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2019 Holiday Gift Guide: What to buy for kids and family

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New favorites and familiar friends make for the perfect holiday gifts. (Photo: DreamWorks, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros, HBO)

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) -- The holidays are made for spending time with our loved ones . Here are some family-friendly gifting options.

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  • Recent family friendly DVD and Blu-ray releases include The Addams Family '90s movies double feature, "The Angry Birds Movie 2," the live-action Dora the Explorer adventure "Dora and the Lost City of Gold," "Shrek: The Ultimate Collection" featuring five films, ten shorts and five television episodes, the 25th anniversary of "The Swan Princess" and the new gorgeous 4K release of "The Wizard of Oz."

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Television series

How to Train Your Dragon

  • The cinematic How to Train Your Dragon trilogy came to a close with "The Hidden World," but there fandom continues with toys like DreamWorks Dragons: Hatching Baby Toothless and the DreamWorks Dagons: Baby Dragon Plush series.
  • Build-A-Bear has a variety of How to Train Your Dragon options including Toothless and Light Fury plush dragons.

Spirit Riding Free

  • Based on the 2002 film "Spirit: The Stallion of the Cimarron," "Spirit: Riding Free" is an animated series on Netflix that follows the adventures of Fortuna "Lucky" Esperanza Navarro Prescott, a city girl relocated to the country who bonds with a wild mustang. Just Play offer a variety of Spirit collectible dolls and horses including Bebe and her horse Sarge.
  • Playmobil offers numerous building sets based on the Spirit franchise.
  • Those who prefer physical DVDs to digital, there are two sets available: "Spirit: Riding Free - Seasons 1-4" and "Spirit: Riding Free - Seasons 5-8."

Spirit Riding Free


The Secret Life of Pets

  • I was pleasantly surprised by "The Secret Life of Pets 2," a rare sequel that is better than the original. Outside of the 4K, Blu-ray and DVD releases Universal offers numerous toy options including a small plush collection.


  • With "Trolls World Tour" set to hit theaters in April 2020, its the perfect time to revisit the original film on 4K, Blu-ray, DVD or digital.
  • Those looking for some Troll inspired holiday cheer should consider Big Golden Book "Trolls Holiday."


  • While you revisiting the original film, you might also want to consider the spin-off series "Trolls: The Beat Goes On!," an animated series available on DVD and streaming on Netflix.
  • Hasbro also offers a gaggle of Troll toys including "Trolls Popstar Poppy," a sing-a-long doll that plays a ukulele and sings "Trolls Just Want to Have Fun."

Sh-Ra and the Princesses of Power

  • Once upon a time She-Ra was toy maker Mattel's attempt to make the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe franchise appealing to young girls. These days, She-Ra is the flagship character as she and her Princesses of Power have their own rebooted animated series on Netflix while He-Man has yet to be updated (Kevin Smith has something in the works). You can revisit the original series with "She-Ra: Princess of Power - The Complete Original Series" or pick up the first three seasons of "She-Ra and the Princesses of Power" on DVD.
  • Seeing as She-Ra's o rigins are in toy sales, it makes sense that Mattel would offer a handful of She-Ra figures including "Battle Armor She-Ra & Swift Wind."

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