HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE – GREAT INSTAGRAM GIFTS

Instagram Gift

Did you know that Instagram photos can make great holiday gifts?  At In Its Place Kids, we offer several fun ways to share your favorite pics with family and friends this holiday season.

Get inspired by these gift ideas and cross a few more names off your holiday shopping list!

PHOTO CALENDAR

Mixbook Instagram CalendarShare Instagram memories with someone special all year long!  Design your own version of this Instagram calendar from Mixbook.  It features various page layouts that are formatted specifically for square photos.   Mixbook will be offering special savings on calendars, cards and photo books throughout the holiday season.  Click here to see their latest offer.

CUSTOM THROW PILLOW

Instagram Throw Pillows

Turn favorite Instagram pics into comfy home decor with a custom throw pillow from Zazzle!  These are available in square or lumbar styles and come in a wide variety of customizable designs.  And best of all, create your custom pillow today (12/11/15) and save 50% with Code: ZGIFTSBYXMAS.  (Hurry – sale ends December 11, 2015 at 11:59PM PT.)    Zazzle offers great daily promotional discounts on its products, so don’t fret if you’ve missed this special sale.  Just click here to see what you can save now. 

Custom Wood Wall Art

Instagram Wood ArtPreserve Instagram memories on a unique custom print by WoodSnap. Not only are these prints beautiful, they’re eco-friendly, too!  They’re printed on birch wood with sustainable ink and the manufacturer plants a tree for every print created. These are available in ten sizes (from 8″ x 8″ through 36″ x 24″) and a wide variety of design styles.  Mounting hardware and a table stand are included with each print, making it easy for the recipient to display it as they please. Click here to see how much you can save on this great gift if you order it today.

Photo Albums

Instagram Albums

Go old school and share your best selfies and pictures of family and friends in a photo album sized just right for Instagram.  These mini albums include sleeves for both 4″ x 4″ and 2″ x 2″ pics.  Some styles are on sale now for only $3.99, making these albums fun and inexpensive gifts for a group.  To really stretch your dollar,  download the FREE Printicular mobile photo printing app.  With it, you can print directly from your Instagram account to Walgreens photo centers and get a coupon code to save 30% on your order!  The app is available for Android, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.  

Have more shopping to do?  Check out our collection of Hot Holiday Gifts and find something for everyone still on your list!

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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE – 10 BEST GIFTS FOR CREATIVE KIDS

At In Its Place Kids, you’ll find a variety of things to inspire kids’ creativity this holiday season.  Our editors share their ten favorites here, all perfect for gift-giving:

 

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  1. ALEX Toys – My Art Portfolio / 2. Guidecraft Deluxe Art Station / 3. Personalized Children’s Art Binder / 4. Personalized Art Gallery Display / 5. Personalized Crayon Keeper (Various Colors – Includes Crayons / 6. Personalized Rainbow Loom Case (Custom Design) / 7. Melissa & Doug Multi-Activity Table / 8. All-In-One Adjustable Easel by Hape / 9. Li’l DaVinci Child Artwork Storage Frame (Various Sizes/Colors) / 10. Art Supplies Box by Pro Art (2 Sizes)

We hope this guide helps you shop, but don’t stop here.  Check out our complete guide to 2015 Hot Holiday Gifts and find just the right something for everyone on your list!

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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE – GO “LOCO FOR LEGO” ON ETSY

If your kids are crazy about LEGOs, you may be going crazy yourself – trying to contain all of those colorful little bricks that seem to end up all over the house!  Since our mission at In Its Place Kids is to help you organize your kids’ stuff, we love to find clever ways to manage perennial kid favorites like LEGOs.   One great source for LEGO storage solutions is Etsy, where we’ve found a number of unique handmade items that are just right for storing, displaying and organized playing with all of those tiny bricks and minifigures.

Below are some Etsy finds that we’re just crazy about and we’re pleased to include them in our collection of storage and display products.  We think these make hot holiday gifts for LEGO builders everywhere (also to be enjoyed by those who clean up after them).  Check these selections out – we bet they’ll make you go a little “Loco for LEGO” too!

Building Tables & Chairs

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LEGO Activity Tables

Kids will love building on these LEGO-inspired activity tables.   The table and chairs set (pictured at top) includes built-in storage for all of those little LEGO pieces.

LEGO Men Bookends

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LEGO Men BookendsThese laser-cut metal bookends will delight LEGO fans of all ages.  They’re ideal for any space that needs an extra dose of fun!

Minifigure Display Cases

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LEGO Minifigure Display Case LargeMinifigure Display Case (Four Sizes/Various Colors)

LEGO Minifigure Series Display CaseMinifigure Series Display Case (Various Colors)

Whether their minifigure collection is large or small, these cases will stylishly display them all!

Display Shelves (Set of Three/Various Colors)

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LEGO Display Shelves

LEGO fans will love the brick-inspired design of these shelves.  What a cool way to display their favorite LEGO creations!

Storage Box Shelf (Various Colors)

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LEGO Storage Box Shelf 2

This LEGO “brick” can be hung as a shelf for display of LEGO creations or other small items.  Since it opens to provide room for storage inside,  it also makes a cute desktop storage box.

Toy Bag & Play Mat (Two Sizes/Various Colors)

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LEGO Bag PlaymatThis bag makes picking up a breeze!  When the bag is open, it works as a play mat.  When kids are  done playing, just pull the cords and building bricks disappear easily back into the bag.

Personalized Storage & Play Boxes (Three Sizes/Various Colors)

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Personalized LEGO Storage Boxes

Cleanup gets personal with these custom storage boxes; their lids also offer a great place to build.   They’re available in large, medium or small.  The small box is perfectly designed for travel and play on the go!

Portable Storage & Play Boxes (Various Colors)

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LEGO Storage Play Box

With this portable storage box, you can keep kids occupied on car trips, in waiting rooms and anywhere else they tend to get bored.  The top features a LEGO base plate for building on one side with a dry-erase board on the other.

We hope these recommendations help you with your holiday shopping this year.  But don’t stop here; search Etsy’s complete Holiday Gift Guide for other amazing LEGO-inspired gifts.  You’ll find a wide range of fun LEGO things, including jewelry, clothing and home decor.

Happy Shopping!

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DIY CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS FROM MIXBOOK

Mixbook DIY Ornaments

We love these festive paper ornaments, a cute DIY project spotted on the Mixbook Blog. With some pretty paper, ribbon, scissors and glue, you and the kiddos can make these ornaments in just a few simple steps.  Do them at home or make them as a group activity at holiday parties.   Not only are they adorable as ornaments, we think these would also make fabulous tags for holiday gifts.  You could make them out of sturdy wrapping paper to coordinate with the presents under the tree.

If you need other ideas for craft materials, try using Christmas-themed scrapbook paper from Bluemoon Scrapbooking. ( The paper pictured below is double-sided, so it would be perfect for this project.)

Christmas Paper Pad

We also like this paper string.  Use a coordinating color to tie off your ornaments.

Paper String from Bluemoon

If you want to add some sparkle to your project, try mixing in metallic paper in various colors.  You can get it now at Amazon.

We hope you enjoy this fun and festive project, compliments of Mixbook.  When you finish your ornaments, leave us a comment to let us know how they turned out!

By the way, now is a great time to order your holiday cards.  Mixbook has an amazing selection of customizable designs that let you make personalized cards like a pro.

Mixbook Wonderful Life Card

Happiest Holidays CardYou can enjoy savings on cards, custom photo books and calendars from Mixbook throughout the holiday season.  (Photo books and calendars make great gifts for grandparents!)  Savings are generally up to 50% on Mixbook products.  Click here to see the latest sale offer.

 

Note:  This post was originally published on 12/14/14.   It has been updated and republished to include new links.

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HAPPY VETERANS DAY! SHOP TO SAY THANK YOU!

Veterans Day Care PackagePhoto from The Veterans Site Store – Send Comfort to Our Troops

This Veterans Day, In Its Place Kids thanks our active-duty men and women, their families and all of our veterans for their service to our country.

We are making a donation today to support the distribution of care packages to our troops deployed around the world.  You can help in this initiative by donating as little as $5.00.  Click here for details.

You can also help our homeless and hungry vets by doing some holiday shopping at the Veterans Site Store, where you’ll find a variety of great gifts including American Spirit clothing and accessories.  Every purchase you make pays for at least one meal for a veteran through the Food Recovery Network, Veterans Village of San Diego and Veteran Homestead.

Happy Veterans Day!

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