Mama meets Spy – Target Kids’ Gift Detective Holiday Shopping Tips & Giveaway! #MyKindOfHoliday

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I always thought I would make an awesome spy; I’m sneaky, I’m pretty light footed, I kind of blend in to my surroundings, I look great in black and I watched plenty of TV shows where people talk in code names through their watches. Considering all this, I feel I’m pretty cut out for job, but when it comes to holiday shopping for my family, no amount of ninja stealth seems good enough. My kids are always with me, my husband is a snooper so hiding gifts is hard and getting time to myself to shop just doesn’t happen. Thankfully, Target has teamed up with former CIA intelligence officer of 25 years, Jonna Mendez, in creating Target’s Gift Detective to help moms determine the gifts their kids want the most this holiday season and keep them under wraps!

Target Kids Gift Detective tips

Although I feel I’m pretty spy worthy, Jonna has her spyglass in check. She’s the co-author of “Spy Dust,” a book about Jonna and her husband Tony Mendez’s,( who by the way was inspiration for Ben Affleck’s character in Argo, how cool!) work in Moscow during the last decade of the Cold War. Not to mention she last held the Chief of Disguise position at the CIA! Jonna took her years of CIA work and put together a no-fail list of spy worthy tips for parents to keep their holiday shopping on the DL.

My favorite tip Jonna offers is Covert Observation: Definition- Observation uses biometrics, or the science and technology of measuring and analyzing biological data, such as body language and facial expressions, to decipher subjects’ unintentional clues.

Target Kid's Gift Detective Tips

My method of covert observation: head to my local Target and check out the scene! I decided to take advantage of a grandmother visit and hit the store solo to see what this holiday’s hot toys were and create a list of my own. I created a wish registry online and met up with headquarters ( Target Customer Service) to pick up my tools for the job ( a registry scanner).  Thankfully Target’s Top Holiday Kids’ Gifts List showed me everything I’d needed to keep my kiddos happy this Christmas. Including Target exclusives and brand favorites like Barbie, Beats, LeapFrog, Monster High, NERF, Razor, Xbox, and includes selections for boys and girls of every age! A few of my favorite Target Exclusives are:

 Target Gift Detective

Once my own shopping mission was accomplished, I made another trip with the kids to create their own Santa wish lists and to observe their behavior in the field. We once again met up with headquarters to grab our scanner and the kids went to town, scanning all potential objects of likeness. This made it easy for me to gather info on what they seemed the most excited to see and the toys they were most drawn to.

Target Kid's Gift List

After our field survey I then took the two lists and compared our data to find any similarities. Luckily it seemed I had done my research of the targets pretty well! Creating a wish registry also made sharing their wish lists with Santa and family members easy, not to mention it allows them to buy items straight from Target and see what’s already been purchased. No more returning repeat gifts and Santa can sleep well knowing he has an easy list!

Thanks to Jonna Mendez from Target Kids’ Gift Detective and Target’s Top Holiday Kids’ Gifts List, my holiday shopping was easy, fun and no one even suspects it happened! What’s your favorite detective tip? Find out at Target Kids’ Gift Detective Online! Share photos of your family using the tips with the #MyKindOfHoliday tag and show off your spy-ness this holiday!

See the entire list of Target’s Top Holiday Kids’ Gifts and find the ones that best suit your family!

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Comments

  1. Jonna’s CIA Tip: Access Agents
    How Moms Can Use It: When you take your kids to meet Santa at your local mall, make friends with the elves that stand next to the big guy. When your kids whisper wish lists into Santa’s ear, an elf can listen in and report back (via text messaging is our Mom’s choice) on what gifts to get.

  2. Hope Stuart says:

    Thanks for sharing this info. It is getting harder and harder to narrow down what the kids really want.

  3. Stephanie Phelps says:

    I like the tip Ask your kids to write their wish lists using “Santa’s Secret Ink” (plain lemon juice works best) that only Santa can read. While the ink appears transparent at first, it will slowly turn brown, and therefore legible, when you apply a little heat (a blow dryer or light bulb will do just the trick).

  4. I like the babysiter idea! Ours has been with us for year and would love to get involved!

  5. Always love the Target Exclusives… This year the Princess Sophia is tops on our list. Great tips and ideas that you shared.

  6. My favorite is Jonna’s CIA Tip: Access Agents
    When you take your kids to meet Santa at your local mall, make friends with the elves that stand next to the big guy. When your kids whisper wish lists into Santa’s ear, an elf can listen in and report back (via text messaging is our Mom’s choice) on what gifts to get.

  7. I think getting a barcode scanner to shop for a wish list is great! I’ll bet it was super easy to do.

  8. Melissa M says:

    I like the santas secret ink

  9. Jessie C. says:

    I like the tip- make friends with the elves

  10. This looks like so much fun!! I bet you will always remember this trip to Target. I get to go to Target in soon too. :) I’m excited about this adventure because we don’t get to go that often since it’s so far from our house.

  11. Danielle F. says:

    My favorite tip is covert observation – having the babysitter get the info through art and pass it on.

  12. Rachel Salazar says:

    Have the elves report back!

  13. I like the tip about making friends with the elves.

  14. Lisa Brown says:

    Tip: Ask your kids to write their wish lists using “Santa’s Secret Ink” (plain lemon juice works best) that only Santa can read. Such a great idea

  15. Jessica To says:

    Love the tip to be friendly with the elves. That is so something I would do!

  16. Oh my gosh how cute! I dont know who is cuter with the gun – you or your daughter LOL

  17. soha molina says:

    I like : Clandestine Communication.

  18. Annmarie W. says:

    I like this tip: When you take your kids to meet Santa at your local mall, make friends with the elves that stand next to the big guy. When your kids whisper wish lists into Santa’s ear, an elf can listen in and report back (via text messaging is our Mom’s choice) on what gifts to get.

  19. I like this! This is so cute. Detective elves are my new favorite thing.

  20. Ha! I love the shot of her with the gun, Charlie’s Angels style. :)

  21. Covert Observation – I use it ALL YEAR! :)

  22. Alvina Castro says:

    get the babysitter to ask them to draw what they want. Covert observation!

  23. Allison Downes says:

    I like the Covert Observation tip.

    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

  24. Covert Observation

  25. Amanda Hoffman says:

    santas secret ink is my favorite

  26. I like the tip to have Santa’s Elf report to you on what the kids want.

  27. I would get the b dish set for my daughter, so cute!

  28. Danielle Cordeau says:

    I love the invisible ink idea. HOW FUN! I need to think of more fun stuff with my kids. Next year I’m going to have them all write out fun list for Christmas. Great tips.

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