Archive for the ‘Free Christmas toys’ Category

Free ShutterFly Photo Book

November 16, 2009



11-16-2009: TODAY ONLY!!  Click the link to create one photo book from ShutterFly…for FREE!  You only pay a small amount for shipping.  I just finished ordering mine, and it came to a total of only $5.14 for 20 pages.

After you finish creating your photo book, be sure to enter the promotional code MYBOOK at checkout in order to receive this offer.


Haim David & 654Limo…aka Santa Claus?

December 8, 2008

If you’ve been following the many comments left in response to my post on Free Balzac Toys for Christmas you’re familiar with ljones, grandmother of 5 from Florida.  Along with many others, she shared about the hard times that have befallen her family this year, and posted a comment in the hopes of receiving some kind of assistance in providing a Merry Christmas for the young children in her family.

Well, ljones took what little information I was able to offer her…and ran with it!  She contacted them all and then, out of her concern for the others in similar situations who left comments, she took the time to post additional comments to share the results of her efforts so that they might benefit as well.

Then, through a series of divine circumstances, she was contacted to participate in the Third Annual Wish Upon a Car Christmas Charity.  She emailed the details to me, and I contacted the sponsor of this event: Haim David, President of 654Limo, Inc. in Destin, FL. 

Mr. David is full of the Christmas spirit!  He and his hard-working staff are busily making arrangements to provide limousine transportation throughout the event, Christmas shopping for gifts for the children and their families, gift wrapping, photos with Santa Clause, Christmas card crafting, music, meals, desserts…and much, much more!

“At times we forget that some are not as fortunate as we are and their days are consumed with the struggle for life’s most basic necessities such as food and shelter.  We are organizing this charity to sparkle their hearts with the true joy of the season.”

Mr. David’s staff (or…should I say, elves?) have planned to gather 80 needy children from their immediate local community (Pensacola/Fort Walton/Destin, FL) on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 10:00am to give them a Christmas they’ll never forget.

If you’re in the Pensacola/Fort Walton/Destin FL area and you are in need this Christmas, or know of someone who is, submit a request via email right away to be considered for this wonderful event.

Also, if you would like to help Mr. David spread Christmas cheer to others, please generously donate your time, money, goods, or services to their Wish Upon a Car non-profit charity.  Donations can delivered or mailed to:

Wish Upon a Car
c/o 654Limo, Inc.
4070 Drifting Sand Trail
Destin, FL 32541

…or, for your convenience, contact their office at 850‑654‑5466 to inquire how to electronically transfer your contribution to the special fund setup for this event, or to use your credit card.

“We are welcoming any help in putting this event together to create more smiles and memories for these individuals.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated!”

He may not slide down chimneys, or wear a red and white suit, or own any reindeer…but for many underprivileged children, Mr. David may look a lot like Santa Claus.

Where’s Christmas? wishes Haim David and all the folks at 654Limo a very Merry Christmas!

Free Online Grinch Coloring Book

December 4, 2008

GrinchHere’s another free online activity for the kids…but all ages will find this fun.

This site contains three pages of scenes from the animated movie that you can color-in online.

Youngsters will enjoy it because they won’t have to worry about staying within the lines to create a beautifully colored page.

Unfortunately, there’s no way to print your picture, other than right-click on it and select “Print” (the toolbar also prints, but you can remove it with scissors).

Bass Pro Shops Celebrates Christmas

December 2, 2008

wwwbassprocom_p_1000This is the most aggressive retailer I’ve found in advertising the reason for the season.  Unfortunately, the dynamic content of the main panel filling the top portion of Bass Pro Shops’ online ad doesn’t show-up in this screen shot, so be sure to click through to see their ad in it’s full glory.

From November 9th through December 24th, they offer shoppers free pictures with Santa and free weekend activities for the kids:

  • test drive RC cars
  • hit 3 out of 5 targets at the Soft Gun or Red Ryder laser arcade and win a prize
  • write and mail a letter to Santa
  • color a Christmas picture
  • make fun crafts every weekend
  • see old-time trains run through Santa’s Village

www.bassTheir slogan is, “Time passes, hold on to Christmas.”

Now here’s a retailer that knows how to celebrate!  I’ve never been to a Bass Pro Shop, but since one opened-up just a few miles from my house in recent months, I’m going to have to go see this for myself, and spend some Christmas dollars there for sure!

Elf Yourself for Christmas!

November 30, 2008

Here’s a fun website, just in time for Christmas…Elf Yourself!

Not since Will Ferrell has so much fun been associated with an elf.  Upload your picture and…voila!  Just like that, you’re a dancing elf.

Use it to make a Christmas e-card and send it to your friends, your family…and if the boss doesn’t catch you, your co-workers.  You can even record an audible greeting in your own voice to go along with your card.


Listen Free Online to Adventures in Odyssey

November 30, 2008

When my girls were young, they could listen to the radio stories of Adventures in Odyssey for hours at a time it seemed.  We had to buy the tapes of course, but you can have your children listen for free right from your computer at (click the “How to Listen Online” button for instructions).

podcast_podcastlogo[1] Adventures in Odyssey, produced by Focus on the Family, is like watching TV…only without the pictures.  Actually, you make your own pictures using your mind’s eye as you listen to the stories.  So let your kids exercise their imaginations for a change and tune in for a real treat.

Send Your Kids to the North Pole!

November 29, 2008

Here’s just one of hundreds of fun sites for Christmas…

Let your children explore their “kids” section to play interactive games in the Elf Clubhouse, write a letter to Santa, print stories and color the pages, visit the Reindeer Barn, the Mailroom, Santa’s Den, and much more.  They can even chat with an elf: Bif or Bonnie.

There are special sections for Parents and Teachers to explain the educational and motivational aspects of the site (like the Good Deed behavioral incentive calendar; learning letters, numbers and vocabulary, etc.).

Free Toys & Online Games

November 14, 2008

Christmas is especially meaningful for children ~ that’s why every child should have a few presents on Christmas morning.  In our ongoing efforts to provide sources of free and low-cost toys and gifts to our readers who need a little help in stretching their Christmas dollars during this very difficult year, here are a few suggestions:

  1. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots program just might be the granddaddy of all toys for kids charities: request a toy from Toys For Tots.  Use the drop-down menu to select your state.  All requests for toys must be made through your local campaign office.
  2. Contact your local Christian church and ask if they have any kind of a Christmas gifts for kids programs and what you need to do to signup your kids.
  3. “The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program provides new clothing and/or toys for children.  A sponsoring company or corporation places a Christmas tree in a secure, high-pedestrian traffic area or lobby.  The tree is decorated with numbered paper angel tags with the first name, age and gender of a child who will receive the gift.  Contributors remove one or more tags from the tree and purchase appropriate gifts for the child or children described on the tags.  The toys are then delivered to the unit and later picked up by the parent to distribute to the child/children on Christmas Day.”   Contact your local Salvation Army for details on how to signup your kids (I couldn’t find any way to signup on their website).  If you’re able, please pick up a tag and buy a Christmas gift for a needy child when you see an Angel Tree at your local retail store.
  4. If you or your spouse is in prison, contact Chuck Colsen’s Prison Fellowship Ministries to provide your child with Christmas gifts through their Angel Tree Project “…a ministry that reaches out to the children of inmates and their families with the love of Christ.  It seeks to transform the lives of these families and to reconcile them to their Heavenly Father and each other.  In Matthew 18:5 Jesus said, “Whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.”  There are children right in your community who are among the most at-risk children in the nation.  Angel Tree provides an opportunity to connect with those families and begin ministering to them at Christmas and then continue through a variety of year-round ministry opportunities.”

Here are a few online suggestions:

  • Print off beautifully drawn folding paper toys that you can make yourself from the workshop of Marilyn Scott-Waters.  Her site contains printable cutouts that you fold and tape or glue together.  There are also several children’s picture books that you can read online.
  • Here are 101 ideas for making your own Christmas gifts.
  • Here are a couple of free, online Tic-Tac Toe games: in this one, you’re an Elf playing against the Grinch.  Play against another player in this Elf versus Santa version.
  • Lots of free online Christmas games can be found here, and here.
  • Click on my Movies category for good movies you and your kids can watch online for free.

Simplify Christmas

December 9, 2007

I stumbled across this neat blog just now called Simplify Christmas.  Please visit and have a look around (we share the same WordPress theme so you might think for a moment that you’re still on my blog).

He has several creative and helpful tips ranging from recipes, to coloring pages for kids, to Christmas activities.  There are some great links to Christmas blogs there too.

His latest post shares a flash utility for creating online snowflakes.

Free Balzac Toys for Christmas

November 19, 2007

There’s a pretty amazing story here!  The child of El Salvadorian immigrants, Mary Rodas, is a second generation American who was born on Christmas day.  Mary wants to share her blessings with others by giving away hundreds of thousands of free toys this Christmas.  Don’t believe me?  Read all about it here: Balzac

Mary is the president of Balzac Toys, Inc. and this isn’t the first time she’s been so generous – she also contributed thousands of free toys to the undermanned Toys for Tots program during the Gulf War.

Mary was 17 in this story by Dateline NBC done in 1993.  You can see it here if you are interested (does everyone named Spector have the same hair stylist?).

While Mary may not be the child prodigy the media make her out to be (see this article in Business Week if you’re interested), she certainly has a unique idea to market her business.  I say…thank you, and

Merry Christmas Mary!!

Visit the Balzac website here to sign-up for your free toy: Balzac Toys