Want to start your Christmas shopping early and avoid that insane last-minute rush to overcrowded malls? Here are ten great stores for gifts for kids; just remember to stash your finds in a dark corner of the wardrobe, far from curious eyes.
Founded over 255 years ago in London (it’s the oldest toy store in the world), Hamleys has opened an outlet in Singapore. Head here if you’re looking for special toys like Harry Potter wands or an iconic Hamleys stuffed bear.
#01-67 and #03-65/69 Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road, 6336 0586
#2 Toys “R” Us
Pretty much a no-brainer when it comes to finding fun stuff for little ones.
Tampines Mall, City Square Mall, The Centrepoint and VivoCity, 6733 0190
The go-to shop for Lego fanatics is Secret Chamber – in fact, it stocks only Lego. Look for outlets at Thomson Place, Causeway Point and elsewhere, 6552 4338
#4 Kiddy Palace
With gifts for infants and toddlers as well as a good range of toys for slightly older kids, Kiddy Palace is also a great stop if you’re looking for a present for an expecting mother; they have some great maternity items.
Fourteen outlets islandwide, 6841 2008
Shoppers who like to buy from the comfort of home should check out Toymana for a large online collection of toys appropriate for kids of all ages. Delivery charge $8. toymana.com
Good for last-minute gifts on the run, IKEA has plush toys and pretend-play sets – including kitchens and cash registers – and cute wooden toys at decent prices too.
317 Alexandra Road; 60 Tampines North Drive 2, 6786 6868
For parents looking for toys to inspire creativity and imagination, Smartalley specialises in educational toys that combining play with learning
130 Joo Seng Road, #05-01A, 6440 9195
Perfect for busy parents, this online shop stocks toys for kids up to nine years of age, including a great selection of outdoor toys. Even better: spend over $60 and get free delivery, 9855 3884
#9 Simply Toys
For older children (or adults!) who collect toys, Simply Toys has an extensive range of collectibles, including Star Wars, Marvel and Lego items. Visit one of the three stores or shop online, 6611 4401
For stocking-fillers this Christmas, there’s no better shop than this $2 paradise. Sticker sheets, cute erasers, simple games; you name it, they have it. With 13 stores in Singapore, this is a must-visit for some cheap novelties this Christmas.
This article first featured in the November 2015 issue of the magazine.