1. An Unbreakable Bond

    An Unbreakable Bond

    At some point in our lives, we’ve probably all had a favorite stuffed animal that we would never let go of. You would sleep with it, eat with it, and take it everywhere you went. It brought you a certain sense of comfort and security. It would help keep you safe when things went bump in the night, and keep you entertained for hours on end while you let your imagination run wild. Personally, mine was a stuffed dog that I got when I was three. His given name was Patches, but of course I decided to call him “Softy and Fuzzy.” Softy and Fuzzy was my best pal! I took him to daycare, to the park, on road trips, you name it. I grew up with him. The sentimental value that this little stuffed dog holds is indescribable. I still have Softy and Fuzzy to this day, and he reminds me of so many of the joyous moments of my childhood.

    Douglas creates the most cuddly, snuggly, soft, and ADORABLE plush animals! They make the perfect comfort tool for little ones and can grow with your child throughout the years. There's an unbreakable bond between and child and their favorite stuffed animal. With all different types of animals and a range of sizes to choose from, there’s a Douglas plush for every tiny tot! Whether they’re having fun and creating memories or just need a hug, their cuddly plush will be there for them. A Douglas plush can truly become a best friend for life.

    Stop by your local Wonder Works to find your new furry friend today!

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  2. New Year, New You?

    New Year, New You?

    So we are officially 4 days away from 2018, and I haven't even thought of a resolution for the new year. I've decided that this year, I'm not going to worry about it. Deciding on resolutions, and sticking to them, is stressful...and I'm not going to put myself through it. My 2018 resolution is to not make a resolution. Just writing it down makes me feel a whole heck of a lot better, it's like a weight has been lifted from my exhausted shoulders. There is a method to the madness in my anti-resolution thinking this year, just let me explain.

    Life for a parent is hectic enough without the added pressure of making ourselves promises we may or may not keep. Different from a goal, a promise truly hurts when we break it. Whether to ourselves or our loved ones, a broken promise can break a heart in two.

    Goals are a step by step, gradual progress we choose to reach for on a daily basis. They can change yearly, monthly, or even daily.

    Goals drop out of the sky when we aren't looking, land on our shoulders, and whisper encouraging words to reach for the brass ring. A resolution is a promise we make ourselves on only one day of the year, the first day of the year, that we feel we must keep for the next 365 days. No mistakes, no missteps. No thanks. Resolutions shout at us if they are ignored, or heaven forbid, totally forgotten. I'll take a personal goal over a personal resolution this year, and every year after.

    Try my anti-resolution movement this year, breathe easier, and keep your eyes on the prize. The prize being an unexpected goal knocking on your door, not an unattainable, forced promise we feel that's expected. Monday morning, as you eat your black-eyed peas, remember to breathe, embrace happiness, and never give up. Look for the magic in the coming year - all you have to do is look for it.

    Happy New Year!

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  3. The Perfect Pet for Under the Tree

    The Perfect Pet for Under the Tree

    Picture this: You’re 6 years old again. It’s Christmas morning. At the crack of dawn your eyes fly open and your heart starts pounding with excitement. “It’s time,” you think to yourself. You hardly slept the night before but you’ve never felt more alert and awake. You’re hoping that Santa got your letter and that maybe, just maybe, he brought you what you’ve always wanted: an adorable furry friend. As you spring out of bed you don’t even bother changing out of your snowman pj’s. You race down the stairs and holiday fun ensues. There’s a blur of red and green wrapping paper as you’re opening one amazing gift after another. That’s when you see it: the Perfect Pet!

    Okay, back to reality. Pefect Petzzz are the perfect gift to put under the tree this Christmas! They give you all the same warm fuzzy feelings of a real puppy or kitty without the hassle! That’s right – no clean up, no vet bills, no torn-up couch cushions! 88 Unlimited offers a huge variety of different breeds of both puppy and kitty Perfect Petzzz. From Golden Retrievers and Yorkies to Black and White kittens and Orange Tabbies, there’s a Perfect Pet for everyone!

    Kids will get real pet ownership experience while learning compassion, nurturing, and responsibility. Perfect Petzzz are hand crafted with soft, synthetic fur. Their little bellies even move up and down as they sleep! Little ones will love snuggling up with their new best friend. Each Perfect Pet comes with their very own accessories: a bed, collar, brush, and an adoption certificate. What kid wouldn’t want to find one of these cuties snoozing under the tree this Christmas!?

    Shop the entire line below or find them at any of our 4 locations!

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  4. Handmade Holiday Happiness

    Handmade Holiday Happiness

    Every year, as soon as my kids are out of school for winter break, we sit down together and start our holiday crafts. Some crafts we keep, but most of the kid's creations are gifts to friends and family. I start this annual tradition by opening my carefully organized, clean, color coded craft cabinet, and select the afternoon's project. Just kidding! What mom has that kind of time of her hands? I'm no Martha Stewart. Not by a long shot. But I really do love my handmade ornaments, Christmas cards, and little presents my children have made for me over the years. Whether the presents were made at school or at home, each craft holds precious memories for me. One glance at my tree and it's obvious, I'm a sentimental old fool, especially since these kids of mine are soon to be college bound. 

    If you're like me, having any sort of craft closet is usually a shelf in the hall closet with a few scraps of fabric, some markers, a dried up glue stick, and a pack of unopened construction paper. A cabinet like Martha's is just a pipe dream to the majority of us frazzled parents. As always, your friendly neighborhood Wonder Works is here to make your holiday handmade gifts a reality. 

    Bring the kids and peruse our extensive Arts and Crafts section, or grab a Magic Maker to help navigate exactly what kind of holiday project is perfect for a child's gift giving. I've compiled a list of my favorites, some suggestions for crafts that help create your own family's holiday magic.

    Treemendous Ornament Decorator- My tree is full of handmade ornaments that hang right alongside my Wedgwood ornaments, and they are more beautiful than any store bought decoration. This very cool kit allows children to make colorful, keepsake ornaments in a snap. The decorator kit comes with 3 shatterproof ornaments, ornament hooks, and eight markers...everything you need to start crafting the minute Treemendous is opened! Everyone had so much fun making ornaments that you've run out? Wonder Works also carries extra ornaments packs that include 6 ornaments and 6 hooks! Absolutely perfect as a classroom art project, kid's Christmas party craft, or together time with the whole family. 

    Craft Crush Book Necklaces KitI love this stylish, very unique craft kit! The pages of each tiny book are blank, so they are perfect for itty-bitty holiday messages to loved ones! My teens are enamored with these necklaces; they make a great, personal gift to BFFs. Teachers, librarians, and favorite babysitters will truly appreciate such a thoughtful, beautiful gift to wear year round! Each kit contains everything you need to make two necklaces!

    Hide and Seek Rock Painting- This Creativity for Kids kit encourages children to spread kindness, love, and, most importantly, joy. The true meaning of this season shines bright when kids paint their very own Christmas scenes on one side of the rock, and well wishes for the holidays on the other side. Set includes smooth river rocks and brightly colored paints, a touching alternative to the traditional Christmas/Hanukkah cards sent by the grown-ups!

    Bubble Loops Jewelry Kit- Gorgeous jewelry kit introduces kids ages 8 and up to the ancient of chainmalle, while making lovely, real jewelry to give as gifts! Any mother/grandmother/godmother would be tickled to have a soft, metal looping bracelet or necklace...handmade by the special children in their lives! Now that's a great gift! This kit includes everything your tween needs to make 5 bracelets and 5 necklaces, enough to give to everyone on their list!

    Happy holidays from the Wonder Works family! Have a blessed holiday season, and thanks for shopping local!

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  5. The Ultimate Wishlist Giveaway

    The Ultimate Wishlist Giveaway

    Fill Santa’s bag with our FREE Ultimate Wishlist Giveaway! Valued at over $500, you’ll score some of the hottest toys of this season, including Fingerlings, Laser X, Slackers Slackline, Party 2 Go, Peppy Pups, Geomatrix, Faux Bow Pro, Perfect Petzzz, and more! 

    Enter for your chance to win, now through December 19th!

     Entering is easy!

     Step 1: Parents Download iOKids App – FREE

    Open iPhone camera to image QR Code For Direct Link or click download at www.iokids.net.


    Step 2: Create Your Free iOKids Account

    You can create your kid’s accounts after you create your account.


    Step 3: Click ‘+ Community’ & Click ‘Wonder Works‘

    Add The Wonder Works App from their iOKids community. Kid’s can create their own Wish Lists to send to Santa and Family.


    Step 4: Click ‘Add Friend’ on Wonder Works page

    This allows you to see the promotion.


    Step 5: Click ‘Toy Giveaway’ under Promotions

    Opens window waiting to hear the Magic Giveaway Code.


    Step 6: Scan QR Code in Wonder Works Store

    This will enter you for a chance to win. Enter once per day in the store!


    Rules and Restrictions Apply: No Purchase Necessary. This Giveaway requires an iOKids account to participate. Users can enter once per day in Wonder Works participating stores. Kids and Teens can enter only with parent consent. Winner claiming prize must be over the age of 18. Giveaway runs specific dates and winner is randomly chosen at the end of the promotion period. Winner will be notified by the email associated with iOKids account. Winner agrees to public announcement of winnings. If prize is NOT claimed within 24 hours after notice of winnings, a new winner may be announced in your place. Non-transferable. No exchange for cash.

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  6. In Search of the Perfect Present

    In Search of the Perfect Present

    Holiday gift giving can get pretty tricky when there are only 17 shopping days left until Santa's sleigh swoops into Charleston. Luckily, adult friends and relatives are pretty easy, but buying gifts for the young ones can be frustrating when our time for shopping is limited. Shopping for kids can also be a guessing game - I know there have been a few Christmases in my own house when, just a couple of days before the big day, a kid has suddenly changed their mind about what they REALLY want from Santa. That's when we as parents hide under our beds with the laptop, frantically searching with fingers crossed.

    In this crazy, social media driven world of ours it's easy to forget that the latest trendy toy will probably be easily replaced by next year, a toy even more awesome than the one at the top of the list for this year. What if there was one perfect gift for all the kids on your list? A gift that is guaranteed to help in their emotional and social development? A gift so wonderful, so amazing, that kids carry it into their adulthood to share with their own children? A gift great for bonding with children, even helping to relieve anxiety by forcing grown-ups and youngsters alike to slow down and enjoy the moment for once??

    Okay, okay...I've teased you, the gentle reader, long enough. In this humble mother's opinion, a child's greatest gift is a book. Especially a book celebrating the excitement of an upcoming holiday, books should be on every parent's, grandparent's, or caregiver's list. Snuggling with a toddler, allowing them to turn the pages of a sturdy, colorful, touch and feel book is one of the best experiences in the world. Listening to the sound of a loved one's voice while reading is proven to reduce stress, even in the youngest of children. My favorite holiday touch and feel board book is If I Were a Reindeer. Each brightly illustrated page has something touchable, helping with sensory development while providing giggles and excitement.

    Have a visiting child coming to your house for the holidays? A fantastic gift is The 12 Days of Christmas in South Carolina. Not only is this book full of the jolly holiday sites and mezmerizing history of this great state of ours (dophins, pirates, rainbow painted houses, etc.), it's also a thoughtful reminder of visiting or living in our area. Sure to be a family favorite, to be passed down to future children and grandchildren.

    Does someone on your list have a Scout Elf living in their house? If so, Elf Pets Saint Bernard Book and Plush by that clever company, The Elf on the Shelf, is just what Santa ordered. Although Scout Elves are required to head back to the North Pole when Christmas ends, his pet St. Bernard stays throughout the year to keep children in the spirit all year long.

    Books are truly magical for the young and old, encouraging our imaginations and teaching us to see the world around us through other's eyes. They keep us entertained, and nothing beats a book for relaxing and bonding with our little ones. Pair a favorite book with a plush stuffed animal, or a coordinating toy to enchance the experience and the love of reading that develops when books are given at an early age.

    Books, and the magic they create for families, are really and truly the perfect present. Your search is over.

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