Note: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.
Ho-Ho-How’s that holiday shopping coming along?
If you’re like me, you’ve already put a dent in your to-do list. Parents? Check! Husband? Check! Kids….?? Okay, so I *still* have a little bit of shopping left to do. The thing is, kids are notoriously difficult to shop for, because there are just too many amazing toys to select from!
LEGO or Air Hogs? Dolls or a dream house? NERF Blasters or Micro Machines?
Never fear, friends – I’m here to narrow down the options in the best possible way – by sharing Canadian Tire’s Top Toys for Christmas, straight from Santa’s Workshop!
No, really. I’ve been there.
It gets better. Last week, I hosted a very special Mom’s Night Out for some of my favourite Toronto influencers! With very special instructions for how to make it to the North Pole (it’s a secret, after all) we gathered for a night of food, girl talk and merriment.
And toys! Just look at these toys!
Canadian Tire at Christmas will always hold a special place in my heart. I fondly recall visiting the store as a young girl; strolling through the aisles, making a mental list of all the things I just *had* to include in my letter to Santa. And while he didn’t gift me with everything that I asked for, Santa always seemed to know what I wanted most.
Today, I still have many of the toys stashed away in my parents’ basement, preserved over the years due to my reluctance to part with them completely. They represent the magic of Christmas, the wonder of childhood, and most importantly, the happiness I felt each and every time I played with them. And even though my mom nudges me from time to time to stop by and clear the toys out, the truth is, I like knowing they’re there, still a part of my family, still a part of me.
Now you may be thinking, Come on Lena, it was great to stroll down memory lane with you, but what’s hot for *THIS* year?
I thought you’d never ask. Ladies and gentlemen, introducing 2016’s Top Toys!
Pictured in this glorious display, you’ll find everything from Disney Princess dolls to Star Wars drones. But no need to zoom to enlarge, because I’ve got a rundown of my personal picks just for you:
Disney Princess Ariel Doll. My favourite Princess! Enter a magical world under the sea with Ariel. Your little ones will love to hear her sing “Part of Your World” from the iconic tale the Little Mermaid, and she’ll also say 14 magical phrases. Ariel’s tail lights up in and out of water, and Flounder can squirt water, too! Idea for ages 3+.
Air Hogs Star Wars Death Star Battle. I’m going to plead the fifth here, but that’s only because any 10-year old could do a better job describing this toy than I could. But it’s for that very reason that you *know* it will be a best seller this year; the Star Wars Air Hogs Battle Set features unique augmented realities to battle the Death Star and recreate your favourite battle scenes from Star Wars. Suitable for ages 8+. (Or any kid that’s smarter than you.)
Go! Go! Smartwheels Ultimate RC Speedway. Go! Go! Get this toy! It’s the most exciting way for your wee ones to learn while having fun. They’ll speed through four action zones and over nine SmartPoint locations using the steering wheel-shaped remote control for an exciting interactive experience with the RC SmartPoint Racer. The playset features a stunt ramp, elevator, movable gears, starting flags and track switches – that are all triggered by the RC race car!
Nerf Mega Mastodon. A high energy toy for high energy kids! Experience energy and attitude with the Nerf Mega Mastodon blaster. It’s the first motorized Nerf Mega blaster! With a 24 dart revolving drum (yikes!), it can fire darts up to 75 feet (that’s not a typo), Suitable for ages 8+.
Paw Patrol Jungle Headquarters Playset. Kids LOVE Paw Patrol! And this playset is the ultimate for imaginative play. The Paw Patrol Jungle Headquarters Playset features lights, sounds, and a ton of movable parts and accessories, perfect for creative playtime. Suitable for ages 3+.
Now I don’t mean to create a sense of urgency (um, yeah I do) – you’ll need to visit Canadian Tire in-store or online TODAY, because ALL of the toys I’ve showcased here are currently on sale! That’s right – there’s no better time to grab the hottest toys at some of the lowest prices of the season. For more gifting ideas and to stay up to date on the hottest toys, follow Canadian Tire on Instagram and Twitter via the #CTChristmas hashtag.
As for me? Well, I’ll be making a list and checking it twice… and you know I’ll find out who’s been naughty or nice! Happy Shopping, friends!
Well, it is the holidays – so you know I can’t leave you hanging. One lucky Listen to Lena reader will win a Star Wars Air Hogs Death Star Battle Set! This toy is selling out everywhere, but of course I got my hands on one just in time for the holidays… and now it can be yours! To enter, simply fill the form below. Good luck!
This post is sponsored by Canadian Tire. The opinions on this blog, as always, are my own.