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Shopping locally is one of my favorite things.
First of all, it feels pretty guilt-free. Yes, I’m spending money, but I’m also doing it in a way that will directly impact my community. Secondly, with this year’s shipping delays, buying things from local shops saves time and headaches.
Lastly, for all of the procrastinators like myself, you can visit these shops right up through Christmas and still find great gifts for the kids in your life. But that’s enough chatting. Let’s get into the fun stuff!
Specializing in vintage toys, Big Fun is always a great place to get a little shopping done. Whether you’re on the hunt for your favorite childhood toy to pass on to your own kids or you are searching for something for those “kids at heart” friends or family members, you can probably find what you’re looking for at Big Fun.
Location: 672 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215
Dublin Toy Emporium sells a wide variety of toys, from puzzles to puppets and just about everything in between. Located in Historic Dublin, the Toy Emporium focuses on providing high-quality, mind-expanding, safe, and fun toys for all ages.
Location: 28 North High Street, Dublin OH, 43017
Cub Shrub is legit one of the coolest shops for kids around. Started by Tiger Tree owners, Cub Shrub has toys, puzzles, gifts, clothes, books, and more. The kids will love shopping there as much as you do and it’s really a one-stop shop around the holidays. You can grab big gifts, stocking stuffers, gift bundles, and all sorts of other goodies.
Location: 1257 Grandview Ave., Columbus, OH 43212
With three locations around central Ohio, Learning Express is the definition of convenient. There are gifts for kiddos of all ages and it’s easy to find gifts by interest or age group on their website. When I mentioned convenience, I wasn’t kidding. You can have any gifts purchased at Learning Express gift-wrapped for free!
Location: Multiple locations.
Located at Easton, Lily Limes offers ‘fresh fun finds’ for babies, young children, and mothers. This is the perfect place to shop for all of the new moms and babies in your life, with fun and functional accessories, books, clothing, and more.
Location: 4019 The Strand E, Columbus, OH 43219
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