Need to do a little shopping for your child, your nephew, or a kid's birthday party? We've got you covered. Read on to see our favorite places to shop for and with kids in Los Angeles.
Furniture and Decor:
- Juvenile Shop: A one-stop shop for children's furniture and decor. The shop carries cribs, strollers, feeding supplies, bedding sets, and car seats, among other kids' decor. You'll find high end brands and, for the most part, high ends prices, but their staff is knowledgeable and their selection is vast.
- Petit Trésor: This West Hollywood shop carries every brand you might desire, including Ubabub cribs, Jonathan Adler decor, Franklin & Ben furniture, and phil&teds strollers and high chairs. They have a registry and a gift basket service, but beware the baskets start at $200 and go up to $10,000.
- Wonderland, A Child’s Place: Head to this shop if you are looking for Oeuf, Serena & Lily, Dwell or Bloom products. With over 70 brands, you are sure to find something you want in their meal time, bath time, or sleep time categories.
- Giggle: Located on chic Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, Giggle is a small chain with stores in NYC and Chicago, among other big cities. Cribs and beds, rockers and gliders, plenty of gear and toys will satisfy many parents.
- Whimsic Alley: If you are a Harry Potter fan, prepare for your head to explode. Whimsic Alley carries all things Harry Potter, set in a Harry Potter environment. They've recently added more geekery, including Game of Thrones, Dr. Who, Sherlock Holmes, and Hunger Games merchandise. The Great Hall is available for rental and they hold lots of events, like character teas, craft fairs, and a steampunk ball. Of course, all employees speak in British accents.
- Marbles: My absolute favorite place to shop for birthday gifts, but no, you actually won't find marbles here. The motto of Marbles—"The Brain Store"— gives you a better idea of what kinds of toys they stock. All the toys and games are designed to stimulate the brain; offerings are organized by mental faculties, such as memory, visual perception, or word skills. Employees are highly knowledgeable and can help you find the perfect toy or game.
- The Acorn Store: The Los Angeles outpost for all things Plan Toys as well as many electronic-less toys. Haba, Selecta, and Radio Flyer are among the brands carried here, where you can find lots of traditional toys.
- Kip's Toyland: Located in the Original Farmer's Market, Kip's is arguably the oldest toy store in Los Angeles. They carry vintage and retro toys as well as new fare.
- The Little Seed: Founded by Paige Goldberg Tolmach and Soleil Moon Frye (you remember Punky Brewster, right?), The Little Seed specializes in eco-friendly and organic fare. Check out their gift baskets and boxes, a great assortment of teethers and rattles and a large selection of eco-friendly toys.
- Pickett Fences: While primarily a clothing store, this shop carries a nice assortment of baby gifts and toys for kids.
- Tweak (top image): This fantastic "original giftery" has lots of ideas for kids of all ages, but the Tweakie Pie line is sure to please children. From old school Colorforms to a Gummy Bear Lamp and "Schwings" dress-up wings, you'll spend more time that you can imagine in this shop.
- Vromans: The oldest and largest independent bookstore in Los Angeles features a large children's book department. You can shop for books for the entire family or even join a parent/child book club.
- Storyopolis: Storyopolis is more than just a bookstore; they also feature prints and original illustrations from children's books in their art gallery. The shop is well-known for its hand-made, custom book baskets that are perfect gifts.
- Children's Book World: This store boasts more than 80,000 titles, so plan on staying a while if you visit. They also run the Children's Books Recycling Center, a non-profit project that provides used books to needy children in Southern California.
- Books and Cookies (pictured above): A reading room, bookstore and café, all rolled into one. Besides stocking a wealth of children's literature, the store also holds daily events, including story times, music classes, and arts and crafts.
Do you have a favorite destination when shopping for kids in Los Angeles? Share it in the comments!
(Images: 1. Tweak 2. Juvenile Shop Facebook 3. Whimsic Alley 4. Little Seed Facebook 5. Books & Cookies Facebook)