There are 38 days left in the holiday shopping season. For some, that might mean 37 more days of procrastination. Others are patiently biding their time waiting for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But no matter when you decide to do your shopping, there’s one thing that everyone has in common: finding the perfect gift at the right price. If you feel like branching out from the big chain retailers this season, here are a few of Richmond’s premiere children’s toy shops where you’re sure to find a unique selection of toys and goodies for everyone on your list.
Carytown’s newest toy shop is locally-owned by women who sell natural, organic, and environmentally friendly products. Their niche is selling a variety of high quality “green” toys at an affordable price that are not often available in larger toy chains. They source their products from a variety of sellers, including smaller companies and even stay-at-home moms. All products are chemical free and safe for babies, kids, parents and the environment, so you can shop worry-free.
Located in Short Pump Town Center, this specialty store sells quality toys, stuffed animals, books, and other learning resources with brands like Plan Toys, Melissa and Doug, Alex Toys, and Fat Brain Toys- to name a few. Kids will also enjoy playing with the various train tables, lego table, and easels that are set up around the store while parents look around.
World of Mirth
A permanent fixutre in the heart of Carytown, this store was opened in 1993 as a novelty shop which eventually transformed into what many like to describe as “Dr. Seuss meets Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.” Shelves are stocked with cutting-edge toys that are both unique and entertaining for kids of all ages (and those who still consider themselves kids at heart).
Rattle and Roll
Opened in 1998, this store boasts a creative selection of quality gifts, attention to detail and customer service, and a “high style” feeling without the accompanying “high style” price tag. Products range from nursery furniture and décor to unique gifts for parents and baby, as well as toys, clothes and a variety of accessories for kids of all ages.
As you make your shopping list (and check it twice) this holiday season, why not visit and support Richmond’s locally owned toy stores and see for yourself all of the unique gifts they have to offer!