This time of year it is always good to have a few little gifts set aside for open house invites or unexpected pop-ins. But what if your friends bring their kids? And those kids bring gifts? You can't give a child a scented candle, festive tea towels or the box of chocolates you have set aside for adults. So here are five last-minute Christmas gifts, one for each age group, that you can still get in stores now. Just in case.
Toddlers (ages 1–2)
This three-pack of pals are up for any adventure. Mega Blox First Builders Block Buddies, $9,
and national retailers.
Preschoolers (ages 3–5)
Introduce this silly spud to other Mr. Potato friends for mix-and-match fun. Playskool Mr. Potato Little Taters Big Adventures Soccer Spud, $9,
and national toy retailers.
School aged (ages 6–8)
Budding artists can add sparkle and shine to their latest masterpiece with these coloured pencils. Eeboo Silver Robots Metallic Pencils, $8,
Preteen (ages 9–12)
Keep minds sharp during the school break. The goal: disassemble then reassemble the ball without looking at the solution. 3-D Bamboo Diamond Ball Puzzle, $6,
A lightweight, colourful case will help teens protect one of their most valuable items. J +/- iPhone case, $9,