Thursday, December 10, 2015

A Cool Gift for Kids (With a Sweets Kendamas Giveaway - CLOSED)


Last Christmas, one of my son's favourite gifts was his Sweets Kendama. This is one toy that stands the test of time - he still loves to use it a year later. And, as a parent, I love that it's an active and creative toy. The kendama is a traditional Japanese toy consisting of a ken (sword) and tama (ball). The ball is connected to the base or ken by a string. The ken has three cups and a spike that fits into the hole in the ball.



My son likes to watch the tips and tricks videos on the Sweets Kendamas website. Basic kendama tricks consist of catching the ball in the cups and on the spike. From there, more experienced users can try kendama tricks that involve juggling and balancing. Use of a kendama can increase a child's focus and hand-eye coordination while building self-esteem.

Sweets Kendamas was founded by juggler and yo-yo enthusiast Matt “Sweets” Jorgenson. After seeing a kendama in a video, he searched the web to find one and discovered they could only be purchased overseas. He started Sweets Kendamas in 2010 with a vision of providing kendama players the best products available. That goal led the Sweets Kendamas crew to begin painting and finishing kendamas in Minnesota, creating a quality finish that couldn't be found elsewhere.


There are a variety of really cool finishes to be had. The kendamas pictured are from the Chameleon Marble series. The marble-style paint is a Sweets Kendamas staple design. The marbling is done by hand and each one is unique. The kendamas in this series have been coated with shimmering chameleon paint to give them a colour-shifting effect. Browse the shop for your favourite design. This toy makes for a gift that any child or teen will cherish for years to come.

Who on your shopping list would love to have a Sweets Kendama? Which one do you like best?


Enter to win a Chameleon Marble Sweets Kendama


Residents of the U.S. and Canada may enter to win a Sweets Kendama in Chameleon Marble, in the winner's choice of red, green or blue. Enter using the rafflecopter below until December 28th.


a Rafflecopter giveaway


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76 comments:

  1. This is a new toy to me. The whole site is full of them. I'll have to ask the grand kids.

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    1. For sure! Get them to check out the site. I'm sure they'll love the kendamas. :)

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  2. Your share buttons on the bottom, don't work.

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    1. They are working when I try them Misty. Maybe the page wasn't fully loaded?

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  3. I like the Candy Apple Kendama.

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  4. The Voodama doll looks really cool

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  5. THE PILL – ORANGE/SEAFOAM/YELLOW (JUMBO + REGULAR)

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  6. My students love these! I like the candy apple one, too!

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    1. How great! So you've seen them in action Kelli. :)

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  7. The THE PILL – ORANGE/SEAFOAM/YELLOW is really cool!

    Rafflecopter Name is Anne Taylor

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  8. Leslie:
    A assortment of marble would look fab in my vintage candy dish.
    leslieannstevenson@yahoo.com

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  9. I think the Pill toy is really cool!

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  10. I like the HOMEGROWN LOGO TEE – OLIVE
    jan

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  11. I think The Jumbo Pill is pretty cool!!!!

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  12. I think the natural cherry wood pill is cool.

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  13. I think the Homegrown Safari Hat looks pretty amazing and so comfortable to wear.

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  14. I REALLY LIKE http://sweetskendamas.com/product/the-jumbo-pill/

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  15. I think the natural cherry wood pill is pretty cool.

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  16. The Biggie Marble – Blue/Orange/Red is cool.

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  17. Candy Apple Kendama is cool.
    Florence C

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  18. I think the The Pill – Orange/Seafoam/Yellow (Jumbo + Regular) is really cool

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  19. They are like works of art - not toys! Love the Homegrown Spectra – Grapevine + Maple w/ Spectra Stripe. Thanks!

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  20. THE PILL – ORANGE/SEAFOAM/YELLOW (JUMBO + REGULAR) is cool and so are their other products as well. Love the design and quality craftsmanship that goes into them. My e-mail is elixer2@hotmail.com.

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  21. my son loves these.... this one is pretty neat http://sweetskendamas.com/product/homegrown-spectra-grapevine-complete/

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  22. The Pill – Orange/Seafoam/Yellow (Jumbo + Regular)looks neat!

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  23. I like the Spectra Grapevine. My kids have played with these before. We were at a camp ground and there was another family there who had one. They had a lot of fun.

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  24. i like the pill toy

    rafflecopter name is aarone mawdsley

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  25. These are all really cool looking. My favorite was the MARBLE – BLUE/PURPLE/SEAFOAM KENDAMA

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  26. Very unique toys that my son would enjoy!

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  27. The Voodama doll looks awesome!

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  28. The HOMEGROWN SPECTRA – GRAPEVINE COMPLETE looks very cool!

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  29. I bet my nephew would like this toy. It's so gorgeous too!

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  30. My grandson would love this toy.
    Florence c

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  31. The natural cherry wood pill

    These toys look so neat! I have to go watch one in action now!

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  32. This sounds like a toy that my little guys would enjoy playing with.

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  33. I really like the HOMEGROWN SPECTRA – GRAPEVINE KEN

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  34. The F3 MARBLE – BLACK/BLUE/PINK KENDAMA looks awesome!

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  35. i like the grapevine complete spectra

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  36. I love the F3 Marble – Green/Lime/Seafoam

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  37. I think my niece would love this!

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  38. F3 Chameleon Marble – Red Kendama

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  39. The voodama doll http://sweetskendamas.com/product/the-voodama-doll/

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  40. I think the Homegrown Maple - Popsicle one is very cute!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  41. The product I think is cool is the Homegrown Grain Print Socks – Green.

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  42. I think The Pill looks pretty cool to try

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  43. I like the HOMEGROWN MAPLE X UZUMAKI – THE RETURN.

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  44. I love the HOMEGROWN SPECTRA GRAPEVINE COMPLETE
    crazyweirdo33@yahoo.com

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  45. I love the Spectra Grapevine!!
    emileebond2004@gmail.com

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  46. I like the The Pill – Natural Zebrano. It sounds challenging.

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  47. I like the Flipper, orange and blue together, it looks cool.

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  48. I like the F3 solid mint. This is very different!

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  49. Wow! They all look pretty neat. I think the HOMEGROWN MAPLE X UZUMAKI – THE RETURN would be a hit in our family! The email that I check most often is fossil316@aol.com

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  50. Oh it's definitely got to be Turtle Power! How cool are those?

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  51. I like the Homegrown Spectra – Grapevine Ken

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  52. I really like the Pro Models – William Penniman

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  53. I love the HOMEGROWN SPECTRA – GRAPEVINE COMPLETE -- they look pretty cool!

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  54. that would be a great toy for my neighbour's kid

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  55. My friend's grandson would love that toy!

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  56. I think my son would enjoy this. I would too!! Less plastic is always a good thing!

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  57. These look like fun. I think all my daughters would enjoy it.

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