish designs that will be a sure hit with children and parents this Christmas (assembly required).

RRP: $179 Stockists: Target, Big W, Baby Bunting, Toys R Us and Harvey Norman

Disney Frozen Northern Lights Feature Elsa Doll

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Disney’s Frozen is still very popular and Elsa needs your child’s help to bring back the Northern Lights and restore her powers! Your child can wave their hand over the snowflake, and create beautiful colors, lights and sounds with Elsa. When they hold their hand over the snowflake, the beautiful Northern Lights are restored and Elsa’s dress sparkles as she sings “Let it Go.” Elsa says 40 phrases, lights up and sings.

RRP: from $71 (Prices vary store to store) Stockists: Target, Kmart and Toys R Us

Care Bears 30cm Plush Bear

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Your favourite Care Bears characters from Care-a-lot in a fun 30cm plush toy!

RRP: $29.00 Stockists: Big W (on sale for $20) and Myer

Lamaze Squeezy the Donkey

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Squeezy the Donkey is super excited to greet baby with his amazing surprise ears! Perfect to play together with little ones, just squeeze his tummy to POP up his adorable ears to say hello. Baby will love his surprise ears, happy smile and engaging eyes. Squeezy also features ‘clip clop’ and crinkle hooves to trot him all about. He also includes a velvety tail, textured ears, and satin ribbons for baby to touch and explore.
RRP: $15 Stockist: Target

KIDS 6 – 12

Travel Journal

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Whether you enjoy occasional overnight stays or months of adventures on the road, weekends away or international adventures this travel journal is packed with 80 journal pages to document your daily experiences. The kids (and grown-ups) in your family will have a wonderful time documenting the highlights and happenings of each and every day (they can draw, write or attach a photo)and enjoy looking back on the memories in the months and years to come. Each journal has 80 days of journal pages, reusable Packing Checklist, reusable Address book, 6 pages of fun activities all spiral bound with a protective plastic sleeve.

RRP: $26.95 Stockist: Travelling With Kids (Affiliate Link – you pay the same amount and we receive a small commission to help us run Kidding Around Australia!)

Hatchimals 

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Hatchimals are on the top of Alegría’s Christmas list! They are interactive magical creatures inside eggs! Who’s inside? It’s a surprise! Care for them and they will hatch themselves! Your child can teach theirs to walk, talk, play games and more as they raise them through multiple stages.

RRP: $99 Stockist: Big W, Kmart, Toys R Us, Toyworld

Razor Rip Surf

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Riding on two caster wheels and an authentically styled polypropylene deck, this is one ride-on that’s ready to make waves this Christmas!

RRP: $149.99 Stockist: Toys R Us and Target

Escape Room

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The most thrilling new board game this Christmas! Feel the thrill and enjoy the mystery from an escape game in your own home! Work together to solve puzzles and crack the code to ‘escape’ before the Chrono Decoder counts down to Zero.

RRP: $59.00 Stockist: Available exclusively at Big W stores nation-wide

Pass The Pigs (Hasbro)

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We have gone Kidding Around Australia (and the world) with this handy travel sized game for years! By rolling two plump, pink Piggies and seeing how the little porkers land will determine if you are top hog! Will you be ‘Pigging Out’ or ‘Makin Bacon’? Only the pigs will tell!

RRP: $29.99 Stockists: ABCshop and Fishpond.com.au (Fishpond has free shipping and a discount at the moment!)

FOR MUM

CIRCUS 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus

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The producers of the world’s biggest magic show, The Illusionists have teamed up with the award winning puppeteers from War Horse to present a thrilling turn of the century circus spectacular.

Sensational puppetry puts Elephants back in the ring as never seen before along with a huge cast of the most unique, amazing and dangerous circus acts from all four corners of the world, from strong men to contortionists, acrobats to musicians, knife throwers, high wire and much more!

CIRCUS 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus is set to captivate audiences of all ages in Canberra from 1 December, Sydney from 18 December and Melbourne from 3 January.

INFORMATION & TICKET SALES: www.circus1903.com

Lalen Turkish Towels

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Until recently, we didn’t know that Turkish towels were even a thing! Peshtemals (known as Turkish Towels outside of Turkey) are now our ‘must-haves’ to take on holiday as they are 100% natural cotton, super absorbent, light weight and get softer after ever wash!

We love our towels from Lalen – Marc and Seda, are an Australian-Turkish couple who live in Queensland who are contactable on +61 422 674 245 or hello@lalen.com.au.

RRP: from $40 Stockist: Lalen (you can check them out on Instagram as well)

W7 Eye Palette – In the Nude 

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W7’s In The Nude eye shadow palette contains 12 powdered eye shadow shades. The colours range from pinky nudes to plummy golds and we love the sturdy, metal tin which can be slipped into a handbag or luggage without the risk of damage!

RRP: $9.99 Stockist: Chemist Warehouse, and My Chemist

Michael Buble by Invitation

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By Invitation by Michael Buble is a Floral Fruity fragrance for women. Top notes are red fruits and bergamot; middle notes are lily-of-the-valley, jasmine, peony and rose; base notes are sandalwood, musk, vanilla and praline.

RRP: $49 (100ml) Stockist: Chemist Warehouse, My Chemist and My Beauty Spot

Unbreakable Wine Glasses

unbreakable-wine-glassUnbreakable wine glasses are the ultimate for travelling wine lovers! These shatterproof stemless plastic wine glasses are made from a high-quality BPA-free food grade silicone that’s guaranteed to never chip, melt, break or crack allowing you to enjoy a stress-free drink by the pool, at the beach or anywhere you don’t want the fear of broken glass ruining your day

RRP: $18.98 USD Stockist: Amazon

FOR DAD

Mouthguard Challenge

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This hilarious family and party game centres around players wearing mouthguard devices while trying to speak out the phrases or do “extreme” challenges! The game features 51 challenges, revenge cards and 4 mouth guards.

RRP: $10.00 Stockist: K-Mart

 

allocacoc PowerCube ReWirable USB

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The one-of-a-kind allocacoc PowerCube ReWirable USB is the ultimate travel companion.

Equipped with 4 sockets, 2 USB plugs, and 1 AU IEC cable, the sleek Allocacoc Powercube Rewireable Travel USB can be used with multiple devices. It comes with 3 interchangeable plugs for use in a variety of countries in the UK, Europe, Australia and the US, great for the jetsetter!

RRP: $39.99 Stockists: Target, Big W and www.funtastic.com.au

Police Icon Gold

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Icon Gold is a masculine citrusy-spicy fragrance which perfectly represents the magnificent elegance of the falcon. The original bottle shape that characterizes all three Icon editions is additionally embellished with gold color which highlights all facets of the edition and makes it a unique statue.

125ml RRP: $39.99 Stockist: Chemist Warehouse, My Chemist and My Beauty Spot

Cirque du Soleil KOOZA

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Kooza is Cirque du Soleil’s eighth Big Top show to tour Australia. It is a sparkling homage to the traditions of circus, springing open like a bejeweled toy box to capture your imagination and set your pulse racing.

The international cast of 50 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors present heart-stopping feats and laugh-out-loud antics to a live soundtrack fusion of jazz, funk and Bollywood beats.

Tickets from $60 through Ticketek Brisbane Nov 24, 2016 – Jan 8, 2017 Melbourne Jan 20, 2017 – Mar 12, 2017 Perth Apr 13, 2017 – May 7, 2017

Phantom 4 Drone

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No gift list for Dad’s would be complete without what is on top of Tim’s list! Tim has been dreaming about owning a drone for years and is always telling Georgina the benefits of drone ownership and what we could do with one and Kidding Around Australia!

RRP: $1699 Stockists: JBHiFi and DJI (on sale for $999 USD)

FOR TEACHERS

C-Lab & Co Coffee Scrub

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This is not only a gift for teachers, but for everyone! Made from 100% natural ingredients, the easy to use scrub works hard to target cellulite, scars and skin imperfections, leaving users with smoother, brighter and more youthful looking skin! We LOVE this scrub – seriously, it’s the best!

RRP: $24.95 Stockist: Priceline and Terry White Pharmacies

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The Dr. Bronner full range is available to view  here, they have an amazing assortment of beautifully packaged organic body washes, hair lotions, hair care, body balms and soaps.

Gift packs are also available for added convenience.

RRP: $15.00 (for gift pack) Stockist: David Jones and select chemists.

Seed Heritage Scarf

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This super soft scarf with contrasting embroidered spots will be a huge hit with your child’s teacher. Length 180cm, 100cm.

RRP: $49.95 Stockist: Seed Heritage

KeepCup

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KeepCup Original is the world’s first barista standard reusable cup. Made from lightweight plastic its unbreakable and colourful – an easy choice for coffee on the go. You can even customise your colour combination and make your KeepCup perfect!

RRP: $14.00 Stockists: via Keep Cup

Gift Vouchers

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Why not gather a few parents from your child’s class and all chip in for a gift voucher? There are countless gift vouchers available – here are some ideas!

  • Beauty salons
  • Clothing or handbags
  • Hardware stores
  • Movie vouchers or Liqueur stores!

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Kidding Around Australia Christmas without some presents for you!

We are giving away a SmarTrike® Splash 5-in-1 valued at $179 and 2 double passes for the Tuesday 3rd Jan, 7pm performance of CIRCUS 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus. Tickets are valued at $101.65 each, so $203.30 per double pass.

Entries close: Sunday 11/12/2016 at 11.59pm!

SmarTrike® Splash 5-in-1

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The SmarTrike® Splash 5-in-1 is suitable for children aged 10 – 36 months and adapts and grows with children throughout five key developmental stages until they are ready to transition into riding a bike or scooter on their own.

To WIN, tell us in the comment section “what are you looking forward to doing with your kids this Christmas and why?”

CIRCUS 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus

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CIRCUS 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus is a thrilling turn of the century circus spectacular featuring sensational puppetry and a huge cast of the most unique, amazing and dangerous circus acts from all four corners of the world!

To WIN, tell us in the comment section “what circus act you love watching and why?”


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PeriCoach Review – Kidding Around Essentials

This post is sponsored by PeriCoach

We have spoken about PeriCoach before on the blog and each time we discuss pelvic floor health we have an overwhelming response from women reaching out and talking about this very important issue.

I’m always a little nervous bringing up the subject because this is predominantly a travel, parenting and lifestyle blog but what I have come to learn is that if women are constantly worried about their weak pelvic floor, then they are not going to enjoy Kidding Around with their family.

And we can’t have that.

I’m actually very lucky and have pretty good pelvic floor muscles even though I never do any exercises to maintain them. I know many of you are not as fortunate, which makes me embarrassed that I am taking my health for granted when things can (and do) change over time.

The thing is we all know that we should be doing our pelvic floor exercises but how many of us actually do them as often as we should and in the correct way?

This is why I am interested in the PeriCoach system. It’s like having a personal trainer for your pelvic floor, providing feedback on your session and motivation to get those exercises done (it will even give you a reminder if you forget)!

The PeriCoach system is not a gimmick. It’s an Australian medical device – developed with support from a clinical advisory board of specialists in urogynaecology, gynaecology and pelvic physiotherapy and is manufactured in Australia. It has attracted a lot of interest from clinicians who work with patients with weak pelvic floor muscles or sexual dysfunction.

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The actual PeriCoach device contains sensors that (after being calibrated to your body) measure the strength of your pelvic floor contractions. It then connects via bluetooth to an Apple or Android app on your phone. This data helps you to keep track of your progress and if you need help or advice, you can share your “workouts” with a healthcare professional that is registered and working with PeriCoach.

If you need to work in conjunction with a healthcare professional you can use the Find a Clinician page on the PeriCoach website to help you locate a health professional who has tested and is recommending the device. You will definitely find someone near you – I was surprised at how many professionals there are! Or you might like to do what I did and get your system online and start working out immediately.

The sessions themselves are short (just two minutes) and you start at the beginner level and work your way up from there. The exercises are easy, the app will tell you when to squeeze and when to relax and you can do it lying down or standing up. I’ve been using it for just over a month and my muscles are stronger!

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So, if you are like me and you have been avoiding starting a pelvic floor exercise routine, then the time to take your health seriously is now!

MORE INFORMATION

The PeriCoach is $229 at the moment which is a saving of more than 20% off RRP! PLUS if you use our discount code you will save another 10%!

Our discount code for you to receive 10% off is KAAPC16

The PeriCoach is available online or through your pelvic health specialist. Once you’ve purchased the device, you can download the smartphone app and set up your device. For more discussion about PeriCoach, head to the PeriCoach Facebook page.