Shop Local: Gift Ideas For The Awesome Kiddos, Tweens + Teens In Your Life

How’s your holiday shopping going? For those of you struggling for gifts for the wee ones in your life, we rounded up the best picks in the neighbourhood — gifts to expand their curious minds helping them grow and explore who they are through play. For all your inquisitive scientists, aspiring rock stars, creative cats and more, here are our picks to capture their hearts (and minds) this year:

Less screen time and more real life time! A new game like Qwirkle can bring everyone together for a little friendly competition. Wondering what game is right for your family? Across the Board has an extensive gift guide to help you find the perfect game.

For curious toddlers developing fine motor skills, BiOBUDDi are great building blocks for stacking and making tall towers. Plus, they’re made with sustainable materials which we love.

Let them get their hands dirty! These egg-speriments will spark their curiosity while helping them discover a little bit more about science with just a few everyday ingredients.

A cozy pillow pal, perfect for sleepovers and long car trips. After all, you’re never too old for stuffed animal cuddles. Bonus: Tara Davis Studio has cute jewelry, adorable little wallets and tiny collectibles perfect for any teen or tween on your list.

We’re loving this sweet book The Wolseley Block Party by Winnipeg author Jennifer Berthelette that explores diversity and inclusivity. Toad Hall Toys has a wide selection of books to explore for all levels of reading and interests.

This is origami in 2020! For the artist that needs a new challenge, Creagami will help them to create 3D origami art. Bonus: origami doubles as cute bedroom decor!

Calling all young performers! Warning: these magic kits may inspire holiday entertainment and make memories for years to come.

Take their air drumming to the next level! Give them the gift of musical exploration this year! This foldable (and durable) drum and keyboard set lets them rock out without the noise! A headphone adapter allows peaceful practice while the rest of the house remains quiet. 😉 Unplug for the performance!

For those of you looking for a quiet-ish family activity over the holidays, we invite you to explore the world of puzzles! They’re a great way for everyone to work together with (some) quiet focus. So many beautiful puzzles (puzzle art IS incredible) with varying levels of difficulty available at Toad Hall Toys.

Not your average rubber ducky! These bright animal bath toys are made from natural rubber and contain no BPA or phthalates. Parent stamp of approval: they don’t trap water and are easy to clean!

Still stumped? Visit our gift experts at Toad Hall Toys, Tara Davis Studio, Across the Board Cafe and Generation Green. They are so happy to help you find the perfect gift for anyone from 1 – 101. Happy (local) holiday shopping in the neighbourhood!

Read our other gift guides here and here!