The Casey Palmer, Canadian Dad Christmas Gift Guide… for Kids!

With Christmas ’round the corner, we’re finally at that point where influencers show you the hottest toys and what you should spend your money on this Christmas. You’ll see posts full of affiliate links galore as we sell our pound of flesh… but I don’t want to take that route.

Christmas is a strange time for my Christian family.

While we don’t want our kids to feel like outcasts in school when we choose Christ over Claus this December, we find it essential to make Christmas a time to spend with family, friends and our church community as we get ready for another year of challenges and celebrations ahead.

But you’d better believe we’re still going to get them some toys.

This Christmas marks the first year we can start moving from toddlers’ toys to ones I might want to play with, and I plan to take full advantage of it!

Despite Sarah’s qualms over the space in our home versus how much I review, I’ve been blessed to check out many of this season’s new toys up close and personal these past few months. From tech to STEM to collectables and more, I’ve hand-picked some toys that I think you’ll find dope for the little people in your life.

So let’s get to it!

(And don’t you worry—for those of us in a rush, I’ve created links to all the product below for easy access!)

Xbox One S Minecraft Limited Edition Bundle
The VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2
VTech Touch & Learn Activity Desk Deluxe
The VTech Zoo Jamz Stompin’ Fun Drums
VTech 4-in-1 Stroll & Grow Tek Trike
#StikBot Farm Movie Bot
Tumblstix
Spin Circuits
The PAW Patrol Sea Patroller
The Etch A Sketch Freestyle & The Etch A Sketch Joystick
Hatchimals Glittering Garden
Mayka Toy Block Tape
Tangles
The Original Fidget Cube by Artsy Labs

Motorola Moto 360 Smartwatch (1st Gen) | TELUS | “Mr. Nice Watch”

“No more Mr. Nice Guy—hello, Mr. Nice Watch!”

— J. Cole, “Mr. Nice Watch” (featuring Jay Z), Cole World: The Sideline Story (2011)

What Dick Tracy dreamt up in the ’40s and Inspector Gadget toyed with in the ’80s is something I’m finally getting to play with myself in 2016! Replacing my regular wristwatch, the Moto 360 smartwatch1 is my latest device from TELUS that just might change everything.

Like much new tech, when we think of the smartwatch, the first word that usually comes to mind is “gimmicky”. In a world where the smartphone’s changed our relationship with tech so much we barely remember life without it, who wants yet another device? And one with less functionality, a smaller screen, and—frankly—isn’t all that smart without a phone to pair it to?

Busy people, that’s who! I never saw myself needing a smartwatch before rocking one on my wrist, but between raising my family, my 9-5, and managing a growing digital brand, I keep finding new ways to work the Moto 360 into my life—with everything going on, I need all the help I can get!