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What to get the Kids for Christmas
Didn't we all used to think it was crazy right before Thanksgiving to hear carols on the radio, see beautifully-decorated trees and get a workout when lifting the Sunday paper from the sheer volume of ads. Now, we see all of these things before Halloween!
It comes faster each year and so, here we go again with wondering what to get the kids for Christmas.
Unique Kids Gifts
If you're anything like me, I don't see the younger kids in our family enough throughout the year to know what size clothing they wear or what they're into, like Barbie or Ninja Turtles.
The challenge comes in when you are trying to find a great, unique gift for kids anywhere from ages 6-12 that they will actually really like. A cool gift.
I don't like to give the kids cash, although they like it, because to me it's so impersonal and comes across as "you're just not really trying very hard."
Gift cards are great, but here again, there's just not that personal vibe tied into it.
I've given both, and while they are great gift ideas, I really like to put on that thinking cap and come up with something else. Luckily, I have a secret weapon to help with that!
Rubber Band Bracelet Kits - Fun and Creative!
I must admit that I have an unfair advantage over those who do not have young kids at home.
When I picked my 10-year-old son (a/k/a secret weapon) up from staying overnight at his buddy's house, he was wearing this surprisingly very cool bracelet in his favorite Dallas Cowboy colors. Because he's my son and I love him, I will forgive him for being a Cowboys fan in Green Bay Packer territory.
Anyway, the bracelet caught my eye immediately and I asked him where he got it, because it looked like it was store-bought and not handmade.
He told me that these bracelets - made from those twisty, stretchy rubber bands - were the hottest trend in school right now. He went on to tell me that ALL the kids in ALL the grades, and even the teachers, were sporting these very cool bracelets.
He then asked me to buy him the kit for Christmas so that he could make his own.
Rainbow Bracelet Kit
Make Rainbow Loom Bracelets
That's when I learned of the Rainbow Loom.
After we got home, I did some research on-line. I came across a very interesting story about the inventor, a family man from Michigan (more about this later), who also gets inspiration from his kids.
I could see for myself that these bracelets looked cool, but found out that you could also put two or three of them together and even add charms. While the bracelets are easy to make, they don't look cheap or chintzy.
This is a really neat gift that both boys and girls are sure to really love. They can get creative and take a break from the TV or videogames.
The beauty of it is that they can custom-make their bracelets with colors to represent their school, favorite sports team or come up with a combo using some of the glow-in-the-dark, neon or tie-dye rubber band colors.
Everything comes included in the set with enough materials to make 24 bracelets. You can also get refill bands in order to keep the production line moving and crank out those bracelets.
A lot of the kids are making bracelets and then exchanging them with friends at school. It's a unique alternative to a "craft" type of project in that the kids can proudly wear their creations.
Some enterprising youths are whipping up some bracelets and then selling them for $1 or $2 each. They also make great handmade gifts for friends and family.
The bracelets are a real fashion statement and a very popular trend right now. In fact, Ellen DeGeneres just gave everyone in her studio audience a Rainbow Loom kit on her show that aired on November 8th!
Make Rubber Band Bracelets
The Rainbow Loom product line not only gives any kid on your list a chance to create their own customized pieces of jewelry, but offers safe products to boot.
The loom itself is made from plastic and is about 10" long. The Rainbow products are all free of BPA, lead, chromium and phthalates.
The rubber bands are not the usual rubber bands you'll often see me wearing around my wrists, but rather a special, super-stretchy silicone rubber band. These bands are also latex-free.
So while it will give the kids hours of enjoyment and creative fun, improve manual dexterity and all those awesome things, it's nice to know it doesn't contain any harmful materials.
This rubber band bracelet loom kit is not recommended for anyone under the age of 6, not so much for the loom itself as the choking hazard of the rubber bands.
Rainbow Loom - #1 Best Seller on Amazon
History of Rainbow Loom
This is a fairly new product that really skyrocketed in 2012.
It all started with a man who, in his Michigan living room, was attempting to help his daughters make bracelets out of regular rubber bands.
Because his fingers were too big, Cheong Choon Ng, was inspired to create an easy-to-use "loom" type of device that could make the bracelets more easily.
After getting a delivery of over 2000 rubber bands to his home in Michigan, and a hot-off-the-press loom prototype, the family began to perfect the art of creating extremely cool rubber band bracelets. And the rest is history.
There are new bracelet designs being created every day because of the new, fresh nature of this jewelry art. So, be sure to head on over to YouTube for instructional videos and design ideas.
Rainbow Loom Bracelet
Rainbow Loom Bracelet
What type of bracelet do you think the kids would like best?
Twistz Bandz Rainbow Loom
So this year, you can win the title of cool mom/dad/aunt/sister/other by just somehow knowing exactly what to get the kids for Christmas this year!
My son will be getting one and with any luck, he'll make me one of the bracelets. In Green Bay Packer colors, of course!