Holiday Gift Guide Part 2 with TJ Maxx and Marshalls

by Janice

Online Holiday Gift Guide with TJ Maxx and Marshalls

Your Personal Shopper is back for Part 2 — Shopping for the KIDS!

Shopping for kids — the most fun shopping of all! (Okay shopping for ourselves is the MOST fun, but it is a good second!)

I LOVE shopping for kids!

Children are so much easier to buy for. And between the adorable clothes, the wonderful books, and the fabulous toys, my only challenge is to not get carried away and buy too much!

Disney Sleeping Beauty Toddler Dress $14.99 at T.J. Maxx

Disney Sleeping Beauty Toddler Dress $14.99 at T.J. Maxx

Needless to say, I could spend a ton of money on my kids (and I do!) at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, (or their sister store in Canada, Winners.)

As I told you in Part 1, I love T.J. Maxx and Marshalls because I can get brand name and designer merchandise at huge discounts, (20 – 60% off,) on all merchandise, every day of the year.

Today, I am going to walk you through my top gifts for kids — organized into age groups for your shopping convenience.

Just as I did for Part 1 of my Holiday Gift Guide with T.J. Maxx and Marhalls, I took my camera to T.J. Maxx and Marshalls. I spent several hours searching for my TOP PICKS for Part 2 and Part 3 of this one of a kind three part gift guide!

Our Holiday Gift Guide from T.J. Maxx and Marshalls includes:

Part 1: For Her/For Him (published last week)
Part 2: For Kids (this one)
Part 3: For Friends/Family (coming next week)

These are my personal photos, my real life shopping picks, shot just for YOU! Now let’s get shopping!

Part 2: Shopping for Kids

From Birth to All Grown Up, T.J. Maxx and Marshalls have definitely got your Christmas shopping for kids covered!

Let’s break this up into age groups, starting with the sweetest of them all…

Babies and Toddlers

Who can resist shopping for babies and toddlers. The cuteness factor is dangerous! Thank goodness people keep having babies, so we can keep buying these cute little items.

1. Blankets, Bags, and Baby Books

Before baby even arrives on the scene, Mommies are dreaming of the cuddly blankets and cute diaper bags.

Kyle & Deena Baby Blanket $9.99 at T.J. Maxx

Kyle & Deena Baby Blanket $9.99 at T.J. Maxx

So whether you are shopping for a not-yet-born, a newborn, or a baby, every mother will LOVE these gifts under the tree!

Baby Blankets and Paul Frank Diaper Bag at T.J. Maxx

Baby Blankets $7.99 and Paul Frank Diaper Bag $39.99 at T.J. Maxx

This cute baby photo album caught my eye. A perfect pink cover and room for 180 photos on acid-free pages for $9.99. Can’t go wrong.

Tender Kisses Baby Photo Album $9.99 at T.J. Maxx

Tender Kisses Baby Photo Album $9.99 at T.J. Maxx

2. From Head to Toe

When Olivia and Jackson were babies and toddlers, I dressed them from head to toe in hats, clothes, socks and shoes from Winners, (the Canadian sister store for T.J. Maxx and Marshalls.)

Absorba Baby Shoes at T.J. Maxx

Absorba Baby Shoes $5.00 at T.J. Maxx

I loved that I could get everything I needed, in fabulous designer styles and labels but discount prices, all under one roof. With a Winners five minutes from my house, it was almost the only store I entered for years!

Timberland 3 Piece Outfit and Little Me Hat at T.J. Maxx

Timberland 3 Piece Outfit $19.99 and Little Me Hat & Mittten Set $7.99 at T.J. Maxx

With the cost of raising kids, every parent appreciates receiving clothing for their kids as gifts! You will find so many adorable pieces it will be hard to stop from buying a year’s worth of clothes!

3. StoryTime

Babies may be too young to read, but they certainly aren’t too young for books! At every stage of life, reading books, and building a small library of favorite books, is so important for children.

Assorted Children's Books at Marshalls

Assorted Children's Books at Marshalls

I always pick up books at The TJX Companies stores. I love the fantastic discounts on brands like Scholastic. I barely ever leave without buying some new books for my kids.

4. PlayTime

Baby needs to PLAY!

I LOVE this fun Infantino Surfboard Tummy Time Mat at T.J. Maxx — and it is only $16.99! Spending time strengthening their muscles is critical for baby’s development, so an engaging Tummy Time mat is a perfect gift for an infant!

Infantino Surfboard Tummy Time Mat at T.J. Maxx

Infantino Surfboard Tummy Time Mat $16.99 at T.J. Maxx

My in-laws gave us these Foam Blocks as a gift years ago and my kids (and I) love them! They are foam, but look like wood blocks. Perfect for building and knocking down, these are a hit!

Foam Wood Blocks $16.99 and Oversized Plush Bear at t.J. Maxx

Foam Wood Blocks $16.99 and Oversized Plush Bear at t.J. Maxx

And of course, every nursery needs to be equipped with soft, snuggable stuffed animals! I love this sweet oversized bear.

Preschoolers

Preschoolers just want to have FUN!

My daughter turned three this fall and so we are immersed in the laughter and play that comes with the preschool years.

When I shop for preschoolers, as much as I love to buy them clothes, I spend a ton of time in the toy aisle!

But before we get to the toys, lets cover a few of the more practical gift giving options for preschoolers.

1. Stocking Feet to Christmas Clothes

Christmas sweaters, vests, and dresses — I always buy special occasion clothes for my kids at the TJX stores. I can get the best quality and names but at prices I can handle.

Polo Vests $19.99 and Sweaters $24.99 at T.J. Maxx

Polo Vests $19.99 and Sweaters $24.99 at T.J. Maxx

Christmas Dresses and Coats at T.J. Maxx

Christmas Dresses $24.99 and Coats $19.99 at T.J. Maxx

Under the tree or in their stockings, don’t forget some new socks or slippers.

Capelli New York Kids $7.99 at T.J. Maxx

Capelli New York Kids $7.99 at T.J. Maxx

Stride Rite Socks $6.99-$9.99, MukLuks $12.99 at T.J. Maxx

Stride Rite Socks $6.99-$9.99, MukLuks $12.99 at T.J. Maxx

Now to the TOYS!

2. For the Girls

My three year old daughter and my nieces are completely enamoured with Tinkerbell and her fairy friends. Anything fairy-related is a sure thing!

Disney Rosetta & Friends and Assorted Tinkerbell Dolls and Accessories at Marshalls

Disney Rosetta & Friends and Assorted Tinkerbell Dolls and Accessories at Marshalls

Whether they are twirling around the room in their ballet clothes or twirling each other’s hair as they play “hairdresser,” Olivia and her cousins love everything “girly!” These gifts will be hits with girly girls like my Olivia.

Pink Leaotard with Tutu Skirt, Disney Hairdressing Set, $12.99 at Marshalls

Pink Leaotard with Tutu Skirt, Disney Hairdressing Set, $12.99 at Marshalls

Dolls big or small — my Livvie loves them all!

Strawberry Shortcake $3.00 at Marshalls, Baby Emma Doll $12.99 at T.J. Maxx

Strawberry Shortcake $3.00 at Marshalls, Baby Emma Doll $12.99 at T.J. Maxx

3. For the Boys

Little boys and their trucks! Jackson’s favorite thing to do with his trucks was to crash them together so I always appreciated the sturdiness of Tonka.

Tonka Chuck $24.99 at T.J. Maxx

Tonka Chuck $24.99 at T.J. Maxx

Thomas the Train can be a big investment for a family. So finding sets at discount prices is such a treat!

Thomas the Train $29.99, Playskool Hatchlings $7.99 at T.J. Maxx

Thomas the Train $29.99, Playskool Hatchlings $7.99 at T.J. Maxx

Both of my kids enjoy this noisy prehistoric line from Playschool. It is definitely not only for boys — Livvie loves them!

One of the best toy lines to buy at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls is Playmobil. Like Thomas the Train, they are expensive, high quality toys. So finding them at low prices is fantastic!

I included this set in the boys section, but it is definitely not only for boys! Susan and I loved Playmobil right through our grade school years.

Playmobil Circus $49.99 at Marshalls

Playmobil Circus $49.99 at Marshalls

4. Just Plain Fun

Boys and Girls will love these toys! This Vtech V.Smile TV Learning System at Marshalls is a great deal at $29.99!

Vtech - V.Smile TV Learning System $29.99 at Marshalls

Vtech - V.Smile TV Learning System $29.99 at Marshalls

Here are some fabulous stocking stuffers for preschoolers. I love this soft baseball set for little ones and what kid couldn’t use more sippy cups! I thought this Kidilook Photo Frame for children is a brilliant idea. I should have bought one for Olivia!

Tweety Ball and Bat Set $7.99, Assorted Sesame Street Sippy Cups, Vtech Kidilook Photo Frame at T.J. Maxx

Tweety Ball and Bat Set $7.99, Assorted Sesame Street Sippy Cups, Vtech Kidilook Photo Frame $9.99 at T.J. Maxx

And last but definitely NOT least, BOOKS! Never let a Christmas go by without some new books to read.

Assorted Books at T.J. Maxx

Assorted Books at T.J. Maxx

Grade School

First off, I had to show you this wonderful toy from Fur Real. Zambi the Baby Elephant is part of the interactive, super popular line of toys from Fur Real. But what makes it unique is that 50% of its net profits go to Hasbro’s Project Zambi fund. There is even a bracelet for kids to wear and show their support for kids in Africa. The artwork on the bracelet and on the elephant’s ears was created by kids in Africa for kids around the world.

Fur Real's Zambi the Baby Elephant $19.99 at Marshalls

Fur Real's Zambi the Baby Elephant $19.99 at Marshalls

Fur Real's Zambi the Baby Elephant $19.99 at Marshalls

50% of Zambi's net profits go to Hasbro's Project Zambi fund

Zambi is only $19.99 and there were a number of them at Marshalls. So make sure you drop by and pick one up for your kids. What a perfect gift and message to share with your kids this holiday season!

1. Girl’s Stuff

Speaking of Fur Real, both Marshalls and T.J. Maxx have a great selection of these fun stuffed animals. I especially love the cuddly Panda.

Fur Real LuvCub Panda $24.99 at Marshalls and T.J. Maxx

Fur Real LuvCub Panda $24.99 at Marshalls and T.J. Maxx

I remember the thrill of stationary sets when I was a little girl — the tiny notebooks and matching pencils. I never grew tired of them and I always needed more! Pairing this Tinkerbell Stationary Set with this sweet Tinkerbell Bag is a perfect combination for the girl on your list!

Assorted Tinkerbell Stationary Sets, Tinkerbell Bag $6.99 at Marshalls

Assorted Disney Stationary Sets, Tinkerbell Bag $6.99 at Marshalls

Kids love erasers! I remember collecting them too. These are some fun stocking stuffers for sure!

Fun Eraser Set and Stamp & Sticker Set $3.99 at Marshalls

Fun Eraser Set and Stamp & Sticker Set $3.99 at Marshalls

Coloring paper, coloring their nails… it is all tons of fun! Here are a couple affordable gifts to add to stockings or under the tree.

Color Splitz $7.99 at T.J. Maxx and Manicure Kit $7.99 at Marshalls

Color Splitz $7.99 at T.J. Maxx and Manicure Kit $7.99 at Marshalls

2. Boys Toys

Two words for you. Star Wars.

Since Jackson was three years old, he has been obsessed with Star Wars, (even long before we let him watch any of the movies!) If it has to do with Star Wars, my son will love it. (I bought him the Lego Star Wars Visual Dictionary below. Don’t tell him!)

Star Wars Craft Pack $7.99, Lego Star Wars Visual Dictionary $14.99, Star Wars Transformers $7.99 at T.J. Maxx

Star Wars Craft Pack $7.99, Lego Star Wars Visual Dictionary $14.99, Star Wars Transformers $7.99 at T.J. Maxx

When I was a kid Lego was pretty basic. And oh we loved it. Susan and I played with our big brother’s Lego for years! Nowadays, almost everything seems to come in a Lego version. There are so many great sets I would like to get for my kids, so I love when I find sets for discount prices!

Lego Pirates Brickmaster $16.99 at Marshalls

Lego Pirates Brickmaster $16.99 at Marshalls

Mega Blocks Spiderman $9.99 at Marshalls

Mega Blocks Spiderman $9.99 at Marshalls

Ben 10, Bakugan, K’nex, Transformers… the boys love ‘em!

Assorted -- Ben 10, Bakugan, K'nex, Transformers at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls

Assorted -- Ben 10, Bakugan, K'nex, Transformers at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls

And finally, here is a classic gift that Dad will love to play with too — a Nissan Replica Radio Controlled Car!

Radio Controlled Car $9.99 at T.J. Maxx

Radio Controlled Car $9.99 at T.J. Maxx

3. Books, Books, Books

As much as kids don’t always jump up and down when receiving books, it is still one of my favorite items to buy school age children. And fortunately nowadays there are even more super fun books that kids love to read!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid - The Ugly Truth $8.99 at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls

Diary of a Wimpy Kid - The Ugly Truth $8.99 at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls

Jackson was thrilled when I brought him home the latest in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series earlier this fall. Jackson has read all of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, (guess where I bought them?) all of the Captain Underpants series…

Captain Underpants - each $5.99 at T.J. Maxx

Captain Underpants - each $5.99 at T.J. Maxx

…and, much to my delight, Jackson loves Beverly Cleary as much as I did!

Beverly Cleary - The Ralph Mouse Collection $9.99 and Henry Huggins $3.99 at T.J. Maxx

Beverly Cleary - The Ralph Mouse Collection $9.99 and Henry Huggins $3.99 at T.J. Maxx

T.J. Maxx and Marshalls even had Judy Blume!

Judy Blume Set $19.99 at T.J. Maxx

Judy Blume Set $19.99 at T.J. Maxx

4. Footwear

When it comes to footwear, find a Marshalls store that features a ShoeMegaShop and you will never want to shop anywere else for shoes. Whether it is kids, mens, or ladies, Marshalls has the best labels at usually 50% off. ALL of the shoes here are 50% less than the suggested retail.

Could these Steve Madden flats be any cuter?!? I LOVE them!

Steve Madden Girls Flat $24.99 at Marshalls

Steve Madden Girls Flat $24.99 at Marshalls

You know the styles are fabulous when you want to ask if it comes in ladies sizes too. This boot has everything – I can’t believe it is only $24.99!

Nine West Kids Boot $24.99 at Marshalls

Nine West Kids Boot $24.99 at Marshalls

If only I hadn’t been rushing to get all my photos shot, I would have picked up these Fila’s for my son. I hope they have his size when I go next!

Fila Boys Shoe $19.99, US Polo Assn $14.99 at Marshalls

Fila Boys Shoe $19.99, US Polo Assn $14.99 at Marshalls

This is such a cool look for boys. Love it.

Tommy Hilfiger Boys Boot $24.99 at Marshalls

Tommy Hilfiger Boys Boot $24.99 at Marshalls

Remember, don’t let size or fit keep you from giving footwear as a gift. T.J. Maxx and Marshalls are great for returns. You have 30 days to return or exchange with a receipt and Christmas gifts without receipts can be returned until January 3rd.

Teenagers

When it comes to teens, the key to shopping is “cool.” They want to unwrap gifts that they would actually buy for themselves. So we have to get into their heads and think like teenagers. It wasn’t THAT long ago we were young ourselves, right?

1. Wearing…

I just love these sweater dresses! What a fun and wearable look for school or weekends. They are perfect with leggings or tights, and a pair of flats or boots.

Glimmer Dresses - $19.99, $16.99 at T.J. Maxx

Glimmer Dresses - $19.99, $16.99 at T.J. Maxx

I almost bought this scarf myself. But since I already have quite a few new scarves, I resisted. I think it would be a great look for a teenager too — sweet and hip.

Luciano Berni Scarf $16.99 at T.J. Maxx

Luciano Berni Scarf $16.99 at T.J. Maxx

The boys in my life are pretty basic kinds of guys… comfy shirt and baseball cap are a good way to go.

Nike Cap, Lucky Brand Shirt $19.99 at T.J. Maxx

Nike Cap, Lucky Brand Shirt $19.99 at T.J. Maxx

I love this Burton hat (or toque as Canadians call them!) It is snowboarder-cool.

Burton Hat $9.99 at T.J. Maxx

Burton Hat $9.99 at T.J. Maxx

2. Walking…

I tried on these boots. I had to! Coach boots that looked that funky — I just had to slip them on my feet.

And can I tell you? They are SO comfortable and warm. Although they are Coach and a bit of an investment, they fit so well and are such great quality that they would be great boots for teenage girls who are spending a lot of time walking in the cold weather. (I am missing the price in my notes, but they were between $100-$200. I have to call the store and ask.)

Coach Boots at Marshalls

Coach Boots at Marshalls

Converse. Cool. And only $19.99.

Converse $19.99 at Marshalls

Converse $19.99 at Marshalls

3. Carrying…

Can you imagine the squeals of delight from a fashion-savvy teenage girl who opened up a Juicy Couture Backpack on Christmas morning??? It isn’t in everyone’s price range — but it was SO fun to see them for so much less at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls. You can pick one up for $119.00 compared to $198.00.

Juicy Couture Backpacks $119.00 at Marshalls

Juicy Couture Backpacks $119.00 at Marshalls

Teenagers are on the move. And they are always connected to their iPods. Portable speakers??? Yes. Very cool.

iHome Portable Speakers for iPod $49.99 at Marshalls

iHome Portable Speakers for iPod $49.99 at Marshalls

And of course, T.J. Maxx and Marshalls have the silicone cases and sleeves to protect all the technology teens are toting around with them.

Assorted Silicone Cases for iPhone and iPad at Marshalls

Assorted Silicone Cases for iPhone and iPad at Marshalls

4. Playing…

Finally, let’s end with a couple games that will hopefully get your teens unplugged and playing games the old fashioned way! Cranium is a blast for teens to play with their friends or on family game night. At $9.99 make sure you grab one for your family!

Cranium $9.99 at T.J. Maxx

Cranium $9.99 at T.J. Maxx

Scene It? is only $14.99 — another great game to get teens and families playing games together.

Scene It? $14.99 at Marshalls

Scene It? $14.99 at Marshalls

More to Come…

Make sure you come back next week for Part 3 — For Family and Friends. I will have tons of ideas for all those hard to buy for people on your list!

And in case you missed it, you can click over and read the first installment of our Holiday Gift Guide with T.J. Maxx Part 1 — For Her/For Him.

P.S. Remember that when you shop at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls everything you buy is between 20% to 60% off retail price! So you will always have the thrill of a great sale!

And, when in doubt, remember two things — gift cards and returns! With a receipt, you have 30 days to return or exchange at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls and Christmas gift returns are accepted until January 3rd. And if you really can’t decide — everyone loves to get a gift card!

P.P.S.What are you buying for your kids this year? What were your favorite presents as kids?

Please Note: T.J. Maxx and Marshalls sponsored this holiday gift guide.

Written and Photographed by Janice Croze, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom. Talk with me: @5minutesformom and Facebook.com/5minutesformom.



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1 Misses E. December 11, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Both of my girls are getting two hats and a scarf I knit for them and a plain, decorate it yourself cardboard dollhouse we got at hobby lobby. The 4-year-old is getting her own craft basket with Popsicle sticks, yarn, and her own looms. The 2-year-old is getting a wooden train, a toy watch I made from felt and yarn, and a doll.

I was one of those kids who always wanted something from the craft or bookstore. Judging from the fact we’re nearly buried in children’s books and all my eldest has asked for the past few months is one type of crafting supply or another, it looks like they’re the same.

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2 Melissa December 11, 2010 at 11:52 pm

They have so much, but I NEED those Steve Madden flats! ;-)

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3 Annie-Savor This Moment December 12, 2010 at 12:15 am

My two younger boys are getting Lego’s and more Lego’s. The two olders are getting mainly clothes and little bits and pieces, probably a gift card or cash, too. PJ’s and slippers for all four.

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4 Kristina December 12, 2010 at 2:17 am

I love shopping clothes for my nephews, nieces and friends’ kids. Moms are always appreciative and grateful. TJ is a wonderland!!!!

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5 hippie4ever December 12, 2010 at 10:28 pm

My son is receiving a red Rody (can’t wait to see his face, I’ve been showing him youtube videos and he loves it!), toddler’s first Bible, a football tee, and a hand knitted scarf (if I finish it on time). Nothing really stands out, I loved receiving books :)

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6 NathG December 13, 2010 at 10:26 pm

I LOVE those Steve Madden flats! I LOVE anything Steve Madden, lol. I found a website that auctions off HBC, Wineers Toys R Us giftcards and more! http://www.auctionpenny.ca

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7 Debby December 14, 2010 at 2:30 pm

This is awesome. How could you go wrong with any of these gifts, Thanks once again Ladies!

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8 Debby December 14, 2010 at 2:31 pm

There are so many choices to choose from. Something for everybody. Great offers, I just love this site and you ladies too!

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9 Debby December 14, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Whoever wins any of these gifts should be very happy and thankful people. I know I sure would.

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10 Debby December 14, 2010 at 2:34 pm

My granddaughter would love that Panda Bear. That is all she has asked for this year, anything with Panda’s on it is fine.

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11 Debby December 14, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Those shoes are so neat. My grandson would love the pair for kids. The books are great too, Well, everything would be wonderful to win and give as a gift to make somebody really happy.

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12 Tammi December 14, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Look at all the great stuff!!
Oh, how I wish we had the store here in Canada….!!
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:)

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