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When it comes to making, building, and creating with high-quality craftsmanship, few know the drill more than the big man in red - Santa Claus. If you've never had a chance to visit Santa's workshop in the North Pole, let me tell you that you're missing out. Sure, you might know Santa and his Elves for all the toys and games that they spend the first 11 months of each year creating, but the work that goes into keeping Santa's Sleigh running at top-speed is done in Speed Shop that rivals some of the best hot rod builders in the world - and Santa's ride is a 9 RP (that's Reindeerpower) force of gift delivering fury! The Elves know that Craftsman Tools power their workshop, and with that in mind you could give a gift that rocks for the budding maker on your list - whether they're young, old. naughty, nice, nice & naughty, or just getting started. Craftsman has a Holiday Gift Finder that can help you find just what's right, and as part of The Craftsman Crew, I'm sharing THE ROCK FATHER's Top Craftsman Gift Picks to highlight some of the best and brightest, alongside some sweet products - not just tools - that I bet you didn't even know that Craftsman had. Ho! Ho! Ho!
One of The Rock Daughters' favorite new shows of 2015 became the subject of one of the most popular features on the site for the year, and spawned one of our most popular videos on YouTube. DreamWorks Animation's Dinotrux is a major hit with kids, and this Netflix Original Series is providing inspiration for hours of imaginative play through a companion toy line released by Mattel this Fall. Currently Toys "R" Us Exclusive, two of the hottest toys on our 2015 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine are also topping kids' wish lists around the country - and they're sorta hard to come by. Sold-out online as of this writing, the Dinotrux Mega Chompin' Ty Rux and Dinotrux Revvit are worth making a trip to your local TRU to locate (they should have at least a full endcap of Dinotrux toys). We received both for review, and I can tell you from experiencing them with the girls first-hand, these Dinotrux toys completely live up to the expectations. How much do the girls love Dinotrux? Just look at the reaction in this video...
As a Peanuts Worldwide Brand Ambassador, I occasionally get offered some pretty cool products that feature Snoopy and the whole PEANUTS gang. For the Holiday Season, one thing I was offered was one of the new PEANUTS Bouquets from the folks at Teleflora - but I rather than send it here, I had it sent to my mom (currently in the hospital) in an effort to #SendCheer there, until we're able to visit in-person later this month. As many of you know, I do love to spread the holiday cheer, and with that in mind, the folks at Teleflora are letting me gift another beautiful PEANUTS Bouquet to one of you!
We're approaching the home stretch as we move toward Christmas 2015, and that means it's time to stream some Holiday Movies and Specials on Netflix. It's seems like this year is a little light when it comes to brand-new Xmas content, but one of the biggest and best is a Netflix Original Special, and that's the Sofia Coppola-directed A VERY MURRAY CHRISTMAS. In the spirit of the 12 Days of Christmas (and as a Netflix #StreamTeam Member) I've picked out 12 Gifts of Netflix - a dozen seasonally-appropriate movies, specials and episodes for various members of the family to enjoy. Some are for the kids - some are grownups-only, and others can be enjoyed with the whole family. To spread a little cheer as well, I've got a flash giveaway included where one (1) lucky reader will receive six months of Netflix!
For nearly 30 years, AMERICAN GIRL has been the premiere line of 18" Dolls that kids want to have. Our girls' path has been one traveled by many others, starting with the 15" Bitty Baby collection geared toward kids 3+ (Addie has had one since 2013, and we just bought Finn her first at Mall of America this summer) and moving toward the larger dolls with more detailed backstories. Aside from being beautifully-detailed and built to be a lifelong companion, American Girl Dolls can teach, and the relaunched Historical line, now called BeForever, features a full assortment of dolls, accessories and books that delve into important eras throughout history. For 2015, American Girl released a doll based in a decade long-requested by fans and families - the 1950s - with the debut of Maryellen Larkin (previewed here), who is a featured pick in my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine!
One of the items that's popping up on year-end "Best-of" lists and "Gift Guides" around the web is the Candy Craft Chocolate Pen by Skyrocket Toys. Wouldn't you know... it's on my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide here at THE ROCK FATHER Magazine, too! Perfect for "Little Foodies," we've had a Chocolate Pen here at Rock Father HQ for a few months now, and it's a fun novelty - not perfect - but something that kids love.