Holiday ideas for quality time at home

Holiday ideas for quality time at homeThe holidays are a joyful time to share with family and loved ones. Open your home as well as your heart, and bring everyone together to celebrate around your home theatre this holiday season:

Blast from the past. Having everyone together for the holidays is the perfect time to take a stroll down memory lane. Work with your family to create a video slideshow of all your favourite photos from over the years and pair it with some holiday tunes. You’ll be sure to dig up some heartfelt and hilarious moments to cherish.

The full package. Why not pack in as many fun filled memories as you can? Whether you and your friends are hanging out listening and singing along to Christmas carols or watching your favourite Christmas special, LG Ultra Slim Sound Bar is designed to pair beautifully with your TV – and its slim design won’t distract from your holiday décor. The expansive and precise audio will complement your holiday festivities, by bringing sounds to life.

Celebrate family. After all the dancing, singing and merriment, it’s time for you and your family to take it easy and connect with those that mean the most to you. Bring family from all over the world into your living room! Video chat with them straight from your TV, and raise a glass of eggnog to family this holiday season.

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How to get your home holiday-ready

How to get your home holiday-readyPrep your home for a flurry of activity with these simple steps.

1. Incorporate magical seasonal scents. Fill your space with holiday-scented aromas from candles, or simmer your own potpourri with ingredients like vanilla, cinnamon, pine or bitter orange.

2. Build a fire to create a warm and comfortable atmosphere. Keep fuzzy blankets and pillows on hand for both decoration and functionality and bring out a board game for a little entertainment. If you need extra warmth, cozy up in a Denver Hayes fleece robe from Mark’s and make some hot chocolate.

3. Be the best host and stock up on supplies that guests will use if they stop by. Essentials include towels, sheets, pillows and shower supplies. Make sure you keep these items accessible close to where guests are staying.

4. Make a grand entrance. Welcome your guests at the door with a fresh wreath and add holiday touches such as an entrance table with lighted tinsel trees, candles and ornaments. These details make a great first impression.

5. Don’t forget to make space in your home. Clear out your closet to make room for the influx of coats and winter boots and make space in your fridge and freezer for leftover food and beverages. Adding extra storage space will help keep you organized.

The 10 best toys to give this Christmas season

The 10 best toys to give this Christmas seasonThe must-have toys for 2017 include something for every age and stage, and at every budget. Whether you’ve got a builder, adventure-seeker or curious preschooler on your list, there’s a toy for every child.

It’s also easier than ever to shop for toys, with some retail stores offering in-store, online and app options.

“We take the guesswork out of finding the hottest toys at the lowest prices,” said Sarah Dennie, director of customer marketing at Walmart Canada. “Our Toy Academy team listens, analyzes and tracks all the toy data, ratings and reviews online. We use this information to create top toy lists so our customers can easily find the perfect gifts for their kids.”

The best toys guaranteed to put a smile on little faces this year include:

For one- to three-year-olds: The Think & Learn Teach n’ Tag Movi is an adorable mini robot that encourages preschoolers to get moving while simultaneously teaching them to follow directions.

For three- to five-year-olds: Children will serve up creativity and imagination with the Laugh & Learn Servin’ Up Fun Food Truck — its blend of kitchen and vehicle play will keep preschoolers engaged for hours. Inspired by the hit television series, the PJ Masks Deluxe Headquarters playset, another great toy, is a double-sided playset filled with stimulating kid-powered features. Finally, the Paw Patrol My Size Lookout Tower and the Paw Patrol Sea Patroller both offer hours of exciting rescue missions for kids who love the popular television show.

For five- to eight-year-olds: The FurReal Roarin’ Tyler Tiger is an interactive pet that reacts to sound and touch with over 100 responses. And for those who crave action, the Hot Wheels Ballistik Racer is a super-fast remote-control car with endless stunt and trick possibilities.

For eight- to 10-year-olds: The Nerf Modulus Regulator with three firing modes keeps kids’ active while fuelling their desire for adventure.

For kids 12 years old and up: It’s all about crazy cool gadgets, and the Propel Maximum X01 Micro Drone is just that. This drone encourages technical skills for the future while also offering hours of fun. For those who enjoy mind games, Hearing Things gets players to wear speech-cancelling electronic headphones and guess what they think a teammate is saying by reading their lips.

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