Okay, so we covered RePlay & The Dancing Weasel (so fun!).
Let's head over to...
Eugene Toy and Hobby
32 E. 11th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401
I don't have any idea how I've lived in Eugene for ten years without visiting this landmark spot (it's been owned and operated by one local family for over 80 years!), but somehow my trip last week was my first. It won't be my last. I fully plan on taking my nearly five year old back just to check out all of the electric train stuff and model airplanes. Whoa. Here's what I found:
Lots of these tiny little sticker/coloring/activity books. These are awesome for just sticking in your purse to have...just in case.
Stickers. So many stickers. Also an excellent purse selection. (I could probably feed, diaper, and entertain my littles for an entire day based entirely on what I have in my purse. I know I'm not the only one.)
Ummm how cool are these shaped felt coloring posters? I reeeeaalllly want one. Like, for me.
So do you see those two white packages in the middle of the picture below? Okay. A few friends and I were playing at a park once and a dad was there with his kiddos and one of these toys. Within a few minutes it had drawn all the kids off the playground and had them completely transfixed for at least 15 minutes. It is super simple - it slingshots a little plastic helicopter up into the air and then the kids run and chase it. Basically fetch for human children. I visited three toy stores in one afternoon to research this post and this toy was the single thing I bought. Go get one and thank me later. Actually, thank that dad at the park that one day.
You might regret this later, like ten minutes after it's opened later, but...check out these fun instruments. You could become the next family band, like Hansen or something.
Okay, here's my big find for kiddos in the teenage/engineering crowd: these are 3D laser cut models. You put them together and they stand up and look pretty cool. There are approximately 54643 choices.
In case you're still not convinced that you can joyfully, affordably, and awesome-ly (is that a word?) fill your family's stockings, I'll just leave this here for you:
Boom. An entire wall of little trinkets which will help support a local family when you purchase them. The trinkets, not the family. And not all of them. That would be excessive. Please leave some for me.
I know there are other amazing local toy stores in the area - but today I just covered three to get you started. How do you stuff the stockings in your house? Please share in the comments!
*Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway*
Eugene Toy & Hobby is giving away a $20 gift card just in time!
Use it to get great stuff or put the card itself in the stocking & let your kiddo pick out something fun!
To be entered comment here (or on Facebook)
with how you're doing today, happy anxious, just plain bad. Let it out!
Drawing will be Monday night at 9pm.
Thanks Eugene Toy & Hobby!