Time To Rethink Your Christmas Gift Game Plan

Holiday shopping gets easier and easier as we start knocking off items on our list and establish momentum. But finding those first few items isn’t always so simple. Our Christmas shopping lists seem to get a bit longer every year, making it more important as we start each new holiday season to come up with the right strategy to fit our family needs and budget. Rethink your Christmas gift game plan this year with these LTD articles.

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5 Gifts You Should Wait Until After Christmas to Buy
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two of the biggest shopping days of the year for good reason. Bargain prices, shipping promotions and great deals on some of the year’s hottest items allow us to stock up for the Christmas season at a convenient time and save a lot of money in the process. But there are a few products you’re better off buying after Christmas. Get the inside scoop on what big ticket items you can check off your wish list after Christmas so you can take advantage of the Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals coming up.

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Holiday Toys: Tips On Buying Christmas Gifts That Last
To save yourself some stress, it’s a good idea to start checking off your Christmas list sooner rather than later. There are many benefits of buying Christmas toys early. But even if you’re giving yourself plenty of time to find the perfect toy for the kids in your life, there’s always a chance their excitement for the item on Christmas morning will dwindle a few weeks later. Few toys stand the test of time, but there are some that will make you feel like you’re getting your money’s worth when they’re still using it months down the road.

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Reading Advice to Kick Off National Book Month

Despite the popular belief that less and less Americans are reading books, research shows that the number of adults who claim to have read at least one book in the previous calendar year remains pretty steady. The surprising thing is that the younger generations, particularly millennials, make up the highest percentage of readers, and the preference for print books continues to stand up strong against e-books and audio books. Whether you’re an avid bookworm looking to pass on the love of reading to your kid or hoping to dust off the bookshelf and start turning pages, kick off National Book Month with this constructive LTD reading advice.

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6 Types of Books for Non-Readers
Reading for pleasure isn’t something everyone does, but there are benefits of reading just a little bit every day. It increases blood flow to the brain, encourages analytical thinking, and improves our attention spans. Many people don’t read if they don’t have to for a variety of reasons, but there are several ways to get them to crack open a book. Here are six different types of books non-readers will be able to enjoy this month.

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Storytime: Tips for Reading with Your Kids
It’s never too late to start reading to your child. Across every demographic, a surprising number of parents don’t read to their children on a regular basis. The earlier you start the better, but even if you haven’t been reinforcing your kid’s interest in reading, there’s still plenty of time to catch up. Check out these fun tips for reading to your kids in a way that will inspire a lifetime of proper reading habits and an interest in books.

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Tips for Finding Holiday Reading Time
It’s hard to avoid the chaos of the holidays. All the parties and presents make it hard to find time for yourself and get in that much-needed reading time. Sometimes you need to escape into your favorite novel to calm your mind or kick back by the fireplace with an interesting read during the holidays. If you’re having trouble working in time for a book, take a quick look at these four tips for finding reading time during the holidays.

Field Trip Checklist for Summer Discovery

Many of our favorite school memories can be traced back to field trips. It wasn’t just because we didn’t want to be stuck in the classroom. Field trips are exciting because they introduce kids to new places, fresh ideas and interesting people. Even when school is in session field trips are few and far between. But summer is a great time to take kids on educational adventures. Pack up with this field trip checklist for summer discovery.

Take Notes, Snap Pictures, Learn Facts

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Little explorers need something to jot down their ideas and favorite facts from their trip. Give them a Double-Sided Notepad or Refill Set to make it easy for them to take notes wherever they go. The attached pen is an awesome feature that keeps them from losing their writing utensil, and the sticky notes on the other side are great for when you need to make a quick list. If you’re kid is a shutterbug, give them a nice way to protect the camera they use every day with the Point and Shoot Camera Case. It has a soft interior to prevent scratches and a zipper closure for security. The Discovery Kids 5,000 Facts Book is filled with interesting facts that are great for keeping their mind sharp during car rides. They’ll learn about science, animals, space and more.

Store Snacks, Pack Lunches, Quench Thirst

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Parents packing up for a long day need a convenient place to store their gear and a cooler for keeping food nice and cold. The Oversized Insulated Cooler Backpack has a fully insulated interior that can hold up to 24 cans in case you want to use it for tailgating as well. The cinched side pockets and zipper front pocket make it easy to store gear on the go. Keep healthy snacks handy and pack lunches in the 10-Pc. Colorful Locking Lid Storage Set. The clear containers have snap-on lids with flaps that fold down over the sides to lock. The silicone seal around each rim keeps food fresh. The Super Hero Water Bottle helps your kids stay hydrated anywhere. It features a licensed design, twist-off lid and a built-in straw with a folding sip tip to prevent spills.

Game-Watching Gear for Supportive Parents

Summer is the busiest season of the year for parents of little athletes. Baseball, soccer and football are just a few of the major sports that require a big time commitment for families. Managing schedules and driving kids to their games is difficult enough. When you finally get to the field, it’s important to be comfortable. Gather up some of our game-watching gear to relax on the sideline or the bleachers and protect yourself from the sun.

Best Seat in the House

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If you’re sitting in the bleachers, support your back the entire game with the 5-Position Reclining Seat. It has a sturdy steel frame that’s cushioned with high-density foam. Portable and lightweight, it has five adjustable positions for reclining. It folds flat for storage and has a shoulder strap for carrying. If you’re taking a seat on the sidelines, you can’t go wrong with the Zero Gravity Chair. Designed to cradle your body for a weightless feeling, it has a full range of motion that easily adjusts from an upright chair to a full reclining lounge. It boasts a heavy-duty steel pipe frame, has a removable headrest and folds flat when not in use. Another option for the sidelines is the easy-folding NFL Kickoff Chair. Lightweight and great for the constantly-traveling parent, it has a cup holder on the armrest and folds up into a carrying bag.

Surviving in the Sun

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Shield yourself from the sun and watch in comfort with Women’s Embellished Sunglasses with Case. The glamorous sunglasses feature a sturdy frame with rhinestones that’ll keep you stylish the entire day. They come with a hard, zippered case and includes a cleaning cloth. Keep refrigeration at your fingertips on the sidelines or in the bleachers with the Collapsible Rolling Cooler. Fully lined and insulated to keep food and beverages nice and cold, it has a full zip cover for easy access to all your goodies. The sliding handle and wheels allow you to easily transport it from the parking lot. You may be cool watching the game, but your car has been sitting in the sun just as long. The NFL Universal Auto Sunshade protects your interior, blocking 99% of all UVA and UVB rays to maintain a cooler temperature in your car all day. The accordion design folds for storage. Fits most cars, SUVs and trucks.

Kids’ Crafts: Homemade Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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For fathers, a homemade gift from their kid can mean a lot more than any item bought from the store. And for kids, there’s nothing more exciting than seeing Dad light up when he opens a gift made just for him. Kids get a kick out of seeing Dad using the gift they worked hard to make, especially if it is weeks, months or years in the future. Help your kid make a craft Dad can use right away with these homemade Father’s Day gift ideas.

Mr. Morning
The coffee mug is an obvious classic, and for good reason. Coffee-drinking Dads can always use a nice mug to enjoy their morning wake-up medicine. They can take it to the office to show it off on their desk or keep it at home. Get inspirational coffee mugs with a message that’s perfect for Dad, a novelty mug for his sense of humor or a personalized mug that allows you to add artwork and messages to a sturdy design.

A Thousand Words
On Father’s Day you’ll definitely be making some new memories with Dad, which makes it a perfect time to give him a gift that represents a memory you cherish. Not only will your kids get to pick out a favorite picture of themselves with Dad, they can even design the frame or add personal touches to a plain frame. Dad will love featuring his new photo on his desk. You can even sneak a note behind the photo for him to find later.

Gadget Guard
Tech savvy Dads are bound to enjoy any accessory they can use with their favorite gadgets. Upgrade his laptop or tablet sleeve with a personalized creation from the kids. Get the sleeve ready and let them get creative. It will keep his important gear safe and clean, and will be put to use every day all over the house.

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Page Turner
Bookworms like to stay organized. Dad is no different. If he enjoys relaxing with a good book, a bookmark could be the perfect gift. Because it’s easy to make with simple supplies, it’s a great craft idea for younger kids. Knowing Dad likes books enough to need a bookmark also sends a positive message about reading.

Gear for Game Day
The game just isn’t the same without his favorite beverage. Keep it nice and cool with a custom koozie. It’s easy to add a personal touch to a plain koozie. Create a loving message using his favorite team’s colors or make an entirely original design. He’ll be able to put it to use every time he cheers on his favorite team.

Car Guy Key Chain
Make sure he can see and enjoy their heartwarming gift every single day by designing an accessory for his key chain. Weave beads onto his key ring or laminate a family photo and attach it to his key chain before he gets in the car. It’s a fun way to show a car enthusiast some love while getting into the spirit of the holiday.

Summer Design Tips: How to Inspire Tech-Free Creativity

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We’re on the brink of summer break. Very soon kids will be spending mornings in the family room instead of study hall, claiming territory at the kitchen table instead of the cafeteria. Being at home means being tempted by technology. A few lazy days can morph into a month, two months…before they know it, all the projects they were hoping to get done before the next school year must be crammed into a tight schedule. It can be pretty difficult to separate kids from the technology they use every day, but there are times when they would benefit from putting down their phones or stepping away from the TV to get serious about their creative ideas and summer projects. Learn how to inspire tech-free creativity with these easy design tips.

Natural light is a natural ally.
Even with advances in screen technology, natural light is still one of the biggest enemies when it comes to a user-friendly experience. Everything from smartphones to laptops can be negatively affected by too much sunlight, so giving light the freedom to filter into the living or family room is a simple way to mark any major area as a tech-free zone. In addition to deterring the use of screens, natural light is fantastic for a variety of creative activities. Let your kids set up an easel by the window, fill a room with activity books and games, or clear out sun-drenched areas for physical activities like yoga or for bigger craft projects.

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Bookcases, bookshelves and…well, books.
There’s no better way to define a space than by packing it with the contents you’d like the space to be used for. Despite the steady interest in e-readers, print books remain more than relevant. Young generations still prefer the feeling of flipping through physical pages. Students in high school or college continue to buy print books with good reason. Designating a room for quiet activities like reading is as easy as providing comfy seating and stocking shelves with the titles that will get your kids excited about spending quality time inside.

All eyes on…wait, where’s the TV?
Ever since the TV burst onto the household scene, the layout for family space has shifted to accommodate the magical box. With furniture gravitating toward the big screen, it’s almost impossible to use the TV room for anything but prime time programming and binge-watching. But people looking to make a change rightly wonder how to arrange their room if they take out the TV. Previously used focal points include the fireplace, piano and wall art. Another option is to arrange seating around a coffee table to help cultivate conversation.

No matter what kind of space you want to encourage for your kids’ summer break, The Lakeside Collection is ready to decorate. Accent natural light in your living room with our selection of window treatments, stock up that bookshelf with titles for all ages, and get a few statement pieces to change your room’s focal point.

Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your family and great values from LTD! Our customers are making Valentine’s Day a family affair, and it shows in our most popular items of the week. Teens will love little gifts like an animal print frame, and all ages will be proud to wear a sophisticated pendant that comes with a message of devotion. Decorate your kitchen for the holiday, and spend some time at home with a nostalgic puzzle. Here are the Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week.

Animal Print Frame and Box Gift Set stores your trinkets and displays a special photo in leopard and zebra prints with rhinestone accents.

Animal Print Frame and Box Gift Set stores your trinkets and displays a special photo in leopard and zebra prints with rhinestone accents.

This Love Pendant Gift-Boxed Set is the perfect way to show someone how special they are to you.

This Love Pendant Gift-Boxed Set is the perfect way to show someone how special they are to you.

Holiday Kitchen Coordinates add festive cheer while you cook and clean.

Holiday Kitchen Coordinates add festive cheer while you cook and clean.

Inspire new memories while piecing together the good old days with these 1,000-Pc. Nostalgic Puzzles.

Inspire new memories while piecing together the good old days with these 1,000-Pc. Nostalgic Puzzles.

Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week

Whether it’s for a birthday, Christmas or just because, every kid loves a new item to show off their personality and uniqueness. Items can include toys to inspire their imagination and dreams, to room décor to reflect their most favorite things. Though children may be hard to shop for at times, rest assured you can find gifts that bring smiles every time. It can be hard work to find the best children’s gift but have no fear! We did the work so you don’t have to. This week our most adored items are our kid’s favorites.

NFL-Piggy-BankSports fans always want to hog all of the wins and with our NFL Piggy Bank, you can’t lose. These piggy banks come in favorite variety of team colors with a matching helmet that fits their pig ears perfectly. The top has a convenient coin slot while the bottom includes a removable stopper. When the piggy’s belly is full, just remove the stopper to count your child’s treasure. Though this could be considered more of a practical item, their favorite team adds an element of fun. This cold cast ceramic bank will eat up all their coins to save for those game day tickets they have been dreaming about.

Cozy-Cuddler-Lighted-PillowBrighten your child’s day with a Cozy Cuddler Lighted Pillow. It’s fuzzy, fluffy and fun! Your child will love the multi-color changing lights including; red, green, blue, yellow and purple. If you’re looking for a set, we’ve even got a Cozy Cuddler Lighted Throw that glows just like the pillow while providing warmth and a bit of fun. These Cozy Cuddles create a beautiful tie-dye affect that will match any décor. If you are looking for a great gift for tweens and teens, this duo will make your gift outshine the rest!

Doctor-KitEveryone in your home will feel better in no time with our Sound Doctor Kit. The 12 casino piece set has everything to fix up their favorite teddy bear or mishap monkey in a jiffy. When your child has their hospital ID card on they will feel as if they transformed into a real doctor. They can listen to a heartbeat in the stethoscope and check inside your ears with an ear light. The doctor’s medical kit is easy to carry and made sturdy to protect all the important equipment for your favorite M.D.

With so many important family events and holidays drawing near it can be hard to quickly find the perfect gift for your choosey child. When shopping for toys, you may want to look to items that are educational or inspirational. LTD has everything to help your child learn and grow while having fun. A few things to keep in mind are to keep the gifts age appropriate and look for fun items. Remember practical does not mean boring and make sure your child’s personality comes through every gift. No matter the age or the season, you’ll always find the best quality toys for great low prices.

Have you bought something from us lately? What is your favorite LTD product of the moment? Let us know in the comments below.