Students Come Together To Raise Money To Replace A Classmate’s Stolen Nintendo

‘Tis the season for giving, and these kids are a perfect example of what this time of year is all about.

A group of students recently banded together to raise money in order to replace a Nintendo 3DS XL that had been stolen from a fellow student. Shawn Hawkins, a high school student, had written about his stolen Nintendo on the white boards of classrooms around his school. It turns out the Nintendo had been given to him by his late grandmother.

“The announcement that Shawn wrote on the board was basically him begging for his 3DS XL back,” Shawna Cantiliano, a fellow classmate, told Nintendo Life. “[The message also said] that he would not tell anyone if it was returned, that it means a lot—it was a gift from his grandma.”

Cantiliano and her friend, Piper, were moved to do something about it. After posting on social media to announce that they were collecting money for the Nintendo, the pair also reached out to a teacher, Ms. Grimm, to see if she could help. “My teacher said she’d buy it!,” Cantiliano told People magazine. “She said to raise what ever donations I can and she’d just pay the difference.”

And that’s exactly how it went down. When the students went to present Hawkins with the gift, he couldn’t believe what was happening. Thankfully, the sweet moment was caught on camera.

You can tell by Hawkins’ face that he is both shocked and extremely touched to find out that his classmates have replaced his stolen game console. And instead of reaching for the Nintendo, he goes in for a big hug, exclaiming, “Thank you! You’re an angel from God.” Such an incredibly sweet moment.

The video has gained quite a bit of attention online, and people are getting all sorts of emotional over how truly touching this story is.

“It’s so heartfelt,” one person wrote on Twitter:

Another asked everyone to get on board the “feels train” after seeing this:

People on Reddit are responding as well, saying things such as, “The look on that kid’s face made me tear up a bit.” We feel you!

This story illustrates what the season is all about, so if you weren’t in the Christmas spirit before—we have a feeling you are now. Here’s hoping you carry that feeling with you all season long.

How To Make Your Own Photo Candle

Personalized photo gifts are always a great holiday choice—ideal for mom or dad to take to the office or for grandparents or other family members, especially those who live far away.

If this has been your go-to gift for years now though, you’re probably sick of ordering the same old photo calendars or family portrait mugs year after year. Want to switch up your photo gift with something fun and totally unexpected—and save a little money in the process? If your answer is yes, you have to try making your own photo candle at home.

All you need are plain candles, the photo you want to print onto those candles, tracing paper, a blowdryer—and about 10-15 minutes! You can use a photograph by directly printing your image onto the tracing paper, or you can get creative and draw your own design onto the tracing paper as well, (this is a great way to kid the kids involved). What’s Up Moms gives a great tutorial on how to make these easy candles.

This gift is great for grandparents or other family members as well, and you can even make more than one candle that can be placed next to each other. Feel free to get creative and even draw your own designs around a photo to spice the candle up.

If this sounds like a great gift idea to you, check out the video above for a visual step-by-step guide!

 

Amazon Has A Sale On LEGO Sets – 20-50% Off

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How do I love thee, LEGOs? As a parent, let me count the ways.

Not only is building with LEGOs a fun, educational activity for children, it’s pretty entertaining for the adults involved, too. LEGOs also make for great gifts. We buy them as presents for many of the kid birthday parties we attend.

With all that said, run don’t walk (virtually speaking) to scoop up some of these awesome LEGO deals available on Amazon right now. Everything listed is 20-53 percent off.

1. LEGO Disney Princess Elsa’s Sparkling Castle, $31.99 (from $39.99)

 

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2. LEGO Minecraft The Iron Golem, $15.99 (from $19.99)

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3. LEGO Minecraft The Jungle Tree House, $55.99 (from $69.99)

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4. LEGO Star Wars First Order Snowspeeder, $7.99 (from $9.99)

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5. LEGO Creator Vehicle Transporter, $17.99 (from $24.99)

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6. LEGO CITY Van & Caravan, $14.82 (from $19.99)

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7. LEGO Classic Creative Bricks, $11.99 (from $16.99)

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8. The LEGO Book, $11.73 (from $24.99)

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Wondering if you’re getting the lowest Amazon price for an item listed? Consider using the site camelcamelcamel.com, which is a free Amazon price tracker. Read these other Amazon shopping tips to ensure you’re getting the biggest bang for your buck.

[h/t Kosher on a Budget]

Your Kids Can Now Drive A Mini Tesla Model S, Built By Radio Flyer

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In case you may have forgotten, Tesla Model S cars are really, really nice. With state-of-the-art technology such as autopilot with Autosteer and Summon, and all-wheel drive, their vehicles are the ones to beat.

But it was recently announced that they’re expanding their sales elsewhere, with an unlikely partner: Radio Flyer. Yes, Radio Flyer is the company known for making those little red wagons your parents used to drag you on while walking to the park.

Radio Flyer making the move to partner with Tesla S means one thing – they’ve made upgrades.

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Radio Flyer and Tesla have made a mini version of the popular automobile specifically for young children in the hopes of giving them the ultimate driving experience. Here’s a quick overview of the car’s awesome features:

  • It’s powered by Flightspeed Lithium Ion batteries
  • You can “plug in” the car like the real thing to charge
  • It has working headlights
  • It has a functioning front trunk (or frunk, as they call it)
  • It has two speeds, 3 and 6 MPH
  • It includes forward and reverse driving options
  • It comes with an AUX cord so you can plug in your phone to play music

Here comes the catch – the car retails at $499. That’s at a minimum – the price goes up if you also buy the optional car cover, personalized license plate or parking sign. This is comparable to the cost of some Mercedes branded kiddie cars – the Avigo Mercedes ML63 costs $549.00.

These Teslas are so popular and in demand that they’re only available for preorder and not ready to be shipped until June.

But hey, if you’ve got the money laying around, then why not?

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How To Tie The Perfect Bow

It’s that time of year when present wrapping is going into high gear.  I don’t know about you, but I can never get the ribbon bow right. In fact, I’ve basically given up on the whole process. But alas, here is a great video that provides a simple walkthrough of how to make that perfect bow.

Now go out there and make those presents look their best!

Here’s A Gift Wrapping Trick To Wrap A Present In Less Than 15 Seconds [Video]

I don’t know about you, but I’m not a fan of wrapping gifts. I always defer to the gift bag whenever possible. But there are occasions when wrapping a present is still the best approach.

Watch this video above to get some tips on how to improve your wrapping skills and get the job done in a few seconds. The key is to start with an oversized piece of paper and wrap it diagonally. No additional cutting required.

As a bonus tip,  we’ve found dollar stores are one of the best places to buy gift wrap and bags.

RELATED:  You can now buy gift wrap that has your face printed on it.

Here’s another video that shows the trick in more detail. Watch and learn, then sit back and enjoy all the time you’ve saved thank to this gift-wrapping trick!