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Wednesday, December 23 2015 10:56

Holiday Wish Guide: Last-Minute Gifts from Hallmark... Keepsake Ornaments, Retro Fun, and THE FORCE AWAKENS

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With just two shopping days left until Christmas 2015, time is running out to find the perfect gift, but there's a one-stop shop that probably has a location right near you! I've been a Gold Crown Card-carrying fan of Hallmark for much of my adult life - my appreciation for Hallmark fueled by my mom, who started us on Keepsake Ornaments practically at birth. I've had several Hallmark items featured in my annual Holiday Wish Guide all season, but while I was traveling on some recent adventures, I returned home to a care package from my Hallmark friends in Kansas City - and that inspired this post. What was included was some right-in-the-money picks for our family, and a solid reminder that Hallmark has something for everyone. From thoughtful gifts, to the cards and wrap to present them in-style, they've got everything. I even did quite a bit of shopping there this season, but I can't show you what I bought... prying eyes on this site, if you catch my drift. 

Rainbow Brite

Retro-Fun: Rainbow Brite - You know how I know that friends of The Rock Father love Rainbow Brite? Because I posted this very picture yesterday and over 150 people liked it on Facebook. Yes, we're children of the 80s that are now raising children of our own, and that's a subject that I write about often. Rainbow Brite is back with exclusive products at Hallmark, including a faithful reproduction of the original doll, and a full assortment of ittybittys (with Sprites!). They even have her horse, Starlite. Fun Fact: We've had a Hallmark Keepsake Ornament of Rainbow Brite on our tree for many, many years.

THE FORCE AWAKENS itty bittys

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (and the Classic Trilogy and REBELS, too!) - You probably already know that STAR WARS is a big enough deal here at Rock Father HQ that we have an entire section devoted solely to the franchise. What you might not know is that some of the coolest STAR WARS collectibles come not from far, far away, but from your neighborhood Hallmark Gold Crown Store. My mom has been buying me a STAR WARS Keepsake Ornament for Christmas every year for nearly two decades (I think she got me the Y-Wing Fighter this year), but the collection has expanded. There's brand-new Keepsake Ornaments that just hit stores this month, with new characters including Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma ready to bring The Dark Side to your tree. There's also itty bitty versions of Kylo Ren and Rey, a plush BB-8, and a Holiday-themed itty bittys assortment with Yoda, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2 (proceeds benefit Toys for Tots) and the motion-activated Holiday Sweater Darth Vader Ornament. Into STAR WARS REBELS on Disney XD? Zeb makes his debut as an ornament this year as well.

STAR WARS itty bittys

Keepsake Ornaments for All! - There's truly and ornament for any interest or age, with hundreds of styles available for 2015. We lean toward pop-culture and retro, but there's music, sports, you name it - from Baby's First Christmas onward. Hallmark send me an ornament based on Hasbro's 1984 G1 version of Megatron from the TRANSFORMERS - a perfect accompaniment to the Optimus Prime I bought last year.

Keepsake Ornaments

For the girls, Anna, Elsa and Olaf from FROZEN. And for the family, Snoopy in his famous "Flying Ace" plane - appropriate since I've been serving as a PEANUTS Brand Ambassador this year. Speaking of which...

Snoopy Keepsake Ornament

PEANUTS - With THE PEANUTS MOVIE ushering in a new era of Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang for audiences new and old, Hallmark has an incredible selection of exclusive PEANUTS merch. Fun Fact: When Addie was really little, I made a special trip to Hallmark to get her a Snoopy plush that only they had.

Want more? Visit your local Hallmark Store today! The clock is ticking, so get off the internet!

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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