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Gift ideas for the grandkids

Stylish bracelets for medical issues

Have a grandchild with an allergy or health issue? Now, there’s an alternative to chunky medical bracelets.

Beware Bandits are an effective, easy-to-use medical alert wristband for children with allergies and health issues that children will love to wear. These bright, colorful bracelets sport informative characters that correspond to the child’s particular allergy or condition to help to easily identify his or her medical challenge. The Beware Bandits are a great reminder for friends, family, guardians and caretakers to keep a watchful eye out for potentially harmful allergic reactions and health issues that a child (or teen or adult) might have.

The adjustable bands are made with a Latex-free band and nickel-free snaps to provide comfortable bands that will survive the tough and tumble activities of a child’s daily routine. The bands even provide additional information about the child and the medical challenge on the back of the band.

The Beware Bandits are available at Target and Publix stores nationally. For more information, go to BewareBandits.com.


Try a booster seat with easy storage

Love taking the grandkids around, but wish you could stow the booster seat when you’re not using it? BubbleBum is the innovative, inflatable booster seat that keeps kids ages 4-11 safe and comfy while traveling in the car. It weighs less than 1 pound, inflates in minutes, and fits three across the back of a car, minivan or SUV.

Best of all, when you’re not using the seat, simply deflate the booster seat, roll it up and stow it in the trunk for the next use.


BubbleBum has been awarded the IIHS (Insurance Institute of Highway Safety) “Best Bet” in its booster seat evaluation report two years in a row.

BubbleBum is sold online at BubbleBum, Target.com, and Babies ‘R’ Us. It is also available in select Target stores nationwide.


Book brings tea to life

Teaming up with international brand The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, author Susan Chodakiewitz and tea master David De Candia introduce a Willy Wonka-type adventure for children about the wonderful world of tea in Master Davey and the Magic Tea.

Main character Hopper Smith is a boy who spends his time watching Master Davey blend various ancient teas instead of engaging in the typical activities of kids his age. These experiences are all the more exciting as he learns to unleash the power of his imagination and follow his heart. However, Master Davey’s precious Blue Tiger Tea will soon disappear from the world forever. Can Hopper Smith, a boy with the power to unlock the stories hidden in the tea, find the courage to face the fierce Blue Tiger and save the tea?

Master Davey and the Magic Tea House is available at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and at amazon.com.


Be ready for cold weather

grandkidsbreathebodylotionChilling effects from the seasonal transition can take a toll on the entire body, so it’s important to know how to protect your grandchildren from the elements. Wind and dry air are the main culprits that trigger common colds, coughs and irritated skin, but staying balanced with Mother Nature’s moods is easy when properly prepared.

Erbaviva, producer of organic skincare for kids and adults, helps to combat any cool weather surprise with a variety of products including Baby Lip and Cheek Balm, Sniffles Organic Baby Chest Balm and Breathe Body Lotion.

Each product is free from harsh detergents, chemical fragrances and other unhealthy additives and will keep you happy and healthy all season.

Erbaviva products are sold at high-end spas, specialty retailers and at www.erbaviva.com.


For your little diva

Have a budding fashionista? Get her a LaLoops Minky Cape, a trendy and reversible magnetic poncho that fits most 2- to 4-year-olds

Available in five color combinations, The LaLoops Minky Cape is a plush, microfiber/polyester fabric that¹s soft and smooth to the touch. The magnetic closure allows for reversible wear­ that easily matches your little one¹s outfit. Plus, grandparents no longer have to worry about the hassle of sleeves, zippers, buttons or snaps!

For more information, visit laloops.com. As part of the holiday launch, LaLoops is offering a $15 discount per cape with the coupon code: LaLoops15.


Football for kids

Football season is happening, and that means time on the couch to watch the Patriots. Kids may not be so couch-happy. So, Laser Pegs has teamed up with the NFL to create all new Laser Pegs Rush Zone toys.

Children can keep themselves occupied while Tom Brady does his thing on the big screen. Laser Pegs are educational, light-up toys, and each piece connects to the next. When children are finished building their quarterback or goal post, the entire creation lights up the room. These can be personalized to any NFL team, so children can participate in football season.

For more information, visit laserpegs.com.

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