ROBIN’S PICKS & GIVEAWAYS — Cool Holiday Gifts for Kids is a toy and hobby company dedicated to delivering a wide range of quality remote control products.  Both founders have an ardent love of high-end toys, specifically Remote Control Toys, which they view as being fun-to-use and collect for all ages…..from beginners to experts. They have a lot to choose from including: Nitro Gas Buggies, Nitro Gas Trucks, RC Airplanes, RC Helicopters, and RC parts and accessories. They carry a  large inventory of retail-packaged products and will also be introducing their own product line shortly.

My son loves his copter.  It’s study and well-made and flies capably. The Syma S102G UH-60 Black Hawk Gyro Helicopter (pictured) is equipped with a 4-in-1 infra-red receiver (Gyro, ESC, Mixer, Receiver). The palm size Helicopter (8.5 inches long) has a detailed fuselage, decorated with flashing LED. The Syma Mini Helicopter Series is able to move in 3 Direction base on the 3 Channels.  Anyone can hover it easily. Since it is very light weight, it is almost indestructible in any crash, perfect for very first time beginners. This toy helicopter is designed for anyone over age 8.

Any boy (or man) on your shopping list who is a fan of remote control toys will love their offerings.

GIVEAWAY: If you’d like to win a Xenon Project RC helicopter for your child, drop a note to  Put HELICOPTER in the Subject line.  And, include your full name and full mailing address.  The winner will be notified via email.


BB STARS™are the latest in children’s shoes providing both functional design and fun for kids. This children’s shoe is designed to be lightweight and protective. Each pair of shoes has a patented Reversa Strap™ with four different strap designs that kids can mix & match including Navy & White Stars, Red & White Stripes, Multi Stars and Kelly Green & Navy Stars. Children’s bracelet and reusable waterproof mesh bag also included. BB STARS™ are designed for children ages 1-8.   LIKE them on Facebook.

These shoes are the cutest thing!  Perfect for any on the go child.  They are offered in six colors:

  • Beige BB STARS™ include Beige Stripes, Camouflage, Navy Plaid and Nautical Flags Reversa Straps™
  • Black BB STARS™ include Graffiti, Dragon, Camouflage and Skull & Crossbones Reversa Straps™
  • Navy BB STARS™ include Navy & White Stars, Red & White Stripes, Multi Stars and Kelly Green & Navy Stars Reversa Straps™
  • Pink BB STARS™ include Pink Stars, Black & White Polka Dots, Hearts and Skull & Crossbones Reversa Straps™
  • Red BB STARS™ include Red & White Stars, Black & White Stripes, Black & White Checkered and Tie Dye Reversa Straps™
  • White BB STARS™ include Silver Stars, Rainbow, Graffiti and Butterfly Reversa Straps™

GIVEAWAY: If you’d like to win a pair of BB STARS shoes for your child, drop a note to  Put SHOES GIVEAWAY in the Subject line.  Be sure to include the color of your choice and size your child would need…..check out their website for sizing, colors, etc.  And, include your full name and full mailing address.  The winner will be notified via email.



The LEGO Technic system lets you use motors, gears, bricks, pneumatics, pulleys, and more to build models that look great and actually move. Combine these pieces in the right way, and you can make models like tanks with suspended tracks, working heavy-duty construction vehicles, and realistic remote-controlled supercars.

In The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder’s Guide (No Starch Press, November 2012, 352 pp., $29.95, ISBN 9781593274344), world-renowned builder Paweł “Sariel” Kmieć shows readers the ins and outs of creating strong yet elegant models with the Technic system. Sharp, full-color images throughout show readers how to build simple machines, classic levers and linkages, and advanced mechanisms. And to help readers design the best machines possible, he also includes a primer on physics concepts like torque, friction, and traction, as well as essential engineering concepts like efficiency, power transmission, turning radius, and weight distribution.

In  the book, readers learn how to:

  • Create sturdy connections that can withstand serious stress
  • Re-create specialized LEGO pieces like casings and u-joints, and build solutions like Schmidt and Oldham couplings, when no standard piece will do
  • Build custom differentials, suspensions, transmissions, and steering systems
  • Create remote-controlled vehicles, lighting systems, motorized compressors, and pneumatic engines

Any LEGO fan will think this book rocks!  My son adores the No Starch Press LEGO books, and this is a great one for his collection.  Makes for a beautiful holiday gift!





Iscream can make a tween’s dreams come true.   They carry loads of cool stuff from cozy plush kids blankets and fun squishy microbead pillows to fashionable loungewear and accessories, keeping tweens stylish and up to trend.  Their pillows and blankets are fun and whimsical, and my son, who is a Peeps candy fan, got a huge kick out of the pillow (pictured left).  He also thought the plush blanket (below) was clever…not to mention that it feels cushy and comfortable.

Iscream puts a new twist on candy with their creations, and they also sell small items like magnets, pens, bracelets, journals, etc…..which make for super cute stocking stuffers.






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