Hallmark is one of my favorite stores. They have so many wonderful things, from their endless selection of greeting cards to their Hallmark Keepsake ornaments each Christmas and more. I could spend way too much money by going into the Hallmark store!
So believe me when I tell you that I was thrilled to include Hallmark in our Holiday Gift Guide this year! Hallmark sent me a selection of their products to share with you: a couple greeting cards, a Recordable Story Book, an Interactive Story Buddy, and a Keepsake Ornament.
Hallmark’s Recordable Storybooks are one of the best inventions ever.
My mom sent Joshua one for his birthday and it’s something our whole family loves. You see, my mom lives in Texas, and with us all the way in New Hampshire, we don’t often get to see her. So the kids being able to open a book and hear Grandma reading them a story, anytime they want? That’s far from little – it’s a pretty big deal.
We received the A Charlie Brown Christmas Recordable StoryBook. This is the same story that millions have enjoyed every year since 1966 when it first aired on tv.
We love Snoopy and the Peanuts gang so I knew this book would be a hit. Not only is the book special in that we can record someone reading it, but it’s also beautifully illustrated with the favorite Peanuts characters we all love. The pages are great too because they’re made of very sturdy material that little ones can’t easily rip apart.
There are 7 holiday titles in the Hallmark Recordable Storybook collection this year, including 3 new titles: Disney’s All I Want for Christmas, Jingle’s Magic Christmas, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
We also had the chance to try out a Hallmark Interactive Story Buddies – Jingle, the Husky Pup.
And far from being just another stuffed toy, Jingle is special. He actually interacts when you read him his story! I added batteries, pressed the button on his ear, and read his story to him and the kids. When I read a particular phrase (highlighed in red in the book), Jingle responds by barking, whining, etc. It’s pretty cool. And my kids love it!
There were a couple phrases where I couldn’t get Jingle to respond to a particular phrase so I’m not sure what happened there. But Jingle also comes with a CD where the story is read out loud and he responded to every single phrase with that. So maybe I wasn’t reading loud enough or something. There’s also an option to download an interactive app.
My kids love their Jingle the Husky dog. I’ve found Nathan reading to the kids and Jingle. That’s one of the best things about Hallmark; Hallmark is more than selling products – they give you opportunities to create special memories with your family. Like this:
I am really impressed with the Hallmark Interactive Story Buddies. Hallmark takes their heart-warming stories to another level with these fun toys. And while they’re for kids, the special touches Hallmark adds make it enjoyable for adults too.
Hallmark Interactive Story Buddies include Jingle the Husky Pup, Bell the Husky Pup, Scooby-Doo, Nugget the Dog, Christopher the Sleepyhead Bear, Bigsby, and Abigail the Bunny.
I also received two Hallmark greeting cards. I knew Hallmark had some neat cards, but I had no idea they were this cool. One is a Mickey Mouse countdown-to-Christmas card. I think we are going to keep this card as the kids love it and I can see using it for more than just this year.
The second card is a nice card that comes with a “Joy to the World” wooden ornament. It’s a special touch for a special someone.
Lastly, I was sent a Hallmark Keepsake Ornament. These are my favorites. I try to get at least one new Hallmark ornament every year. I was particularly excited about this ornament because its so relevant to my family. We celebrate Christmas first and foremost as Jesus’s birthday. I love that Hallmark acknowledges the real meaning of Christmas. Our ornament is a birthday cake that can be programmed to countdown the days until Jesus’s birthday!
It was easy to program and I like that its in the battery compartment so the kids can’t easily change it. There’s also a button on the front of the ornament that when you press it plays the music for “happy birthday.”
Right now, the ornament is on the top of our tv where everyone can see it. But when we get our Christmas tree in a couple of days, it will be front and center on the tree!
As you do your holiday shopping, remember Hallmark. Stop into one of their Hallmark Gold Crown stores or check out their online store. You might find the perfect special gift there.
Hallmark Recordable Storybooks – $19.99
Hallmark Interactive Story Buddies: $34.95
Hallmark cards & ornaments – prices vary
These products are available at Hallmark Gold Crown Stores and anywhere Hallmark products are sold.
1 lucky winner will receive a Hallmark Holiday Gift pack, containing:
An Everyday or Holiday Interactive Storybuddy
A Hallmark Recordable Storybook
A selection of the newest Signature and Interactive Greetings from Hallmark