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Top Picks for the Hottest Trending All-Occasion Gifts for Family and Friends

Are you always in search of fun, yet practical gift ideas appropriate for any and every special occasion? Where are your go-to destination to find just the right gift ideas for family or friends? We have a world of wonders within one of our closets, dedicated to maintaining an adequate supply of all-occasion gifts for family and friends. Here are some of our top picks for the hottest, trending all-occasion gifts for family and friends. Remember, if all else fails, there is always Amazon. (affiliate)

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Top Picks for the Hottest Trending All-Occasion Gifts for Family and Friends


TOOBS are assorted collections of individually hand-painted miniature replicas. These realistic mini versions feature vibrant colors, professional sculpting, and stunningly accurate detailing. TOOBS from Safari Ltd. are highly recommended gifts that are also useful for educational projects, travel souvenirs, collections, and everyday imaginative play. One of our personal favorites, as New Yorkers, is the New York City TOOB containing 8 amazing replicas- Subway Car, Taxi, The Big Apple, Guggenheim Museum, Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and Rockefeller Center Statue.

Get thinking and get unplugged! We are still in tough competition to improve our skills, with the tween crushing it, of course! RiddleCube is a fast paced, game of 200 mind-bending picture and word puzzles. Racing to beat the clock by folding, twisting, and stretching their cubes into shapes matching the challenge card, the first to correctly match collects the card– the first player to collect five challenge cards wins! Excellent for developing spatial-reasoning, problem-solving skills and good sportsmanship, RiddleCube from Educational Insights is great for individual or competitive play. 

Kick Flipper
Kick Flipper is like a skateboard without wheels! My talents are pretty much equal to those of our 4 year-old, but I'm doing it! Teaching balance, and coordination skills essential for activities such as skateboarding, snowboarding, and surfboarding, Kick Flipper is designed for use on carpet, grass, or sand. Manufactured in the United States, Kick Flippers from PlaSmart are lightweight yet durable and rugged enough to support up to 200 pounds.

Natural Twig Colored Pencil Set

Education Outdoors' Natural Twig Colored Pencil Set is a fun, rustic, eco-friendly set of natural twig colored pencils. Handcrafted out of real recycled wood that make each pencil unique as they vary by nature. Includes a set of 8 assorted pencil colors in red, orange, green, blue, yellow, purple, brown and black all bound together with twine.

Caillou Build Your Own Pizza Set

Everyday can be pizza day with Caillou. Combining two favorites in our home, Caillou and this 24 piece, Build Your Own Pizza set encourages imaginative play with the creation of  various pizzas with toppings to be sliced and served from the included spatula, pizza cutter. Inspired by the Caillou the Chef episode, young chefs, ages 3 and up, will enjoy hours of open-ended play with the Caillou Build Your Own Pizza Set!

Emoticat Stickers

Cat lovers unite! Let's say it with kitties. Emoticat Stickers- 200 Ways to Say It with Kitties, features 200 peel-and-stick feline photos that are a creative and cool way to share your emotions with family and friends. Our family, especially the tween, is in love with the cats for all-occasions- mad cats, bad cats, cranky cgats, happy cats, sad cats, groovy cats, winky cats, confused cats, and sleepy cats. With Emoticat Stickers- 200 Ways to Say It with Kitties, from Ulysses Press, what more is there to say?!

Don’t Quit Your Day Dream

Forever our dreamer, Don't Quit Your Day Dream- 20 Hand-Drawn Cards to Tear, Color & Share by Bethany Robertson was seemingly made especially for our daughter. Take a moment to sit back and release your creativity as you color these beautifully hand-drawn cards. The gift that keeps giving, you can tear out your Don't Quit Your Day Dream masterpiece, work of art to share with family and friends, or keep for yourself either displayed to admire or kept inside of the book to cherish.
Cover Art

"Showcase Your Love of Literature". Cover Art- 20 Hangable Prints for Book Nerds by Liz Emirzian features 20 beautiful, hand-illustrated posters to tear out, frame and hang for display. Each of the original Cover Art designs are pre-sized prints to fit 8”x10” frames, as well as matte frames with 5”x7” openings. This delightful art work collection includes classic titles such as, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Moby Dick, Pride & -Prejudice, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and many more.


"Don't say sorry. Apuglogize." Who can resist the cuteness of Apuglogies- Saying Sorry with Adorable Pugs?  This dog lover essential, features 20 adorable apology cards with the sweetest photos of pugs to tear out, give away and make amends with family and friends. Each of the tear-out cards features a convenient, lined notes section for sharing handwritten sentiments of "My Most Sincere Apuglogies." 

Build! A Knight's Castle

With Build! A Knight’s Castle, historians age 7 and up will enjoy hours of fun building a 3D medieval castle, fully furnished with knights, battle implements, and all the tools for a medieval siege! Build! A Knight’s Castle is an excellent educational resource, combining history with the science of archeology, written by archeologist and educator Annalie Seaman. Perfect for birthdays, holidays or just for fun, this book, as well as Excavate! Dinosaurs, are very special, unique hands-on gifts to enjoy.

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