Christmas Shopping with Local Toymakers

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Christmas is in less than two weeks. 

Can you believe it? 

Two weeks.


If you are like me, you might be a little panicked.  I need to start buying Christmas presents in January, or I put it off and put it off.  Then, no one gets anything. 

Or maybe you are like my husband and you are finished, but you need that one last thing.  Family Fun Twin Cities has some great suggestions for you.  We have met some great local toymakers and have played with their many different toys.  Here are some of our familys’ favorites.

-Local Toymakers-


Of course, our first choice is YOXO.  It’s so fun and creative.  And when you get a bunch of kids together, you never know what you will create!

Beka, Inc.

These are the blocks you remember from growing up.  They are the best in the toy business.

image courtesy beka, inc.

image courtesy beka, inc.




Donyelle Headington

These dolls are made by hand and beautiful.  I love the simplicity.

doll lady


Dundry Hill

Beautifully hand-crafted mobiles for your baby.  Absolutely beautiful.

dundry hill

Fairy Finery

The best dress-up clothes of any I have ever found.  You can read about what we thought.

fairy finery at peapods

-Local Toyshops-

We find these toyshops especially delightful.  Trains for the train lovers, crafts for the artistic, eco-friendly for the environmentally-conscience and hip for the hipsters.  Go and enjoy yourselves at any of these stores.

ccb_trainstore_logoChoo Choo Bob’s Train Store
2050 Marshall Ave.

St. Paul, MN  55104

What we think!  


heartfelt logoHeartfelt
4306 Upton Ave S
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55410

What we think!



2290 Como Avenue

Saint Paul, MN 55108
(651) 695-5559

What we think!




image courtesy pacifier

Pacifier in 3 Locations

PACIFIER | EDINA (50th & France)
4942 France Avenue South
Edina, MN 55410
Local: 952.767.6565

Skyway Level (north side of Nicollet Mall between 6th & 7th St)
40 South 7th Street, Suite 260
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Local: 612.767.6330

PACIFIER | N.E. MINNEAPOLIS (flagship store with strollers & car seats)      
310 East Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Toll-free: 888.623.8123
Local: 612.623.8123

-Local Bookshops-

In our opinion, you can never go wrong with books as a gift.  My daughter received 4 books for her birthday and couldn’t be happier.  And while they may clutter your house, we feel they are a no-clutter gift.  Fostering the love of reading is worth the clutter some books make.  

Wild_Rumpus_no_addrss_logoWild Rumpus
2720 West 43rd Street

Minneapolis, MN 55410

What we think!

red balloonRed Balloon Bookshop
891 Grand Ave., St. Paul, MN. 55105

(651) 224-8320
(888) 224-8320




image courtesy magers & quinn

Magers & Quinn
3038 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis

(612) 822-4611 or toll-free at (866) 912-6657



image courtesy Excelsior Bay Books

Excelsior Bay Books 
36 Water Street Excelsior, MN 55331
Phone (952) 401-0932







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About the author

Gianna Kordatzky

I am married to the craziest, most awesome man I know. We have four kids--Ranging in ages from 5-10. You can learn more about my life as a mother and wife at .

I love to throw parties and be with friends. I love to read my Bible and grow closer to God. I love to eat and exercise. I have learned to love coffee.
And I could really use a nap.

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