Top 25 Must-haves On Your 2018 Christmas Shopping List

Top 25 Must-haves On Your 2018 Christmas Shopping List
Omni A. Larrosa | #TheClingyFam

As we approach the “Bermonths”, everyone is starting to get excited about Christmas. We see memes of known Christmas icons such as Jose Mari Chan and Mariah Carey already circulating on social media as if saying “see you again soon!”. Soon enough, working people will already think of ideas on the best production numbers that will win first place in their workplace’s Christmas Party song and dance competition.

It is good to anticipate these things early as it always pays to plan ahead. And the same goes with Christmas Shopping. One of the best ways to lessen expenses incurred in buying gifts during Christmas season is to MAKE YOUR LIST EARLY. If you are a parent like me, special shout out goes to you!

With all this in mind, it is very timely that Richprime Global recently announced their Top-25 Must-Have’s for Christmas 2018. Below are the items which you may want to consider for this year’s most wonderful time:

1. HOT WHEELS Track Builder Challenge Box 
If your kid is into cars, he can definitely build an epic world of Hot Wheels stunts with this set. I love that this toy is on a build-from-scratch basis so our kids will learn how to turn pieces into a new world of exciting possibilities! For me, it will help give them an idea of what it is like to solve problems and build something out of nothing that results to a sense of accomplishment.

2. THOMAS AND FRIENDS Minis

Next on the list is set of mini trains from Thomas and Friends which our kids can collect and connect. Thomas and Friends recently announced the upcoming SEASON 22 series which will be available on Youtube, Disney Junior, and other popular kiddie cable channels for our kids to enjoy. With the MINIS, kids can bring the magic to life and have fun beyond the online shows.

3. TURNING MECARD Incredible Transforming Cars
My husband and I usually share bedtime stories about what our childhood was like. In one of our conversations, we told them about classic TV shows that feature cars that turn into robots. If you are a 90’s parent like me, you may have been exposed to TV shows like these as well. The idea of having Turning Mecard in our playtime can make our kids feel the same excitement we had back then and this time, we are on the same page. 

 4. BEN 10 Deluxe Omnitrix Watch with 100 Alien Phrases and Sound Effects
If your kids love Ben 10, try role playing a scene from the show and communicate in Alien phrases available in this watch. This will surely be an unforgettable playtime moment!

5. Nickelodeon PAW PATROL Launching Surfboard
Kids can join Rocky on the underwater case with his Launching Surfboard! With this in hand, they can let their imagination run wild as they create new rescues for their favorite pup. For an even more awesome adventure, collect all the members of the Sea Patrol, like Rubble, Marshal, Zuma and Skye!


6. DICKIE Toys Tow Truck
Imagine exciting road adventures with your child using this toy truck. This will also open an opportunity to explain what firemen do to save lives and who are the rest of the people in the neighborhood. The concept of danger that can cause death such as accidents is not so easy to explain to kids in a regular set-up. But having this toy on-hand makes it easier to teach our kids about safety while keeping the moment light.


7. UNO Cards
I have never played Uno Cards as a kid and even now that I have kids, I still do not know how to play this game. But research online helped me understand the basic mechanics of this game and I became open to play this with my kids because I think this will help me teach them more about knowing, understanding and following rules. In life, following instructions or rules is one basic habit that leads to success.

8. VOLTRON Robot Toy
If your kid is interested in robots or in Voltron particularly, this will surely bring him delight.

9. LASER X Real Life Laser Gaming Experience
It’s like having a laser arena right in your own backyard! This is perfect for role-paying game outdoors. All Laser X sets work together, so games can have as few as two players, or every kid in the barangay! This features sophisticated electronics and optics that give players pinpoint blasting accuracy up to 200 feet. The receiver vest keeps track of hits and after 10 hits, players are eliminated from the game. Players can choose to be on teams or select “rogue” mode if player wants to play by himself.

10. TOBOT R Beta
Tobot is a South Korean animated television series produced by Young Toys and Retrobot. The series features transforming cars designed after Kia Motors vehicles. If you like collecting, share the fun with your kid and enjoy collecting all characters featured in this robot toy set.


11. Fingerlings – Gigi
Friendship at your fingertips is made possible with this new toy collection. There are different Fingerlings characters available and role-playing using these can be one great way for parent-child bonding!

12. Enchantimals
Enchantimals are a group of lovable girls who have a special bond with their animal friends, and even share some of the same characteristics. Together, they live in a fantastical world where fun and adventure are right around every corner! A world where friendship makes anything possible. Enchantimals introduced the concept of caring as their everything.

13. Shimmer and Shine Teenie Genies
I grew up knowing what genies are and I only knew one genie and he is from a well-known Disney movie. But I never got to introduce them to our kids. Teenie Genies look cute and it matches our kids Zia and Zela’s love for kikay stuff.

14. Shopkins Mini Packs | 
15. Shopkins Little Secrets
Our girls go crazy about Shopkins collectibles because of their exposure with its digital shows that they watch on Youtube. I tried to stop their love for Shopkins to prevent them from grabbing these tiny toys when we pass by department stores but I must admit that there must be something about the Shopkins characters that make them fall in love. This year, our family already considers including this as one of their Christmas presents. This can also be their reward for the good things they did all year round!

16. PIKMI POPS Mega Pack Season 2
Our 3-year-old Zela once asked us to buy this for her as she loves lollipops. Good thing, this is the Lollipop without the sugar rush! It may look like one but it is actually a ball of exciting surprise! Unwrap a Pikmi Pops to find cute surprises inside! Display your Pikmi plushie inside the lollipop or use the dangler string to hang your favorite Pikmi on your favorite bag, keys, phone, spiral note book, pencil case and more! There are over 45+ super cute mini Pikmi plushies to collect in 12 yummy scents. Don’t pick one, pick a lot – and unwrap the surprises in your Pikmi Pops!

17. Hatchimals Mystery

Zia saw this in one of the IG posts of Doug Kramer and she never forgot about this. Hatchimals is like a stuff toy locked in an egg shell. The excitement lies on the “hatching” itself as you do now know which kind of toy will you hatch.

18. Fingerlings – Gemma
Gemma is another Fingerlings character from the same Fingerlings club as Gigi in number 11 above. Try to get them both and play them with your kid as if you are in a puppet show!

19. Party Popteenies Double Surprise Poppers
If your kid is 4 years of age and up, he will surely love the Party Popteenies Double Surprise Popper! Packed into this popper are hidden layers of fun! To get the party started, pull to separate the two poppers and discover your first layer of surprises! Wrapped inside the very cute packaging are mini accessories and your doll’s pet bestie. The surprises continue as you pull, twist and pop each popper! Within a cloud of colorful, collectible confetti you’ll find an exclusive Party Popteenie, wearing a fab, glittery outfit. Pop your second popper to discover deluxe party accessories! Will you pop the magical unicorn cake? With one of three possible party squads to collect, you could pop a Rainbow Unicorn, Cutie Animal or Winter Wonderland Popteenie! To find out which one you have, look at the character’s outfit details. From rainbow skirts to peppermint purses and kitty cat hats, each Party Popteenie struts a totally unique outfit, with cool themed details! Each Double Popper includes themed stickers and decor stuff for more party fun. 


20. Kinetic Sand
You don’t need to wait for summer to relive the beach fun! Our kids and us love building sand castles at home using kinetic sand and as parents, seeing them unleash their own imagination gives us a lot of joy. We want our kids to be the best of who they can be and being creative is one trait that will set them above the rest. Kinetic sand may look like humble pretend sands but they allow our kids to unlock unlimited possibilities and discover how they can build something great out of the ordinary.

21. Fisher Price Musical Lion Walker
Are you like me who is already considering walkers for your infant? Our babies can use this walker to have fun learning to walk and also to sit and play with the different activities found on it. It has a spinning dial, a slider butterfly, a peek-a-boo mirror,a light up nose, musical piano keys, a flip page, clacker bead toes, and rollerball ears that your baby can bat at. This musical walker increases the child’s motor skills in fun ways. This makes it more interesting and entertaining for our child.

22. MEGA BLOKS Block Scooping Wagon

In one of Zia’s  homeschool lessons, she is expected to learn about sizes and the differences between tall, taller, tallest and the like. We used MEGA BLOKS in teaching her these and we observed that it is one effective way as childrens’ minds are more stimulated in a fun environment. This type of learning tool also encourages creativity as it helps the child build a lot of things using the different blocks. With the scooping wagon, we can also instill the habit of packing toys away after play in our children thus, helping them become more responsible.

23. BRIGHT STARTS | Disney Baby Winnie The Pooh Happy As Can Bee Infant To Toddler Rocker
I can imagine our baby smiling so sweetly while he lies down on this! Disney Baby’s Winnie the Pooh Happy As Can Bee Infant to Toddler Rocker™ from Bright Starts™ is 2 seats in one! It can rock or be set to a stationary position to soothe baby with vibrations. The hanging Mickey Mouse teether entertains baby with beads that move and the toy bar can be removed, making it easier to take baby in and out. There are two recline positions so baby can choose the more comfortable position for him.


 24. VTECH 3-IN-1 Walker
For our family, this should be on top of the list as our Baby Zed is going to be learning to walk soon! I like that the top portion of this walker can be converted to a learning playtool for infants which means value for money as it serves multiple purposes and never goes our of season as it transforms itself depending on the need of our baby.

25. VIKINGTOYS Max and Meg Transportation Couple 
Safe, simple and fit for kids of all ages! Perfect for those with multiple inaanaks!

There is no one-size-fits all in selecting presents for our kids as every child is unique. But, I believe, having these Top 25 to choose from already releases us from a lot of thinking!

Hope this helped you prepare better for every family’s much anticipated season. I would like to hear from you. What do you think of these items? Share your comments if you are planning to have or already have any of the above. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Omni Amisola-Larrosa is the wife of Bryce, an outstanding speaker & people builder, a mother of 3 wonderful kids named Zia, Zela & Zed (#TheClingySibz), and a professional Marketing practitioner who is privileged to be a recipient of the 12th Mansmith Young Market Masters Award (Mansmith YMMA) for 2017, an advocacy project that seeks and recognizes young outstanding marketers and entrepreneurs all over the Philippines. Omni seeks to outperform herself by being the best wife to Bryce and mom to #TheClingySibz, while inspiring other moms in maintaining a good work and family life balance.
Omni Amisola-Larrosa is the wife of Bryce, an outstanding speaker & people builder, a mother of 3 wonderful kids named Zia, Zela & Zed, and a recipient of the 12th Mansmith Young Market Masters Award (Mansmith YMMA) for 2017, an advocacy project that seeks and recognizes young outstanding marketers and entrepreneurs. Omni seeks to outperform herself by being the best wife to Bryce and the mom to #TheClingySibz, while inspiring other moms in maintaining a good work and family life balance.
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Omni Amisola-Larrosa is the wife of Bryce, an outstanding speaker & people builder, a mother of 3 wonderful kids named Zia, Zela & Zed (#TheClingySibz), and a professional Marketing practitioner who is privileged to be a recipient of the 12th Mansmith Young Market Masters Award (Mansmith YMMA) for 2017, an advocacy project that seeks and recognizes young outstanding marketers and entrepreneurs all over the Philippines. Omni seeks to outperform herself by being the best wife to Bryce and mom to #TheClingySibz, while inspiring other moms in maintaining a good work and family life balance.

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