It’s the most wonderful time of the year and Central California Parent introduced the ninth annual 12 Days of Giveaways! Every day was a giveaway starting on December 1st and ending on December 12th. A different giveaway was associated with each of the 12 days in December.

While this year’s 12 Days of Giveaways is complete, stay connected with Central California Parent in the New Year for weekly giveaways!

Happy Holidays!

Day 1: Xino Sports Skates

Xino Sports understands the challenges parents face when trying to keep up with kids’ rapid growth when it comes to apparel and sporting equipment. That is why their premium Ice-Skates are specially designed to grow as your kids do with their adjustable sizing! These cool-looking and fun-to-wear skates come in two different colors and have excellent ankle support and soft padding, perfect for kids who love hockey, figure skating, or just want to explore a lovely day at the ice skate rink. We’re giving away a blue pair in a shoe size small (J10-J13.)

Deadline was December 1st at midnight!

Day 2: Hanukkah Pack

A Rugrats Chanukah by Kim Smith: On the eighth night of Chanukah, Grandma Minka reads aloud a story about the meaning of the holiday to Tommy, Chuckie, Lil, Phil, and Angelica. This book is a perfect blend of silly, sweet, and educational and will make a cherished gift for children, nostalgic millennials, and anyone who’s ever wondered about the true meaning of the holiday.

Hanukkah Bear by Eric A. Kimmel: Bubba Brayna’s makes the best latkes in the village, and on the first night of Hanukkah, the scent of her cooking wakes a hungry, adorable bear. Bubba Brayna—who does not see or hear very well—mistakes the bear for her rabbi and invites him in to play dreidel, light the menorah, and enjoy some scrumptious latkes!

The Eight Knights of Hanukkah by Leslie Kimmelman: The last night of Hanukkah is here, and a dastardly dragon keeps foiling the party preparations. Lady Sadie must call upon the Eight Knights of Hanukkah to perform deeds of kindness and bravery! Filled with Hanukkah humor and fun, this picture book emphasizes kindness to help the holiday lights shine a little brighter.

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins (25th Anniversary Edition) by Eric A. Kimmel: An original tale, featuring a traditional Jewish folk hero, has been a family favorite for decades. This beautiful 25th Anniversary Edition includes an insightful afterword from the author and publisher explaining the book’s origins, and remembering Trina Schart Hyman, the illustrator who brought the tale to life. This classic picture book is a perfect Hanukkah gift and a wonderful read-aloud.

The Story of Hanukkah by David A. Adler: Celebrate Hanukkah with a beautiful board book that tells the story of a great miracle. This version of the popular and well-received picture book has been carefully pared down for preschoolers and toddlers, and will introduce children to the Maccabean Revolt, the Holy Temple of Jerusalem, and the oil that burned for eight nights.

Crayola Hanukkah Colors by Robin Nelson: Vivid photos, engaging text, Crayola® colors, and a reproducible coloring page introduce readers to the colors, symbols, and traditions of Hanukkah, from menorahs to latkes. Readers will love this colorful book!

It’s A Mitzvah! by Julie Merberg: This fun, first taste of preschooler-friendly mitzvahs is a basic introduction to Jewish principles and to good behavior. Clever, humorous illustrations accompany rhyming text about important Jewish dos and don’ts. Each page highlights a different mitzvah in a way that’s engaging and totally relatable for little ones.

My Family Celebrates Hanukkah by Lisa Bullard: Spin the dreidel! Eat some latkes! Learn all about why people celebrate Hanukkah through bright illustrations, recall questions, and charming text.

Light the Menorah: A Hanukkah Handbook by Jacqueline Julesis: This book is a manual for the contemporary Jewish family, including brief contemporary-themed “reflections” for each night of Hanukkah as well as holiday history, rituals, activities, songs, and recipes. This book provides tools for creating meaningful family moments in the light of the menorah.

Dreidel Day by Amalia Hoffman: A sweet and playful kitty encourages the reader to count to eight to celebrate Hanukkah. Readers will love finding and counting hidden surprises in each illustrated spread that reference the especially-Hanukkah-apropos numbers one through eight.

Cuddle up with Mitzvah Moose and Mensch on a Bench this Hanukkah and enjoy the inspiring story whereby Moshe, your favorite mensch, ends up encountering a Moose whose antlers won’t glow. As Moshe and the moose begin to do good deeds, the candles begin to illuminate! Mitzvah Moose makes it even more exciting for your family to do good deeds this Hanukkah season. What good deeds will they accomplish?

Deadline was December 2nd at midnight!

Day 3: Honey Bee Acres

Playsets and dolls have never been this sweet—whether they’re starting their playset collection for the first time or adding to an existing set, Honey Bee Acres is the perfect farmhouse family fun for your kids! Take imaginative play to the next level with Sunflower Country Cottage, Around Town Van, The Barksters Dog Family, and Playground Pals!

Deadline was December 3rd at midnight!

Day 4: Lunii’s Interactive & Screen-Free Storyteller

Lunii awakens your children’s imagination! With My Fabulous Storyteller children create their own audio stories by choosing a hero, an object, a location, and more—then a fun and engaging adventure begins! This magical little box is a great alternative to screens and tablets. It empowers children to become storytellers, develops their creativity and, thanks to its curated content, helps them learn new languages, develop social-emotional skills, and more!

Deadline was December 4th at midnight!

Day 5: Make it Real

The Color Fusion Nail Polish Maker brings together creativity, self care, and a unique interactive technology experience! Kids can create over 200 custom nail polish colors, perfect for those Holiday outfits! With just three easy steps little ones can match, make and mix custom colors to customize their nails with glossy or shimmer style finishes. That’s not all, kids can use their creativity to create their own color by using the color matching technology in the app!. 

Crystal Secrets Treasures is the ultimate DIY bracelet and necklace kit that will keep little ones engaged and entertained during and after the holidays. With over 56 pieces, kids can unbox, unlock, and unleash the treasures hidden inside their Crystal Secrets Treasures Jewelry Kit. Inside they’ll find one of eight aquatic characters, each including a shiny surprise—a Swarovski® crystal jewel. Kids can collect all eight characters and sport their stylish new accessories, year-round!

Deadline was December 5th at midnight!

Day 6: Mystery Monday

It’s a super secret mystery today! This mystery prize is recommended for a child age 6 or above. It is perfect for a tech-interested kid who enjoys creating and caring for imaginary friends!

Deadline was December 6th at midnight!

Day 7: Stomp Rocket

Run! Jump! Stomp! Help your little one move and learn with Stomp Rocket’s ultimate line up of active STEM-based toys. Kids will love the stunt planes that loop and glide through the air, the Jr. glow planes that glow in the dark, and the racers that are perfect for a friendly competition. Stomp Rocket offers educational games that kids of all ages will love!

Deadline was December 7th at midnight!

Day 8: Crafty Christmas Pack

Celebrate the holiday season with the fun Chirtmas craft, the Gift Box Ornament Decorator from Hey Buddy Hey Pal! The gift box-shaped decorator snuggly holds plastic ornaments for a totally new way to make hand-decorated ornaments for the holiday tree! Easily decorate a variety of ornament shapes from the traditional ball and teardrop to ornaments shaped like snowmen. When the DIY fun is over, simply store the included markers in the drawer until the next time!

Deck the halls and ring in the holidays with Chalk of the Town’s Christmas Tree T-Shirt Kit! This soft long-sleeve shirt for kids (size large) comes in vibrant green and features a “chalkboard” Christmas tree on the front to personalize with the included chalk markers—and thanks to the patent-pending design, your little elf’s Christmas masterpiece won’t smudge or bleed once dry. When your crafty youngster feels a new creative impulse, simply wipe the chalkboard surface clean with a damp cloth and design all over again! Decorating this festive shirt is the perfect holiday activity to bring the whole family together, again and again.

Deadline was December 8th at midnight!

Day 9: Gamebud Talking Tom

GameBud Talking Tom (by HUGE! Play) is the world’s first talking-animatronic streamer that live-connects to mobile games. Entering the homes of families everywhere, this physical streamer will bring never-before-seen, two-way interactions to your favorite gameplay. The GameBud Talking Tom features a unique soundboard to puppet your gaming buddy, with countless two-way experiences to discover in-and-out of game.

Deadline was December 9th at midnight!

Day 10: Family Fun Night

Can you guess what’s on your head before 3…2…1…BLAST OFF!? Everyone’s favorite guessing game, Hedbanz Blastoff!, is back with a fun new Blastoff Band. Put on the band, load it with a card, and set the timer. Try to guess “What Am I” while your team gives clues—but do it quickly, because your card will go flying when time runs out!

All you need are a sharp pencil and sharper wits! (An eraser wouldn’t be a bad idea, either.) Solve word searches with themes like Spies, Movies, or the Wild West—and when you’re finished, write out the leftover letters to discover a hidden message. Can’t get enough of the addictive fun of Sudoku? Introducing Dicedoku, which uses dice to represent numbers. Plus hidden pictures, crosswords, spot the mistakes, and many kinds of puzzles you’ve never seen before. Puzzlelopedia also contains special “Puzzle Breakers” for reading about anagrams, code breaking, oxymorons, palindromes, and other bamboozling conundrums.

Get ready to raise the stakes with Beat The Parents! In this new version of the popular kids vs. parents trivia game, everyone will have to put something on the line. First, write your wager on the included whiteboard—it can be serious “kids will do the dishes” or silly “mom will cluck like a chicken”, but you’ll need to do it if your team loses! Land on a challenge space and go head-to-head with the other team: you might need to race paper airplanes or say a tongue twister to win the points!

The Dream Garden 1000-piece puzzle brings you into a world full of radiant colors! The jigsaw puzzle is perfect for those looking for a piece of abstract art. This jigsaw puzzle comes with 1000 vibrantly colored pieces that you can put together over and over again!

Deadline was December 10th at midnight!

Day 11: Little Readers Pack

The Boring Book by Shinsuke Yashitake: As the story progresses, our protagonist discovers there’s actually more to boredom than what meets the eye—more questions, more theories, and heaps of humor. This exploration of boredom playfully—and hilariously—unpacks the ways in which a seemingly stagnant state is actually a portal into a dynamic, life-enriching experience.

Rabbit and the Motorbike by Kate Hoefler: Rabbit isn’t sure he’ll ever be brave enough to go on an adventure. He’s a homebody who lives in a quiet field of wheat he dreams of leaving every night. His world is enlarged by his friend Dog and Dog’s tales of motorbike adventures. But one day, Dog is gone, and with him, go the stories Rabbit loves so much. Dare Rabbit pick up the motorbike and live his own story?

Flight for Freedom: The Wetzel Family’s Daring Escape from East Germany by Kristen Fulton: Peter was born on the east side of Germany, the side that wasn’t free. He watches news programs rather than cartoons and wears scratchy uniforms instead of blue jeans. His family endures long lines and early curfews. But Peter knows it won’t always be this way. Peter and his family have a secret. Late at night in their attic, they are piecing together a hot air balloon—and a plan. Can Peter and his family fly their way to freedom?

Most of the Better Natural Things in the World by Dave Eggers and Angel Chang: A tiger carries a dining room chair on her back. But why? Where is she going? With just one word per page, in lush, color-rich landscapes, we learn about the features that make up our world: an archipelago, a dune, an isthmus, a lagoon. Across them all, the tiger roams.

The Keeper of Wild Words by Brooke Smith: A touching tale of a grandmother and her granddaughter exploring and cherishing the natural world. When Mimi finds out her favorite words—simple words, like apricot, blackberry, buttercup—are disappearing from the English language, she elects her granddaughter Brook as their Keeper. And did you know? The only way to save words is to know them.

This is How I Do It: One Day in the Life of You and 59 Real Kids from Around the World by Matt Lamothe: This interactive activity book invites readers to document their lives and daily rituals compared to 59 real kids from around the globe. This fun and engaging workbook will get kids writing, drawing, and sharing while also learning about cultures and countries other than their own. 

Deadline was December 11th at midnight!

Day 12: American Girl® World By Us™

Meet Makena, Evette, and Maritza—three friends who are finding their voices on important social issues that will make the world a better place: fairness for all, loving the Earth, and advocating for others. Each 18-inch doll arrives in her signature outfit and accompanying paperback book.

Makena Williams has a passion for fashion, and clothes are a way for her to connect with others. But when Makena experiences racial injustice in her own neighborhood, she decides to post more than her OOTD (outfit of the day)—she figures out how to use fashion to speak up about injustice.

Maritza Ochoa is Bolivian on her mother’s side and Mexican on her father’s side—and 100% American soccer player. This girl’s got goals, including helping families who have immigrated to the US stay together.

Evette Peeters is a nature lover who is full of crafty ideas for reusing and upcycling clothes. But Evette never thought borrowing clothes from Gran E’s closet would uncover a family secret—or that her work to clean up the polluted river in her town might be a way to heal the rift in her family too.

Deadline was December 12th at midnight!

Odds depended on number of entries received for each giveaway.
No purchase was necessary to enter.
One entry per giveaway per family.
Giveaways were open to families living in Central California.
Random drawings were held December 2nd–13th.
Winners were notified by the phone or email that was provided.

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